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Submission + - Weaponized Narrative Is the New Battlespace

Rocky Mudbutt writes: Weaponized Narrative Is the New Battlespace and the U.S. is in the unaccustomed position of being seriously behind its adversaries.

An article from defenseone makes the point that we are shifting to a post-factual world.

Far from being simply a U.S. or U.K. phenomenon, shifts to âoepost-factualismâ can be seen in Poland, Hungary, Turkey, France, and the Philippines, among other democracies. Russia, whose own political culture is deeply post-factual and indeed post-modern, is now ably constructing ironic, highly cynical, weaponized narratives that were effective in the Ukrainian invasion, and are now destabilizing the Baltic states and the U.S. election process.

This comes from:

  • Brad Allenby Co-director of The Weaponized Narrative Initiative
  • Joel Garreau Co-director of The Weaponized Narrative Initiative

Submission + - Brianna Wu Is A Harsh Mistress (washingtontimes.com) 2

Applehu Akbar writes: A transgender-issues activist and Democratic candidate for Congress says the advent of the space tourism industry could give private corporations a “frightening amount of power” to destroy the Earth with rocks because of the Moon’s military importance.
Brianna Wu, a prominent “social justice warrior” in the “Gamergate” controversy who now is running for the House seat in Massachusetts’ 8th District, suggested in a since-deleted tweet that companies could drop rocks from the Moon.
“The moon is probably the most tactically valuable military ground for earth,” the tweet said. “Rocks dropped from there have power of 100s of nuclear bombs.”

Comment Re:Another new headphone connector! (Score 1) 212

Trust Apple not to implement that. Of course it requires an audio amplifier, probably a chip so small it's difficult to see. There's also some extra logic around the USB chip, because that's a relatively high-current low-impedance task. But Apple has already driven its users to a different solution, and has no reason to admit that analog headphones are just fine, and that it can support them.

Submission + - This Coach Makes Tech's Top CEOs Cry (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: In Silicon Valley, there's a secret society of founders who've had their lives changed by Jerry Colonna, a venture capitalist-turned-coach who offers one-on-one coaching as well as a series of "bootcamps" based on his philosophies. Those philosophies center on radical self inquiry—getting people to talk about the things that they avoid most intently. His clients include Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson, Gimlet Media cofounders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber, and Soundcloud CEO Alexander Ljung—and despite the fact that he now charges clients $5,000 a month, does no advertising, and is constantly trying to pare down his personal client list, founders keep calling him. They just keep calling.

Submission + - Jolla Sailfish OS Will Be Basis For National Chinese Mobile Operating System

Mickeycaskill writes: The Sailfish China Consortium has gained the exclusive rights and licence to develop a Chinese operating system based on Sailfish, a mobile OS built on the MeeGo platform abandoned by Nokia when it moved to Windows Phone.

Russia is also using Sailfish to build a national mobile OS in a bid to reduce its reliance on Western technology and reduce the risk of foreign surveillance.

Jolla claimed that there have been many attempts to build a national OS on Android but these had been unsuccessful because of Google’s control over the code.

The Finnish company has released its own smartphone, also called Jolla, running Sailfish but has always intended to offer it to other manufacturers. The first of these, the Intex Aqua Fish, made its debut in July last year.

But now owners of Sony’s mobile devices will be able to run Sailfish on their device through the Sony Open Devices Program, Jolla confirmed at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, where it is showing an Xperia X with the software installed.

Submission + - Zorin OS 12.1 Ubuntu-based Linux distro is here for Windows switchers (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: If you have been thinking of switching to Linux, there are a lot of choices nowadays, but there is one such operating system designed for that purpose. Zorin OS aims to be familiar to Windows users, while its Ubuntu base makes it easy to manage and install packages. Today, Zorin OS reaches version 12.1. While it is not a massive update by any means, existing users should definitely upgrade. If you have never tried Zorin OS before, now is as good a time as any.

"We are pleased to announce the release of Zorin OS 12.1. This new release brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, new desktop features, performance enhancements and hardware support. Zorin OS 12.1 introduces an updated hardware enablement stack. The newly-included Linux kernel 4.8 as well as an updated X server graphics stack adds compatibility for newer computers and hardware in Zorin OS," says The Zorin OS Team.

Submission + - $5 Raspberry Pi Zero Updated With Wi-Fi And Bluetooth

Mickeycaskill writes: Mini computer maker Raspberry Pi has celebrated its fifth birthday with the launch of a brand new PC: The Raspberry Pi Zero W.

A variation of the Raspberry Pi Zero – which costs $5 (£4) and sold out in just 24 hours when it was launched in November 2015 – the Zero W comes with 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and will set you back the princely sum of $10 (£8).

The original Pi Zero has already grown a camera connector since its release, but functionality has been further boosted in the Zero W with the addition of the same Cypress CYW43438 wireless chip used in the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

As well as the camera and connectivity options, the full list of features includes: a 1GHz single-core CPU, 512MB RAM, a mini-HDMI port and micro-USB power.

Comment Re:Rockets are too expensive (Score 5, Interesting) 349

And a space elevator, of course, would only cost about a Trillion, and there's this little problem of it hitting something (we'd have to make Earth Orbit absolutely pristine and keep it that way) and there's a problem with the kinetic energy if it falls down. Sort of like having many atom bombs go off.

Maybe someday. But right now making rockets as cheap as they can be is a better idea. It's only $200K to fuel up a Falcon 9. We don't get the whole thing back in working order yet, but that would be a lot easier than making a space elevator.

Comment No Dragon 2 Soft Landing Yet (Score 5, Informative) 349

Dragon 2 isn't built yet. The escape test was a boilerplate capsule more like a Dragon 1 than 2. Dragon 2 has not demonstrated a soft landing, because it's not built yet. That was the Falcon 9 first stage.

Also, you can't get Dragon 2 down to the Moon and back up on it's own. Not enough delta-V. You would need to have Dragon ride on top of something that can hold enough fuel. Like a larger version of the Apollo Service Module.

The Command/Service module was originally intended to land on the moon and return without the LEM, before NASA bought the LEM concept, and was overpowered for the mission it got. Dragon is larger and heavier, but a lunar landing one would probably look a lot like an Apollo Command and Service module, and legs.

And yeah, Orion: I'm Not on Board. Big expensive obsolete rocket with no mission that makes sense.

But good luck getting Elon Musk to focus on the practical and eminently desirable target of the Moon. He isn't interested. It's only Mars for Elon.

I try not to watch all of the Mars Colonial Transport speculation. Falcon 9 and Dragon are great, and they're here, and we could do so much with them.

Submission + - Why Don't Mobile OSs offer a Kill Code? 1

gordo3000 writes: Given all the recent headlines about border patrol getting up close and personal with phones, I've been wondering why phone manufacturers don't offer a second emergency pin that you can enter and it wipes all private information on the phone?

In theory, it should be pretty easy to just input a different pin (or unlock pattern) that opens up a factory reset screen on the phone and in the background begins deleting all personal information. I'd expect that same code could also lock out the USB port until it is finished deleting the data, to help prevent many of the tools they now have to copy out everything on your phone.

This nicely prevents you from having to back up and wipe your phone before every trip but leaves you with a safety measure if you get harassed at the border.

So slashdot, what say you?

Submission + - In the 21st century, we still have education systems for the 18th century. (theguardian.com)

golden_hands writes: The education system in most countries is still designed for a world that has ceased to exist- long term employment for someone else, industries which need people to make a profit are all vanishing over the horizon. We need an education system which will help children survive and thrive in the modern economy and teach them how to innovate, co-operate, collaborate and survive in today's age.

Submission + - First victim of SHA-1 collisions: Subversion. Technique was reverse engineered

Artem Tashkinov writes: A WebKit developer who tried to upload "bad" PDF files generated from the first successful SHA-1 attack broke WebKit's SVN repository because Subversion uses SHA-1 hash to differentiate commits. The reason to upload the files was to create a test for checking cache poisoning in WebKit.

Another news story is that based on the theoretical incomplete description of the SHA-1 collision attack published by Google just two days ago, people have managed to recreate the attack in practice and now you can download a python script which can create a new PDF file with the same SHA-1 hashsum using your input PDF. The attack is also implemented as a website which can prepare two PDF files with different JPEG images which will result in the same hash sum.

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