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Brandon Gaither 2021-06-07
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Without question, the McLaren 720S is the epitome of supercar performance and aerodynamic styling, but the latter is subjective. But if (for some strange reason) you want your 720S to resemble McLaren’s hardcore Senna GTR, DarwinPro has the solution. And no, it doesn’t involve selling your 720S and paying more money for a $1.7-million Senna GTR. DarwinPro’s newest aftermarket body … Continue reading
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Brandon Gaither 2020-09-03
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In port this month, the Navy's newest aircraft carrier continued to hit milestones as it tests critical combat systems and exercises its flight deck.
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Brandon Gaither 2019-07-23
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While speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University, in New York, Barr demanded eavesdropping mechanisms be added to consumer-level software and devices, mechanisms that can be used by investigators, on demand, to forcibly decrypt and pry into strongly end-to-end encrypted chat sessions.

Cryptography expert Matt Blaze likened Barr’s line – that citizens' personal and business information isn't worth protecting with top-notch encryption – to "flat Earth" thinking.

“The reason we are able, as part of our basic social compact, to guarantee individuals a certain zone of privacy is precisely because the public has reserved the right to access that zone when public safety requires.

If the public’s right of access is blocked, then these zones of personal privacy are converted into 'law-free zones' insulated from legitimate scrutiny.”

Barr said legislation mandating backdoors in software may be avoided, though he refused to rule it out because a terror attack or some such may conveniently swing the population toward outlawing strong cryptography: “A major incident may well occur at any time that will galvanize public opinion on these issues.”

It’s hardly a novel approach, piggybacking on a disaster to push for backdoor access to private conversations, as we saw with the Obama administration’s handling of the San Bernardino shooting aftermath.

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Brandon Gaither 2019-04-17
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Stick 15 July in your diary because the government has at last broken its silence over when the UK's age checks for online porn will come into force – thrusting legions of onanists a timeline for either their last hurrahs or how they intend to circumvent the system.

Easter is approaching – and British pr0n watchers still don't know how long before age-gates come into force

In a desperate attempt to show that, yes, someone really was thinking of the children, the age-verification system will require that British visitors to adult websites prove they are over 18 before they can gain access.

The reforms, introduced as part of the Digital Economy Act 2017, were supposed to be in working order a year ago, but were put on ice so that a regulator could work out the, er, kinks.

That task fell to the British Board of Film Classification.

Once the age checks were nodded through Parliament, a tentative "around Easter" 2019 was given for when the button should be pressed.

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Brandon Gaither 2021-05-16
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The practice is internally called "hire to fire," according to three Amazon managers.
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Brandon Gaither 2020-08-12
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A holiday launch is still on, but an early lead over the PS5 looks impossible
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Brandon Gaither 2019-07-20
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Europe’s police agency is worried that the 5G will interfere with law enforcement’s ability to track people.

Catherine De Bolle, head of Europol, is asking European Union leaders to allow their agency to be more engaged in policy conversations involving the adoption of 5G technology, Reuters reports.

Police agencies in Europe, and the U.S., are capable of tracking and listening in on mobile phones using 4G, but many of the tools they use don’t work in the 5G network, De Bolle told Reuters.

She explained that 5G networks spread data across networks in a way that makes it difficult to track.

“It is one of the most important investigative tools that police officers and services have, so we need this in the future,” De Bolle told Reuters, describing Europol’s tracking surveillance that works on the current mobile infrastructure.

But those tools might not work for long, as “we cannot use them in the 5G”.

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Brandon Gaither 2019-03-21
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Walmart slashed prices of top robot vacuums from iRobot, Shark, Eufy, and Ecovacs just in time for Spring Cleaning season.

You’ll have to wash your windows, but with a Roomba, Ion, RoboVac, or Deebot on the job you can finally retire that old upright and let a robot vacuum take over floor-cleaning duty.

However you start it, iRobot’s 680 uses an onboard suite of sensors to move around and under furniture and avoid falling down stairs.

If you want a robot vacuum with power and self-direction that doesn’t require much if any configuration, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of an awesome price.

If’ you’re looking for a premium model with enough bells and whistles to take over a full floor of your home, iRobot’s Wi-Fi connected Roomba 960 is a solid choice.

Once it learns to navigate your home, the 960 heads out and doesn’t come back to its home station until it needs to recharge the battery — after which the very smart vac (ahem) picks up where it left off.

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Brandon Gaither 2021-05-03
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Technician said he only had a couple of hours of training and did what he was told.
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Brandon Gaither 2019-10-08
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Instagram is killing the feature that allows users to track the activity of everyone they follow.

BuzzFeed reported on Monday that the “Following” tab that shows comments, likes, and follows of other users is going away.

Soon the heart icon will only lead to a tab that shows your own activity.

As BuzzFeed points out, Instagram introduced the Following feature in 2011 and it initially served as an effective way to find new accounts.

But in 2012, Instagram launched the “Popular” section, which turned into “Explore” and has become the main tool for serving users new content and pulling them into digital rabbit holes.

Instagram VP of product Vishal Shah told BuzzFeed that the Follow feature isn’t widely used and the company thinks that many users only find out about it through uncomfortable situations “People didn’t always know that their activity is surfacing,” Shah told BuzzFeed.

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Brandon Gaither 2019-07-09
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Instagram is trying to make that much harder to be an arsehole on its platform – and even get arseholes to consider the error of their ways.

In a blog post on Monday, head of Instagram Adam Mosseri announced a two-pronged approach to fighting bullying on the platform, a familiar problem on social media that he said the company could do more to curb.

One new feature will flag comments deemed by artificial intelligence as potentially offensive before they’re posted, encouraging the posters to reconsider whether their thoughts should be shared.

When a user attempts to post a comment flagged in this manner, they’ll see a pop-up with that asks them “to rethink comments that seem similar to others that have been reported.” According to Mosseri, Instagram is already rolling out this feature.

The other anti-bullying measure will put more power into the hands of those who are experiencing forms of harassment on the platform, allowing them to “Restrict” comments by another user, a setting that will make the restricted person’s comments on the user’s photos invisible to everyone but them.

Users who have been Restricted “won’t be able to see when you’re active on Instagram or when you’ve read their direct messages,” Mosseri said.

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Brandon Gaither 2019-03-20

After peppering Google employees with questions regarding Stadia’s latency, pricing and supported devices to mostly no avail, I got my hands on one of their new controllers and pressed play on the Doom Eternal gameplay they were showing off on a big-screen TV.

Things started off pretty ugly.

The frame rate dropped to a fast-paced PowerPoint presentation, the resolution dipped between 4K crispness and indecipherable blurriness and latency seemed to be as much as a half-second.

As the Google employees looked nervously at each other, someone grabbed the controller from me and restarted the system.

To give Google credit, they stress-tested their system by running Stadia on hotel WiFi rather than taking me down to Mountain View and letting me play with Stadia under much more controlled conditions.

It moves console-level gaming online into your Chrome browser and lets you access it from devices like smartphones that wouldn’t be able to handle the GPU-load initially.

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Brandon Gaither 2021-02-20
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A new zone, plus a 10-boss raid, fresh mega-dungeon and more…
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Brandon Gaither 2019-09-20
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The most powerful tool in Facebook’s considerable arsenal isn’t its incalculable trove of user data or yearly revenue that exceeds the GDP of more than a few sovereign nations – it’s the platform’s ability to spread out any PR disaster over months or years so that all but the most dogged beat reporters stop giving a shit entirely.

There was the slow stream of admissions around Facebook’s role in the 2016 US election, which started with its CEO calling the notion of using his platform to engage in interference through misinformation “a pretty crazy idea.” Combatting election manipulation is now one of the company’s stated priorities.

Recall also the quiet, protracted fessing-up Facebook did around the part it played in Myanmar’s genocide against Muslims.

Most famously, this strategy benefitted Facebook during the Cambridge Analytica scandal where successive drips of information showed the company’s knowledge of possible malfeasance stretched back farther and the scale of misuse was larger than initially reported, all as momentum around the rapidly complicating story dwindled.

Unfortunately, the strategy appears to be working, more or less.

You might be wondering why we’re talking about this again, now, and the answer, of course, is that Facebook is pulling its favourite trick again.

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Brandon Gaither 2019-04-29
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If you’re going to buy a Bluetooth speaker, it should be able to go where you like to go, even if those places are wetter than Niagara Falls.

In short, you need a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, and in our opinion, the Ultimate Ears Blast is the best waterproof Bluetooth speaker.

It’s also more than a match for your wettest activities.

Why you should buy this: It’s sleek, sexy, life-resistant, and it sounds excellent.

Announced in fall 2017, the Blast (and the $300 Megablast) replaced the Boom (and Megaboom) as UE’s top models, and for good reason.

Looking at the Blast, you can’t immediately tell it was designed for outdoor use, which we think is a good design choice.

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Brandon Gaither 2019-02-05
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Apparently, there's no end to the audience for Gwyneth Paltrow's vagina-egg-peddling, lawsuit-settling women's "health" brand, Goop.

In addition to raising a tonne of money in funding and invading London with a pop-up shop, Goop has now decided to ruin Netflix for everybody.

The 'Worst Pseudoscience Of The Year'-winning brand has a 'documentary' series on the way to the platform, on the topic of 'physical and spiritual wellness.'

The series will consist of 30-minute episodes and will launch this Autumn.

Some of the episodes will be presented by Paltrow herself, while some will be by her minions Goop editors.

Whether the infamous yoni eggs and sex dust smoothies will get their own episodes remains to be seen.

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Brandon Gaither 2021-06-07
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Without question, the McLaren 720S is the epitome of supercar performance and aerodynamic styling, but the latter is subjective. But if (for some strange reason) you want your 720S to resemble McLaren’s hardcore Senna GTR, DarwinPro has the solution. And no, it doesn’t involve selling your 720S and paying more money for a $1.7-million Senna GTR. DarwinPro’s newest aftermarket body … Continue reading
Brandon Gaither 2021-05-03
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Technician said he only had a couple of hours of training and did what he was told.
Brandon Gaither 2020-09-03
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In port this month, the Navy's newest aircraft carrier continued to hit milestones as it tests critical combat systems and exercises its flight deck.
Brandon Gaither 2019-10-08
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Instagram is killing the feature that allows users to track the activity of everyone they follow.

BuzzFeed reported on Monday that the “Following” tab that shows comments, likes, and follows of other users is going away.

Soon the heart icon will only lead to a tab that shows your own activity.

As BuzzFeed points out, Instagram introduced the Following feature in 2011 and it initially served as an effective way to find new accounts.

But in 2012, Instagram launched the “Popular” section, which turned into “Explore” and has become the main tool for serving users new content and pulling them into digital rabbit holes.

Instagram VP of product Vishal Shah told BuzzFeed that the Follow feature isn’t widely used and the company thinks that many users only find out about it through uncomfortable situations “People didn’t always know that their activity is surfacing,” Shah told BuzzFeed.

Brandon Gaither 2019-07-23
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While speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University, in New York, Barr demanded eavesdropping mechanisms be added to consumer-level software and devices, mechanisms that can be used by investigators, on demand, to forcibly decrypt and pry into strongly end-to-end encrypted chat sessions.

Cryptography expert Matt Blaze likened Barr’s line – that citizens' personal and business information isn't worth protecting with top-notch encryption – to "flat Earth" thinking.

“The reason we are able, as part of our basic social compact, to guarantee individuals a certain zone of privacy is precisely because the public has reserved the right to access that zone when public safety requires.

If the public’s right of access is blocked, then these zones of personal privacy are converted into 'law-free zones' insulated from legitimate scrutiny.”

Barr said legislation mandating backdoors in software may be avoided, though he refused to rule it out because a terror attack or some such may conveniently swing the population toward outlawing strong cryptography: “A major incident may well occur at any time that will galvanize public opinion on these issues.”

It’s hardly a novel approach, piggybacking on a disaster to push for backdoor access to private conversations, as we saw with the Obama administration’s handling of the San Bernardino shooting aftermath.

Brandon Gaither 2019-07-09
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Instagram is trying to make that much harder to be an arsehole on its platform – and even get arseholes to consider the error of their ways.

In a blog post on Monday, head of Instagram Adam Mosseri announced a two-pronged approach to fighting bullying on the platform, a familiar problem on social media that he said the company could do more to curb.

One new feature will flag comments deemed by artificial intelligence as potentially offensive before they’re posted, encouraging the posters to reconsider whether their thoughts should be shared.

When a user attempts to post a comment flagged in this manner, they’ll see a pop-up with that asks them “to rethink comments that seem similar to others that have been reported.” According to Mosseri, Instagram is already rolling out this feature.

The other anti-bullying measure will put more power into the hands of those who are experiencing forms of harassment on the platform, allowing them to “Restrict” comments by another user, a setting that will make the restricted person’s comments on the user’s photos invisible to everyone but them.

Users who have been Restricted “won’t be able to see when you’re active on Instagram or when you’ve read their direct messages,” Mosseri said.

Brandon Gaither 2019-04-17
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Stick 15 July in your diary because the government has at last broken its silence over when the UK's age checks for online porn will come into force – thrusting legions of onanists a timeline for either their last hurrahs or how they intend to circumvent the system.

Easter is approaching – and British pr0n watchers still don't know how long before age-gates come into force

In a desperate attempt to show that, yes, someone really was thinking of the children, the age-verification system will require that British visitors to adult websites prove they are over 18 before they can gain access.

The reforms, introduced as part of the Digital Economy Act 2017, were supposed to be in working order a year ago, but were put on ice so that a regulator could work out the, er, kinks.

That task fell to the British Board of Film Classification.

Once the age checks were nodded through Parliament, a tentative "around Easter" 2019 was given for when the button should be pressed.

Brandon Gaither 2019-03-20

After peppering Google employees with questions regarding Stadia’s latency, pricing and supported devices to mostly no avail, I got my hands on one of their new controllers and pressed play on the Doom Eternal gameplay they were showing off on a big-screen TV.

Things started off pretty ugly.

The frame rate dropped to a fast-paced PowerPoint presentation, the resolution dipped between 4K crispness and indecipherable blurriness and latency seemed to be as much as a half-second.

As the Google employees looked nervously at each other, someone grabbed the controller from me and restarted the system.

To give Google credit, they stress-tested their system by running Stadia on hotel WiFi rather than taking me down to Mountain View and letting me play with Stadia under much more controlled conditions.

It moves console-level gaming online into your Chrome browser and lets you access it from devices like smartphones that wouldn’t be able to handle the GPU-load initially.

Brandon Gaither 2021-05-16
img
The practice is internally called "hire to fire," according to three Amazon managers.
Brandon Gaither 2021-02-20
img
A new zone, plus a 10-boss raid, fresh mega-dungeon and more…
Brandon Gaither 2020-08-12
img
A holiday launch is still on, but an early lead over the PS5 looks impossible
Brandon Gaither 2019-09-20
img

The most powerful tool in Facebook’s considerable arsenal isn’t its incalculable trove of user data or yearly revenue that exceeds the GDP of more than a few sovereign nations – it’s the platform’s ability to spread out any PR disaster over months or years so that all but the most dogged beat reporters stop giving a shit entirely.

There was the slow stream of admissions around Facebook’s role in the 2016 US election, which started with its CEO calling the notion of using his platform to engage in interference through misinformation “a pretty crazy idea.” Combatting election manipulation is now one of the company’s stated priorities.

Recall also the quiet, protracted fessing-up Facebook did around the part it played in Myanmar’s genocide against Muslims.

Most famously, this strategy benefitted Facebook during the Cambridge Analytica scandal where successive drips of information showed the company’s knowledge of possible malfeasance stretched back farther and the scale of misuse was larger than initially reported, all as momentum around the rapidly complicating story dwindled.

Unfortunately, the strategy appears to be working, more or less.

You might be wondering why we’re talking about this again, now, and the answer, of course, is that Facebook is pulling its favourite trick again.

Brandon Gaither 2019-07-20
img

Europe’s police agency is worried that the 5G will interfere with law enforcement’s ability to track people.

Catherine De Bolle, head of Europol, is asking European Union leaders to allow their agency to be more engaged in policy conversations involving the adoption of 5G technology, Reuters reports.

Police agencies in Europe, and the U.S., are capable of tracking and listening in on mobile phones using 4G, but many of the tools they use don’t work in the 5G network, De Bolle told Reuters.

She explained that 5G networks spread data across networks in a way that makes it difficult to track.

“It is one of the most important investigative tools that police officers and services have, so we need this in the future,” De Bolle told Reuters, describing Europol’s tracking surveillance that works on the current mobile infrastructure.

But those tools might not work for long, as “we cannot use them in the 5G”.

Brandon Gaither 2019-04-29
img

If you’re going to buy a Bluetooth speaker, it should be able to go where you like to go, even if those places are wetter than Niagara Falls.

In short, you need a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, and in our opinion, the Ultimate Ears Blast is the best waterproof Bluetooth speaker.

It’s also more than a match for your wettest activities.

Why you should buy this: It’s sleek, sexy, life-resistant, and it sounds excellent.

Announced in fall 2017, the Blast (and the $300 Megablast) replaced the Boom (and Megaboom) as UE’s top models, and for good reason.

Looking at the Blast, you can’t immediately tell it was designed for outdoor use, which we think is a good design choice.

Brandon Gaither 2019-03-21
img

Walmart slashed prices of top robot vacuums from iRobot, Shark, Eufy, and Ecovacs just in time for Spring Cleaning season.

You’ll have to wash your windows, but with a Roomba, Ion, RoboVac, or Deebot on the job you can finally retire that old upright and let a robot vacuum take over floor-cleaning duty.

However you start it, iRobot’s 680 uses an onboard suite of sensors to move around and under furniture and avoid falling down stairs.

If you want a robot vacuum with power and self-direction that doesn’t require much if any configuration, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of an awesome price.

If’ you’re looking for a premium model with enough bells and whistles to take over a full floor of your home, iRobot’s Wi-Fi connected Roomba 960 is a solid choice.

Once it learns to navigate your home, the 960 heads out and doesn’t come back to its home station until it needs to recharge the battery — after which the very smart vac (ahem) picks up where it left off.

Brandon Gaither 2019-02-05
img

Apparently, there's no end to the audience for Gwyneth Paltrow's vagina-egg-peddling, lawsuit-settling women's "health" brand, Goop.

In addition to raising a tonne of money in funding and invading London with a pop-up shop, Goop has now decided to ruin Netflix for everybody.

The 'Worst Pseudoscience Of The Year'-winning brand has a 'documentary' series on the way to the platform, on the topic of 'physical and spiritual wellness.'

The series will consist of 30-minute episodes and will launch this Autumn.

Some of the episodes will be presented by Paltrow herself, while some will be by her minions Goop editors.

Whether the infamous yoni eggs and sex dust smoothies will get their own episodes remains to be seen.