One-Degree Rise In Temperature Causes Ripple Effect In World’s Largest High Arctic Lake

An anonymous reader quotes a report from FOLIO Magazine: A 1 C increase in temperature has set off a chain of events disrupting the entire ecology of the world’s largest High Arctic lake. “The amount of glacial meltwater going into the lake has dramatically increased,” said Martin Sharp, a University of Alberta glaciologist who was part of a team of scientists that documented the rapid changes in Lake Hazen on…

April 8, 2018
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Is Microsoft Trying To Make Windows 10 Mail Worse?

Emil Protalinski via VentureBeat argues that “Windows Mail is unusable, and instead of improving it, Microsoft is looking to drive users away”: Microsoft started forcing Mail to use Edge for email links in Windows 10 build 17623 last month. This week, the company started including Office 365 ads right at the bottom of the app. But even these poor decisions are just extra nails in the coffin. Windows Mail has…

April 8, 2018
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Berkeley Offers Its Data Science Course Online For Free

In a news bulletin, University of California, Berkeley announces that its “Foundations of Data Science” course is “being offered free online this spring for the first time through the campus’s online education hub, edX.” From the report: The course — Data 8X (Foundations of Data Science) — covers everything from testing hypotheses, applying statistical inferences, visualizing distributions and drawing conclusions, all while coding in Python and using real-world data sets….

April 8, 2018
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Hack the Box Challenge: Calamity Walkthrough

April 8, 2018

Hello friends!! Today we are going to solve another CTF challenge “Calamity” which is available online for those who want to increase their skill in penetration testing and black box testing. Shrek is retried vulnerable lab presented by Hack the Box for making online penetration practices according to your experience level; they have collection of vulnerable labs as challenges from beginners to Expert level. Level: Intermediate Task: find user.txt and root.txt file in victim’s machine. Since these labs…

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‘Big Brother’ In India Requires Fingerprint Scans For Food, Phones, Finances

The New York Times reports of the Indian government’s intent to build an identification system of unprecedented scope. The country is reportedly “scanning the fingerprints, eyes and faces of its 1.3 billion residents (alternative source) and connecting the data to everything from welfare benefits to mobile phones.” Here’s an excerpt from the report: Civil libertarians are horrified, viewing the program, called Aadhaar, as Orwell’s Big Brother brought to life. To…

April 8, 2018
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Miss Windows Phone?

An anonymous reader writes: After recently switching on an old Windows Phone to create a silly April Fools’ joke, The Verge’s Tom Warren discovered just how much he missed Microsoft’s mobile OS. Two of the biggest features that are hard to find/replicate on iOS and Android are the Metro design and Live Tiles. “Android and iOS still don’t have system-wide dark modes, nearly 8 years after Windows Phone first introduced…

April 8, 2018
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Scientists Discover That Puffin Beaks Are Fluorescent

A scientist in England discovered that the bills of Atlantic puffins glow like freshly cracked glow sticks when under a UV light. CBC.ca reports of how ornithologist Jamie Dunning stumbled upon the discovery: Dunning normally works with twites, another type of bird, but he had been wondering if puffins had Day-Glo beaks for a while, since crested auklets — seabirds in the same family — also have light-up bills. So…

April 8, 2018
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Preparing for Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony, Facebook hired advisers who are coaching him and are role-playing members of congress in mock hearings (New York Times)

April 8, 2018

New York Times: Preparing for Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony, Facebook hired advisers who are coaching him and are role-playing members of congress in mock hearings  —  For Facebook, Tuesday is being seen as a kind of dreaded final exam.  —  That’s when Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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California May Soon Allow Passengers In Driverless Cars

According to Reuters, California’s public utility regulator on Friday signaled it would allow passengers to ride in self-driving cars without a backup driver in the vehicle. It is a big step forward for autonomous car developers, especially as the industry faces heightened scrutiny over safety concerns. From the report: The California Public Utilities Commission, the body that regulates utilities including transportation companies such as ride-hailing apps, issued a proposal that…

April 8, 2018
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Facebook Donated To 46 of 55 Members On Committee That Will Question Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be questioned about user privacy protections next week by members of the House and Senate committees, but as USA Today notes, many of these members were also “some of the biggest recipients of campaign contributions from Facebook employees directly and the political action committee funded by employees.” An anonymous reader shares the report: The congressional panel that got the most Facebook contributions is the House…

April 8, 2018
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