Platforms Want Centralized Censorship. That Should Scare You

Platforms Want Centralized Censorship. That Should Scare You

Responding to many questions about the speed of their reaction and the continued availability of the shooting video, several companies published posts or gave interviews that revealed new information about their content moderation efforts and capacity to respond to such a high-profile incident. The post-Christchurch push for centralizing censorship goes well beyond the GIFCT hash database.

What I Learned By Binge-Watching Game of Thrones Backward

What I Learned By Binge-Watching Game of Thrones Backward

In an attempt to rebel against the algorithms that have placed Thrones ' biggest reveals in front of my face for eight years, I decided to watch the series spoiler-first—learn the bad thing, then learn what caused it.

A Peek Into the Toolkit of the Dangerous 'Triton' Hackers

A Peek Into the Toolkit of the Dangerous 'Triton' Hackers

In those investigations, FireEye says it's identified a collection of custom malicious software that the Triton hackers used, tools that allowed the hackers to patiently advance their intrusion as they worked to gain access to the victims' industrial control systems.

Gadget Lab Podcast: The Case for Male Birth Control

Gadget Lab Podcast: The Case for Male Birth Control

And survey results are mixed, Arielle tells us on this week’s Gadget Lab podcast: Some men indicate they would be reluctant to use birth control, while others are for it. Also on this week’s pod, Mike, Lauren, and Arielle discuss all of the news announced at Apple’s services-focused event on Monday.

Facebook Takes On White Nationalism, Plus More in Tech News

Facebook Takes On White Nationalism, Plus More in Tech News

Facebook Takes On White Nationalism, Plus More in Tech News. Facebook appears to be the first platform to take a stand against white nationalism specifically, but the question of whether other platforms will follow suit, and if Facebook can actually rid its platforms of these kinds of posts, remains to be seen.

Male Birth Control Could Actually Happen. But Do Men Want It?

Male Birth Control Could Actually Happen. But Do Men Want It?

Now a professor at the University of Washington, Page oversees three studies of new contraceptive methods for men: a hormonal pill, which suppresses sperm production with a compound called DMU; an injection, modeled after the Depo-Provera shot for women; and the NES/T gel, which uses a type of progestin called nesterone in concert with testosterone.

The War to Remotely Control Self-Driving Cars Heats Up

The War to Remotely Control Self-Driving Cars Heats Up

Livingston is a software engineer for Designated Driver, a new company that’s getting into teleoperations, the official name for remote controlling self-driving vehicles.

A Guide to LockerGoga, the Ransomware Crippling Industrial Firms

A Guide to LockerGoga, the Ransomware Crippling Industrial Firms

LockerGoga, which was named for a file path in its source code by security research group MalwareHunterTeam, remains relatively rare and targeted compared to older forms of ransomware like SamSam and Ryuk, says Charles Carmakal, who leads a team of incident responders at FireEye who have dealt with multiple infestations.

Smart Devices for Teaching an Old House New Tricks

Smart Devices for Teaching an Old House New Tricks

Any smart thermostat lets us set the temperature with an app, but this one has voice control: Ask its built-in Alexa to make it warmer or cooler, or to broadcast the latest news on your smart speaker.

With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

"Within five seconds, you can be playing the game." Stadia doesn't simply present a challenge to traditional consoles and computers, but to distribution platforms themselves.

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off The blue and white chopper is the testbed for Sikorsky’s Matrix Technology, a suite of systems to boost helicopter safety by reducing pilot workload to the point where the crew can focus on what they need to do rather than how to do it.

A Genetic Mutation Might Explain Why Birth Control Can Fail

A Genetic Mutation Might Explain Why Birth Control Can Fail

“Instead, maybe we need to pay more attention as physicians to other things that might be going on, like genetics, so we can give better, more individualized treatment to women instead of just blindly adhering to the motto that if you just throw some hormones at it, that usually fixes the problem.” It’s the first time anyone has ever identified unique snippets of DNA associated with birth control performance.

Captain Marvel Is About Female Power—Not Empowerment

Captain Marvel Is About Female Power—Not Empowerment

But to say that only women will like Carol Danvers or that her movie is just about Marvel finally doing a female-fronted superhero flick is to tie one hand behind her back—and it's time to set her free.

What if We Could Use Nature to Prevent Disasters?

What if We Could Use Nature to Prevent Disasters?

Such solutions include widening of natural flood plains, protecting and expanding wetlands, restoring oyster and coral reefs and investing in urban green spaces that reduce run-off.

Recovery: How Herbicides Can Save Fish and Wildlife

Recovery: How Herbicides Can Save Fish and Wildlife

“In 1995 we sold 12,000 acres of the preserve to the BLM; and we’ve been working cooperatively on the whole area, using an integrated approach.” This, she explained, included herbicides, hand pulling where possible, and biological control via introduced insects that coevolved with the weeds (and which, when caged, had passed rigorous “starvation tests” by dying rather than eating related native plants).

The Overlooked Security Threat of Sign-In Kiosks

The Overlooked Security Threat of Sign-In Kiosks

But X-Force interns Hannah Robbins and Scott Brink found flaws—now mostly patched—in all five mainstream systems they looked at from the visitor management companies Jolly Technologies, HID Global, Threshold Security, Envoy, and The Receptionist.

Trump Can’t Make a North Korea Deal on His Own

Trump Can’t Make a North Korea Deal on His Own

And while he acknowledges that tensions between Kim and Trump may have escalated to such a dangerous point last summer—thanks in no small part to Trump’s own rhetoric—that a shotgun summit in Singapore was needed, he and others argue that it’s not a viable process for substantive change.

Infared Photos Reveal Dubai's Green Space

Infared Photos Reveal Dubai's Green Space

Related Stories But that hasn't stopped Dubai from striving to become a " green paradise ." Over the past three decades , its gardeners have coaxed fountain grass, date palms, and ghat trees to take root in public parks, golf courses, and other places, even transforming the dead space beneath highway flyovers and cloverleafs into beautiful, patterned carpets irrigated by sewage water.

Android Users: Check This Facebook Location Privacy Setting ASAP

Android Users: Check This Facebook Location Privacy Setting ASAP

(If you already had Location History turned off, nothing changes.) Facebook will also be inserting a notice into your News Feed to alert you to the change and offering a link to manage settings.

Russian Hackers Go From Foothold to Full-On Breach in 19 Minutes

Russian Hackers Go From Foothold to Full-On Breach in 19 Minutes

Analyzing more than 30,000 attempted breaches in 2018 the company says it detected across its customer base, Crowdstrike measured the time from hackers' initial moment of intrusion to when they began to expand their access, jumping to other machines or escalating their privileges within a victim network to gain more visibility and control.

Opportunity Rover Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Opportunity Rover Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

(They were, however, very poetic.) What Really Happened: A 15-year space mission finally came to an end last week when NASA announced that it had given up attempts to re-establish contact with Mars rover Opportunity after it fell silent last summer following a dust storm.

Ending the Government Shutdown Won't Fix Flight Delays

Ending the Government Shutdown Won't Fix Flight Delays

“In 2013, when the government shut down for two weeks, it took the FAA nearly six months to get the school back up to a normal level of training capabilities,” says Sharon LaRue, a professor of air traffic control at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

“I want to call attention to the mortal danger facing open societies from the instruments of control that machine learning and artificial intelligence can put in the hands of repressive regimes,” Soros said.

Thank the Old-Timey Telegraph for Your Garage Door Opener

Thank the Old-Timey Telegraph for Your Garage Door Opener

Rhett Allain Using this relay, you don't have to have a huge current going through both your low-power thingy and your high-power lightbulb. Also, if I wanted to use some microcontroller (like an Arduino or Raspberry Pi) to turn this light on and off, the controller only needs a small output current rather than almost 2 amps.

The Best of Breastfeeding Tech in 2019: Medela, Willow, Lilu

The Best of Breastfeeding Tech in 2019: Medela, Willow, Lilu

The Best of the Breast: Pumping Tech Is Better than Ever Amy Lombard The big buzz in "baby tech"—the cottage industry of gadgets to aid fertility, pregnancy, and the first six months of infancy—looks like a simple black bra.

Tidying Up When We Have No Control over Our Digital Lives

Tidying Up When We Have No Control over Our Digital Lives

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction Cal Newport, author of the new book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World , says he’s had to convince younger users that connecting with people oin the internet is not the same as Facebook or Instagram.

Hitting the Slopes? Here's Our Favorite Snow Gear

Hitting the Slopes? Here's Our Favorite Snow Gear

Buy Saxx Thermoflyte for $75 , Merino 250 Base Layers for $95 , and Terramar for $35+ Burton Burton Gore-Tex Gloves I’m not going to lie, I’ve never found a pair of gloves that I was 100 percent in love with.

The Quest to Topple Science-Stymying Academic Paywalls

The Quest to Topple Science-Stymying Academic Paywalls

Many publications have since found ways to allow open access in their journals by permitting it but charging an expensive (usually hundreds or thousands of dollars per article) “article processing charge,” or APC, that is paid by the institution or the author behind the research as a sort of cost of being published.

The Heir to the V-22 Osprey Flies Through a Year of Testing

The Heir to the V-22 Osprey Flies Through a Year of Testing

The two aircraft don’t share any hardware, but they both use swiveling rotors to switch between flying vertically (to take off and land like a helicopter) and horizontally (to cruise like a plane).That connection has concentrated extra attention on the aircraft’s testing phase, and Bell and partner Lockheed Martin, which is in charge of the avionics and weapons systems, have done just about everything they can to smooth out its adolescence.“The whole idea from the beginning has been to find simple solutions for complex designs,” says Jeff Josselyn, manager of V-280 flight maintenance at Bell’s Arlington, Texas, headquarters.

We’re all Just Starting to Realize the Power of Personal Data

We’re all Just Starting to Realize the Power of Personal Data

Facebook, for its part, began emphasizing the word “control.” The company stressed that users have the power to see and adjust what information it can collect about them, but a series of reports this year suggest that’s not always the case.

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