I did not drink enough red bull for this.
Thursday, 2 July 2020

Guy Who Reverse-Engineered TikTok Reveals The Scary Things He Learned, Advises People To Stay Away From It

quote [ Facebook got itself into a sensitive data scandal when it did shady business with Cambridge Analytica, Instagram confirmed a security issue exposing user accounts and phone numbers, but these apps are basically online security havens compared to TikTok, according to one senior software engineer with about 15 years of professional experience. ]

Ah well, if even TikTok did not use HTTPS on their endpoints, maybe SE is not that far behind.
[SFW] [dystopian violence]
[by Paracetamol@6:17amGMT] [0 comments]

The Lost Patents

quote [ The United States Patent and Trademark Office was established in 1790, and since then the federal office has issued over 10 million patents for all sorts of inventions. Virtually every patent is available to the public, either on paper or microfilm, or digitized and searchable on the Internet—except the first ten thousand patents. They went up in smoke exactly 184 years ago. ]

Now i gotta go patent the blueprint
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Detroit Police Chief: Facial Recognition Software Misidentifies 96% of the Time

quote [ Detroit regulated facial recognition software. It's still used only on Black people. ]

Put your bullshit facial recognition on fritz
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+3]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [2 comments]

R.I.P. Carl Reiner

quote [ Carl Reiner, Jewish American comedian, director, author, creator of the Dick Van Dyke Show, and longtime comedy partner of Mel Brooks, has died of natural causes at the age of 98. ]

Both of them look quite a bit like Carl Reiner
[SFW] [obituaries] [+3 Sad]
[by ScoobySnacks@2:30amGMT] [7 comments]

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

'We've bought the wrong satellites': UK tech gamble baffles experts

quote [ “Let’s give the government the benefit of the doubt: if the output the government wants is a UK-branded positioning system, a projection of UK power around the world and supporting the UK satellite industry base, then it is probably quicker and cheaper to smash the square peg of OneWeb into the round hole of a Galileo replacement than it is to do it from scratch,” said Thorne. ]

Mhh, who's trumping whom here?
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by Paracetamol@12:24pmGMT] [0 comments]

The Faux Fish Coming to a Restaurant Near You

quote [ Alternative fish has arrived on the market. Can it help save marine life and feed a hungry world? ]

I'm eating cod fish in here
[SFW] [food & drink] [+2 Good]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:00amGMT] [4 comments]

Monday, 29 June 2020

Hitchhiker, hero, celebrity, killer: The strange journey of the man called Kai

quote [ In 2013, Caleb McGillivary became an unlikely hero and an even unlikelier star. There were TV appearances and concerts, women and new friends, the promise of money and a reality show. Instead, three months later, the Alberta man was facing life in prison for a murder he says was self-defence. This is the story of ‘Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker’ ]

When I was a hitchhiker on the road
[SFW] [people] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:03amGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 28 June 2020

In Mexico City, the Coronavirus Is Bringing Back Aztec-Era ‘Floating Gardens’

quote [ Business is booming for farmers who plant on man-made islands. ]

This was an interesting article about floating farms.
[SFW] [food & drink]
[by lilmookieesquire@7:24pmGMT] [1 comment]

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