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20 Km/h Max: Sweden Pioneers Geoblocking to Stop Vehicular Terrorism

Geoblocking allows authorities to prevent a vehicle from being hijacked and physically limits its speed. In the demonstration arranged in Stockholm, a bus was going at a mere 20 kilometers per hour, regardless of how much the driver stepped on the gas.

Once again the authorities refuse to identify the cause and instead address the symptom, so jihadists will switch to pressure cookers, backpack IEDs, and knife attacks. On the bright side, this new technology gives the socialist government even more power over the average citizen. Coming soon to a North America near you. 

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Disqus has gone nutz… it may be suicidal

It may be contemplating self-harm, so no commenting until it is put right unfortunately.

The greyed out comments problem seems to be system wide, I do hope it is fixed soon.

I wonder if it’s happening on Conservative sites only? 😉 – Sarcasticat

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Lie-detecting computer kiosks equipped with artificial intelligence look like the future of border security

  • A virtual border agent kiosk was developed to interview travelers at airports and border crossings and it can detect deception to flag human security agents.
  • The U.S., Canada and European Union have tested the technology, and one researcher says it has a deception detection success rate of up to 80 percent — better than human agents.
  • The technology relies on sensors and biometrics, and its lie-detection capabilities are based on eye movements or changes in voice, posture and facial gestures.

Terrorists only get through 20% of the time! 

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Tesla with self-driving capability crashes into fire truck, investigation launched

The incident occurred in the Salt Lake City suburb of South Jordan on Friday, when the Tesla S slammed into a fire department’s mechanics truck while it was stopped at a red light.

Liberal solution: Humans not allowed in any vehicles – no one gets hurt. Plus a huge fine to support the government if you break the law. Besides, freedom is overrated.

 

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Is PayPal’s Peter Thiel leaving Silicon Valley for Los Angeles?

Maybe thinking about it. From Olivia Solon at the Guardian:

If the billionaire tech investor and noted libertarian Peter Thiel really does leave Silicon Valley for Los Angeles to escape what he views as an increasing intolerance for conservatives, the city’s growing community of conservatives will be there to welcome him.

Thiel’s decision to move to LA comes at a time when conservatives in the Bay Area are feeling increasingly squeezed by what they perceive to be liberal groupthink.

“Silicon Valley is a one-party state,” said Thiel at Stanford University last month. “That’s when you get in trouble politically in our society, when you’re all in one side.” More.

Reality check: The revolution that Silicon Valley birthed abolished locality. But the Valley does not seem to know it. They are still the Mean Girls where they think we are all forced to go to high school forever and ever.

See also: Rich New Yorkers making plans to escape social welfare tax burden – now that they have to pay it themselves One could, of course, refer the Chardonnay socialists to the many Bible verses on the virtue of giving till it hurts of one’s own wealth. But somehow, we fear they will have a secularist meltdown at that point and renew their attacks on traditional religion instead.

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Data basic: An introduction to information theory

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Secret iPhone code published online in ‘biggest ever’ leak

A secret part of Apple’s iPhone software has been posted online in a leak that could potentially allow hackers to find security holes in the smartphone.

Although the release does not immediately put iPhone owners at risk, security experts said the leak enables hackers to analyse Apple’s code, replicate and manipulate it for malicious purposes and that users could be vulnerable in the future.

On Wednesday night, an anonymous user published part of the “source code” – the computing instructions that underpin the iOS software – on GitHub, a website for computer programmers to share code.

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Apple confirms Macs, iPhones, iPads exposed to chip security flaws

Apple Inc. says software updates for iPads, iPhones and other products mitigate a vulnerability known as the Meltdown.


HP Canada recalling certain batteries due to fire hazard

Health Canada says HP Inc. Canada is recalling certain lithium-ion batteries used in notebook computers and mobile workstations because they can overheat and cause a fire hazard.


Microsoft is already fixing the big chip bug — here are the Windows PCs that will be most affected

The fixes for the vulnerability will have different effects on PCs, depending on the vintage of their processors. PCs with processors based on Intel’s two-and-a-half-year-old Skylake architecture or newer won’t see a “significant” performance reduction, The Verge reported, citing sources familiar with Microsoft’s thinking. But PCs with older processors could see a noticeable slowdown in their processor speeds.

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‘Kernel memory leaking’ Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

A fundamental design flaw in Intel’s processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug.

Programmers are scrambling to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel’s virtual memory system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to publicly introduce the necessary changes to its Windows operating system in an upcoming Patch Tuesday: these changes were seeded to beta testers running fast-ring Windows Insider builds in November and December.

h/t Marvin

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Why you should be ‘suitably paranoid’ about your home devices’ cybersecurity

The proliferation of internet-connected home devices such as thermostats, baby monitors and fridges is creating an ever-expanding interconnected web known as the Internet of Things, or IoT. But security and legal experts warn that machine-to-machine communication is creating a new level of risk — by providing hackers with new vulnerabilities to exploit.

h/t Marvin

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