Elon Musk: SpaceX’s Mars Rocket Could Fly Short Flights By Next Year

On stage at SXSW, Elon Musk issued yet another incredibly ambitious timeline. During a Q&A session on Sunday, Musk said SpaceX will be ready to fly its Mars rocket in 2019. He said: We are building the first ship, or interplanetary ship, right now, and we’ll probably be able to do short flights, short up and down flights, during the first half of next year. Further reading: Fortune. Read more…

March 11, 2018
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Checked Your Credit Since the Equifax Hack?

March 11, 2018

A recent consumer survey suggests that half of all Americans still haven’t checked their credit report since the Equifax breach last year exposed the Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and other personal information on nearly 150 million people. If you’re in that fifty percent, please make an effort to remedy that soon. Credit reports from the three major bureaus — Equifax, Experian and Trans Union — can be…

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Elon Musk: The Danger of AI is Much Greater Than Nuclear Warheads. We Need Regulatory Oversight Of AI Development.

Elon Musk has been vocal about the need for regulation for AI in the past. At SXSW on Sunday, Musk, 46, elaborated his thoughts. We’re very close to seeing cutting edge technologies in AI, Musk said. “It scares the hell out of me,” the Tesla and SpaceX showrunner said. He cited the example of AlphaGo and AlphaZero, and the rate of advancements they have shown to illustrate his point. He…

March 11, 2018
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American farmers, threatened by big data, proprietary systems, and restrictive EULA agreements, hack their own machines to fight back (Rian Wanstreet/Motherboard)

March 11, 2018

Rian Wanstreet / Motherboard: American farmers, threatened by big data, proprietary systems, and restrictive EULA agreements, hack their own machines to fight back  —  Big data, proprietary systems, and restrictive EULA agreements threaten farmers, but the right to repair movement shows they are fighting back. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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EPA’s Science Advisory Board Has Not Met in 6 Months

The U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board has not met in at least six months, and some of its members say it’s being sidelined to avoid getting in the way of agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s anti-regulatory agenda, Scientific American reported this week. From the report: Agency officials say the lapse isn’t intentional and that it’s just the result of delayed paperwork. That has prevented the group from meeting because there weren’t…

March 11, 2018
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Report Says Radioactive Monitors Failed at Nuclear Plant

A new report says mistakes and mismanagement are to blame for the exposure of workers to radioactive particles at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state. From the report: Contractor CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation on Thursday released its evaluation of what went wrong in December during demolition of the nuclear reservation’s highly contaminated Plutonium Finishing Plant. The Tri-City Herald reports the study said primary radioactive air monitors used at a…

March 11, 2018
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The term blockchain needs a universal definition as its general usage has become diluted and has led to many misconceptions about its capabilities (Adrianne Jeffries/The Verge)

March 11, 2018

Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge: The term blockchain needs a universal definition as its general usage has become diluted and has led to many misconceptions about its capabilities  —  ‘You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means’  —  Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies have entered … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Feds Bust CEO Allegedly Selling Custom BlackBerry Phones To Sinaloa Drug Cartel

An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report: For years, a slew of shadowy companies have sold so-called encrypted phones, custom BlackBerry or Android devices that sometimes have the camera and microphone removed and only send secure messages through private networks. Several of those firms allegedly cater primarily for criminal organizations.Now, the FBI has arrested the owner of one of the most established companies, Phantom Secure, as part of a complex…

March 11, 2018
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Twitter Suspends Numerous Popular Accounts That Are Known For Stealing Tweets

An anonymous reader shares a report: Continuing its battle against the “tweetdeckers,” Twitter suspended on Friday several popular accounts known for stealing tweets or mass-retweeting tweets into manufactured virality. @Dory, @GirlPosts, @SoDamnTrue, Girl Code/@reiatabie, Common White Girl/@commonwhitegiri, @teenagernotes, @finah, @holyfag, and @memeprovider were among the accounts that got swept up in the purge. Many of these accounts were hugely popular, with hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers. In…

March 11, 2018
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