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Boing Boing 06/26/2019 13:05
The US government is forcing children to sleep in chain-link cages on concrete floors with aluminum foil blankets and depriving them of basic necessities like soap and toothbrushes. "The Taliban gave me toothpaste & soap," tweeted David Rohde, a New Yorker editor who was held hostage by the Taliban for seven months. The Taliban gave me toothpaste & soap. — David Rohde (@RohdeD) June 24, 2019. Michael Scott Moore, who was kidnapped and held captive by Somali pirates, also tweeted "Somali pirates gave me toothpaste & soap.":.
Boing Boing 06/26/2019 13:02
"Key Performance Indicators" -- KPIs -- are the metrics used by software shops to figure out whether their products are improving; notoriously, much of the software industry has converged on "engagement" (that is, minutes spent with an app) as a KPI, and everyone from designers to programmers to managers to execs earn their bonuses and promotions by making that number go up. Absent any of this, "engagement" actually is a pretty good proxy for product quality: if your users voluntarily increase the amount of time they spend with your product, it's likely that they're enjoying themselves.
Boing Boing 06/26/2019 11:36
The EU Commission's High-Level Expert Group on AI (AI HLEG) has tabled its Policy and investment recommendations for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence , recommending a ban on the use of machine learning technologies to generate Chinese-style Citizen Scores and limits on the use of the technology in monitoring and analyzing mass surveillance data. However, much of the report simply recommends "further study," while other recommendations, like limits on the use of emotional tracking and assessment technologies, are maddeningly vague.
Boing Boing 06/26/2019 11:24
Germany's auto regulator has ordered Daimler to recall 42,000 Mercedes diesels because the company installed illegal software in their engines that gimmicked the engine's thermostat, which would allow the manufacturer to selectively tune its cars' emissions. Daimler disputes that the software is illegal and has said it will appeal (it says it showed the regulator the software in question last year); but it has formally advised investors to expect a one-time writedown of hundreds of millions of euros over the recall. Today, the Daimler vehicles in question are Mercedes-Benz-brand vehicles that are only sold in the EU.
Boing Boing 06/26/2019 11:07
Queens is the most populous district in the USA, with a population (2.359m) larger than many states; the District Attorney of Queens wields incredible power, and now that power has shifted dramatically. Like many of New York City's elected offices, the real race for DA is decided by the local Democratic Party machine, as the electorate is overwhelmingly Democrate-voting.
Boing Boing 06/26/2019 10:41
Insulin prices have skyrocketed to the point where many people with diabetes live in insulin poverty, with one in four rationing their insulin and an even larger proportion trading off other life necessities (food, rent, clothing) to afford their insulin supply. The rise in insulin prices has nothing to do with recouping R&D costs (the majority of which are funded by government agencies, in any event): the cost of Humalog has risen 1000% in a decade, without any reformulations or refinements. Why are the prices so high?
Boing Boing 06/26/2019 10:00
Oh my heart. The Muppets of Sesame Street had their own Tiny Desk concert! NPR's Bob Boilen :. The news has stopped! Count von Count and the NPR kids count us down: 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1! And there they are at the Tiny Desk: Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Rosita, Abby Cadabby and Cookie Monster, all singing about a sunny day and how everything is A-OK. The Sesame Street crew — including Elmo, Grover and other surprise guests — visited NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C., to celebrate Sesame Street 's 50 years of teaching the world its A-B-Cs, its 1-2-3s, how to be kind and how to be proud, all while spreading love and joy. Sesame Street has won more major awards than any other group to play the Tiny Desk, including 11 Grammys and 192 Emmys.
Boing Boing 06/26/2019 09:15
I've never been able to get into Doctor Who, but I loves me some David Tennant. His performances in Broadchurch (Not that crappy American Gracepoint remake nonsense, mind you), Jessica Jones and, most recently, Good Omens, have been absolutely amazing. There's something about him that draws the eye and makes you believe in what he's selling on-screen. He doesn't oversell his characters and its rare to see him steal authority from those working a scene with him. His craft's earned him a huge amount of celebrity in recent years--a fact that he hasn't always been comfortable with. In this candid interview, Tennant talks about his having to come to terms with being 'public property,' and how celebrity can change one's life for both better and w.
Boing Boing 06/26/2019 09:00
Here's something that might make you feel old: The first episode of Seinfeld ran July 5, 1989. Thirty years ago! To celebrate this 30th-anniversary milestone, designer Brent Waller has recreated Jerry's now-iconic Manhattan apartment in LEGO, along with minifigs of Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, George, and Newman. The set is only a concept right now -- not that there's anything wrong with that!. But, if it gets enough votes in the LEGO Ideas contest, it will become an actual product you can buy in stores. Vote now. ( The Awesomer ) Read the rest.
Boing Boing 06/26/2019 08:46
San Fransisco-based Juul and other e-cigarette companies were given a swift kick in the stones today by the Golden Gate City as San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes within its borders. From The New York Times :. "We’ve worked for decades to decrease tobacco usage and try to end nicotine addiction," said Shamann Walton, a member of the board of supervisors and a co-author of the bill, which will go into effect 30 days after it is signed by the mayor.
Boing Boing 06/26/2019 08:25
The NRA announced that it is firing its longtime advertising firm and spokesperson Dana Loesch . It's the latest episode in the grifter civil war that's engulfed the gun lobby group . The N.R.A. on Tuesday also severed all business with its estranged advertising firm, Ackerman McQueen, which operates NRATV, the N.R.A.’s live broadcasting media arm, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The New York Times. While NRATV may continue to air past content, its live broadcasting will end and its on-air personalities — Ackerman employees including Dana Loesch — will no longer be the public faces of the N.R.A. It remained unclear whether the N.R.A. might try to hire some of those employees, but there was no indication it was negotiating
Boing Boing 06/26/2019 08:00
When it comes to large computer systems, not one of them is fully secure. Even with constant updates to the platforms that keep vital networks humming, there's always a back door. And companies are willing to pay handsomely to effective bouncers that can keep an eye on them. Call them ethical hackers or white hat hackers, they're the cybersecurity experts that are constantly on the lookout for vulnerabilities to sensitive networks - the better to patch them up and keep them safe. There's not likely to be a drop in demand for these extremely specialized techs anytime soon. And if you've thought about joining their ranks, there's actually a course dedicated to bringing any coder up to speed: The Ultimate Ethical Hacking A to Z Certification B.
Boing Boing 06/25/2019 21:28
Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel who led the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election , has agreed to testify before Congress on July 17 about the Trump-Russia probe. “Two House committees issued subpoenas to compel his appearance, setting up a must-see hearing that could reshape the political landscape around Donald J. Trump’s presidency,” writes Nicholas Fandos for the New York Times: . The chairmen of the committees, Representatives Jerrold Nadler of New York and Adam B. Schiff of California, said they understood Mr. Mueller had reservations about appearing on Capitol Hill, but they were insistent he do so, anyway. “The American public deserves to hear directly from you about your investigation
Boing Boing 06/25/2019 18:47
You would almost think that billionaire serial sex-abuser of children and former pal of Donald Trump, Jeffrey Epstein, has some kind of secret leverage that keeps him from being brought to justice for his sickening crimes. From the Miami Herald :. Suspected sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was handed another break by the Department of Justice on Monday when federal prosecutors rejected his victims’ efforts to throw out his plea deal and prosecute him for abusing dozens of underage girls. In the 35-page motion, filed in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia, federal prosecutors said that there is no legal basis to invalidate Epstein’s non-prosecution agreement — and they warned the federal judge in the case against doing the same. U.
Boing Boing 06/25/2019 17:53
Megan Rapinoe, co-captain of the United States women's national soccer team did not sing the National Anthem before the Women's World Cup game with Thailand on Tuesday. She does not expect to be invited to the White House, and if she ever is, she made it clear she doesn't intend to go:. “I’m not going to the fucking White House.” - @mPinoe — Eight by Eight (@8by8mag) June 25, 2019. Image: Twitter Read the rest.
Boing Boing 06/25/2019 16:55
A hacker calling themself Light Leafon who claims to be a 14-year-old is responsible for a new IoT worm called Silex that targets any Unix-like system by attempting a login with default credentials; upon gaining access, the malware enumerates all mounted disks and writes to them from /dev/random until they are filled, then it deletes the devices' firewall rules and removes its network config and triggers a restart -- this effectively bricks the device, rendering it useless until someone performs the complex dance needed to download and reinstall the device's firmware. The worm has taken down at least 2,000 devices since it appeared earlier today, and is indiscriminate enough that it could take down GNU/Linux servers that were badly configur.
Boing Boing 06/25/2019 16:35
I've often said that science fiction doesn't tell you much about the future, but it sure tells you a lot about the present: the fact that we're still citing Frankenstein and the Terminator tells you that we're worried about being carried away by our technology, the fact that we're still citing The Matrix tells you that we fear that the world is being secretly run by a conspiracy ( and not without cause ). The rise of global trumpism has been accompanied by a resurgence in John Carpenter's 1988 science fiction movie about conspiracies, consumerism and revealed truths "They Live," and just in time to cash in on the zeitgeist, Neca has announced a $70 They Live action-figure set that ships on Halloween 2019, complete with OBEY TV set accessory.

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