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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 14, 2019. 7 comments

FAA Bans Some Recalled MacBook Pro Models From Flying, Citing Fire Risk

FAA Bans Some Recalled MacBook Pro Models From Flying, Citing Fire Risk

The Federal Aviation Administration has “banned select MacBook Pro” units from flying in the air after Apple issued a warning that some contained batteries that pose a fire risk, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The ban applies to some 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina Displays sold between September 2015 and February 2017; these were subject to a June 2019 Apple recall warning of a “fire safety...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 13, 2019. 10 comments

Nothing to See Here, Just Someone or Something With a TV for a Head Leaving TVs on Porches at Night

Nothing to See Here, Just Someone or Something With a TV for a Head Leaving TVs on Porches at Night

In the dead of night this weekend, someone or something left dozens of ageing TVs on the porches and lawns of Virginia homes.

According to reports from CNN and WWBT, at least 60 different people in Glen Allen in Henrico County woke up on Aug. 11 to discover that old rear-projection television sets had been left on their porches—with security footage showing that they were left there by what...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 13, 2019. 5 comments

Preliminary Data Shows Two New Ebola Drugs Dramatically Decrease Mortality Rates

Preliminary Data Shows Two New Ebola Drugs Dramatically Decrease Mortality Rates

Two new clinical treatments for the infamous Ebola virus may result in it becoming a “preventable and treatable” disease, the BBC reported on Monday, with a study of four drugs finding that two treatments called REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were effective in limiting mortality from the disease.

Per Wired, while researchers have already developed an experimental vaccine to prevent people from catching...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 12, 2019. 16 comments

Dozens Arrested at #JewsAgainstICE Protest at Amazon Store in NYC

Dozens Arrested at #JewsAgainstICE Protest at Amazon Store in NYC

Jewish community groups protesting Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) cloud computing contracts with and other technical support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement say that dozens of their members were arrested at an Amazon Books store in Manhattan on Sunday.

Sophie Ellman-Golan, volunteer organizer with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) and one of the leaders of Never Again Action,...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 12, 2019. 11 comments

Russia Demands Google Cease Sending YouTube Push Notifications for Protest Livestreams

Russia Demands Google Cease Sending YouTube Push Notifications for Protest Livestreams

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) has demanded that Google cease promoting livestreams of demonstrations with push notifications, a day after “tens of thousands” of Russians “staged what observers called the country’s biggest political protest for eight years on Saturday,” Reuters reported.

In a statement,...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 11, 2019. 16 comments

Bizarre Sponsored Talk on 'Time AI' Encryption Tech Mocked at Black Hat Conference

Bizarre Sponsored Talk on 'Time AI' Encryption Tech Mocked at Black Hat Conference

Attendees at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas booed and ridiculed a sponsored talk on Thursday called “The 2019 Discovery of Quasi-Prime Numbers: What Does This Mean For Encryption?” that touted a bizarre technology called “Time AI,” Motherboard reported on Saturday, with the conference even going so far as to delete material on the talk from its website.

According to...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 11, 2019. 3 comments

At Least 22 Dead, Over a Million Reported Displaced as Typhoon Lekima Makes Landfall in Eastern China

At Least 22 Dead, Over a Million Reported Displaced as Typhoon Lekima Makes Landfall in Eastern China

At least 22 deaths have been reported, and more than a million have been forced to leave their homes after Typhoon Lekima smashed into China near Wenling in southeastern Zhejiang province, between Taiwan and Shanghai, the BBC reported on Saturday.

According to the BBC, a barrier lake (a natural dam) formed during the heavy rains and subsequently collapsed, resulting in a landslide that killed...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 11, 2019. 14 comments

Russian Nuclear Agency Rosatom Confirms Radiation Leak Following Rocket Engine Test

Russian Nuclear Agency Rosatom Confirms Radiation Leak Following Rocket Engine Test

Russian nuclear agency Rosatom admitted late on Friday that a suspicious cloud of radiation that spread over the Arkhangelsk region was caused by an explosion at one of its facilities, the Guardian reported, involving experiments involving an “isotope power source for a liquid-fuelled rocket engine.”

Rosatom said that the accident, which temporarily sent radiation spiking up to 20 times...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 08, 2019. 19 comments

Report: Apple Has Activated Software Locks on iPhone Batteries to Discourage Third-Party Repairs

Report: Apple Has Activated Software Locks on iPhone Batteries to Discourage Third-Party Repairs

Apple has activated a “dormant software lock” that effectively kneecaps third-party replacement batteries on some newer models of iPhone, according to a report from iFixit on Wednesday, by disabling access to battery health data unless the replacement has been installed by Apple or an authorized service provider.

iFixit wrote that this appears to be an intentional feature in which replacement...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 08, 2019. 1 comments

Instagram Boots Ad Partner HYP3R for Reportedly Scraping Huge Amounts of User Data

Instagram Boots Ad Partner HYP3R for Reportedly Scraping Huge Amounts of User Data

Instagram has banned one of its owner Facebook’s official marketing partners, San Francisco-based HYP3R, after “a combination of configuration errors and lax oversight” on its behalf allowed HYP3R to scrape massive amounts of data on Instagram users, Business Insider reported on Wednesday.

HYP3R, which has raised tens of millions of dollars in funding, relies on tracking social-media posts...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 07, 2019. 2 comments

Windows Quietly Patches Bug That Could Reverse Meltdown, Spectre Fixes for Intel CPUs

Windows Quietly Patches Bug That Could Reverse Meltdown, Spectre Fixes for Intel CPUs

Microsoft has fixed a “serious security flaw in Intel processors” that threatened to undo both companies’ work patching the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities , Tom’s Guide reported on Tuesday.

Spectre and Meltdown was a massive flaw in the way Intel processors handled speculative execution, a technique used in modern processors to enhance performance, that was first revealed in 2018....

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 07, 2019. 16 comments

8chan Owner Jim Watkins Facing Summons to Testify Before Congress, Child Porn Probe in Philippines

8chan Owner Jim Watkins Facing Summons to Testify Before Congress, Child Porn Probe in Philippines

Infamous image board 8chan, breeding ground for neo-Nazis and a favored place for white supremacist mass shooters to drop manifestos before going on murder sprees, is only having its troubles get worse.

Following another massacre in El Paso, Texas this weekend reportedly targeting Hispanic shoppers and shortly preceded by the appearance of a racist manifesto on 8chan, web security firm...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 06, 2019. 15 comments

Trump Boosts Fired Google Engineer Who Proposed Richard Spencer Fundraiser, Suggested Skinheads Rebrand

Trump Boosts Fired Google Engineer Who Proposed Richard Spencer Fundraiser, Suggested Skinheads Rebrand

On Monday morning, President Donald Trump finally took the time to issue a (hollow and thoroughly unconvincing ) denunciation of white supremacy in the wake of mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas over the weekend that collectively resulted in at least 31 deaths and scores of injuries—in the latter case involving a gunman whose manifesto clearly reflected Trump’s racist...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 01, 2019. 2 comments

Lyft Yanks 1,000 Electric Bikes in San Francisco After Two Battery Fires

Lyft Yanks 1,000 Electric Bikes in San Francisco After Two Battery Fires

Lyft has yanked over a thousand electric bikes from rental availability in San Francisco after at least two e-bikes experienced battery fires in the past few days, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

The estimated 1,000 bikes were listed as “unavailable to riders” on Wednesday afternoon after fires on Saturday and Wednesday, the paper wrote. Examiner reporter Joe Fitz Rodriguez posted...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 01, 2019. 1 comments

Cisco to Pay $8.6 Million in Settlement Over Vulnerabilities in Video Surveillance Software It Sold to Feds, States

Cisco to Pay $8.6 Million in Settlement Over Vulnerabilities in Video Surveillance Software It Sold to Feds, States

Cisco Systems has agreed to an $8.6 million settlement with the federal government stemming from allegations it “improperly sold video surveillance software with known vulnerabilities to U.S. federal and state governments,” Reuters reported on Wednesday.

According to Reuters, the case began eight years ago and underlying claims related to the settlement were unsealed on Wednesday. The New York...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 01, 2019.

Jeffrey Epstein Sure Had Some Extremely Disturbing Thoughts on Science

Jeffrey Epstein Sure Had Some Extremely Disturbing Thoughts on Science

Jeffrey Epstein—the billionaire investor facing charges of sex trafficking dozens of underage girls and who hobnobbed with the rich and powerful including multiple presidents—sure had a lot of thoughts about science. Specifically, disturbing ones concerning the viability of a plan to “seed the human race with his DNA” by impregnating women at a ranch he owned in New Mexico, according to a...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 31, 2019. 17 comments

Google Sticks Another Knife in Flash's Corpse

Google Sticks Another Knife in Flash's Corpse

The killing blow to multimedia software Flash made contact with its skull in 2017, when maker Adobe announced that it would begin Flash’s “end-of-life” phase and stop updating and distributing it by the end of 2020. Flash—which nerds of a certain age cohort may remember from sites like Newgrounds or files like “annoying.swf”—has been riddled with security holes that allowed malware delivery

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 31, 2019. 2 comments

Google's Project Zero Finds Six 'Interactionless' iOS Vulnerabilities in iMessage App

Google's Project Zero Finds Six 'Interactionless' iOS Vulnerabilities in iMessage App

Apple released bug fixes for five major security issues in iOS that can be exploited via its iMessage client app last week after they were discovered by researchers for competitor Google’s exploit-hunting Project Zero, though an additional issue was reported and not totally resolved in the iOS 12.4 update, according to the BBC.

All of them were remote and interactionless, meaning that an...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 30, 2019. 1 comments

Hacker Claims to Be in Possession of Personal Info on Up to 20,000 LAPD Applicants

Hacker Claims to Be in Possession of Personal Info on Up to 20,000 LAPD Applicants

The Los Angeles Police Department has warned that a hacker is claiming to be in possession of the personal information of roughly 2,500 “officers, trainees, and recruits,” as well as 17,500 other LAPD applicants, NBC Los Angeles reported on Monday.

According to NBC Los Angeles, the city’s Information Technology Agency said an unknown individual who said they were in possession of the data and...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 30, 2019. 7 comments

Campaign Aides Let the UAE Screen Trump's 'America First' Energy Speech, Made Changes at Their Request

Campaign Aides Let the UAE Screen Trump's 'America First' Energy Speech, Made Changes at Their Request

Aides to now-President Donald Trump let senior United Arab Emirates officials look at and edit a 2016 campaign trail speech in which he laid out his “America First” energy policy, ABC News reported on Monday.

According to ABC News, House Oversight Committee officials found during an investigation that Thomas Barrack, a “California investment tycoon with extensive contacts in the Middle East...

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