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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1516177387

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Hackers Seem Close To Publicly Unlocking the Nintendo Switch

Slashdot - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:00
Ars Technica reports that "hackers have been finding partial vulnerabilities in early versions of the [Nintendo] Switch firmware throughout 2017." They have discovered a Webkit flaw that allows for basic "user level" access to some portions of the underlying system and a service-level initialization flaw that gives hackers slightly more control over the Switch OS. "But the potential for running arbitary homebrew code on the Switch really started looking promising late last month, with a talk at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress (34C3) in Leipzig Germany," reports Ars. "In that talk, hackers Plutoo, Derrek, and Naehrwert outlined an intricate method for gaining kernel-level access and nearly full control of the Switch hardware." From the report: The full 45-minute talk is worth a watch for the technically inclined, it describes using the basic exploits discussed above as a wedge to dig deep into how the Switch works at the most basic level. At one point, the hackers sniff data coming through the Switch's memory bus to figure out the timing for an important security check. At another, they solder an FPGA onto the Switch's ARM chip and bit-bang their way to decoding the secret key that unlocks all of the Switch's encrypted system binaries. The team of Switch hackers even got an unexpected assist in its hacking efforts from chipmaker Nvidia. The "custom chip" inside the Switch is apparently so similar to an off-the-shelf Nvidia Tegra X1 that a $700 Jetson TX1 development kit let the hackers get significant insight into the Switch's innards. More than that, amid the thousand of pages of Nvidia's public documentation for the X1 is a section on how to "bypass the SMMU" (the System Memory Management Unit), which gave the hackers a viable method to copy and write a modified kernel to the Switch's system RAM. As Plutoo put it in the talk, "Nvidia backdoored themselves."

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1516170186

AGR Manet - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 02:33
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SafeRacks 4' x 4' Overhead Storage Rack

Woot - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 02:00

It's time to pretty up that garage or ballroom workshop.

Look, it's traditional to do all your projects in the garage but that isn't a requirement. If you buy an old house with a library (but you don't have books) you could make THAT the workshop! Or what about the spare room, or the barn out back, or the attic? What about the sewers underneath the unused bathroom or the secret helipad just above the master bedroom? The fact is, anywhere can be a workshop if you're just willing to hang some racks and clean the place a little.

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The Debunker: Is Krakatoa "East of Java"?

Woot - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 02:00

We usually think of volcanic eruptions as sudden and dramatic events, but that's not always the case. The Hawaiian volcano of Kilauea, for example, has been erupting continuously since January 3, 1983, covering 48 square miles of the state's "big island" with new lava. In honor of the thirty-fifth anniversary of Earth's longest-erupting volcano, Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings will be here all month providing explosive corrections to a lot of popular misinformation about volcanoes. The results might just rock your world.

The Debunker: Is Krakatoa "East of Java"?

At the 1970 Academy Awards, a not-very-good Gregory Peck astronaut drama called Marooned defeated a not-very-good Maximillian Schell volcano drama called Krakatoa, East of Java for the Best Visual Effects statuette. Neither film really would have deserved the "Academy Award Winner!" sticker on its video box, but there we are. Krakatoa, East of Java was a Cinerama disaster movie set on the ill-fated Indonesian isle, and opened to widespread moviegoer apathy. It was then re-released a few years later under the title Volcano with a "Feelarama" low-frequency soundtrack added, in the hopes that a booming bass rumble in the eruption sequence would entice audiences. Nope again.

The Debunker

The film is largely forgotten today, apart from one notorious bit of trivia about its title. Krakatoa, the site of a cataclysmic 1883 volcanic eruption, is actually an island in the Sunda Strait west of Java. (You could get to Krakatoa by traveling east from Java, but you'd have to travel around the whole world first.) Accounts differ as to how a big-budget Hollywood production could have screwed up such an elementary bit of geography. Many sources report that Cinerama and director Bernard L. Kowalski preferred the exotic vibe of the word "east," accuracy be damned. But a 1969 New Yorker review claims that the goof was accidental, and was just discovered too late to change all the publicity materials.

In any case, the movie trades on Krakatoa's place, in the public imagination, as the most violent volcanic eruption of modern times. In fact, it was considerably smaller by any measure than the less celebrated 1815 eruption of another Indonesian volcano: Tambora. (Which is east of Java, by the way!) Tambora rates a 7 on the Volcanic Explosivity Index, the only such eruption in almost two thousand years and an order of magnitude worse than Krakatoa's still-impressive 6. Tambora spewed out three times as much rock and ash as Krakatoa, killed twice as many people, and created a "volcanic winter" and famine as far away as North America and Europe. All Krakatoa has to offer in exchange is a crappy Maximillian Schell movie.

Quick Quiz: Cinerama was the brainchild of Mike Todd, the movie producer best known as the third husband of what Hollywood actress?

Ken Jennings is the author of eleven books, most recently his Junior Genius Guides, Because I Said So!, and Maphead. He's also the proud owner of an underwhelming Bag o' Crap. Follow him at ken-jennings.com or on Twitter as @KenJennings.

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Canine partners help officers fight drug-related crimes

Medina Gazette - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:36

MEDINA TWP. — Two police dogs took center stage at the Medina County Safety Council meeting Tuesday.

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Millage rollbacks ease tax burden

Medina Gazette - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:36
Property owners in Medina County could see their property taxes decrease this year following millage rollbacks for bond issues and school levies.
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Canine partners help officers fight drug-related crimes

Medina Gazette - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:36

MEDINA TWP. — Two police dogs took center stage at the Medina County Safety Council meeting Tuesday.

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Millage rollbacks ease tax burden

Medina Gazette - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:36
Property owners in Medina County could see their property taxes decrease this year following millage rollbacks for bond issues and school levies.
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Canine partners help officers fight drug-related crimes

Medina Gazette - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:36

MEDINA TWP. — Two police dogs took center stage at the Medina County Safety Council meeting Tuesday.

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1516162991

AGR Manet - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:33
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Marcus Aurelius

Quote of the day - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:33
"Anger cannot be dishonest."
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Torquato Tasso

Love quote of the day - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:33
"Love is when he gives you a piece of your soul, that you never knew was missing."
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County touts sales tax hike

Medina Gazette - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:31

MEDINA — The county is moving forward with its plan to place a 0.20 percent sales tax on the May 8 ballot.

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County touts sales tax hike

Medina Gazette - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:31

MEDINA — The county is moving forward with its plan to place a 0.20 percent sales tax on the May 8 ballot.

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Lawsuit Filed By 22 State Attorneys General Seeks To Block Net Neutrality Repeal

Slashdot - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 23:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A lawsuit filed today by the attorneys general of 22 states seeks to block the Federal Communications Commission's recent controversial vote to repeal Obama era Net Neutrality regulations. The filing is led by New York State Attorney General Schneiderman, who called rollback a potential "disaster for New York consumers and businesses, and for everyone who cares about a free and open internet." The letter, which was filed in the United States District Court of Appeals in Washington, is cosigned by AGs from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Washington DC. "An open internet -- and the free exchange of ideas it allows -- is critical to our democratic process," Schneiderman added in an accompanying statement. "The repeal of net neutrality would turn internet service providers into gatekeepers -- allowing them to put profits over consumers while controlling what we see, what we do, and what we say online."

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Twist, the startup behind an AirPlay-powered smart light + speaker combo, abruptly shuts down without refunding customers

9to5Mac - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 22:35

Update: In an email to 9to5Mac, Twist says that “the app works fine and the cloud services are paid for and covered for a long while.”

Two years ago, we reported on Twist, a new smart home accessory maker aiming to take a different approach to smart home lighting. At the time, the company debuted an AirPlay-connected lightbulb and speaker system combo, but it now appears that those efforts didn’t catch on like Twist had hoped…

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1516155786

AGR Manet - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 22:33
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New Study Claims That the 'Black Death' Was Spread By Humans, Not Rats

Slashdot - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:45
dryriver shares a report from BBC: Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study. The rodents and their fleas were thought to have spread a series of outbreaks in 14th-19th Century Europe. But a team from the universities of Oslo and Ferrara now says the first, the Black Death, can be "largely ascribed to human fleas and body lice." The study, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, uses records of its pattern and scale. The Black Death claimed an estimated 25 million lives, more than a third of Europe's population, between 1347 and 1351. "We have good mortality data from outbreaks in nine cities in Europe," Prof Nils Stenseth, from the University of Oslo, told BBC News. "So we could construct models of the disease dynamics [there]." He and his colleagues then simulated disease outbreaks in each of these cities, creating three models where the disease was spread by: rats, airborne transmission, and fleas and lice that live on humans and their clothes. In seven out of the nine cities studied, the "human parasite model" was a much better match for the pattern of the outbreak. It mirrored how quickly it spread and how many people it affected. "The conclusion was very clear," said Prof Stenseth. "The lice model fits best. It would be unlikely to spread as fast as it did if it was transmitted by rats. It would have to go through this extra loop of the rats, rather than being spread from person to person." Plague is still endemic in some countries of Asia, Africa and the Americas, where it persists in "reservoirs" of infected rodents. According to the World Health Organization, from 2010 to 2015 there were 3,248 cases reported worldwide, including 584 deaths. And, in 2001, a study that decoded the plague genome used a bacterium that had come from a vet in the U.S. who had died in 1992 after a plague-infested cat sneezed on him as he had been trying to rescue it from underneath a house.

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Apple expands Siri’s ‘Give me the news’ feature to non-beta users & the U.K.

9to5Mac - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:29

Update: The feature is also rolling out in Australia, with ABC, SBS, and Seven Network as sources.

Earlier this month, Apple started testing a new capability for Siri that would play daily podcasts when asked about the news. At first, the feature was limited to users running the iOS 11.2.5 beta in the United States, but Apple today has expanded it to non-beta users and users in the UK…

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