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  • Best Alternative to Gmail

    10/10/2018 5:48:50 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 93 replies
    I am looking to shed all things Google, starting with my gmail account. I opened it in 2007 with the thought that I would have it for decades as Google was a behemoth of a company which would not disappear and which could be trusted. But alas, I now have not an ounce of trust in Google. So much is tied to my gmail account that I want to make a move to a company which will 1) stand the test of time and 2) can be trusted. I am quite sure I am not the only person thinking this...
  • The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

    10/04/2018 8:46:18 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 38 replies
    https://pjmedia.com ^ | October 4, 2018 | By Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley
    The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources. There are two ways for spies to alter the guts of computer equipment. One, known as interdiction, consists of manipulating devices as they’re in transit from manufacturer to customer. This approach is favored by U.S. spy agencies, according to documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The other method involves seeding changes from the very beginning. One country in particular has an advantage executing this kind of attack:...
  • Chinese armed drones now flying across Mideast battlefields

    10/03/2018 4:18:16 AM PDT · by blueplum · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 03 Oct 2018 | JON GAMBRELL and GERRY SHIH
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — High above Yemen’s rebel-held city of Hodeida, a drone controlled by Emirati forces hovered as an SUV carrying a top Shiite Houthi rebel official turned onto a small street and stopped, waiting for another vehicle in its convoy to catch up. Seconds later, the SUV exploded in flames, killing Saleh al-Samad, a top political figure. The drone that fired that missile in April was not one of the many American aircraft that have been buzzing across the skies of Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. It was Chinese.. Across the Middle East,...
  • Answer (Fredric Brown, 1954)

    09/24/2018 4:35:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Public Domain | 1954 | Fredric Brown
    Answer, by Fredric Brown, is a science fiction short story first published in 1954. Since the complete text appears on the Internet in several places, I'm assuming that it's in the public domain. Dwan Ev ceremoniously soldered the final connection with gold. The eyes of a dozen television cameras watched him and the subether bore throughout the universe a dozen pictures of what he was doing. He straightened and nodded to Dwar Reyn, then moved to a position beside the switch that would complete the contact when he threw it. The switch  that would connect, all at once, all of...
  • HP's Metal Jet 3D printer may build your next car's innards

    09/22/2018 1:43:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNET ^ | September 10, 2018 | Stephen Shankland
    Humans have figured out lots of ways to shape metal -- casting it with a mold, stamping it, drilling holes and milling surfaces in a machine shop, even zapping it with a laser. Well, now you can add a new method: 3D printing. A number of companies offer metal 3D printing, which creates products and components layer by layer with a computer-controlled system tracing its lineage to ordinary inkjet printers. But on Monday, printing giant HP announced it's entered the market with the ambition to dramatically lower prices, courtesy of a $400,000 product called the Metal Jet. "We're really going...
  • News Site to Investigate Big Tech, Helped by Craigslist Founder

    09/24/2018 11:40:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    www.wral.com ^ | 09/23/2018 | By Nellie Bowles
    When investigative journalist Julia Angwin worked for ProPublica, the nonprofit news organization became known as “big tech’s scariest watchdog.” By partnering with programmers and data scientists, Angwin pioneered the work of studying big tech’s algorithms — the secret codes that have an enormous effect on everyday American life. Her findings shed light on how companies like Facebook were creating tools that could be used to promote racial bias, fraudulent schemes and extremist content. Now, with a $20 million gift from Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, she and her partner at ProPublica, data journalist Jeff Larson, are starting The Markup, a news...
  • It's More Than Faster Phones: The Life-Changing Potential of 5G Technology

    09/19/2018 9:07:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    RCM ^ | 09/19/2018 | Gary Shapiro
    In 1969, it was space travel. Today, the world’s most tech-savvy nations are in a race for 5G – networks that operate 100 times more quickly than today’s cellular networks. So what’s behind this competition to achieve 5G? First, buffering and lag will be a thing of the past, reducing the download time of a two-hour movie – which now requires six minutes – to only 3.6 seconds. But the impacts of 5G are more far-reaching than faster download speeds on our mobile devices. 5G allows for the lighting-speed transmission of massive amounts of data, making the potential applications of...
  • Why startups are now leaving Silicon Valley; Its primacy as a technology hub is on the wane.

    09/18/2018 8:22:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Economist ^ | 09/18/2018
    “LIKE Florence in the Renaissance.” That is a common description of what it is like to live in Silicon Valley. America’s technology capital has an outsize influence on the world’s economy, stockmarkets and culture. This small portion of land running from San Jose to San Francisco is home to three of the world’s five most valuable companies. Giants such as Apple, Facebook, Google and Netflix all claim Silicon Valley as their birthplace and home, as do trailblazers such as Airbnb, Tesla and Uber. The Bay Area has the 19th-largest economy in the world, ranking above Switzerland and Saudi Arabia. The...
  • Clinton Approves Technology Transfer to China (A reminder of what happened in the past)

    09/03/2018 5:52:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 1999 | John M. Broder
    The Clinton Administration notified Congress today that it had approved the export of technology to China to permit the launching of a communications satellite aboard a Chinese rocket next month.President Clinton said in a letter to Congress that the transfer would not harm national security or significantly improve China's military capability in space. The President was required under a 1998 law to certify that all such technology exports are in the national interest.The certification was the first such notice to Congress under the law, which was passed in the aftermath of a Congressional uproar last year over the transfer of...
  • U.S. Army receives 3D mobile air-defense radar system from Ukraine

    09/03/2018 5:37:31 AM PDT · by tlozo · 5 replies
    Defence Blog ^ | Sep 2, 2018 | Army, News
    According to the ImportGenius website that tracks the import/export activity at shipping docks, the U.S. Army Contracting Command received the 3D mobile air-defense radar system from Ukraine. The notice by the ImportGenius said that the U.S. Army Contracting Command center in Orlando has received 3D mobile air-defense radar system, called the 36D6M1-1, from Ukraine through SFTC “Progress”. The 36D6M1-1is a mobile 3D airspace surveillance radar system that was developed by the SE “Scientific and Production Complex “Iskra” and is designed to be used as a part of modern automated Air Defense systems, Anti-Aircraft Missile Complexes and to detect low flying...
  • The See-Through Tanks Are Coming

    08/30/2018 5:09:35 PM PDT · by tlozo · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Aug 28, 2018 56 | Kyle Mizokami
    New technology promises to give tankers an unprecedented view of the battlefield around them—without exposing them to lethal enemy fire. Camera systems, often linked to VR headsets, can provide soldiers with a real-time view of the world outside their tank, eliminating the often severely restricted view tankers are forced to fight with. Tanks are large, lethal, imposing beasts, surrounding their crews with layers of thick steel, composite, and even uranium armor. All of that protection makes it hard to see outside the tank, however, and tankers usually must rely on small vision ports to make sense of things. Seeing to...
  • Trump is said to be firing up conservatives with his claims of bias in big tech....

    08/30/2018 2:08:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 30, 2018 | Jake Kanter
    • For US President Donald Trump and some of his allies, the idea that there's a liberal bias in tech produces the same gut reaction as gun control and immigration. • The news website Axios reported Thursday that Trump was not about to back down in his war on Google and other firms, with one unnamed source calling it "an issue that's here to stay." • Silicon Valley seems resigned to the long fight. "There will be no fixing this," a tech executive told The New York Times. President Donald Trump and his allies are getting ready for a long...
  • Catholic Caucus: Calming the Perfect Storm

    08/17/2018 6:02:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Columbia Magazine ^ | 08.01.14 | Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield
    Father Karol Wojtyła, who later became Pope John Paul II, is pictured in the early 1950s surrounded by young people. Father Wojtyła would regularly go on mountain excursions with a group of young married couples and students that called itself Środowisko, meaning environment or milieu. (Archival Collection of Adam Bujak)Karol Wojtyła, the man who became St. John Paul II, regularly escaped from two of the worst totalitarian regimes in history: German Nazism, and later, Soviet Communism. By “escaped,” I do not mean that he ran away. Rather, as a priest and bishop, he escaped only by going deeper.As the...
  • Homeless people wearing barcodes to accept cashless payments

    08/10/2018 8:42:51 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 31 replies
    telegraph ^ | 8/8/18 | Camilla Turner
    Homeless people are wearing barcodes around their necks in an attempt to increase donations in a cashless society, under an Oxford University backed initiative. A new social innovation project, called Greater Change, hands homeless people a QR code, similar to the kind issued for online tickets. Passersby who wish to give money - but who may not have any change in their pocket - can scan the code using their smart phone, and make an online payment to the person. The donation goes into an account which is managed by a case worker who ensures that the money is spent...
  • Remaking “Sharing Human Technology with Plants” with HEXA

    07/29/2018 10:04:22 PM PDT · by vannrox · 44 replies
    Vincross ^ | Sept 17 | TianqiVincross Staff
    Many of you have heard about “Sharing Human Technology with Plants,” an installation project of a walking succulent plant (to be precise, an Echeveria ‘Hakuhou’) I started at the end of 2014. It somehow caught Bob Xu’s attention, who later became Vincross’ first investor. It’s no exaggeration to say that without “Sharing Human Technology with Plants,” we wouldn’t have been able to create HEXA so quickly. So, after having built HEXA, I’d always wanted to remake the project using HEXA as its base. The idea has been brushed aside for the lack of time until very recently.The original idea...
  • Twitter Scandal and Facebook Stock Drop Are Just Symptoms 'of a Larger Backlash Against Big Tech'

    07/27/2018 9:45:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07/27/2018 | Tyler O' Neill
    On Thursday, Facebook's stock dropped by 19 percent, wiping out $119 billion in market value. Also on Thursday, President Donald Trump echoed allegations that Twitter had "shadow banned" Republican congressmen, pushing down Twitter shares as well. Twitter insisted to PJ Media that the "shadow banning" was unintentional and has been fixed, and Facebook's stock drop seems directly connected to declines in expected revenue. That said, these tremors may be ominous portents of things to come, according to conservative groups sounding the alarm about the left-wing smear outlet behind much social media censorship: the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). "Facebook's plummeting...
  • You Can Now Buy a Practical Gauss Gun

    07/26/2018 6:24:42 PM PDT · by vannrox · 40 replies
    Hack A Day ^ | 12JUL18 | Tom Nardi
    Occasionally we come across a piece of information which reminds us that, while flying cars are still nowhere to be found, we’re definitely living in the future. Usually it’s about some new application of artificial intelligence, or maybe another success in the rapidly developing field of private spaceflight. But sometimes it’s when you look at a website and say to yourself: “Oh cool, they have 1.5kW electromagnetic accelerators in stock.”Arcflash Labs, a partnership between [David Wirth] and [Jason Murray], have put their EMG-01A Gauss gun up for sale for anyone who’s brave enough and willing to put down $1,000...
  • Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

    07/08/2018 5:03:00 PM PDT · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 July 2018 | Paul Mozur
    In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a police officer wearing facial recognition glasses spotted a heroin smuggler at a train station. In Qingdao, a city famous for its German colonial heritage, cameras powered by artificial intelligence helped the police snatch two dozen criminal suspects in the midst of a big annual beer festival. In Wuhu, a fugitive murder suspect was identified by a camera as he bought food from a street vendor. With millions of cameras and billions of lines of code, China is building a high-tech authoritarian future. Beijing is embracing technologies like facial recognition and artificial intelligence to...
  • America's Junk Weapons

    07/08/2018 7:07:31 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 8, 2018 | J R Dunn
    Leftist thinking is so pervasive that it often slips into conservative thought without anybody being aware of it. (No? How about “capitalism,” or “HUAC”?) One such case involves U.S. defense policy, specifically U.S. vs. Soviet, Russian, or Chinese weapons systems. We’ve already covered the tendency to credit the Russians (and the Chinese, and who knows, the Inuit) with world-beating weapons they couldn’t possibly have. Another such axiom exists governing American defense: that all U.S. weapons are junk, won’t work, can’t compete, are overpriced, will lead to disaster, and must be cancelled immediately. This is a thesis that has achieved the...
  • The Technological Tipping Point

    07/08/2018 6:29:56 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 54 replies
    Rapture Forums ^ | 7/8/18 | Matt Ward
    “Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen. It was safer, though, as he well knew, even a back can be revealing” (1984, George Orwell). It is no overstatement to say that we stand on the brink of a technological revolution that is going to change our world forever. This technological transformation is happening right now, and we will see significant change occur, not over the next couple of decades, but within the next couple of years. Very few people in today’s busy world are aware of just how much their lives are about to change, and how unavoidable and...