Daily Report: A Net Neutrality Setback for Facebook in India
In the United States, the social media giant has been an advocate of equal treatment of all Internet content. In India, regulators who share that belief have effectively blocked a free Facebook service.
Top 10 Android app updates this week: Logi Circle, Todoist
Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the [...]
IP surveillance camera maker Vivotek has become a founding member of Open Security & Safety Alliance, a non-profit and non-stock corporation that aims to create a framework outlining a common standardized platform for security and safety solutions, according to the Taiwan-based company's chairman Owen Chen.
InforCharge pushing facial recognition wireless charge system for advertisement opportunity
Taiwan-based wireless charging solution provider InforCharge has expanded its business reach to the multimedia advertisement area and has adopted artificial intelligence (AI) facial recognition technology to maximize the benefits of advertisements.
Synnex Technology sees increased September revenues
IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$37.156 billion (US$1.21 billion) for September, increasing 4.23% sequentikally and 0.09% on year.
ISE Labs of ASE renders direct IC validation services to system makers
The ISE Labs operated by ASE Technology Holdings has enabled the world's top backend service provider to render IC test and validation services directly to makers of diverse hardware and software systems in 3C, CPU, automotive, healthcare, military and aerospace sectors, according to company sources.
LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has announced the US Supreme Court on October 1 returned its final verdict invalidating Japan-based Nichia's two US patents concerning YAG, a phosphor material used to make white LED chips: US5 998 925 and US 7 531 960.
Mosquito Control Serving Fairfield and Westchester County ny and ct
We all look forward to summer, especially the cookouts, lazy Saturday afternoons, and other fun under the warm sun right in our own backyard. Just like the song says, Summertime and the living is easy. But if you have mosquitoes, all that easy living isn’t so easy. Red Carpet Mosquito Control can help you get your backyard back so you can get on with your summer fun.
Home mosquito control is one of the toughest outdoor concerns for most homeowners because a mosquito infestation is not only annoying, its also a big health concern. Anyone who has ever been bitten by one of these tiny pests knows the aggravation of the red, itchy skin and knows there are more to come if they don’t do some kind of mosquito control.
Even a few mosquitoes buzzing around the yard are enough to put a damper on those backyard activities.
If you have mosquitoes, there are some basic steps to take until you can get your mosquito squad under control. From removing mosquito habitats to preventing bites, there are things any homeowner can do to minimize the impact until more permanent home mosquito control services can be put in place.
Mosquitoes thrive where there is standing water, their favorite place to lay their eggs.
Getting rid of some of these habitats is a great first step for effective mosquito control.
Clean out those gutters. Gutters that have debris and other obstructions allow water to stand for long periods of time, creating a perfect place for mosquitoes to flourish.
Bird baths, rain barrels, and potted plant trays are other prime locations for water to stand. Emptying these at least once a week will go a long way towards eliminating mosquito habitats.
Any type of swimming pool can be just one huge nursery for all those mosquito eggs, so make sure to keep that water circulating or change out the water in smaller pools.
Toys left out in the yard, old tires, and many other places where water can stand should be drained or dumped. A thorough inspection of your yard should help you find many of these problem areas and will give you a good start on getting things under control.
Mosquito bites are certainly annoying, but also potentially dangerous. Mosquitoes carry Zika, West Nile, Malaria and other viruses that are harmful to the health of humans and animals. A few precautions, though not very summer-like, should minimize the danger until mosquito control services are in place.
Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks go a long way in preventing bites simply because there is a lot less skin for mosquitoes to bite. Tucking your pants into your socks is another step you can take.
Use spray mosquito repellents around the yard, especially in areas you suspect may have, or have had, standing water.
Apply EPA-approved repellents to exposed skin making sure you follow the label directions.
Set up some citronella candles, torches, or similar type repellents for broader home mosquito control around decks and other places where you spend time.
Replace outdoor lights with yellow bulbs wherever possible because they have been shown to be less attractive than regular white lights.
To keep mosquitoes outside where they belong, be sure to have screens on any open windows, and make sure doors stay closed whenever possible.
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"Allowing Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) servers to be directly accessible from the public internet is a terrible idea. The RDP service exposes a very broad attack surface that over the years has been subject to a number of serious vulnerabilities, and is surely harboring more.
Even absent vulnerabilities in the RDP service itself, most RDP servers are configured to allow login using just a username and password. This places a huge burden on users to pick strong passwords that cannot be guessed, something that users are rarely able to do. Since password reuse is unfortunately quite common practice, even if a user's password has good complexity it may be guessable as a result of a breach at some other organization or web site. Certainly it is desirable to enable features to limit the ability of attackers to have many attempts to guess passwords, but this may come at the expense of legitimate users being locked out as a result of password hammering attempts by attackers.
Enabling some kind of second factor to login to the RDP server is desirable. This could be limiting access to a defined set of source IP addresses where users are expected to connect from. Requiring smart card login or using Azure AD's two factor authentication with a mobile app would help too.
Once attackers have managed to compromise a user account on an RDP server, it is relatively easy for them to get long term persistence. One approach might be to put something in the user's profile that runs whenever the user logs in (legitimately or otherwise) and establishes communication with a C&C server. Alternatively, local privilege escalation vulnerabilities are common place and could be exploited to get administrator access on the local system, from where it might be possible to harvest credentials of more privileged domain users.
One interesting approach that has been used by attackers to get persistence is to tamper with Windows' accessibility features (intended to help users with disabilities), which are active even on the login screen. It is possible to interfere with the accessibility system such that if the "sticky keys" feature is invoked by pressing the shift key five times an administrator cmd shell will appear over the top of the login dialogue of the RDP session, providing password-less administrator access!
Reducing the attack surface can be done in a number of ways. In some situations, using Microsoft's Network Level Authentication feature is useful to avoid exposing the login screen, but in the kinds of situations where remote access is required this may not be possible.
By far the best approach is to avoid exposing RDP servers directly to the public internet at all, and to put them behind a VPN. Ideally, connecting to the VPN would require more than just a user name and password, perhaps a known source IP or a certificate installed on the connecting machine. For extra security the private key for the certificate could be stored in the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) or a smart card so that it couldn't be removed from the client machine and used elsewhere."
Raytheon developing system that lets artificial intelligence explain itself: DARPA program applies 'trust but verify' to AI
Under the Defense Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Explainable Artificial Intelligence program (XAI), Raytheon (NYSE : RTN ) BBN Technologies is developing a first of its kind neural network that explains itself.
The XAI program aims to create a suite of machine learning techniques that produce more explainable models while maintaining a high level of performance. It also aims to help human users understand, appropriately trust and effectively manage the emerging generation of artificially intelligent partners.
Raytheon BBN's Explainable Question Answering System will allow AI programs to 'show their work,' increasing the human user's confidence in the machine's suggestions. "Our goal is to give the user enough information about how the machine's answer was derived and show that the system considered relevant information so users feel comfortable acting on the system's recommendation," said Bill Ferguson, lead scientist and EQUAS principal investigator at Raytheon BBN.
EQUAS will show users which data mattered most in the AI decision-making process. Using a graphical interface, users can explore the system's recommendations and see why it chose one answer over another. The technology is still in its early phases of development but could potentially be used for a wide-range of applications.
"A fully developed system like EQUAS could help with decision-making not only in DoD operations, but in a range of other applications like campus security, industrial operations and the medical field," said Ferguson. "Say a doctor has an x-ray image of a lung and her AI system says that its cancer. She asks why and the system highlights what it thinks are suspicious shadows, which she had previously disregarded as artifacts of the X-ray process. Now the doctor can make the call – to diagnose, investigate further, or, if she still thinks the system is in error, to let it go."
As the system is enhanced, EQUAS will be able to monitor itself and share factors that limit its ability to make reliable recommendations. This self-monitoring capability will help developers refine AI systems, allowing them to inject additional data or change how data is processed.
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Northrop Grumman, DARPA Set New Standard for Wireless Transmission Speed
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have set a new standard for wireless transmission by operating a data link at 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) over a distance of 20 kilometers in a city environment.
The two-way data link, which featured active pointing and tracking, was demonstrated Jan. 19, 2018 in Los Angeles.
The blazing data rate is fast enough to download a 50 Gigabyte blue ray video in four seconds. The demonstration marked the successful completion of Northrop Grumman’s Phase 2 contract for DARPA’s 100 Gbps (100G) RF Backbone program.
The 100G system is capable of rate adaptation on a frame by frame basis from 9 Gbps to 102 Gbps to maximize data rate throughout dynamic channel variations. Extensive link characterization demonstrated short-term error-free performance from 9 to 91 Gbps, and a maximum data rate of 102 Gbps with 1 erroneous bit received per ten thousand bits transmitted.
The successful data link results from the integration of several key technologies. The link operates at millimeter wave frequencies (in this case, 71-76 gigahertz and 81-86 gigahertz) with 5 gigahertz of bandwidth, or data carrying capacity, and uses a bandwidth efficient signal modulation technique to transmit 25 Gbps data streams on each 5 gigahertz channel. To double the rate within the fixed bandwidth, the data link transmits dual orthogonally polarized signals from each antenna. Additionally, the link transmits from two antennas simultaneously (spatial multiplexing) and uses multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) signal processing techniques to separate the signals at two receiving antennas, thus again doubling the data rate within the fixed bandwidth.
According to Louis Christen, director, research and technology, Northrop Grumman, “This dramatic improvement in data transmission performance could significantly increase the volume of airborne sensor data that can be gathered and reduce the time needed to exploit sensor data.”
“Next generation sensors such as hyperspectral imagers typically collect data faster, and in larger quantity than most air-to-ground data links can comfortably transmit,” said Christen. “Without such a high data rate link data would need to be reviewed and analyzed after the aircraft lands.”
By contrast, a 100G data link could transmit high-rate data directly from the aircraft to commanders on the ground in near real time, allowing them to respond more quickly to dynamic operations.
The successful 100G ground demonstration sets the stage for the flight test phase of the 100G RF Backbone program. This next phase, which started in June, demonstrates the 100G air-to-ground link up to 100 Gbps over a 100 km range and extended ranges with lower data rates. The 100G hardware will be flown aboard the Proteus demonstration aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman subsidiary Scaled Composites.
Northrop Grumman’s 100G industry team includes Raytheon, which developed the millimeter wave antennas and related RF electronics and Silvus Technologies, which provides the key spatial multiplexing and MIMO signal processing technologies.
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Google reinvents the Chromebook with the Pixel Slate
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Google Home Hub is built to be the center of your smarthome
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Twitter is Being Investigated Over Data Collection In Its Link-Shortening System
New submitter DavidDoherty writes: The Ireland Data Protection Commission is investigating Twitter because the company refused to provide their t.co (URL shortening service owned and used by Twitter) web link tracking data to UK professor, Michael Veale. "Their refusal to comply with the request is potentially a violation of the EU's allowance for requests under GDPR. The privacy expert said that Twitter refused to cite an exception to GDPR for requests that required 'disproportionate effort.'" By contrast, Veale believed that twitter was distorting the law in order to limit the information they handed over to the authorities. A new GDPR regulation, which was first enforced in May, requires that tech companies aim towards a more transparent relationship with user data and provide their customers with data privacy rights.
The UK is taking a tentative step towards a radical "green" future with zero emissions of greenhouse gases. From a report: The government is formally seeking Climate Change Committee (CCC) guidance about how and when to make this leap. If it happens it would mark an extraordinary transformation of an economy built on burning fossil fuels. The decision was prompted by last week's UN report warning that CO2 emissions must be stopped completely to avoid dangerous climate disruption. Climate minister Claire Perry told BBC News: "The report was a really stark and sober piece of work -- a good piece of work. "Now we know what the goal is and we know what some of the levers are. But for me, the constant question is what is the cost and who's going to bear that, both in the UK and in the global economy. The question is: what does government need to do, where can the private sector come in, and what technologies will come through?" Ms Perry has declared this week to be Green GB Week, which aims to raise debate in society about how to tackle climate change while also growing the economy. The UK's current target is a reduction of 80% of emissions by 2050 based on 1990 levels. But the CCC is warning that the UK will drift further away from this goal unless new policies are introduced.
US Senators Urge India To Soften Data Localization Stance
Two U.S. senators have called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to soften India's stance on data localization, warning that measures requiring it represent "key trade barriers" between the two nations. From a report: In a letter to Modi dated Friday and seen by Reuters, U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Mark Warner -- co-chairs of the Senate's India caucus that comprises over 30 senators -- urged India to instead adopt a "light touch" regulatory framework that would allow data to flow freely across borders. The letter comes as relations between Washington and New Delhi are strained over multiple issues, including an Indo-Russian defense contract, India's new tariffs on electronics and other items, and its moves to buy oil from Iran despite upcoming U.S. sanctions. Global payments companies including Mastercard, Visa and American Express have been lobbying India's finance ministry and the Reserve Bank of India to relax proposed rules that require all payment data on domestic transactions in India be stored inside the country by October 15. The letter is most likely a last-ditch effort after the RBI told officials at top payment firms this week that the central bank would implement, in full, its data localization directive without extending the deadline, or allowing data to be stored both offshore as well as locally -- a practice known as data mirroring. "We see this (data localization) as a fundamental issue to the further development of digital trade and one that is crucial to our economic partnership," the U.S. senators said in the letter that has not been previously reported.
Software Freedom Conservancy Shares Thoughts on Microsoft Joining Open Invention Network's Patent Non-Aggression Pact
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it was joining the open-source patent consortium Open Invention Network (OIN). The press release the two shared this week was short on details on how the two organizations intend to work together and what does the move mean to, for instance, the billions of dollars Microsoft earns each year from its Android patents (since Google is a member of OIN, too.) Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), a non-profit organization that promotes open-source software, has weighed in on the subject: While [this week's] announcement is a step forward, we call on Microsoft to make this just the beginning of their efforts to stop their patent aggression efforts against the software freedom community. The OIN patent non-aggression pact is governed by something called the Linux System Definition. This is the most important component of the OIN non-aggression pact, because it's often surprising what is not included in that Definition especially when compared with Microsoft's patent aggression activities. Most importantly, the non-aggression pact only applies to the upstream versions of software, including Linux itself. We know that Microsoft has done patent troll shakedowns in the past on Linux products related to the exfat filesystem. While we at Conservancy were successful in getting the code that implements exfat for Linux released under GPL (by Samsung), that code has not been upstreamed into Linux. So, Microsoft has not included any patents they might hold on exfat into the patent non-aggression pact. We now ask Microsoft, as a sign of good faith and to confirm its intention to end all patent aggression against Linux and its users, to now submit to upstream the exfat code themselves under GPLv2-or-later. This would provide two important protections to Linux users regarding exfat: (a) it would include any patents that read on exfat as part of OIN's non-aggression pact while Microsoft participates in OIN, and (b) it would provide the various benefits that GPLv2-or-later provides regarding patents, including an implied patent license and those protections provided by GPLv2 (and possibly other GPL protections and assurances as well).
Are Universal Basic Incomes 'A Tool For Our Further Enslavement'?
Douglas Rushkoff, long-time open source advocate (and currently a professor of Digital Economics at the City University of New York, Queens College), is calling Universal Basic Incomes "no gift to the masses, but a tool for our further enslavement."
Uber's business plan, like that of so many other digital unicorns, is based on extracting all the value from the markets it enters. This ultimately means squeezing employees, customers, and suppliers alike in the name of continued growth. When people eventually become too poor to continue working as drivers or paying for rides, UBI supplies the required cash infusion for the business to keep operating. When it's looked at the way a software developer would, it's clear that UBI is really little more than a patch to a program that's fundamentally flawed. The real purpose of digital capitalism is to extract value from the economy and deliver it to those at the top. If consumers find a way to retain some of that value for themselves, the thinking goes, you're doing something wrong or "leaving money on the table."
Walmart perfected the softer version of this model in the 20th century. Move into a town, undercut the local merchants by selling items below cost, and put everyone else out of business. Then, as sole retailer and sole employer, set the prices and wages you want. So what if your workers have to go on welfare and food stamps. Now, digital companies are accomplishing the same thing, only faster and more completely.... Soon, consumers simply can't consume enough to keep the revenues flowing in. Even the prospect of stockpiling everyone's data, like Facebook or Google do, begins to lose its allure if none of the people behind the data have any money to spend. To the rescue comes UBI.
The policy was once thought of as a way of taking extreme poverty off the table. In this new incarnation, however, it merely serves as a way to keep the wealthiest people (and their loyal vassals, the software developers) entrenched at the very top of the economic operating system. Because of course, the cash doled out to citizens by the government will inevitably flow to them.... Under the guise of compassion, UBI really just turns us from stakeholders or even citizens to mere consumers. Once the ability to create or exchange value is stripped from us, all we can do with every consumptive act is deliver more power to people who can finally, without any exaggeration, be called our corporate overlords... if Silicon Valley's UBI fans really wanted to repair the economic operating system, they should be looking not to universal basic income but universal basic assets, first proposed by Institute for the Future's Marina Gorbis... As appealing as it may sound, UBI is nothing more than a way for corporations to increase their power over us, all under the pretense of putting us on the payroll. It's the candy that a creep offers a kid to get into the car or the raise a sleazy employer gives a staff member who they've sexually harassed. It's hush money.
Rushkoff's conclusion? "Whether its proponents are cynical or simply naive, UBI is not the patch we need."
Facebook Says Russian Firms 'Scraped' Data, Some for Facial Recognition
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:
On the same day Facebook announced that it had carried out its biggest purge yet of American accounts peddling disinformation, the company quietly made another revelation: It had removed 66 accounts, pages and apps linked to Russian firms that build facial recognition software for the Russian government. Facebook said Thursday that it had removed any accounts associated with SocialDataHub and its sister firm, Fubutech, because the companies violated its policies by scraping data from the social network. "Facebook has reason to believe your work for the government has included matching photos from individuals' personal social media accounts in order to identify them," the company said in a cease-and-desist letter to SocialDataHub that was dated Tuesday and viewed by The New York Times...
As Facebook is taking a closer look at its own products amid increasing scrutiny and public outcry, it is increasingly finding examples of companies that have been exploiting its global social network for questionable ends.... Artur Khachuyan, the 26-year-old chief executive of SocialDataHub and Fubutech, said in an interview Friday that Fubutech scraped data from the web, particularly Google search and the Russian search engine Yandex, to build a database of Russian citizens and their images that the government can use for facial recognition. "We don't know exactly what they do with it," he said.... At one point in a 30-minute phone interview, he said the Russian Defense Ministry was a client but later said he could not name Fubutech's government clients.
The two Russian companies have been around for over four years, "relying in part on Facebook data," the Times reports.
"At the top of the SocialDataHub's website, there is a single line: 'We know everything about everybody.'"
Why Someone Put a Giant, Inflatable Bitcoin Rat on Wall Street
There's now a giant, inflatable rat covered in crypto code across from the Federal Reserve. An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:
The bitcoin rat, first noted on Reddit, was created by Nelson Saiers, an artist and former hedge fund manager, according to Coindesk. The art installation, which appeared earlier this week and is temporary, is intended as much as a tribute to bitcoin's creator Satoshi Nakamoto as much as it is a condemnation of the Fed and critics of cryptocurrencies. "The sculpture's supposed to kind of reflect the spirit of Satoshi and what he's trying to do," Saiers told Coindesk, who noted the rat image was inspired in part by another titan of traditional finance. "Warren Buffett called bitcoin 'rat poison squared' but if the Fed's a rat, then maybe rat poison is a good thing," he said... "This is a very iconic image for protest," Saiers told blockchain news site Breaker. "Somewhere in the heart of bitcoin is a bit of protest of big bank bailouts."
That idea appeared to be lost on some Redditors, who claimed they spotted the bitcoin rat in the wilds of Wall Street but didn't immediately see its significance. "I walked past it today," one wrote. "Had no idea it was about Bitcoin." "It's cool, but people walking by won't understand it," said another. "I don't even understand it. Needs a BTC logo or something."
America Finally Abandons Plan To Convert Plutonium Bombs Into Nuclear Fuel
MOX hoped to convert plutonium from Cold War bombs into fuel for nuclear power plants, but even though the project was about 70% complete, Washington has pulled the plug. Slashdot reader Mr. Dollar Ton shared this story from Reuters:
The Department of Energy told Senate and House of Representatives committees in May that MOX, a type of specialized nuclear recycling plant that has never been built in the United States, would cost about $48 billion more than the $7.6 billion already spent on it. Instead of completing MOX, the Trump administration, like the Obama administration before it, wants to blend the 34 tonnes of deadly plutonium -- enough to make about 8,000 nuclear weapons -- with an inert substance and bury it underground in New Mexico's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Burying the plutonium would cost nearly $20 billion over the next two decades and would require 400 jobs at Savannah River, the Department of Energy has estimated.
Sprint: LG G Flex Will Launch Online on January 31 for $299 on Contract
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Motorola Announces Moto X Launch in UK, France, and Germany on February 1
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Criminal elements in Trinidad claim to have compromising photos, videos of chief justice
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Surinam Airways must end mid-Atlantic route and focus on the Caribbean, says aviation expert
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Antigua-Barbuda expresses regret at ‘crass remarks’ by OAS secretary general
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Several pieces of financial impropriety puzzle against Trinidad PM coming together, says opposition MP
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Sandals denies existence of secret deal with Trinidad government
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RSS soldiers placed on the streets of St Kitts-Nevis as special constables
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