Twitter: We Might Have Some Time for a Vague Discussion on the President's Voter Fraud Lies Next Year

Twitter is never, ever going to ban or otherwise take direct action against the president, who besides being the site’s number one power user has in the past skirted uncomfortably close to using it as ground zero for nuclear war. The logic goes that as the president, Trump’s tweets are inherently newsworthy—a sensible…

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Source: Gizmodo – Twitter: We Might Have Some Time for a Vague Discussion on the President’s Voter Fraud Lies Next Year

Action-packed ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ trailer shows off some combat

The appearance of Christmas decorations usually means shifting consumer viewing habits from summer action blockbusters to feel-gooderies like A Charlie Brown Christmas. Luckily, the drop of a new trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, reminds us that the h…

Source: Engadget – Action-packed ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ trailer shows off some combat

Tantalizing But Preliminary Evidence of a 'Brain Microbiome'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: We know the menagerie of microbes in the gut has powerful effects on our health. Could some of these same bacteria be making a home in our brains? A poster presented here this week at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience drew attention with high-resolution microscope images of bacteria apparently penetrating and inhabiting the cells of healthy human brains. The work is preliminary, and its authors are careful to note that their tissue samples, collected from cadavers, could have been contaminated. But to many passersby in the exhibit hall, the possibility that bacteria could directly influence processes in the brain — including, perhaps, the course of neurological disease — was exhilarating.

Talking hoarsely above the din of the exhibit hall on Tuesday evening, neuroanatomist Rosalinda Roberts of The University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), told attendees about a tentative finding that, if true, suggests an unexpectedly intimate relationship between microbes and the brain. Her lab looks for differences between healthy people and those with schizophrenia by examining slices of brain tissue preserved in the hours after death. About 5 years ago, neuroscientist Courtney Walker, then an undergraduate in Roberts’s lab, became fascinated by unidentified rod-shaped objects that showed up in finely detailed images of these slices, captured with an electron microscope. Roberts had seen the shapes before. “But I just dismissed them, because I was looking for something else,” she says. “I would say ‘Oh, here are those things again.'” But Walker was persistent, and Roberts started to consult colleagues at UAB. This year, a bacteriologist gave her unexpected news: They were bacteria. Her team has now found bacteria somewhere in every brain they’ve checked — 34 in all — about half of them healthy, and half from people with schizophrenia.

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Microsoft Re-Releases Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Outlines Rigorous QC Regimen

Microsoft Re-Releases Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Outlines Rigorous QC Regimen
After a month of doom and gloom, Microsoft is finally re-releasing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. That’s right, we’re roughly halfway through November and Microsoft has just now gotten to the point where it is semi-comfortable with distributing the update. We say “semi” because you still have to actively seek it out and there’s no guarantee

Source: Hot Hardware – Microsoft Re-Releases Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Outlines Rigorous QC Regimen

Netflix's Oscar hopeful 'Roma' gets personal in first trailer

Roma has been racking up praise from critics on the film festival circuit for months. Now that Netflix released a trailer for the film as it is gearing up for a limited theatrical run, it’s easy to see what people have been raving about. The film fro…

Source: Engadget – Netflix’s Oscar hopeful ‘Roma’ gets personal in first trailer

Waymo To Start First Driverless Car Service Next Month

Alphabet’s self-driving car company Waymo is planning to launch the world’s first commercial driverless car service in early December. According to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the plans, the service “will operate under a new brand and compete directly with Uber and Lyft.” From the report: Waymo is keeping the new name a closely guarded secret until the formal announcement. It’s a big milestone for self-driving cars, but it won’t exactly be a “flip-the-switch” moment. Waymo isn’t planning a splashy media event, and the service won’t be appearing in an app store anytime soon. Instead, things will start small — perhaps dozens or hundreds of authorized riders in the suburbs around Phoenix, covering about 100 square miles.

The first wave of customers will likely draw from Waymo’s Early Rider Program — a test group of 400 volunteer families who have been riding Waymos for more than a year. The customers who move to the new service will be released from their non-disclosure agreements, which means they’ll be free to talk about it, snap selfies, and take friends or even members of the media along for rides. New customers in the Phoenix area will be gradually phased in as Waymo adds more vehicles to its fleet to ensure a balance of supply and demand. The report notes that some backup drivers will be placed in the cars when the service launches, and the cars themselves will be heavily modified Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

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The British Military Is Launching a Major Test of Unmanned Vehicles and Surveillance Drones

The British Army is carrying out a major, four-week test of 70 new technologies, “including unmanned vehicles and surveillance drones,” as part of its “Autonomous Warrior experiment,” the MIT Technology Review reported this week.

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Source: Gizmodo – The British Military Is Launching a Major Test of Unmanned Vehicles and Surveillance Drones

Wine 3.0.4 Is En Route With New Icons, Dozens Of Bug Fixes

Wine 4.0 should be out in early 2019 as the next major stable release of this increasingly used software for running Windows games and applications on Linux and other operating systems. For those not riding the bi-weekly development releases that lead up to the eventual Wine 4.0, Wine 3.0.4 is coming in the days ahead as the latest stable point revision…

Source: Phoronix – Wine 3.0.4 Is En Route With New Icons, Dozens Of Bug Fixes

Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks

Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks

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Back at the start of the year, a set of attacks that leveraged the speculative execution capabilities of modern high-performance processors was revealed. The attacks were named Meltdown and Spectre. Since then, numerous variants of these attacks have been devised. In tandem, a range of mitigation techniques has been created to enable at-risk software, operating systems, and hypervisor platforms to protect against these attacks.

A research team—including many of the original researchers behind Meltdown, Spectre, and the related Foreshadow and BranchScope attacks—has published a new paper disclosing yet more attacks in the Spectre and Meltdown families. The result? Seven new possible attacks. Some are mitigated by known mitigation techniques, but others are not. That means further work is required to safeguard vulnerable systems.

The previous investigations into these attacks has been a little ad hoc in nature; examining particular features of interest to provide, for example, a Spectre attack that can be performed remotely over a network, or Meltdown-esque attack to break into SGX enclaves. The new research is more systematic, looking at the underlying mechanisms behind both Meltdown and Spectre and running through all the different ways the speculative execution can be misdirected.

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Source: Ars Technica – Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks

Google Is Absorbing DeepMind's Health Care Unit To Create An 'AI Assistant For Nurses and Doctors'

Google has announced that it’s absorbing DeepMind Health, a part of its London-based AI lab DeepMind. “In a blog post, DeepMind’s founders said it was a ‘major milestone’ for the company that would help turn its Streams app — which it developed to help the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) — into ‘an AI-powered assistant for nurses and doctors’ that combines ‘the best algorithms with intuitive design,'” reports The Verge. “Currently, the Streams app is being piloted in the UK as a way to help health care practitioners manage patients.” From the report: DeepMind says its Streams team will remain in London and that it’s committed to carrying out ongoing work with the NHS. These include a number of ambitious research projects, such as using AI to spot eye disease in routine scans. The news is potentially controversial given the upset in the UK caused by one of DeepMind’s early deals with the NHS. The country’s data watchdogs ruled in 2017 that a partnership DeepMind struck with the NHS was illegal, as individuals hadn’t been properly informed about how their medical data would be used.

Another consistent worry for privacy advocates in the UK has been the prospect of Google getting its hands on this sort of information. It’s not clear what the absorption of the Streams team into Google means in that context, but we’ve reached out to DeepMind for clarification. According to a report from CNBC, the independent review board DeepMind set up to oversee its health work will likely be shut down as a result of the move. More broadly speaking, the news clearly signals Google’s ambitions in health care and its desire to get the most of its acquisition of the London AI lab. There have reportedly been long-standing tensions between DeepMind and Google, with the latter wanting to commercialize the former’s work. Compared to Google, DeepMind has positioned itself as a cerebral home for long-sighted research, attracting some of the world’s best AI talent in the process.

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Source: Slashdot – Google Is Absorbing DeepMind’s Health Care Unit To Create An ‘AI Assistant For Nurses and Doctors’

Rogue One Isn't Just Getting a Prequel Series, It's Also Getting This Stunning New Poster

Two years removed from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the story of Jyn Erso and her crew is cool again. Not that it ever wasn’t cool, but the fact that Cassian Andor is getting his own prequel series has certainly put the film back in the spotlight. And now, wouldn’t you know it? A new poster is coming…

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Source: io9 – Rogue One Isn’t Just Getting a Prequel Series, It’s Also Getting This Stunning New Poster

Underwater adventure game 'Abzû' is coming to the Nintendo Switch

Abzû, the award-winning underground aventure game from Giant Squid Studios, is making its way to the Nintendo Switch. The game will be available on the platform starting November 29th. It will sell for $19.99, but you can save 10 percent off by…

Source: Engadget – Underwater adventure game ‘Abzû’ is coming to the Nintendo Switch

Man pleads guilty to swatting attack that lead to death of Kansas man

Man pleads guilty to swatting attack that lead to death of Kansas man

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Federal prosecutors in Kansas announced Tuesday that a 25-year-old Californian has admitted that he caused a Wichita man to be killed at the hands of local police during a swatting attack late last year.

Swatting is a way to harass or threaten someone by calling in a false threat to law enforcement, and when successful, it usually results in a police SWAT team showing up needlessly at its victim’s house.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas, Tyler Barriss pleaded guilty to making a false report resulting in a death, cyberstalking, and conspiracy. He also admitted that he was part of “dozens of similar crimes in which no one was injured.”

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Source: Ars Technica – Man pleads guilty to swatting attack that lead to death of Kansas man

White Supremacist Who Called Synagogue Shooting a 'Dry Run' Arrested On Illegal Gun Charges

Jeffrey R. Clark Jr., a 30-year-old living in the D.C. area, was arrested last week after his relatives alerted the police about his alarming violent, white supremacist statements. Clark has since been arrested and charged with illegally possessing a firearm and a high-speed magazine, according to the Washington Post.

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Source: Gizmodo – White Supremacist Who Called Synagogue Shooting a ‘Dry Run’ Arrested On Illegal Gun Charges

Nasty Adobe Bug Deleted $250,000 Worth of Man's Files, Lawsuit Claims

Freelance videographer Dave Cooper has filed a class action lawsuit against Adobe, alleging that an update to Premiere Pro came with a flaw in the way it handles file management that resulted in the deletion of 500 hours of video clips that he claims were worth around $250,000. Adobe has since patched the bug. Gizmodo reports: Premiere creates redundant video files that are stored in a “Media Cache” folder while a user is working on a project. This takes up a lot of hard drive space, and Cooper instructed the video editing suite to place the folder inside a “Videos” directory on an external hard drive, according to court documents. The “Videos” folder contained footage that wasn’t associated with a Premiere project, which should’ve been fine. When a user is done working on a project they typically clear the “Media Cache” and move on with their lives. Unfortunately, Cooper says that when he initiated the “Clean Cache” function it indiscriminately deleted the contents of his “Videos” folder forever.

Cooper claims that he lost around 100,000 individual clips and that it cost him close to $250,000 to capture that footage. After spending three days trying to recover the data, he admitted that all was lost, the lawsuit says. He also apparently lost work files for edits he was working on and says that he’s missed out on subsequent licensing opportunities. On behalf of himself and other users who wish to join the suit, he’s asking the court for a jury trial and is seeking “monetary damages, including but not limited to any compensatory, incidental, or consequential damages in an amount that the Court or jury will determine, in accordance with applicable law.”

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Source: Slashdot – Nasty Adobe Bug Deleted 0,000 Worth of Man’s Files, Lawsuit Claims

Swatter behind deadly 'Call of Duty' hoax pleads guilty to 51 charges

Tyler Barriss is poised to face a stiff punishment for the game-related swatting call that ultimately killed Wichita resident Andrew Finch, not to mention a host of other crimes. Barriss has pleaded guilty to 51 charges as part of a deal, including…

Source: Engadget – Swatter behind deadly ‘Call of Duty’ hoax pleads guilty to 51 charges

George R.R. Martin's Superhero Franchise Wild Cards Is Coming to Hulu

Most people know George R.R. Martin for his A Song of Fire and Ice series, better known as Game of Thrones. But that’s just one of the author’s universes. Another that he curates and edits is about to get the same treatment from another major provider. And it stars superheroes.

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Source: io9 – George R.R. Martin’s Superhero Franchise Wild Cards Is Coming to Hulu

Couple Who Ran ROM Site To Pay Nintendo $12 Million

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Nintendo has won a lawsuit seeking to take two large retro-game ROM sites offline, on charges of copyright infringement. The judgement, made public today, ruled in Nintendo’s favor and states that the owners of the sites LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co, will have to pay a total settlement of $12 million to Nintendo. The complaint was originally filed by the company in an Arizona federal court in July, and has since lead to a swift purge of self-censorship by popular retro and emulator ROM sites, who have feared they may be sued by Nintendo as well.

LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co were the joint property of couple Jacob and Cristian Mathias, before Nintendo sued them for what they have called “brazen and mass-scale infringement of Nintendo’s intellectual property rights.” The suit never went to court; instead, the couple sought to settle after accepting the charge of direct and indirect copyright infringement. TorrentFreak reports that a permanent injunction, prohibiting them from using, sharing, or distributing Nintendo ROMs or other materials again in the future, has been included in the settlement. Additionally all games, game files, and emulators previously on the site and in their custody must be handed over to the Japanese game developer, along with a $12.23 million settlement figure. It is unlikely, as TorrentFreak have reported, that the couple will be obligated to pay the full figure; a smaller settlement has likely been negotiated in private.

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Source: Slashdot – Couple Who Ran ROM Site To Pay Nintendo Million