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‘Wright Brothers Moment for Space’

March 24th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: If the rocket Elon Musk’s SpaceX expects to launch next week looks familiar, that’s because it is. The Falcon 9 rocket slated to take off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, has flown before, marking the first time Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will refly one of the 14-story-tall boosters it recovered […]

Apple Investigating Accessory that Turns iPhone, iPad Into Full-Fledged Touchscreen Laptop

March 23rd, 2017

It’s a shit sandwich all around in the general purpose computing world. It’s a very serious worry, because I see the least capable computer users (most computer users, in other words) fully embracing swipetard devices and operating systems, which are mainly intended to serve as tamper proof vending machines and surveillance platforms. —Windows 10 Is […]

Apple Says Recent Wikileaks CIA Docs Detail Old, Fixed iPhone and Mac Exploits

March 23rd, 2017

Great, I wonder what’s in the other 99% of the Vault 7 docs… Via: TechCrunch: We have preliminarily assessed the Wikileaks disclosures from this morning. Based on our initial analysis, the alleged iPhone vulnerability affected iPhone 3G only and was fixed in 2009 when iPhone 3GS was released. Additionally, our preliminary assessment shows the alleged […]

WikiLeaks Vault 7: CIA Firmware and Other Exploits on Apple iPhones and Mac Computers

March 23rd, 2017

Via: WikiLeaks: Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 “Dark Matter”, which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA’s Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain ‘persistence’ […]

A Simple Command Allows the CIA to Commandeer 318 Models of Cisco Switches

March 21st, 2017

Via: Ars Technica: Cisco Systems said that more than 300 models of switches it sells contain a critical vulnerability that allows the CIA to use a simple command to remotely execute malicious code that takes full control of the devices. There currently is no fix. Cisco researchers said they discovered the vulnerability as they analyzed […]

China is Fighting Toilet Paper Thieves with Facial Recognition Software

March 21st, 2017

Via: The Verge: Biometric authentication is moving from phones to laptops and onward to… public bathrooms. Chinese authorities in Beijing are now combating a toilet paper stealing epidemic by locking the supplies away behind a dispenser powered by facial recognition software, according to a report from The New York Times. The unorthodox method ensures that […]

Has Lithium-Battery Genius John Goodenough Done it Again? Colleagues Are Skeptical

March 21st, 2017

Via: Quartz: Researchers have struggled for decades to safely use powerful—but flammable—lithium metal in a battery. Now John Goodenough, the 94-year-old father of the lithium-ion battery, is claiming a novel solution as a blockbuster advance. If it proves out, the invention could allow electric cars to compete with conventional vehicles on sticker price. The improbable […]

People Dropping Out of Reality to Spend Their Time in Video Games

March 20th, 2017

I’ve seen this over on Twitch.tv. I watch a guy who streams a game I play. He’s 25. The only job he ever had was applying window tint to cars at his aunt’s business. Now, he and his brother live in a flop house in Long Beach and stream video games on Twitch at all […]

Britain: Full Time Police Drones

March 20th, 2017

Via: Daily Mail: The first 24-hour police drone unit is to be launched, amid fears that forces may have to rely on them because of falling officer numbers. The ‘flying squad’ will pursue suspects, find missing people and help solve murders. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, national spokesman on drones, predicted forces across Britain would […]

Windows 10 Is Bringing Shitty Ads to File Explorer, Here’s How to Turn Them Off

March 18th, 2017

— BEGIN POINTLESS RANT ABOUT HOPELESS SITUATION — It’s just incredible how grim Windows is getting. Linux is still terrible on the desktop, and Apple has abandoned macOS to embrace their primary role as a mobile phone company. Even people who stuck with Apple through the near collapse in the 1990s (that’s when I ditched […]

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