Archive for August, 2017 | Monthly archive page

Large diet study suggests it’s carbs, not fats, that are bad for your health

A large, 18-country study may turn current nutritional thinking on its head. The new research suggests that it’s not the fat in your diet that’s raising your risk of premature death, it’s too many carbohydrates — especially the refined, processed kinds of carbs — that may be the real killer. The research also found that […]

Uber riders can choose not to be tracked after they are dropped off

In response to a chorus of complaints from its users, Uber is revamping privacy settings that it rolled out last fall. Beginning this week, Uber riders using the iOS version of the ride-hailing company’s app will find a new series of privacy prompts that includes the ability to deny Uber the right to track your […]

Experts excited by brain ‘wonder-drug’ – BBC News

Scientists hope they have found a drug to stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia.In 2013, a UK Medical Research Council team stopped brain cells dying in an animal for the first time, creating headline news around the world.But the compound used was unsuitable for people, as it caused organ damage.Now two drugs have been […]

An A.I. Says There Are Six Main Kinds of Stories

That’s what a group of researchers, from the University of Vermont and the University of Adelaide, set out to do. They collected computer-generated story arcs for nearly 2,000 works of fiction, classifying each into one of six core types of narratives (based on what happens to the protagonist): 1. Rags to Riches (rise) 2. Riches […]

NASA Image and Video Library

The entire NASA image and video library is now searchable online! NASA Image and Video Library Source: NASA Image and Video Library

Make money with open source

Further on my preachings on making money from open source (see video), it turns out that there is a Fair Source license already available on Github Not open source. Not closed source. The Fair Source License allows everyone to see the source code and makes the software free to use for a limited number of […]

re:Work / Google best business practices

re:Work is organized around some of the biggest ways you can make an impact in your workplace. Each subject contains guides, with tools and insights, for addressing specific challenges. Source: re:Work They look at Hiring, managers, people analytics and unbiasing. A treasure trove of business data.

Intel ME controller chip can be disabled after all – for governments

Security researchers at Moscow-based Positive Technologies have identified an undocumented configuration setting that disables Intel Management Engine 11, a CPU control mechanism that has been described as a security risk. Intel’s ME consists of a microcontroller that works with the Platform Controller Hub chip, in conjunction with integrated peripherals. It handles much of the data […]

Smart home IoT stuff gives away a lot of your personal patterns

Spying on the Smart Home: Privacy Attacks and Defenses on Encrypted IoT Traffic – reveals that even when data from devices is encrypted, the metadata can help identify both the device and what it is signaling. Some devices such as the Nest indoor camera directly communicate with identifiable domain names – in this case ‘dropcam.com.’ […]

Inside the Massive 711 Million Record Onliner Spambot Dump

Last week I was contacted by someone alerting me to the presence of a spam list. A big one. That’s a bit of a relative term though because whilst I’ve loaded “big” spam lists into Have I been pwned (HIBP) before, the largest to date has been a mere 393m records and belonged to River […]

Hit App Sarahah Quietly Uploads Your Address Book

Sarahah, a new app that lets people sign up to receive anonymized, candid messages, has been surging in popularity; somewhere north of 18 million people are estimated to have downloaded it from Apple and Google’s online stores, making it the No. 3 most downloaded free software title for iPhones and iPads. Sarahah bills itself as […]

‘Data is the new oil’: Your personal information is now the world’s most valuable commodity

What “the big five” are selling — or not selling, as in the case of free services like Google or Facebook — is access. As we use their platforms, the corporate giants are collecting information about every aspect of our lives, our behaviour and our decision-making. All of that data gives them tremendous power. And […]

AccuWeather caught sending user location data — even when location sharing is off

Security researcher Will Strafach intercepted the traffic from an iPhone running the latest version of AccuWeather and its servers and found that even when the app didn’t have permission to access the device’s precise location, the app would send the Wi-Fi router name and its unique MAC address to the servers of data monetization firm […]

Towards quantum communications in free-space seawater

Here we experimentally demonstrate that polarization quantum states including general qubits of single photon and entangled states can survive well after travelling through seawater. We perform experiments with seawater collected over a range of 36 kilometers in the Yellow Sea. For single photons at 405 nm in a blue-green window, we obtain an average process […]

Pirate Bay Founders Ordered to Pay Music Labels $477,000

Two founders of The Pirate Bay have been ordered by a court in Finland to pay record labels more than $477,000 in compensation. Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm were found liable for ongoing copyright breaches on the site. Neither appeared to mount a defense so both were found guilty in their absence. In November 2011, […]

Mini-antennas 100,000 x more efficient, could be used for brain interface machinery, anything tiny.

Antennas receive information by resonating with EM waves, which they convert into electrical voltage. For such resonance to occur, a traditional antenna’s length must roughly match the wavelength of the EM wave it receives, meaning that the antenna must be relatively big. However, like a guitar string, an antenna can also resonate with acoustic waves. […]

Sonos strongarms customers into giving up privacy, or hardware stops working. Here’s how to to Stop Your Sonos From Collecting (As Much) Personal Data

Bad news, Sonos customers: to lay the groundwork for its upcoming voice assistant support, the company is asking users to agree to an updated privacy policy, one that includes both mandatory data collection rules and a mention about future device functionality. Should you disagree with said policy update, your device’s basic functions could stop working, […]

Buying a new Monitor / TV

When buying a new monitor there are 5 sites you should have open at all times: 1. The site selling monitors (eg plattetv.nl) 2. The comparison site Display specifications which allows you to search for models, add them to comparison lists and then view detailed specifications next to each other 3. A google search for […]

Amazons Macie detects data leaks in S3 buckets using AI

Think of Macie as a data loss prevention agent, a DLPbot, that uses machine learning to understand a user’s pattern of access to data in S3 buckets. The buckets have permission levels and the data in a bucket can be ranked for sensitivity or risk, using items such as credit card numbers, and other sensitive […]

Bitcoin-accepting sites leave cookie trail that crumbles anonymity

Of the 130 sites the researchers checked: In total, 107 sites leaked some kind of transaction information; 31 allowed third-party scripts to access users’ Bitcoin addresses; 104 shared the non-BTC denominated price of a transaction; and 30 shared the transaction price in Bitcoin. It doesn’t help that even for someone running tracking protection, a substantial […]

Data Viz Project | Collection of data visualizations to get inspired and finding the right type.

Collection of data chart and graph visualizations to get inspired and finding the right type. Source: Data Viz Project | Collection of data visualizations to get inspired and finding the right type.

Peanut allergy cured for 4 years in majority of children in immunotherapy trial

A small clinical trial conducted at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has led to two-thirds of children treated with an experimental immunotherapy treatment being cured of their allergy. Importantly, this desensitisation to peanuts persisted for up to four years after treatment. […] Forty-eight children were enrolled in the PPOIT trial and were randomly given either […]

USA: those massive terms &c you never read are legally binding: and can stop you from using the legal system to sue! (Victory for Uber!)

You may never read those lengthy terms and conditions attached to every digital download or app but, in America at least, they are legally binding. Sorry. That’s the conclusion of a panel of appeal judges earlier this week when shining beacon of corporate responsibility Uber insisted its users had agreed not to sue the company […]

Boeing draws a plane in the sky with flight path

In a test flight, Boeing took the thing where you draw using your GPS path to a whole different level. They drew the outline of a plane that spanned the latitude of the conterminous United States. Source: Boeing draws a plane in the sky with flight path | FlowingData

Kino: Kinetic, Robot jewels that crawl up and down you

https://www.media.mit.edu/projects/kino-kinetic-wearable/overview/

 
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