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Posted by Iain Thomson

Ron Wyden tacks measures onto snoop funding bill

Every year, US Congress must pass a new Intelligence Authorization Act to continue funding Uncle Sam's spies for the next 12 months. This year, the act passed, as expected, the committee stage smoothly with only one minor bump in the road: Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).…

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Wed, Aug. 23rd, 2017 17:00
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 Правые ультрас отменили 67 (!) своих сборищ по стране после протестов в Бостоне и в других городах и только Дональд Трамп провёл своё ПРЕДВЫБОРНОЕ (выборы в 2020) ралли в Аризоне, хотя местные власти просили его этого не делать.  Трампа можно понять: кто знает, что ещё случится до 2020 года, а пока от жизни надо брать всё, что можно.
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An anonymous reader shares a report: One reason for this, if you live in Toronto like me (or anywhere else for that matter), is that there's basically nowhere to spend digital coins in the real world. Coinmap, a service that maps bitcoin-accepting locations all over the world, shows a few places that accept bitcoin in Toronto, but it's clearly out of date -- I called several businesses listed on the site and they had no idea what bitcoin even is. A bigger problem is perfectly illustrated in a Reddit post from Wednesday morning complaining that a bitcoin transaction worth just $9 still hasn't gone through the network after two days of waiting. Two. Days. The likely reason is that the fee attached to the transaction in order to incentivize faster confirmation -- 50 cents, which is about as much of a premium as I'd pay for a $9 transaction -- simply wasn't enough. "Should I have paid $3 on a $9 transfer to get it processed?" the person wrote.

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Wading Through AccuWeather's Response

Wed, Aug. 23rd, 2017 20:05
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On Tuesday, ZDNet reported that popular weather app AccuWeather was sending location-identifying information to a monetization firm, even when a person had disabled location data from the app. In a response, AccuWeather said today "if a user opts out of location tracking on AccuWeather, no GPS coordinates are collected or passed without further opt-in permission from the user." But it is misleading people. John Gruber of DaringFireball writes: The accusation has nothing to do with "GPS coordinates." The accusation is that their iOS app is collecting Wi-Fi router names and MAC addresses and sending them to servers that belong to Reveal Mobile, which in turn can easily be used to locate the user. Claiming this is about GPS coordinates is like if they were caught stealing debit cards and they issued a denial that they never stole anyone's cash. The accusation comes from Will Strafech, a respected security researcher who discovered the "actual information" by observing network traffic. He saw the AccuWeather iOS app sending his router's name and MAC address to Reveal Mobile. This isn't speculation. They were caught red-handed. GPS information is more precise, and if you grant the AccuWeather app permission to access your location (under the guise of showing you local weather wherever you are, as well as localized weather alerts), that more precise data is passed along to Reveal Mobile as well. But Wi-Fi router information can be used to locate you within a few meters using publicly available databases. Seriously, go ahead and try it yourself: plug your Wi-Fi router's BSSID MAC address into this website, and there's good chance it'll pinpoint your location on the map. "Other data, such as Wi-Fi network information that is not user information, was for a short period available on the Reveal SDK, but was unused by AccuWeather," the company writes. In what way is the name and MAC address of your router not "user information"? And saying the information was "unused by AccuWeather" is again sleight of hand. The accusation is not that AccuWeather itself was using the location of the Wi-Fi router, but that Reveal Mobile was. Here are Reveal Mobile's own words about how they use location data.

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Posted by Thomas Claburn

Totally didn't use that info while totally rewriting its code

A day after a security researcher criticized AccuWeather for collecting people's location data – even if its users refused to grant permission to do – the weather forecasting company and its ad tech partner Reveal Mobile denied violating permission settings while also revising the app's info-grabbing code.…

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Wed, Aug. 23rd, 2017 23:35
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Внезапное признание.
Когда я первый раз услышала монгольский язык, я ни звука тогда не понимала, но у меня возникло ощущение...нет "нравится-не нравится" не те категории. У меня возникло ощущение как будто я внезапно оказалась дома. Именно так должен звучать настоящий человеческий язык, все остальное подделка, замена.
"Энэ бидний бахархал
Эгэл түмний минь бахархал"

Опять вести с пляжей

Wed, Aug. 23rd, 2017 22:05
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Продолжаю, пока на Балтике, пляжные хроники.
Сегодня погода совсем не пляжная выдалась - сильный холодный пронизывающий ветер располагал скорее остаться дома, нежели куда-то идти.
Я же прогулялся до Гдыни Орлово, и, как виднно на фото, не я один...
А завтра пляжного не будет, еду в Познань, сугубо сухопутный город...

Кстати, на фото видны все три города - снято из Гдыни, дальше на другом берегу Сопот, а дальше торчат небоскрёбы Гданьска

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А почему не на "ладах-калинах"?

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Wed, Aug. 23rd, 2017 22:24
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Поздравляю всех харьковчан с праздником. ВСЕХ харьковчан. Всех тех, кто хоть как нибудь идентифицирует себя с этим городом.
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Google Cloud Platform customers will have a new option when selecting the type of network used to deliver their traffic to their users: they can keep using Google's network, or they can save some money with the new option of using public transit networks. An anonymous reader shares a report: Google has long argued that one of the best reasons to use its public cloud service is the strength of its fiber network, developed and enhanced for more than a decade to support the global data centers powering its search engine. But there are some applications that don't require that level of performance, and so Google is now offering a cheaper networking service -- costing between 24 percent to 33 percent less -- that uses the transit networks that deliver the bulk of traffic to internet service providers, said Prajakta Joshi, product manager for cloud networking at Google. The new "Standard Tier" should offer performance comparable to what customers would experience through "other cloud providers," Joshi said, although both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure operate fiber networks outside of the public internet.

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Нелепая война

Wed, Aug. 23rd, 2017 14:14
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 У бывшего сумгаитского соседа-азербайджанца, Рагима, проблема: ходит на костылях, надо заменять тазобедренный сустав, а денег нет.
 
Мой брат, проживающий в Москве, организовал сбор денег, там что-то накапливается, но идет туго. Я тоже что-то туда перевел...
 
Независимо от сбора денег на операцию, брат просто перевел денег Рагиму в качестве единовременной помощи. О том, что получилось в результате этого перевода,  читайте ниже. Это копия фрагмента письма брату от другого нашего соседа, Мурада, с той же лестничной клетки. Орфография сохранена. 
 
"…Лева дорогой, я даже не знаю как тебе сказать про перевод, у меня просто язык не поворачивается. Сегодня Рагим пошел в банк, где ему сказали что перевод пришел, но мы мол банк отправили перевод обратно, а счет Рагима в этом банке изменили и дальше мне просто стыдно об этом говорить, мол переводы от клиентов с армянской фамилией мы не обслуживаем. Рагим человек вспыльчивый и он естественно там в банке взорвался. Лева дорогой, честное слово мне так стыдно за это, что не могу придти в себя от шока. Так же и Рагим он бедный так растроился, мне так его жалко стало. Что за время такое паскудное в котором мы живем....... Он просил меня поблагодарить тебя за заботу, мы вместе с ним просим тебя не думать о нас плохо, не все люди здесь такие сволочи. Мы сейчас дома с сестрой тут обсуждая это.......просто лицо краснеет от сдыда и обиды. Еще раз тебе спасибо огромное за хлопоты. Пожалуйста хотя бы забери из банка деньги, а то мы мы будем переживать за эту растрату. Что делать дальше я не знаю я в шоке. Крепко тебя обнимаем Мурад и Рагим…"
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Posted by John Leyden

Security researchers using the service found a bunch of flaws

Messaging provider Fuze has resolved a trio of vulnerabilities in its TPN Handset Portal.…

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Posted by Kieren McCarthy

But DreamHost's fight is not over: information still demanded

The US Department of Justice has eased up in its legal fight against hosting company DreamHost, saying it no longer wants all IP logs associated with a Trump protest site.…

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Wed, Aug. 23rd, 2017 11:59
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 В отличие от Серебренникова Алексашенко, кажется, успел унести ноги. С чем его искренне поздравляю.

http://echo.msk.ru/news/2042459-echo.html
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A reader shares a report Windows users in Germany were particularly unimpressed when Microsoft forcibly downloaded many gigabytes of files to upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10. Having held out for 18 months, and losing its case twice, Microsoft has finally agreed to stop its nefarious tactics. After a lengthy battle with Germany's Baden-Wurtenberg consumer rights center, Microsoft made the announcement to avoid the continuation of legal action. A press release on the Baden-Wurtenberg website reveals that Microsoft has announced it will no longer download operating system files to users' computers without their permission: Microsoft will not download install files for new operating systems to a user system's hard disk without a user's consent. The consumer rights center hoped for this resolution to be reached much sooner, but Microsoft's decision will please the courts and could have a bearing on how the company acts in other countries.

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An anonymous reader writes: Samsung is working on a smart speaker that will be launched "soon", the company's mobile chief told CNBC, which will pit it against the likes of Amazon, Apple, and Google, in the hotly-contested space. DJ Koh, the president of Samsung's mobile division, said a smart speaker was on the way. "Maybe soon we will announce it. I am already working on it," Koh told CNBC in an interview ahead of the Note 8 smartphone launch which took place on Wednesday. And it appears the company could be moving fast on the product. "As I mentioned I wanted to provide a fruitful user experience at home with Samsung devices, and I want to be moving quite heavily on it," Koh said.

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An anonymous reader shares an article: Countless studies have shown that social-driven FOMO (fear of missing out) stems from a person's primitive desire to belong to a group, with each snap, tweet, or post a reminder of what separates you from them. This other type of FOMO, the all-news, all-the-time kind, is new enough that nobody has really studied it much, yet of the half-dozen experts in sociology, anthropology, economics, and neurology I spoke to, all quickly recognized what I was describing, and some even admitted to feeling it themselves. "We scroll through our Twitter feeds, not seeking anything specific, just monitoring them so we don't miss out on anything important," says Shyam Sundar, a communications researcher at Pennsylvania State University. This impulse could stem from the chemical hits our brains receive with each news hit, but it could also derive from a primitive behavioral instinct -- surveillance gratification-seeking, or the urge that drove our cave-dwelling ancestors to poke their heads out and check for predators. In times of perceived crisis, our brains cry out for information to help us survive. Maybe this alarm stems from steady hits of @realDonaldTrump. Maybe it's triggered by left-wing Resistance types. Or could it be #FakeNews, ISIS, guns, police violence, or street crime, all propagated through our social media bubbles with headlines that are written specifically to grab our attention? This feels like a processing problem. "One thing we learn about human beings: We're meaning-making machines," Kross says. And social mania may be ideal for mainlining breaking news, but it's not great at providing meaning and context.

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