'Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty' debuts on smartphones

If you’re looking for a premium mobile game without in-app purchases, there’s good news: Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty has arrived on iOS, Android and NVIDIA Shield. The 2014 console game, based on Lorne Lanning’s Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee has been re-purpos…

Source: Engadget – ‘Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty’ debuts on smartphones

Two African Penguins Are About to Hatch and You Can Watch Live

You might think that Gizmodo isn’t typically a cute animal blog. But there are currently a pair of penguin eggs at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh that are about to hatch, under the watchful eyes of adorable penguin parents Sidney and Bette. And you can watch it live.

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Minecraft was Destroying the Internet Even Before Ajit Pai

This is quite a long read over at Wired, but it is incredibly interesting if you are into network security. Long story short, it all started with some geeks trying to bring down competitive Minecraft servers were the guys responsible for all sorts of DDoS attacks last year.



THE MOST DRAMATIC cybersecurity story of 2016 came to a quiet conclusion Friday in an Anchorage courtroom, as three young American computer savants pleaded guilty to masterminding an unprecedented botnet—powered by unsecured internet-of-things devices like security cameras and wireless routers—that unleashed sweeping attacks on key internet services around the globe last fall. What drove them wasn’t anarchist politics or shadowy ties to a nation-state. It was Minecraft.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Minecraft was Destroying the Internet Even Before Ajit Pai

Attackers Deploy 'Triton' Malware Against Industrial Safety Equipment

wiredmikey writes: A new piece of malware designed to target industrial control systems (ICS) has been used in an attack aimed at a critical infrastructure organization, FireEye said on Thursday. The malware, which has been dubbed “Triton,” is designed to target Schneider Electric’s Triconex Safety Instrumented System (SIS) controllers, which are used to monitor the state of a process and restore it to a safe state or safely shut it down if parameters indicate a potentially hazardous situation. The investigation found that the attackers shut down operations after causing the SIS controllers to initiate a safe shutdown, but they may have done it inadvertently while trying to determine how they could cause physical damage.

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New York City Wants to Audit the Powerful Algorithms That Control Our Lives

New York City will be among the first cities in the US to earnestly tackle black box algorithms, the automated decision-making systems that are rarely made public, but have greater and greater influence over lives. A bill passed by the city council this week orders the creation of a local task force to monitor and…

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Source: Gizmodo – New York City Wants to Audit the Powerful Algorithms That Control Our Lives

Alibaba will sell cars with a vehicle vending machine

Chinese internet ecommerce giant Alibaba is still breaking online shopping records, but it’s begun veering into physical sales, too. That the company is reportedly planning a shopping mall is in their retail wheelhouse, but last week’s news was furth…

Source: Engadget – Alibaba will sell cars with a vehicle vending machine

Deadspin The NFL Is Gonna Fuck With Everything This Offseason | Jezebel Details in Child Sex Complai

Deadspin The NFL Is Gonna Fuck With Everything This Offseason | Jezebel Details in Child Sex Complaint Against Rapper 6ix9ine Contradict His Public Comments | Earther What Ancient Rome Can Teach Us About Climate Disasters | Splinter Where a Life-Saving Needle Exchange Operates in the Shadow of the Law | The Root The…

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The Doctor Who Branded a Patient's Liver With His Initials Just Pled Guilty to Doing It Twice

Some people commemorate time spent together by etching their names onto an old tree or desk; others might get matching tattoos; and some just send a card. None of these gestures of love and camaraderie were enough for British surgeon Simon Bramhall, who burned his initials into at least two of his patients’ livers.

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Source: Gizmodo – The Doctor Who Branded a Patient’s Liver With His Initials Just Pled Guilty to Doing It Twice

State attorneys general line up to sue FCC over net neutrality repeal

Enlarge / Demonstrators rally outside the Federal Communication Commission building to protest against the end of net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla)

Attorneys general from “across the country” will sue the Federal Communications Commission in an attempt to reverse today’s repeal of net neutrality rules.

“Today, I am announcing my intention to file a legal challenge to the FCC’s decision to roll back net neutrality, along with attorneys general across the country,” Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. “We will be filing a petition for review in the coming days. Allowing Internet service providers to discriminate based on content undermines a free and open Internet. Today’s action will seriously harm consumers, innovation, and small businesses.”

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading the multi-state effort.

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Source: Ars Technica – State attorneys general line up to sue FCC over net neutrality repeal

Speedtest shows global internet speeds are up this past year

While Netflix and Google both have new internet speed tests on offer, Ookla’s Speedtest is still the grandaddy of them all. Last August, it launched the Speedtest Global Index, a tool that surfaces internet speeds around the world, helping you see ho…

Source: Engadget – Speedtest shows global internet speeds are up this past year

Interview With A Professional Mountain Unicyclist

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This is a video interview with and extreme footage of professional mountain unicyclist Lutz Eichholz. So, the next time some Debbie Downer tries to tell you that you’ll never grow up to be whatever it is you want to be, you just tell them that professional mountain unicyclists exist, and they can go eat shit.

Imagine shredding down some of the world’s most dangerous peaks–all on one wheel. Lutz Eichholz is a professional mountain unicyclist taking the unicycle to places it’s never been. His passion for downhill riding has taken him around the world, taking on mountains across five continents. For Eichholz, there’s nothing quite as spectacular as seeing the world from the seat of a unicycle.

“There’s nothing quite as spectacular as seeing the world from the seat of a unicycle?” I don’t mean to nitpick, but wouldn’t that be the exact same view from the seat of a bicycle except without the handlebars and streamers? Regardless, you know where I think the most spectacular view of the world would be from? “A space station with your hand hovering over the big red DESTROY button?” You get me, you really do.

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Source: Geekologie – Interview With A Professional Mountain Unicyclist

PSA: AIM Will Be Discontinued Tomorrow

Cutting_Crew writes: Along with Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger and ICQ, I used AIM extensively (without an AOL subscription of course). AIM will finally come to a halt on December 15th, 2017, as reported a few months ago and explained in AOL fashion over on their website.
I remember using AIM to keep in touch with friends, co-workers and yes, even tried dating back in the day using the “looking for love” feature not only available to AOL subscribers but also extended to AIM users as well. Any memories you want to share? Speak now, or forever hold your peace.

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DOD shows components proving Iran provided missiles fired at Saudi Arabia

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Source: Ars Technica – DOD shows components proving Iran provided missiles fired at Saudi Arabia

Shervin Pishevar Resigns from High-Profile VC Firm Following Sexual Assault Allegations

Shervin Pishevar released a statement on Thursday announcing his resignation from Sherpa Capital, “effective immediately.” The venture capitalist had taken a leave of absence from the firm earlier this month, following a report detailing sexual harassment and assault allegations made against him. In both statements,…

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Source: Gizmodo – Shervin Pishevar Resigns from High-Profile VC Firm Following Sexual Assault Allegations

Google researchers use AI to spot distant exoplanets

Hunting for exoplanets is a very data-intensive and time-consuming task. Sifting through piles of data to find subtle signs of distant planets takes quite a lot of work, but researchers at Google have been developing a way to use AI to make the proce…

Source: Engadget – Google researchers use AI to spot distant exoplanets

Preliminary Scan Suggests This Interstellar Visitor Is Not an Alien Spaceship

On October 19, 2017, astronomers witnessed the first known interstellar asteroid—a bizarre, cigar-shaped rock that, just as quickly as it entered into our Solar System, exited in a hurry. Not satisfied that ‘Oumuamua, as it’s been named, is just an odd asteroid, astronomers from Breakthrough Listen recently tuned…

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Source: Gizmodo – Preliminary Scan Suggests This Interstellar Visitor Is Not an Alien Spaceship

Wirecutter's best deals: Save $30 on an NVIDIA Shield TV

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list…

Source: Engadget – Wirecutter’s best deals: Save on an NVIDIA Shield TV

Now That Net Neutrality’s Dead, Here Are The ISPs You Can Choose From

Today, the Federal Communications Commission, in a 3-2 vote spearheaded by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Michael O’Rielly and Brendan Carr, repealed the Obama-era legislation deeming broadband internet a Title II utility. In short, the FCC has voted to relinquish the ability to regulate ISPs, giving…

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Source: LifeHacker – Now That Net Neutrality’s Dead, Here Are The ISPs You Can Choose From

EFF: Accessing Publicly Available Information On the Internet Is Not a Crime

An anonymous reader quotes a report from EFF: EFF is fighting another attempt by a giant corporation to take advantage of our poorly drafted federal computer crime statute for commercial advantage — without any regard for the impact on the rest of us. This time the culprit is LinkedIn. The social networking giant wants violations of its corporate policy against using automated scripts to access public information on its website to count as felony “hacking” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a 1986 federal law meant to criminalize breaking into private computer systems to access non-public information.

EFF, together with our friends DuckDuckGo and the Internet Archive, have urged the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject LinkedIn’s request to transform the CFAA from a law meant to target “hacking” into a tool for enforcing its computer use policies. Using automated scripts to access publicly available data is not “hacking,” and neither is violating a website’s terms of use. LinkedIn would have the court believe that all “bots” are bad, but they’re actually a common and necessary part of the Internet. “Good bots” were responsible for 23 percent of Web traffic in 2016. Using them to access publicly available information on the open Internet should not be punishable by years in federal prison. LinkedIn’s position would undermine open access to information online, a hallmark of today’s Internet, and threaten socially valuable bots that journalists, researchers, and Internet users around the world rely on every day — all in the name of preserving LinkedIn’s advantage over a competing service. The Ninth Circuit should make sure that doesn’t happen.

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Source: Slashdot – EFF: Accessing Publicly Available Information On the Internet Is Not a Crime