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Tom McKay Tom McKay yesterday at 12:50.

Elon Musk's Neuralink Says It's Created Brain-Reading 'Threads,' Surgical Robot That Inserts Them

Elon Musk's Neuralink Says It's Created Brain-Reading 'Threads,' Surgical Robot That Inserts Them

On Tuesday evening in San Francisco, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally shed some light on what Neuralink, his company that has raised $158 million to develop “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers,” has been up to since its launch in 2017.

In the livestreamed announcement, Musk expressed his long-held concern that humans would be “left behind” by...

Tom McKay Tom McKay yesterday at 09:20.

Google Exec Tells Senate That Project Dragonfly Has Been "Terminated"

Google Exec Tells Senate That Project Dragonfly Has Been "Terminated"

On Tuesday, Google vice president of public policy Karan Bhatia told members of the Senate Judiciary that the company’s Project Dragonfly—a search engine for the Chinese market that was widely reported to involve huge concessions to state censors and protested by its own staff —has been “terminated” and employees working on it have been reassigned, per BuzzFeed News.

Responding to questions...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 16, 2019 at 20:29. 4 comments

How to Infiltrate Area 51 Like a Pro

How to Infiltrate Area 51 Like a Pro

Amid renewed interest in UFOs following a series of articles detailing strange sightings by U.S. military pilots—and recognitions of those concerns by the Navy—over 1.2 million have signed up for a “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” Facebook event slated for Sept. 20, 2019. Attendees are asked to breach security at the highly classified Air Force facility in Nevada and “see them...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 16, 2019 at 10:30. 14 comments

Judge Slashes Payout in Roundup Lawsuit, But Calls Monsanto's Conduct 'Reprehensible'

Judge Slashes Payout in Roundup Lawsuit, But Calls Monsanto's Conduct 'Reprehensible'

A federal judge in one of the lawsuits between pharmaceutical giant AG Bayer, which bought agrochemical giant Monsanto in 2018, and plaintiffs who claim its Roundup herbicide caused their cancer has slashed an $80 million payout, Reuters reported on Monday.

According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco found that while evidence supports a $5.27 million in...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 16, 2019 at 08:25. 14 comments

Italian Police Seize Air-to-Air Missile, Dozens of Firearms in Raids on Neo-Nazis

Italian Police Seize Air-to-Air Missile, Dozens of Firearms in Raids on Neo-Nazis

The Italian General Investigations and Special Operations Division (DIGOS) seized an arsenal of weaponry ranging from bolt-action rifles and automatic weapons to a “combat-ready” air-to-air missile from a neo-Nazi group in a series of raids supported by police in Milan, Varese, Forli and Novara, the BBC reported on Monday.

In a statement to the BBC, police described the missile as “in perfect...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 16, 2019 at 05:35. 2 comments

Yes, Richard Spencer is now temporarily in charge of the Pentagon

Yes, Richard Spencer is now temporarily in charge of the Pentagon

Yes, Richard Spencer is now temporarily in charge of the Pentagon. No, not that Richard Spencer, though you could be forgiven for being momentarily confused given how things are going . Per Chris Geidner, the acting SecDef is Wall Street banker Richard Spencer, “not the white supremacist neo-Nazi who got punched on Inauguration Day.”

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 18:48.

Trump: What We Really Need Right Now Is a Lot More Nukes

Trump: What We Really Need Right Now Is a Lot More Nukes

The U.S. has had a brief respite from nuclear apocalypticism after that brief period when Donald Trump seemed pretty likely to start a war with North Korea via Twitter . But this being Trump, the power of the U.S. nuclear arsenal has never seemed very far from his mind, and on Saturday he announced the country will be leaving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF)—a landmark...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 18:29.

Verizon Throttled Fire Department's 'Unlimited' Plan While They Were Fighting Mendocino Complex Fire

Verizon Throttled Fire Department's 'Unlimited' Plan While They Were Fighting Mendocino Complex Fire

Verizon throttled the Santa Clara County Fire Department’s supposedly “unlimited” data plan while the agency was fighting the record wildfires that have burned over one million acres of the state, Ars Technica reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden brought up the throttling in an addendum to a multi-state legal brief seeking the overturn of...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 18:14.

Report: US Carried Out Cyber Attacks on Iranian Assets Tied to Revolutionary Guard Corps

Report: US Carried Out Cyber Attacks on Iranian Assets Tied to Revolutionary Guard Corps

Donald Trump called off a military strike on undisclosed Iranian assets this week after reports Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a RQ-4A Global Hawk surveillance drone , the incident itself following accusations of Iranian responsibility for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. But U.S. Cyber Command launched a retaliatory cyber attack on “an Iranian spy group that supported last...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 18:05.

FCC Clears SpaceX to Launch Nearly 1,600 Internet-Beaming Satellites to a Lower Orbit

FCC Clears SpaceX to Launch Nearly 1,600 Internet-Beaming Satellites to a Lower Orbit

The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s plans to fly a fleet of internet-transmitting satellites, Starlink, at a “lower orbit than originally planned,” the Verge reported on Saturday.

SpaceX originally planned to launch 4,425 Starlink satellites (its long-term plan is to launch nearly 12,000) to ranges between roughly 690-825 miles (1,110 to 1,325 kilometers). That plan

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 17:57.

YouTube Just Can't Stop Mumbling Nonsense About Its Harassment and Hate Speech Policy

YouTube Just Can't Stop Mumbling Nonsense About Its Harassment and Hate Speech Policy

YouTube has not had an easy go of it over the last 24 hours. Right in the middle of LGBT Pride Month, the platform responded to Vox Media host Carlos Maza’s claims that right-wing YouTube host Steven Crowder had repeatedly taunted him with racist, homophobic language including “lispy queer,” “token Vox gay atheist sprite,” “gay Mexican,” and “anchor baby” by... ruling that Crowder was not, in...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 17:50.

The Federal Trade Commission Is Starting a New Antitrust Task Force Looking at Big Tech

The Federal Trade Commission Is Starting a New Antitrust Task Force Looking at Big Tech

The Federal Trade Commission is launching a new task force focused on the tech industry, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, with a broad anti-trust mission that will “include re-examining mergers that already have been approved by the government.”

FTC Chairman Joe Simons wrote in a statement, “The role of technology in the economy and in our lives grows more important every day. It...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 17:50.

Airlander 10, Butt-Shaped Airship Prototype and World's Longest Aircraft, to Be Retired

Airlander 10, Butt-Shaped Airship Prototype and World's Longest Aircraft, to Be Retired

Hybrid Air Vehicles, the company behind the Airlander 10 airship (the world’s longest aircraft and also known as the “flying bum” for its resemblance to a butt), said on Sunday that its current prototype will not be rebuilt but that it plans to build a new generation of airships, the Guardian reported.

HAV, which is based in Bedford in the UK, has already received the approval of the Civil...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 17:39.

Amazon Says It Told Some Sellers It Was Blocking Ads With 'Religious Content' By Mistake

Amazon Says It Told Some Sellers It Was Blocking Ads With 'Religious Content' By Mistake

Amazon mistakenly told some sellers that it had launched a prohibition on ads with “religious content,” with one seller claiming “serious loss in revenue” and others reporting similar issues on seller forums, CNBC reported this weekend.

According to CNBC’s report, some sellers saw ads blocked and were told via email that a “new policy update” at Amazon barred any advertising containing...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 17:31.

Hmm, This Anti-Vaccination Rally Amid a Major Measles Outbreak Is a Little Too on the Nose

Hmm, This Anti-Vaccination Rally Amid a Major Measles Outbreak Is a Little Too on the Nose

Amid a measles outbreak in Washington state that officials have confirmed has spread to at least 51 people and suspect to have spread to over a dozen others, hundreds of people showed up to a rally on Friday to demand the right to keep exposing their kids to the possibility of contracting easily prevented, potentially fatal illnesses, multiple outlets reported.

According to the Washington...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 17:25.

French Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides, Which Bees May Find Addictive, Goes Into Effect

French Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides, Which Bees May Find Addictive, Goes Into Effect

A French ban on five neonicotinoid pesticides intended to protect the nation’s bees from colony collapse disorder went into effect on Saturday, Agence France-Press reported.

Per AFP, the French rules ban all five neonicotinoid pesticides once cleared for use throughout the continent. Earlier this year, the European Union upheld a moratorium of three out of five types of neonicotinoid...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 16:55.

Truck Full of Axe Body Spray Catches Fire, Sprays Exploding Cans Everywhere

Truck Full of Axe Body Spray Catches Fire, Sprays Exploding Cans Everywhere

A semi-trailer truck carrying a shipment of Axe Body Spray caught fire near Interstate 35 in Belton, Texas on Friday morning, resulting in cans of the deodorant exploding and spraying across the street.

Per KCEN, the Axe explosion did not result in hordes of women in bikinis converging on the area as advertised, but it did shut down part of Interstate 35 from shortly after the Bell County...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 16:50.

Florence Is a Hurricane Again, Projected to Hit East Coast at Near Category 4 Strength

Florence Is a Hurricane Again, Projected to Hit East Coast at Near Category 4 Strength

Hurricane Florence, which was briefly downgraded to a tropical storm last week, was re-upgraded to hurricane status on Sunday and looks like it is destined to barrel straight at the U.S.’ East Coast. According to CNN, odds are good that it will have strengthened to Category 4 status—meaning sustained winds in the range of 130-156 miles per hour—before the time it makes landfall later this...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 16:49.

Sheryl Sandberg: The Teens 'Consented' to Putting Facebook Spyware on Their Phones

Sheryl Sandberg: The Teens 'Consented' to Putting Facebook Spyware on Their Phones

On Tuesday, news broke via TechCrunch that Facebook ran a sketchy “Research” program involving paid participants who downloaded an app onto their phones that was capable of monitoring virtually everything that they did—including in some cases teens as young as 13, who were recruited via social media ads that appeared designed to keep Facebook’s involvement low-profile. The app appeared to be...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019 at 16:31.

The Army Thinks Their New Rifle Will Be Like an iPhone

The Army Thinks Their New Rifle Will Be Like an iPhone

There are not many ways in which an iPhone resembles a battle rifle, but military officials searching for a contractor to build the gun of the future seem to think there is.

Officials at the Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center at New Jersey’s Picatinny Arsenal told military and veterans news site Task & Purpose this week that the goal of the Next Generation Squad Weapons...

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