Google Maps is always ready to help you get where you’re going, and the latest addition to its list of features is a tie-in with one of those electric scooter companies that have left their machines laying all over. Now, if you’ve looked up a route o…
Source: Engadget – Google Maps can find you a nearby Lime scooter or bike
A man who police suspect of attempting to rob a shuttered Chinese restaurant in San Lorenzo, California found himself in a potentially fatal situation after he became trapped in a metal duct, where he reportedly remained for two days before someone found him.
Source: Gizmodo – Man Found in Greasy Restaurant Duct Was Stuck for 2 Days Before Being Rescued
The EFF and other groups have lambasted the latest FCC vote to keep text messaging classified as “information services” as another measure that elevates the power of corporations over the rights of consumers. The EFF notes that wireless providers such as Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint have already been caught numerous times discriminating and censoring texts related to political speech, charities, businesses, and religious groups. Also reclassifying text messages as “telecommunications services” “under Title II would require that wireless carriers contribute to the Universal Service Fund which funds initiatives to, among other things, increase the availability and affordability of phone and Internet services for rural and low-income users.” The FCC release can be read here.
Lone dissenting FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel called the ruling “doublespeak” as “doublespeak is language designed to evade responsibility, make the unpleasant appear pleasant and the unattractive appear attractive” in her statement. She also notes that none of the talking points brought up by dissenters were referenced in the FCC statement to mislead Americans with discussions about spam. She says that the FCC has already empowered the wireless carriers to block spam and scam texts. “At the same time, this approach makes a range of key FCC policies newly vulnerable–from roaming obligations to universal service. But you will find no discussion of these harms in today’s decision.” She goes on to say that the “approach we take now does not newly empower consumers,” it “empowers companies instead” by letting them “censor content . . . at their whim . . . rather than at the consumer’s will.”
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reiterates that the ruling is strictly about filtering spam, scams, and robotexts. He goes on to talk about how robocalls are plaguing the nation and are the number one category of consumer complaints. He lists numerous groups that say they want to keep spam, scams and robotexts off text messaging platforms. He finds it “unfortunate that one of my colleagues has suggested that those in favor of our action today–including Democratic state attorneys general, African-American elected officials, and consumer groups–are aiding and abetting, if not engaging in themselves, deception and “doublespeak.” Actually, doublespeak is demanding that companies offer robocall-blocking tools to consumers for free while–on the very same day–voting to block wireless messaging providers from continuing to use free robotextblocking tools to protect consumers from unwanted text messages.”
Source: [H]ardOCP – The EFF Blasts the FCC Text Messaging Vote as Promoting Censorship
A “hi-tech robot” shown on Russian state television turns out to be a man in a suit. While airing footage of a technology forum aimed at kids, a Russian state TV reporter proclaimed that Boris the robot “has already learned to dance and he’s not that bad.” Gizmodo reports: This “robot” actually retails for 250,000 rubles (about $3,770), as first reported by the Guardian, and is made by a company called Show Robots. “Boris” features glowing eyes, and plastic parts — and shockingly human-like movements. Probably because he needs a human inside to operate properly. This faux-robot (fauxbot?) mystery was actually first unraveled when some eagled-eyed Russian viewers on the internet noticed that a suspiciously human-like neck was showing in the video. The report notes that “there’s no indication” that there was intent to deceive anyone. Instead, it “appears to be a case of a TV presenter getting confused with what he believed to be ‘modern robots.'” You can watch the broadcast on Russia-24’s YouTube channel.
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Source: Slashdot – Russian State TV Shows Off ‘Robot’ That’s Actually a Man In a Robot Suit
The current nature of Amazon’s no-checkout Go stores seems tailor-made for grabbing a quick bite to eat during a break from work, and the company is determined to seize on that opportunity. It just opened a tiny (450 square feet) Go store inside one…
Source: Engadget – Amazon aims to open checkout-free Go stores in office lobbies
Complementing the Meson build system support for Wayland itself, the Weston reference compositor now has been Meson-ized…
Source: Phoronix – Wayland’s Weston Switching Over To The Meson Build System
Washington, DC, has a serious rat problem on its hands, and it has little to do with the shady goings-on at some of the highest levels of government. No, we’re talking real, honest to god rat kings who are wreaking havoc on the nation’s capital.
Source: Gizmodo – ‘Genius’ Rats Are Flooding DC and Adapting Too Fast to Control
With the price of bitcoin down 80% from its peak a year ago, and the larger cryptocurrency market in systemic collapse, has “peak crypto” come and gone? From a column: Perhaps, but don’t expect to see true believers lining up to have their cryptocurrency tattoos removed just yet. At a recent conference I attended, the overwhelming sentiment was that market capitalisation of cryptocurrencies could explode over the next five years, rising to $5-10tn. For those who watched the price of bitcoin go from $13 in December 2012 to roughly $4,000 today, this year’s drop from $20,000 was no reason to panic.
It is tempting to say, “Of course the price is collapsing.” Regulators are gradually waking up to the fact that they cannot countenance large expensive-to-trace transaction technologies that facilitate tax evasion and criminal activity. At the same time, central banks from Sweden to China are realising that they, too, can issue digital currencies. As I emphasised in my 2016 book on the past, present, and future of currency, when it comes to new forms of money, the private sector may innovate, but in due time the government regulates and appropriates.
But as I also pointed out back then, just because the long-term value of bitcoin is more likely to be $100 than $100,000 does not necessarily mean that it definitely should be worth zero. The right way to think about cryptocurrency coins is as lottery tickets that pay off in a dystopian future where they are used in rogue and failed states, or perhaps in countries where citizens have already lost all semblance of privacy. It is no coincidence that dysfunctional Venezuela is the first issuer of a state-backed cryptocurrency (the “petro”).
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Source: Slashdot – ‘Cryptocurrencies Are Like Lottery Tickets That Might Pay Off in Future’
Over the last couple of hours, Niantic Labs has flipped all the switches and now Pokémon Go players worldwide can engage in PvP battles. They’ll need to have reached at least level 10 before fighting, but as the company explained when they wer…
Source: Engadget – ‘Pokémon Go’ players can finally fight against each other
Today Pearl Abyss, the Korean developer behind Black Desert Online has opened its first North American office in Manhattan Beach, California. This coincidences with its first global release of a new class; the Archer. Today the highly requested male Archer class becomes the 16th class in the MMORPG Black Desert Online. Black Desert Online is currently on sale for 50% off.
The Archer uses his Crossbow for his stylish ranged attack and skill combos. In addition, the Archer has an assortment of magic skills at his disposal that assist him in combat by upsetting the opponents’ balance, and wreak havoc by unleashing a flurry of arrows with his Crossbow from afar. He is never flustered nor disoriented even in the thick of the battle.The Archer can easily escape without breaking a sweat even when he is outnumbered by countless foes. This brand new male class is set to receive a rich storyline in which its background will be fully explored when he gets added to the current roster of available characters.
Source: [H]ardOCP – The Archer Class Joins Black Desert Online
AMD has published their latest batch of “DC” Display Core patches for the AMDGPU Linux kernel driver…
Source: Phoronix – AMDGPU DC Gets Polaris Corruption Fix, Some Code Refactoring
NVIDIA launched its first Jetson family product back in 2015 when the Jetson TX1 aimed to be the brains behind autonomous devices like drones and vehicles. NVIDIA added to that Jetson line in 2017 with the Jetson TX2 for commercial drones and smart robots. NVIDIA has now announced the latest addition to the Jetson family called the Jetson
Source: Hot Hardware – NVIDIA Spawns Jetson AGX Xavier Module As The Brain For Next-Gen AI Machines
Gaming hardware manufacturer Razer has launched a cryptocurrency mining program named Razer SoftMiner to put spare graphics card capacity to work—for them, not for you.
Source: Gizmodo – Razer: Mine for Us
NVIDIA’s plan to power autonomous robots has kicked off in earnest. The company has released a Jetson AGX Xavier Module that gives robots and other intelligent machines the processing oomph they need for their AI ‘brains.’ You’re not about to buy one…
Source: Engadget – NVIDIA’s ,100 AI brain for robots goes on sale
NVIDIA has been shipping the Jetson AGX Xavier Developer Kit the past few months while now they are beginning to ship the AGX Xavier Module intended for use in next-generation autonomous machines…
Source: Phoronix – NVIDIA Now Shipping The Jetson AGX Xavier Module
Should we hold companies like Equifax and Facebook responsible for the protection of our personal information in the same way we hold banks and hospitals responsible? Should we expect the same level of control over data we’ve given to Google as we do with information shared with our doctor or lawyer?
Source: Gizmodo – Democrats Want Internet Companies to Be Liable for Data Loss Like Banks and Hospitals
The slow-drip of information about Disney’s live-action Star Wars streaming series continues, and now we know who has been cast in The Mandalorian. The series is written and executive produced by Jon Favreau and will rotate through a list of notable…
Source: Engadget – Disney+ series ‘The Mandalorian’ adds Carl Weathers and Werner Herzog
An anonymous reader writes: IT systems on boats aren’t as air-gapped as people think and are falling victims to all sorts of cyber-security incidents, such as ransomware, worms, viruses, and other malware — usually carried on board via USB sticks. These cyber-security incidents have been kept secret until now, and have only been recently revealed as past examples of what could go wrong, in a new “cyber-security guideline” released by 21 international shipping associations and industry groups. One of the many incidents: “A new-build dry bulk ship was delayed from sailing for several days because its ECDIS was infected by a virus. The ship was designed for paperless navigation and was not carrying paper charts. The failure of the ECDIS appeared to be a technical disruption and was not recognized as a cyber issue by the ship’s master and officers. A producer technician was required to visit the ship and, after spending a significant time in troubleshooting, discovered that both ECDIS networks were infected with a virus. The virus was quarantined and the ECDIS computers were restored. The source and means of infection in this case are unknown. The delay in sailing and costs in repairs totaled in the hundreds of thousands of dollars (U.S.).” The document also highlights an incident involving ransomware. “For example, a shipowner reported not one, but two ransomware infections, both occurring due to partners, and not necessarily because of the ship’s crew,” reports ZDNet. Another ransomware incident occurred because the ship failed to set up proper (RDP) passwords: A ransomware infection on the main application server of the ship caused complete disruption of the IT infrastructure. The ransomware encrypted every critical file on the server and as a result, sensitive data were lost, and applications needed for ship’s administrative operations were unusable. The incident was reoccurring even after complete restoration of the application server. The root cause of the infection was poor password policy that allowed attackers to brute force remote management services successfully. The company’s IT department deactivated the undocumented user and enforced a strong password policy on the ship’s systems to remediate the incident.
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Source: Slashdot – Ships Infected With Ransomware, USB Malware, Worms
Say what you will about the The Game Awards doubling as a marketing platform for developers — it’s pulling in an audience. The organizers have revealed that online viewership jumped 128 percent for the 2018 awards with 26.2 million total streams….
Source: Engadget – The Game Awards more than doubled its viewership in 2018
There is a lot more artificial intelligence, and it is sprouting and multiplying everywhere. In schools, in job openings, in media coverage. The number of AI-based startups, conferences, research papers, and patents is skyrocketing. That’s perhaps the simplest way to frame the findings of the 2018 AI Index Report,…
Source: Gizmodo – Here’s Who Stands to Lose Most in the Booming, Male-Dominated World AI Is Creating