Alterslash

the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2021-May-28 today archive
 

Contents

  1. Satellites May Have Been Underestimating the Planet's Warming For Decades
  2. Twitter Could Be Working On Facebook-Style Reactions
  3. WhatsApp Says It Won't Limit Functionality If You Refuse Its Privacy Policy -- For Now
  4. Apps Reportedly Limited To Maximum of 5GB RAM In iPadOS, Even With 16GB M1 iPad Pro
  5. US Soldiers Expose Nuclear Weapons Secrets Via Flashcard Apps
  6. Should Microsoft Have Kept Mum On Gates, Nixed Employee Board Representation?
  7. UK Police Stumble Upon Bitcoin Mine While Looking For Cannabis Farm
  8. AI Could Soon Write Code Based On Ordinary Language
  9. Biden Administration Continues To Defend Social Media Registration Requirement in Court
  10. Big Video Game Leaks Like 'Far Cry 6' Are Nearly Impossible To Stop
  11. Twitch Warns Streamers Another Wave of Copyright Strikes is Coming
  12. Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and Other Internet Giants Comply With India's IT Rules
  13. Astronaut Chris Hadfield Calls Alien UFO Hype 'Foolishness'
  14. Harvey Schlossberg, Cop With a PhD in Defusing a Crisis, Dies at 85
  15. Days Before a Report, Chinese Hackers Removed Malware From Infected Networks
  16. Google Nears Settlement of Ad-Tech Antitrust Case in France
  17. Logitech CEO Says Chip Shortage Could Last for Up To a Year
  18. Google's Chrome Browser is About To Get a Lot Faster
  19. Microsoft Says SolarWinds Hackers Have Struck Again at the US and Other Countries
  20. The FBI Will Feed Hacked Passwords Directly Into Have I Been Pwned
  21. Charter Charges More Money For Slower Internet On Streets With No Competition
  22. Chinese Hackers Posing As the UN Human Rights Council Are Attacking Uyghurs
  23. New Dark Matter Map Reveals Cosmic Mystery

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

Satellites May Have Been Underestimating the Planet's Warming For Decades

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from LiveScience: The global warming that has already taken place may be even worse than we thought. That's the takeaway from a new study that finds satellite measurements have likely been underestimating the warming of the lower levels of the atmosphere over the last 40 years. Basic physics equations govern the relationship between temperature and moisture in the air, but many measurements of temperature and moisture used in climate models diverge from this relationship, the new study finds. That means either satellite measurements of the troposphere have underestimated its temperature or overestimated its moisture, study leader Ben Santer, a climate scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, said in a statement.

"It is currently difficult to determine which interpretation is more credible," Santer said. "But our analysis reveals that several observational datasets -- particularly those with the smallest values of ocean surface warming and tropospheric warming -- appear to be at odds with other, independently measured complementary variables." Complementary variables are those with a physical relationship to each other. In other words, the measurements that show the least warming might also be the least reliable.
The findings have been published in the Journal of Climate.

Re:Scientists found indicators

By serviscope_minor • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Scientists found indicators that not only the first floor is burning but even the second floor seems to be.

Meanwhile people in the hallway are telling people with 2nd degree burns in the rooms itâ(TM)s fine - because the bricks of the building have been molten lava at some point in history and science is obviously still out on how bad the fire is.

They're also yelling about how maybe the first floor isn't actually on fire because if the scientists weren't sure about the second floor then well, they might be wrong about the first floor and anyway my face isn't turning black and crispy why do you ask?

Re:Play this climate simulation game

By serviscope_minor • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

I am an Aspie and I don't always recognize humor. So is this supposed to be a joke?

I ain't and I can't tell either.

Measurement vs Estimate is the problem

By fygment • Score: 3 • Thread

What is being compared is the measurements taken vs what models built on what are believed to be related factors are saying.

This is the foundation of the problems with climate science. Not everything is known nor understood and so there is a dependence on data. The data in turn is so overwhelmingly high dimensional that to be understood it must be compressed. To do this models are made that use fewer variables but that (it is hoped) approximate the high dimensional truth. That is a serious challenge and it means that models approximate reality with a margin of error that is never mentioned in media dispatches. So someone is likely looking at the models now involved in those estimates and measurements.

News flash: it doesn't matter if the climate is changing or not. Use resources efficiently, waste less, respect the planet ... why should you only do that because you're scared?

Re:Play this climate simulation game

By magzteel • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Anyone who was born between 1970 and 1985 has seen how quickly climate is changing. From glaciers receding to winters with no snow and then the occasional unseasonal dump of snow.

Those born after 1990 have always seen climate as getting warmer, but may not realize as recently as 1986 weather was consistent across north America and Europe.

Between 1930 and 1986 weather was rather predictable. The earth warmed as much between 1930 and 1986 as it did between 1986 and 1996. This correlates with the price of oil. Go figure. So until we run out of extractable oil, the planet is just going to keep being miserable.

Anyone born before 1970 who is still alive has by definition seen everything a person born after 1970 and 1990 has seen, plus they have a lot more perspective than their younger counterparts. Ask the older people what they thing of climate change and they will tell you they've seen it all before.

Re:Too much focus on 1 fix (Re:Play this climate .

By hey! • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

What we should be reaching for is a *slow* rate of change, one that human societies and natural ecosystems can adapt to smoothly. It doesn't matter if the climate ends up where it was five million years ago ... if that change takes a million years. But if it takes a *thousand* years, that's 1000x the rate of change. That thousand-fold difference makes a huge economic and environmental difference.

When I was a kid we had native brook trout in the streams near my house, but they were threatened by pollution. Then came the Clean Water Act of 1972, and now the rivers are clean enough for brookies, but the change came too late, the population was wiped out. You can't restock them because over the course of the last fifty years climate changed, and summer temperatures routinely reach levels these fish can't survive. If the *same* change from the last fifty years had occurred over fifty *thousand* years -- a rate that falls within the ranges of rates we see in the natural paleoclimate change record -- that's a very different situation. The trout wouldn't be extinct here in *my* lifetime, and in the year 52021 the range of the species would be about the same size, just a little north-shifted. Here at the southern end of that range we might even see heat tolerant subspecies emerge.

The brook trout is just a charismatic but economically unimportant species, but the same *kinds* of stresses are happening to ecosystems wholesale, and affect jobs that are tied to those ecosystems. Habitats are being overtaken by species that are disruption-tolerant -- poison ivy and oak, bark beetle, and fungi like coffee leaf rust. Now if the disease-free range of coffee were to shrink over a thousand years, nobody would notice; the price of coffee would gradually rise until it became something people drank in historical novels. But if that happens in *a hundred years*, coffee farmers lose their livelihood, economies are destabilized, and consumers experience loss.

Twitter Could Be Working On Facebook-Style Reactions

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Twitter could be adding some new emojis to augment its formerly star-shaped, currently heart-shaped Like button, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. The Verge reports: The assets Wong found -- which have been reliable predictions of future features in the past -- show "cheer," "hmm," "sad," and "haha" emoji reactions, though some currently only have a placeholder emoji. Facebook has had a similar set of reactions since 2016. But Wong's leak shows that Twitter could be taking a slightly different path when it comes to which moods it wants users to express: while it has laughing and sad expressions in common with Facebook, Twitter may also include a makes-you-think and cheer option. Twitter doesn't seem to have the "angry" expression that Facebook does, but that may be because anger on Twitter is already handled by the reply and quote tweet functions.

WhatsApp Says It Won't Limit Functionality If You Refuse Its Privacy Policy -- For Now

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Since it was first announced in January, WhatsApp's new privacy policy has received a lot of criticism not only for sharing a significant amount of user data with Facebook but because the app threatened to cut functionality over time if users didn't accept it. Now, according to The Next Web, the Facebook-owned app says it won't restrict any functionality, even if you don't accept the policy for now. From the report: [WhatsApp said in statement:] "Given recent discussions with various authorities and privacy experts, we want to make clear that we currently have no plans to limit the functionality of how WhatsApp works for those who have not yet accepted the update. Instead, we will continue to remind users from time to time about the update as well as when people choose to use relevant optional features, like communicating with a business that is receiving support from Facebook."

In the future, this could change, but WhatsApp is trying to keep its user base, and governments around the world happy. After the policy was first introduced in January, a ton of users started shifting to other platforms such as Telegram and Signal. Last week, India asked WhatsApp to retract its privacy policy. It sent a notice to WhatsApp saying that the new policy is in violation of the country's laws.

Not sure the relevance of WhatsApp these days...

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

I am not sure why people bother with WhatsApp, especially with Signal and Telegram out there, both of which have decent security. Even if WhatsApp passes muster with end to end encryption and messages not remaining on servers, the fact it is owned by FB and the privacy policy changes should get people to go find something else.

I have a feeling WhatsApp and FB Messenger will likely merge completely, sooner or later. All the more reason to find something else.

Apps Reportedly Limited To Maximum of 5GB RAM In iPadOS, Even With 16GB M1 iPad Pro

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Despite Apple offering the M1 iPad Pro in configurations with 8GB and 16GB of RAM, developers are now indicating that apps are limited to just 5GB of RAM usage, regardless of the configuration the app is running on. MacRumors reports: The M1 iPad Pro comes in two memory configurations; the 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB models feature 8GB of RAM, while the 1TB and 2TB variants offer 16GB of memory, the highest ever in an iPad. Even with the unprecedented amount of RAM on the iPad, developers are reportedly severely limited in the amount they can actually use. Posted by the developer behind the graphic and design app Artstudio Pro on the Procreate Forum, apps can only use 5GB of RAM on the new M1 iPad Pros. According to the developer, attempting to use anymore will cause the app to crash: "There is a big problem with M1 iPad Pro. After making stress test and other tests on new M1 iPad Pro with 16GB or RAM, it turned out that app can use ONLY 5GB or RAM! If we allocate more, app crashes. It is only 0.5GB more that in old iPads with 6GB of RAM! I suppose it isn't better on iPad with 8GB." Following the release of its M1-optimized app, Procreate also noted on Twitter that with either 8GB or 16GB of available RAM, the app is limited by the amount of RAM it can use.

Wow

By Malays2 bowman • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

When I was growing up, programmers often were limited to 64 KILOBYTES or less of RAM. Often "tricks" were employed to pull off some truly amazing shit (check out the C64 demo scene)

Maybe this is a good thing, as programmers will have to be more skilled and efficient with code, rather than expecting the user to throw more ram and cpu at the problem they've created.

Now if websites were given stricter limitations on resource usage. :-\

Re: This may be a good thing...

By Malays2 bowman • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Take a look at the source of a Google Groups page- ooUcFUCKh!

Never mind that this is a Usenet archive with posts made from machines that had far less combined ram and disk byte amount than the pages being served up!

Kinda ridiculous

By raymorris • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

This week at work I went to install a program that checks an input string against a list of a million "disallowed" strings.
I had glanced at the code and it looked like the programmer was reasonably competent.

When I ran it, I saw it used about 300MB of RAM and took over 80 milliseconds for each lookup.

I spent two hours writing my own version that uses 12 MB of RAM (for the .Net library) and takes 0.6 milliseconds.

So it's 100X faster and uses 20X less memory, by - having a clue how to program. As in, actually knowing WTF I'm doing.

I could have made it faster by using a binary index file for the textual list, but I decided I liked to have all the data easily human-readable in any text editor.

If someone is writing software for an iPad and they're using more than 5 GB of RAM, more than 5 BILLION bytes, they just might be fucking clueless about programming.

Re:Kinda ridiculous

By sxpert • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

the SSD is fast enough to stream the fscking audio samples real time.
it's high time for these people to learn how to code properly, instead of just porking out

What's the problem?

By Flu • Score: 3 • Thread
5GB of RAM is roughly 600 HD images. If you can't engineer a program that can process more than 5GB of data efficiently without keeping all of it in RAM all the time, maybe you should consider a career outside software engineering.

US Soldiers Expose Nuclear Weapons Secrets Via Flashcard Apps

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bellingcat: For US soldiers tasked with the custody of nuclear weapons in Europe, the stakes are high. Security protocols are lengthy, detailed and need to be known by heart. To simplify this process, some service members have been using publicly visible flashcard learning apps -- inadvertently revealing a multitude of sensitive security protocols about US nuclear weapons and the bases at which they are stored. While the presence of US nuclear weapons in Europe has long been detailed by various leaked documents, photos and statements by retired officials, their specific locations are officially still a secret with governments neither confirming nor denying their presence. As many campaigners and parliamentarians in some European nations see it, this ambiguity has often hampered open and democratic debate about the rights and wrongs of hosting nuclear weapons.

However, the flashcards studied by soldiers tasked with guarding these devices reveal not just the bases, but even identify the exact shelters with "hot" vaults that likely contain nuclear weapons. They also detail intricate security details and protocols such as the positions of cameras, the frequency of patrols around the vaults, secret duress words that signal when a guard is being threatened and the unique identifiers that a restricted area badge needs to have. Like their analogue namesakes, flashcard learning apps are popular digital learning tools that show questions on one side and answers on the other. By simply searching online for terms publicly known to be associated with nuclear weapons, Bellingcat was able to discover cards used by military personnel serving at all six European military bases reported to store nuclear devices. Experts approached by Bellingcat said that these findings represented serious breaches of security protocols and raised renewed questions about US nuclear weapons deployment in Europe.
The report notes that some of the flashcards "had been publicly visible online as far back as 2013," while others "detailed processes that were being learned by users until at least April 2021."

Crucially, all flashcards mentioned in the article "have been taken down from the learning platforms on which they appeared after Bellingcat reached out to NATO and the US Military for comment prior to publication," the report states.

Re:I find myself curious...

By sysrammer • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Crucially, all flashcards mentioned in the article "have been taken down from the learning platforms on which they appeared after Bellingcat reached out to NATO and the US Military for comment prior to publication," the report states.

"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the flash cards are for and why they are here, they will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable."

Strange story

By Malays2 bowman • Score: 3 • Thread

When I was little, I asked my mom what she would do if she bought me an electronic toy that suddenly started spewing out government secrets that were recorded in it.

She said something along the lines of "I would call the police and turn it over to them".

In this day and age, I now wonder if turning in such an item would earn you a free waterboard vacation in a secret Club Fed. :-|

US government doesn't attract the best and brighte

By raymorris • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

The US government offers employees:

A workplace where it's VERY hard to get fired, it's okay to suck at your job.

Low pay.

Few opportunities for advancement by doing your job well; seniority (sitting there a long time) is what gets you ahead.

Little to no accountability.

The workers attracted to government positions don't tend to be the best and brightest. I've worked with, and hung out with, the government's security experts. They aren't impressive.

Though, one guy who was ex-MI5 was pretty smart. Of course he GTFO of government service while he was still young. The private sector offered much better pay and less bureaucracy for a talented guy like him.

Sadly, so.

By jd • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

They really are this stupid. Even those in techncal fields have a nasty habit of doing some really stupid things. Security briefings stating "do not jog o the jet runway", using .rhosts files for sensitive data systems and "our last audit showed over twenty administrators usng password as their password" really and truly do not inspire confidence.

Everything leaks

By CuriousKangaroo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
This is an excellent example of why people who think the US government has been hiding aliens in Area 51 for 70+ years are clearly very very wrong.

Should Microsoft Have Kept Mum On Gates, Nixed Employee Board Representation?

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theodp writes: Video of Microsoft's Annual Shareholder Meeting in Dec. 2019, at which the company's Board of Directors dismissed the idea that employee Board representation was necessary to combat issues -- including sexual harassment -- takes on new significance in light of the company's response to a recent WSJ report that Bill Gates left the Microsoft Board in March 2020 amid a probe launched in late 2019 into a prior relationship with a staffer that was deemed inappropriate. "Microsoft received a concern in the latter half of 2019 that Bill Gates sought to initiate an intimate relationship with a company employee in the year 2000," a Microsoft spokesman said in response to the WSJ story. "A committee of the Board reviewed the concern, aided by an outside law firm to conduct a thorough investigation."

At the 2019 Annual Meeting, Microsoft Board Chair John Thompson kicked things off by thanking shareholders for their trust before introducing the nominees for the board of directors who were in attendance, starting with "Bill Gates, our cofounder." Attention then turned to "a shareholder proposal requesting a report on Employee Representation on the Board of Directors," which shareholder advocate Mari Schwartzer argued was called for in light of "alleged gender discrimination and sexual harassment within our company." Unswayed by that argument, Microsoft Corporate Secretary Dev Stahlkopf responded that the Board had decided to nix the proposal as unnecessary, explaining that "the Board is already deeply engaged on providing oversight of workplace culture," which she noted included "receiving direct feedback from employees through anonymous polls."

Schwartzer made the same proposal -- which again fell on deaf Board ears -- the next year at Microsoft's Dec. 2020 Annual Meeting. Gates was no longer on the Board at that time -- he resigned in Mar. 2020 just three months after his re-election for what Microsoft billed to the SEC as a chance to devote himself more fully to philanthropy, repeating the same reasons Gates provided in a self-published LinkedIn post (no connection was made between his departure and the Board's investigation, and a recent statement from a Gates spokesperson insisted, "Bill's decision to transition off the board was in no way related to this matter"). However, the Microsoft Board of Directors made sure shareholders were aware of Bill's continuing influence at Microsoft in a letter included in Microsoft's 2020 SEC proxy filing. The Board wrote, "This year, Co-Founder and Technology Advisor Bill Gates stepped down from the Company's Board of Directors to dedicate more time to his philanthropic priorities. He continues to serve as Technology Advisor to CEO Satya Nadella and other leaders in the Company. The Board has benefited from Bill's leadership and vision in innumerable ways over the years, and we are grateful for his contributions and insights."

In an interview on CNBC last Friday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was pressed to address the issue of Bill Gates' acknowledged 2000 affair with a Microsoft employee. "The power dynamic in the workplace is not something that can be abused in any form," Nadella replied, "and the most important thing is for us to make sure that everybody is comfortable in being able to raise any issues they see, and for us to be able to fully investigate it." So, with all of the revelations and bad press, will Microsoft's Board reject the idea of Employee Board Representation for a third year straight while keeping mum on Gates later this year at the 2021 Annual Shareholders Meeting?

It's very reasonable. You don't shit where you eat

By Somervillain • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Almost two decades. Does it take that long to muster up courage? Or have the rules changes in the meantime to make it easier to complain?

If my CEO did something against regulations, I wouldn't complain because I need a job. Once I've left and had a few good entries on my resume?...sure. However, if I reported something right now, I risk getting fired and it's REALLY tough to find a new job when you've been fired. Your employer will most likely lie about the reason you were terminated, so you need to go to court to get that straightened...

Imagine a woman who hypothetically was propositioned by the CEO. OK, her employer says she was fired for poor work. So she walks into your office and when asked why she left her previous job after a few questions she admits she left due to sexual harassment and is suing them...your HR dept calls and says she was terminated with cause for subpar work. What do you do? While this is happening, another person applies for the job 2 weeks later who is 98% as qualified as this first candidate. You have a choice between largely equivalent candidates except one has a good recommendation from their past employer and the other burnt bridges and tells you a story about being propositioned by the CEO and that she has a pending court case against them...which do you pick? Do you take the risk that the woman could be lying & could be toxic...or go with the no-drama candidate? Accusations don't need to be remotely true or even plausible to harm you. After all, when you hear Richard Gere and rodent, what comes to mind?....a wild story with no credibility...but you're still thinking about that instead of "An Officer and a Gentleman"

I was let go from a contracting gig for filing too many bugs against the woman who was blowing my boss's boss when I was in my early 20s. I didn't know until I was let go she was having an affair with him, but the bugs were legit and carefully and professionally documented...she was a nice woman who I got along with, but she did bad work...however, I made her look bad and he demanded I must go. Fortunately, it was a shitty job and I wasn't there long, but it was tough finding my next job because all of my references were from my previous job or peers. Since I was young and new, they wanted to hear from my previous boss and he didn't want to get in the middle of it. I finally landed a great job because I did well on the interview and they didn't care about my past, but it took me a few tries and we were in a recession at the time. I was pretty terrified.

So yeah...if Bill Gates tried to shove his dick up my ass, I'd wait VERY long until reporting it and would certainly not be the first...the first accuser always gets the most scrutiny. As they say, "you'll recognize the pioneers by the arrows in their back."

Re:Gates can't get a date

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Well, money did buy Bill 27 years of Melinda at least.

According to TFS, he was cheating on her by year six.

2006:Workplace Romance A No-No at Gates Foundation

By theodp • Score: 3 • Thread

From the /. archives: Workplace Romance A No-No at Gates Foundation

Re:What is the issue?

By Tony Isaac • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

It's not possible for a boss dating a subordinate, to be objective in his treatment of her, compared to others. Everybody knows she's the favorite, that she is treated differently. This makes for a very demoralizing situation for other employees.

Re:Gates can't get a date

By serviscope_minor • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The thing I don't get is how people seem all surprised.

You and I have similar UIDs so we're technically speaking old farts who have been on slashdot for nearly 20 years. So we remember all the blatantly illegal shit Microsoft did under the leadership of Bill Gates back in the day, not to mention the not proven illegal but deeply skeezy stuff. Then spent 15 years trying to buy redemption with his ill gotten gains.

And now people are all shocked Pikachu face that Bill Gates is in fact a massive asshole.

UK Police Stumble Upon Bitcoin Mine While Looking For Cannabis Farm

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phalse phace shares a report from the BBC: A suspected Bitcoin "mining" operation illegally stealing electricity has been found by police who were searching for a cannabis farm. Officers had been tipped off about the site on the Great Bridge Industrial Estate, Sandwell, and raided it on May 18, West Midlands Police said. Instead of cannabis plants they found a bank of about 100 computer units. The force said the cryptocurrency "mine" had effectively stolen thousands of pounds of electricity. Inquiries with network operator Western Power Distribution found an illegal connection to the electricity supply.

Detectives said they were tipped off about lots of people visiting the unit throughout the day and a police drone picked up a lot of heat coming from the building. Sgt Jennifer Griffin said, given the signs, they had expected to find a cannabis farm. "It had all the hallmarks of a cannabis cultivation set-up and I believe it is only the second such crypto mine we have encountered in the West Midlands," she said. The computer equipment has been seized but no arrests have been made, the force said.

Re:Heat?

By Firethorn • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

To expand upon this: proper LED grow lights are optimized to emit the wavelengths ideal for the plants involved. But you're still fueling extensive chemical operations via photosynthesis.

So you still need "most" of the energy of a full sunlit day. Most lighting inside a house is actually very dim compared to what the sun puts out, it's just that humans(like most animals) have adaptive vision so our eyes work just fine in much dimmer light, and we don't even notice after a moment of adaption.

But plants are trying to grow using that energy, so they need as much of it as they can get. Enter relatively lots of power.

Re:Power Intensive Cannibas Farm

By newcastlejon • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Why on earth would anyone growing cannabis still be using power-intensive incandescent bulbs?

They also serve to keep the crop warm. But also...

Is there really any reason not to have switched to LED bulbs sometime during the last ten years? And if no one is still using incandescent bulbs, why are the police looking for them?

The same reason that they're often found using sodium lamps pilfered from street lights: they steal them. They are criminals after all.

And what kind of fool would steal thousands of pounds of power and not expect the power company to notice, thereby disrupting one's profitable mining operation?

The electricity board would also think it suspicious it if they were paying for that amount of power in a small unit (especially if it ran 24/7), so they might as well steal it. Did I mention that they're criminals?

I expect there's more to the story than appears here.

No, not really.
Disclaimer: I have a relative who accompanies the police on raids solely to safely disconnect the gerry-rigged electricity supplies.

Re:I seriously doubt they were mining Bitcoin

By bloodhawk • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
From the photos it very much appears they were bitcoin miners with ASIC's, where was it suggested they werre "normal" computers?

Re:Power Intensive Cannibas Farm

By DRJlaw • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

The point is there is more to the story than has been told.

The point here is that you have no idea what you're talking about.

But there is no reason to use power-intensive bulbs to grow cannabis these days - so it makes no sense for the police to look for them with helicopter mounted infrared cameras.

Lighting intensity, even with LED light sources, can be between 35 and 50 watts per square foot. All of that ends up as heat, regardless of luminous efficiency. Throw a 1500w space heater into a 30 square foot room (5.5 ft x 5.5 ft), run it full blast, and tell me that the room won't show up on a FLIR camera. Changing it to 1500w of LEDs changes nothing.

And lots of industrial processes generate lots of heat, so searching industrial parks based upon heat emissions is a waste of time.

Name them. Then explain how they don't require permitting, hazardous materials disclosures, and a host of other municipal records that will be associated with those operations but not with a fly-by-night grow operation (or cryptocurrency mining operation).

And of course the lines are inspected regularly and unauthorized unmetered taps are going to be found.

Your unwarranted confidence in the ability of utilities to monitor their distribution lines is astonishing.

About the only way to steal power in an industrial park setting would be to open a wall and steal your neighbor's power,

Self-evidently not, since it occurred here and was detected by thermal cameras, not by inspection or metering issues. Your belief that this is misinformation disregards reality, rather than serving as evidence of such misinformation.

Let's not get to focused on how the power might be stolen - the point is, why would a cryptominer bother with stealing the power in a setting where getting caught is likely?

Was it? How long was this operating running? How many more are there that are undetected? Prove your premise, don't merely assume it.

Why risk the entire operation for 1000 pounds/month?

If we assume that each of the 100 units was driving only 1 250W video card, that's 25 kW*h per hour, or more like 3600 pounds per month. Scale up from there. The article wrote thousands of pounds, not one thousand pounds.

Why would lots of people visit either a cannabis farm or a computer cluster?

Fertilizing, ventilation, maintenance, ensuring that both operations don't cook from overheating. You've never run either type of operation so you're simply arguing from ignorance.

Presumably any industrial center leased property is going to have some traffic - why would this one have so much traffic the police would become involved?

How many personal vehicles cycle through your light industrial building on irregular schedules for what sounds like short periods of time? Because where I live, employees show up in the morning, leave for lunch, return from lunch, and leave in the early evening. They don't pop in and out like it's an Uber garage.

But by all means, you've cracked the case of the police lying about what they found and how they found it. Of course you haven't explained how or why, but since our user ID isn't Poirot, we should just let that slide.

Re:Why seize the computer equipment?

By jonbryce • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Theft of electricity is the crime here. Mining bitcoins is perfectly legal in England, though with the price of electricity here, it is probably not very profitable if you have to pay for it.

AI Could Soon Write Code Based On Ordinary Language

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: On Tuesday, Microsoft and OpenAI shared plans to bring GPT-3, one of the world's most advanced models for generating text, to programming based on natural language descriptions. This is the first commercial application of GPT-3 undertaken since Microsoft invested $1 billion in OpenAI last year and gained exclusive licensing rights to GPT-3. "If you can describe what you want to do in natural language, GPT-3 will generate a list of the most relevant formulas for you to choose from," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a keynote address at the company's Build developer conference. "The code writes itself."

Microsoft VP Charles Lamanna told WIRED the sophistication offered by GPT-3 can help people tackle complex challenges and empower people with little coding experience. GPT-3 will translate natural language into PowerFx, a fairly simple programming language similar to Excel commands that Microsoft introduced in March. Microsoft's new feature is based on a neural network architecture known as Transformer, used by big tech companies including Baidu, Google, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Salesforce to create large language models using text training data scraped from the web. These language models continually grow larger. The largest version of Google's BERT, a language model released in 2018, had 340 million parameters, a building block of neural networks. GPT-3, which was released one year ago, has 175 billion parameters. Such efforts have a long way to go, however. In one recent test, the best model succeeded only 14 percent of the time on introductory programming challenges compiled by a group of AI researchers. Still, researchers who conducted that study conclude that tests prove that "machine learning models are beginning to learn how to code."

Re: Is your job secure?

By Erioll • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
While true, not enough. As Randall Munroe said: "You'll never find a programming language that frees you from the burden of clarifying your ideas." to which the hapless petitioner says "But I know what I mean!" I don't care how good it is at interpreting language, if you can't clarify your ideas, it doesn't matter. And if the machine doesn't need you to do the work of clarifying (it understands the context of what you're asking, so it has access to what you were asked to do) then it doesn't need you either!

Do the reverse!

By mspring • Score: 3 • Thread
"Translate" code into plain-English which describes what the code does.

Re:So?

By phantomfive • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

What I'd like to see is something that can go directly from a programmer knowing what the code is supposed to do to generate all of the necessary code to achieve that without the programmer having to use verbage to describe anything.

It's hard for me to imagine what you have in mind here.

Re: Is your job secure?

By Z00L00K • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

And we already see the results of that. Specifications that are good enough for European developers are sent to India and you get back something really strange.
You specify a duck-billed animal living close to water and expect a duck, but get an angry platypus instead.

Kind of like requirements documents?

By Tony Isaac • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Requirements documents are supposed to be written in natural language, from a business point of view. How many requirements documents have YOU seen that clearly described what the software should do? How many of them are even readable?

So-called natural language programming will never be easier to do than writing good requirements documents. And that's a very tall order, based on what I've seen!

Biden Administration Continues To Defend Social Media Registration Requirement in Court

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In a terse court filing on Friday, the Biden administration indicated that it would continue to defend a controversial Trump administration rule that requires millions of visa applicants each year to register their social media handles with the U.S. government. From a report: The registration requirement, which stems from the Muslim ban, is the subject of an ongoing First Amendment challenge filed by the Knight Institute, the Brennan Center, and the law firm Simpson Thacher on behalf of two documentary film organizations, Doc Society and the International Documentary Association.

Think of the children

By sinij • Score: 3 • Thread
Everyone knows that only terrorists and sociopaths don't have social media accounts. Why do you hate America so much that you would want only terrorists and sociopaths to undocumented noncitizen integrate?

So does this mean....

By mark-t • Score: 3 • Thread

... that people wanting to apply for a visa need to have a social media account?

If not, what precludes a person who does have one from simply not disclosing the account?

No one is trustworthy

By couchslug • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

That basic principle of human nature should not be forgotten.

Immigration to the US is a privilege to be earned. It may be difficult to understand but citizens have an ownership stake in their country not held by outsiders. All practical intel should be collected on outsiders and all Constitutional intel collected domestically.

The world is a very bad place and humanity evolved to be so savage we only have global peace thanks to Mutual Assured Destruction. Think about that before childish (therefore stupid) idealism.

Re:No one is trustworthy

By currently_awake • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
You could force people to do 2 years military service to get their citizenship. And have a test on the countries legal system and Constitution.

Re:No one is trustworthy

By The Evil Atheist • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

That basic principle of human nature should not be forgotten.

Except no, if anything, history shows human nature is very much trustworthy on a large scale. Most people are not psychopaths or sociopaths. Most people aren't murderers or thieves. Most people aren't spies. Most people aren't cheats. Immigration was fine long before social media.

They haven't caught anyone of note with this mass surveillance social credit system. Those who have been caught doing stuff like sending data back to foreign governments have been doing so with complete social media transparency.

Yours is the stupid childish idealism that people with the intent to do harm on a nationwide scale would brag about it on their social media handles. Shame on you, and all those who voted you "Insightful".

Big Video Game Leaks Like 'Far Cry 6' Are Nearly Impossible To Stop

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Big games beget big leaks, especially this time of year when the gaming industry's porous promotional machinery is revving up for the E3 trade show. From a report: It happened again Thursday when eight minutes of Ubisoft's upcoming "Far Cry 6" leaked online, a day before it was supposed to appear. It was deleted in minutes, but thousands still saw it. Big video game leaks are nearly impossible to stop. Companies have tried many things to tighten the pipes, including blacklisting press outlets and suing leakers. But the more prominent the upcoming game, the more people involved, and the higher the public curiosity, the more likely the leak.

"There's just too many opportunities for a mid level employee to have their laptop open on a plane in games," former Ubisoft creative director Alex Hutchinson told Axios, citing the notorious way the name of a previously-secretive mega-game leaked in 2013. (Sometimes those open laptops are on a subway.) The "Far Cry 6" incident appears to involve confusion over a coverage embargo date. The footage was posted to YouTube by Polish YouTuber Patryk "Rojson" Rojewski, who told Axios that he had been provided the clips by Ubisoft under an agreement that said they could run on May 27. Rojewski said he had not been told that Ubisoft changed the date. "I approach my work professionally," he said. Several minutes of video of another upcoming Ubisoft game, "The Division: Heartland," leaked two weeks ago.

Marketing

By burningcpu • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Is it a 'leak' or an attempt at viral advertising?

Why so many secrets?

By Scutter • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Why are Triple-A games considered top secret classified black site projects anyway? What's the problem with details being leaked? Maybe we're better off fostering a culture where people get to see the progress and understand that what they're seeing probably isn't going to be the final product. This pointless insanity around total secrecy makes no sense whatsoever.

Re:Why so many secrets?

By Halo1 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Marketing departments have their own schedule with teasers, feature reveals, hiring famous youtubers, posting memes, etc. If something leaks prematurely, that messes up those plans and can reduce the impact of those events.

Re:Why so many secrets?

By Dutch Gun • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

I've worked at a videogame company that had an unauthorized leak for their upcoming game. It really sucked. The marketing team had a big plan for teasing the release of information through a planned campaign, then a big reveal event, and followed by a series of more detailed trailers, articles, etc. A lot of people spent a lot of time planning this out for maximum media exposure and impact among fans, and a giant spoiler-ific leak torpedoed the entire thing. It's disheartening because it's quite fun and fulfilling for us devs to see the excitement the marketing generates among fans.

Remember, these games may cost millions of dollars on the low-side, hundreds of millions on the high end. They're *massive* investments, and game companies need to do everything they can to recoup that huge investment. A big part of that is generating hype for the game for its release date, after which sales tend to drop off fairly sharply, and then hopefully a long tail. Yes, making a quality game is of primary importance, but great marketing can also be a sales multiplier. Great games don't necessarily guarantee great sales all by themselves. There's a lot of high quality competition for gamers' limited dollars and time.

This particular leak didn't seem quite as bad as the one I was involved in, where some insider leaked a ton of info before anything else was known at all. This was apparently just authorized info leaked a day early. But some leaks can be fairly damaging, even though you as a consumer might not see it directly.

Twitch Warns Streamers Another Wave of Copyright Strikes is Coming

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Twitch has received a "batch" of new takedown notices from music publishers over copyrighted songs in recorded streams (known as VODs), the company said in an email to streamers today. From a report: The notice may be worrying for some streamers who were affected by the waves of takedowns that hit last year, because if a user gets three copyright strikes on their channel, they will be permanently banned from the platform, according to Twitch's policies. With this advance warning, it seems Twitch is trying to get ahead of a sudden flurry of takedowns and give streamers some time to remove potentially offending VODs.

"We recently received a batch of DMCA takedown notifications with about 1,000 individual claims from music publishers," Twitch said in an email Friday, which was sent to a Verge staffer. "All of the claims are for VODs, and the vast majority target streamers listening to background music while playing video games or IRL streaming." [...] In Friday's email, Twitch noted that the only way to avoid DMCA (or Digital Millennium Copyright Act) strikes is to not stream copyrighted material in the first place, and said that if a streamer does have unauthorized content in their VODs or clips, "we strongly recommend that you permanently delete anything that contains that material."

Re:RIAA trying to roll back fair use again

By _xeno_ • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The RIAA really doesn't like the fair use provisions. I'm pretty sure some music casually playing in the background would get laughed out of court in most jurisdictions.

Probably not, depending on use.

Here's the thing, though: a lot of streams have periods where they're not really streaming anything due to a necessary break. For example, it's general practice to have a "pre-stream" before the actual stream starts. This is a period when the "real" stream isn't happening, but they're still streaming audio and video. The purpose here is to give people some time to start watching and a chance to make sure their setup is working before the "show" actually starts. There also tend to be breaks that happen like that during a stream - pauses for setup of the next part or to allow the streamer to take a bathroom break or whatever.

And these "pre-streams" and "mid-stream breaks" tend to show static images or a slide show over music. And streaming complete music tracks with nothing over it is definitely not fair use. You're essentially being a radio station at that point, and it's fairly clear that radio stations have to license the music they play.

Of course, there are also times when copyrighted music gets used in video games, and the game has the rights for that music to play in the game, but does not have the right to allow that music to be re-streamed. This type of use is more likely to be "fair use" (and also have game sound over the music) but it's not necessarily the type of content the strikes are being issued for.

I don't really want to side with the RIAA on this, but remember: Twitch isn't free. It's ad-supported and people can pay to subscribe to channels as well as donating straight to the streamer through Twitch. That means that a lot of the music being streamed on Twitch is pretty much being done for commercial use without compensating the original artists. (Not that paying for licensing would necessarily do that, but that's a different issue.)

Oh, and of course, it could turn out that these strikes are all for in-game licensed music which you can barely hear over the streamer talking and game sound effects, which would be more likely to be actual fair use. But without knowing what the actual strikes are (and Twitch isn't saying) it's impossible to know.

Re:RIAA trying to roll back fair use again

By Excelcia • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Playing a ten or twenty second clip of music is one thing. Playing the entire song, unedited, is another.

And our first RIAA shill. Welcome to the conversation.

So, thank-you for the comment. I can imagine your're shocked....SHOCKED that someone would have the temerity to play a whole song! My God! The humanity! However, the actual legal test isn't the percentage of the song that is duplicated (though that has been used as one metric - more on that below). The actual legal test is, how transformative is the work. A song happening to be played in the background when the actual focus is something else entirely, especially when speaking, game playing, sound effects, etc etc are the primary focus of the end work, that would likely be ruled fair use. In that case, the collective work may have incorporated copyrighted material from other people (and very little that is ever recorded in this world any more doesn't) but unless the music in question is a significant part of the final piece, it's not infringing. Copyright ownership does not give you dictatorial rights to say where and when any copyrighted piece can be used.

Where clip length comes into play, and when it is a major factor in a court decision, is when a song is being reproduced at its full quality and tone with no other transformative processes going on. As in a review of a song. Then clip length is a major factor. But music happening to be played in the background of a bunch of kids playing a game where they are talking over it, sorry my friend, the RIAA's outrage notwithstanding that is just not actually infringing.

Simple questions. Did the owner of the song give permission to anyone to play that song without compensation?

See above. The law says I don't have to. Using another part of the same law, designed to be a bat to enforce cases of clear and undisputed infringement as a weapon doesn't make something that isn't infringing into something that is. Too many people see a DMCA notice and get afraid.

Did the owner give away their right to control how the music is used?

The owner never had the kind of control you are asserting. Fair use is still fair use. And I will make fair use until and unless it is legislated away. I recommend you read up on fair use and transformative use.

Re:If Twitch wanted to get ahead...

By rsilvergun • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
I think the problem is that if they ban you there's a half million guys and gals ready to replace you. So it's no skin off their back. For the 1 or 2 super stars they get special treatment.

they sued bars for having pinball's with music in

By Joe_Dragon • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

they sued bars for having pinball's with music in the game saying that you do not have an jukebox license for your site.

Okay... just this once...

By Petersko • Score: 3 • Thread

Normally I understand how convoluted this whole legal area has become. It's loathsome. I don't know how you fix this.

But to the "vast majority" of targeted streamers who were listening to background music while streaming:

Don't do that.

Problem solved.

Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and Other Internet Giants Comply With India's IT Rules

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Google, Facebook, Telegram, LinkedIn and Tiger Global-backed Indian startups ShareChat and Koo have either fully or partially complied with the South Asian nation's new IT rules, TechCrunch reported Friday, citing two people familiar with the matter and a government note. From a report: India's new IT rules, unveiled in February this year, require firms to appoint and share contact details of representatives tasked with compliance, nodal point of reference and grievance redressals to address on-ground concerns. The aforementioned firms have complied with this requirement, the government note and a person familiar with the matter said. The firms were required to comply with the new IT rules by this week. Twitter has yet to comply with the rules. "Twitter sent a communication late last night, sharing details of a lawyer working in a law firm in India as their Nodal Contact Person and Grievance Officer," a note prepared by New Delhi said, adding that the rules require the aforementioned officials to be direct employees.

How do the rest of us become a sovereign state?!

By Arzaboa • Score: 3 • Thread

I'd love it if these same companies would create representatives tasked with compliance, nodal point of reference and grievance redressals to address on-ground concerns for the rest of us humans.

--
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - Francis of Assisi

No choice

By backslashdot • Score: 3 • Thread

If they did not do it, they would lose money and competing Indian clones of these companies will take the market. End result is that the privacy of even one person would not be helped by non-compliance. In the end, they would be hero to nobody by dying on the hill of principles. Who would benefit? Practically it is better to dominate the market in India and slowly change politicians and minds there the long difficult way.

Change how you vote

By rsilvergun • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
and how your friends and family vote. Stop paying attention to pointless wedge issues like the Culture War, Drug War, Abortion or the origins of COVID-19. Focus on economics and civil rights. Understand that if you work for a living then a rising tide raises all boats, meaning you should support higher wages and benefits for employee, even the ones you don't like and/or don't work as hard as you do (or maybe work harder but in menial labor).

Vote in your primary. Oppose laws restricting voting, they *will* be used against you eventually. Support college free tuition and demand critical thinking skills be taught in public schools (things like how to check a source, signs of propaganda, etc, etc).

Never vote for an actor. A comedian is fine but an actor's job is to make you think they're something they're not. Try not to vote for the candidate that "feels" better. Look for competent administrators.

Finally recognize that Democracy is a complex machine, and like all complex machines it needs constant maintenance. And not the exciting "oiled with the blood of patriots" kind but the dull as dishwater "showing up to vote and paying attention to your kid's textbooks and what they're teaching" kind.

If all that seems like too much work... well that's why democracy is slipping away here.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Calls Alien UFO Hype 'Foolishness'

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The Canadian astronaut, who commanded the International Space Station and recorded the famous microgravity rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity, on Sunday spit some fire at true believers who see a link between UFOs or UAPs (for "unidentified aerial phenomena" in the newish military parlance) and some sort of alien intelligence. From a report: "Obviously, I've seen countless things in the sky that I don't understand," Chris Hadfield, a former pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force, said during a CBC Radio call-in show.

"But to see something in the sky that you don't understand and then to immediately conclude that it's intelligent life from another solar system is the height of foolishness and lack of logic." [...] Hadfield added that he does think it's likely there's life somewhere else in the universe. "But definitively up to this point, we have found no evidence of life anywhere except Earth," he said, "and we're looking."

It IS stupid

By argStyopa • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread

And it's symptomatic of our
- abandonment of education - and I'm NOT *just* talking about mouth-breathing anti-vaxxers and creationists, I'm talking about the woke-mafia pushing "everything is about racism, victimization, and greivance culture" and "1+1=2 is white patriarchy" (I'm not kidding, that last one is a thing)

- infantilization of our culture; everything is about self-gratification and self-benefit, you know - the same priorities babies have. We bubble wrap our children and insist that they be protected from hurt feelings for 30 years and wonder then why they are incapable of dealing with life?

- puerlization of the media: in service to varied mixes of politicization and corporate commercialism, the idea that news is simply "reporting what happens" has long since become naive ideal. It's not even an ideal - journalism students today are taught to be little more than glorified Vice writers, filling every piece with begged questions, vacuous assertions, and faint understanding of what they're even talking about with a mortar of grievance and emotion. All written in a context of complete obliviousness to historical context and devoid of the ironic recognition of the strawmen they cheerfully insert.

OF COURSE even our government now pursues with serious intent ideas that would have only populated the silliest issues of the National Enquirer 30 years ago.

Trump was the fucking SYMPTOM, not the cause you idiots. Raging at him for four years I'm sure felt very, very valid. You spoke truth to power, right on. But in the meanwhile, the melanoma has probably metastasized to fatal.

Grainy footage

By backslashdot • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

How come all footage of aliens is grainy regardless of whether it is from the year 1951 or 2021. I suspect we will soon have better imagery though seeing as how we have 3D graphics software that can easily create alien looking creatures. It surprises me that we STILL donâ(TM)t have credible alien footage if they are out there careless enough to be seen in 50 years ago. We have a thousand times more airplanes in the air and ships in the sea yet UFO footage remains grainy and rare. Also, if aliens do exist they clearly want to be well hidden. Is it wise to expose them? They might get angry and annihilate us and sterilize the planet before we have the chance to do it to ourselves.

Yeah Canada!

By Yo Grark • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Ok Chris,

How do you explain THIS: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

(Link to Canada's most famous UFO sighting, witnessed by a LOT of people simultaneously (including government officials), from different angles, distances, terrains etc).

Yo Grark

So What You're Saying Is...

By bill_mcgonigle • Score: 3 • Thread

> to immediately conclude

Almost nobody is doing that.

Why is this guy trying to muddy the waters? Of course there are kooks at the 0.0005 fringe wearing Hollywood alien costumes and the like.

But what is Hadfield's agenda that he's pretending like that's anything but fringe outliers? Nice strawman that it can get a press headline, I guess.

Re:So what you are saying then is...

By hey! • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

I'm pretty sure there's a lot of fundamental stuff we don't know about, but I *also* think when we learn that new stuff it won't invalidate most of what we know in the contexts we have studied those things -- just like classical mechanics is still perfectly useful.

And along exactly those lines one detail in the reports coming from the Navy leaps out at me: the UAP is reported to move at high hypersonic speeds -- by "high" I mean above Mach 70. The "thing" (assuming it is a thing) may have been exotic matter and have exotic propulsion, but the air it's moving through is still plain old air, and there ought to have been an observable trail of superheated, ionized gas.

This leads to me to think that the way the scenarios were strung together doesn't fit any explanation of a single "thing" tying togther all the observations made. If you told me someone set of a nuclear bomb over the Eiffel Tower, and I look out the window and see the Tower still standing, I'm pretty sure that didn't happen because it should have left observable consequences. It doesn't mean you didn't see something, but whatever it was, wasn't a bomb.

Harvey Schlossberg, Cop With a PhD in Defusing a Crisis, Dies at 85

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Harvey Schlossberg, a former New York City traffic cop with a doctorate in psychology who choreographed what became a model law enforcement strategy for safely ending standoffs with hostage takers, died on May 21 in Brooklyn. He was 85. From a report: His death, at a hospital, was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest, said his wife, Dr. Antoinette Collarini Schlossberg. The need for a standard protocol for hostage situations became more pressing in 1971 after the botched rescue of guards during the Attica prison riots in upstate New York. The next year, captives were taken in a Brooklyn bank robbery (the inspiration behind the 1975 Al Pacino film "Dog Day Afternoon") and Israeli athletes were seized and massacred by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics. In a pioneering training film he made for the New York Police Department in 1973, Harvey Schlossberg said that in a hostage situation, police officers "all believed, 'If you gave me the right gun with the right bullet, I can put everybody out.'"

"But I don't think it works that easy," he said. "That's a Hollywood thing." Instead, he counseled patience and "crisis intervention therapy." Delaying tactics, he said, allowed more time for the criminals to make mistakes and, just as crucially, to develop a rapport with their victims, leaving the hostage-takers less likely to harm them. "Harvey faced an uphill battle getting cops to 'negotiate with killers,' because for 130 years the N.Y.P.D.'s official M.O. in barricade situations had been to issue ultimatums, throw in smoke and tear gas, and, if necessary storm the building," Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement think tank, said in an email. "Many lives were lost. Harvey changed that."

Re:COVID?

By cusco • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Douchebag. The Madison Model of dealing with protests was demonstrated in the 1970s to keep peaceful protests peaceful, it's been known for over half a century that meeting a peaceful protest with excessive force and removing its leadership is the quickest way to turn a peaceful protest into an uncontrolled riot. I'll let you guess which method was employed in the 7% of BLM protests that turned violent.

Days Before a Report, Chinese Hackers Removed Malware From Infected Networks

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An anonymous reader shares a report: Last month, security firm FireEye detected a Chinese hacking campaign that exploited a zero-day vulnerability in Pulse Secure VPN appliances to breach defense contractors and government organizations in the US and across Europe. The hacking campaign allowed the threat actors -- two groups which FireEye tracks as UNC2630 and UNC2717 -- to install web shells on Pulse Secure devices, which the attackers used to pivot to internal networks from where they stole internal network credentials, email communications, and sensitive documents.

But in a follow-up report published today, FireEye said it found something strange -- namely that at least one of the groups involved in the attacks began removing its malware from infected networks three days before its researchers exposed the attacks. "Between April 17th and 20th, 2021, Mandiant incident responders observed UNC2630 access dozens of compromised devices and remove webshells like ATRIUM and SLIGHTPULSE," researchers said on Thursday. The threat actor's actions are highly suspicious and raise questions if they knew of FireEye's probing.

The level of espionage

By DarkOx • Score: 3 • Thread

The level active hostility the Chinese egnage in toward are interests is stagger. The fact they we even pretend we can or should haven normal trade and national relations with them just show how deeply corrupt our own leadership is.

Responsible government would have recalled all US citizens from Chinese territories, required the null routing of all Chines networks, expelled all Chinese nationals, and sanctioned all Chinese financials 15 years ago!

Re:The level of espionage

By retchdog • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Your level broken Egnlish are also stagger.

Also, uh, what's with the China hate all of a sudden? I mean, I get it, but why now? Nothing has really changed in the past fifty years but now everyone is shocked SHOCKED that doing business with literal authoritarian communists hasn't magically transformed them into a docile vassal state. It's hilarious cluelessness from left to right, top to bottom.

Re:The level of espionage

By decep • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

What has changed? Money.

There was a time when you could put in a modicum of effort [cheaply] for securing your network and still be relatively secure.

Now... It does not matter how small you are, it is insanely expensive to secure systems properly. "Properly" has always been a matter of debate, but whatever your definition, "properly" is a lot more expensive now than it was 10 years ago.

Re:The level of espionage

By g01d4 • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Nothing has really changed in the past fifty years

But it has. In short, fifty years ago the Chinese wouldn't have bothered to make the effort. The dramatic increase in individual income in China (to over simplify) was supposed to lead to more a democratic form of government as the 'people' have more interest (i.e. property) to protect. That has been forestalled by the government which, to legitimize itself and stay in power, now has to accommodate this interest when setting policy. How well this works without direct electoral feedback is still tbd as their economy and society continue to rapidly evolve.

Google Nears Settlement of Ad-Tech Antitrust Case in France

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Alphabet's Google is nearing a settlement of an antitrust case in France alleging the company has abused its power in online advertising, and is likely to pay a fine and make operational changes, WSJ reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter said. From the report: The French case is one of the most advanced in the world looking at Google's dominance as a provider of tools for buying and selling ads across the web. As part of the case, France's Competition Authority alleged that the company's advertising server -- historically known as DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) and used by most large online publishers to sell ad space -- gave Google's online ad auction house, AdX, an advantage against other auction operators, the people said.

The authority also alleged other forms of self-preferencing between Google's advertising technology tools, they added. To settle the French charges, Google has offered to improve the interoperability of AdX with advertising servers run by other companies, as well as to remove some other obstacles faced by competitors, some of the people said. The settlement still must be approved by the authority's board, which could reject the deal, the people said. If approved, the settlement could be announced in coming weeks, they said.

Logitech CEO Says Chip Shortage Could Last for Up To a Year

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The global shortage of semiconductor chips could last three to six months, Logitech Chief Executive Bracken Darrell told Swiss newspaper Finanz und Wirtschaft, with some industries facing shortages of up to a year. From a report: "Like others we have felt the shortages, but we have been able to cushion them well," Darrell said in an article published on Friday. "It takes time to ramp up production but in the meantime, prices have also adjusted."

Well, if a keyboard and mouse maker

By Rosco P. Coltrane • Score: 3 • Thread

has deep insight into the global chip market, it must be accurate.

They aren't joking

By ArchieBunker • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Here is a perfect example. I need an LM317HV for an upcoming project. Look at the delivery dates quoted by Mouser:

https://www.mouser.com/Product...

May of 2022! They are in stock at Digikey but the other components I need are not. Oh and if you're buying common semiconductors on eBay or AliExpress, they're fake. Every single one is not what it claims. Opamps, voltage regulators, jfets, mosfets, bipolars, all rebranded to test ok but will fail when replacing an original. Open up a big power transistor and you'll see the tiny die inside is much smaller than the legitimate part. Those fancy opamps you think are AD797s are just LM741s with a new label.

Re: Still havent figured out why there's a shortag

By BetterSense • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
There's no chip shortage. I work in the industry. Production has been gradually increasing worldwide and most fabs are expanding. There have been no order blackouts or even excessive lead-times.

I know this firsthand because I work for a tier 1 supplier of fab equipment. Business is steady but not crazy.

Also notable, there haven't been any big disruptions recently like the tsunamis, or any unplanned power outages (the power outage at Samsung in TX was a planned shutdown because the state warned them in plenty of time, so it was a nothingburger. They mostly just lost the few days of production while the power was out; insignificant to the market. Unplanned outages like the one that happened in Korea a few years ago scrap most of the wafers which is a 60-90 days of loss, which can cause a ripple in chip prices).

Whenever you hear "because of the chip shortage..." you can mentally translate "because we failed to order chips...". I'm sad to say it's really that simple. There's never been a time when the fabs weren't taking orders, and lead times are well-advertised and not actually that crazy. But if you don't order chips, the lead time is infinite. The "chip shortage" is a smokescreen to cover the fact that certain industries and companies really really fucked up by...not ordering chips. Some really well-paid people made some bad calls about the real impact of COVID, and planned poorly. That's not a chip shortage.

Re: Still havent figured out why there's a shortag

By ArchieBunker • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

You're full of shit. This is a supply chain ripple effect we're feeling. I already posted an example of year long lead times. So huge suppliers like Digikey simply failed to order inventory?

Re:Still havent figured out why there's a shortage

By Whateverthisis • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
You got a few snarky responses, but it's a legitimate question and even internet research can't quite explain the issue.

Supply chains are quite complex; it's a field where when everything's working correctly no one cares, but when it falters it falters big, takes time to course correct, and everyone pays attention. In particular the pandemic created 2 major industry changes that led to this:

1) Car makers assumed that the pandemics and lockdowns would reduce people's mobility and thus reduce demand for cars. They lowered their production plans on this assumption, which in turn reverberated through their supply chains to a much lower demand for parts. This turned out to be not true, demand for cars was steady and their inventories were depleting as they weren't producing. So they tried to ramp up, but found they couldn't get parts all of a sudden.

2) Electronics companies assumed that the pandemic and lockdowns would increase the demand for at-home electronics and services for work from home and other automated tools. They ramped up production, and found that the chip foundries had available capacity and booked it to produce IoT devices, computers, televisions, etc.

The problem with supply chains is they turn slowly, and complex devices like cars often hide the lynch pins in the chain. The issue here is when people think of chips they think of Intel or AMD; computer processors. The fact is cars have thousands of chips in all of their parts, MEMS sensors that measure tire pressure and brake-fluid quality, and very basic processors, ASICs and other simple things, that are not complex Intel processors but are instead designed to just process to do a few things, like read the output of the sensor, calculate what it means, and turn on a light on the dashboard. The auto industry under-appreciated just how many of these chips were used in virtually every part in the car when they turned off their supply chain, and the foundries, finding excess capacity, sold it to who wanted it, the electronics companies who were ramping.

So when the auto industry came back and asked for parts, they found all across the board their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th tier vendors couldn't get enough chips to make enough parts to get car assembly back up to speed, because the foundries were booked out by electronics companies; the foundries had already made other commitments. So they book capacity, but it's a year or more out. Meanwhile the foundries are trying to bring new lines on, but a lot of these much older chips are on older 8" lines, which are mostly dedicated towards legacy chips. Moving these older chips to larger 12" nodes is really a non-starter, because the tools are different (more advanced in some ways) so you practically have to go through a whole R&D process just to get a legacy chip on a bigger wafer with newer tools and slightly different processes. In many ways the 8" equipment, particularly in MEMS, is being phased out, so the foundries can buy more tools but they're often 6 to 9 month lead time plus the new cleanroom, training staff, etc.... takes time to get that going. And the foundries will only build capacity if they know it's going to last and not just deal with a demand surge now, so that's all part of the issue.

So in the end, it's the auto industry (which might be the biggest consumer of chips on a pure numbers basis) making an incorrect assumption and trying to correct for it that caused this whole issue.

Google's Chrome Browser is About To Get a Lot Faster

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Google has shipped a new JavaScript compiler for its V8 JavaScript engine in Chrome called Sparkplug that promises a much faster web experience -- and it does it by 'cheating', according to the engineers on the project. From a report: Sparkplug is part of Chrome 91, which Google released on Tuesday with security updates but also some key changes under the hood that improve its powerful JavaScript engine, V8. Microsoft relies on V8 these days too after ditching its Chakra JavaScript engine from legacy Edge and moving to Chromium for the new Edge browser and switching to V8. Google says Chrome 91 has 23% faster performance thanks to Sparkplug's integration into V8's JavaScript pipeline.

No security impact and no cheating either

By jensend • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

No. As I said in another comment, the emphasis on "cheating" is simply bad journalism, making too much of one careless phrase in the v8 dev blog. The only "cheating" is that the non-optimizing compiler takes the interpreter's bytecode as its input rather than re-parsing etc from scratch. If using the interpreter's bytecode were a security problem, it would already be a security problem with the existing interpreter.

Laptop fan

By gladish • Score: 3, Funny • Thread
Does this mean the fan on my laptop will finally stop?

Nope

By ChangeOnInstall • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Any performance improvement in Chrome will only result in content and advertising companies throwing more garbage down the pipe.

Improving JavaScript performance simply improves the number of lines of code that can be executed while a website runs one core at 100% busy-looping/doing effectively nothing. Adware developers don't particularly care about your computer or the cumulative energy cost of operating their product.

Run an ad-blocker and help save the planet: https://www.google.com/search?...

Re:JavaScript - the scourge of the internet

By Synonymous Cowered • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Let just look at Google Maps. How would you provide that sort of experience, outside of going back to 1990 and running the Microsoft Streets exe from your CD-ROM? I think a very nice map tool, where you can slide, zoom, toggle layers, do a search that drops pins on the map, click on those pins and get information about the business, switch to street view so you can get a real idea of what you expect to see as you drive up....those are all insanely valuable features, and I like being able to do it via a website with nothing to install. Dedicated native mobile apps partially fill that role, but I find the desktop web based maps a much nicer experience (plus, for all I know, the mobile apps may well be just a wrapper around the web app anyway). So how would you propose to do an experience like that?

Re:Security?

By AmiMoJo • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Much better explanation on their blog: https://v8.dev/blog/sparkplug

It's not really cheating. Basically they have an interpreter and they have an optimising compiler. They inserted a new compiler between the two.

The new one is non optimising, it's goal is to just build a binary as fast as possible to eliminate a lot of the interpreter overhead. That way they can start executing as fast as possible while the optimiser works away.

It's actually a very simple compiler, basically just turns the interpreter bytecode into a series of function calls.. Very similar to old BASIC compilers like the AMOS one.

Microsoft Says SolarWinds Hackers Have Struck Again at the US and Other Countries

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The hackers behind one of the worst data breaches ever to hit the US government have launched a new global cyberattack on more than 150 government agencies, think tanks and other organizations, according to Microsoft. ytene shares a report: The group, which Microsoft calls "Nobelium," targeted 3,000 email accounts at various organizations this week -- most of which were in the United States, the company said in a blog post Thursday. It believes the hackers are part of the same Russian group behind last year's devastating attack on SolarWinds -- a software vendor -- that targeted at least nine US federal agencies and 100 companies.

Cybersecurity has been a major focus for the US government following the revelations that hackers had put malicious code into a tool published by SolarWinds. A ransomware attack that shut down one of America's most important pieces of energy infrastructure -- the Colonial Pipeline -- earlier this month has only heightened the sense of alarm. That attack was carried out by a criminal group originating in Russia, according to the FBI. Microsoft said that at least a quarter of the targets of this week's attacks were involved in international development, humanitarian, and human rights work, across at least 24 countries. It said Nobelium launched the attack by gaining access to a Constant Contact email marketing account used by the US Agency for International Development.

Oh no!

By war4peace • Score: 3 • Thread

As long as those responsible with cyber security, from those companies, agencies, etc, will save face with a shrug, an apology and "the Russians did it", nothing will change.

Re:Oh no!

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Our political and corporate leaders are rewarded for solving problems.

They are not rewarded for preventing problems.

HTML/JS in emails : what could go wrong!

By grumpy-cowboy • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Issue details from Microsoft site (ref: https://www.microsoft.com/secu... )

Extract:
In the next evolution of the campaign, MSTIC observed NOBELIUM attempting to compromise systems through an HTML file attached to a spear-phishing email. When opened by the targeted user, a JavaScript within the HTML wrote an ISO file to disc and encouraged the target to open it, resulting in the ISO file being mounted much like an external or network drive. From here, a shortcut file (LNK) would execute an accompanying DLL, which would result in Cobalt Strike Beacon executing on the system.

The FBI Will Feed Hacked Passwords Directly Into Have I Been Pwned

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Australian security researcher Troy Hunt announced today that he granted the US Federal Bureau of Investigation a direct line to upload new content into Have I Been Pwned, a website that indexes data from security breaches. From a report: The HIBP creator said that when the FBI discovers password collections during their investigations, they will upload the data into a section of the site called Pwned Passwords. The FBI will provide passwords as SHA-1 and NTLM hashes and not in plain text. No user personal details will be provided, but only the password hashes. The passwords will be added to Pwned Passwords, a collection of more than 613 million leaked passwords. While the main HIBP website allows users to search if their emails, names, or usernames have been leaked online in past security breaches, Pwned Passwords is a smaller and more specialized component of the HIBP site that tells users if a password string has ever been leaked online, without attaching the password to any user details.

Oh No

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 0 • Thread

"12345" has been pwned! Also my backup password "QWERTY"

Re:Oh No

By spiritplumber • Score: 2 • Thread
Amazing, that's the same combination as my luggage!

Re:Have I been Pwned

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 0 • Thread

Perhaps the government should be asking a question...

Have I been Pawned?

Re:SHA-1 - Really? In 2021?

By Mononymous • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Hashes aren't ciphers.

Re:Oh No

By gosso920 • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
hunter2 is still safe, right?

Charter Charges More Money For Slower Internet On Streets With No Competition

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: [According to an article yesterday by Stop the Gap] Charter charges $20 more per month for slower speeds on the street where it faces no serious competition. When customers in two areas purchase the same speeds, the customer on the street without competition could have to pay $40 more per month and would have their promotional rates expire after only one year instead of two. [...] "Charter's offers are address-sensitive," Stop the Cap founder Phillip Dampier wrote. "The cable company knows its competition and almost exactly where those competitors offer service. That is why the company asks for your service address before it quotes you pricing."

Dampier found that Charter offers 200Mbps service for $50 a month "[i]n neighborhoods where Spectrum enjoys a broadband monopoly." Charter charges $70 for 400Mbps service in those same competition-free neighborhoods. But "[j]ust one street away, where Greenlight offers customers the option of gigabit speed over a fiber-to-the-home network, Spectrum's promotional prices are quite different," Dampier wrote. On the competitive street, Charter charges only $30 a month for the same 400Mbps service that costs $70 nearby. As previously noted, customers on the noncompetitive street have to pay $50 for 200Mbps. "Spectrum does not even bother offering new customers its entry-level 200Mbps plan in areas where it has significant fiber competition," Dampier noted, referring to the promotional offers that pop up when you type in an address. "For $20 less per month, you get double that speed." For gigabit-download service, Charter charges $90 a month on the competitive street versus $110 on the noncompetitive street. These are the base prices without fees and taxes.

Charter also offers to lock in the monthly rate for two years in the competitive area, compared to just one year in the noncompetitive area. And that's not all. Charter "charges a hefty $199.99 compulsory installation fee for gigabit service in noncompetitive neighborhoods. Where fiber competition exists, sometimes just a street away, that installation fee plummets to just $49.99," Dampier wrote. He added: "Note similar pricing variability exists in Spectrum service areas around the country, with the most aggressively priced offers reserved for addresses also served by a fiber-to-the-home provider or multiple competitors (e.g., cable company, phone company, Google Fiber or other [competitor]). Current customers typically have to cancel existing service and sign up as a new customer to get these prices."
In a statement to Ars, Charter said that "Spectrum Internet retail prices, speeds, and features are consistent in each market -- regardless of the competitive environment." But, as Ars notes, "retail prices" are the standard rates customers pay after promotional rates expire. Stop the Cap showed that Charter's promotional rates vary between competitive and noncompetitive areas.

Re:ya. so?

By CubicleZombie • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

isnt that how competition works?

Don't like it, you're perfectly free to string up your own wires on the poles and compete.

Except you're not.

I'm all for free markets, but this is a publicly funded monopoly.

Re:ya. so?

By chispito • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
I'm not sure Starlink will ever be able to provide meaningful competition in the suburbs/city. I don't think it can support dense environments.

Distorted definitions are screwing us

By geekmux • Score: 3 • Thread

First we sit here and watch companies become absolute Too Big To Fail behemoths, and we ignorantly play legal games and refuse to call that a monopoly.

And now we find that ISPs are pulling this kind of shit, and we refuse to call it price gouging? How much longer are we going to delude ourselves and allow Greed to rape definitions and create the inevitable?

We justified these anti-competitive laws for a damn good reason. Perhaps it's time we stop ignoring them before the planet is reduced to a dozen multi-trillion dollar (not) monopolies with enough power to manipulate entire countries and industries.

So Does Telus In Canada

By theshowmecanuck • Score: 3 • Thread
My sister who is not tech savvy was getting ripped of badly for years. And even when they upgraded the technology down their street they denied it was available for lower rates when I called for her. And then the competition ran lines down there shortly after. Her son helped her get switched over to them fast (I live quite a distance so he was better placed). Telus is a shit company. Mind you so is Bell and Rogers. 3 companies basically run Canada's telecom.

I can name that solution in four words:

By Pollux • Score: 3 • Thread

Make internet a utility.

Until we do, companies will price gouge all they want. The lucky few will live in an area with true competition and decent rates. Most everyone else will have to suffer paying too much money for not enough internet. But if we were to make it a utility, then all that ridiculousness goes away.

Chinese Hackers Posing As the UN Human Rights Council Are Attacking Uyghurs

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Chinese-speaking hackers are masquerading as the United Nations in ongoing cyber-attacks against Uyghurs, according to the cybersecurity firms Check Point and Kaspersky. MIT Technology Review reports: Researchers identified an attack in which hackers posing as the UN Human Rights Council send a document detailing human rights violations to Uyghur individuals. It is in fact a malicious Microsoft Word file that, once downloaded, fetches malware: the likely goal, say the two companies, is to trick high-profile Uyghurs inside China and Pakistan into opening a back door to their computers. "We believe that these cyber-attacks are motivated by espionage, with the endgame of the operation being the installation of a back door into the computers of high-profile targets in the Uyghur community," said Lotem Finkelstein, head of threat intelligence at Check Point, in a statement. "The attacks are designed to fingerprint infected devices, including all of [their] running programs. From what we can tell, these attacks are ongoing, and new infrastructure is being created for what look like future attacks."

In addition to pretending to be from the United Nations, the hackers also built a fake and malicious website for a human rights organization called the "Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation," according to the report. The group's fake website offers grants -- but in fact, anybody who attempts to apply for a grant is prompted to download a false "security scanner" that is in fact a back door into the target's computer, the researchers explained. "The attackers behind these cyber-attacks send malicious documents under the guise of the United Nations and fake human rights foundations to their targets, tricking them into installing a backdoor to the Microsoft Windows software running on their computers," the researchers wrote. This allows the attackers to collect basic information they seek from the victim's computer, as well as running more malware on the machine with the potential to do more damage. The researchers say they haven't yet seen all the capabilities of this malware.
The researchers weren't able to determine an exact known hacking group, but the code in these attacks "was found to be identical to code found on multiple Chinese-language hacking forums and may have been copied directly from there," the report notes.

Re:America

By cmseagle • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
One of the firms reporting this is Kaspersky - famously not American. This whataboutism, which seems to pop up on every story regarding the Uyghurs, has even less to do with the article than normal.

Back door is not the "end game"

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

I wish the liberal media would stop trying to paint the Chinese genocide of Uyghurs as a "hacking operation." The end game is the extermination of all non-communist ethnic groups in China. Full stop.

But... cheap goods... so the rest of the world turns a completely blind eye.

Re:Back door is not the "end game"

By Shimbo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

This did not deserve to be modded down.

Yes it did. It was a partisan attack on the so-called liberal media for reporting accurately what some AV spokesman had said.

Re:Good thing ...

By drinkypoo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The last guy talked a good game when it came to China, but then completely failed to follow through. This guy doesn't even talk a good game, and will also do nothing. But the results will be identical.

New Dark Matter Map Reveals Cosmic Mystery

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New submitter rundgong shares a report from the BBC: An international team of researchers has created the largest and most detailed map of the distribution of so-called dark matter in the Universe. The results are a surprise because they show that it is slightly smoother and more spread out than the current best theories predict. The observation appears to stray from Einstein's theory of general relativity -- posing a conundrum for researchers. The results have been published by the Dark Energy Survey Collaboration.

Using the Victor M Blanco telescope in Chile, the team behind the new work analyzed 100 million galaxies. The map shows how dark matter sprawls across the Universe. The black areas are vast areas of nothingness, called voids, where the laws of physics might be different. The bright areas are where dark matter is concentrated. They are called "halos" because right in the centre is where our reality exists. In their midst are galaxies like our own Milky Way, shining brightly like tiny gems on a vast cosmic web.

According to Dr Jeffrey, who is also part of a department at University College London, the map, clearly shows that galaxies are part of a larger invisible structure. "No one in the history of humanity has been able to look out into space and see where dark matter is to such an extent. Astronomers have been able to build pictures of small patches, but we have unveiled vast new swathes which show much more of its structure. For the first time we can see the Universe in a different way."

Re:I think the BBC is going a bit far...

By AntisocialNetworker • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The trouble is the BBC is mainly a bunch of journalists whose main training is to ask "And how does that make you feel?", which unfortunately means they lack the skills to understand anything like physics, maths, logic, err, you name it.

Dark matter

By jd • Score: 3 • Thread

Can be thought of as a function you need to add on order to make models meet expectation.

This is preferred, at least for me, as it means I don't have to care if you've actual matter, MOND, Emergent Gravity or even some combination of these and not just one. It's a function, not a why.

So far, so good, so what?

Loud guitars notwithstanding, that doesn't strike me as a MOND map. I'd expect MOND to be organized more like contours and less like a random dot stereogram. I'd like to hear the thoughts of other Slashdotters on that, as I know there are MOND fans here.

But a smooth random distribution might be problematic for matter fans, too. If it is the same everywhere at thus level, it would have zero impact on large scales. It should only matter at much smaller scales, right? At the scale shown here, the resultant force after you've added everything up must be very close to zero everywhere.

Doesn't gravity cause halos? (modified..)

By 278MorkandMindy • Score: 4 • Thread

Dark Matter is no more "proven" than modified gravity, or gravity acting differently at larger distances.

The laws of physics are modified for very small distances, why can't gravity act differently (less/more) at large distances?

This obsession with Dark Matter is not very scientific. "But it works if you add in Dark Energy!" *eye roll*

Re:Doesn't gravity cause halos? (modified..)

By Koen Lefever • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

This obsession with Dark Matter is not very scientific. "But it works if you add in Dark Energy!" *eye roll*

Dark Matter is very different from Dark Energy:

Dark Matter is an explanation for why galaxies hold together.

Dark Energy is an explanation for why the expansion speed of the universe increases.

Why is it called dark matter?

By 140Mandak262Jamuna • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
The legal and marketing came together and overruled the development decisively. All the terms like "master slave flip flop" "master controller" "male end female end for cables" were out. Right in the middle of the crunch period working release hardening and chasing down the last set of bugs, suddenly massive pull requests touching hundreds of files where these terms were being changed. One lazy new hire did a global search and replace and that commit got mixed up with his team's good commits and the mess was just incredible. If git was human it would have come at us with baseball bats or sued us for cruel and unusual use.

And now Astrophysics is off the hook? No way Jose!

We demand the term "dark" matter to be discontinued. Use something unwieldy like "visibility challenged" matter or something. Or "matter previously called dark"