Monthly Archives: November 2017

Russia Says It Will Ignore Any UN Ban of Killer Robots

According a report from Defense One, a United Nations meeting in Geneva earlier this month on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) was derailed when Russia said they would not adhere to any prohibitions on killer robots. “The U.N. meeting appeared

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Google Bans Apps From Displaying Lock Screen Ads

Google is banning lock screen ads from the Play Store. In the new section on Google’s developer monetization page, Google says: “Unless the exclusive purpose of the app is that of a lock screen, apps may not introduce ads or

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company Bids On Chicago Airport Transit Link

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Wednesday, the city of Chicago opened a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an express train that would take passengers from the city’s O’Hare airport to downtown. The system would have

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Facebook Judge Frowns on Bid To Toss Biometric Face Print Suit

Facebook faced a skeptical judge over its second request to get out of a lawsuit alleging its photo scanning technology flouts users’ privacy rights. From a report: “The right to say no is a valuable commodity,” U.S. District Judge James

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Cryptocurrencies Aren’t ‘Crypto’

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for the Motherboard: Lately on the internet, people in the world of Bitcoin and other digital currencies are starting to use the word “crypto” as a catch-all term for the lightly regulated and burgeoning world of digital

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Prepare for the New Paywall Era

Alexis C. Madrigal, writing for The Atlantic: If the recent numbers are any indication, there is a bloodbath in digital media this year. Publishers big and small are coming up short on advertising revenue, even if they are long on

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An Unconscious Patient With a ‘DO NOT RESUSCITATE’ Tattoo

A real-life case study, published on New England Journal of Medicine, documents the ethical dilemma that a Florida hospital faced after a 70-year-old unresponsive patient arrived at the hospital. The medical staff, the journal notes, was taken aback when it

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High Sierra Root Login Bug Was Mentioned on Apple’s Support Forums Two Weeks Ago

John Gruber, reporting for DaringFireball: It’s natural to speculate how a bug as egregious as the now-fixed High Sierra root login bug could escape notice for so long. It seems to have been there ever since High Sierra 10.3.0 shipped

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‘Bomb on Board’ Wi-Fi Network Causes Turkish Airlines Flight To Be Diverted

A Turkish Airlines flight from Nairobi to Istanbul was diverted after the detection of a wi-fi network called “bomb on board” that alarmed the passengers, the airline said on Thursday. From a report: In a statement, Turkish Airlines said the

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Wondering Why Your Internal .dev Web App Has Stopped Working?

Kieren McCarthy, writing for The Register: Network admins, code wranglers and other techies have hit an unusual problem this week: their test and development environments have vanished. Rather than connecting to private stuff on an internal .dev domain to pick

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