We go live to the Uber-Waymo court battle... You are not going to believe this. The judge certainly doesn't
Down a deep rabbit hole of alleged theft of secrets
This is nuts.
"Uber caught one of its employees trying to steal documents and save them to his personal computer. He resigned.
And then Uber paid him $2m. And hired him back for a year as a consultant for $1m, offering a $1.5m end-of-contract payoff. And paid his lawyer $3m.
If that sounds highly improbable to you, you are not alone. Judge William Alsup was equally surprised at a hearing Wednesday morning in San Francisco.
But that's not all."Posted on 2017-11-30T20:39:45+0000
Coinbase Ordered to Turn Over Identities of 14,355 Cryptocurrency Traders to the IRS
The exchange lost a legal battle and now Bitcoin’s tax problem is coming to a head.
Epidemic Of Health Care Waste: From $1,877 Ear Piercing To ICU Overuse
Unnecessary or needlessly expensive care costs hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Patients, employers and taxpayers are footing the bill.
Android O is Breaking Apps that Overlay on top of the Status Bar
Android O deprecates TYPE_SYSTEM_OVERLAY in favor of TYPE_APPLICATION_OVERLAY, resulting in apps that overlay on top of the status bar breaking.
Synthesizing Obama: Learning Lip Sync from Audio
Synthesizing Obama: Learning Lip Sync from Audio Supasorn Suwajanakorn, Steven M. Seitz, Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman SIGGRAPH 2017 Given audio of President Ba...
Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle Says ‘Avoid Bitcoin Like the Plague’
Bitcoin has been on a spree, but legendary investor Jack Bogle doesn’t think you should pull your money from the S&P 500 just yet.
"It’s “crazy” to invest in the digital asset, he added. “Bitcoin may well go to $20,000 but that won’t prove I’m wrong. When it gets back to $100, we’ll talk.”"Posted on 2017-11-29T15:51:40+0000
Updated to High Sierra, all Admin accounts now ... | Apple Developer Forums
Hi there, I am hoping someone might know how to fix this - after updating to High Sierra, the two admin accounts on this machine are all of a sudden
Lemi Orhan Ergin on Twitter
“Dear @AppleSupport, we noticed a *HUGE* security issue at MacOS High Sierra. Anyone can login as "root" with empty password after clicking on login button several times. Are you aware of it @Apple?”
More than 180 Women Report Sexual Assaults at Massage Envy
Across the US, people go to Massage Envy spas in search of a soothing, affordable escape. More than 180 people say what they got instead was sexual assault. But the billion-dollar company says that’s
The Old West’s Muslim Tamale King
How a South Asian immigrant became a Wyoming fast-food legend and received American citizenship—twice.
This was one of the most interesting things I've read in a really long time.
Covers American history, immigration, islamophobia, the struggles of an immigrant, small town life, food, and much more in just one piece.
"Over and over, we forget what being American means. The radical premise of our nation is that one people can be made from many, yet in each new generation we find reasons to limit who those “many” can be—to wall off access to America, literally or figuratively. That impulse usually finds its roots in claims about who we used to be, but nativist nostalgia is a fantasy. We have always been a pluralist nation, with a past far richer and stranger than we choose to recall. Back when the streets of Sheridan were still dirt and Zarif Khan was still young, the Muslim who made his living selling Mexican food in the Wild West would put up a tamale for stakes and race local cowboys barefoot down Main Street. History does not record who won"Posted on 2017-11-26T06:40:02+0000
More than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments were Likely Faked
I used natural language processing techniques to analyze net neutrality comments submitted to the FCC from April-October 2017, and the…
CEO of HQ, the Hottest App Going: If You Run This Profile, We’ll Fire Our Host
The trivia app has become a sensation on the app store and a darling for media prognosticators. Its CEO threatened to fire its star host for talking to us about salad.
Sex matters in experiments on party drug — in mice
Ketamine lifts rodents' mood only if administered by male researchers.
"Suspecting that scent was involved, the researchers put the animals inside a fume hood so that the mice couldn’t smell who was injecting them. This completely eliminated the effect of the ketamine, regardless of the experimenter’s sex. When Georgiou and her colleagues placed a t-shirt worn by a man next to the mice in the fume hood, mice injected with ketamine swam for longer than those injected with a placebo. This suggested that male odour was necessary for the drug to work."Posted on 2017-11-22T06:03:39+0000
Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People’s Data
Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing company ousted Joe Sullivan, chief security officer, and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the h...
Man this is huge. Not just the breach, but the cover-up. Looks like the Chief Security Officer was fired for the cover-up.
"At the time of the incident, Uber was negotiating with U.S. regulators investigating separate claims of privacy violations. Uber now says it had a legal obligation to report the hack to regulators and to drivers whose license numbers were taken. Instead, the company paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep the breach quiet. Uber said it believes the information was never used but declined to disclose the identities of the attackers."Posted on 2017-11-21T22:33:39+0000
Modern Media Is a DoS Attack on Your Free Will - Issue 52: The Hive - Nautilus
It’s not that James Williams, a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute’s Digital Ethics Lab (motto: “Every Bit…
Nehru, the Patron Saint of Soviet Sexual Liberation?
In the early 1950s, urban social life in the Soviet Union was constrained, with few opportunities for young people to meet and date. But that changed after Jawaharlal Nehru's visit in 1955.
When Unpaid Student Loan Bills Mean You Can No Longer Work
Twenty states suspend people’s professional or driver’s licenses if they fall behind on loan payments, according to records obtained by The New York Times.
The Disappearing Right to Earn a Living
Want to become a florist in Louisiana? A home-entertainment installer in Connecticut? Or a barber anywhere? You’re going to need a license for that—and it’s going to cost you.
What Happened to the Internet’s Favorite T-Shirt Company?
Threadless figured out how to make money on the internet before anyone else. What went wrong?
" Concerns about controlling quality make sense given that artists on Threadless’s forum complain that they’re unable to promote their work because the print quality has dropped to the point that designs flake off after a few washes. Reviewers say the sizing, feel, and weight of Threadless’s shirts is inconsistent and getting worse over time, with some customers reporting that shirts bought five to 10 years ago are still holding up better than those purchased this year."
Sums up my experience :(
I bought some shirts 5 years ago that are holding up really well, and others I bought earlier this year that didn't even last the first wearPosted on 2017-11-16T08:10:41+0000
How to Get Rich Playing Video Games Online
For the stars of the streaming service Twitch, success means working around the clock.
"In the next few years, Dariani expects, the annual marketing expenditure on Twitch streamers will surpass a billion dollars. By his rough estimate, two thousand broadcasters are already making a middle-class income through Twitch; he has seen clients turn down fifty thousand dollars for a two-hour convention appearance because they didn’t want to deal with the travel. “The amount of money in content creation is ludicrous,” David Martinez, an acquaintance of Dariani’s who manages the streamer and YouTuber Ryan “Northernlion” Letourneau, told me. “It’s one thing to make a living playing video games. It’s another thing to be people like us who make a living off those people, and live comfortably. It’s fucking crazy.”"Posted on 2017-11-15T06:17:03+0000
OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access
Just a month ago, OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable data from phone owners through incredibly detailed analytics. While the company eve... by Corbin Davenport in News, OnePlus, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5, OnePlus One
Entering the Quantum Era—How Firefox got fast again and where it’s going to get faster – Mozilla Hacks - the Web developer blog
Over the past seven months, we’ve been rapidly replacing major parts of the engine, introducing Rust and parts of Servo to Firefox. Plus, we’ve had a browser performance strike force ...
19 REASONS THIS “SURVIVAL” STORY SMELLS FISHY
Have you missed me? Trick question; I know you’ve missed me. Frankly, the main reason I haven’t been writing is laziness. I make no bones about it. The second reason is that I got hit b…
Super engrossing read. I now feel like I need to read the original claims.
"I don’t know what the fuck happened. But I do know these women are full of shit."Posted on 2017-11-13T04:16:52+0000
Is Disney paying its share in Anaheim? The money battle outside the Happiest Place on Earth
Over the last 20 years or so, Disneyland Resort has secured incentives, tax protections and subsidies that, in total, would be worth more than $1 billion.
Disney Ends Ban on Los Angeles Times Amid Fierce Backlash
News organizations join critics’ groups to counter the company’s move to bar Times reviewers from screenings over the newspaper’s tough coverage of Disney’s dealings with Anaheim, Calif.
Disney clearly had not heard of the Streisand effect.
I wouldn't have read the amazing expose on their political maneuvering in Anaheim were it not for the initial LA times note about the boycottPosted on 2017-11-08T00:43:37+0000
Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes, Including Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal
The sweeping campaign of arrests appears to be the latest move to consolidate the power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son and top adviser of King Salman.
Poll: 71% of Americans Say Political Correctness Has Silenced Discussions Society Needs to Have, 58% Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share
The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, a new national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, finds that 71% Americans believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have. The consequences are personal—58% of Americans believe the political climate prevents th...
Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC
When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.
Messing with the Google Buganizer System for $15,600 in Bounties
Easy Bugs for Hard Cash
California decided it was tired of women bleeding to death in childbirth
The maternal mortality rate in the state is a third of the American average. Here's why.
Long and enlightening read.
"In the US, childbirth has been growing more dangerous recently. Maternal mortality — defined as the death of a mother from pregnancy-related complications while she’s carrying or within 42 days after birth — in the US soared by 27 percent, from 19 per 100,000 to 24 per 100,000, between 2000 and 2014."Posted on 2017-11-01T17:11:18+0000