the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2022-Jan-14 today archive


  1. The Kunga Is the Oldest Known Hybrid Bred By Humans
  2. FedEx Asks FAA To Let It Install Anti-Missile Lasers On Its Cargo Planes
  3. Germany To Dedicate 2% Of Its Land To Wind Power Development
  4. Germany's Security Watchdog Finds No Evidence of Censorship In Xiaomi Phones
  5. Tesla Expands Gigafactory Nevada Solar Array Toward Goal To Become World's Biggest
  6. Meta's Oculus Unit Faces FTC-Led Probe of Competition Practices
  7. John Deere Hit With Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged Tractor Repair Monopoly
  8. Humble Subscription Service Is Dumping Mac, Linux Access In 18 Days
  9. People Building 'Blockchain City' in Wyoming Scammed by Hackers
  10. Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Banned For Life From Drug Industry in Monopoly Case, Ordered To Pay $64.6 Million
  11. Netflix Raises Monthly Subscription Prices in US, Canada
  12. FAA Issues First Aircraft-Specific Limits Due To 5G Signals
  13. Spider-Man Comic Page Sells for Record $3.36M Bidding
  14. Google Misled Publishers and Advertisers, Unredacted Lawsuit Alleges
  15. Intel's Dropping of SGX Prevents Ultra HD Blu-Ray Playback on PCs
  16. Apple's New VR/AR Headset Risks Being Delayed Until 2023
  17. PayPal Faces Lawsuit For Freezing Customer Accounts and Funds
  18. Last Of Us Voice Actor Pisses Everyone Off With NFT Push
  19. In China, You Can Go To College To Become a Social Media Influencer
  20. FSB Arrests 14 Members of REvil Ransomware Gang
  21. Cyberattack Hits Ukrainian Websites as Russia Tensions Mount
  22. Federal Investigators Say They Used Encrypted Signal Messages To Charge Far-Right Militia Group Leader
  23. Tesla Removes 2022 Production Date From Cybertruck Website
  24. Astronomers Have Found Another Possible 'Exomoon' beyond Our Solar System

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.

The Kunga Is the Oldest Known Hybrid Bred By Humans

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceNews: Meet the kunga, the earliest known hybrid animal bred by people. The ancient equine from Syro-Mesopotamia existed around 4,500 years ago and was a cross between a donkey and a hemippe, a type of Asiatic wild ass, researchers report January 14 in Science Advances. Horses didn't appear in this region of Asia until 4,000 years ago, centuries after their domestication in Russia. But dozens of equine skeletons were excavated in the early 2000s from a royal burial complex dating back to 2600 B.C. at Umm el-Marra in northern Syria. The animals, whose physical features didn't match any known equine species, appear to be "kungas" -- horselike animals seen in artwork and referenced in clay tablets predating horses by centuries.

"They were highly valued, very expensive," says paleogeneticist Eva-Maria Geigl of Institut Jacques Monod in Paris. Geigl and her colleagues analyzed a kunga's genome, or genetic instruction book, and compared it with those of horses, donkeys and Asiatic wild asses, including the hemippe (Equus hemionus hemippus), which has been extinct since 1929. The kunga's mother was a donkey and its father a hemippe, making it the oldest evidence of humans creating hybrid animals. A mule from 1000 B.C. in Anatolia reported by the same research group in 2020 is the next oldest hybrid. Geigl thinks kungas were created for warfare, as they could pull wagons. Coaxing donkeys into dangerous situations is hard, she says, and no Asiatic wild ass can be tamed. But a hybrid might have had the characteristics people sought.

"Highly valued and very expensive" says it all

By Miles_O'Toole • Score: 3 • Thread

"The ancient equine from Syro-Mesopotamia existed around 4,500 years ago and was a cross between a donkey and a hemippe, a type of Asiatic wild ass...

I know a girl who's a cross between an English parliamentarian and god only knows what, but she's certainly got a type of Asiatic wild ass. She's only been around for about 25 years, though.

New World Order, same old story

By Anonymouse Cowtard • Score: 3 • Thread
We kept on breeding asses until we came up with politicians.

FedEx Asks FAA To Let It Install Anti-Missile Lasers On Its Cargo Planes

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With the right military equipment, a single person can target a plane from three miles away using a heat-seeking missile. While such a nightmare is a rare occurrence, FedEx has applied to the FAA seeking approval to install a laser-based, anti-missile defense system on its cargo planes as an added safety measure. Gizmodo reports: FedEx's request to the Federal Aviation Administration, filed on Jan. 4, didn't come completely out of left field, however. In 2008, the company worked with Northrop Grumman to test its anti-missile laser-based defense systems on 12 of the shipping company's cargo planes for over a year. At the time, Northrop Grumman announced that its "system is ready to be deployed on civilian aircraft," although no commercial orders had been placed at the time, according to a company spokesperson. That may have changed, however.

FedEx's application to the FAA (PDF) to allow it to install and use anti-missile systems on its Airbus Model A321-200 cargo planes doesn't specifically mention Northrop Grumman's hardware, so the shipping company could now be working with another company, but the proposed hardware is basically the same as what was tested back in 2008. In the application document (PDF), which is "scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 18," FedEx cites "several incidents abroad" where "civilian aircraft were fired upon by man-portable air defense systems" which are nearly impossible to detect given their range of operation, but undoubtedly a serious threat when operating aircraft in some parts of the world.

The biggest problem with FedEx's application seems to be that the FAA's "design standards for transport category airplanes did not envisage that a design feature could project infrared laser energy outside the airplane" and that the "FAA's design standards are inadequate to address this capability." As a result, the defense system is being considered a "novel or unusual design feature" and as such will be subjected to several special safety regulations given how dangerous intense infrared light can be to the skin and eyes of "persons on the aircraft, on the ground, and on other aircraft." These regulations will include the ability to completely disable the system while the airplane is on the ground to prevent "inadvertent operation," a design that prevents inflight use from ever damaging the aircraft itself or risking the safety of the crew and passengers, even in the event of a system failure or accidental operation. They also require extensive markings, labels, warnings, and documentation for everyone from maintenance staff to ground crew, to pilots, warning them of the laser's class and risks, including an addendum to the flight manual explaining the complete use of the system.

I'd allow it, with a caveat

By 93 Escort Wagon • Score: 3 • Thread

They should be required to paint their planes to look like sharks.

Re:Friggin' FedEx

By Applehu Akbar • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

I didn't know missile attacks were such a big problem. I'll bet those things aren't cheap

Now they will be able to safely serve Oakland and Chicago.

Re: Friggin' FedEx

By tofarr • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
Maybe if they just delivered their packages on time people wouldn't be so inclined to fire missiles at them.

Re:Friggin' FedEx

By LatencyKills • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Disclaimer: I used to design these systems for a living. I worked on one for BAE Systems called Jeteye based on the military ATIRCM system, and the competing system from Northrop was called LAIRCM - I don't know which one Fedex is asking to install, and the article doesn't say, but if forced to guess I would say LAIRCM. The Israelis have a combination of laser based and flare based systems. My understanding is that the flare based systems are not allowed near cities because of the risk of the flares starting a fire. The laser systems are expensive, probably $250k USD a pop, and I've heard that while all of the Israeli passenger aircraft are fitted with the countermeasure housing (and I've seen some of them while at the airport), only some of them actually have the full system inside the housing.

The obvious conclusion is

By chas.williams • Score: 3, Funny • Thread
that UPS has an anti-aircraft missile system.

Germany To Dedicate 2% Of Its Land To Wind Power Development

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The new German government is proposing a bold new initiative to dramatically increase onshore wind power in the country by 2030. "If successful, the plan would add up to 10 gigawatts of new onshore wind capacity every year for the rest of the decade," reports CleanTechnica. "In total, 2% of Germany's land area will be set aside for wind energy generation. [T]he German government also plans to increase its offshore wind target to 30 GW by 2030." From the report: During a press conference, [the nation's new Green Minister for Economics and Climate, Robert Habeck] made it clear that wind energy, particularly onshore wind, will remain the most important source of electricity in Germany and is the key to further emission reductions, according to WindEurope. "The Energiewende is roaring again. Germany wants a huge expansion of onshore wind. And the Government fully understands that that requires faster permitting of new wind farms -- and they intend to deliver this ASAP with a dedicated new 'Onshore Wind Law.' Today's announcements mark the comeback of German leadership on renewables -- fantastisch!" says WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson.

Habeck intends to remove restraints on onshore wind development caused by concerns about radar installations for civilian and military aviation. He estimates the government plan could free up 4 to 5 GW of new wind projects currently blocked by aviation radar, and an additional 4 GW currently blocked by the military. Support for renewable energies will be paid from the state budget, reducing the burden on low income households and small businesses. The package is also said to define the energy transition as a 'matter of public interest' in order to prioritize wind energy projects over other forms of land use -- an important precondition to streamlining the permit process and finding new sites for wind energy projects.

Re:Good thing they shut down their reactors

By TheNameOfNick • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

It's all politics. The decision to exit nuclear power was originally a Green party initiative under the Schroeder government. It was majorly stifled by Merkel's government, which extended the licenses of most nuclear power plants by more than a decade. Then came Fukushima and Merkel flip-flopped, i.e. rescinded the extension. The industry profits every time politicians change the rules on them. You can't rescind a license to operate a nuclear power plant without paying for the financial damage. Nuclear power is going to be good for at least two more rounds of subsidies when politicians panic again.

Re:Good thing they shut down their reactors

By Voice of satan • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

No, the Germans are not being good neighbours.

Germans make their electricity mainly by coal and gas. But mainly coal. Coal plants emit soot that end up in neighbourhing countries like The Netherlands, Belgium and France. The Poles live in their own coal soot.

When i was student in Engineering in Belgium. i had a course on energy with a chapter that meant roughly "How not to build an energy grid: Germany". It is where i learnt that at the time Germany wasn't even able to ship its electricity from West to East. It transited through central Europe countries overloading their grid and pissing them to no end. They even threatened to disconnect from Germany.

That and the instability of the German grid destabilizes the EU one. It will worsen with more wind and thus more gas. Definitely not good neighbours.

Germany's Security Watchdog Finds No Evidence of Censorship In Xiaomi Phones

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Germany's federal cybersecurity watchdog, the BSI, did not find any evidence of censorship functions in mobile phones manufactured by China's Xiaomi, a spokesperson said on Thursday. Reuters reports: Lithuania's state cybersecurity body had said in September that Xiaomi phones had a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as "Free Tibet," "Long live Taiwan independence" or "democracy movement." The BSI started an examination following these accusations, which lasted several months. "As a result, the BSI was unable to identify any anomalies that would require further investigation or other measures," the BSI spokesperson said.

Tesla Expands Gigafactory Nevada Solar Array Toward Goal To Become World's Biggest

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: New satellite images show that Tesla significantly expanded its rooftop solar array at Gigafactory Nevada as it aims for it to become the world's biggest. In 2017, Tesla announced plans for a giant 70 MW rooftop array at Gigafactory Nevada, which would be the largest in the world by a wide margin. The project has been lagging for a long time. Tesla finally started construction of the solar array in 2018 and expanded on it throughout the next few years, but it has never grown near the size Tesla has been talking about. Last summer, the automaker said that it had deployed 3.2 MW at the site. At the time, Tesla also changed its goal to deploy 24 MW instead of 70 MW on the rooftop of the factory, which itself is now smaller than originally planned. The company said that it believes this would still be enough to be the largest rooftop deployment of solar power. To be fair, there are much bigger solar farms than 24 MW out there, but Tesla is specifically talking about rooftop solar arrays and not ground-mounted installations.

Now a few months later, it looks like Tesla has made a lot of progress with several more MW of solar power deployed at Gigafactory Nevada based on new satellite images. The image on the left is from September 2021 and the one on the right is from yesterday, January 12 (via Building Tesla). It's hard to determine exactly how much capacity Tesla deployed, but it looks like a significant increase over the last few months. As for the factory itself, it has been expanding in size for a long time. The factory has been producing a lot of battery cells, packs, and drivetrains for Tesla, but the giant structure has been stuck at ~30% completion for the past four years.

Meta's Oculus Unit Faces FTC-Led Probe of Competition Practices

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and multiple states are investigating Meta's virtual reality unit Oculus over potential anti-competitive practices. Bloomberg reports: The FTC and a group of states led by New York have quizzed outside developers that make Oculus apps in recent months as part of the inquiry, the people said. The officials have been scrutinizing how Meta, the world's largest social media company, may be using its market power in the VR space to stifle competition, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter isn't public. In interviews with several developers, the antitrust enforcers asked how the Oculus app store may be discriminating against third parties that sell apps that compete with Meta's own software. They were also curious about Meta's sales strategy for the Oculus VR headset and how the price of the company's device undercuts competitors. Meta sells the Oculus Quest 2 headset for $299, well below some models from HTC Corp. and others.

The FTC and states including New York, Tennessee and North Carolina began reaching out to developers concerned about Oculus-related antitrust issues last year, one of the people said. [...] Developers have complained that Meta uses its market power to thwart companies that offer competing games and services on Oculus. They allege the company copies the most promising ideas and makes it harder for some apps to work properly on the platform. [...] The antitrust scrutiny could complicate Meta's plans to build out what Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg calls the metaverse -- immersive digital worlds accessed through virtual and augmented reality-powered devices. Zuckerberg has said he thinks the devices will become the next major computing platform for human communication, after mobile phones, eventually replacing some in-person interactions.

John Deere Hit With Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged Tractor Repair Monopoly

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A class action lawsuit filed in Chicago has accused John Deere of running an illegal repair monopoly. Motherboard reports: The lawsuit alleged that John Deere has used software locks and restricted access to repair documentation and tools, making it very difficult for farmers to fix their own agricultural equipment, a problem that Motherboard has documented for years and that lawmakers, the FTC, and even the Biden administration have acknowledged. The lawsuit claims John Deere is violating antitrust rules and also alleges that Deere is illegally "tying" farmers to Deere-authorized service centers through arbitrary means.

"Farmers have traditionally had the ability to repair and maintain their own tractors as needed, or else have had the option to bring their tractors to an independent mechanic," the lawsuit said. "However, in newer generations of its agricultural equipment, Deere has deliberately monopolized the market for repair and maintenance services of its agricultural equipment with Engine Control Units (ECUs) by making crucial software and repair tools inaccessible to farmers and independent repair shops."

Forest River Farms, a farming corporation in North Dakota, filed the recent antitrust lawsuit against John Deere, alleging that "Deere's network of highly-consolidated independent dealerships is not permitted through their agreements with Deere to provide farmers or repair shops with access to the same software and repair tools the Dealerships have." "As a result of shutting out farmers and independent repair shops from accessing the necessary resources for repairs, Deere and the Dealerships have cornered the Deere Repair Services Market in the United States for Deere-branded agricultural equipment controlled by ECUs and have derived supracompetitive profits from the sale of repair and maintenance services," the lawsuit, which repeatedly cites some of Motherboard's reporting on the issue, continues. [...] The lawsuit alleges that, though Deere has made some types of software and repair parts available to the public, they are "insufficient to restore competition to the Deere repair services market," and notes that "there are no legitimate reasons to restrict access to necessary repair tools."

I say it's time to send John Deere a Dear John

By Joe_Dragon • Score: 3 • Thread

I say it's time to send John Deere a Dear John

Re:Ol Olsoc

By caseih • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

John Deere makes some of the most comfortable, easy-to-operate, reliable machines in the industry. I have three older Deeres and they have been wonderful machines. It's a bit hard to explain, but there's a refinement that John Deere has achieved, particularly noticeable in the steering. A bit hard to describe to someone not experienced with tractors and large machines. That said, where John Deere has been going is not somewhere I want to go and I'm less and less enamoured with them, and less impressed overall. My next machines will not be green. I guess it's fortunate that in general I don't like their latest machines, with how they've changed the operation of the IVT and shuttle shifter.

John Deere very much sees itself as the Apple of tractors. They have a complete ecosystem they want you to buy into and then lock you into. Part of this is done through the trade-in treadmill (highest resale value in the industry they say), and partly through their new cloud connection services. I think they fancy themselves a cloud computing company who happens to sell tractors for customers to log into the cloud with. For many farmers, what Deere is doing works very well. Especially large farmers. As long as you trade up every couple of years, have the dealer do everything, life is good. Basically a steady income stream for John Deere. Just because you own a machine doesn't mean you still pay every year one way or the other.

Re:Alleged?? LoL

By larryjoe • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

John Deere's behavior is not disputed. What is "alleged" is that is it is a monopoly.

JD is not the only tractor brand. They have about 15% of the market.

The market share numbers depends on the definition of the market.

According to the link cited in the complaint document, "Deere’s metallic-green-and-yellow farm vehicles dominate the world’s $68 billion market for agricultural equipment, accounting for more than half of all farm machinery sales in the U.S. and more than a third of equipment revenue worldwide—a bigger market share than that of the next two tractor makers, Case New Holland and Kubota Corp., combined."

This discrepancy between an oft-quoted 15-18% of the market is explained by the following: "Deere & Co. is the largest farm equipment corporation in the world, selling twice as much machinery as its two next-largest competitors combined. Deere controls 53 percent of the U.S. market for large tractors and 60 percent of the U.S. market for farm combines. These sub-sectoral monopolies help explain Deere’s 18 percent share of the overall farming equipment market, the largest of any corporation in a market where the four largest operators control 45 percent of all sales."

#Right to repair

By Chas • Score: 3 • Thread

No "please".
No argument.

Re:Alleged?? LoL

By CoolDiscoRex • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

D is not the only tractor brand. They have about 15% of the market. The repair lockdown is only on newer models, so the farmers who bought them should have known what they were agreeing to. JD's case is supported by your claim that "anyone who knows anyone" was aware of the behavior.

The plaintiffs are arguing that the monopoly is not on tractors or even the repair of tractors but only on some repairs of one brand. Courts have often been skeptical of complaints about "monopolies" over small market segments.

This would be better addressed through "right to repair" legislation rather than anti-trust, but R2R has not had much legislative success.

IMHO, "these aren't "right to repair" issues, they are private property issues. Private property rights have been chipped away in favor of big business for two decades, and it's getting worse by the year. We'll all be in trouble if we don't restore them.

Historically, when money changed hands, so did ownership of the physical good, and anything inseparably tied to the physical good was also considered the property of the purchaser. You couldn't sell a book, for instance, and claim that the paper and covers were the property of the purchaser, but the words were "licensed" and therefore you were free to grab the book and scribble paragraphs out with the magic marker at your discretion.

Eventually, moneyed companies bribed politicians to do things analogous to this, and the net result is the widespread abrogation of personal property rights by corporations who can always be counted on to act in their own interests and against yours. To sieze your private property rights, all a company has to do is ensure something, somewhere on the product runs some form of code, at which point the company can sell products, then retain control over them, without your consent if need be.

This was relatively unthinkable two decades ago, but the frog was boiled slowly, and now we're all supposed to "expect it".

This scam is easy to effectuate when the average IQ of a nation is 98 and people with IQs under 95 are ten times morenumerous than people with IQs above 130. And of course, the companies point to the 70% of Americans with IQs 110 (the rough line where true critical/abstract thinking lies) as evidence the the people are more than happy to no longer own what they purchase.

What remains are the other 30% who beg and plead for legislation to protect them from the majority, most of whom will accept whatever they are given, and are unlikely to question it.

Without the proliferation of common sense and basic decency, the 70% will give away every right we ever fought for, and they will do it willingly. Everyone else can only plead for sanity to prevail, and hope that it does, but with Congress full of defacto luddites, it can be a truly tough climb. If private property rights are not inalienable, then they will be alienated by the masses, to the detriment of the minority that still cares.

Then there are folks like you who like the new paradigm, and you tirelessly point to the fine print and the "agreement" as proof positive that everyone willingly gave up their rights, and should thus shut the hell up and accept it like you have.

I thank my lucky stars every day that those people who push back exist, though, for if they did not, can you even imagine the world we would be living in now?

It certainly would not be the Utopia you think it would be, that much I can guarantee you.

Humble Subscription Service Is Dumping Mac, Linux Access In 18 Days

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Humble, the bundle-centric games retailer that launched with expansive Mac and Linux support in 2010, will soon shift a major component of its business to Windows-only gaming. The retailer's monthly subscription service, Humble Choice, previously offered a number of price tiers; the more you paid, the more new games you could claim in a given month. Starting February 1, Humble Choice will include less choice, as it will only offer a single $12/month tier, complete with a few new game giveaways per month and ongoing access to two collections of games: Humble's existing "Trove" collection of classic games, and a brand-new "Humble Games Collection" of more modern titles.

But this shift in subscription strategy comes with a new, unfortunate requirement: an entirely new launcher app, which must be used to access and download Humble Trove and Humble Games Collection games going forward. Worse, this app will be Windows-only. Current subscribers have been given an abrupt countdown warning (as spotted by NeoWin). Those subscribers have until January 31 to use the existing website interface to download DRM-free copies of any games' Mac or Linux versions. Starting February 1, subscription-specific downloads will be taken off the site, and Mac and Linux versions in particular will disappear altogether. Interestingly, the current Trove library consists of 79 games, but Humble says that the Trove collection will include "50+ games" starting February 1. This week's warning to Humble's Mac and Linux subscribers notes that "many" of the current Trove games will appear on the Humble Launcher, which is likely a nice way of saying that some of the existing games will not -- perhaps around 20 or so, based on the aforementioned numbers. Despite these changes, Trove's selection of games will remain DRM-free. FAQs about the Humble Launcher suggest that subscribers can download Trove files and continue accessing them in DRM-free fashion, no Humble Launcher or ongoing subscription required. The same promise has not been made for the more modern game collection found in the new Humble Games Collection.

No longer community focused.

By Gravis Zero • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Humble used to be something great for everybody but now they have become yet another corporate game service that doesn't give a damn about the community, only making more money. It's really quite depressing.

Re: No longer community focused.

By scdeimos • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Nope, Humble sold out long ago. Maybe the first six or so Humble Bundles included any Linux or Mac titles, pretty much everything since then has been old and recycled Windows-only content.

I can't speak to the Linux content, but there's probably little point for Humble keeping the macOS games around any more because, almost without exception, their titles are 32-bit only. macOS Catalina and later are 64-bit only so you can't run any of these games any more without crappy Parallels/VirtualBox solutions or just by keeping old hardware around. I'm not defending Humble here because, as a customer, it's a pretty shitty thing for them to do but, as a developer, I understand that they can't go back to their suppliers and insist that they recompile everything for modern 64-bit systems. Especially when a lot of those suppliers are 1- and 2-person shops that probably don't even exist any more.

Really disappointing

By prowler1 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I originally started using and supporting the humble bundles due to no DRM, they gave a cut to charity and they had a number of titles available for Linux.

Seeing them go this direction is really disappointing.

Humble Biundle?

By TechyImmigrant • Score: 3 • Thread

Hubris Bundle.

the long fall of something once good

By Tom • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Humble Bundle started as a great initiative.

Recently, it was a disappointing cash-grab. They're pushing out bundles all the time, so much that it's impossible to keep track, and much of it is trash.

It is visible that their focus has shifted dramatically. From providing something cool for the community to making a quick buck. Or something. Dropping Mac and Linux is just another sign of that. It does make sense from a commercial perspective. It's an asshole move from a community perspective.

So bye, bye Humble. It was nice for a time, but you've turned into an asshole, so I'm dumping you.

People Building 'Blockchain City' in Wyoming Scammed by Hackers

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CityDAO -- the group that bought 40 acres of Wyoming in hopes of "building a city on the Ethereum blockchain" -- announced this week that its Discord server was hacked and members' funds were successfully stolen as a result. From a report: "EMERGENCY NOTICE. A CityDAO Discord admin account has been hacked. THERE IS NO LAND DROP. DO NOT CONNECT YOUR WALLET," the project's Twitter account declared. CityDAO is a "decentralized autonomous organization" that hopes to collectively govern a blockchain city, offering citizenship and governance tokens in exchange for the purchase of a "land NFT" bestowing ownership rights to a plot of land. Like many other cryptocurrency, NFT, and DAO projects, CityDAO's community lives on Discord, a popular service chiefly designed for gamers but which has become an indispensable part of the crypto ecosystem. On Discord, CityDAO issues announcements, updates, answers questions, hosts a community, and issues alerts for "land drops," or opportunities to buy NFTs that represent parcels of land.

The attack worked by compromising the Discord account of a moderator, a core-team member and early investor who goes by Lyons800. They detailed the angle of attack in a Twitter thread the following day. First, the attacker posted a doctored screenshot showing a conversation with Lyons800 in another Discord server, claiming that he was scamming people there. Lyons800 offered to prove it wasn't him and got on a voice call with the scammer, who convinced the moderator to let them inspect their console. From there, the scammer obtained Lyons800's Discord authentication token that let them hijack the account. In a tweet, Lyons800 described this as "a ridiculous security breach from Discord." From here, the scammer launched a webhook attack to exploit CityDAO and BaconDAO -- a group that describes itself as an "investors guild" that educates its members -- where Lyons800 is a co-founder. Webhooks are best thought of as tools that connect Discord servers to other websites, and are often used to send automated messages and updates.

Wyoming is in the US

By fermion • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
At least I think it is. That means that we are not citizens of a city, but of a country. Unless they are building a totally self funded gated village, or plan to sucede from the Union, there no need to buy a plot to access public areas. California attempted to restrict access, for instance by prosecuting person who transported vagrants across state line, it those were ruled unconstitutional mid 20th century. Likewise, deed restriction were in place to limit residency by race until the late 20th century but those were also deemed unconstitutional. This is a land scam, which the west is well known for. Instead of a cozy office with fancy models of the transformed desert, they have a fancy website with fancy sounding language.

40 acres?

By 93 Escort Wagon • Score: 3 • Thread

And a mule?

Kidding aside - 40 acres is the size of one small family farm. How's a city supposed to fit in there?

Yeah, it was ridiculous

By Salton Pepper • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
Ridiculous that Lyons800 allowed a stranger to remotely access his console. Yeah, that's clearly the fault of Discord... /s

Re:Wyoming is in the US

By BrainJunkie • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

there no need to buy a plot to access public areas

There are plenty of BLM parcels that can be accessed only from private land. There is a court case going on right now, in Wyoming even, where hunters are being being charged with trespass for walking from one corner of a BLM parcel to another. Without owning adjoining land this is the only way to access many otherwise "public" lands in the Western US.

Not sure which is more hilarious

By quonset • Score: 3 • Thread

Watching all these people get scammed in crypto, or the loud mouthed anti-vaxxer bodies hitting the floor.

Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Banned For Life From Drug Industry in Monopoly Case, Ordered To Pay $64.6 Million

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fahrbot-bot writes: A federal judge on Friday ordered notorious "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli banned for life from the pharmaceutical industry and also ordered him to pay $64.6 million in profits he earned from hiking the price of the life-saving drug Daraprim by more than 5,000% overnight. The ruling in U.S. District Court in Manhattan came in response to a lawsuit alleging illegal and monopolistic behavior connected with Daraprim by the incarcerated securities fraudster Shkreli.

The plaintiffs in the case were the Federal Trade Commission, and seven states, including New York and California. Those same plaintiffs last month obtained a $40 million settlement for the same claims from Vyera Pharmaceuticals, the company that Shkreli had founded. "Americans can rest easy because Martin Shkreli is a pharma bro no more," said New York Attorney General Letitia James. Shkreli is serving a seven-year federal prison term for financial crimes unrelated to his controversial price increase of Daraprim, a drug used to treat parasitic infections in pregnant women, babies, HIV patients, and others. Shkreli controversially raised the drug's price from $13.50 per pill to a whopping $750 per pill in 2015.

Past tense. Epipen $113 at CVS or Walgreens

By raymorris • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

She *used* to be the CEO of one of the companies. She hasn't been for a couple years now.

The price is also back to what it was before. $113 at CVS or Walgreens.

The company paid a $345 million penalty.

Re:Past tense. Epipen $113 at CVS or Walgreens

By Miles_O'Toole • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

So she made her killing and bailed. I'm not sure how this changes my point.

Re:So he is in jail for raising the price of a dru

By sjames • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Translation: No, I *CAN'T* so I will insult you instead.

New Unit of Measurement

By ewhac • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
Shkreli's name has been memorialized as the unit measure of Backpfeifengesicht -- namely, the degree to which someone's face demands that you punch it.

Like the Farad, the Shkreli is far too large a unit for normal everyday use, so the milli-Shkreli is most commonly employed. Martin Shkreli himself is the reference ("Le Grand Dick"), measuring at 1000 milli-Shkrelis (obviously). Most people rarely hit above 300 milli-Shkrelis. By comparison, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Gilead) usually measures around 600-700 milli-Shkrelis. And back in 2019, Nick Sandman (famously pictured here on the left) managed to weigh in around 1150.

This pharmabro...

By Otis B. Dilroy III • Score: 3 • Thread
Did not accomplish his misdeeds by himself.

Netflix Raises Monthly Subscription Prices in US, Canada

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Netflix has raised its monthly subscription price by $1 to $2 per month in the United States depending on the plan, the company said on Friday, to help pay for new programming to compete in the crowded streaming TV market. From a report: The standard plan, which allows for two simultaneous streams, now costs $15.49 per month, up from $13.99, in the United States. Prices also went up in Canada, where the standard plan climbed to C$16.49 from C$14.99. The price increases, the first in those markets since October 2020, took effect immediately for new customers. Existing members will see the new prices in the coming weeks when they receive their monthly bills.

It worked!

By timeOday • Score: 3 • Thread
We used to ask why not ala-carte channel pricing from cable. We got our wish, more or less... Internet + Netflix + Disney Plus + Amazon Prime + Peacock...

Re:It worked!

By 93 Escort Wagon • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

While I agree with your intended sentiment - at least now we can control costs somewhat by binge-subscribing. For example I can subscribe to Paramount Plus for a month or two, watch everything I care about, and then drop the subscription again.

I can see why Netflix is raising prices

By 93 Escort Wagon • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

After all, quality programming like that Cowboy Bebop live action show doesn't come cheap!

How dare they?

By Petersko • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Yep. I'm totally canceling my Netflix subscription. 2 minutes or less of my salary? The nerve.

Streaming services are an unbelievably great dollar-per-hour deal on entertainment. Even with a $2 increase.

I don't enjoy much of their original content

By Babel-17 • Score: 3 • Thread

I wish they'd split it off into being the lure for a premium package. Give me films and TV shows, that they can get at a reasonable price, for a lower price. There's lots of legal alternatives out there, albeit with commercials. Heck, my Samsung devices now offer "Samsung TV" for free, and Sony's Crackle, and the Pluto channel, also offer a lot of content. I have Amazon Prime for the free shipping, Subscribe and Save discounts, and 5% off because I use their card, but it also comes with Prime Video, which offers some decent stuff.

With the economy being so challenging, and inflation high while incomes don't rise to match, Netflix picked a time to jack up prices that will earn some well deserved resentment, and which will be remembered. They could become a virtual cord to be cut.

My brother and sister-in-law enjoy the access to my premium HD account, so I guess I won't cancel. But if it was just me ...

P.S. Quality versus quantity, and maybe Netflix has a problem with some of its executives enjoying playing at being film and TV executives, so they're churning out content just to satisfy this new found addiction of theirs.

Crowd pleasers aren't that hard to anticipate, stick to those, and avoid gambling with their customer's money, since we're footing the bill for their failed attempts to expand their appeal.

FAA Issues First Aircraft-Specific Limits Due To 5G Signals

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U.S. aviation regulators published the first aircraft-specific restriction related to new 5G service expected to begin next week, ordering operators of Boeing 737 Max jets to update landing requirements. From a report: Equipment on the planes that could be subject to interference from 5G radio waves could alter how the jet stops after touching down, the Federal Aviation Administration said in an airworthiness directive posted on a government website Friday. Interference from 5G could result in "degraded deceleration performance and longer landing distance than normal," the FAA said.

It is the 787, not 737 Max

By Fallen Kell • Score: 3 • Thread
The article messed up originally and they have corrected it, but /. has the wrong one in the headline now.

How do they not know the exact interaction?

By Murdoch5 • Score: 3 • Thread
5G could cause problems? Why can't they list the actual issues and the exact frequencies which are at fault? A properly engineered system can be checked to exact specification, and they're entire industries which focus on specification drafting, and testing! We've heard for years that 5G could be an issue, but that really means is the specifications and the testing haven't been completed to a satisfactory level.

I understand that a 10+ years old system wouldn't have been designed to handle a young specification, like 5G, but that doesn't mean the parts / systems can't be certified against it. If you don't know if X is affected by Y, then you better test X against Y, especially if it's a mass rollout and if Y is likely to come in contact with X. Enough guessing, and enough scare tactics, do the testing and either demonstrate the systems are safe, or not. Carry out proper engineering, and you'll be amazed on how clear the answers become.


By Richard_at_work • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Quite a few airports these days are set up for “brake to vacate” systems, which allow the aircraft to know exactly where on the runway it is in relation to the taxiway exit that it wants to take, and in turn allows the aircraft to automatically brake accordingly to take that exit after touchdown.

Some of these systems require ground stations, and it seems some of these ground stations are potentially affected in the same way radio altimeters are.

5G intefears

By sdinfoserv • Score: 3, Informative • Thread
"On Jan. 5, Verizon and AT&T will switch on a new spectrum of 5G wireless communications — the C-Band spectrum. The problem is that a study conducted last year shows that 5G transmissions in this spectrum interfere with radio altimeters on aircraft, saying there is a “major risk” that these systems “will cause harmful interference to radar altimeters on all civil aircraft.” These radio altimeters operate in an adjacent spectrum to 5G C-Band and are susceptible to interference."
the study:
This is a situation where the FAA wants to understand what the real risk is, and corporations are heavily lobbying to no slow down but to utilize the bandwidth they purchased form the FCC to enhance communications and profit - if you think 5G is an enhancement.
Likely what will happen is the communication cabal will get what they want till an aviation accident kills a bunch of people. Then the righties will use it as a reason to scream how inept the government is, when it was the righties and their owners the oligarchs that pushed ahead despite indications of conflict.

Re:I don't get it

By Fallen Kell • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

And you have evidence to support this assertion I suppose?

Spider-Man Comic Page Sells for Record $3.36M Bidding

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A single page of artwork from a 1984 Spider-Man comic book sold at auction Thursday for a record $3.36 million. From a report: Mike Zeck's artwork for page 25 from Marvel Comics' "Secret Wars No. 8" brings the first appearance of Spidey's black suit. The symbiote suit would eventually lead to the emergence of the character Venom. The record bidding, which started at $330,000 and soared past $3 million, came on the first day of Heritage Auctions' four-day comic event in Dallas. The previous record for an interior page of a U.S. comic book was $657,250 for art from a 1974 issue of "The Incredible Hulk" that featured a tease for the first appearance of Wolverine.

Google Misled Publishers and Advertisers, Unredacted Lawsuit Alleges

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Google misled publishers and advertisers for years about the pricing and processes of its ad auctions, creating secret programs that deflated sales for some companies while increasing prices for buyers, according to newly unredacted allegations and details in a lawsuit by state attorneys general. From a report: Meanwhile, Google pocketed the difference between what it told publishers and advertisers that an ad cost and used the pool of money to manipulate future auctions to expand its digital monopoly, the newly unredacted complaint alleges. The documents cite internal correspondence in which Google employees said some of these practices amounted to growing its business through "insider information." The unredacted filing on Friday in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York came after a federal judge ruled this week that an amended complaint filed last year could be unsealed. The lawsuit was first filed in December 2020, with many sections of the complaint redacted. Since then, the redactions have been stripped away in a series of rulings, providing fresh details about the states' argument that Google runs a monopoly that harmed ad-industry competitors and publishers.

Every company tends to follow the money

By shanen • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Actually, without the limitation of the Subject field, the opening statement should be more like

"Every 'economically successful' company tends to twist its business model to follow the biggest revenue streams"

and the followup question is

"Why has the phrase 'economically successful' become so nearly synonymous with 'evil'?"

In contrast to the advertisers who are paying actual money to the google and therefore should have standing to sue for damages, I doubt whether the publishers have much of a legal leg to stand on. I'm sort of in their boat, since I create some content that is 'held' in the google cloud. I used to think that was a reasonable tradeoff for services received, but these days I feel more and more like I'm dealing with the devil and I increasingly wish there were better alternatives for almost every google service I use. I would even speculate that it is mentally harmful to "do business" with a company you dislike too strongly.

Personal disclaimer needed? I used to think the google was a good company and sincerely trying to make the world a better place. Now I think the google cares for nothing beyond getting more money. And of course they will lie to the suckers whenever they believe the cost of getting sued is lower than the profits. Best business practices. MUST MAXIMIZE SHAREHOLDER VALUE! [In the voice of Nomad.] (But I have already noted that I regard share prices as delusional these years.)

By the way, did anyone else see a 404 when you tried to look at this story? It was the #2 story on the front page when I first saw it.

Farther by the way, There is a slight risk of this comment being an FP, but I can't think of any reason to stall longer... Isn't there anything else I can add to it?

Intel's Dropping of SGX Prevents Ultra HD Blu-Ray Playback on PCs

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Intel removed the security feature SGX from processors of the 11th and newer generations. Problem is, the feature is one of the requirements to play Ultra HD Blu-Ray discs on computer systems. From a report: The Ultra HD Blu-Ray format, often referred to as 4K Ultra HD or 4K Blu-Ray, supports 4K UHD playback with a pixel resolution of 3840x2160. One of the requirements for playback of Ultra HD Blu-Ray discs on PCs is that SGX is supported by the installed processor and by the motherboard firmware. The Blu-Ray Disc Association defined DRM requirements for Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc playback. Besides SGX, playback is protected by HDCP 2.2 and AACS 2.0, with some discs using AACS 2.1. Intel Software Guard Extensions (SGX) "allow user-level as well as operating system code to define private regions of memory, called enclaves, whose contents are protected and unable to be either read or saved by any process outside the enclave itself, including processes running at higher privilege levels" according to Wikipedia.

Defective by design

By peppepz • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
As usual, DRM only harms legitimate users, while pirates suffer none of its vexations.

Re: Seems like a great hiding place for malware

By felixrising • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
It's really anti consumer. It doesn't just affect consumer experience, it increases cost of HDMI cables and devices Blu-Ray players TVs and projectors Surround Receivers Computer chips Etc The list is long and all the DRM technology added costs extra money for consumers at ever step. And ultimately it doesn't do anything except hurt their own customers. The DRM is quickly circumvented and piraters still pirate the content. The whole policy is bad.

So don't buy them

By sjames • Score: 3 • Thread

Let the MPAA members burn the discs this winter to keep warm.

DRM is the issue

By ironicsky • Score: 3 • Thread

So, the processor isn't the issue - DRM is. If they change or remove their DRM software then the issue goes away.

We all know that crafty developers have a solution already, or will have one soon.

Bigger problems:

By thegarbz • Score: 3 • Thread

Has anyone seen a computer built in the past 3 years with an optical drive? I don't think it's Intel's 11th gen CPU that will prevent playing back 4K blurays, but rather the fact that basically no one really does this.

HTPC owners maybe?

Apple's New VR/AR Headset Risks Being Delayed Until 2023

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Apple is considering pushing back the debut of its mixed-reality headset by at least a few months, potentially delaying its first major new product since the Apple Watch in 2015, Bloomberg News reported Friday, citing people familiar with the situation. From the report: The headset -- a high-end device that blends virtual and augmented reality -- was targeted for an unveiling at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, followed by a release later in the year. But development challenges related to overheating, cameras and software have made it harder to stay on track, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. That could push the announcement until the end of 2022 or later, with the product hitting shelves by 2023, the people said.

doing the right thing

By snowshovelboy • Score: 3 • Thread

I'm really glad apple decided to delay the risks.

Never delayed

By BeepBoopBeep • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread
Cant say its delayed if they never announced a date.

PayPal Faces Lawsuit For Freezing Customer Accounts and Funds

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Three PayPal users who've allegedly had their accounts frozen and funds taken by the company without explanation have filed a federal lawsuit against the online payment service. From a report: The plaintiffs -- two users from California and one from Chicago -- are accusing the company of unlawfully seizing their personal property and violating racketeering laws. They're now proposing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all other users who've had their accounts frozen before and are seeking restitution, as well as punitive and exemplary damages. Lena Evans, one of the plaintiffs who'd been a PayPal user for 22 years, said the website seized $26,984 from her account six months after it got frozen without ever telling her why. Evans had been using PayPal to buy and sell clothing on eBay, to exchange money for a poker league she owns and for a non-profit that helps women with various needs. Fellow plaintiff Roni Shemtov said PayPal seized over $42,000 of her money and never got an acceptable reason for why her account was terminated. She received several different explanations when she contacted the company: One customer rep said it was because she used the same IP and computer as other Paypal users, while another said it was because she sold yoga clothing at 20 to 30 percent lower than retail. Yet another representative allegedly said it was because she used multiple accounts, which she denies.


By fahrbot-bot • Score: 3 • Thread

[Lena] Evans had been using PayPal to ... exchange money for a poker league she owns ...

She misspelled "launder."

15 years too late

By danda • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

PayPal has been arbitrarily freezing accounts for at least 15 years, maybe 20. They froze one of mine back in 2004 or so just because I was making small payments of a few cents while testing out their API for an integration. Apparently that was somehow "suspicious". This was before they even had an API for testing, or if they had one they hid it well. I only had about $20 in the account and and was so angered that I never submitted the docs they requested, abandoned the account and integration, and swore never to give PayPal another dime.

But anyway, sites like and existed even back then with thousands and thousands of complaints from people with frozen accounts, and PayPal's lack of customer service is also legendary.

I am amazed there has not already been a successful class action lawsuit. Or maybe there has...?

Anyway, I support this effort.

Re:15 years too late

By crunchygranola • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Paypal has a policy now of "permanent banning" which seizes all assets in an account and have the extremely useful policy (for Paypal) of not only having no appeals process but also being very aggressive about never giving any information at all to explain the ban. They will give you no information at all, and state that they never will, and if you ask a CSR for information with will be directed to a page that declares the only way to find out why you were banned is to file a lawsuit.

Googling about such lawsuits will show that these individually filed lawsuits never get any information either. Hence this class action lawsuit.

Did the people get their money back?

By raftpeople • Score: 3 • Thread
Is PayPal freezing the funds for some duration, and then ultimately returning the funds to these people, or is PayPal actually keeping the funds indefinitely?

Last Of Us Voice Actor Pisses Everyone Off With NFT Push

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Troy Baker, best known as the voice behind The Last Of Us Parts 2's Joel Miller, made trouble for himself overnight when he announced his support for a new NFT venture around monetizing artists' voice work. From a report: "You can hate. Or you can create. What'll it be?" he standoffish-ly tweeted. It didn't take fans long to decide. "I'm partnering with VoiceverseNFT to explore ways where together we might bring new tools to new creators to make new things, and allow everyone a chance to own and invest in the IP's they create," Baker -- who's voiced dozens of video game characters from Final Fantasy XIII's Snow to Fortnite's Agent Jones -- wrote overnight. "We all have a story to tell."

Last dying breath

By anonymouscoward52236 • Score: 3 • Thread

This is a voice actor's last dying breath before being replaced with deep fake AI tech. One last "monetize all you can" push before their projected career death.


By Rosco P. Coltrane • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Very minor celebrity tries to jump on one of the many blockchain Ponzi bandwagon to make a buck.

Re:Seems like one of the few valid use cases

By oGMo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

But they don't. NFT adds nothing here. It guarantees nothing here. Only by assigning shared ownership (via copyright law) and contractually agreeing on payout terms do you get that. And then, you don't need NFT to do it.

Just like every other use of "the blockchain" and related "technology;" the only actual use is convincing someone else to give you money. So ask yourself: are you convinced, or are you the one making the money?

Also, why has no one made PtbarneumCoin?

In China, You Can Go To College To Become a Social Media Influencer

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An anonymous reader shares a report: As colleges around China approach their final few weeks before the winter break, frequent users of Douyin (TikTok's Chinese version) may have noticed a new type of post in their feeds: students asking for likes and followers to pass their final exams. Xu Maomao, for example, posted a video hash-tagged "SOS," where she pled for 10,000 followers in order to complete a course called "Self-Made Media Content Creation and Operation" that she is taking at the Communication University of Zhejiang (CUZ). "I am now an ordinary college student forced to become a social media influencer," joked Xu Maomao. As influencers in Europe struggle to balance the weight of selling a brand and remaining âoeauthenticâ to their followers, their Chinese counterparts are taking college courses that will help them secure a career path towards the lucrative profession of social media influencers.

From China's e-commerce hub Hangzhou, to the inland agricultural base of Henan Province, and even in far-off Tibet, vocational colleges across China are training young people to become professional influencers. Semesters are now spent on entry-level courses on topics such as short-video editing, social media marketing, e-commerce, and other aspects of the new "trade," and are often taught in cooperation with industry players such as the social media platforms themselves. By offering these courses, the Chinese higher education system is now part of the driving force for the professionalization of Chinese social media influencers and is producing a large talent pool that is now pouring into the country's flourishing digital economy. By December 16, two days before the deadline, Xu Maomao was still half way to go towards the goal of 10,000 followers. Her course instructor eventually agreed that anyone with 5,000 followers could get a 90 for the final exam, perhaps because too few had achieved the original target.

AKA marketing major

By RogueWarrior65 • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

There is now no longer any difference especially given that more traditional forms of marketing e.g. print advertising aren't what they used to be. If there is a difference, social media has the capability of tracking what the viewer does which leads to viewing marketing dollars with a more jaundiced eye.

So its a Communications Degree

By dmay34 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Yeah. It's a communications degree. What's the big deal? Most US Universities have had those for... I don't know, always?

FSB Arrests 14 Members of REvil Ransomware Gang

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An anonymous reader writes: The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said today that it has raided and shut down the operations of the REvil ransomware gang. Raids were conducted today at 25 residents owned by 14 members suspected to be part of the REvil team across Moscow, St. Petersburg, Leningrad, and the Lipetsk regions. Authorities said they seized more than 426 million rubles, $600,000, and 500,000 euro in cash, along with cryptocurrency wallets, computers, and 20 expensive cars. The REvil gang is responsible for ransomware attacks against Apple supplier Quanta, Kaseya, and JBS Foods.

Well then

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Sounds like someone forgot to pay their protection money.

Re:Well then

By AmiMoJo • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Or maybe they got fed up with ransomware gangs forcing Western companies to improve security, making it harder for FSB hackers to get in. If it the ransomware epidemic has taught us anything, it's that our businesses must have been leaking live a sieve for decades and we can assume that multiple foreign intelligence agencies plundered them regularly.

Cyberattack Hits Ukrainian Websites as Russia Tensions Mount

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Ukraine's worst cyberattack in four years brought down the websites of scores of government agencies for hours. Authorities didn't immediately identify the source of the hacks, which took place as tensions with Russia intensified over its troop buildup across the border. From a report: Seventy government agencies were were hit, including the Foreign and Agriculture Ministries, Viktor Zhora, the deputy head of the state agency in charge of special communication and information protection, said Friday. Authorities are investigating and will have their first conclusions later in the day, he said. "There was no leak of important data, the content of the websites was not damaged," Ukraine Zhora said. "We are collecting digital evidence and analyzing data to understand the full chain of this attack." Ukraine has previously accused Russia of mounting major cyberattacks against its digital infrastructure. Relations between the two former Soviet partners have worsened since the ouster of a Russian-backed president in 2014 and Moscow's subsequent annexation of Crimea.

Russia has no tech industry, is a shithole...

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

Ukraine has a larger technology industry than Russia does, because it is not a 2nd rate totalitarian kleptocracy like Russia. Nobody wants to do business in Russia ever. At best the outside world will buy the oil which Russia produces by plundering it's natural resources and sickening its workers.

Russia is at best a giant gas station with a foreign policy which ensures it will never be a great economic power. Russia is isolated from the world's economy, and if it invades Ukraine as their thieving leader Putin has promised Russia will be cut off from the global banking system.

What a sad waste of a country's resources and potential.

This only works because Putin poisons the underpants of his political opposition. But even a dickless political prisoner has more balls than the petty tyrant who keeps Russia poor by stealing from the people and running the country into the ground.

Lock Him Up.

Federal Investigators Say They Used Encrypted Signal Messages To Charge Far-Right Militia Group Leader

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JoeyRox shares a report from CNBC: Federal investigators claimed to access encrypted Signal messages used to help charge the leader of the Oath Keepers, an extremist far-right militia group, and other defendants in a seditious plot on Jan. 6, 2021. It's not clear how investigators gained access to the messages. One possibility is that another recipient with access to the messages handed them over to investigators. The complaint references group messages run on the app, so it's possible another participant in those chats cooperated.


By drinkypoo • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Don't call it a free and fair election: trump got caught cheating multiple times! ...and still lost!

sssh that was a trap. When they start ranting about how the election was stolen, then you start pasting links about how the majority of fraud was a) engaged in by republicans and b) discovered during republican-sponsored audits. Even the republicans know that the republicans tried to steal the election. Well, the officials do. The followers know fuck-all.


By markdavis • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

>"An invasion & riot in a govt building, vandalism, intimidation, assault, threatening people's lives, & actual murder."

Such drama.

There was no "invasion" and no "insurrection". A relatively small number of an absolutely huge crowd broke into the building and created some mischief. None had guns. Nobody was killed except an unarmed female rioter who was not physically threatening at all, shot by a guard with a very questionable record. Nobody from Congress was hurt and business resumed as normal shortly after.

A year later and nobody was charged with treason or "insurrection" but were still being held in poor conditions, without bail, for minor charges like trespass and vandalism. The capital won't release the videos to the public. One of the instigators mysteriously disappeared off the FBI wanted list and has never been charged. Another instigator never has been on the list. Officials refuse to answer how many "inside agents" they installed. This is a huge political game/show, and everyone knows it.

Should those who went beyond the barriers be charged with things like trespass and also vandalism if there is proof they vandalized? Absolutely.

Re:Strangest "insurrection" ever

By cascadingstylesheet • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Brian Sicknick died of a stroke, hours later, somewhere else. If that's some kind of new standard (police officer general health after riots), then we'd better get a task force busy reviewing all police officer health for the periods after the zillions of left wing riots, seizures of "autonomous areas", etc.

Howard_Liebengood died by suicide, three days later. Again, is this some kind of new standard? Will we apply it to all riots, or just politically disfavored ones?

Jefferey Smith also died by suicide, on the 15th.

Kyle DeFreytag also died by suicide.

Gunther Hashida also died by suicide.

Interesting indeed (and tragic) that so many died by suicide. The rioters had magical suicide-inducing powers perhaps? Or perhaps something else? It's tragic, but can hardly be directly blamed on rioters - again, unless this is some kind of new standard that you wish to apply to all riots, even your standard weekly or daily left wing riots.

So in conclusion, you are full of it. In fact, you know you are full of it. Or part of you does. You are double-thinking, as described in 1984.

Keeping Secrets

By necro81 • Score: 3 • Thread
Remember, the ability of N people to keep a secret tends to go like 1/N^2. The more people involved, the more likely it is to be blown. Corrolary: the more people involved, the sooner it is likely to be revealed.

This is why, despite the red-pill pushers out there, I tend to accept that the world is not, in fact, full of conspiracies. I take comfort in the simple fact that people - especially groups of people - are terrible at keeping secrets. Take the 2020 presidential election, for example. The number of people that would need to be involved to pull off a "steal", across many electoral precincts and levels of administration, is so vast that it could not possibly be kept a secret for long.

Maybe I am deluded, the Matrix has me, and there really are puppet masters controlling everything behind the scenes. They must be superhuman to cover their tracks so well. There's plenty of nefarious stuff happening in broad daylight without needing to fill my time chasing ghosts.

Re: Stewart Rhodes = Glowie. WHAT ABOUT RAY EPPS.

By Ol Olsoc • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

You mean like the founding fathers?

Did they drink their own pee too?

Tesla Removes 2022 Production Date From Cybertruck Website

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X2b5Ysb8 shares a report from The Verge: Tesla has never been fantastic at meeting deadlines, so it's not too surprising that the company's ambitious electric pickup -- the Cybertruck -- is running a little late. Recently, reference to a 2022 production schedule was scrubbed from its website. The Cybertruck was originally announced in 2019, with Tesla promising that the vehicle would be rolling off production lines in late 2021. Then, in August that year, full production was delayed to some time in 2022. Now, that deadline seems to have been waived, too.

Lots of factors could contribute to a delay. These include external challenges, like the ongoing pandemic and global chip shortage (which has affected all automakers), as well as Cybertruck-specific problems. The vehicle's angular look is controversial, attracting awe and scorn in equal measure, but it certainly comes with unique design challenges, like the problem of creating a huge windshield wiper to cover the mammoth front window. Ramping up production on the Cybertruck might also be a relatively low priority for Tesla considering its other vehicles have had fantastic years. [...] We should know more about the vehicle's future soon, though. Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised to share a "Product roadmap update" for the Cybertruck on the next Tesla earnings call. That's scheduled for January 26th. Not long to wait.

Re:Safety issues?

By tlhIngan • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

It could be. But the US doesn't generally have those laws. However, you can bet the most important part of car ownership does - insurance companies. And they're probably paying attention to what risks a Cybertruck will do to their liability coverage.

Plus, I'm sure, Tesla is probably looking closely because their insurance will be heavily pressuring them on the same issue - a few accidents resulting from the design can easily reflect more on Tesla as being a responsible party to go after for damages as well. After all, if a pedestrian's injuries are exacerbated by the design of the vehicle, then you can bet Tesla will be a far bigger target for lawsuits under the principle of going after the parties with money.

I suspect there probably are far more regulatory issues as well, including what happens if it runs into a car - there is a thing call submarining where a truck or SUV can run over another vehicle in an accident. It's what creates the boxy look to many larger vehicles because they want to lower the risk of this happening.


By drinkypoo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Oh look, Elon-worshippers are here to mod down anything critical of Elon or Tesla again. He's a billionaire, he doesn't give a fuck about you. Even if you're getting paid to troll and downmod. You're just a tool.

Fake It till you make it

By JoeyRox • Score: 3 • Thread
Level 5 autonomy promised 5 years ago and counting.

Come on nerds...

By Rotting • Score: 3 • Thread

Oh good, another Tesla article so everyone in the comments can argue based on left and right ideology bullshit. Just what we need on a nerd news site.

Don't we have more important arguments to have, such as vi versus emacs?

Here, I'll get you started; only a maniac would pick emacs over vi. Discuss...


By drinkypoo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

You deserve to be modded down for the hand-waving reactionary stuff you posted.

Oh look, another Musky fanboy here to tell us why they have abandoned reasons and fairness and simply lash out at anything that attacks their cult of personality.

Astronomers Have Found Another Possible 'Exomoon' beyond Our Solar System

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Astronomers say they have found a second plausible candidate for a moon beyond our solar system, an exomoon, orbiting a world nearly 6,000 light-years from Earth. Scientific American reports: Called Kepler-1708 b-i, the moon appears to be a gas-dominated object, slightly smaller than Neptune, orbiting a Jupiter-sized planet around a sunlike star -- an unusual but not wholly unprecedented planet-moon configuration. The findings appear in Nature Astronomy. Confirming or refuting the result may not be immediately possible, but given the expected abundance of moons in our galaxy and beyond, it could further herald the tentative beginnings of an exciting new era of extrasolar astronomy -- one focused not on alien planets but on the natural satellites that orbit them and the possibilities of life therein.

Kepler-1708 b-i's existence was first hinted at in 2018, during an examination of archival data by David Kipping of Columbia University, one of the discoverers of Kepler-1625 b-i, and his colleagues. The team analyzed transit data from NASA's Kepler space telescope of 70 so-called cool giants -- gas giants, such as Jupiter and Saturn, that orbit relatively far from their stars, with years consisting of more than 400 Earth days. The team looked for signs of transiting exomoons orbiting these worlds, seeking additional dips in light from any shadowy lunar companions. Then the researchers spent the next few years killing their darlings, vetting one potential exomoon candidate after another and finding each better explained by other phenomena -- with a single exception: Kepler-1708 b-i. "It's a moon candidate we can't kill," Kipping says. "For four years we've tried to prove this thing was bogus. It passed every test we can imagine."

The magnitude of the relevant smaller, additional dip in light points to the existence of a moon about 2.6 times the size of Earth. The nature of the transit method means that only the radius of worlds can be directly gleaned, not their mass. But this one's size suggests a gas giant of some sort. "It's probably in the 'mini Neptune' category," Kipping says, referring to a type of world that, despite not existing in our solar system, is present in abundance around other stars. The planet this putative mini Neptune moon orbits, the Jupiter-sized Kepler-1708 b, completes an orbit of its star every 737 days at a distance 1.6 times that between Earth and the sun. Presuming the candidate is genuinely a moon, it would orbit the planet once every 4.6 Earth days, at a distance of more than 740,000 kilometers -- nearly twice the distance our own moon's orbit around Earth. The fact that only this single candidate emerged from the analysis of 70 cool giants could suggest that large gaseous moons are "not super common" in the cosmos [...].

Not exomoon, just moon

By xalqor • Score: 3 • Thread

Using the "exo" for something just because it's outside our star system is a strange habit.

There's an entire universe outside our star system, and prefixing everything with "exo" will get old... Exostar? Exoquasar? Exogas? Exoasteroid? Exoplanet? Exomatter? Exolight? Exoplasma? Exo-orbit? Exogravity? It's all normal stuff, located outside our star system, and doesn't need a special prefix.

Contrast that with "exoskeleton" which actually means something -- a skeleton that is on the outside of a body instead of inside, regardless of where it is in the universe.