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Ukraine retakes Lyman, Putin ally raises nuclear fears

Ukrainian troops said they had retaken the key city of Lyman in occupied eastern Ukraine, a stinging defeat that prompted a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin to call for the possible use of low-grade nuclear weapons.

Source: News Headlines | 2 Oct 2022 | 7:26 am UTC

IT Sunday: A tale of two budgets

Fintan O’Toole examines the possible impacts of the NI census results; Ken Early argues the Ireland team are still on the right track

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 2 Oct 2022 | 6:48 am UTC

Biden Will Visit Puerto Rico And Florida to Assess Storm Damage

Trips on Monday and Wednesday are planned to the sites of the natural disasters.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 2 Oct 2022 | 6:42 am UTC

Jeff Kennett says Hawthorn racism allegations a ‘bump along the highway’ as WorkSafe investigates claims

Outgoing club president insists AFL club is not in crisis and says it was ‘unfair’ for Indigenous players to speak with the media about alleged bullying

Outgoing Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett says the leaking of racism allegations at the AFL club is “unfair” and he hopes the issue can be resolved by the end of the year as WorkSafe Victoria announced it was investigating the claims.

Kennett said on Saturday night the club was not in crisis and he described the serious allegations as a “bump along the highway”. Kennett was speaking at the club’s best and fairest awards function.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 2 Oct 2022 | 6:38 am UTC

Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Ukrainian capture of Lyman makes war ‘more difficult’ for Putin, says US

US defence secretary Lloyd Austin cheers capture of key city in east after Moscow confirms retreat of its troops

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a Washington-based thinktank, has said the Russian military in its current state was almost certainly unable to operate on a nuclear battlefield, even though it has historically trained its units to do so.

“The chaotic agglomeration of exhausted contract soldiers, hastily mobilised reservists, conscripts and mercenaries that currently comprise the Russian ground forces could not function in a nuclear environment,” Reuters reported ISW analysts as saying.

Any areas affected by Russian tactical nuclear weapons would thus be impassable for the Russians, likely precluding Russian advances.

We’re very encouraged by what we’re seeing right now.

Without those routes, it will be more difficult. So it presents a sort of a dilemma for the Russians going forward

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 2 Oct 2022 | 6:29 am UTC

Australia live news update: football body condemns ‘anti-social behaviour’ at Australia Cup final after spectators seen doing Nazi salute

Fans were heard booing during the welcome to country at the match between Sydney United and Macarthur on Saturday night

On Optus, Dreyfus describes the incident as a “wake-up call for corporate Australia” and flags changes to the Privacy Act.

Keeping the very personal data of customers who had ceased to be customers years ago. I have yet to hear a reason why that was going on. And Optus failed to keep the information safe.

Companies throughout Australia should stop regarding all of this personal data of Australians as an asset to them, they should think of it as a liability. This is a wake-up call for corporate Australia.

We will look very hard at the settings in the Privacy Act. I may be bringing reforms to the Privacy Act before the end of the year, to try to both toughen penalties and make companies think harder about why they are storing the personal data of Australians.

That report this morning is simply, in in one of newspapers is wrong. Union officials are not excluded. Any third party seeking to adversely affect public decisions making in corrupt way will be subject to investigation by the commission.

The activities set up under this bill for this commission are directed at the public sector in Australia. It’s not directed at private activity. It’s directed at the public sector and is interaction third parties have with public officials, adversely affecting the way they go about their duties in a formal, honest manner.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 2 Oct 2022 | 6:24 am UTC

Indonesia: At least 174 dead in football stampede

Supporters who invaded the pitch are tear-gassed by police, leading to one of the world's worst stadium disasters.

Source: BBC News - Home | 2 Oct 2022 | 6:20 am UTC

Tylenol murders: daughter tells of toll of unsolved killings, 40 years on

Seven people died in 1982 after taking painkillers from bottle someone – police do not know who – had slipped cyanide pills into

Forty years after the infamous Tylenol murders killed her father and two other close relatives, a Wisconsin woman refuses to take the popular pain pills.

Kasia Janus also always verifies products are properly sealed before she buys anything at stores, she said in a recently published series of interviews with CNN that described the gut-wrenching legacy left behind for her by the unsolved Tylenol killings, which made tampering with medications as well as other consumer goods a federal crime but remain unsolved.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 2 Oct 2022 | 6:00 am UTC

King Charles will not attend climate summit on Truss advice

The monarch and prime minister agreed the King would not go after he sought government advice.

Source: BBC News - Home | 2 Oct 2022 | 5:58 am UTC

‘It feels inevitable’: Ukraine starts to believe it can win back Crimea

Even as Russia lays claim to more of the country, confidence is growing that the former territory can be retaken

From an elegant mansion in Kyiv’s government quarter, Tamila Tasheva is planning what the Ukrainian takeover of Crimea might look like.

Tasheva, president Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s top representative for Crimea, and her team spend their days discussing issues such as how many Ukrainian teachers or police should be sent to the peninsula if Kyiv regains control, and what else would be required to help reverse eight years of Russian rule.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 2 Oct 2022 | 5:00 am UTC

Select group of Optus customers should cancel licences and passports immediately, minister says

Clare O’Neil says Optus has emailed 10,200 customers who had their records posted online after 10 million people affected in larger cyber hack

The 10,200 Optus customers who had their personal records posted online last week in the wake of the telco’s massive data breach should immediately cancel their driver’s licences and passports, the federal government says.

Optus has written to the 10,200 customers exposed last Monday after 10 million Australians had their records stolen from the telco a week earlier.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 2 Oct 2022 | 4:29 am UTC

Australia to launch rescue mission for women and children trapped in Syrian detention camps

Exclusive: More than 20 Australian women and more than 40 children related to Islamic State combatants held in al-Hawl And Roj camps

The Australian government is preparing to launch a mission to rescue dozens of Australian women and children trapped in Syrian detention camps.

More than 20 Australian women and more than 40 children – the widows, sons and daughters of slain or jailed Islamic State combatants – remain within the al-Hol and Roj detention camps in north-east Syria.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 2 Oct 2022 | 3:43 am UTC

In Washington, Putin’s Nuclear Threats Stir Growing Alarm

In a gathering Cold War atmosphere, American officials are gaming out responses should Russia resort to battlefield nuclear weapons.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 2 Oct 2022 | 3:42 am UTC

Venezuela swaps prisoners with US in hint of thawing relations

Exchange of Maduro nephews for seven Americans is unusual gesture of goodwill from socialist president but Washington denies any change in policy

Venezuela has freed seven imprisoned Americans in exchange for the US releasing two nephews of President Nicolás Maduro’s wife who had been jailed for years on narcotics convictions.

The swap of the Americans, including five oil executives held for nearly five years, follows months of back-channel diplomacy by senior US officials – secretive talks with a major oil producer that took on greater urgency after sanctions on Russia put pressure on global energy prices.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 2 Oct 2022 | 3:39 am UTC

TikTok Tracks You Across the Web, Even If You Don't Use the App

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Consumer Reports: A Consumer Reports investigation finds that TikTok, one of the country's most popular apps, is partnering with a growing number of other companies to hoover up data about people as they travel across the internet. That includes people who don't have TikTok accounts. These companies embed tiny TikTok trackers called "pixels" in their websites. Then TikTok uses the information gathered by all those pixels to help the companies target ads at potential customers, and to measure how well their ads work. To look into TikTok's use of online tracking, CR asked the security firm Disconnect to scan about 20,000 websites for the company's pixels. In our list, we included the 1,000 most popular websites overall, as well as some of the biggest sites with domains ending in ".org," ".edu," and ".gov." We wanted to look at those sites because they often deal with sensitive subjects. We found hundreds of organizations sharing data with TikTok. If you go to the United Methodist Church's main website, TikTok hears about it. Interested in joining Weight Watchers? TikTok finds that out, too. The Arizona Department of Economic Security tells TikTok when you view pages concerned with domestic violence or food assistance. Even Planned Parenthood uses the trackers, automatically notifying TikTok about every person who goes to its website, though it doesn't share information from the pages where you can book an appointment. (None of those groups responded to requests for comment.) The number of TikTok trackers we saw was just a fraction of those we observed from Google and Meta. However, TikTok's advertising business is exploding, and experts say the data collection will probably grow along with it. After Disconnect researchers conducted a broad search for TikTok trackers, we asked them to take a close look at what kind of information was being shared by 15 specific websites. We focused on sites where we thought people would have a particular expectation of privacy, such as advocacy organizations and hospitals, along with retailers and other kinds of companies. Disconnect found that data being transmitted to TikTok can include your IP address, a unique ID number, what page you're on, and what you're clicking, typing, or searching for, depending on how the website has been set up. What does TikTok do with all that information? "Like other platforms, the data we receive from advertisers is used to improve the effectiveness of our advertising services," says Melanie Bosselait, a TikTok spokesperson. The data "is not used to group individuals into particular interest categories for other advertisers to target." If TikTok receives data about someone who doesn't have a TikTok account, the company only uses that data for aggregated reports that they send to advertisers about their websites, she says. There's no independent way for consumers or privacy researchers to verify such statements. But TikTok's terms of service say its advertising customers aren't allowed to send the company certain kinds of sensitive information, such as data about children, health conditions, or finances. "We continuously work with our partners to avoid inadvertent transmission of such data," TikTok's Bosselait says. What can you do to protect your personal information? Consumer Reports recommends using privacy-protecting browser extensions like Disconnect, changing your browser's privacy settings to block trackers, and trying a more private browser like Firefox and Brave.

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Source: Slashdot | 2 Oct 2022 | 3:33 am UTC

Lawmakers Confront a Rise in Threats and Intimidation, and Fear Worse

Violent political speech has increasingly crossed into the realm of in-person confrontation for members of Congress in both parties, raising the prospect of a disastrous event.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 2 Oct 2022 | 3:09 am UTC

The Great Guinea Pig Giveaway Has Begun

From geckos to chinchillas, small pets were a pandemic balm. Now shelters across the country say they are being surrendered.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 2 Oct 2022 | 2:43 am UTC

Indonesia football riot: 129 people killed after stampede at match

At least 129 people died and 180 were injured after violence and a stampede erupted following an Indonesian league football match, police have said.

Supporters of the Javanese clubs and longtime rivals Arema and Persebaya Surabaya clashed after Arema were defeated 3-2 at the match in Malang Regency, East Java.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 2 Oct 2022 | 2:39 am UTC

Anti-corruption body could examine Scott Morrison over Coalition’s ‘sports rorts’, Labor suggests

Attorney general Mark Dreyfus insists new commission ‘is not an exercise in political payback’ and says it could tap phones of federal politicians

The new federal anti-corruption body could investigate Scott Morrison and the Coalition’s sports rorts scandal, the attorney general has said, while conceding some legal experts are opposed to holding public hearings only in “exceptional circumstances”.

Mark Dreyfus said on Sunday the proposed National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nacc) would be able to tap politicians’ phones, including encrypted apps, as long as it had a warrant. Unions would not be exempt from the commission’s ability to interrogate third parties, he added.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 2 Oct 2022 | 2:27 am UTC

129 people killed at football match in Indonesia

At least 129 people have died at an Indonesian football stadium riot in which thousands of angry home fans invaded the pitch and police responded with tear gas that triggered a stampede, authorities have said.

Source: News Headlines | 2 Oct 2022 | 1:40 am UTC

Intel's Self-Driving Technology Mobileye Unit Files for IPO

Intel has filed for an initial public offering of its self-driving technology business, Mobileye Global, braving the worst market for new US listings since the financial crisis more than a decade ago. Bloomberg reports: The company didn't disclose terms of the planned share sale in its filing Friday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Mobileye will continue to be controlled by Intel after the IPO, according to the filing. Intel expects the IPO to value Mobileye at as much as $30 billion, less than originally hoped, Bloomberg News reported this month. If the listing goes ahead this year, it would be one of the biggest US offerings of 2022. Currently, only two companies have raised $1 billion or more on New York exchanges since Jan. 1, compared with 45 in 2021. This year, the US share of IPOs has shrunk to less then a seventh of the global total from half in 2021. Intel Chief Executive Officer Pat Gelsinger is trying to capitalize on Jerusalem-based Mobileye, acquired in 2017 for $15 billion, with a partial spinoff of its shares. Mobileye makes chips for cameras and drive-assistance features, and is seen as a prized asset as the car industry races toward fully automated vehicles. Now with about 3,100 employees, Mobileye has collected data from 8.6 billion miles on the road from eight testing sites globally, according to its filing. The company says its technology leads in the race to shift the automotive industry away from human drivers. It's shipped 117 million units of its EyeQ product. Mobileye has been a particularly bright spot for Intel and has consistently grown faster than its parent. As of July, it had $774 million of cash and cash equivalents. In the 12 months ended Dec. 25, it had a net loss of $75 million on revenue of $1.39 billion. The company said it plans to use proceeds from the IPO to pay down debt and for working capital and general corporate purposes.

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Source: Slashdot | 2 Oct 2022 | 1:33 am UTC

Bruce Willis denies selling rights to his face

It was widely reported that the actor had sold his face to a deepfake company.

Source: BBC News - Home | 2 Oct 2022 | 1:15 am UTC

Russia-Ukraine war latest: what we know on day 221 of the invasion

Russian forces retreat from stronghold of Lyman hours after Putin declares it Russia’s ‘for ever’; Germany minister visits Ukraine; Nord Stream pipeline leak halted

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 2 Oct 2022 | 12:46 am UTC

More than 100 fans — many of them trampled — died in clashes after a soccer match

Brawls between supporters of two rival soccer teams in Indonesia were reported. The fights prompted riot police to fire tear gas, which caused panic.

(Image credit: Yudha Prabowo/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 2 Oct 2022 | 12:45 am UTC

In Michigan, Tudor Dixon Tests Whether Jia Schillings Is Help or Hindrance

Tudor Dixon, the party’s nominee for governor, has ground to make up in her race against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. She is hoping the former president can rally their party’s base.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 2 Oct 2022 | 12:05 am UTC

American Prisoners Are Released From Venezuela and Iran

Caracas freed seven Americans in a trade for two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady who had been convicted on drug charges. Separately, Tehran released its longest-held American captive.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:35 pm UTC

Stadia Controllers Could Become E-Waste Unless Google Issues Bluetooth Update

With Stadia coming to an abrupt halt, gamers want Google to issue a software update for the controllers that unlocks Bluetooth to allow them to work wirelessly with other game systems. It would also "avoid a lot of plastic and circuit board trash," adds Ars. From the report: Stadia's controllers were custom-made to connect directly to the Internet, reducing lag and allowing for instant firmware updates and (sometimes painful) connections to smart TVs. There's Bluetooth inside the Stadia controller, but it's only used when you're setting up Stadia, either with a TV, a computer with the Chrome browser, or a Chromecast Ultra. The Google Store's page for the Stadia controller states in a footnote: "Product contains Bluetooth Classic radio. No Bluetooth Classic functionality is enabled at this time. Bluetooth Classic may be implemented at a later date." (Bluetooth Classic is a more traditional version of Bluetooth than modern low-energy or mesh versions.) That potential later date can't get much later for fans of the Stadia controller. Many cite the controller's hand feel and claim it as their favorite. They'd like to see Google unlock Bluetooth to make their favorite something more than a USB-only controller and avoid a lot of plastic and circuit board trash. "Now if you'd just enable Bluetooth on the controller, we could help the environment by not letting them become electronic waste," writes Roadrunner571 on one of many controller-related threads on the r/Stadia subreddit. "They created trash and they at least owe it to me to do their best within reason to prevent millions of otherwise perfectly good controllers from filling landfills," another wrote. Many have called for Google, if they're not going to push a firmware update themselves to unlock the functionality, to open up access to the devices themselves, so the community can do it for them. That's often a tricky scenario for large companies relying on a series of sub-contracted manufacturers to produce hardware. Some have suggested that the full refunds give Google more leeway to ignore the limited function of their devices post-shutdown. It's worth noting that you can still plug a Stadia controller into the USB port on a Smart TV, computer, or gaming console and use it as a controller through a standard HID (Human Interface Device) connection. But, currently, it's not possible to connect the controllers wirelessly, unless you go through a lot of effort.

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Source: Slashdot | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:23 pm UTC

Ukraine war: Indian doctor forced to abandon beloved pet jaguar

Girikumar Patil, who lived with two big cats in war-torn Ukraine, says he is now separated from them.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:09 pm UTC

Kwasi Kwarteng reportedly spoke of austerity cuts at champagne party on mini-budget day

Guests, which included hedge fund managers, allegedly congratulated the chancellor and told him to ‘double down’

Kwasi Kwarteng reportedly attended a private champagne reception with hedge fund managers at the home of a Conservative donor on the same day he delivered his mini-budget.

The chancellor is alleged to have given guests information about forthcoming government spending cuts during the event at the west London home of Andrew Law, a financier, on the evening of Friday 23 September.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:09 pm UTC

Black, Korean and searching for the American dream

South Korean orphan Milton dreamed of making it to America, the land of his father. One day he seized his chance.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:06 pm UTC

Gabriels: From 'harrowing' American Idol to 2022's most talked-about band

Singer Jacob Lusk on the musical rebirth that saw him form the year's most talked-about new band.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:04 pm UTC

Brazil polarised as Bolsonaro seeks re-election and Lula aims for comeback

Stakes are high as the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro could be unseated by left-wing rival Lula.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:02 pm UTC

Intel-owned autonomous driving tech company Mobileye files for an IPO

Mobileye, the self-driving tech firm that Intel had purchased for $15.3 billion back in 2017, has filed for an IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission. When Intel first announced its plans to take Mobileye public late last year, the autonomous driving firm was expected to have a valuation of over $50 billion. Now according to Bloomberg, Intel expects Mobileye to be valued at around $30 billion, due to soaring inflation rates and poor market conditions. Regardless, it's still bound to become one of the biggest offerings in the US for 2022 if the listing takes place this year. 

Intel intends to retain a majority stake in Mobileye, but Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger previously said that taking it public would give it the ability to grow more easily. He also said that the company plans to use some of the funds raised from the IPO to build more chip factories. Intel revealed its big and bold foundry ambitions in 2021 when it announced that the company is investing $20 billion in two Arizona fabrication plants. Back then, Gelsinger even proclaimed that he was pursuing Apple's business. Earlier this year, the CEO revealed earmarking another $20 billion to build two fabrication plants in Columbus, Ohio. The company expects that facility to eventually become "the largest silicon manufacturing location on the planet."

Mobileye didn't specify how much a share would cost in its filing with the SEC. It did say, however, that it will use portion of the proceeds it will get from the IPO to pay debts. The firm also talked about its history in the filing and how its revenue grew from $879 million in 2019 to $1.4 billion in 2021, representing a growth of 43 percent year-over-year. 

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:00 pm UTC

Zimbabwe's treasure trove of lost radical art on display in Harare

Paintings by black Zimbabwean artists, recovered in storage in London, go in show at home after 70 years.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:00 pm UTC

US frees President Maduro's relatives in Venezuela prisoner swap

Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady had been serving 18-year sentences for trafficking drugs.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 10:49 pm UTC

Iran: Rallies support Iran protests at woman's custody death

Protests take place in countries outside Iran, in support of opposition to the death in custody of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 10:42 pm UTC

New Burkina Faso Coup Raises Question About Security

Unrest quickly escalated in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, as military officers who removed another military leader accused France of helping him stage a comeback.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 10:38 pm UTC

Some Florida Residents Face Long Gas Lines After Hurricane Ian

At one station, in Port Charlotte, cars stretched for over a mile, while hundreds of others in need carried cans. And lawn chairs.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 10:24 pm UTC

Humiliation for Vladimir Putin as Ukrainians liberate key city of Lyman

Military defeat in Donetsk comes hours after Moscow declared that the region was Russian territory ‘for ever’

Russia suffered a humiliating military defeat on Saturday when Ukrainian troops liberated the key eastern city of Lyman, with videos showing them raising a blue and yellow national flag and performing a victory dance.

In a severe embarrassment for Vladimir Putin, Russia’s ministry of defence admitted its soldiers had retreated. They had been “withdrawn to more advantageous lines”, the ministry said, following their encirclement by Ukrainian forces.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 10:23 pm UTC

Covert CIA Websites Could Have Been Found By an 'Amateur,' Research Finds

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Guardian: The CIA used hundreds of websites for covert communications that were severely flawed and could have been identified by even an "amateur sleuth," according to security researchers. The flaws reportedly led to the death of more than two dozen US sources in China in 2011 and 2012 and also reportedly led Iran to execute or imprison other CIA assets. The new research was conducted by security experts at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, which started investigating the matter after it received a tip from reporter Joel Schectmann at Reuters. The group said it was not publishing a full detailed technical report of its findings to avoid putting CIA assets or employees at risk. But its limited findings raise serious doubts about the intelligence agency's handling of safety measures. Using just a single website and publicly available material, Citizen Lab said it identified a network of 885 websites that it attributed "with high confidence" as having been used by the CIA. It found that the websites purported to be concerned with news, weather, healthcare and other legitimate websites. "Knowing only one website, it is likely that while the websites were online, a motivated amateur sleuth could have mapped out the CIA network and attributed it to the US government," Citizen Lab said in a statement. The websites were active between 2004 and 2013 and were probably not used by the CIA recently, but Citizen Lab said a subset of the websites were sill linked to active intelligence employees or assets, including a foreign contractor and a current state department employee. Citizen Lab added: "The reckless construction of this infrastructure by the CIA reportedly led directly to the identification and execution of assets, and undoubtedly risked the lives of countless other individuals. Our hope is that this research and our limited disclosure process will lead to accountability for this reckless behavior." CIA spokesperson Tammy Kupperman Thorp said: "CIA takes its obligations to protect the people who work with us extremely seriously and we know that many of them do so bravely, at great personal risk. The notion that CIA would not work as hard as possible to safeguard them is false."

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Source: Slashdot | 1 Oct 2022 | 10:22 pm UTC

Leaked Pixel Watch images show band designs, watch faces and Fitbit integration

It's only a few days until Google's big Pixel event, where the company will show off the Pixel 7 lineup as well as the first flagship smartwatch it designed in-house (outside of Fitbit, anyway). Leaks and rumors have provided some hints about the Pixel Watch's features and specs. The latest leak might be the biggest one to date. It seems an Amazon listing for the Pixel Watch went live early in Germany — the Pixel Watch is set to go on sale just after Google's October 6th event.

Images and details shared by leaker OnLeaks on the Slashleaks forum (as spotted by 9to5 Google) indicate there will be at least four band designs in a number of colors. They appear to include a silicon design in black, gray, eggshell white and green and silver (the images aren't super high-res), as well as a braided one that comes in orange, green and black. It seems there are two leather designs as well.

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Beyond that, the images offer a look at some of the Pixel Watch faces. These include an analog-style watch face that includes the wearer's heart rate, ones with artistic landscape designs and another that spells out the time in words. Other images offer peeks at the Pixel Watch's Fitbit integration, a step counter, electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, an emergency call function and Fast Pair support.

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In addition, the Amazon listing, which has since been removed, suggested that users will receive six months of free Fitbit Premium access. Fitbit typically gives buyers of its smartwatches the same perk, but it's not yet clear whether Google will do the same with the Pixel Watch in all regions. The listing also indicated that the Pixel Watch will connect to the Google Home app, and have 5ATM water resistance and a Corning Gorilla Glass display. The device is also said to have an Exynos 9110 processor and a day-long battery life.

Screenshots of the listing indicate that a WiFi version of the Pixel Watch costs €356.79 (around $349) in Germany. Previous reports suggested the WiFi model would start at $350 in the US, while the cellular version may start at $400. In any case, we'll get more official details about the smartwatch this Thursday. We'll have full coverage of the Pixel event, including everything you need to know about the Pixel Watch and the Pixel 7 lineup.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:41 pm UTC

Hurricane Ian: They stayed for the storm - what happens now?

Florida residents face tough choices about whether to stay or leave in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:37 pm UTC

Ministers warn of scammers posing as energy bill support scheme

No need to apply because £400 discount will ‘reach people automatically’, says Rees-Mogg

A scam alert has been issued by ministers encouraging people not to fall foul of fraudulent messages asking them to provide bank details as the energy price guarantee comes into force.

From 1 October, a limit on the price households pay for a unit of gas and electricity they use will mean a typical energy bill should be £2,500 a year. The first instalment of a £400 discount for households will also appear on bills.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:30 pm UTC

King Charles abandons plans to attend Cop27 ‘following Liz Truss’s advice’

Prime minister reportedly raised objections to him going during personal audience at Buckingham Palace

King Charles III has reportedly abandoned plans to attend and deliver a speech at the Cop27 climate change summit on the advice of Liz Truss.

The monarch, a veteran campaigner on environmental issues, had been invited to the 27th UN climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, next month.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:23 pm UTC

Firefly Launches Alpha Rocket To Orbit

techmage writes: Early this morning, Firefly Aerospace succeeded in launching their Alpha rocket to Low Earth Orbit. This marks one of a handful of companies who have reached space with that few attempts (Virgin Orbit and RocketLab are just some of the others). Shameless plug -- I had the pleasure of building the Serenity satellite, a 3U CubeSat that flew on the mission. Check out the video of the launch and deployment. It is quite something to watch. All three payloads were successfully deployed. reports: One of them, called Serenity, comes from the nonprofit organization Teachers in Space. Serenity was designed to collect a variety of data during today's flight, which will be shared with the educational community, according to a Firefly mission description. Also reaching orbit today was TechEdSat-15 (TES-15), which is owned by NASA in coordination with San Jose State University in California. TES-15 features an "exo-brake" designed to help satellites leave their orbital perches more smoothly when their work is done. "The exo-brake will deploy after the cubesat is ejected from its dispenser to deorbit the cubesat," Firefly wrote in the mission description. TES-15 also carries an experiment designed to optimize data transfer from the little spacecraft, the company added. The third payload -- the PicoBus deployer, from the nonprofit Libre Space -- carries five tiny payloads of its own. Those bantam "picosats" include Genesis-L & Genesis-N, from AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) Spain. The pair will demonstrate a pulsed-plasma thruster system for spacecraft propulsion and "build heritage for future missions," according to Firefly. PicoBus is also carrying Libre Space's Qubik-1 and Qubik-2, which will perform communications experiments, and FossaSat-1B. This latter satellite, from the Spanish company Fossa Systems, will test communications and remote-sensing tech. It also carries a low-resolution Earth-imaging camera.

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Source: Slashdot | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:21 pm UTC

Iranian American held in Tehran for seven years granted temporary release

Siamak Namazi, convicted along with father on espionage charges, freed from Evin prison on one-week renewable furlough

An Iranian American businessman who has been imprisoned in Iran for nearly seven years has been released from Tehran’s Evin prison on a one-week, renewable furlough, the United Nations announced on Saturday.

The release of detainee Siamak Namazi comes as his father, Baquer Namazi, is being allowed to leave Iran for medical treatment, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:20 pm UTC

Jewish Ukrainian father and son soldiers mark holy days under cloud of Russia's war

A father and son fighting for Ukraine against the Russian invasion say the war has heightened their Jewish identity.

(Image credit: Eleanor Beardsley/NPR)

Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:05 pm UTC

Singapore Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team fined £22,000 over nose stud

Lewis Hamilton dismisses ongoing controversy about his wearing a nose stud in his F1 car as "all a bit silly", as the issue blows up again at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:05 pm UTC

Records From Jia Schillings White House Still Missing, National Archives Says

The archives said in a letter to the House Oversight Committee that it was seeking electronic messages from unnamed White House officials sent through personal accounts.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:03 pm UTC

Equatorial Guinea seeks to block sale of confiscated Paris mansion

The luxury mansion was seized after Equatorial Guinea's vice-president was convicted of embezzling money.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:03 pm UTC

Two of prime minister’s senior advisers being paid through lobbying company

Aides Alice Robinson and Mac Chapwell paid by company run by Liz Truss’s new chief of staff

Two of the prime minister’s most senior advisers are being paid through her new chief of staff’s lobbying company, it has emerged, days after Downing Street said it would employ the latter directly.

The government admitted last weekend that Liz Truss’s chief of staff, Mark Fullbrook, was being paid through his lobbying firm, a move that could have helped him avoid paying tax.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 8:59 pm UTC

Mallorca 0-1 Barcelona: Robert Lewandowski scores again as Barca go top of La Liga

Robert Lewandowski scores his ninth goal in seven La Liga matches as Barcelona win at Mallorca to go top.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 8:57 pm UTC

Chernobyl Black Frogs Reveal Evolution In Action

German Orizaola and Pablo Burraco write via The Conversation: Our work in Chernobyl started in 2016. That year, close to the damaged nuclear reactor, we detected several Eastern tree frogs (Hyla orientalis) with an unusual black tint. The species normally has a bright green dorsal coloration, although occasional darker individuals can be found. Melanin is responsible for the dark color of many organisms. What is less known is that this class of pigments can also reduce the negative effects of ultraviolet radiation. And its protective role can extend to ionizing radiation too, as it has been shown with fungi. Melanin absorbs and dissipates part of the radiation energy. In addition, it can scavenge and neutralize ionized molecules inside the cell, such as reactive oxygen species. These actions make it less likely that individuals exposed to radiation will go on to suffer cell damage and increase their survival chances. After detecting the first black frogs in 2016, we decided to study the role of melanin colouration in Chernobyl wildlife. Between 2017 and 2019 we examined in detail the colouration of Eastern tree frogs in different areas of northern Ukraine. During those three years we analysed the dorsal skin colouration of more than 200 male frogs captured in 12 different breeding ponds. These localities were distributed along a wide gradient of radioactive contamination. They included some of the most radioactive areas on the planet, but also four sites outside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and with background radiation levels used as controls. Our work reveals that Chernobyl tree frogs have a much darker colouration than frogs captured in control areas outside the zone. As we found out in 2016, some are pitch-black. This colouration is not related to the levels of radiation that frogs experience today and that we can measure in all individuals. The dark colouration is typical of frogs from within or near the most contaminated areas at the time of the accident. The results of our study suggest that Chernobyl frogs could have undergone a process of rapid evolution in response to radiation. In this scenario, those frogs with darker colouration at the time of the accident, which normally represent a minority in their populations, would have been favoured by the protective action of melanin. The dark frogs would have survived the radiation better and reproduced more successfully. More than ten generations of frogs have passed since the accident and a classic, although very fast, process of natural selection may explain why these dark frogs are now the dominant type for the species within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

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Source: Slashdot | 1 Oct 2022 | 8:20 pm UTC

Russia-Ukraine war: Russians flee Lyman as Ukrainian troops retake city a day after Putin’s illegal annexation – as it happened

Russian defence ministry says troops have withdrawn amid ‘threat of encirclement’

It’s 12pm in Ukraine, here’s the latest:

Ukraine has encircled Russia’s forces around a bastion that is critical for Moscow at the eastern town of Lyman, in an operation that is still under way. Russia’s forces at Lyman totalled about 5,000 to 5,500 soldiers, but the number of encircled troops may have fallen because of casualties and some soldiers trying to break out of the encirclement, according to a spokesperson for Ukraine’s eastern forces.

The Ministry of Defence said Russia’s expansion strategy has resulted in “killing civilians it now claims are its own citizens”.The MoD said Russia is expending “strategically valuable military assets” in attempts to gain tactical advantage.

Ukraine’s president thanked his US counterpart, Joe Biden, on Saturday for signing an additional $12.35 bn (£11bn) in support for Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskiy said “This help is more important today than ever.”

The Ukrainian director-general of the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been detained by a Russian patrol, according to Energoatom. The company said his detention on Friday “jeopardises the safety of operation of Ukraine and Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.”

Turkey which has been at the centre of mediation between the west and Russia, rejected Russia’s annexation of Ukraine, calling the decision a “grave violation” of international law.

The World Bank said it will provide an additional US$530m in support to Ukraine, bringing the total aid by the bank to $13bn. The aid is supported by the UK ($500m) and Denmark ($30m).

Lyman is important because it is the next step towards the liberation of the Ukrainian Donbas. It is an opportunity to go further to Kreminna and Sievierodonetsk, and it is psychologically very important.

The occupiers trapped in Liman asked the Russian command to allow them to leave the city, but were refused.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 8:14 pm UTC

Google reportedly canceled a Stadia-exclusive follow-up to 'Death Stranding'

One of the major problems that worked against Stadia from the jump was the fact that Google didn't secure blockbuster exclusives for the cloud gaming service, which it will shut down in January. Sure, people were able to play the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2,Cyberpunk 2077 and Destiny 2 on the platform, but those are all available elsewhere. As it turns out, Google may have spurned the chance to have an exclusive title from one of the biggest names in gaming.

According to 9to5 Google, at one point Hideo Kojima was working on a Stadia-only follow-up to Death Stranding, which debuted on PlayStation in 2019 and later arrived on PC. Death Stranding has some asynchronous multiplayer elements. Other players might be able to use ladders, roads and other items that you place in the world, for instance. However, the planned follow-up was said to be a fully single-player game, which might have been the reason why Google canceled the project.

According to the report, Google canned the game, which was described as an episodic horror title, after seeing the first mockups in 2020. Stadia vice-president and general manager Phil Harrison is said to have made the final decision to kill the project. For what it's worth, in a May 2020 interview, Kojima claimed one of his projects had recently been canceled. 

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Google reportedly abandoned the project in the belief that there wasn't a market for single-player games anymore. Of note, CD Projekt Red just announced that Cyberpunk 2077 (which, again, was released on Stadia) has now sold 20 million copies, less than two years after its eventfuldebut. By mid-2021, Death Stranding itself had sold more than 5 million copies.

The lack of big exclusives is far from the only issue that led to Stadia's downfall. A questionable business model and a seemingly rushed rollout didn't help, and nor did Google's reputation for ruthlessly killing off its own products. Even though Stadia has excellent game streaming tech and some passionate fans, it never took off as Google hoped. The company will shut down the platform on January 18th and issue refunds for all hardware and software purchases (except for Pro subscriptions). Ubisoft is working on a way to give people who bought its games on Stadia access to PC versions.

The news of Stadia's demise blindsided developers, from giants like Destiny 2 studio Bungie to indie studios whose titles were supposed to hit the now-closed Stadia store in the coming weeks. As Axios notes, it isn't clear whether Google has a broad plan to reimburse studios for costs they expected to recoup after launching their games on Stadia. There are concerns about what Stadia's closure means for game preservation too. While Google didn't secure AAA exclusives, Stadia has some indie games that aren't available elsewhere.

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Meanwhile, some are calling on Google to unlock the Stadia Controller's Bluetooth functions. The argument is that, if people can more easily use the controller on other platforms, it's less likely that the gamepad will become e-waste. The controller connects directly to WiFi for Stadia games in order to minimize lag. You can also hook it up to devices with a USB-C cable.

As for Kojima, he has a Death Stranding sequel in the works, according to the game's star, Norman Reedus. It also emerged in June that Kojima has teamed up with Xbox Game Studios for his next title. That game will be powered by Microsoft's cloud technology.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 1 Oct 2022 | 8:08 pm UTC

Scores of Iraqis injured in anti-government protests in Baghdad

Teargas and stun grenades used by security forces as unrest over poverty and corruption flares up in the capital and other cities

Iraqi security forces have fired teargas and stun grenades to disperse stone-throwing protesters in clashes that wounded scores of people near Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, where hundreds marked the anniversary of anti-government unrest in 2019.

At least 86 people were wounded on Saturday, about half of them members of the security forces, and 38 protesters were hit by rubber bullets.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 8:07 pm UTC

Hurricane Ian: Florida and Carolinas comb wreckage to assess deadly toll

Twenty-seven reported dead in Florida and four in North Carolina as residents try to rebuild from one of most powerful recent storms

As Hurricane Ian upended the lives of millions along the south-eastern United States, authorities sifting through the wreckage in Florida and the Carolinas were reporting a few dozen deaths as of Saturday, and the states’ residents were early in the stages of rebuilding from one of the strongest, most expensive hurricanes in recent American history.

The storm had worked its way north after slamming into Florida and slowly weakening, gathering some of its strength back from the warm Atlantic Ocean waters before hitting South Carolina on Friday. It made its second US landfall in Georgetown, 60 miles north of Charleston, destroying parts of four popular piers, including two in Myrtle Beach.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 8:06 pm UTC

Burkina Faso coup: Gunshots in capital and roads blocked

The army captain who announced Friday's takeover says the ousted leader is planning a counter-attack.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 8:05 pm UTC

V&A drops financial ties with Sackler family over links with opioids

London museum bows to years of pressure and removes signs bearing name of family associated with OxyContin crisis

The Victoria and Albert Museum has bowed to growing pressure to rename key areas of its Kensington site, the Observer has learned, as it drops controversial ties with the Sackler family, benefactors descended from the American makers of addictive opioid prescription drugs.

This weekend the signs that directed V&A visitors to the Sackler Centre for Arts Education, and to the £2m tiled “Sackler Courtyard” on Exhibition Road, have gone, as the museum finally jettisons its damaging association with the opioid drug market.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:55 pm UTC

The Global Indigenous Movement to Fight Climate Change

It’s time for Indigenous voices to lead the climate fight.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:49 pm UTC

Liz Truss’s poll ratings plummet lower than Boris Johnson’s before he was forced out

Prime minister’s net approval falls to minus 37, while just 12% say mini-budget was ‘good’

Liz Truss’s personal popularity ratings are lower than those of Boris Johnson when his premiership came to an end, a new Observer poll has revealed.

The latest Opinium poll shows a precipitous fall in Truss’s personal ratings after the fallout from her government’s mini-budget, and Labour surging ahead with voters across a whole range of issues.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:47 pm UTC

‘Unbelievable’ & ‘strange’ – is VAR letting Premier League down?

BBC Sport looks at the key refereeing decisions on a dramatic and controversial day of Premier League action.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:47 pm UTC

Vladimir Putin’s ‘Medea’

What does Vlad the Impaler have in store for the world?

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:36 pm UTC

Citrix-Tibco Close $17 Billion Deal, Uniting Virtualization and Enterprise Apps Vendors

Virtualization and cloud products vendor Citrix and enterprise applications vendor Tibco Software have completed their merger, valued at $16.5 billion, with new leadership calling the combined company "a new global leader in enterprise software." CRN reports: The two companies announced the deal's completion in a statement Friday. Tom Krause, who left Broadcom after the chip giant's announced acquisition of VMware to become CEO of the combined Citrix and Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tibco, called the combined company "a new global leader in enterprise software" in the statement. "We are excited to create a new global leader in enterprise software, designed for scale and growth, through the combination of Citrix and TIBCO," Krause said. "The platform we have built will expand and deepen our relationships with our valued customers and partners, drive the future of mission-critical cloud software solutions and create long-term value for all our stakeholders." With the completion of the Citrix-Tibco deal, Krause revealed on LinkedIn that he is now CEO of Cloud Software Group (CSG), the owner of Citrix and Tibco.

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Source: Slashdot | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:19 pm UTC

Ireland's Future: Leo Varadkar and Jimmy Nesbitt speak at united Ireland event

Leo Varadkar, Mary-Lou McDonald and actor Jimmy Nesbitt amongst the speakers at the 3Arena.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:10 pm UTC

Aukus will lock in Australia’s dependence on US, intelligence expert warns

Clinton Fernandes argues in provocative new book the security pact will make it impossible to have an independent defence policy

The Aukus deal will lock in Australia’s dependence on the US and make it impossible to have an independent defence policy, a former Australian army intelligence officer has warned.

In a provocative new book to be released this week, Clinton Fernandes argues the true character of Australia’s relationship with the US is “a transactional, dramatically unequal one”. He argues the rhetoric about mateship is merely “window dressing”.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:00 pm UTC

Will Nostalgia Kill the British Right?

A yearning for the 1980s meets a very 21st century kind of European crisis.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:00 pm UTC

Liverpool 3-3 Brighton: Jurgen Klopp vows Reds will fight through difficult spell

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp vows his side will fight through their poor form as Reds' draw with Brighton leaves them 11 points off the top of the table.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 6:47 pm UTC

Ukraine war: Russian troops forced out of eastern town Lyman

The retreat came amid fears thousands of soldiers would be encircled in Lyman, and is seen as a significant blow.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 6:43 pm UTC

ABC, ESPN and other Disney networks go dark on Dish and Sling TV

Disney-owned channels including local ABC stations, ESPN, FX and 17 others are no longer available on Dish Network and Sling TV. Dish says Disney wanted almost $1 billion more to extend their carriage contract, which expired at 3AM ET on October 1st. As a result, Dish had to remove Disney's channels from both platforms for the time being. As is usually the case in these situations, both sides are blaming each other for the blackout.

Dish claimed it offered Disney a contract extension, but said the latter rejected the proposal and walked away from the negotiating table. "We were not able to reach a mutual renewal agreement with Disney and without a contract in place we are legally required to remove their channels from our service," Dish said in a statement.

Dish has accused Disney of holding "viewers hostage for negotiation leverage." It claimed that Disney wanted Dish to insert ESPN and ESPN2 into packages that don't currently include sports channels. In addition, it said Disney wanted to upend a policy that allows Dish subscribers to remove local channels and save money. “Now Disney wants to take this away by forcing most Dish customers in their ABC markets to pay for local channels,” Dish said.

On the flip side, Disney claimed it didn't receive a fair offer to keep the likes of ESPN and National Geographic on Dish and Sling TV. “After months of negotiating in good faith, Dish has declined to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us for continued distribution of our networks," Disney told Variety in a statement. “The rates and terms we are seeking reflect the marketplace and have been the foundation for numerous successful deals with pay-TV providers of all types and sizes across the country. We’re committed to reaching a fair resolution, and we urge Dish to work with us in order to minimize the disruption to their customers.”

The Disney networks that Dish had to remove from its platforms are ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, Disney Channel, Disney Jr., Disney XD, Freeform, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, ACC Network, SEC Network, Longhorn Network and Baby TV. Dish also had to jettison local ABC stations in Chicago; Fresno, California; Houston; Los Angeles; New York City; Philadelphia; Raleigh, North Carolina; and San Francisco.

This is the second time in the space of a year that Disney's channels have gone dark on a major live TV streaming service. YouTube TV lost access to them last December over a carriage fee dispute with Disney. The standoff didn't last long, however, as the likes of ESPN and local ABC channels returned the next day.

Dish has also had battles with other media giants. HBO and Cinemax vanished from Dish and Sling TV in 2018. The channels, and HBO Max, became available on Dish again last year after it reached an agreement with WarnerMedia, which is now part of Warner Bros. Discovery. However, the channels and HBO Max still aren't available on Sling TV.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 1 Oct 2022 | 6:31 pm UTC

Danish Pirate Site Blocking Updated, Telecoms Group Publishes All Domains

Rights Alliance and ISPs have agreed to update their code of conduct to block pirate sites more quickly in Denmark. When one ISP receives an instruction to block a domain, a new process will see other ISPs follow in less than seven days. Meanwhile, Denmark's Telecommunications Industry Association is publishing files that reveal precisely which domains are being blocked. TorrentFreak reports: Both Rights Alliance and Teleindustrien (Telecommunications Industry Association in Denmark) have published copies of the new Code of Conduct but neither explain how the new system will work. Indeed, the CoC contains a paragraph that explains that a section detailing the individual steps, procedures and criteria, has been withheld "in order to achieve the purpose of the agreement." Given that Denmark's blocking program is DNS-based, it's trivial for ISPs to modify local DNS entries to redirect pirate site visitors to Share With Care (SWC), a portal designed to encourage pirates back on to the legal path of authorized content services. Somewhat intrigued by the apparent need for secrecy, we took a closer look at Teleindustrien and to our surprise, found the complete opposite. It appears that when ISPs are ordered to block domains for any reason, Teleindustrien goes public with three things: the laws under which the blocking was ordered, who ordered the blocking, and which domains were blocked in response. For example, the telecoms industry group details recent blocks associated with the Ukraine conflict (including and and publishes the domains to an easily downloadable .csv file -- perfect for ISPs looking to implement DNS blocking. Another .csv file is published for gambling site domains deemed illegal in Denmark, 183 according to the latest batch. The data relating to Denmark's pirate site blocking program reveals how quickly it has expanded over the years. In 2017, Danish ISPs were blocking around 100 pirate sites, a figure that jumped to 478 in 2020. The latest .csv file containing the list of blocked piracy domains is dated September 27, 2022. It contains 892 URLs -- some of them domains in their own right and others representing sub-domains on various sites dedicated to unblocking. It's unclear how the new streamlining provisions in the revised Code of Conduct can beat pulling a plain text file from a website but Teleindustrian also provides the data in PDF format (PDF) for the Adobe fans out there.

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Source: Slashdot | 1 Oct 2022 | 6:18 pm UTC

The weekend’s best deals: Apple MacBooks, Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, 4K TVs, and more

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It's the weekend, which means it's time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes Samsung's Galaxy Watch 5, the company's speedy T7 portable SSD, solid options for TVs in a range of sizes from TCL, LG, and Samsung, and $150 off the latest-generation MacBook Airs in different configurations.

The MacBook Air deal brings the new M2-powered laptop down to its lowest price only a few months after its June release. Both the 256GB and 512GB are available for $150 off at $1049 and $1349, respectively. While storage is the main difference to consider here, you can also grab a 2021 MacBook Pro with 512GB storage for $1,049 and gain a bit better performance for sustained workloads and a nicer display.

We break down all the differences to consider in our MacBook buying guide, but the 2021 13-inch MacBook Pro falls right in between the 2022 MacBook Air (our pick for most users' basic needs) and the 2022 14-inch MacBook Pro (our pick for developers, engineers, and researchers) in terms of performance. While we feel the Air and 14-inch Pro are best for their target demos, the value of this deal may just tip the scales a bit further for the 13-inch Pro which we feel strikes balance between the two.

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Source: Ars Technica - All content | 1 Oct 2022 | 6:16 pm UTC

Russia withdraws its troops from a key city encircled by Ukrainian forces

Russia pulled troops out Saturday from the eastern Ukrainian city of Lyman, which it had been using as a front-line hub. It was the latest victory for the Ukrainian counteroffensive.

(Image credit: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 6:13 pm UTC

Amtrak suspends San Diego-Los Angeles service due to shifting ground

Metrolink also suspends trains because ground underneath stretch of seaside track in southern California has shifted

Metrolink and Amtrak have suspended train services linking San Diego to Los Angeles – along with the rest of the US – because ground underneath a stretch of seaside track in southern California has shifted, according to officials.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday that service has been suspended indefinitely in the community of San Clemente, on the border of Orange and San Diego counties.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 6:03 pm UTC

Powerful directly elected mayor for Dublin proposed by Citizens’ Assembly

Group voted in a series of ballots at Dublin Castle on Saturday following six months of deliberations and debate

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 1 Oct 2022 | 6:03 pm UTC

How Amazon, Google, and Facebook Helped Fund the Campaign to Overturn Roe

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the country’s top internet companies quickly responded with commitments to help employees in states that moved to ban abortion. In an implicit signal of support for abortion rights, the companies said they would help those employees seek abortions in states where the procedure remains legal.

In the years leading up to the seismic reproductive rights decision, however, the tech giants sponsored a controversial group that’s worked tirelessly to put the Supreme Court under conservative control, setting the stage for Roe’s reversal.

The Independent Women’s Forum traces its origins back to the 1991 fight to confirm the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas. Since then, the group has expanded into promoting a litany of perennial right-wing causes like climate denial, immigration alarmism, and deregulation, but a conservative-dominated Supreme Court remained a focus.

Public relations plays a key role in its operation. With savvy self-branding as a pro-woman organization, the group fought for the appointment of conservative justices to the Supreme Court. The IWF couched support for Bret Kavanaugh as good feminism and any opposition to Amy Coney Barrett as sexism — despite well-founded concerns that their ascensions to the court would spell the end of Roe. The IWF wields a skillful mix of media placement, op-eds, television punditry, and other contributions to the conservative content ecosystem.

The group also takes advantage of quieter influence peddling as well. In 2020, IWF chief and Vicks VapoRub heiress Heather Higgins boasted to a closed audience of Virginia conservatives about how instrumental the group was in rallying congressional support for Kavanaugh’s nomination. Higgins told the group that the IWF circulated a confidential strategy memo on the Hill. “Most important,” Higgins said, “Susan Collins told me that without that memo, she would not see how to support him,” referring to the Republican senator from Maine.

Independent Women’s Forum and its sister organization, Independent Women’s Voice, draw on donations from right-wing financial mainstays like the Koch brothers, but in recent years the groups have enjoyed financial support from Facebook’s parent company, Meta; Google; and Amazon. In 2017, Google sponsored an IWF gala at the “gold” donor level, according to brochures provided to The Intercept by True North Research, a progressive watchdog group. Other brochures show that Meta (which at the time still using the name Facebook) sponsored IWF galas in 2018, alongside Google, and 2019. Honorees at IWF events have included notable anti-abortion figures like Rep. Lynne Cheney, R-Wy.; top Jia Schillings administration official Kellyanne Conway; and Vice President Mike Pence.

Corporate disclosures from Amazon show that the company donated undisclosed sums to the IWF in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Amazon, Google, Meta, and the IWF did not respond to a request for comment.

True North founder Lisa Graves characterized the IWF’s efforts as an attempt to launder conservative ideology. “They act as a distaff,” she said in an interview, “in essence providing a woman’s face for the right wing’s critique or attack on progressives and its advance of this extreme and regressive, repressive agenda.”

Patrice Onwuka, director of the Independent Women’s Forum’s Center for Economic Opportunity, speaks during a town hall event hosted by House Republicans on March 1, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

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Despite the public perception of Silicon Valley’s alignment with progressive values and liberal causes, tech companies, particularly those fearing state regulation, have long funneled money to right-wing groups like the IWF. At the same time, the IWF routinely pushes policy positions that are highly favorable to its corporate donors.

The IWF has consistently espoused tech industry-friendly positions on labor, antitrust, and other issues, without disclosing its donors’ interests. Take, for example, an April IWF blog post that warned that antitrust enforcement against Big Tech would prove disastrous. “Tech innovation has been nothing short of miraculous over the past few decades,” wrote Patrice Onwuka, director of IWF’s Center for Economic Opportunity and its go-to defender of powerful tech firms.

Few issues in tech have galvanized the IWF and Onwuka like the bipartisan American Innovation and Choice Online Act, which would block tech companies from leveraging their enormous reach to favor their own services over competitors. In a December 2021 piece titled “Amazon Prime may not be around to save the day next Christmas,” Onwuka claimed, “Senator Amy Klobuchar and others are on a path to end services like Prime’s fast and free shipping and other services that we depend upon.” Onwuka then linked to a blog post by the Amazon-funded Chamber of Progress that claimed, dubiously, that the law would “ban Amazon Prime.”

In June, Onwuka wrote a jeremiad against congressional antitrust efforts: “The conveniences that make life and work easier and faster and save consumers money may disappear.” Later that day, Onwuka appeared on Fox Business, again protesting antitrust enforcement against the tech industry. “I’m more worried about the impact on small business owners and on women and families that rely on some of the benefits that some of these big four tech companies provide,” she said.

While shielding Big Tech from antitrust scrutiny has proven a priority for the IWF, the group also stands up directly for its benefactors. In 2019, Onwuka wrote an entire post dedicated sticking up for Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg after Politico reported that he had attended dinners with notable conservative commentators and lawmakers. “Zuckerberg is a private citizen who can eat dinner with whomever he wants,” Onwuka wrote. “His dinner has a clear business purpose and that’s part of doing business.”

“Institutionally they have no position on abortion, that’s their stated position. But organizationally, they have backed the most aggressive anti-choice slate of judges we’ve ever seen.”

The cordial treatment of industry giants is of course a linchpin of conservatism, and the IWF would almost certainly be warning that antitrust will bring us back to the Bronze Age even without Google sponsoring its gala dinners. But fueling the right-wing punditry mill is a large, ever-expanding facet of Big Tech’s political strategy.

While there’s no evidence that Zuckerberg or Google CEO Sundar Pichai have any personal opposition to abortion access, their companies no doubt benefit from their support of a broad, thriving conservative discourse ecosystem in which any government regulation is anathema. For tech company leadership, the reality that this ecosystem pushes not just Facebook-friendly laissez-faire economics, but also climate denial and abortion bans is considered a perhaps unfortunate but worthwhile byproduct.

Silicon Valley’s patronage of right-wing think tanks and campaigns is an arrangement in which there is ample plausible deniability to go around. When The Guardian reported in 2019 that Google was donating to some of the nation’s most notorious climate-denial organizations, a company spokesperson retorted, “We’re hardly alone among companies that contribute to organizations while strongly disagreeing with them on climate policy.”

The multitude of topics on which the IWF engages, and its careful avoidance of publicly opposing abortion access have helped it avoid a reputation as an anti-abortion group. “Institutionally they have no position on abortion, that’s their stated position,” explained Graves, of True North. “But organizationally, they have backed the most aggressive anti-choice slate of judges we’ve ever seen.”

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Source: The Intercept | 1 Oct 2022 | 6:00 pm UTC

Gunfire erupts in Burkina Faso a day after the second coup in nine months

Gunshots rang out in Burkina Faso's capital amid signs of lingering tensions a day after a group of military officers overthrew the man who had seized power in a coup in January.

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Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 5:49 pm UTC

‘Women are in charge. They are leading’: Iran protests continue despite crackdowns

People, determined to defy violence by security forces and online blackout, are resorting to old-fashioned methods to organise unrest

The messages, printed on scraps of paper, were thrown on doorsteps across Iran overnight by protesters determined that an online crackdown would not stop their movement.

“The Islamic Republic is falling. Join the people,” said one handed out in northern Rasht city. In southern Ahvaz organisers gave an address and time for protest, and a broader call to action. “If you cannot come, spread the message so other people come,” it urged readers.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 5:44 pm UTC

Sofia, the Historic Airplane-Borne Telescope, Lands For the Last Time

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Over the past eight years, a modified Boeing 747 jetliner has flown hundreds of flights on a unique mission: carrying a 19-ton, 2.5-meter telescope known as Sofia, or the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. Flying a telescope on a jumbo jet offered a way to peer into the heavens at wavelengths that could not be glimpsed from the ground -- but the ticket was expensive. So yesterday, NASA and the German space agency grounded the mission. Its final flight landed early Thursday morning at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in the desert near Los Angeles. Sofia was an innovative way to gaze at the infrared universe. Infrared light is essentially heat radiation -- but astronomers can't probe cosmic objects like dust-enshrouded stars and galaxies without the water vapor in Earth's atmosphere absorbing that light. That confounds attempts to observe those objects with telescopes built on mountaintops, like the observatories in Hawaii and Chile. But by soaring through the stratosphere, at an elevation of 40,000 feet or higher, Sofia could fly above that water vapor and get a much better view. "Almost 50 percent of the energy of the universe comes out in the mid- to far infrared. Sofia has played an important and unique role for its lifetime, probing that entire wavelength range, and we've been able to observe all manner of phenomena that were otherwise invisible to other facilities," says Jim De Buizer, Sofia senior scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. De Buizer and the Sofia team have made a number of significant astronomical discoveries, including measuring cosmic magnetic fields permeating nearby galaxies, charting the growth of massive stars, observing Pluto's faint shadow as it passed in front of a distant star, and even discovering water on the sunlit surface of the moon's southern hemisphere. The data from Sofia's final flight will map stellar nebulas and help scientists study the magnetic fields of the Sculptor starburst galaxy. But while flying a telescope in a jet is much less expensive than launching one aboard a spacecraft, like NASA's Spitzer and Webb space telescopes and the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory, it's still not cheap. There are costs for the pilots, staff, engineers, and mechanics -- plus a round of repairs to the aircraft that had to be made in 2018. Sofia costs NASA about $85 million per year -- a significant fraction of its astrophysics budget. And that's actually only 80 percent of the funding it needs; NASA's German counterparts provided the rest. It was ultimately the mission's high operating costs, relative to its scientific output, that took Sofia down. "At the end of the day, the project itself just wasn't productive. You're talking about almost a Hubble cost for operations, but with a fraction of the scientific productivity," says Casey Dreier, senior space policy adviser for the Planetary Society, a nonprofit research organization based in Pasadena, California. "I feel for the scientists. They can't control the operational costs," Dreier says. "But Sofia got eight years of operations. It had a good, healthy life, for a mission."

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Source: Slashdot | 1 Oct 2022 | 5:17 pm UTC

Newbridge residents protest at site chosen for Ukrainian refugee modular housing

Organisers of protest in Co Kildare town raise concerns about removal of green area and say flooding issues mean site not suitable

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 1 Oct 2022 | 5:15 pm UTC

Sheryl Sandberg has left Meta, but the company will keep paying for her personal security

Sheryl Sandberg officially stepped down from her post as Meta COO in August, but the company will continue to pay for her personal security into 2023, Reuters reports. The board, citing "continuing threats to her safety," agreed to pay for security services from October 1st through June 30th, 2023, with protection available to Sandberg at her residences and while she is traveling. 

It is unclear what threats Sandberg has been receiving that would warrant the company paying for continuing protection after she has resigned. We have asked Meta for comment and will update this story if the company chooses to elaborate.

Sheryl Sandberg joined Meta in 2008, and her last official day as an employee was September 30th. Going forward, she will continue to serve on Meta's board and receive compensation as a non-employee director. Although Sandberg apparently resigned of her own volition, her final chapter at the company was marred by personal scandal. Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journalreported that Sandberg used company resources to help kill negative reporting about Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, who she was said to be dating at the time. 

Two months later, the Journal also reported that Meta had launched an internal investigation into Sandberg's use of company resources, and that the inquiry actually extended back "several years." In addition to the allegations about protecting Kotick from negative press, Sandberg was also reportedly being investigated for possibly using company funds to pay for her 2022 wedding. Meta lawyers were also reportedly looking into whether and how Facebook staff helped Sandberg and her foundation, Lean In, promote her latest book, Option B.

Sandberg's final years on the job were also marked by a series of company crises, including the 2019 Cambridge Analytica scandal; allegations of enabling genocide in Myanmar; shrinking revenue earlier this year; and a change last year in iOS's approach to third-party app tracking that undercut the core of Meta's business model. 

It is not unusual for Facebook to invest heavily on personal security for its top executives. In 2020, the company reportedly spent $23.4 million in 2020 to protect CEO Mark Zuckerberg. However, the board's announcement on Friday comes days after Meta was reported to have suspended all hiring, with a warning of possible layoffs on the way, making for some potentially awkward optics. 

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 1 Oct 2022 | 5:06 pm UTC

Gas outflow from leaking Nord Stream 2 pipeline ends

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is no longer leaking under the Baltic Sea because an equilibrium has been reached between the gas and water pressure, a spokesperson said.

Source: News Headlines | 1 Oct 2022 | 5:05 pm UTC

Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham: Gunners show identity & direction in outstanding derby win

Arsenal have flattered to deceive in recent seasons, but their outstanding win against Tottenham is proof they have rediscovered their identity.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 5:04 pm UTC

Text-to-image models are so last month, text-to-video is here

Plus: Bruce Willis sells his image rights to AI biz creating deepfakes, and more

In brief  AI progresses rapidly. Just months after the release of the most advanced text-to-image models, developers are showing off text-to-video systems. …

Source: The Register | 1 Oct 2022 | 4:57 pm UTC

No human remains found yet in Moors murder probe

Police in Britain said they have not yet found human remains as their search for Moors Murders victim Keith Bennett continues following the reported discovery of a skull.

Source: News Headlines | 1 Oct 2022 | 4:49 pm UTC

Superyacht linked to sanctioned Russian oligarch Igor Kesaev on sale for £26m

Brokers in Monaco told it is ‘strictly prohibited’ to advertise sale of MySky on print or the internet

A superyacht built for an oligarch subjected to sanctions over the supply of weapons to the Russian army is being discreetly offered for sale for £26m, with buyers advised that any viewings will be in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.

Brokers are being warned that the sale of MySky, built for Igor Kesaev, should not be advertised online. The vessel’s latest recorded location was in a marina on a small island four miles south of Malé, the capital island of the Maldives.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 4:42 pm UTC

The Ice Bucket Challenge wasn't just for social media. It helped fund a new ALS drug

In 2014, it was hard to miss the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that set out to raise money to fund research for the disease. And it paid off. A new treatment was funded by $2.2 million of the funds raised.

(Image credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 4:39 pm UTC

‘Carry on playing music in heaven’: Irish gather for Thomas O’Halloran’s funeral in London

87-year-old pensioner from Co Clare was fatally stabbed while on his mobility scooter in west London

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 1 Oct 2022 | 4:32 pm UTC

Apple VP Leaves Company After Vulgar Comment Goes Viral On TikTok

Apple's vice president of procurement, Tony Blevins, has left the company after a TikTok video showed him making a vulgar comment about women at a car show. CNBC reports: An Apple representative confirmed the departure to CNBC, saying, "Tony is leaving Apple." The departure was spurred by a TikTok video posted Sept. 5, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the news. In the video, reviewed by CNBC, Blevins is getting out of an expensive Mercedes-Benz sports car and is asked what he does for a living by Daniel Mac, who has a channel centered around asking people in expensive cars questions. In the video, Blevins responds, "I race cars, play golf and fondle big-breasted women. But I take weekends and major holidays off." The remark appears to be a reference to a similar quote in the movie "Arthur." It was viewed 1.3 million times, according to the TikTok page. "Blevins was a VP at Apple," notes CNBC. "His main role was to negotiate with suppliers to keep the price Apple pays for computer parts down, according to a Wall Street Journal profile of Blevins from 2020."

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Source: Slashdot | 1 Oct 2022 | 4:16 pm UTC

Amazon's latest sale knocks up to 50 percent off Fire tablets

Amazon appears to be kicking off its fall Prime Day event a little early. Hot on the heels of announcing a new generation of gadgets, the company is holding a sale on Echo smart displays, Fire TV devices and, it seems, Fire tablets. Highlights include the Fire 10 HD, which is back down to $75, a price we last saw during Amazon's Prime Day event in July. Meanwhile, the new Fire 7 tablet has been discounted to $45.

Buy Fire HD 10 at Amazon - $75Buy Fire 7 at Amazon - $45

While the Fire HD 10 is the older of the two devices, the deal on that tablet is still the highlight here. For the money, you get a 10.1-inch display with full HD resolution, an eight-core 2GHz processor, 3GB of RAM, 12 hours of rated battery life and up to 64GB of internal storage (expandable to as much a 1TB via a microSD card). 

As for the Fire 7, we need to caution you that it earned a lackluster score from us when we reviewed it last summer. Although we acknowledged the then-$60 tablet got some basics right, including battery life, USB-C charging and, well, the affordable price, we dinged it for its unimpressive display quality and sluggish performance. If we were to review it fresh today with a $45 list price, perhaps we'd be a little more generous in our rating.

It's unclear when Amazon will refresh either its 10- or 7-inch tablet line. At its hardware launch last month, Amazon only mentioned a new $100 8-inch model, which promises 30 percent faster performance, slightly improved 13-hour battery life and a new Tap to Alexa feature that allows you to summon the voice assistant without speaking. 

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Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 1 Oct 2022 | 4:15 pm UTC

Protesters attack French embassy in Burkina Faso over allegedly harbouring ousted president

West African bloc denounced the country’s second military coup in nine months, saying it was ‘inappropriate’

Angry protesters have attacked the French embassy in Burkina Faso’s capital after supporters of the west African nation’s new coup leader accused France of harbouring the ousted interim president, a charge French authorities vehemently denied.

Lt Col Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba was overthrown late on Friday less than nine months after he mounted a coup in Burkina Faso, which has been failing to effectively counter rising violence by Islamic extremists.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 4:08 pm UTC

Climb down or stand firm - what does UK PM do next?

Laura Kuenssberg on what options the PM - one of her guests on Sunday - has to calm her party.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 3:43 pm UTC

Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K Max drops back down to an all-time low of $35

Amazon's most powerful streaming stick is on sale yet again for Amazon's second Prime Day sale in 2022. You can grab the Fire TV Stick 4K Max for $35, or $20 off its regular price. That's how much it went for at this year's first Prime Day event back in July, and it's also the lowest price we've seen for the device on the website. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max supports Dolby Vision, HDR and HDR10+ content, as well as Dolby Atmos audio. It can also join WiFi 6 networks, and Amazon says it can start apps faster and has more fluid navigation than the basic Fire TV Stick 4K.

Buy Fire TV Stick 4K Max at Amazon - $35

Like other models, this one comes with a remote control that has preset buttons for Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ and Hulu. Said remote is also powered by Alexa and can search content and launch them with just voice commands. You can even ask Alexa through the remote to dim your connected lights or check the weather. And if you have a compatible doorbell or security camera around your home, you can use its picture-in-picture capability to view its live feed on your screen without having to pause or remove whatever it is you're watching. 

Out of all the Fire TV streaming devices, only the Cube set-top box is more powerful than the 4K Max. The Fire TV Cube is also on sale for $60 at the moment, or half off its original price. But if you want something cheaper, you can also get the non-Max Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 or the base Fire TV Stick for $20.

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Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 1 Oct 2022 | 3:40 pm UTC

Palestinian deaths toll in West Bank hits 100 this year

The deadliest tally in years comes amid a big increase in Israeli military raids.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 3:39 pm UTC

Fake CISO Profiles On LinkedIn Target Fortune 500s

Security researcher Brian Krebs writes: Someone has recently created a large number of fake LinkedIn profiles for Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles at some of the world's largest corporations. It's not clear who's behind this network of fake CISOs or what their intentions may be. But the fabricated LinkedIn identities are confusing search engine results for CISO roles at major companies, and they are being indexed as gospel by various downstream data-scraping sources. [...] Rich Mason, the former CISO at Fortune 500 firm Honeywell, began warning his colleagues on LinkedIn about the phony profiles earlier this week. "It's interesting the downstream sources that repeat LinkedIn bogus content as truth," Mason said. "This is dangerous,, Signalhire, and Cybersecurity Ventures." [...] Again, we don't know much about who or what is behind these profiles, but in August the security firm Mandiant (recently acquired by Google) told Bloomberg that hackers working for the North Korean government have been copying resumes and profiles from leading job listing platforms LinkedIn and Indeed, as part of an elaborate scheme to land jobs at cryptocurrency firms. None of the profiles listed here responded to requests for comment (or to become a connection). LinkedIn could take one simple step that would make it far easier for people to make informed decisions about whether to trust a given profile: Add a "created on" date for every profile. Twitter does this, and it's enormously helpful for filtering out a great deal of noise and unwanted communications. The former CISO Mason said LinkedIn also could experiment with offering something akin to Twitter's verified mark to users who chose to validate that they can respond to email at the domain associated with their stated current employer. Mason said LinkedIn also needs a more streamlined process for allowing employers to remove phony employee accounts. He recently tried to get a phony profile removed from LinkedIn for someone who falsely claimed to have worked for his company. In a statement provided to KrebsOnSecurity, LinkedIn said its teams were actively working to take these fake accounts down. "We do have strong human and automated systems in place, and we're continually improving, as fake account activity becomes more sophisticated," the statement reads. "In our transparency report we share how our teams plus automated systems are stopping the vast majority of fraudulent activity we detect in our community -- around 96% of fake accounts and around 99.1% of spam and scam."

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Source: Slashdot | 1 Oct 2022 | 3:15 pm UTC

How Private High Schools Keep the College Pay-to-Win Game Going

And it can be yours for just four yearly payments of $50,000!

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 3:00 pm UTC

There Is a Tax That Could Help With Inflation

The case for a progressive levy on consumption.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 3:00 pm UTC

The Supreme Court Has a Crisis of Trust

A court that does not keep the public’s trust cannot perform its critical role in American government.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 3:00 pm UTC

Amazon's Echo Show 5 drops to a new low of $35

Days after hosting a major hardware launch, Amazon is apparently having a sale on its older Echo devices. Among the deals, we noticed that both the Echo Show 5 and the larger Echo Show 8 have hit new record lows. The Echo Show 5, which went on sale last year for $85, is now down to $35, a 59 percent discount. The 8-inch model, meanwhile, is down to $70 after having debuted at $100.

Buy Echo Show 5 at Amazon - $35Buy Echo Show 8 at Amazon - $70

Both devices, but especially the Echo Show 8, were designed to be used as a possible alarm clock, with a sunrise alarm feature that gently wakes you up by slowly brightening the display. And, as you might expect, both devices offer the same suite of Alexa voice commands and integration with Ring smart home devices. Where the two devices differ most, obviously, is in size — and what rooms of the house where they were meant to live. 

The Echo Show 5 is primarily pitched as a bedside device, and in our review last year we praised its surprisingly decent audio quality (beyond just the ability to scare you awake). With the Echo Show 8, you get a modest 2-megapixel camera and 960 x 480 display, which we praised in our review for its overall quality and in particular the video calling experience. You might use it in the bedroom, sure, but we can also see it working in the kitchen or living room.

In the case of both devices, we said in our review that competing devices from the likes of Google offered an easier-to-navigate user interface. That might still be true, but it might be even less of a dealbreaker at such bargain-basement prices.

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Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 1 Oct 2022 | 3:00 pm UTC

Hitting the Books: What the wearables of tomorrow might look like

Apple's Watch Ultra, with its 2000-nit digital display and GPS capabilities, is a far cry from its Revolutionary War-era self-winding forebears. What sorts of wondrous body-mounted technologies might we see another hundred years hence? In his new book, The Skeptic's Guide to the Future, Dr. Steven Novella (with assists from his brothers, Bob and Jay Novella) examines the history of wearables and the technologies that enable them to extrapolate where further advances in flexible circuitry, wireless connectivity and thermoelectric power generation might lead.

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Excerpted from the book The Skeptics' Guide to the Future: What Yesterday's Science and Science Fiction Tell Us About the World of Tomorrow by Dr. Steven Novella, with Bob Novella and Jay Novella. Copyright © 2022 by SGU Productions, Inc. Reprinted with permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved. 

Technology that Enables Wearables

As the name implies, wearable technology is simply technology designed to be worn, so it will advance as technology in general advances. For example, as timekeeping technology progressed, so did the wristwatch, leading to the smartwatches of today. There are certain advances that lend themselves particularly to wearable technology. One such development is miniaturization.

The ability to make technology smaller is a general trend that benefits wearables by extending the number of technologies that are small enough to be conveniently and comfortably worn. We are all familiar by now with the incredible miniaturization in the electronics industry, and especially in computer chip technology. Postage-stamp-sized chips are now more powerful than computers that would have filled entire rooms in prior decades.

As is evidenced by the high-quality cameras on a typical smartphone, optical technology has already significantly miniaturized. There is ongoing research into tinier optics still, using metamaterials to produce telephoto and zoom lenses without the need for bulky glass.

“Nanotechnology” is now a collective buzzword for machines that are built at the microscopic scale (although technically it is much smaller still), and of course, nanotech will have incredible implications for wearables.

We are also at the dawn of flexible electronics, also called “flex circuits” and more collectively “flex tech.” This involves printing circuits onto a flexible plastic substrate, allowing for softer technology that moves as we move. Flexible technology can more easily be incorporated into clothing, even woven into its fabric. The advent of two-dimensional materials, like carbon nanotubes, which can form the basis of electronics and circuits, are also highly flexible. Organic circuits are yet another technology that allows for the circuits to be made of flexible material, rather than just printed on flexible material.

Circuits can also be directly printed onto the skin, as a tattoo, using conductive inks that can act as sensors. One company, Tech Tats, already offers one such tattoo for medical monitoring purposes. The ink is printed in the upper layers of the skin, so they are not permanent. They can monitor things like heart rate and communicate this information wirelessly to a smartphone.

Wearable electronics have to be powered. Small watch batteries already exist, but they have finite energy. Luckily there are a host of technologies being developed that can harvest small amounts of energy from the environment to power wearables (in addition to implantable devices and other small electronics). Perhaps the earliest example of this was the self-winding watch, the first evidence of which comes from 1776. Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet developed a pocket watch with a pendulum that would wind the watch from the movement of normal walking. Reportedly it took about fifteen minutes of walking to be fully wound.

There are also ways to generate electric power that are not just mechanical power. Four types of ambient energy exist in the environment—mechanical, thermal, radiant (e.g., sunlight), and chemical. Piezoelectric technology, for example, converts applied mechanical strain into electrical current. The mechanical force can come from the impact of your foot hitting the ground, or just from moving your limbs or even breathing. Quartz and bone are piezoelectric materials, but it can also be manufactured as barium titanate and lead zirconate titanate. Electrostatic and electromagnetic devices harvest mechanical energy in the form of vibrations.

There are thermoelectric generators that can produce electricity from differences in temperature. As humans are warm-blooded mammals, a significant amount of electricity can be created from the waste heat we constantly shed. There are also thermoelectric generators that are made from flexible material, combining flex tech with energy harvesting. This technology is mostly in the prototype phase right now. For example, in 2021, engineers published the development of a flexible thermoelectric generator made from an aerogel-silicone composite with embedded liquid metal conductors resulting in a flexible that could be worn on the wrist and could generate enough electricity to power a small device.

Ambient radiant energy in the form of sunlight can be converted to electricity through the photoelectric effect. This is the basis of solar panels, but small and flexible solar panels can be incorporated into wearable devices as well.

All of these energy-harvesting technologies can also double as sensing technology—they can sense heat, light, vibration, or mechanical strain and produce a signal in response. Tiny self-powered sensors can therefore be ubiquitous in our technology.

The Future of Wearable Tech

The technology already exists, or is on the cusp, to have small, flexible, self-powered, and durable electronic devices and sensors, incorporated with wireless technology and advanced miniaturized digital technology. We therefore can convert existing tools and devices into wearable versions, or use them to explore new options for wearable tech. We also can increasingly incorporate digital technology into our clothing, jewelry, and wearable equipment. This means that wearable tech will likely increasingly shift from passive objects to active technology integrated into the rest of our digital lives.

There are some obvious applications here, even though it is difficult to predict what people will find useful versus annoying or simply useless. Smartphones have already become smartwatches, or they can pair together for extended functionality. Google Glass is an early attempt at incorporating computer technology into wearable glasses, and we know how it has been received.

If we extrapolate this technology, one manifestation is that the clothing and gear we already wear can be converted into electronic devices we already use, or they can be enhanced with new functionality that replaces or supports existing devices.

We may, for example, continue to use a smartphone as the hub of our portable electronics. Perhaps that smartphone will be connected not only to wireless earbuds as they are now, but also to a wireless monitor built into glasses, or sensors that monitor health vitals or daily activity. Potentially, the phone could communicate with any device on the planet, so it could automatically contact your doctor’s office regarding any concerning changes, or contact emergency services if appropriate.

Portable cameras could also monitor and record the environment, not just for documenting purposes but also to direct people to desired locations or services, or contact the police if a crime or disaster is in progress.

As our appliances increasingly become part of the “internet of things,” we too will become part of that internet through what we wear, or what’s printed on or implanted beneath our skin. We might, in a very real sense, become part of our home, office, workplace, or car, as one integrated technological whole.

We’ve mostly been considering day-to-day life, but there will also be wearable tech for special occupations and situations. An extreme version of this is exosuits for industrial or military applications. Think Iron Man, although that level of tech is currently fantasy. There is no portable power source that can match Iron Man’s arc reactor, and there doesn’t appear to be any place to store the massive amounts of propellant necessary to fly as he does.

More realistic versions of industrial exosuits are already a reality and will only get better. A better sci-fi analogy might be the loader exo-suit worn by Ripley in Aliens. Powered metal exosuits for construction workers have been in development for decades. The earliest example is the Hardiman, developed by General Electric between 1965 and 1971. That project essentially failed and the Hardiman was never used, but since then development has continued. Applications have mostly been medical, such as helping people with paralysis walk. Industrial uses are still minimal and do not yet include whole-body suits. However, such suits can theoretically greatly enhance the strength of workers, allowing them to carry heavy loads. They could also incorporate tools they would normally use, such as rivet guns and welders.

Military applications for powered exosuits would likely include armor, visual aids such as infrared or night-vision goggles, weapons and targeting systems, and communications. Such exosuits could turn a single soldier into not just enhanced infantry, but also a tank, artillery, communications, medic, and mule for supplies.

Military development might also push technology for built-in emergency medical protocols. A suit could automatically apply pressure to a wound to reduce bleeding. There are already pressure pants that prevent shock by helping to maintain blood pressure. More ambitious tech could automatically inject drugs to counteract chemical warfare, increase blood pressure, reduce pain, or prevent infection. These could be controlled by either onboard AI or remotely by a battlefield medic who is monitoring the soldiers under their watch and taking actions remotely through their suits.

Once this kind of technology matures, it can then trickle down to civilian applications. Someone with life-threatening allergies could carry epinephrine on them to be injected, or they could wear an autoinjector that will dose them as necessary, or be remotely triggered by an emergency medical responder.

Everything discussed so far is an extrapolation from existing technology, and these more mature applications are feasible within fifty years or so. What about the far future? This is likely where nanotechnology comes in. Imagine wearing a nanosuit that fits like a second skin but that is made from programmable and reconfigurable material. It can form any mundane physical object you might need, on command. Essentially, the suit would be every tool ever made.

You could also change your fashion on demand. Go from casual in the morning to business casual for a meeting and then formal for a dinner party without ever changing your clothes. Beyond mere fashion, this could be programmable cosplay—do you want to be a pirate, or a werewolf? More practically, such a nanoskin could be well ventilated when it’s warm and then puff out for good insulation when it’s cold. In fact, it could automatically adjust your skin temperature for maximal comfort.

Such material can be soft and comfortable, but bunch up and become hard when it encounters force, essentially functioning as highly effective armor. If you are injured, it could stem bleeding, maintain pressure, even do chest compressions if necessary. In fact, once such a second skin becomes widely adopted, life without it may quickly become unimaginable and scary.

Wearable technology may become the ultimate in small or portable technology because of the convenience and effectiveness of being able to carry it around with us. As shown, many of the technologies we are discussing might converge on wearable technology, which is a good reminder that when we try to imagine the future, we cannot simply extrapolate one technology but must consider how all technology will interact. We may be making our wearables out of 2D materials, powered by AI and robotic technology, with a brain-machine interface that we use for virtual reality. We may also be creating customized wearables with additive manufacturing, using our home 3D printer.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 1 Oct 2022 | 2:30 pm UTC

Ukraine war: Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant chief detained by Russians - Kyiv

The boss of Europe's biggest nuclear plant was blindfolded and led away by Russian troops, Ukraine says.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 2:26 pm UTC

Putin’s Speech Just Told Us His Ukraine War Plans

Amid the bluster and veiled threats, the president made three distinct points that form a blueprint for war and peace.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 2:25 pm UTC

Muldoon: Children with disabilities not included enough

The Ombudsman for Children has said there is not enough being done to facilitate and include children with disabilities.

Source: News Headlines | 1 Oct 2022 | 2:24 pm UTC

Researchers Use Fluid Dynamics To Spot Artificial Imposter Voices

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Conversation: To detect audio deepfakes, we and our research colleagues at the University of Florida have developed a technique that measures the acoustic and fluid dynamic differences between voice samples created organically by human speakers and those generated synthetically by computers. The first step in differentiating speech produced by humans from speech generated by deepfakes is understanding how to acoustically model the vocal tract. Luckily scientists have techniques to estimate what someone -- or some being such as a dinosaur -- would sound like based on anatomical measurements of its vocal tract. We did the reverse. By inverting many of these same techniques, we were able to extract an approximation of a speaker's vocal tract during a segment of speech. This allowed us to effectively peer into the anatomy of the speaker who created the audio sample. From here, we hypothesized that deepfake audio samples would fail to be constrained by the same anatomical limitations humans have. In other words, the analysis of deepfaked audio samples simulated vocal tract shapes that do not exist in people. Our testing results not only confirmed our hypothesis but revealed something interesting. When extracting vocal tract estimations from deepfake audio, we found that the estimations were often comically incorrect. For instance, it was common for deepfake audio to result in vocal tracts with the same relative diameter and consistency as a drinking straw, in contrast to human vocal tracts, which are much wider and more variable in shape. This realization demonstrates that deepfake audio, even when convincing to human listeners, is far from indistinguishable from human-generated speech. By estimating the anatomy responsible for creating the observed speech, it's possible to identify the whether the audio was generated by a person or a computer.

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Source: Slashdot | 1 Oct 2022 | 2:14 pm UTC

Panic, Bribes, Ditched Cars and a Dash on Foot: Portraits of Flight From Russia

A mountain pass into Georgia has become a choke point for Russians fleeing the country, many of them men who faced being drafted and sent to fight in Ukraine.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 1:31 pm UTC

Uvalde families stand with Beto O’Rourke amid Republican silence on gun reform

Families of those killed in May school shooting support Democrat in race against Texas governor Greg Abbott

A small photo of Jacklyn Casarez, one of the children killed during the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, in May, graced the front of a greeting card held by Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, who visited a Rio Grande Valley park Friday morning before the one and only staged debate with incumbent governor Greg Abbott.

“Maybe you don’t consider yourself a political person,” Kimberly Rubio, whose 10-year-old daughter Lexi was also killed in the 24 May shooting at Robb elementary, said Friday during a pre-debate news conference.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 1:28 pm UTC

In China, Living Not ‘With Covid,’ but With ‘Zero Covid’

The country’s strict coronavirus restrictions dictate the patterns of daily life, like waiting in line for frequent Covid tests and stocking up on extra groceries in case of lockdown.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 1:16 pm UTC

Living in direct provision can lead to children feeling a stigma that makes integration difficult, migrants say

Some 24 migrants say they find Cork a welcoming city but still warn about the dangers of discrimination

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 1 Oct 2022 | 1:08 pm UTC

Recommended Reading: Behind the wheel of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV first drive: Better because it's bigger?

John Beltz Snyder, Autoblog

Our colleagues at Autoblog have some in-depth analysis of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV via Snyder's first drive experience. While it's similar to the EQS sedan, Snyder argues the SUV variant will likely be more popular. 

Your smart thermostat isn’t here to help you

Ian Bogost, The Atlantic

A recent study found that smart thermostats don't really save you money because you're more likely to use the convenience of quick adjustments on your phone. So why are energy providers subsidizing them for customers? They're gathering that sweet data and maybe even throttling your power consumption (with permission). Bogost argues that convenience is still worth it, especially when you don't have to get out of bed to make yourself comfy. 

America's throwaway spies

Joel Schectman and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin, Reuters

This in-depth report examines how the US intelligence failed its informants in Iran while it fought a covert war with Tehran. "A faulty CIA covert communications system" made it easy for Iranian officials to find sources, even if they had been otherwise careful about their work. 

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 1 Oct 2022 | 1:00 pm UTC

Backing Lindt, Swiss Court Orders Lidl to ‘Destroy’ Its Chocolate Bunnies

With Easter still far away, there are none to melt down. But the decision opened a door on the bunny-eat-bunny world of European chocolatiers.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 1 Oct 2022 | 1:00 pm UTC

High-Severity Microsoft Exchange 0-Day Under Attack Threatens 220,000 Servers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Microsoft late Thursday confirmed the existence of two critical vulnerabilities in its Exchange application that have already compromised multiple servers and pose a serious risk to an estimated 220,000 more around the world. The currently unpatched security flaws have been under active exploit since early August, when Vietnam-based security firm GTSC discovered customer networks had been infected with malicious webshells and that the initial entry point was some sort of Exchange vulnerability. The mystery exploit looked almost identical to an Exchange zero-day from 2021 called ProxyShell, but the customers' servers had all been patched against the vulnerability, which is tracked as CVE-2021-34473. Eventually, the researchers discovered the unknown hackers were exploiting a new Exchange vulnerability. Wednesday's GTSC post said the attackers are exploiting the zero-day to infect servers with webshells, a text interface that allows them to issue commands. These webshells contain simplified Chinese characters, leading the researchers to speculate the hackers are fluent in Chinese. Commands issued also bear the signature of the China Chopper, a webshell commonly used by Chinese-speaking threat actors, including several advanced persistent threat groups known to be backed by the People's Republic of China. GTSC went on to say that the malware the threat actors eventually install emulates Microsoft's Exchange Web Service. It also makes a connection to the IP address 137[.]184[.]67[.]33, which is hardcoded in the binary. Independent researcher Kevin Beaumont said the address hosts a fake website with only a single user with one minute of login time and has been active only since August. The malware then sends and receives data that's encrypted with an RC4 encryption key that's generated at runtime. Beaumont went on to say that the backdoor malware appears to be novel, meaning this is the first time it has been used in the wild. People running on-premises Exchange servers "should apply a blocking rule that prevents servers from accepting known attack patterns," reports Ars. The rule can be found in Microsoft's advisory. "For the time being, Microsoft also recommends people block HTTP port 5985 and HTTPS port 5986, which attackers need to exploit CVE-2022-41082."

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Source: Slashdot | 1 Oct 2022 | 1:00 pm UTC

Formula 1 budget cap row: Mercedes and Ferrari comments 'unacceptable' - Red Bull

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says he is "absolutely confident" his team did not breach Formula 1's budget cap in 2021.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 12:37 pm UTC

‘Women, life, liberty’: Iranian civil rights protests spread worldwide

Demonstrations in string of major cities in solidarity with protests sparked by death of Mahsa Amini in police custody

Worldwide protests were being held on Saturday in solidarity with the growing uprising in Iran demanding greater freedom and protesting against the death of Mahsa Amini following her arrest by Iranian morality police.

Demonstrations under the slogan “Women, life, liberty” took place in many major cities, including Auckland, London, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney and Zurich.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 12:32 pm UTC

Our ancestors ate a Paleo diet. It had carbs

Enlarge / A young Hadza bushman making an arrow for a hunting bow. (credit: chuvipro via Getty Images)

What did people eat for dinner tens of thousands of years ago? Many advocates of the so-called Paleo diet will tell you that our ancestors’ plates were heavy on meat and low on carbohydrates—and that, as a result, we have evolved to thrive on this type of nutritional regimen.

The diet is named after the Paleolithic era, a period dating from about 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago when early humans were hunting and gathering, rather than farming. Herman Pontzer, an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University and author of Burn, a book about the science of metabolism, says it’s a myth that everyone of this time subsisted on meat-heavy diets. Studies show that rather than a single diet, prehistoric people’s eating habits were remarkably variable and were influenced by a number of factors, such as climate, location and season.

In the 2021 Annual Review of Nutrition, Pontzer and his colleague Brian Wood, of the University of California, Los Angeles, describe what we can learn about the eating habits of our ancestors by studying modern hunter-gatherer populations like the Hadza in northern Tanzania and the Aché in Paraguay. In an interview with Knowable Magazine, Pontzer explains what makes the Hadza’s surprisingly seasonal, diverse diets so different from popular notions of ancient meals.

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Source: Ars Technica - All content | 1 Oct 2022 | 12:05 pm UTC

Winter will see more people flee Ukraine, says MP

A Ukrainian MP has said she believes that many more refugees will flee Ukraine to other parts of Europe this winter "to physically survive" when the cold weather sets in.

Source: News Headlines | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:54 am UTC

Tesla boss Elon Musk presents humanoid robot Optimus

The tech billionaire claims the robot will change the future of physical work.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:39 am UTC

UK's top black politician misidentified by paper

The Mirror newspaper apologises after mistaking another man for the chancellor in an online story.

Source: BBC News - Home | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:29 am UTC

The era of fast, cheap genome sequencing is here

Enlarge / Illumina says its NovaSeq X machine will get the price of sequencing down to $200 per human genome. (credit: Illumina)

The human genome is made of more than 6 billion letters, and each person has a unique configuration of As, Cs, Gs, and Ts—the molecular building blocks that make up DNA. Determining the sequence of all those letters used to take vast amounts of money, time, and effort. The Human Genome Project took 13 years and thousands of researchers. The final cost: $2.7 billion.

That 1990 project kicked off the age of genomics, helping scientists unravel genetic drivers of cancer and many inherited diseases while spurring the development of at-home DNA tests, among other advances. Next, researchers started sequencing more genomes: from animals, plants, bacteria, and viruses. Ten years ago, it cost about $10,000 for researchers to sequence a human genome. A few years ago, that fell to $1,000. Today, it’s about $600.

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Source: Ars Technica - All content | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:17 am UTC

Brazil's election could determine the fate of the Amazon after record deforestation

Under President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for reelection in Sunday's vote, forest clearing and wildfires have surged in the Amazon.

(Image credit: Bruno Kelly for NPR)

Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:01 am UTC

Irish unification would cost €4bn a year not €10bn - research finds

Ireland’s Future document says true cost of unification not Earth-shattering in context of Government spending

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:01 am UTC

Russia accused of 'kidnapping' head of Ukraine nuclear plant

Russian forces seized the director-general of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant on Friday, Ukrainian state nuclear company Energoatom said.

(Image credit: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:00 am UTC

Campaign signs influence how we vote more than you might realize

Especially in local races, political signs can drive name recognition in important ways. In one study, they even helped elevate a fictitious candidate to near the front of the pack.

(Image credit: Jonathan Mattise/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 11:00 am UTC

Demand has outstripped supply in health service - IHCA

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said there is a widespread acceptance that demand has outstripped supply in the health service.

Source: News Headlines | 1 Oct 2022 | 10:14 am UTC

An Arizona judge won't suspend her ruling that halted abortions in the state

An Arizona judge on Friday declined to put her order that allowed enforcement of a pre-statehood law making it a crime to provide an abortion on hold.

(Image credit: Matt York/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 10:02 am UTC

With Ukraine at war, officials hope to bring tourism back to areas away from fighting

The war displaced millions of Ukrainians. But officials are trying to entice citizens to travel around the country for pleasure again.

(Image credit: Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 10:00 am UTC

DeSantis’s pleas for hurricane aid raise hackles amid vast partisan divide

The Florida governor, having spent millions on migrant stunt, now passes the hat for disaster relief

Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, has become a familiar, and to some a reassuring, face on numerous television channels through the traumatic aftermath of Hurricane Ian’s rampage through the state.

But the near-constant presence of the Republican, who in less chaotic times limits his on-screen appearances largely to the Fox News faithful, is not sitting comfortably with others, nor are his appeals for public contributions for hurricane relief while he is using taxpayers’ money for “political stunts”.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 10:00 am UTC

Blackout After Drone Food Delivery Crashes Into Powerlines

AmiMoJo shares a report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): Thousands of people were left without power after a food delivery drone crashed into powerlines yesterday in what has been described as a "first" by Energex. Energex spokesman Danny Donald told ABC Radio Brisbane people in Browns Plains, south of Brisbane, and the immediate surrounds lost power yesterday after a drone carrying food hit the network about 2pm. Energex restored power for about 2,000 customers within 45 minutes, while 300 customers in the immediate vicinity of that drone were without power for three hours. "The meal was still hot inside the drone's delivery box when the crew got there," Mr Donald said. "While this is a different circumstance, it's no different to the previous generation flying kites," Mr Donald added. "Fifteen years ago, we asked people to be careful if they were giving their children kites for Christmas and where they were flying them. Now we're asking parents to be very careful with where their kids fly their drones."

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Source: Slashdot | 1 Oct 2022 | 10:00 am UTC

Gone in a day: Ethical hackers say it would take mere hours to empty your network

300 red teamers walk into a bar…

Once they've broken into an IT environment, most intruders need less than five hours to collect and steal sensitive data, according to a SANS Institute survey of more than 300 ethical hackers. …

Source: The Register | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:57 am UTC

Thinking Anew: Increase our faith

Faith can never be static

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:06 am UTC

What it's like serving a life sentence in prison with no chance of release

When Calvin Duncan was 19 years old, he was arrested for a murder he didn't commit. Now, he's helping to tell the stories of other men who have found themselves behind bars for life.

(Image credit: The Visiting Room Project)

Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:01 am UTC

In the wake of Hurricane Ian's destruction, Floridians are picking up the pieces

Days after Category 4 Hurricane Ian came ashore near the tony seaside community, residents are taking stock and trying to put their lives back together.

(Image credit: Scott Neuman/NPR)

Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:00 am UTC

A bad year for Wall Street gets even worse, as stock markets finish September down

Amid heightened uncertainty about the global economy, all three U.S. indexes are in a bear market as the third quarter comes to a close.

(Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:00 am UTC

Jackson, Miss., residents struggle with basic needs as the water crisis disrupts life

Residents in the predominantly Black city confront chronic water system outages that have them finding ways to function without a basic public service – safe and reliable drinking water.

(Image credit: Emily Kask for NPR)

Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:00 am UTC

How local and national leaders are tested by major natural disasters

If handled well, storms like Hurricane Ian can cement politicians' images as community leaders — competent and trusted to help constituents get what they need. If mishandled, they can mar legacies.

(Image credit: Carlos Osorio for NPR)

Source: News : NPR | 1 Oct 2022 | 9:00 am UTC

United Ireland must be a compromise - Varadkar

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told a conference to discuss options for Irish unity that there was a responsibility to ensure that the dream of a new Ireland did not become someone else's nightmare.

Source: News Headlines | 1 Oct 2022 | 8:35 am UTC

NASA eyes November for launch attempt of Moon rocket

NASA has said it would try to launch its Moon mega-rocket in November, although it would not commit to a precise date for the much-delayed Artemis 1 mission.

Source: News Headlines | 1 Oct 2022 | 8:01 am UTC

Fake vibrating teeth could make great hearing aids

Wait, wait, hear us out

Prosthetic teeth turn out to be effective carriers of vibrations, making them suitable as potential hearing aids.…

Source: The Register | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:34 am UTC

Zelensky pledges to retake more of eastern Ukraine

Russia said its troops had abandoned the key town of Lyman in occupied eastern Ukraine, a stinging defeat that prompted a close ally of President Vladimir Putin to call for the possible use of low-grade nuclear weapons.

Source: News Headlines | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:30 am UTC

NASA and SpaceX Are Studying a Hubble Telescope Boost, Adding 15 To 20 Years of Life

NASA announced Thursday that it plans to study the possibility of using SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicle to boost the aging Hubble Space Telescope into a higher orbit. Ars Technica reports: The federal agency has signed a "Space Act Agreement" with SpaceX to conduct a six-month study to determine the practicability of Dragon docking with the 32-year-old telescope and boosting it into a higher orbit. The study is not exclusive, meaning that other companies can propose similar concepts with alternative rockets and spacecraft. [...] Among the questions the new Hubble study will answer is the cost of such a mission and its technical feasibility. The principal goal is to boost Hubble's altitude from its current level of 535 km to 600 km, the same altitude it was at when first launched in 1990. Since the fifth and final servicing mission in 2009, Hubble has slowly been losing altitude, and this process is expected to accelerate as the telescope gets lower. The telescope's project manager, Patrick Crouse, said during a teleconference with reporters that in absence of a re-boost mission, NASA might have to launch a propulsion module to the telescope by the end of the 2020s. This would ensure Hubble makes a controlled reentry into Earth's atmosphere and lands in the Pacific Ocean. A Dragon mission to boost Hubble's altitude could add 15 or even 20 years of orbital lifetime, Crouse said. The study will also look at potential servicing options, although nothing like the detailed instrument replacements and major upgrades performed during Hubble servicing missions with NASA's space shuttle. Rather, engineers from NASA and SpaceX will assess the feasibility of replacing the gyroscopes that control the pointing of the telescope. Only three of the spacecraft's six gyroscopes remain in working order.

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Source: Slashdot | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:00 am UTC

As December switch looms, what then for Micheál Martin?

It is uncharted territory - a job swap at the top of Government halfway through its lifetime.

Source: News Headlines | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:00 am UTC

Cork caterer serves up zero waste wedding menus

A Co Cork caterer is devising and delivering zero waste wedding menus for climate-conscious couples.

Source: News Headlines | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:00 am UTC

Third-level students react to Budget 2023

Did Budget 2023 do enough for third-level students who are struggling with a cost-of-living crisis as well as an accommodation crisis?

Source: News Headlines | 1 Oct 2022 | 7:00 am UTC

‘Our entire community is wiped out’: low-income Americans likely to be hit hardest by Hurricane Ian

After the storm knocked out power and destroyed property, people scramble for shelter, funds and news of the missing

For Connie Irvin, 82, and her partner, Cheryl Lange, the cost of Hurricane Ian’s devastating tear across Florida was clear. “Our entire community is wiped out,” said Irvin.

The pair lost their mobile home on Sanibel Island off the state’s west coast and are now homeless, staying in a motel inland about 35 miles away near Naples, Florida, that currently has no electricity.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 1 Oct 2022 | 6:30 am UTC

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