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According to the New York Post (yes, I know), Apple’s Eddy Cue are looking to improve the original video strategy Apple has (most likely in reaction to Netflix and Youtube). The wording is worrying:

While at least one of the discussions between Apple and an executive was vague when it came to the tech company’s ultimate goal, the executive was left with the impression that the Cupertino, Calif., company is looking for a transformative acquisition and not just a deal to buy TV shows.

and later

“They talked to Sony and Paramount last week. They are preparing something big,” a source told The Post.

Nobody has anything concrete at the moment, though.

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SHA1 attack on Bittorrent backdoors binaries

BitErrant is an exploit with a logo.

On https://biterrant.io we can find the following:

“Here are two EXE files with different functionality (evil has a meterpreter that will listen on all interfaces), but yielding the same .torrent file.”

That means that it is possible to attack the BitTorrent protocol, when downloading software or content, replacing the actual content with malicious one that may contain exploits.

Warning: Exploit with logo, impact unclear

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A bunch of dutch smart meters are measuring bullshit

At Twente University, researchers have taken up validation of smart meter readings.

Turns out that smart meters tend to measure undimmed (unreduced) energy consumption for devices that can be dimmed with pulse width modulation or are otherwise deforming perfect sine waveforms of AC. That’s often the case then CFL or LED lights are being dimmed. Also, households with solar panels or electric car chargers can be affected.

The error is up to factor 6 (580%).

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Fertig gelesen: The Engineer Wizard

The Engineer Wizard

Paul Armstead is a fat, old man with no life. Helping a stranger in a snow storm, he gets a mystery box, which contains a Genie. Helping the Genie, he’s being transformed into a wizard, a being which can affect reality in an acausal way.

For the last 400 years, no new wizards have been created on earth, and the remaining 300 or so wizards and witches are ossified. Being an engineer, Armstead invents new ways to deploy magic and create magic effects, combining science and magic.

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European Parliament ends visa-free travel for Americans

The Independent reports:

The European Parliament has voted to end visa-free travel for Americans within the EU.

It comes after the US failed to agree visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania – as part of a reciprocity agreement. US citizens can normally travel to all countries in the bloc without a visa.

The ban, if it comes, affects all Americas, not just Redneckistanis. Will it come? It depends:

Following the committee’s vote, the Commission must act to suspend the visa waiver for Americans, but the European Parliament or the Council of the European Union may object.

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“Autonomous”. You keep using that word.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

ARD-Reporter does not understand the term “autonomous”.

Thanks for the pointer. Cars need 5G [networking] because of latency. Short reaction time for braking.

Autonomous

Nope. That’s not how it works. (Twitter thread starts at https://twitter.com/ARDreporter/status/836838622716395520)

Generally: Cars cannot trust externally supplied data (“cloud data”) for critical driving safety things. The cloud may be unavailable, the link into the cloud may be unavailable or the information fed into the cloud may be wrong, maliciously wrong or outdated. So all that external environment information is as trustworthy as the spoken traffic report after the radio news, it’s a machine readable, more detailed version of exactly that.

Ground truth from the sensors always has to be able to supercede that, and the car must always be able to drive safely with ground truth from sensors alone.

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