Alterslash

the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2019-Jun-11 today archive

Contents

  1. US Report Finds Sky Is the Limit For Geothermal Energy Beneath Us
  2. Scientists Train AI To Learn People's Voices, Then Generate Their Faces
  3. Hydrogen Station Explodes, Toyota Halts Sales of Hydrogen Cars In Norway
  4. A Deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg Is Testing Facebook's Fake Video Policies
  5. A Year Later, US Government Websites Are Still Redirecting To Hardcore Porn
  6. Mozilla Debuts Its New Firefox Logos
  7. Amazon To Shut Down Its Amazon Restaurants Business
  8. Proposed Law in India Would Imprison Anyone Who Uses Cryptocurrency
  9. The Biggest Data Breach Archive On the Internet Is For Sale
  10. Ten US States Sue To Stop Sprint-T-Mobile Deal, Saying Consumers Will Be Hurt
  11. 'RAMBleed' Rowhammer Attack Can Now Steal Data, Not Just Alter It
  12. More than Half of the World's Population is Now Online
  13. WordPress.com VIP Platform Outage Reverts Sites To Default Themes
  14. Boom in Electric Scooters Leads To More Injuries, Fatalities
  15. Facebook's New Study App Pays Adults For Data After Teen Scandal
  16. Shazam for Android Now Recognizes Music Playing Through Headphones
  17. Opera Launches Opera GX, World's First Gaming Browser
  18. Radiohead Release Hours of Hacked MiniDiscs To Benefit Extinction Rebellion
  19. Apple's US iPhones Can All Be Made Outside of China If Needed
  20. Canada Plans To Ban 'Harmful' Single-Use Plastics By 2021
  21. NASA 'Snoopy' Lunar Module Likely Found 50 Years After Being Jettisoned Into Space
  22. Raytheon, United Technologies Merger Will Create a New Aerospace Giant

Alterslash picks the best 5 comments from each of the day’s Slashdot stories, and presents them on a single page for easy reading.

US Report Finds Sky Is the Limit For Geothermal Energy Beneath Us

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Geothermal power sources come in many forms, and they're typically much more subtle than steam shooting out of the ground. In reality, geothermal energy could be a big player in our future mix. That is made clear by the U.S. Department of Energy's recently released "GeoVision" report. The report follows similar evaluations of wind, solar, and hydropower energy and leans on information from national labs and other science agencies. It summarizes what we know about the physical resources in the U.S. and also examines the factors that have been limiting geothermal's deployment. Overall, the report shows that we could do a whole lot more with geothermal energy -- both for generating electricity and for heating and cooling -- than we currently do.

There are opportunities to more than double the amount of electricity generated at conventional types of hydrothermal sites, where wells can easily tap into hot water underground. That's economical on the current grid. But the biggest growth potential, according to the report, is in so-called "enhanced geothermal systems." These involve areas where the temperatures are hot but the bedrock lacks enough fractures and pathways for hot water to circulate freely -- or simply lacks the water entirely. Advancing enhanced geothermal techniques alone could produce 45 gigawatts of electricity by 2050. Add in the more conventional plants, and you're at 60 gigawatts -- 26 times more than current geothermal generation. And in a scenario where natural gas prices go up, making geothermal even more competitive, we could double that to 120 gigawatts. That would be fully 16 percent of the total projected 2050 generation in the U.S.
The report also estimates that installations of traditional ground-source heat pumps, which circulate fluid through loops in the ground to provide cooling in the summer and heating in the winter, could be increased 14 times over, to 28 million homes by 2050, "covering 23 percent of national residential demand." When factoring in the limitations for how quickly the market could realistically change, the number only goes down to 19 million homes -- still a massive increase.

Meanwhile, district heating systems, where a single, large geothermal installation pipes heat to all the buildings in an area, could be more widely deployed to more than 17,000 locations, covering heating needs for 45 million homes.

Re:Geothermal Power is HIGHLY corrosive

By Maelwryth • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Seems to work OK in New Zealand. It generates around 13% of the countries electricity each year.

Geothermal Power is A CLOSED LOOP SYSTEM

By MrKaos • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
Geothermal is a closed loop system.

Geothermal should not be used where is there is currently no water going down and coming up, full of dissolved chemicals, past the deep ground water and past the water table.

Geothermal should only be used where the soil and ground water are already contaminated.

Assessments of closed loop geothermal systems have been performed. Studies have been done on the efficiency and optimization of closed loop Geothermal systems.

Geothermal is a perfect base load and peak following grid input because the heat is always in the ground and available. It's the perfect complement to wind and solar.

Re:Geothermal Power is HIGHLY corrosive

By Can'tNot • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
The parent was responding to the claim above that geothermal power plants can't work over long periods of time without a great deal of expensive maintenance. Regardless of how large this specific plant is, the fact that it has been operating over a long period of time without a great deal of expensive maintenance serves to contradict that claim.

The fact that a large nuclear or gas plant is larger than this geothermal plant is an irrelevant change of subject.

If you wish to start an argument over the relative costs of power generation by different means, then you'll need to first address the fact that the US Energy Information Administration rates geothermal as the single cheapest source of power. By a good margin. Below wind and natural gas, and way below nuclear.

Re:Geothermal Power is HIGHLY corrosive

By MrKaos • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

The issue is that the heat energy is fairly low density, so you need a large heat sink to capture it. Just having a U shaped pipe or small tank down there wouldn't capture enough energy to produce useful amounts of electricity.

Supercritical CO2instead of water as a working fluid looks like a potential way to address that issue.

The paper shows the location and temperature map of geothermal USA. A country so blessed with wind, sun and also geothermal power it's a real shame it isn't available to more people.

holy shit snacks

By drinkypoo • Score: 3 • Thread

"But the biggest growth potential, according to the report, is in so-called "enhanced geothermal systems."

I've ranted before about how the generation facility at The Geysers is perpetually over budget, under specified production, has produced a super fund site and is working on another, and how pumping secondary treated sewage into the ground to keep the steam going has dramatically increased seismic activity to the point that a fund had to be established to pay regional homeowners for the damage to their homes, which has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to date. Geothermal is a gigantic boondoggle, at least in the USA.

But now they want to open up new geothermal sources that are in hard rock? That's going to require fracking. Fracking is where they pump refinery wastes into the ground, then impact them in order to shatter the rock. Just in case any of you were confused about what "fracking fluid" is. (It's obvious when you look at the list of compounds in fracking fluid what it is.) This itself causes quakes, and also can create new means of ingress into aquifers which can cause contamination, not least with the fracking fluid itself.

Deep rock fracking was tried before, in France I think? I'm on a tablet right now, it's hard to look things up in a timely fashion. Anyway it was for geothermal and it created a severe quake. The same company proposed doing a similar deed near The Geysers for the purpose of building a new facility (that part of California is the world's most geothermally active region) but they were miraculously shot down by the typically uninvolved locals.

So in summary, geothermal in the USA is already FUCKING HORRIBLE, and exploiting these other geothermal sources would also likely be more of the same.

Scientists Train AI To Learn People's Voices, Then Generate Their Faces

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JustAnotherOldGuy shares a report from Live Science: An neural network named "Speech2Face" was trained by scientists on millions of educational videos from the internet that showed over 100,000 different people talking. From this dataset, Speech2Face learned associations between vocal cues and certain physical features in a human face, researchers wrote in a new study. The AI then used an audio clip to model a photorealistic face matching the voice, and the results are surprisingly close to the actual faces of the people whose voices it listened to. The faces generated by Speech2Face didn't precisely match the people behind the voices. But the images did usually capture the correct age ranges, ethnicities and genders of the individuals, according to the study. The findings have been published in the preprint journal arXiv but have not been peer-reviewed.

Cruel and unusual

By PopeRatzo • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

So, the NSA could get an AI to learn my first wife's voice and then use it instead of waterboarding as a form of torture?

Neat!

Code.

By RyanFenton • Score: 3 • Thread

https://github.com/imatge-upc/...

It's in python - not my code, just found it through google.

Ryan Fenton

Hydrogen Station Explodes, Toyota Halts Sales of Hydrogen Cars In Norway

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Socguy writes: The Uno-X hydrogen station in Sandvika in Baerum exploded on Monday and resulted in two injuries in a nearby non-fuel cell vehicle. The company operating the station has suspended operation at its other locations following the explosion. With the refueling network crippled, Toyota and Hyundai have announced that they are temporarily halting sales of fuel cell vehicles. Jon Andre Lokke, CEO of Nel Hydrogen, the company operating those hydrogen refueling stations, commented: "It is too early to speculate on the cause and what has gone wrong. Our top priority is the safe operation of the stations we have delivered. As a precaution, we have temporarily put ten other stations in standby mode in anticipation of more information."

Here's what Toyota Norway manager Espen Olsen had to say: "We don't know exactly what happened on the Uno-X drive yet, so we don't want to speculate. But we stop the sale until we have learned what has happened, and for practical reasons, since it is not possible to fill fuel now." He added: "This does not change our view of hydrogen, and it is important for us to point out that hydrogen cars are at least as safe as ordinary cars. The hydrogen tanks themselves are so robust that you can shoot them with a gun without knocking them."

Re:Hydrogen!

By whoever57 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

It's all about mass. This is the electric option with the least mass

Really?

Toyota Mirai: 4078 pounds
Honda Clarity: 4134 pounds
Tesla Model 3: 4072 pounds.

Last time I looked, 4072 was less than 4078 and 4134.

To put it bluntly: This is the only type of electric I will even entertain.

I pity people who make buying decisions based on bad information. Just where are you going to buy that FCEV that is lighter than a comparable BEV?

Re:Hydrogen!

By dgatwood • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

You betcha. It overcomes what I detest about today's electrics: The ton or two worth of super-nasty-in-so-many-ways batteries that no one likes to talk about.

Ignoring that you're off by a factor of 2–4, lithium-ion batteries aren't really particularly nasty chemically. And they're also highly recyclable.

It's all about mass. This is the electric option with the least mass. A car with less mass will always be more fun to drive than a heavy pig. Everything gets better. Braking, going, turning, all of it.

That's actually not true. Even if someone built a fuel cell car that was actually lighter than a BEVs (they currently aren't), fuel cells would still have terrible weight distribution compared with BEVs. Like traditional ICE cars, much of the weight in a FCV is up in the front of the car. By contrast, with a BEV, a large chunk of the weight is in a flat pack underneath the passenger compartment. That weight placement matters a great deal in terms of stability.

Lowering the center of gravity results in less weight transfer (changing the load on wheels during acceleration and deceleration), which significantly improves traction, whether you're accelerating, decelerating, or cornering. Also, lowering the center of gravity results in less body roll, which is why the Tesla Model X has the lowest rollover rate of any SUV, despite weighing half again more than most of the others.

Go drive an EV for a week, and I can pretty much guarantee you won't ever want to drive anything else again. Seriously, if you want a car that's fun to drive, has incredible acceleration, great cornering, etc., you shouldn't even consider a FCV or ICE car.

Re:Hydrogen!

By idji • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
What are the ton or two "of super nastys" you are talking about? Have you seen the progress being made to completely remove cobalt? See this for example from one year ago https://twitter.com/elonmusk/s... . Musk wants to get the Cobalt from 2.8% in 2018 to zero. What is your concern with Nickel and Aluminium? Aren't you concerned with the Iron in your own car, or the consumable bronze powder that makes up 15% of your brake pads Why are you clamouring so hard to your noisy machine that spits out NOx, COx, & Cx, and wastes kinetic energy into the brake pads & brake fluid instead if reclaiming it? Where are you expecting the hydrogen to come from? In Norway they really are trying to produce hydrogen from hydro electricity with electrolysis, but that is not what is happening in the USA. I think the future will show us using batteries in personal vehicles and hydrogen only in massive machines like shipping and ferries, which have the size to contain the fuel at very high pressures safely, and the spare volume to carry the fuel. Even semitrailers will probably end up being on batteries. You also have to consider that hydrogen needs physically transporting to the consumer, whereas batteries can be charged anywhere, and many will enjoy the convenience of charging at home while sleeping, as well as benefiting from grid buffering. A semitrailer can be charging while loading/unloading/waiting. Danish truck ferries today are using batteries for short trips to Sweden. This new 4.3MWh e-ferry will take 5 trucks 40 km from July 2019 https://www.electrive.com/2019...

Re:It does solve for the explosive stuff, generall

By blindseer • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

I think the future of hydrogen storage isn't as a gas, but as a solid. Probably adsorbed (stuck to the outside of a substance with extremely high surface area) or intermetallic hydrides (metal/hydrogen matrix) are the best bets.

The best bet for hydrogen storage is as a liquid. Attach those hydrogen atoms to some carbon chains and you have gasoline, diesel fuel, aviation fuel, rocket fuel, heating oil, and liquid propane. That destroys it's use in a fuel cell but makes it ideal for so many existing vehicles.

Attach that hydrogen to nitrogen and you get ammonia, which is useful as a liquid fuel (at least liquid under moderate pressures), a fertilizer, and as a precursor to many other useful compounds.

Re:Hydrogen is not an energy source.

By blindseer • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

There's no more excuses. It's nuclear power or the lights go out.

Yep. I'd rather the lights stay on.

Right now these shuttered coal and nuclear plants are being replaced with natural gas. Since the majority has been coal so far we've seen our CO2 output go down in the USA. If that starts to flip to a majority of nuclear being replaced by natural gas then any future hydrogen (or electric) cars will increase our CO2 output.

We will need to double the rate of new nuclear capacity from our peak in the 1970s and 1980s just to break even. That means one gigawatt per month of new nuclear. Again, that's just breaking even.

We had better get started real soon.

A Deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg Is Testing Facebook's Fake Video Policies

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samleecole shares a report from Motherboard: Two artists and an advertising company created a deepfake of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg saying things he never said, and uploaded it to Instagram. The video [...] shows Mark Zuckerberg sitting at a desk, seemingly giving a sinister speech about Facebook's power. The video is framed with broadcast chyrons that say "We're increasing transparency on ads," to make it look like it's part of a news segment.

The original, real video is from a September 2017 address Zuckerberg gave about Russian election interference on Facebook. The caption of the Instagram post says it's created using CannyAI's video dialogue replacement (VDR) technology. When a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi spread on Facebook, the company said that if someone posted a manipulated video of Zuckerberg like the one of Pelosi, it would stay up. Now that there's a deepfake of Zuckerberg implying he's in total control of billions of people's stolen data and ready to control the future, on Facebook-owned Instagram, that stance will be put to the test.

Pelosi's video was not doctored

By Okian Warrior • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Pelosi's video was a compilation of her talking. It was a real video.

It was not a real video, it was doctored. But yes, also not a deep fake.
https://www.nytimes.com/video/...

The original video retweeted by Trump was simply a compilation - clips of her speaking with no modifications, and no slow-downs.

Subsequent posters made videos of her that *were* doctored in various ways, but the original one was not "doctored" in the sense that the videos were altered. It was simply a series of clips.

Note that the MSM stated that the original video was doctored when it wasn't - it was a case of people trying to put doubt in the viewer's mind.

On a related note, saying the original video was doctored and then releasing doctored videos seems like a good way to propagandize something. We should be on the lookout for that tactic, since it might be used in the upcoming election. A video of Candidate A saying something racist 20 years ago, Candidate A says the video was doctored, and at the same time several doctored versions show up on the web.

The new "deep fake" technique could have all sorts of uses.

Re:Are deepfakes necessary?

By Truth_Quark • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Democrats will create a "deep fake" of Trump calling blacks the N-Word and women bitches.

Why wouldn't they just use a real one?

It's fake, doesn't matter.

It doesn't given there's real ones.

But damn, will it fuck up his pole numbers and will cost him a 2nd term.

His voters know he's racist and sexist. Even if they did share it, it wouldn't funck his pole numbers up from amongst his base.

Re:Are deepfakes necessary?

By SlaveToTheGrind • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Democrats will create a "deep fake" of Trump calling blacks the N-Word and women bitches.

Why wouldn't they just use a real one?

Oh I dunno, maybe because nobody has ever come up with any actual tapes, just articles like the one you linked to quoting someone who claims someone else has a tape?

Re: One Word

By h33t l4x0r • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Jon Stewart is looking to get health benefits for sick 9/11 first responders. So that would be an un-ironic use of the words Social Justice Warrior.

9/11 responder care is not John Stewart's cause.

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

" What special knowledge does he have of the issue? " He was there, he witnessed the disaster, he interviewed people who Republican "patriots" vote repeatedly to ignore and cut funding to. He's a mouthpiece for the issue by choice.

You're not anywhere near "minor celebrity" NOR scholarly researcher, mind you. And frankly Stewart is both, he's entirely well informed about Congressional funding issues related to 9/11, certainly compared to your ass.

9/11 responder care is not John Stewart's cause, that's America's cause, he's just putting his shoulder in to get acknowledgment from treasonous faggots in office.

And you're a WORTHLESS APOLOGIST.

A Year Later, US Government Websites Are Still Redirecting To Hardcore Porn

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Dozens of U.S. government websites appear to contain a flaw enabling anyone to generate URLs with their domains that redirect users to external sites, a handy tool for criminals hoping to infect users with malware or fool them into surrendering personal information. Gizmodo first reported a year ago that a wide variety of U.S. government sites were misconfigured, allowing porn bots to create links that redirected visitors to sites with colorful names like "HD Dog Sex Girl" and "Two Hot Russians Love Animal Porn." Among those affected was the Justice Department's Amber Alert site, links from which apparently redirected users to erotic material.

Gizmodo first reported a year ago that a wide variety of U.S. government sites were misconfigured, allowing porn bots to create links that redirected visitors to sites with colorful names like "HD Dog Sex Girl" and "Two Hot Russians Love Animal Porn." Among those affected was the Justice Department's Amber Alert site, links from which apparently redirected users to erotic material. The ability to generate malicious links that appear to lead to actual government websites can be a handy pretense for criminals conducting phishing campaigns. What's more, these malicious redirects may be used to send users to websites masquerading as official government services, encouraging them to hand over personal information, such as names, addresses, and Social Security numbers.

Happened to me

By 110010001000 • Score: 3, Funny • Thread

I was trying to file my taxes and ended up looking at a porn site. Damn Trump!

To be clear..

By fafalone • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
This is about doing something like changing redirect.php?url=original.com to pornsite.com, on a URL from a 3rd party site, not actually changing page content. So not really a "security flaw" as much as a 'mitigating stupidity oversight'.

Not a difference maker

By Tablizer • Score: 3 • Thread

Either way, dealing with the US gov't you get screwed.

lol

By sootman • Score: 3 • Thread

From the summary:

Gizmodo first reported a year ago that a wide variety of U.S. government sites were misconfigured, allowing porn bots to create links that redirected visitors to sites with colorful names like "HD Dog Sex Girl" and "Two Hot Russians Love Animal Porn." Among those affected was the Justice Department's Amber Alert site, links from which apparently redirected users to erotic material.

Gizmodo first reported a year ago that a wide variety of U.S. government sites were misconfigured, allowing porn bots to create links that redirected visitors to sites with colorful names like "HD Dog Sex Girl" and "Two Hot Russians Love Animal Porn." Among those affected was the Justice Department's Amber Alert site, links from which apparently redirected users to erotic material.

In a distressing world full of constant change and upheaval, the quality of Slashdot's editorial team is a soothing constant. I was worried when Taco sold out, but it looks like my fears were unfounded.

Mozilla Debuts Its New Firefox Logos

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An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today introduced a new Firefox family of logos, a rebranding effort it kicked off more than 18 months ago. For most people, Firefox refers to a browser, but the company now wants the brand to encompass the entire Firefox family of apps and services. "The 'Firefox' you've always known as a browser is stretching to cover a family of products and services united by putting you and your privacy first," Mozilla explained. "Firefox is a browser AND an encrypted service to send huge files. It's an easy way to protect your passwords on every device AND an early warning if your email has been part of a data breach. Safe, private, eye-opening. That's just the beginning of the new Firefox family."

So excited!

By AndyKron • Score: 3, Funny • Thread
OMG this is so exciting! I can't wait to get the new logos during one of their frequent and endless updates!

Re:And here come NutScraper again ...

By tepples • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

If you choose to disable telemetry, you have no right to complain when your favorite feature gets deprecated and removed for lack of use.

If you choose to disable sending crash reports, you have no right to complain when a defect appearing only in your edge case configuration goes unfixed.

If you choose to disable malicious site database lookups, you have no right to complain when a typosquatter's site cons you out of your identity or downloads ransomware to your Downloads folder.

Re:After 18 months

By ChatHuant • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Think about some logos that never change: GE, CocaCola, Microsoft, Apple, McDonalds, IBM, Ford, UPS, Shell, HP, Sun,Kellogg's, FedEx, MBC, KFC

In August was the Jackal born;
The Rains fell in September;
"Now such a fearful flood as this,"
Says he, "I can't remember!"

Coca-cola logos
Apple logos
Microsoft logos
KFC logos
 
... I can't be arsed to find more links, but you get the idea...

I don't understand the Firefox hate

By peppepz • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
Mozilla develop a browser and give it away, and the job they do is so difficult that they are the only ones on the planet still doing it: not even Microsoft make a browser any more. Without Firefox, the only remaining alternative for accessing the Web - that is, in today's world, to live - would be Chrome, which encompasses all the defects that people criticize Firefox for. Did Mozilla make mistakes? Yes they did, but only who does nothing doesn't make errors.

telemetry is a weasel word for spyware

By Foresto • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

"If you choose to disable telemetry, you have no right to complain when your favorite feature gets deprecated and removed for lack of use."

That statement demonstrates either deep ignorance, or disturbing arrogance. Compulsory spyware has never been necessary for learning what features our users depend on. We have been doing just fine without it for decades.

Now, dear users, whenever someone pushes you to accept their "telemetry", you ought to consider whether their actions demonstrate concern for your privacy.

Amazon To Shut Down Its Amazon Restaurants Business

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According to GeekWire, Amazon is shutting down its Amazon Restaurants food delivery service in the U.S. The service, which was first launched in Seattle back in 2015, gave Prime members a way to get meals delivered to their door, using the dedicated website or via the Prime Now shopping app. From the report: Amazon ended the program in London this past November and will say goodbye to its U.S. service later this month. "As of June 24th, we will discontinue the Amazon Restaurants business in the U.S.," an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement shared with GeekWire. "Many of the small number of employees affected by this decision have already found new roles at Amazon, and others will be provided personalized support to find a new role within, or outside of, the company."

Amazon will also shut down Daily Dish, a workplace lunch delivery service that launched in 2016, on June 14. This move comes less than a month after Amazon led a $575 million funding round for Deliveroo, a U.K.-based food delivery company. It's unclear what, if any, moves are left in Amazon's restaurant delivery arsenal. The company still delivers groceries from Whole Foods via Prime Now in nearly 100 U.S. markets. The competition is fierce in the food delivery market, with companies such as Uber, Grubhub, and DoorDash seeing big growth in recent years. Those three companies combined hold more than 75 percent of the U.S. food delivery market share.

Better to buy than build

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

There are many companies competing in the food delivery business. There is little to differentiate them, so they compete mainly on price. This leads to a zero-profit competition as they suck each other dry. Amazon can wait until there is only one company left standing, and then swoop in and acquire it.

Proposed Law in India Would Imprison Anyone Who Uses Cryptocurrency

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Holding, selling or dealing in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin could soon land people in India in jail for 10 years. From a report: The "Banning of Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2019" draft in the nation has proposed 10-year prison sentence for persons who "mine, generate, hold, sell, transfer, dispose, issue or deal in cryptocurrencies." Besides making it completely illegal, the bill makes holding of cryptos a non-bailable offence, too. Given the high chances of cryptocurrencies being misused for money laundering, various government bodies in the country such as the Income Tax Department and the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) had endorsed banning of cryptocurrencies.

What does "Hold a cryptocurrency" really mean?

By AnotherBlackHat • Score: 3 • Thread

This is the sort of law that makes me want to (claim to) donate a few satoshi to every politician who supported this bill.
Sure they might say they don't have a bitcoin wallet, but can they prove that?

Re:India is the new China?

By K. S. Kyosuke • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
Saffron is the new red.

What about tourists?

By SuperKendall • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Does this mean that any tourist that has a CoinBase app installed can be arrested?

Or does it mean you have a cryptocurrency app that has a private key stored locally?

Kind of a scary proclamation which should do nothing at all to halt the use of crypto-currency.

Re:Indian politicians and police . . .

By phantomfive • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
That's why India also got rid of cash.

Re:Every movement goes through four stages:

By fredrated • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Every movement? You mean there are none that failed? Remarkable.

The Biggest Data Breach Archive On the Internet Is For Sale

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Troy Hunt, the owner and founder of the well-known and respected data breach notification website " Have I Been Pwned," announced today that he's actively looking for a buyer.

"To date, every line of code, every configuration and every breached record has been handled by me alone. There is no 'HIBP team,' there's one guy keeping the whole thing afloat," Hunt wrote. "It's time for HIBP to grow up. It's time to go from that one guy doing what he can in his available time to a better-resourced and better-funded structure that's able to do way more than what I ever could on my own." Motherboard reports: Over the years, Have I Been Pwned has become the repository for data breaches on the internet, a place where users can search for their email address and see whether they have been part of a data breach. It's now also a service where people can sign up to get notified whenever their accounts get breached. It's perhaps the most useful, free, cybersecurity service in the world. Hunt said he's already had informal conversations with some organizations that might be interested in buying the service. Hunt said he's engaged the financial consulting firm KPMG to look for a buyer.

In the post, Hunt shared some staggering numbers that explain just how big Have I Been Pwned has become: 8 billion breached records, nearly 3 million people subscribed to notifications, who have been emailed about a breach 7 million times, 150,000 unique visitors to the site on a normal day, 10 million on an abnormal day. Regardless of who buys the site, Hunt made a series of commitments on the future of Have I Been Pwned: searches should remain free for consumers, the platform should expand and grow, and, finally, he wants to stay involved in some capacity.

Without transparency it is nothing

By Kernel Kurtz • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

That the important point the founder brought to the table. Tons of companies will happily buy this for its perceived commercial value, and it will be sketchy forever after.

Commitments, hey

By martinX • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

1. The buyer will squeeze him out within 6 months. 12 tops.
2. The buyer will start making deals with companies that have suffered breaches to keep their breach quiet. For a while. For a fee.
3. The platform will stagnate.

Pretty impressive

By grilled-cheese • Score: 3 • Thread
It's a testament to his ability to keep it alive and thriving by himself this long at that scale for something this important.

Ten US States Sue To Stop Sprint-T-Mobile Deal, Saying Consumers Will Be Hurt

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Ten states led by New York and California filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to stop T-Mobile's $26 billion purchase of Sprint, warning that consumer prices will jump due to reduced competition. The complaint comes as the U.S. Justice Department is close to making a final decision on the merger, which would reduce the number of nationwide wireless carriers to three from four. The all-Democratic attorneys general from the 10 states, including Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Virginia and Wisconsin, say the reduced competition would cost Sprint and T-Mobile subscribers more than $4.5 billion annually, according to the complaint. If the states' lawsuit goes forward, the courts would have the last say, not the Justice Department, Blair Levin, an analyst with New Street Research, said in a note on Tuesday. The next two big steps will be determining the position of Makan Delrahim, head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, and the identity of the judge assigned to the states' lawsuit, Levin wrote.

Re:Some hurt, some helped

By Krishnoid • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Here's Ting Mobile's take on this, at least as of a year ago.

Re:Some hurt, some helped

By squiggleslash • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Bear in mind it's very unlikely Sprint will survive anyway. This has always been about winding down Sprint. So one way or another we'll end up with a "Big 3", the question is whether we want three equals, or two giants and one scrappy underdog.

I like sprint being owned by softbank...

By PrimaryConsult • Score: 3 • Thread

If the merger goes through, Softbank will cede control. There have been some rather unexpected perks with the Softbank-Sprint link, most notably the fact that I get unlimited talk/text/4G data in Japan as if I was home. I feel like that perk is going to vanish once T-Mobile takes over.

Re:Some hurt, some helped

By thevirtualcat • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Yeah, pretty much.

It also comes down to "who gets Sprint's spectrum?"

Re:Some hurt, some helped

By Solandri • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
Ting is an MVNO which uses Sprint and T-Mobile's network. They obviously wish to avoid a situation where one company ends up in control of all the towers they use. But bear in mind that Sprint is the provider for most of the MVNOs out there because they offer their bandwidth for so cheap (part of the reason they always finish last on speed tests - their network is overprovisioned up the wazoo). If Sprint goes under, the big three will buy up their spectrum, and those MVNOs will be paying a lot more for their bandwidth than they do now.

So assuming Sprint doesn't survive if this merger isn't approved, it becomes a choice between prices going up for Ting customers, or prices going up for all MVNO customers.

'RAMBleed' Rowhammer Attack Can Now Steal Data, Not Just Alter It

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A team of academics from the US, Austria, and Australia, has published new research today detailing yet another variation of the Rowhammer attack. From a report: The novelty in this new Rowhammer variety -- which the research team has named RAMBleed -- is that it can be used to steal information from a targeted device, as opposed to altering existing data or to elevate an attacker's privileges, like all previous Rowhammer attacks, have done in the past. [...] In a research paper [PDF] published today, academics unveiled RAMBleed, the first Rowhammer attack that can actively deduce and steal data from a RAM card. To do this, researchers had to come up and combine different techniques, which, when assembled, would permit a RAMBleed attack to take place.

These names are getting ridiculous.

By fahrbot-bot • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

RAMBleed ...

Alternately, you can use two small goats or a medium cow.

Still not working here

By gweihir • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

I have run the tester-tool for a while on my hardware (several computers), no results. And I noticed a while back that most (all?) papers that describe measurements have the measurements done on laptops, with potentially much slower refresh-schedules, as that saves a significant amount of energy. It also increases the susceptibility to Rowhammer strongly. Does anybody have any reference for Rowhammer actually working on regular PC hardware?

Scary. But practical?

By AlanObject • Score: 3 • Thread

Having read the article I understand the basic principle being used, but other than maybe skimming some bits here and there would this ever yield useful data for an attacker?

In order "bleed" some bits your program can run in a VM (like AWS or Azure) or actually run in a client browser as a Javascript (!) program. But it has no control over what bits are adjacent and subject to exploit. What are the odds that you will actually be able to see the user's clear-text passwords? Not very high. So you get a byte or two at random among a 8G data field.

On top of that you will be inducing ECC errors to do that much. Very easy to detect. I can imagine a kernel module (even under Windows) that would mitigate this and it wouldn't be very hard to write.

Am I missing something?

Re:Scary. But practical?

By sinij • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Having read the article I understand the basic principle being used, but other than maybe skimming some bits here and there would this ever yield useful data for an attacker?

Am I missing something?

Yes, you are missing the fact that storing private keys in RAM is a common practice for all virtualized appliances running in the cloud.

More than Half of the World's Population is Now Online

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Mary Meeker, the general partner at venture capital firm Bond Capital, delivered a 333-page slideshow that looked back at every important internet trend in the last year and looks forward about what these trends tell us to expect in the year ahead. Some takeaways: 51% of the world -- or 3.8 billion people -- were internet users last year, up from 49% (3.6 billion) in 2017 and only 24% in 2009. Growth slowed to about 6% in 2018.
The percentage of U.S. adults who say they're "almost always online" has grown from 21% three years ago to 26%.
The percentage of U.S. adults trying to limit personal smartphone use has grown from 47% in 2017 to 63% in 2018.
Apple, Google, Facebook, and YouTube have all rolled out tools to help users monitor their usage.
People are more concerned about privacy than a year ago (but these high concerns are moderating).
Encrypted messaging and Web traffic are rising.
And yet, U.S. users still view the internet as a positive for themselves (88%) and society (70%), though both metrics have slightly decreased since 2014.

Not anymore...

By Oswald McWeany • Score: 3 • Thread

Someone just logged their computer off... it's only 49.9999999% now.

Hello World!

By tinkerton • Score: 3 • Thread

(waves)
ok, half of the world.

That fits with the old joke

By petes_PoV • Score: 3 • Thread
When a new employee asked the boss "how many people work here?" The reply was about half of them

I would guess that isn't the half that is online right now.

WordPress.com VIP Platform Outage Reverts Sites To Default Themes

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An anonymous reader shares a report: Web blog hosting platform WordPress.com is currently facing a significant technical issue that has resulted in premium blogs going down or reverting to using default themes. Impacted sites include major news outlets like BBC America, TechCrunch, 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, VentureBeat, DroneDJ, and Electrek; but also many companies that were using the WordPress.com's VIP offering to host corporate blogs, such as Facebook, the Wikimedia Foundation, and others. Automattic, the company behind the WordPress.com service has admitted to the technical issue in a series of tweets and a blog post from its engineering staff.

Re:Would using Rust instead of PHP prevented this?

By phantomfive • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
Worth mentioning that the primary use case for Rust is to prevent memory errors (leaks, overflows, dangling pointers). PHP already doesn't have this problem, and many of the vulnerabilities with Wordpress have been SQL Injection attacks, which Rust the language does nothing to prevent (at least, it does no more than PHP does. There are libraries for parameterized queries in both languages).

Cloud

By ledow • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

I got off the phone today with a company that make the software behind a website that we host ourselves.

They are now going "cloud-only" so we can no longer host a version of the (very expensive, annual licence) software ourselves but have to abide by their timetable for upgrades/breakages, give them all our data (including that of our customers, right next to that of our industry competitors), and tolerate whatever changes they decide to implement.

They were quite taken aback that we had absolutely no interest, would be cancelling our contract and doing our own thing (What, precisely? None of their business, as I told them - they have lots of competitors, and we are perfectly capable of making our own in-house equivalent but never needed to up until now).

Sorry, businesses, but cloud is just a money-maker for you, and poor service for your customers. Even Google Cloud haven't managed the uptime I can manage hosting on-site. I'm sure they have greater "total customer uptime" because of their size, but for our purposes it's much more important that I can spin up a local replica of EVERYTHING in minutes, from commodity hardware and under our control.

Wordpress has the same problem - all the companies that want to sell it to us want us to host with them or with a cloud provider. Nope. Not gonna happen. I may have a reason to take our website offline at 4am, and I can do so without your intervention. Similarly, if you want to take a cloud service down for an enforced upgrade smack bang in the middle of our working day, there's nothing I can do about that.

The last website designers we used just sold us a Wordpress theme, a crappy set of plugins that were out of date on the day-of-supply, and it was quite obvious that the underlying site configuration was a copy/paste of another of their customer's - still with all their old articles lingering in the database, licensed plugins with their keys, etc. I've never seen such shoddy configurations, and these people are trying to sell that to me as a secure product on hosting that I can't interrogate? Like hell.

Sorry, but I'm trusting you with my data. I need access to my data, or I may as well not even have it. I also need you to *not* have access to my data unless you have some critical need for it. That makes the majority of cloud services useless. Especially when the site in question is filled with our own customers, their details and other data, and is running under our brand.

One day, people will learn and we'll flip-flop between "on-premises" and "cloud hosted" just the same as "thin-client, fat-client" or "distribute, consolidated".

In the meantime, our email server and AD has a better uptime than Office 365, our cloud storage has a better uptime than Google GSuite, our website has a better uptime than our website designer's, and there is literally one organisation to blame if anything goes wrong... rather than a finger-pointing of cloud providers.

In the EU, with GDPR etc., you literally can't afford for someone else to host your customer data. You're still liable if it gets out into the wild and though they can hand-wave and lose you as a customer, the only people liable to those customers of yours who lose data is *you*.

Boom in Electric Scooters Leads To More Injuries, Fatalities

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As stand-up electric scooters have rolled into more than 100 cities worldwide, many of the people riding them are ending up in the emergency room with serious injuries. Others have been killed. From a report: There are no comprehensive statistics available but a rough count by The Associated Press of media reports turned up at least 11 electric scooter rider deaths in the U.S. since the beginning of 2018. Nine were on rented scooters and two on ones the victims owned. With summer fast approaching, the numbers will undoubtedly grow as more riders take to the streets. Despite the risks, demand for the two-wheeled scooters continues to soar, popularized by companies like Lime and Bird. In the U.S. alone, riders took 38.5 million trips on rentable scooters in 2018, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials. Riders adore the free-flying feel of the scooters that have a base the size of a skateboard and can rev up to 15 miles per hour. They're also cheap and convenient, costing about $1 to unlock with a smartphone app and about 15 cents per minute to ride. And in many cities, they can be dropped off just about anywhere after a rider reaches their destination. But pedestrians and motorists scorn the scooters as a nuisance at best and a danger at worst.

Just let people ride at their own risk

By ZorinLynx • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

If someone wants to risk their life by being careless on a scooter, let them.

I'm tired of useful things like scooters being regulated and possibly removed just because some idiots get hurt on them. Whenever someone rides a scooter instead of driving a car, that's one less car on the road, one less parking space needed. We need to encourage alternate forms of transportation.

Re:Problems with rented scooters

By jellomizer • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

I am not sure where you are differentiating being an adult and ride sharing scooters?

1. If it isn't too far... WALK. Adult often have a strict schedule, where they may need to be at a place at a particular time, While Walking is a good method of transit (in a city) it may take you too long to get somewhere, or when you do you are covered in sweat and giving a bad impression.

2. Buy and ride a bicycle. Adults who have to travel to a location, will need a place to store their owned bicycle, otherwise it can get stolen. Ride Sharing allows you to drop it off, and not worry that that particular scooter will be available when you get out of your location. Also many adults commute to the city, where there owned bike cannot be transported easilly via train, or their own car.

3. Use your own car. So to transport a local area, you need something that takes 50+ square feet. of space. In a City, you are going to fight traffic and have a hard time parking. Adults while may have a car, may realize it isn't the best tool for that environment.

Re:What happened to all the pogo sticks?

By cayenne8 • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Yeah, BB guns are totally safe, nobody ever got blinded, maimed or fucked up by those.

Well, we always knew better than to point any type of functional gun at one another.

That's why we got into bottle rocket wars.

;)

Re:Problems with rented scooters

By cayenne8 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

That's fucked up. We don't need more traffic clogging the streets. And since you insist, are you gonna pay for all the insurance, gas, parking, maintenance, etc? In fact, you should buy the car too.

Well, I was being a little sarcastic, as that in most of the US and US cities....everyone DOES own and use a car.

If you have a real job, you can afford a car and insurance, etc.

Hell, most US families get this...already own MORE than one car per family.

Re:Problems with rented scooters

By cayenne8 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

In a City, you are going to fight traffic and have a hard time parking.

Most people don't live in an urban nightmare where everyone is stacked upon one another like NYC or Chicago...or overcrowded like L.A.....

It simply isn't that bad in most cities across the US.

That, and don't most people generally go to their worksite, and STAY there to work all day, pretty much only leaving to go home?

Facebook's New Study App Pays Adults For Data After Teen Scandal

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Facebook shut down its Research and Onavo programs after a report exposed how the company paid teenagers for root access to their phones to gain market data on competitors. Now Facebook is relaunching its paid market research program, but this time with principles -- namely transparency, fair compensation, and safety. From a report: The goal? To find out what other competing apps and features Facebook should buy, copy, or ignore. Today Facebook releases its "Study From Facebook" app for Android only. Some adults 18+ in the US and India will be recruited by ads on and off Facebook to willingly sign up to let Facebook collect extra data from them exchange for a monthly payment. They'll be warned that Facebook will gather what apps are on their phone, how much time they spend using those apps, the app activity names of features they use in other apps, plus their country, device, and network type.

If you ever thought

By JustAnotherOldGuy • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

If you ever thought there was a level to which Facebook wouldn't stoop to trample people's privacy rights in their relentless quest to suck up your data, now you know.

There is no bottom for Facebook- they'd gladly implant chips in newborn babies if they thought they could get away with it (or at least get away with it long enough to collect some useful data).

A company's personality reflects the CEO

By QuietLagoon • Score: 3 • Thread
We are getting to know more and more about the one person who controls Facebook, a company that is larger than many countries.

Shazam for Android Now Recognizes Music Playing Through Headphones

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Shazam, the Apple-owned app that helps users identify songs playing around them, can now recognize songs you're listening to through your headphones when using an Android phone or tablet. From a report: Acquired by Apple for $400 million last year, the company introduced a feature called 'Pop-Up Shazam' to its Android app recently, which when enabled, works with any other Android app to track and identify songs playing externally or internally on the phone. It's a feature that many users have requested for years. Prior to this, when a user would chance upon a music track in say a YouTube video, they only had two inconvenient ways to shazam the song. They could either unplug the earphones from the phone and let the audio play through the built-in speakers, or draw an earpiece close to the mic of the phone. The new feature enables Shazam to track the audio signal beaming off of other apps, thereby not completely relying on just output from the surrounding and a phone's speaker. The app is tapping the audio signal by using a persistent notification that floats around and could be dragged -- like the ones from Facebook Messenger -- and can be activated by a single tap.

An interesting balance

By SuperKendall • Score: 3 • Thread

One the one hand, this does indeed seem like a really useful ability, to just ask what song is playing no matter the source.

On the other, I wonder at the ability of apps to monitor audio going to my headphones... I wonder what that permission even looks like, "Inter-device audio??".

On the whole though I think the utility of this ability is more worth it than the danger. I wonder if the iPhone even allows this...

Interesting implication

By Solandri • Score: 3 • Thread
That you can do this at all would mean one could write an app which captures an otherwise DRM-protected audio stream, and write a DRM-free perfect digital copy of the song. That's why this sort of functionality had to go through the analog hole in the past (holding the microphone up to the speaker) - the copyright holders had plugged this digital hole.

Opera Launches Opera GX, World's First Gaming Browser

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Opera Software, the company behind the Opera browser, today launched a custom version of its browser dedicated to online gamers and streamers on Windows platform. From a report: Named Opera GX, the browser comes with dedicated features that let users limit the browser's access to computer resources such as CPU (processor) and RAM (memory). The idea is to provide gamers with a way to navigate the web while leaving resources available for games or streaming applications that the gamer might also be running at the same time. "Running a game might require a lot of effort from your machine. Even more so if you are streaming while you play," said Maciej Kocemba, product director of Opera GX. "Before Opera GX, gamers often shut down their browsers to not slow down their gaming experience. We came up with the GX Control feature to make people's games run more smoothly without requiring them to compromise on what they do on the Web." Besides the GX Control Panel that lets users manage CPU and RAM usage limits, Opera GX also comes with Twitch integration, meaning users can log into their Twitch accounts via the browser's sidebar.

12 years after the world's first gaming browser

By fibonacci8 • Score: 3 • Thread
https://www.everquest2.com/new...

https://eq2.fandom.com/wiki/Up...

February 28th, 2007 Sony Online Entertainment added an embedded web browser to Everquest II.

Re:Lower loading times probably

By jellomizer • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

The problem isn't the browser, but the Site Developers.

Javascript is often the cause of massively slow performance on a page.
However well written JavaScript can improve performance of a page.
Dynamic HTML calls, with Web Service Calls can really improve overall speed, because it will allow you do download only the data that is needed. Thus saving a lot of bandwidth and pages load and run quickly....

However most of the time, developers are more focused on getting what they want done, vs getting it done well. So a lot of these calls dump a ton more data then needed. often needs to re-render large objects vs changing data in a previously well rendered object.

While I applaud browsers trying different approaches to the problems, The real problem is in site designers

Re:Make your gaming great again!

By Cid Highwind • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

how did we end up having browsers taking GB of RAM?

Somewhere between 1999 and now, the web stopped being a collection of documents with links to other documents, and became a collection of applications written in the world's worst programming language running in the world's worst VM.

Radiohead Release Hours of Hacked MiniDiscs To Benefit Extinction Rebellion

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Radiohead have released a vast collection of unreleased tracks made during the sessions for 1997 album OK Computer, after a MiniDisc archive owned by frontman Thom Yorke was hacked last week by an unnamed person, who reportedly held the recordings to ransom for $150,000. From a report: The band have now made the 18 MiniDisc recordings, most of them around an hour in length, available on Bandcamp for $23. Proceeds will go to climate activists Extinction Rebellion. The band's guitarist Jonny Greenwood confirmed the hack, and said: âoeInstead of complaining -- much -- or ignoring it, we're releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion. Just for the next 18 days. So for $23 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom. Never intended for public consumption (though some clips did reach the cassette in the OK Computer reissue) it's only tangentially interesting. And very, very long. Not a phone download." Thom Yorke wrote of the 1.8 gigabyte collection: "It's not v interesting. There's a lot of it 0... as it's out there it may as well be out there until we all get bored and move on."

Re:How much CO2 did their touring emit?

By TWX • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

They think they're so fucking special. I wish I was special.

Yay for them

By Shaitan • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Turn it into a PR stunt and instead of paying a random maybe make a few bucks.

Re:Extinction Rebellion...

By gbjbaanb • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

This is the same group thjat Emma Thompson (tv personality and all-round "luvvie") flew in specially to speak to (from LA) and then flew all the way back again (hopefully she didn't miss her tea).

Of all the groups to give climate change charity money to, this is not the one. Its a bunch of middle class shouty activists demanding the west be subjected to self-immolation to satisfy their own inferiority complexes and need to stroke their egos.

If they were serous about climate change, they'd be picketing an airport or coal-fired power plant in Beijing or Delhi. But they won't.

Re:Hack a physical offline medium?

By squiggleslash • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

A well trained agent sneaked into Radiohead's offices carrying a USB stick that, when plugged into Thom Yorke's laptop (located in a glass walled office on the 63rd floor of the Radiohead building), immediately opened a hole in the firewall allowing the guy's accomplice back at HQ, a 15yo whizkid hacker with no social skills, to log in and download the music.

The plan was nearly foiled when a security guard traveled up to the 63rd floor, causing our hero to immediately hide when he heard the elevator ding, but thankfully the guard didn't notice the glowing screen or see the progress bar showing the data being sent to the hacker.

The agent then traveled to the roof, and abseiled down the building, only to be noticed by the guards at the last minute who ran out the building only to see the agent jump into the passenger seat of a sportscar being driven by the agent's other accomplice, a blonde. The agent waved at them, and the sportscar sped away, with barely enough time for the guards draw their guns, shake their heads, and reholster them.

Can anyone explain radiohead to me?

By damn_registrars • Score: 3 • Thread
The last time I saw them perform on SNL it seemed like 3 bands performing simultaneously, each of them playing a different song that just happened to be roughly the same length. What is the point of that? Or am I just too old to understand "modern" music?

Apple's US iPhones Can All Be Made Outside of China If Needed

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Apple has a backup plan if the U.S.-China trade war gets out of hand. From a report: The Cupertino, Calif.-based company's primary manufacturing partner has enough capacity to make all iPhones bound for the U.S. outside of China if necessary, according to a senior executive at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. The Taiwanese contract manufacturer now makes most of the smartphones in the Chinese mainland. China is a crucial cog in Apple's business, the origin of most of its iPhones and iPads as well as its largest international market. But President Donald Trump has threatened Beijing with new tariffs on about $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, an act that would escalate tensions dramatically while levying a punitive tax on Apple's most profitable product.

Hon Hai, known also as Foxconn, is the American giant's most important manufacturing partner. It will fully support Apple if it needs to adjust its production as the U.S.-Chinese trade spat gets grimmer and more unpredictable, board nominee and semiconductor division chief Young Liu told an investor briefing in Taipei on Tuesday. "Twenty-five percent of our production capacity is outside of China and we can help Apple respond to its needs in the U.S. market," said Liu, adding that investments are now being made in India for Apple. "We have enough capacity to meet Apple's demand."

US manufacturing would add $10 to iPhone

By drnb • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Furthermore it would be excessively more expensive (for and buying from) if Apple did not source from other countries (not necessarily China). There would have to be a heck of a pay decrease for Americans building the products for Apple to have any chance of keeping their profit margin, and hilariously, if Apple does do that the shareholders would dump Apple faster than Enron.

Actually economics professors at USC have researched the cost increase and it would add about $10 to the price of an iPhone. Labor costs are a relatively small part of the overall cost.

Re:US

By drnb • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Old US Electronics was big. You can take apart an old TV, Radio, or even computer, replace a broken part and get it running again. Because all the major components, were large enough for anyone to fix it.

The same was true for comparable foreign electronics. It was an artifact of the technology. ICs changed everything, both US and abroad.

The magic of currency manipulation

By drnb • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Pretty much, if I wanted something done cheaply, China beat everyone out, even factoring shipping.

The magic of currency manipulation, by devaluing your currency everything is on sale, its not just labor costs. Plants, equipment, materials, shipping, etc ... everything.

Re:US

By TigerPlish • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

When did the USA make most of the World's consumer electronics? Not in my lifetime and that is getting pretty long.

The boom times for this was late 40's to late 60's. By late 70's the market had shifted to Japan. Then late 80's - 90s to China. And in that timeframe the Koreans made their first inroads. I had a goldstar microwave - today you know it as LG.

Some American names that I remember seeing often in Venezuela, where I lived at mid-70s and Puerto Rico 70's - 89:

Fisher - stereos (basically gone by mid 70's, turned into lo-cost shit)

Zenith - Everything from TV to record players / low-end hi-fi.

RCA - Radio, TVs.

Philco - Radio, TV.

Whirpool / Amana / Westinghouse - Appliances of all sorts

Regency - early Transistor radios.

Juliette - Small appliances, fans, etc

By the mid to late 70s this was all gone. some were sold to the Japanese, some to the French who then had it all made in China, and by the 80's you got a Technics, not a Fisher, you got a Trinitron, not an RCA, and now you get an LG instead of a Frigidaire.

I still have USA-made major appliances. I refuse to buy Chinese or Korean or Mexican. I'd rather fix the old and make them useful again than to give some other country my money.

Lunacy

By nehumanuscrede • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

It's absolute lunacy to put yourself into a position where a potential adversary controls the vast majority of the manufacturing process you rely upon for goods you sell. Even more so to rely on a SOLE manufacturer who has more control over your product than you do. ( Up until recently, relying on Russian rockets to get into space qualified for this topic. )

Everyone KNOWS this, but Big Business LOVES cheap labor. Thus, have they whispered into the ears of Politicians for decades which has resulted in the US playing nice with China ( even when we shouldn't have ). Now, they're all pitching a fit because their nice and easy source of cheap labor is being threatened. I suppose the question they have to ask themselves is this:

Would I rather sell a slightly more expensive product by moving manufacturing home, or not have a product to sell at all when China turns off the cheap labor spigot ?

Folks, a conflict with China is inevitable. The South China Sea is likely where it's going to start and, depending on the severity of the incident that starts it, things will get ugly very quickly.

I'll make a prediction right now: IF one of those man-made islands that China swore they would never militarize is the source for any attack on a US vessel, every one of those islands will become priority targets soon after. The US will bomb those islands back into the Stone Age by any and all means necessary.

It would be advisable for US companies to start shifting manufacturing to someone who isn't going to weaponize it ( and likely just turn it off ) when the US ceases playing the game by Chinese rules.

Canada Plans To Ban 'Harmful' Single-Use Plastics By 2021

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that Canada will ban many single-use plastic items by 2021, including bags, straws, cutlery and stirring sticks, to cut harmful waste damaging the country's ecosystems. CNN reports: Trudeau announced the measures Monday, describing "a problem we simply can't ignore." "Plastic waste ends up in our landfills and incinerators, litters our parks and beaches, and pollutes our rivers, lakes, and oceans, entangling and killing turtles, fish, and marine mammals," the Canadian leader said in a statement. "Less than 10 per cent of plastic used in Canada gets recycled. Without a change in course, Canadians will throw away an estimated $11 billion worth of plastic materials each year by 2030." Trudeau said his government will work with companies that use or create plastic products to set targets on waste.

Re: Why can't the US be a leader?

By Rhipf • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

https://www.theglobeandmail.co...

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/...

https://www.theglobeandmail.co...

How many more articles would you like (you did ask for just one).

Re: Biggest source not addressed

By Oswald McWeany • Score: 4 • Thread

At some point we are just a virus slowly killing mother earth. We keep creating new ways to pollute while being slow to recognize the impact. It might not be global warming the kills us, but our polluted food and water supply.

Earth finds a way. And Earth will find a way with plastics. There are some bacteria that can break down certain plastic bonds and more will evolve. For the first umpteen million years of woody plants nothing ate wood. Wood would not decompose. Think about that for a second- instead of "plastic pollution" the earth had "wood pollution".

The only way the earth got rid of wood is form fire- or it slowly became the coal that West Virginians and Yorkshire miners love today.

Could plastics in the ocean be our successor species form of oil? Probably not, but, I suspect at some point in the future we will artificially create an organism that can break down plastic, just like various animals can break down wood today. That organism will break down our plastic waste, and no doubt escape into the wild.... but I'm not Nostradamus, so I might be wrong.

Re: Why can't the US be a leader?

By aicrules • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Yes it does, because they are fleeing due to being here illegally. Those words are the entry message to Ellis Island for legally naturalizing immigrants. Nice try Vlad.

Banning harmful things

By spaceyhackerlady • Score: 3 • Thread

Let's start by banning Trudeau.

Harmful? Check.

Plastic? Check.

Single-use? I hope so...

...laura

Go for it - but seriously

By bradley13 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Last night, I watched a BBC special on the situation in the UK. Since China isn't taking their plastic anymore, they ship it to Malaysia. 132,000 tons last year. And in Malaysia, the people they pay to take the stuff? Lots of them just take the money and pile up the plastic in the jungle. Where it disintegrates, blows around, and ultimately washes down the rivers into the ocean. Or, maybe worse, they set fire to it in the open.

Around half of that waste is related to the kitchen: shopping bags, plastic tubs, wrappings for fruit and vegetables. And, really, there is no reason for it to exist. If you go to the grocery store, for any given vegetable, you can probably buy it pre-packaged in plastic, or loose with no packaging. But buying it loose costs a lot more. Why?

Take bottled water. There is absolutely no reason to take ordinary water, put in in plastic bottles, and drive it around. Mineral water costs maybe 500x as much as tap water, and generates insane numbers of plastic bottles. WTF? Even if you want bubbles in your water, just buy one of the gadgets that fizzes your tap water - problem solved. Sure, those are PET bottles, and they're supposed to be recycled. Wanna buy a bridge?

Around 1/3 of the waste they tracked in Malaysia was from. It used to be that you could buy large refill-sizes of products like shampoo, at least from certain manufacturers. I haven't seen those for years - it's all relatively small, single-use bottles.

Some countries dispose of single-use plastic better than others. Where the UK pays to ship it thousands of miles to become someone else's problem, I believe that the US buries most of it. A waste of land, and your descendants won't thank you for the treasures you're leaving behind, but it's better than shipping garbage somewhere else. Even better is the Swiss model, where anything not recycled is incinerated to generate electricity. Even better would be to simply eliminate the stuff.

I'm not a rabid eco-freak by any means, but single-use plastic is just stupid. It's a waste of resources, and it's a long-term, serious environmental problem. Ban it, or at least put such a huge tax on the stuff that it is only used where there is absolutely no other choice.

NASA 'Snoopy' Lunar Module Likely Found 50 Years After Being Jettisoned Into Space

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: NASA's trip to the Moon's surface in July 1969 was preceded by a lot of preparatory missions -- including Apollo 10, which involved a mock mission with everything but the actual landing. Astronauts Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan flew a lunar module, nicknamed "Snoopy" by the agency, nearly all the way to the Moon during Apollo 10, and then shot the module off into space once they'd completed their task. There was never any intent to return Snoopy to Earth -- it was sent into an orbit around the sun beyond the Moon after the astronauts completed their maneuvers and returned to the command module, and NASA did not track its trajectory. The effort to discover its location began in 2011, undertaken by a group of amateur U.K. astronomers led by Nick Howes -- the same who now claim they're "98 percent convinced" they've discovered where it ended up, according to Sky News. Howes' further speculated that if they confirm its location, someone like Elon Musk could recover it and preserve it as a key cultural artifact.

Re:thats a great idea!!!

By eth1 • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

lets spend hundreds of millions of dollars or a few billion dollars recovering some old space junk instead of spending on something humanity really needs like R&D in alternatives to the plastics that is slowly choking and poisoning this planet which is the only home we have, or alternative food sources that will help feed the hungry, or better education,

Well, recovering Snoopy to a closer Earth orbit would probably be good practice for eventually capturing asteroids to mine. Nowhere near the same mass, but you have to start somewhere.

Re:"Someone like Elon Musk"

By infolation • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

someone like Elon Musk could recover it

Why should Musk recover it? It's NASA's freakin' space-trash. You dropped it. You pick it up.

10, 20, 30, 40, 50 or more

By bugs2squash • Score: 3 • Thread
Maybe the Red Baron will finally shoot it down.

"nicknamed "Snoopy" by the agency" - nope

By Wdi • Score: 3 • Thread

This was the last mission where the astronaut crew (not the agency) had naming rights for their mission modules. Since the astronaut-picked names became less and less PR-compatible over the series of the Apollo flights, this right was taken away from them before the Big Event. Only the names of the modules of Apollo 11 and later were selected by NASA heads (who were switched into full patriotic mode beforehand).

Re:"nicknamed "Snoopy" by the agency" - nope

By sconeu • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Nope. Astronauts picked the names. NASA brass just had final approval.

Read "Carrying the Fire", "Forever Young", etc...

Raytheon, United Technologies Merger Will Create a New Aerospace Giant

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The Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. are merging in an all-stock deal that the two companies say is a merger of equals. The new company's name will be Raytheon Technologies Corp. -- and it's expected to have nearly $74 billion in annual sales. NPR reports: The new defense and aerospace company would be second only to Boeing in the U.S., according to the latest Forbes 500 rankings by annual revenue. On that list, Boeing had more than $101 billion in revenue while another rival, Lockheed Martin, racked up $53.7 billion, according to Forbes. "The combination of United Technologies and Raytheon will define the future of aerospace and defense," United Technologies Chairman and CEO Greg Hayes said in a statement about the deal. Hayes is set to become the leader of the new company: He'll take the titles of chairman and CEO two years after the merger is finalized.

Under the deal, United Technologies' shareholders will own about 57% and Raytheon shareholders will own about 43% of the merged company. Both Raytheon's and United Technologies' board of directors have unanimously approved the merger, which is expected to close during the first half of 2020. The headquarters of Raytheon Technologies will be in the Boston metro area, the companies say. Raytheon is currently based in Waltham, Mass., while United Technologies is based in Farmington, Conn. Under the deal, the new Raytheon Technologies will consolidate its operations into four businesses. One will be based on intelligence and aerospace and another based on defense and missile systems. Those entities will join Collins Aerospace (the recently acquired Rockwell Collins Inc.) and jet engine-maker Pratt & Whitney -- two of United Technologies' high-revenue divisions.

Too many megacorps.

By Gravis Zero • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

I truly don't understand why the government keep approving the merging of these behemoth corporations. The resulting megacorps have demonstrated time and time again that they are juggernauts that will plow over competitors using any means means necessary. We need to break up megacorps, not make more of them.

Re:Too many megacorps.

By sheramil • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

I'm just hanging out for them to actually go to war with each other. With cyber-enhanced former spec-ops methedrine addicts who wear greatcoats and mirror-shades and who ride electric motorcycles dangerously.

Re:Too many megacorps.

By 110010001000 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The people who approve these mergers eventually sit on the boards of the company when they "retire".

Cost Reduction and Quality

By tyler2016 • Score: 3, Informative • Thread

This isn't always the case with mergers, but it isn't entirely a bad thing. Hear me out. There is still Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Boeing, and many other big companies in the business, so there is still some competition.

I have worked at a facility with government contracts before. The facility I was at had contractors from several companies, often performing very similar roles. It sounds strange, but this sort of thing could actually save the tax payer some money. Instead of having 2 24x7 support contracts with 12 people each from 2 different companies, if they were to merge, the total people could be reduced from 24 to 18.

There were actually quite a few contractors and products from smaller companies where I was at.

Another possible upside is better quality in some cases. Since multiple companies had stuff on the same network performing similar functions, data storage for different applications for example, the storage systems could be consolidated resulting in better performance and lower costs.

The way some contracts work is performance based. Take cruise missiles for example (no, I didn't work with cruise missiles). It would be expected that if an agreed upon number of cruise missiles don't work as advertised, say it misses its target or its warhead fails to detonate, the amount the government pays for the contract drops significantly.