Archive for January 3, 2018 | Daily archive page

Another view: bitcoin isn’t likely to consume all the world’s electricity in 2020 (anyone reminded of climate change discussions?)

The computer process that generates each coin is said to be on pace to require more electricity than the United States consumes in a year. This bitcoin “mining” allegedly consumes more power than most countries use each year, and its electricity usage is roughly equivalent to Bulgaria’s consumption. But here’s another thing you might want […]

Acoustic Attacks on HDDs cause them to shut down

The basic principle behind this attack is that sound waves introduce mechanical vibrations into an HDD’s data-storage platters. If the sound is played at a specific frequency, it creates a resonance effect that amplifies the vibration effect.Because hard drives store vasts amounts of information inside small areas of each platter, they are programmed to stop […]

These experts figured out why so many bogus US patents get approved

If you’ve read our coverage of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Stupid Patent of the Month” series, you know America has a patent quality problem. People apply for patents on ideas that are obvious, vague, or were invented years earlier. Too often, applications get approved and low-quality patents fall into the hands of patent trolls, creating […]

Chrome Extension with 100,000 Users Caught Pushing Cryptocurrency Miner

A Chrome extension with over 105,000 users has been deploying an in-browser cryptocurrency miner to unsuspecting users for the past few weeks.The extension does not ask for user permission before hijacking their CPUs to mine Monero all the time the Chrome browser is open.Named “Archive Poster,” the extension is advertised as a mod for Tumblr […]

How to Stop Apps From Listening in on Your TV Habits (it turns out thousands are)

That innocent-looking mobile game you just downloaded might just have an ulterior motive. Behind the scenes, hundreds of different apps could be using your smartphone’s microphone to figure out what you watch on TV, a new report from The New York Times reveals. […] All of these apps need to get your permission before they […]

To drive faster we all need to keep the same distance to the car behind us as the car in front

a new study in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems mathematically models the implications of the larger problem: You’re not keeping the right distance from the car behind you. That may seem counterintuitive, since you don’t have much control over how far you are from the car behind you—especially when that person is a tailgater. […]

Forever 21: Yes, hackers breached our payment system for half of 2017

A breach at Forever 21 left customer payment card information exposed to hackers, the retailer confirmed Thursday. The company didn’t specify how many customers had information stolen, but said various point of sales terminals were affected between April 3 and November 18, 2017. Hackers collected credit card numbers, expiration dates, verification codes and sometimes cardholder […]

Hackers Can Rickroll Thousands of Sonos and Bose Speakers Over the Internet

Perhaps you’ve been hearing strange sounds in your home—ghostly creaks and moans, random Rick Astley tunes, Alexa commands issued in someone else’s voice. If so, you haven’t necessarily lost your mind. Instead, if you own one of a few models of internet-connected speaker and you’ve been careless with your network settings, you might be one […]

The evidence-based medicine problem: US doctors cling to procedures that don’t work. Just under half of expensive operations.

The recent news that stents inserted in patients with heart disease to keep arteries open work no better than a placebo ought to be shocking. Each year, hundreds of thousands of American patients receive stents for the relief of chest pain, and the cost of the procedure ranges from $11,000 to $41,000 in US hospitals. […]

Web trackers exploit browser login managers

First, a user fills out a login form on the page and asks the browser to save the login. The tracking script is not present on the login page [1]. Then, the user visits another page on the same website which includes the third-party tracking script. The tracking script inserts an invisible login form, which […]

Canada to use AI to Study ‘Suicide-Related Behavior’ on Social Media

his month the Canadian government is launching a pilot program to research and predict suicide rates in the country using artificial intelligence. The pilot will mine Canadians’ social media posts “in order to identify patterns associated with users who discuss suicide-related behavior,” according to a recently published contract document. Source: Canada Is Using AI to […]

‘Kernel memory leaking’ Intel / ARM processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows, OSX redesign, massive slowdowns to be expected

t is understood the bug is present in modern Intel processors produced in the past decade. It allows normal user programs – from database applications to JavaScript in web browsers – to discern to some extent the layout or contents of protected kernel memory areas.The fix is to separate the kernel’s memory completely from user […]

Using stickers in the field of view to fool image recognition AIs

In a research paper presented in December through a workshop at the 31st Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2017) and made available last week through ArXiv, a team of researchers from Google discuss a technique for creating an adversarial patch. This patch, sticker, or cutout consists of a psychedelic graphic which, when placed […]

Nvidia: bans using cheap GeForce, Titan GPUs in servers through EULA. Is that legal?!

The chip-design giant updated its GeForce and Titan software licensing in the past few days, adding a new clause that reads: “No Datacenter Deployment. The SOFTWARE is not licensed for datacenter deployment, except that blockchain processing in a datacenter is permitted.” In other words, if you wanted to bung a bunch of GeForce GPUs into […]

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