Microsoft's reworked Edge browser is available to try on Windows 7

Microsoft has expanded the reach of its Chromium-based Edge browser to one of its most important audiences: namely, people who have to (or want to) use older versions of Windows. The company has released Canary channel preview builds of Edge for Win…

Source: Engadget – Microsoft’s reworked Edge browser is available to try on Windows 7

This Can't Possibly Still Be Happening

We are somehow on Day 2 of the “are the migrant detention centers concentration camps?” discourse, because one full day of arguing about this—all while migrants and migrant children continue to be detained in overcrowded, dehumanizing facilities—wasn’t nearly enough. Indeed, now Meet the Press’s Chuck Todd has decided…

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Source: Gizmodo – This Can’t Possibly Still Be Happening

Millionaire Hacker Gets 9 Years In Death of Man Building Nuclear Bunker Tunnels

A wealthy stock trader and “skilled computer hacker” was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison for the fiery death of a man who was helping him secretly dig tunnels for a nuclear bunker beneath a Maryland home. Baltimore Sun reports: Daniel Beckwitt, 28, had faced a maximum of 30 years in prison when Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Schweitzer sentenced him. In total, Beckwitt was sentenced to 21 years but the judge suspended all but nine years of the sentence. In April, a jury convicted Beckwitt of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the September 2017 death of 21-year-old Askia Khafra. During the trial, Montgomery County prosecutor Marybeth Ayres accused Beckwitt of recklessly endangering Khafra’s life. Beckwitt ignored obvious signs of danger and sacrificed safety for secrecy while they dug a network of tunnels beneath a home in Bethesda, a suburb of Washington, D.C., the prosecutor said.

Defense attorney Robert Bonsib had told jurors the fire was an accident, not a crime. Firefighters found Khafra’s naked, charred body in the basement of Beckwitt’s trash-filled house, only a few steps from an exit. Prosecutors said the extreme hoarding conditions in the home prevented Khafra from escaping. Hours before the fire broke out in the basement, Khafra texted Beckwitt to warn him it smelled like smoke in the tunnels. Ayres said Beckwitt didn’t respond for more than six hours before telling Khafra that there had been a “major electrical failure.” Instead of getting Khafra out of the tunnels, Beckwitt told him that he “just switched it all over to another circuit,” according to the prosecutor. Bonsib said Beckwitt screamed for help from neighbors after the fire broke out and tried to rescue his friend from the blaze before heavy smoke and flames forced him to retreat. A prosecutor described Beckwitt as having “a paranoid fixation on a possible nuclear attack by North Korea.”

The tunnels that Khafra was working on were kept a secret, so much so that Beckwitt “tried to trick Khafra into thinking they were digging the tunnels in Virginia instead of Maryland by having him don ‘blackout glasses’ before taking him on a long drive,” the report says. “Khafra had a cellphone with him in the tunnels, but Beckwitt used internet ‘spoofing’ to make it appear they were digging in Virginia.”

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Source: Slashdot – Millionaire Hacker Gets 9 Years In Death of Man Building Nuclear Bunker Tunnels

Senate Banking Committee Schedules Hearing on Facebook's Massive Cryptocurrency Project

The U.S. Senate Banking Committee is set to scrutinize Facebook’s cryptocurrency ambitions at a hearing set for July 16, Reuters reported on Wednesday, in yet another sign that legislators are extremely wary (to put it mildly) of the company’s shift into global financial services.

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Source: Gizmodo – Senate Banking Committee Schedules Hearing on Facebook’s Massive Cryptocurrency Project

Microsoft's Chromium Edge Browser Now Available On Windows 7 and Windows 8

The Chromium-powered Edge browser is now available on both Windows 7 and Windows 8 for testing today. The Verge reports: The release comes two months after Chromium Edge first debuted on Windows 10, and a month after it appeared on macOS. Microsoft is releasing the daily Canary builds initially, and plans to support the weekly Dev channel “soon.” You can download the installer over at Microsoft’s Edge Insider site. “You will find the experience and feature set on previous versions of Windows to be largely the same as on Windows 10, including forthcoming support for Internet Explorer mode for our enterprise customers,” explains a Microsoft Edge team blog post. While most features will be the same, dark mode is missing and Microsoft says there is no support for AAD sign-in.

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Source: Slashdot – Microsoft’s Chromium Edge Browser Now Available On Windows 7 and Windows 8

Boeing To Use Computer Simulations Instead of Physical Certification Tests For Some Aircraft

New submitter Falconhell writes: In an ironic turn of events, Boeing wants to skip some physical certification tests and use only simulations. Given their current situation, this seems like a rather controversial move. Boeing is “reducing the scope and duration of certain costly physical tests used to certify the planemaker’s new aircraft,” Reuters first reported over the weekend. The manufacturer wants to switch to software-based trials for things such as wing load testing, “instead of doing things like bending actual, and highly expensive, components until they snap,” adds The Register.

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Source: Slashdot – Boeing To Use Computer Simulations Instead of Physical Certification Tests For Some Aircraft

Decades of spy satellite images help track melting Himalayan glaciers

You don’t need cutting-edge satellite data to make sense of Earth’s changing climate. Researchers have published a study of melting Himalayan glaciers that takes advantage of 40 years’ worth of satellite imagery posted by the US Geological Survey, i…

Source: Engadget – Decades of spy satellite images help track melting Himalayan glaciers

Pixar's Next Big Project Gets a Title and Some Curious First Details

With Toy Story 4‘s premiere upon us, now’s as good a time as any to start thinking about Pixar’s future projects, and not just ones like Onward that we’ve already seen glimpses of. Today, Disney and Pixar announced the title of Soul, their next major feature hitting theaters next summer, and included a cryptic tagline…

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Source: io9 – Pixar’s Next Big Project Gets a Title and Some Curious First Details

New York State Lawmakers Agree To Pass a Sweeping Climate Plan

New York lawmakers have agreed to pass a sweeping climate plan that could help the state achieve a net-zero economy in which all energy is drawn from carbon-free sources by 2050. “The bill would require New York to get 70 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, and by 2050, the state would have to cut emissions by at least 85 percent below 1990 levels,” reports New York Magazine. “To offset the remainder, the state would enact measures to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, like mass tree-planting and the restoration of wetlands.” From the report: The bill, if passed, would be one of the world’s most ambitious climate plans, made more impressive by the size of New York’s economy. If the state were its own country, its economy would be the 11th largest in the world, falling between those of Canada and South Korea. “This unquestionably puts New York in a global leadership position,” Jesse Jenkins, an energy expert and postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, told the New York Times.

Of course, energy costs will go up in pursuit of the goal. New York gets around 60 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources — primarily an energy mix of hydroelectric and nuclear power. To make up the difference, the state will invest in large-scale offshore wind farms and rooftop solar projects. More challenging than the electric grid is the heat for homes and commercial buildings, which generally burn natural gas or oil, and take up around a quarter of the state’s emissions. In New York City, for example, an April law requiring skyscrapers to retrofit to meet new energy standards is expected to cost building owners over $4 billion. The bill also marks the first major piece of legislation to include aspects of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, routing hundreds of millions of dollars into polluted or environmentally vulnerable areas of the state in an attempt at both economic and environmental revival.

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Source: Slashdot – New York State Lawmakers Agree To Pass a Sweeping Climate Plan

One Day of Work a Week Is Most 'Effective' Dose For Mental Health, Study Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Just one day of work per week is the most “effective dose” to give the mental health benefits of paid employment, research suggests. A study indicated that the risk of mental health problems reduces by 30% when people move from unemployment or stay-at-home parenting into paid work of eight hours or less per week. But researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Salford found no evidence that working any more than eight hours provided further boosts to well-being. The researchers used data from a panel survey to examine how changes in working hours were linked to mental health and life satisfaction in more than 70,000 UK residents between 2009 and 2018. They controlled for characteristics including age, children, longstanding illness and household income. The study suggests that to get the mental well-being benefits of paid work, the most “effective dose” is only around one day a week — as anything more makes little difference. The research has been published in the journal Social Science & Medicine.

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Source: Slashdot – One Day of Work a Week Is Most ‘Effective’ Dose For Mental Health, Study Says

FTC reportedly investigating YouTube over children's privacy

YouTube may have a particularly strong incentive to change how it handles kids’ videos — it appears to be under government scrutiny for its behavior. Sources for both the New York Times and Washington Post assert that the FTC is in the “late stages…

Source: Engadget – FTC reportedly investigating YouTube over children’s privacy

Twitter Will Remove Precise Location Tagging In Tweets, Citing Lack of Use

Twitter announced today that it is removing the option to tag precise locations in tweets because most people don’t use this feature. It will however continue to be available for photos via Twitter’s updated camera. TechCrunch reports: Twitter users can opt out of location-sharing features in its “privacy and safety” menu. If you don’t want to share your precise location details, you should continue keeping the feature turned off as it is still available in Twitter’s camera. After the precise location-sharing feature for tweets is removed, users who want to share where they are can do so through services like Foursquare.

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Source: Slashdot – Twitter Will Remove Precise Location Tagging In Tweets, Citing Lack of Use

Windows 10 preview links bugs you find to existing feedback

Microsoft is trying to make it easier for users to report bugs. The company has released a Windows 10 Insider Preview with an updated Feedback Hub that lets users find similar complaints. If you’ve stumbled upon a problem in a pre-release build, you’…

Source: Engadget – Windows 10 preview links bugs you find to existing feedback

Samsung Auto-Email Signature Accidentally Reveals Scripted Government News Story

Two days ago, Egypt’s former president, Mohammed Morsi, collapsed in court during a trial and died from a sudden heart attack. Even though Morsi was the first democratically elected Egyptian president, news outlets have scrubbed that information from stories of his demise in what appears to be a government-mandated description sent out to press. The Verge reports: As noted by Mada Masr, a majority of newspapers published the same 42-word story sent to editors as a directive via WhatsApp. In the case of at least one outlet, a news anchor did that a little too well. In the clip below, the anchor can be heard wrapping her report with “sent from a Samsung device.”

Morsi was elected in June 2012, though military forcibly removed him about a year later. The former president collapsed on Monday while in the midst of a courtroom hearing. The circumstances of Morsi’s death have been called into question by rival regimes, including that of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was aligned with Morsi during his brief rule due to both men’s links to the Muslim Brotherhood. However, human rights groups have cited Morsi’s deteriorating health over the years as the probable cause of this death. It’s unclear why the current government, led Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, instructed news outlets to scrub Morsi’s presidential history.

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Source: Slashdot – Samsung Auto-Email Signature Accidentally Reveals Scripted Government News Story

EPA finalizes Trump administration’s coal-friendly climate plan

Today, the EPA finalized the Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) plan, effectively rolling back Obama-era policies to address climate change. The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) set national goals for reducing carbon di…

Source: Engadget – EPA finalizes Trump administration’s coal-friendly climate plan

Trump administration finalizes replacement for Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Coal truck at a mine.

Enlarge / A truck loaded with coal is viewed at the Eagle Butte Coal Mine, which is operated by Alpha Coal, on Monday May 08, 2017, in Gillette, Wyoming. (credit: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the “Affordable Clean Energy” rule, known as ACE, to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, or CPP.

The ACE rule was proposed last summer, and after going through the procedural steps required to enact the rule, Administrator Wheeler finally signed it today, along with an official repeal of the CPP. Details regarding the final rules have been submitted to the Federal Register, one of the last steps to making federal rules official in the US.

Obama’s CPP attempted to set federal power plant emissions limits by state. Under the CPP, states would have had an incentive to push the most-polluting power plants (in most cases, coal plants) offline sooner. But coal interests and several states and utilities challenged this rule in court. Eventually, the Supreme Court stayed the rule, so it was never actually implemented.

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Source: Ars Technica – Trump administration finalizes replacement for Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Oracle Issues Emergency Update To Patch Actively Exploited WebLogic Law

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Oracle on Tuesday published an out-of-band update patching a critical code-execution vulnerability in its WebLogic server after researchers warned that the flaw was being actively exploited in the wild. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2019-2729, allows an attacker to run malicious code on the WebLogic server without any need for authentication. That capability earned the vulnerability a Common Vulnerability Scoring System score of 9.8 out of 10. The vulnerability is a deserialization attack targeting two Web applications that WebLogic appears to expose to the Internet by default — wls9_async_response and wls-wsat.war. The flaw in Oracle’s WebLogic Java application servers came to light as a zero-day four days ago when it was reported by security firm KnownSec404.

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Source: Slashdot – Oracle Issues Emergency Update To Patch Actively Exploited WebLogic Law

The DJ-inspired production platform Serato Studio arrives today

If you’re a Serato DJ user with an unfulfilled desire to make beats and missed the beta for the company’s new production platform, now’s your chance. Today is the official launch of Serato Studio 1.0 and it’s in good form following a little feedback…

Source: Engadget – The DJ-inspired production platform Serato Studio arrives today