Ready to Pay $30,000 for Sharing a Photo Online? The House of Representatives Thinks You Are.

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WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS.

CybeastID

This is why people distrust “Congress” as a whole. Way to go, corporate stoolies from (D)NY and (R)GA.

bearlick

The broken system defending corporations rights and say fuck you to the public. What the fuck else is new

Spartanfred104

you thought the dmca was busted? Ha! hold my beer.

Ty0305

Not on Facebook but it seems like half of my colleagues Facebook content feed is shared silly photos that they don’t “own”. If this bill passes, it is time to abandon all social networks.

enantiomer2000

Congressional Ignorance Leaves the U.S. Vulnerable to Cyberthreats

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It’s what happens when your government is entirely made up of people who grew up in the 50’s…Average age of House members is 57. The average age in the Senate is 61.

I mean, personal computers weren’t a thing until these people were in their 20s. Setting the time on a microwave is about the limit of their ability.

notagoodboye

Thanks Moscow Mitch.

piberoni_pizza

My MIL has a DSLR and about $2500 in lenses. She told me yesterday that she had no idea she could take the pictures off the memory card and put them in a computer.

She’s just been showing everyone off the camera screen. She’s ~60, same generation as our congressmen.

nachobel

Since those cyberthreats are what won them the 2016 election, the Republicans have no incentive to fix it until/unless they lose because of them.

Kimball_Kinnison

Leave off the last two words.

gahro_nahvah

Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years – report: Energy agency says solar power will drive faster than forecast growth in renewables

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Tell that to the fuckwits that run Australia.. .

cbrokey

Maybe if we’d invest that money into nuclear power, we’d not have to rely on fossil fuels.

James_Locke

We just put in for our paperwork for solar panels! Should have em by Dec.

So exciting.

africanlivedit

Nuclear is better. Uranium 235 FTW.

AspartameIsApartofMe

Keep drinking the Kool-Aid people.. Maybe research what are the pros and cons of mass solar.. Not a pretty picture…

dradis84

Blizzard denies reports that it’s banning Twitch viewers for pro-Hong Kong chat

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How do you deny that exactly? There is video evidence of it.

RIPdig

Things started going south when you’d get a temp chat ban for saying Taiwan in chat. That was way before Hong Kong’s recent last ditch effort at freedom.

snakewaswolf

How about u guys not paying next month for blizzard services ffs

EmperorTrunp

TAIWAN NUMBER ONE

faployst

Sigh… I see all these “Fuck Blizzard!” posts, but I’m already mentally preparing to have my heart broken yet again. In literally a few weeks Blizz will announce Diablo 4, and pretty much everyone will be tossing money at them again.

Sabbathius

Smart Spies: Alexa and Google Home expose users to vishing and eavesdropping

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Yeah no shit

Hugh_____Jass

This is more a warning that any “skill” is third party software and the same care should be taken as when installing random apps.

First attack: Make a skill that asks users for their password.

Second attack: make a skill that when you shut it down, it listens for a few more seconds and saves what you say if you happen to say the right word.

The first attack vector is easily thwarted by never complying if your device asks for your password. I could see this fooling some gullible people though for sure. The second attack seems kind of pointless – I suspect they thought it up just so they could check the “eavesdropping” box for headline attention.

Deto

I’m wondering how many of you “DaE tHiNk AlExA iS a SpY?!” types bothered to read the article to realize this isn’t the kind of issue that has been brought up before. The article describes how Amazon and Google aren’t vetting apps for Alexa/Home well enough and are letting blatant abuses be registered. This is not the same as the paranoia about Alexa/Home recording everything you say, this is the analogous to missing the permissions listing for apps on the Play Store. End users have no way of knowing what these apps do after the trigger phrases are used.

jordanclock

I’m guessing a lot of people didn’t read the article. The researchers just found a way to make a skill that ran silently for awhile before pretending to be a security update that asks for your password. Real world vulnerabilities would be pretty darn limited.

obelisk29

HOLY SHIT!
and

!! WATER IS WET !!
Turn off your computers and take all appropriate steps to protect you and your family. /s

Nobody417

U.S. takes step to require asylum-seekers’ DNA.

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I like how the people pants-shittingly scared of gun registries are ok with this item which is 1000 times worse.

fyberoptyk

From what I understand, this is largely to combat human trafficking of children by ensuring that those who claim to be the child’s parents actually are the child’s parents.

Onithyr

Can’t tell if I hate this or not.

Having a DNA registry seems like something that could exonerate a lot of people from crime, track deadbeat dad’s, etc. It’d also discourage crime

Obviously it falls apart when you believe the government might be so corruptible that they might use this information malevolently. But if you believe that this is a possible outcome then I think this is the least of your worries.

madcaplarks

Hopefully no one will do anything nefarious with these lists of asylum seekers, like using the information to round them all up when convenient. I’m sure nothing will come of this, like Stalin’s lists these are just to keep track of us. Or rather, them.

SlaverSlave

Sounds like a way to get a fat government contract to a DNA data company, maybe friends with someone in this admin? They already do all of the identity markers, this is just a waste of money.

Mmcgou1

A New Propulsion System Proposed By A NASA Engineer That Achieves 99% Of Speed Of Light

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IT HAS ITS OWN CONCLUSIONS….. in the pdf

1–Megawatts of power + space-rated synchrotron = 1 N of thrust = Not a compelling reason to build this engine

• However • Equivalent Specific Impulse > 1017

• “Net” power less than 10 watts • Options for increasing thrust and efficiency

• Technology is extension of space flown hardware • Many technical challenges ahead

• Basic concept is unproven • Has not been reviewed by subject matter experts

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• Math errors may exist!

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THOSE ARE THE WORDS… OF THE GUY PROPOSING IT.

CaliphOfGod

It’s a thought experiment more than anything. Has had zero real world testing but theoretically could work. This is not the first time this sort of engine has come up, and testing of similar things in the past have shown some interesting very unexpected results.

Random-Miser

??? Much as I hope this works, the write up is triggering all my perpetual motion BS sensors. Anybody know what they’re talking about?

gladeyes

[I like the conclusion]

Basic concept is unproven

* Has not been reviewed by subject matter experts
* Math errors may exist!

jpaxonreyes

Wouldn’t this be violating Newton? I.e. the additional impulse of the particle has to come from something and imo it’s generated by the coils accelerating the particle to create the additional mass. Thus the coils experience a force backwards and then your resulting overall force is 0, the spaceship wouldn’t move.

effvoniks

Alexa and Google Home abused to eavesdrop and phish passwords

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The fact that these passed “inspection” tells me that Amazon and Google aren’t vetting shit, and are probably just automating approval. *Any* human inspector should immediately be able to tell these aren’t doing what they’re supposed to.

empirebuilder1

I think everyone should read the book, surviving the age of surveillance capitalism, by Zuboff. The truth is it is way worse than you could even imagine. The entire reason for existence for both Google and Facebook is not just total information awareness but complete behavioral control. If you get upset at the thought of Russians hacking our elections oh, you’re in for a big ride when you realize that the tech companies are trying to control not only are elections, but every aspect of our world for profit.

jediboogie

>After about a minute, the apps use a voice that mimics the ones used by Alexa and Google home to falsely claim a device update is available and prompts the user for a password for it to be installed

If there’s one thing that doesn’t sound suspicious it’s the part where they ask for my password which is totally something I can pronounce or have memorized.

VerbableNouns

If everyone could stop beginning their passwords with “HEYGOOGLEALEXA”, that would be great.

Skoot99

Why am I not surprised

Inventorwill02

Zuckerberg defends political ads policy and warns that China’s censorship model is being adopted on big platforms

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So. Suck is trying to vilify other ad and censorship models while presenting his company’s as wholesome?

Mmmmmhmmmm

ns5oh

The issue is ads that lie, not the ads. Blatantly lie, these days.

shillyshally

“You can’t just censor *everyone*, the insanely wealthy deserve to say what they want!”

Girfex

The bait and switch won’t work, Mark.

soulifrost

Facebook should move to mainland China and get out of the good ol’ USA. 🇺🇲

superm8n