T2 SDE 21.4 Released With This Linux Distribution Supporting 15 CPU Architectures

The T2 Linux distribution, or “System Development Environment” (SDE) as it refers to itself, is up to version 21.4 and with it is now supporting fifteen different CPU architectures for this barebones Linux-based operating system…

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4chan Founder Chris 'Moot' Poole Has Left Google

Chris Poole, who founded controversial online community 4chan before joining Google in 2016, has left the search giant after jumping among several groups within the company, CNBC has learned. From the report: Poole’s last official day at Google was April 13th, according to an internal repository viewed by CNBC, which described his last role as a product manager. Oftentimes, employee shares attached to hiring vest at the five-year mark, though it’s unclear if that’s a reason for Poole’s departure now. Poole, who goes by the moniker “Moot,” founded 4chan in 2003 at age 15. It grew into one of the most influential and controversial online communities to date. Rolling Stone famously called him a boy-genius and the “Mark Zuckerberg of the online underground.” […]

Poole revealed in 2016 that he’d joined Google as a continuation of his work, and in a now-removed post, stated he’d use his “experience from a dozen years of building online communities” and “grow in ways one simply cannot on their own.” He joined as product manager in the photos and streams unit, which oversaw social networking efforts under VP Bradley Horowitz at the time. That sparked speculation that the company hired him to help it revamp its social media ambitions, some of which aimed to compete with Facebook. Poole jumped between several different roles during his five years. At one point, he reportedly became a partner at Google’s in-house start-up incubator, Area 120, which was just getting off the ground in 2016. He then became a product manager in Google’s Maps division, according to Crunchbase.

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Colin Furze is among our special Coolest Projects judges

Young tech creators from more than 40 countries have already registered to take part in this year’s Coolest Projects online showcase! To help us celebrate this year’s wonderful group of participants, we’re lucky to have brought on board Colin Furze, Melissa Pickering, James Whelton, and Fig O’Reilly as special judges.

“Since the first Coolest Projects in 2012, I’ve been continually inspired seeing thousands of young creators sharing their projects with the world. Building websites, apps, games, and hardware around something they’re passionate about, solving problems they face or just doing something cool, year on year Coolest Projects shows the magic of technology.”

James Whelton

Meet the coolest judges!

Colin Furze is a British YouTube personality, presenter, inventor, and five-time Guinness world record holder from Lincolnshire, England. Colin’s YouTube channel has over 10 million subscribers. Colin left school at 16 to become a plumber, a trade which he pursued until joining the Sky1 TV programme Gadget Geeks. He has used his engineering experience to build many unconventional contraptions, including a homemade hoverbike, a jet-powered bicycle made with pulsejet engines, and the world’s fastest dodgem vehicle for Top Gear. Colin has completed three Star Wars–themed challenges in partnership with eBay: in 2016, he completed a giant AT-AT garden playhouse, followed in 2017 by a full-size Kylo Ren Tie Silencer. In 2019 he completed a moving Landspeeder from Star Wars: A New Hope; the vehicle was auctioned off on eBay, with all of the funds going to BBC Children in Need.

Colin Furze, special judge for Coolest Projects
Colin Furze, YouTuber, inventor, and five-time Guinness world record holder

Melissa Pickering is Head of Product at LEGO Education, leading a cross-functional team to design and develop learning through play experiences for kids globally. She has worked in the field of interactive kids’ products for 15 years, from innovating theme parks as a Disney Imagineer to founding an edtech startup. In her six-year LEGO career she has built up and led design teams to innovate LEGO products through digital experiences, with a key focus of using technology to inspire hands-on play.

Melissa Pickering, Coolest Projects special judge
Melissa Pickering, Head of Product at LEGO Education

Fionnghuala O’Reilly is an Irish-American model, beauty pageant titleholder, and engineer. The 27-year-old recently made history as the first woman of colour to represent Ireland at the international Miss Universe pageant. Since getting her degree in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University, O’Reilly, who goes by Fig, has gone on to become a NASA Datanaut, working within the agency’s Open Innovation programme comprised of engineers and scientists who engage with NASA’s open data to create new thinking, processes and products. Fig has joined the two-time Emmy-nominated science television series Mission Unstoppable as the newest correspondent. She is also the founder and CEO of Reach Productions which is the host of NASA’s Space Apps Challenge in Washington DC. In 2020, Fig was named an Ambassador for Engineers Ireland, Ireland’s leading governing body for professional engineers. Fig is a passionate advocate for women and diversity in STEM subjects.

Fig O'Reilly, special judge for Coolest Projects
Fig O’Reilly, beauty pageant titleholder, engineer, and CEO

James Whelton is a coder, entrepreneur, and co-founder of CoderDojo. At 16, James gained worldwide recognition for discovering a hack for the iPod Nano. In response to the lack of opportunities to learn computing at school, he co-founded CoderDojo in 2011, a global community of code clubs for young people where they can learn to build websites, apps and games, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment. James has developed apps and systems with over a million users around the world. He is currently developing an online platform that helps its users achieve their personal goals and build healthier, happier habits and behaviours.

James Whelton, special judge for Coolest Projects
James Whelton, coder, entrepreneur, and co-founder of CoderDojo

Register a project today

These four fabulous people will choose their favourites from among all of this year’s projects — a unique honour that the young tech creator in your life could receive if they take part! We hope this will be a big boost of motivation for them to register their project for the Coolest Projects showcase before the 3 May deadline.

We’ll be announcing the special judges’ favourite projects as part of our big live-streamed Coolest Projects celebration on 8 June!

A girl presenting a digital making project at a Coolest Projects event

Everyone up to age 18 can register for Coolest Projects, and we welcome all projects, all experience levels, and all kinds of projects, made with any programming language or any hardware. Through Coolest Projects, young people are able to show the world something they’ve made with tech that they love, and the projects are as diverse as the participants!

Discover all the support we offer young people to help them create something with tech that they will be proud of.

The showcase gallery is open for you already

You can explore the projects of the young tech creators who’ve already registered if you visit the Coolest Projects online showcase gallery! Which one is your favourite project so far?

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CEO of Turkish Crypto Platform Flees Country as Users Say They're Locked Out

Federal police in Turkey are investigating Thodex, a cryptocurrency trading platform that handles hundred of millions of dollars in trades every day, after users complained they’d been locked out of their accounts, according to new reports from Reuters and Turkey’s TRT World news service. CEO Faruk Fatih Ozer…

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Ali Zar Discusses How To Market Your Business Online

Today, the lion’s share of marketing happens online. People look online for nearly every product and service they buy. Television, radio, and print ads still have their place, but online marketing is the wave of the future. Ali Zar explains how to market your small business online, pointing out some of the issues you may encounter and offering suggestions for avenues you should try.

Promoting Your Business on Google

Google takes 90 percent of the search engine marketing share, so, understandably, you would want to use Google for a large chunk of your online marketing. The first thing you should do to set yourself up on Google is to create and verify your business profile. This listing will be the basis for your listing on Google Maps, the local section of Google Search, and the right-side panel in search results, also known as the Knowledge Panel. This listing is free, and it has innumerable benefits for every small business.

Verifying the ownership of your listing can allow you to optimize it and receive more relevant searches. If your business shows up in the featured set of local search results on Google’s first search results page, you are ahead of the game and able to market yourself 24/7.

Build a Website

While search engines and social media are great, your company absolutely must have a website. Companies without a working, up-to-date website may be shunned in favor of companies with a respectable online presence. Even if you feel that your audience won’t want to find your website, it is foolish to cut off this important source of marketing hits.

Good business websites serve as promotional tools. They tell the story of your company and the services you offer. They have up-to-date hours, locations, menus, and contact information.

Running an online ad campaign means that you will need website landing pages. Any social media posts you make should also link back to your website. With all of this potential traffic, you can put into place easy-to-use website traffic analytics to see where your visitors are coming from, how long they stay, and whether they spend money.

Search Engine Optimization

If you are not familiar with how search engine rankings work, it is very important to learn about search engine optimization (SEO). SEO helps to align your pages with Google’s algorithms. SEO has evolved a great deal over the past twenty years, and Google and other search engines now punish techniques that worked at the inception. Take the time to read primers on SEO and look into ways to put it into use on your own website.

Social Media

Ali Zar believes that every discussion of online marketing needs to include social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, as well as LinkedIn are excellent ways to promote your company for free or at an affordable cost.

With social media’s advertising features, you can target your message to as narrow or as wide of a demographic as you wish. For example, you could reach female pet owners aged 45 to 54 in a certain zip code.

Running sponsored ads means that they will show up in more feeds, and while this can get expensive, the significant improvement in return on your ads will quickly be noticed.

Work on cultivating a friendly, informative social media persona. You want to relate to your customers on a personal level, or at least make it seem like you have. Your company should have a solid brand that is in alignment with your principles and your audience. Any time you can enhance your branding by posting on social media, you should do it.

Local businesses have exciting opportunities on Facebook and Instagram in particular. Many casual surfers find themselves visiting local business social media posts, clicking on the links, and buying something at their stores.

Email Marketing

The art of email marketing has also developed a great deal over the past 20 years. Today, the primary goal of many websites is to collect your contact information to add you to their email list. They may tempt you into joining the email list by giving you a special coupon, discount, or giveaway. Once you are on their mailing list, you can receive promotions that are targeted to you.

Be sure that you use a good email list manager and pay close attention to your message opening rates, reading rates, and click-through rates to judge your campaigns’ effectiveness.

Marketing Your Business Online

These are the five most basic aspects of marketing online. If you can master these five techniques, whether on your own or with a marketing agency or consultant’s help, you will be well on your way to running a successful business. Whether you are running a software company or a pizza restaurant, the basics of marketing remain the same. Ali Zar wants readers to understand that they cannot leave online marketing to chance. Keeping close tabs on your online reputation and search results can be a huge help in keeping your company afloat.  

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NASA's Mars Helicopter Makes Second Flight

NASA successfully carried out a second flight on Mars on Thursday of its mini helicopter Ingenuity, a 52-second sortie that saw it climb to a height of 16 feet. Phys.Org reports: “So far, the engineering telemetry we have received and analyzed tell us that the flight met expectations,” said Bob Balaram, Ingenuity’s chief engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in southern California. “We have two flights of Mars under our belts, which means that there is still a lot to learn during this month of Ingenuity,” Balaram said in a statement. The US space agency conducted the first flight of the four pound (1.8 kilogram) rotorcraft on Monday, the first powered flight ever on another planet. That time Ingenuity rose to a height of 10 feet and then touched down after 39.1 seconds.

For the second flight, which lasted 51.9 seconds, Ingenuity climbed to 16 feet, hovered briefly, tilted and then accelerated sideways for seven feet. “The helicopter came to a stop, hovered in place, and made turns to point its camera in different directions,” said Havard Grip, Ingenuity’s chief pilot. “Then it headed back to the center of the airfield to land. “It sounds simple, but there are many unknowns regarding how to fly a helicopter on Mars.”

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Tesla's Autopilot System Is 'Easily' Tricked Into Operating Without Anyone at the Wheel

Consumer Reports said Thursday its researchers “easily” tricked a Tesla’s Autopilot system into driving without anyone at the wheel. The publication’s worrying demonstration comes as officials continue to investigate a fatal crash in Texas involving a Tesla that authorities believe had no one in the driver’s seat at…

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American Honey Is Radioactive From Decades of Nuclear Bomb Testing

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The world’s nuclear powers have detonated more than 500 nukes in the atmosphere. These explosions were tests, shows of force to rival nations, and proof that countries such as Russia, France, and the U.S. had mastered the science of the bomb. The world’s honey has suffered for it. According to a new study published in Nature Communications, honey in the United States is full of fallout lingering from those atmospheric nuclear tests.

For the study, researchers collected honey samples from more than 100 hives and soil samples from 110 locations across the Eastern United States. The scientists found elevated levels of cesium in both the soil and honey samples. “While most of the radiation produced by a nuclear weapon detonation decays within the first few days, one of the longest-lived and more abundant fission products is [cesium] , which has a radioactive half-life of 30.2 years,” the study said. Previous research after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster identified elevated levels of cesium in European honey and pollen. The good news is that, according to researchers, most of this honey is probably safe for humans to consume. “While the concentrations of [cesium] we report in honey today are below the…dietary threshold level of concern observed by many countries, and not evidently dangerous for human consumption, the widespread residual radiation…is surprising given that nearly 2 half-lives have elapsed since most of the bomb production of [cesium],” they said. Interestingly, the researchers “also found an inverse relationship between the amount of potassium naturally occurring in soil and the amount of fallout found in honey,” the report says. “Southern states contained three times the amount of fallout that the northern states did. Southern soil doesn’t contain much potassium while soil in the north is rich with the stuff. While this honey is probably safe for human consumption, it may not be for the bees who generate it.”

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Consumer Reports Shows Tesla Autopilot Works With No One In the Driver's Seat

Rei_is_a_dumbass shares a report from Ars Technica: Last Saturday, two men died when a Tesla Model S crashed into a tree in a residential neighborhood. Authorities said they found no one in the driver’s seat — one man was in the front passenger seat, while the other was in the back. That led to speculation that the car might have been under the control of Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assistance system at the time of the crash. Elon Musk has tweeted that “data logs recovered so far show Autopilot was not enabled.” Tesla defenders also insisted that Autopilot couldn’t have been active because the technology doesn’t operate unless someone is in the driver’s seat. Consumer Reports decided to test this latter claim by seeing if it could get Autopilot to activate without anyone in the driver’s seat. It turned out not to be very difficult.

Sitting in the driver’s seat, Consumer Reports’ Jake Fisher enabled Autopilot and then used the speed dial on the steering wheel to bring the car to a stop. He then placed a weighted chain on the steering wheel (to simulate pressure from a driver’s hands) and hopped into the passenger seat. From there, he could reach over and increase the speed using the speed dial. Autopilot won’t function unless the driver’s seatbelt is buckled, but it was also easy to defeat this check by threading the seatbelt behind the driver. “In our evaluation, the system not only failed to make sure the driver was paying attention, but it also couldn’t tell if there was a driver there at all,” Fisher wrote in a post on the Consumer Reports website.

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Flaws In John Deere's Website Provides a Map To Customers, Equipment

chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: Websites for customers of agricultural equipment maker John Deere contained vulnerabilities that could have allowed a remote attacker to harvest sensitive information on the company’s customers including their names, physical addresses and information on the Deere equipment they own and operate, The Security Ledger reported. The researcher known as “Sick Codes” published two advisories on Thursday warning about the flaws in the myjohndeere.com website and the John Deere Operations Center website and mobile applications. In a conversation with Security Ledger, the researcher said that a he was able to use VINs (vehicle identification numbers) taken from a farm equipment auction site to identify the name and physical address of the owner. Furthermore, a flaw in the myjohndeere.com website could allow an unauthenticated user to carry out automated attacks against the site, possibly revealing all the user accounts for that site. Sick Codes disclosed both flaws to John Deere and also to the U.S. Government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which monitors food and agriculture as a critical infrastructure sector. The information obtained from the John Deere websites, including customer names and addresses, could put the company afoul of data security laws like California’s CCPA or the Personal Information Protection Act in Deere’s home state of Illinois. However, the national security consequences of the company’s leaky website could be far greater. Details on what model combines and other equipment is in use on what farm could be of very high value to an attacker, including nation-states interested in disrupting U.S. agricultural production at key junctures, such as during planting or harvest time. The consolidated nature of U.S. farming means that an attacker with knowledge of specific, Internet connected machinery in use by a small number of large-scale farming operations in the midwestern United States could launch targeted attacks on that equipment that could disrupt the entire U.S. food supply chain, researchers warn. The Agriculture sector and firms that supply it, like Deere, lag other industries in cyber security preparedness and resilience. A 2019 report (PDF) released by Department of Homeland Security concluded that the “adoption of advanced precision agriculture technology and farm information management systems in the crop and livestock sectors is introducing new vulnerabilities” (and that) “potential threats to precision agriculture were often not fully understood or were not being treated seriously enough by the front-line agriculture producers.”

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UK Court Agrees to Hear Copyright Lawsuit Brought by Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Inventor

Many people have claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous creator or creators behind the digital cryptocurrency bitcoin, over the years. Now London’s High Court has agreed to hear out one of the most vocal (and disputed) claimants to the pseudonym in a lawsuit over alleged copyright infringement, according to a

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