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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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LEAK: Google Employees Defend Discrimination Against Conservatives

CNN recently published an in-depth piece exploring bias against conservatives in Silicon Valley. Internal discussions at Google, leaked exclusively to Breitbart News shine further light on the problem, revealing that conservative Googlers who voice concerns about political bias are often belittled and ignored by fellow employees.

Big Tech has become a group of cults with de facto nation state powers.

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Defending Tor – gateway to the dark web

When Roger Dingledine talks about the dark web, he waves his hands in the air – as if not quite convinced of its existence.

I give him the benefit of the doubt – his arguably blasé attitude, I think, is a symptom of being consistently called upon to defend his creation.

He is the co-creator of Tor, the most popular software available for gaining access to the part of the internet unreachable using a conventional browser – including what is often referred to as the dark or underground web.

To some, Tor is a menace: a (largely) impenetrable system that enables some of the most depraved crimes to take place on the internet.

To others, it is a lifeline, the only way to safely access the online services that most of us take for granted.

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Biometrics: A Different Kind of Border Wall

The liberal media rejoiced at the news that Donald Trump’s border wall received precious little money from the recent omnibus spending bill — thanks to a combination of anti-wall Republicans, Democrats, and shady dealings — but this is hardly a time for conservatives to abandon ourselves to despair. This message goes out especially to Ann Coulter, who lamented to Tucker Carlson that Trump is failing to act like the “bull in the china shop” she was hoping for. While Ann thinks not building the wall would be the end of America, this attitude completely misses the point.

Even if the brick and mortar wall won’t be going to be built any time soon, the country is making strides towards building what many call the “other border wall.”

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Mine Phone Woes

Soooo… some may remember that I “invested” in a top of the line Samsung S7 Edge last year. The specs overall were great but the long lasting, quick charging battery combined with an excellent camera made it seem a wise choice for work.

Then It fell off the top off my pack and caught the “Edge” on a stair. Ka Ching! 400 Bucks to fix the cracked screen. Then two months ago it froze during a routine “charge” and overheated to a point that I put it on the balcony to cool off for a couple of hours lest I burn the joint down, (A few S7’s have blown up but not on the scale of the Samsung Galaxy Note). It did cool down and performed as it should until last week. That’s when the “Moisture Detected in USB Port” error message began. It would not charge. I searched for a fix and was directed to bury the phone in rice as this might dry out whatever moisture had managed to seep into the “waterproof” phone.

No such luck.

So today with assignments pending in the evening I had to rush out and purchase a replacement. I would dearly have loved to avoid a Samsung but circumstances dictated otherwise and I purchased the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017.

So far so good, the data transfer was quick and painless and given how and what I use the phone for I confess I never needed the very top of the line model to begin with.

The A5 is a mid range model, not fab but good at what I need, still it ran me a couple of hundred bucks after my discount and their promotional pricing. It has the quick charge battery and the always on time/date, notification display that I love. The camera is OK really but lacks the low light capability of the S7 models. Given I don’t game or even stream media the lesser chip set won’t matter much if anything at all.

I hope it lasts like my old Samsung S3 which was a workhorse, I’ll keep you posted.

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Chinese engineer ‘marries’ robot after failing to find a human wife

Zheng Jiajia, 31, an artificial intelligence expert who designs and creates robots in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, created the “female” robot at the end of last year, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.

The robot, which he named Yingying, can identify Chinese characters and images and even say a few simple words, the report said.

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