Fund Your Favorite Open-Source Projects Using Github's New Sponsorship Program

We’re big fans of open source software and the ethos of freedom, security, and transparency that often drives such projects. But software development and upkeep are not cheap, and even the most capable open source developers need help now and again. Luckily, Github just made it a lot easier to directly support…

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Source: LifeHacker – Fund Your Favorite Open-Source Projects Using Github’s New Sponsorship Program

US charges Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act

Federal prosecutors have charged WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange with 17 more criminal counts, including accusations that he violated the Espionage Act. The US charged him last month with conspiracy to commit computer hacking following his arrest…

Source: Engadget – US charges Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act

Julian Assange Charged in 18-Count Indictment For WikiLeaks Disclosures

Julian Assange was charged Thursday in an 18-count superseding indictment for his role in orchestrating the 2010 WikiLeaks disclosures, described by the U.S. government as “one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.” From a report: According to the Justice Department, the new charges from a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia allege that “Assange’s actions risked serious harm to United States national security to the benefit of our adversaries.” According to the DOJ announcement, Assange faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on each charge with the exception of one charge related to conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. Assange was previously indicted in April on a single-count conspiracy to commit computer intrusion charge for his role in Chelsea Manning’s disclosure of classified materials made public by WikiLeaks in 2010, which the government has called “one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.”

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Source: Slashdot – Julian Assange Charged in 18-Count Indictment For WikiLeaks Disclosures

Purdue infiltrated WHO, manipulated opioid policies to boost sales, report finds

Purdue sign outside a large glass building.

Enlarge / Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, are facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company’s alleged role in the opioid epidemic. (credit: Getty | Drew Angerer)

Infamous OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma used front organizations and sponsored research to deceive the World Health Organization and corrupt global public health policies with the goal of boosting international opioid sales and profits, according to a Congressional report(PDF) released Thursday, May 22.

The investigation identified two WHO guidance documents that appear to parrot some of Purdue’s misleading and outright false marketing claims about the safety and efficacy of their highly addictive opioids.

The findings, released by Reps. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), land as the country is still grappling with an epidemic of opioid abuse and overdoses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdoses kill an average of 130 Americans every day.

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Source: Ars Technica – Purdue infiltrated WHO, manipulated opioid policies to boost sales, report finds

The Very Best Xbox Controller Now Has Swappable Paddles, Thumbsticks, and Even Faceplates

Microsoft or Sony don’t make the best controllers for your Xbox or PlayStation. Instead, they’re made by Scuf, a company that produces high-end customizable controllers intended for competitive gaming and people who want the best experience. So when the company announces a new super customizable Xbox One controller,…

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Source: Gizmodo – The Very Best Xbox Controller Now Has Swappable Paddles, Thumbsticks, and Even Faceplates

Ubuntu 19.10 To Bundle NVIDIA's Proprietary Driver Packages As Part Of Its ISO

For Ubuntu 19.10 the developers are adding the NVIDIA driver packages onto the ISO. The NVIDIA binary drivers won’t be activated by default, but will be present on the install media to make it easier to enable post-install…

Source: Phoronix – Ubuntu 19.10 To Bundle NVIDIA’s Proprietary Driver Packages As Part Of Its ISO

Scuf debuts a modular alternative to the Xbox Elite controller

Last year, Scuf introduced its Vantage customizable PS4 controller. It offered PlayStation fans a more comfortable grip and the ability to increase speed by cutting down on hand movements. Now, Scuf is ready to unveil a controller for Xbox One, the P…

Source: Engadget – Scuf debuts a modular alternative to the Xbox Elite controller

Daigo’s New Controller Causes A Stir In The Fighting Game Community

Daigo Umehara is arguably the most popular fighting game player of all time. As such, eyes will always be on him when it comes to high-level play. The legendary Japanese competitor caused a stir recently by announcing his plans to try out an unconventional hit box controller instead of his traditional arcade stick at…

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Source: Kotaku – Daigo’s New Controller Causes A Stir In The Fighting Game Community

Amazon considered letting Alexa listen to you without a wake word

A patent made public today and filed by Amazon would allow the company’s voice assistant Alexa to start recording audio before users say a “wake word.” According to the patent, it would allow users to more naturally communicate with their devices, sa…

Source: Engadget – Amazon considered letting Alexa listen to you without a wake word

Snapchat Employees Abused Data Access To Spy on Users

Several departments inside social media giant Snap have dedicated tools for accessing user data, and multiple employees have abused their privileged access to spy on Snapchat users, Motherboard reported on Thursday. From the report: Two former employees said multiple Snap employees abused their access to Snapchat user data several years ago. Those sources, as well as an additional two former employees, a current employee, and a cache of internal company emails obtained by Motherboard, described internal tools that allowed Snap employees at the time to access user data, including in some cases location information, their own saved Snaps and personal information such as phone numbers and email addresses. Snaps are photos or videos that, if not saved, typically disappear after being received (or after 24 hours if posted to a user’s Story). […] Although Snap has introduced strict access controls to user data and takes abuse and user privacy very seriously according to several sources, the news highlights something that many users may forget: behind the products we use everyday there are people with access to highly sensitive customer data, who need it to perform essential work on the service. But, without proper protections in place, those same people may abuse it to spy on user’s private information or profiles.

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Source: Slashdot – Snapchat Employees Abused Data Access To Spy on Users

The U.S. Cities With the Most Deaths From Air Pollution

Decreasing levels of air pollution in the U.S. have led to fewer deaths and illnesses, according to a new report out this week. But there are pockets of the country, namely Los Angeles, where air pollution kills thousands of people, and, frighteningly, the Trump administration is poised to reverse the progress against…

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Source: Gizmodo – The U.S. Cities With the Most Deaths From Air Pollution

The 2019 Acura NSX is a supercar built for everyday auto nerds

By law, I have to mention the 1990 Acura NSX before telling you about the 2019 NSX. It was a big deal — supercars were supposed to be from Europe, not Japan. The NSX changed that with an outstanding vehicle that caught everyone’s attention. Peop…

Source: Engadget – The 2019 Acura NSX is a supercar built for everyday auto nerds

How To Enable Or Disable SSH Access For A Particular User Or Group In Linux?

As per your organization standard policy, you may need to allow only the list of users that are allowed to access the Linux system. Or you may need to allow only few groups, which are allowed to access the Linux system. How to achieve this? What is the best way? How to achieve this in a simple way?

Source: LXer – How To Enable Or Disable SSH Access For A Particular User Or Group In Linux?

Comcast does so much lobbying that it says disclosing it all is too hard

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Source: Ars Technica – Comcast does so much lobbying that it says disclosing it all is too hard

Pokémon T-Shirt Contest Winner Disqualified, Design Pulled From Upcoming Game

Earlier this week, Japanese clothing company Uniqlo announced Chinese artist Li Wen Pei had won its UT Grand Prix contest for designing Pokémon T-shirts. He was set to win $10,000 and have his design featured in Pokémon Sword and Shield, set to come to Switch later this year. Uniqlo now says Wen Pei has been…

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Source: Kotaku – Pokémon T-Shirt Contest Winner Disqualified, Design Pulled From Upcoming Game