An Operating System Bug Exposes 200 Million Critical Devices

When major vulnerabilities show up in ubiquitous operating systems like Microsoft Windows, they can be weaponized and exploited, the fallout potentially impacting millions of devices. Today, researchers from the enterprise security firm Armis are detailing just such a group of vulnerabilities in a popular operating system that runs on more than 2 billion devices worldwide. But unlike Windows, iOS, or Android, this OS is one you've likely never heard of. It's called VxWorks. VxWorks is designed as a secure, "real-time" …

No-deal poses ‘big unanswered questions’ for music

Classical musicians agree no-deal could mean uncertainty over work permits, delays at European borders and complications with moving instruments across the continent. “The nice and simple crossing at Calais, with 100 musicians and no obstacles,” could instantly become a thing of the past by Halloween, says Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras. Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark “We’ve got orchestras that are going on tour in November who do not know what the work permit restrictions and …

This Person’s Messages From A Random Toad-Loving Stranger Are The Best Thing You’ll See This Week

It’s been a pretty terrible week, let’s be honest. But don’t despair, for toad giver is here to tell you about bonk bonk so all is good in the world again. Earlier this year, Twitter user and “cool guy” Grain Death began receiving messages from a random number. In a delightful twist, it wasn’t unsolicited X-rated pictures of a man’s crotch, but glorious pictures of toads accompanied by facts about said toads.  – “Earlier this year a random number I don’t recognize started …

Emily Ratajkowski’s Armpits Sparked A Convo About Women’s Right To Choose Betches

Do you hear that? A faint shattering sound all around you, almost like breaking glass, but a lot daintier? That’s the sound of fragile male egos everywhere crumbling when they learned that model, actress, and certified Hot Girl, Emily Ratajkowski, has body hair. Now, I know what you’re thinking, because I’m thinking it too: surely, this cannot be. Hot Girls™ do not fart. They do not poop. And they most certainly do not have visible body hair, save for their …

UK house prices and sales ‘losing momentum’

Britain’s fastest moving property market revealed Letting fees ban: Renters confused after change in law Rics said 69% of property professionals said sale prices were lower than asking prices for homes marketed at more than £1m, although asking prices for homes priced at £500,000 or less appeared to be holding up more firmly. House prices continued to fall in London – where a higher proportion of £1m homes are sold, the South East of England, and East Anglia. Overall across …

Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More ‘Toxic’?

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been making significant investments in the development of artificial intelligence to moderate content and automate the removal of harmful posts. These decision­making technologies typically rely on machine-learning techniques and are specific to types of content, such as images, videos, sounds, and written text. Some of these AI systems, developed to measure the "toxicity" of text-based content, make use of natural language processing and sentiment assessment to detect harmful text. While these …

Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More ‘Toxic’?

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been making significant investments in the development of artificial intelligence to moderate content and automate the removal of harmful posts. These decision­making technologies typically rely on machine-learning techniques and are specific to types of content, such as images, videos, sounds, and written text. Some of these AI systems, developed to measure the "toxicity" of text-based content, make use of natural language processing and sentiment assessment to detect harmful text. While these …

Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More ‘Toxic’?

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been making significant investments in the development of artificial intelligence to moderate content and automate the removal of harmful posts. These decision­making technologies typically rely on machine-learning techniques and are specific to types of content, such as images, videos, sounds, and written text. Some of these AI systems, developed to measure the "toxicity" of text-based content, make use of natural language processing and sentiment assessment to detect harmful text. While these …

Talk to us: how would you change the internet if you could?

The internet is full of annoyances designed to make you click here, watch this, and keep scrolling for more. How could it be better? Auto-play video ads. Aggressive pop-ups. Invisible ad trackers. The internet of 2019 is full of annoyances and introduced a bill that would regulate social media sites by banning certain features that he argues are designed to encourage new survey by Pew Research. Tech industry insiders all tend to agree that regulation is coming; the real question …

Trump’s Baltimore tweets tell us everything about his 2020 strategy

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s strategy in 2020, similar to 2016, is to use race to divide the country. There is no mystery in what he’s doing because he’s done it before. Each of Trump’s targets is a congressperson of color. One of them is a naturalized citizen. There is no question of the ugly racial subtext in Trump’s tweets. The elements of these attacks repeat on a theme: explicitly connecting his nonwhite opponents to crime and social decay. Any complaint about …