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Volumetric OLED Display Shows Bladerunner Vibe, Curious Screen Tech

Sean Hodgins] is out with his latest video and it’s a piece of art in itself. Beyond a traditional project show and tell, he’s spun together a cyberpunk vibe to premiere the volumetric display he built from an OLED stackup. The trick of a volumetric display is the ability to add a third dimension for Read more about Volumetric OLED Display Shows Bladerunner Vibe, Curious Screen Tech[…]

Bag maker Peak Design calls out Amazon for its copycat ways

Amazon is well-known for its copycat ways, but it’s not so often that another company calls it out on it, much less in a way that’s funny. But that’s exactly what Peak Design did today when it uploaded a video to YouTube comparing its Everyday Sling to a camera bag from AmazonBasics that shares the Read more about Bag maker Peak Design calls out Amazon for its copycat ways[…]

RAWGraphs releases version 2

RAW Graphs is an open source data visualization framework built with the goal of making the visual representation of complex data easy for everyone. Primarily conceived as a tool for designers and vis geeks, RAW Graphs aims at providing a missing link between spreadsheet applications (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, OpenRefine) and vector graphics editors (e.g. Read more about RAWGraphs releases version 2[…]

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Hackers exploit websites to give them excellent SEO before deploying malware

According to Sophos, the so-called search engine “deoptimization” method includes both SEO tricks and the abuse of human psychology to push websites that have been compromised up Google’s rankings. […] In a blog post on Monday, the cybersecurity team said the technique, dubbed “Gootloader,” involves deployment of the infection framework for the Gootkit Remote Access Read more about Hackers exploit websites to give them excellent SEO before deploying malware[…]

ICANN Refuses to Accredit Pirate Bay Founder Peter Sunde Due to His ‘Background’

Peter Sunde was one of the key people behind The Pirate Bay in the early years, a role for which he was eventually convicted in Sweden. While Sunde cut his ties with the notorious torrent site many years ago, he remains an active and vocal personality on the Internet. […] Sunde is also involved with Read more about ICANN Refuses to Accredit Pirate Bay Founder Peter Sunde Due to His ‘Background’[…]

SpaceX Mars prototype rocket nails landing for the first time – then explodes

SpaceX rocket prototype, known as SN10, soared over South Texas during test flight Wednesday before swooping down to a pinpoint landing near its launch site. Approximately three minutes after landing, however, multiple independent video feeds showed the rocket exploding on its landing pad. SpaceX’s SN10, an early prototype of the company’s Starship Mars rocket, took Read more about SpaceX Mars prototype rocket nails landing for the first time – then explodes[…]

How I cut GTA Online loading times by 70% (GTA fix JSON handler pls)

[…] tl;dr There’s a single thread CPU bottleneck while starting up GTA Online It turns out GTA struggles to parse a 10MB JSON file The JSON parser itself is poorly built / naive and After parsing there’s a slow item de-duplication routine R* please fix If this somehow reaches Rockstar: the problems shouldn’t take more Read more about How I cut GTA Online loading times by 70% (GTA fix JSON handler pls)[…]

Ticketcounter leaks data for millions of people, didn’t delete sensitive data and was outed

Data of visitors to Diergaarde Blijdorp, Apenheul, Dierenpark Amersfoort and dozens of other theme parks are on the street. Ticket seller Ticketcounter is also extorted for 3 tons. An employee accidentally posted data online where they didn’t have to. As a result, the data could be found there for months (from 5 August 2020 to Read more about Ticketcounter leaks data for millions of people, didn’t delete sensitive data and was outed[…]

First Fully Weaponized Spectre Exploit Discovered Online

A fully weaponized exploit for the Spectre CPU vulnerability was uploaded on the malware-scanning website VirusTotal last month, marking the first time a working exploit capable of doing actual damage has entered the public domain. The exploit was discovered by French security researcher Julien Voisin. It targets Spectre, a major vulnerability that was disclosed in Read more about First Fully Weaponized Spectre Exploit Discovered Online[…]

EU law requires companies to fix electronic goods for up to 10 years

Companies that sell refrigerators, washers, hairdryers, or TVs in the European Union will need to ensure those appliances can be repaired for up to 10 years, to help reduce the vast mountain of electrical waste that piles up each year on the continent. The “right to repair,” as it is sometimes called, comes into force Read more about EU law requires companies to fix electronic goods for up to 10 years[…]

Far-Right Platform Gab Has Been Hacked, Private Data and all – not encrypted in the backend

When Twitter banned Donald Trump and a slew of other far-right users in January, many of them became digital refugees, migrating to sites like Parler and Gab to find a home that wouldn’t moderate their hate speech and disinformation. Days later, Parler was hacked, and then it was dropped by Amazon web hosting, knocking the Read more about Far-Right Platform Gab Has Been Hacked, Private Data and all – not encrypted in the backend[…]

Rocket Lab Unveils Plans for New 8-Ton Class Reusable Rocket for Mega-Constellation Deployment. Probably won’t explode as much as SpaceX. Also to become publically traded.

Rocket Lab today unveiled plans for its Neutron rocket, an advanced 8-ton payload class launch vehicle tailored for mega-constellation deployment, interplanetary missions and human spaceflight. Neutron will build on Rocket Lab’s proven experience developing the reliable workhorse Electron launch vehicle, the second most frequently launched U.S. rocket annually since 2019. Where Electron provides dedicated access Read more about Rocket Lab Unveils Plans for New 8-Ton Class Reusable Rocket for Mega-Constellation Deployment. Probably won’t explode as much as SpaceX. Also to become publically traded.[…]

SmartThings bricks all hardware (2013 – 2021) wtf?

If you own a 2013 SmartThings hub (that’s the original) or a SmartThings Link for the Nvidia Shield TV, your hardware will stop working on June 30 of this year. The device depreciation is part of the announced exodus from manufacturing and supporting its own hardware and the Groovy IDE that Samsung Smartthings announced last Read more about SmartThings bricks all hardware (2013 – 2021) wtf?[…]

Same Energy: Visual search engine for pictures

This search engine finds other pictures with the same “energy” as the picture you select on the homepage, upload or paste the URL of   We believe that image search should be visual, using only a minimum of words. And we believe it should integrate a rich visual understanding, capturing the artistic style and overall Read more about Same Energy: Visual search engine for pictures[…]

Flaws in Zoom’s Keybase App Kept Chat Images From Being Deleted

A serious flaw in Zoom’s Keybase secure chat application left copies of images contained in secure communications on Keybase users’ computers after they were supposedly deleted. Source: Exclusive: Flaws in Zoom’s Keybase App Kept Chat Images From Being Deleted | The Security Ledger Robin EdgarOrganisational Structures | Technology and Science | Military, IT and Lifestyle Read more about Flaws in Zoom’s Keybase App Kept Chat Images From Being Deleted[…]

India’s New Cyber Law Goes Live: Subtracts Safe Harbor Protections, Adds Compelled Assistance Demands For Intermediaries, Massive surveillance infrastructure

New rules for social media companies and other hosts of third-party content have just gone into effect in India. The proposed changes to India’s 2018 Intermediary Guidelines are now live, allowing the government to insert itself into content moderation efforts and make demands of tech companies some simply won’t be able to comply with. Now, Read more about India’s New Cyber Law Goes Live: Subtracts Safe Harbor Protections, Adds Compelled Assistance Demands For Intermediaries, Massive surveillance infrastructure[…]

Sub-diffraction optical writing enables data storage at the nanoscale – on disk

The demand to store ever-increasing volumes of information has resulted in the widespread implementation of data centers for Big Data. These centers consume massive amounts of energy (about 3% of global electricity supply) and rely on magnetization-based hard disk drives with limited storage capacity (up to 2 TB per disk) and lifespan (three to five Read more about Sub-diffraction optical writing enables data storage at the nanoscale – on disk[…]

Using deep-sea fiber optic cables to detect earthquakes

Seismologists at Caltech working with optics experts at Google have developed a method to use existing underwater telecommunication cables to detect earthquakes. The technique could lead to improved earthquake and tsunami warning systems around the world. […] evious efforts to use optical fibers to study seismicity have relied on the addition of sophisticated scientific instruments Read more about Using deep-sea fiber optic cables to detect earthquakes[…]

Extension shows the monopoly big tech has on your browsing – you always route your traffic through them

A new extension for Google Chrome has made explicit how most popular sites on the internet load resources from one or more of Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon. The extension, Big Tech Detective, shows the extent to which websites exchange data with these four companies by reporting on them. It also optionally blocks sites that Read more about Extension shows the monopoly big tech has on your browsing – you always route your traffic through them[…]

Apple, forced to rate product repair potential in France, gives itself modest marks – still lying, they should be worse

Apple, on its French website, is now publishing repairability scores for its notoriously difficult to repair products, in accordance with a Gallic environmental law enacted a year ago. Cook & Co score themselves on repairability however, and Cupertino kit sometimes fares better under internal interpretation of the criteria [PDF] than it does under ratings awarded Read more about Apple, forced to rate product repair potential in France, gives itself modest marks – still lying, they should be worse[…]

1Password has none, KeePass has none… So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?

A security researcher has recommended against using the LastPass password manager Android app after noting seven embedded trackers. The software’s maker says users can opt out if they want. […] The Exodus report on LastPass shows seven trackers in the Android app, including four from Google for the purpose of analytics and crash reporting, as Read more about 1Password has none, KeePass has none… So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?[…]

Half a million stolen French medical records, lab results, feeble excuses

[…] Here in France, we’ve just experienced the country’s biggest ever data breach of customer records, involving some half a million medical patients. Worse, the data wasn’t even sold or held to ransom by dark web criminals: it was just given away so that anyone could download it. Up to 60 fields of personal data Read more about Half a million stolen French medical records, lab results, feeble excuses[…]

GameStop short-sellers have lost $1.9 billion in just 2 days amid the stock’s latest spike

Short sellers lost $664 million on Wednesday as GameStop shares spiked 104% in the final 30 minutes of trading, S3 Partners said.The stock’s 84% intraday gain on Thursday fueled another $1.19 billion in mark-to-market losses. Source: GameStop short-sellers have lost $1.9 billion in just 2 days amid the stock’s latest spike | Markets Insider Robin Read more about GameStop short-sellers have lost $1.9 billion in just 2 days amid the stock’s latest spike[…]

Use AdNauseum to Block Ads and Confuse Google’s Advertising

In an online world in which countless systems are trying to figure out what exactly you enjoy so they can serve you up advertising about it, it really fucks up their profiling mechanisms when they think you like everything. And to help you out with this approach, I recommend checking out the Chrome/Firefox extension AdNauseum. Read more about Use AdNauseum to Block Ads and Confuse Google’s Advertising[…]

Porsche says synthetic fuel can be as clean as EVs

In a recent interview with Evo magazine, Porsche VP of Motorsport and GT cars, Dr. Frank Walliser, says that synthetic fuels, also called eFuels, can reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of existing ICE cars by as much as 85 percent. And, he says, when you account for the wheel-to-well impact of manufacturing the EV, it’s Read more about Porsche says synthetic fuel can be as clean as EVs[…]