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Kiwicon X 2016

New Zealand’s hacker conference kicks off in a few hours today. If you aren't there you are missing out (your bad) if you are there, no doubt the organisers have a fucking show to deliver to you.

Kiwicon is part show (fire and shit) part mind-blowing genius technical shit.

It made international headlines last year. Holding my breath for what might happen this time....

https://www.kiwicon.org/

Telstra launches Australian homes onto the Internet of S**t

The service, offered to Testra and non-Telstra broadband users, currently comes in two starter flavours: a home security offering with window sensors and camera; or an automation pack with power plugs, motion sensors, and window sensors.

Devices connect through a home hub, other supported devices include smart light bulbs from Sengled, a thermostat from an outfit called "Zen" and a Lockwood door lock. The carrier promises more devices next year.

Given that 2016 has provided so many Internet of S**t security disasters, The Register hopes to put questions about just what's under the hood, whether firmware upgrades will be possible and so on. Telstra's told us it will try to find a time when someone who has heard of security might be available to share some information.
READ MORE: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/16/telstra_launches_australian_home...

Can transmissible vaccines have a major role in eradicating disease?

Vaccines are powerful, but they are not perfect. In some cases, communities struggle to vaccinate enough individuals to stop the spread of a pathogen.

But suppose that instead of vaccinating most of a population, it were possible to vaccinate just a few individuals. In theory, a benign yet infectious vaccine could effortlessly and silently pass protection from one individual to another.
READ MORE: http://blog.pnas.org/2016/11/journal-club-can-transmissible-vaccines-hav...

Linux Now Runs On 99.6% Of Top 500 Supercomputers

Brief: Linux may have just 2% in the desktop market share, but when it comes to supercomputers, Linux is simply ruling it with over 99% of the share.

Linux running on more than 99% of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world is no surprise. If you followed our previous reports, in the year 2015, Linux was running on more than 97% of the top 500 supercomputers. This year, it just got better.
MORE: https://itsfoss.com/linux-99-percent-top-500-supercomputers/#

John Bedini, Noted Free Energy Researcher, Died Unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

John Bedini has been an inventor, researcher, developer and pioneer of some of the most innovative energy producing devices available. He is most noted for his "School Girl" motor circuits and variations of them. John's circuits are easily the most efficient battery charging circuits in the world. Not only are they the most efficient, the batteries power loads much longer in addition to lasting many years more - simply because of the way the batteries are charged. Instead of charging batteries with hot electron current, his circuits charge them with the voltage potential component of electricity, which is free of electron current or mostly free of electron current. The batteries stay cold and therefore, internal heat doesn't deteriorate them over time as conventional chargers do.
READ MORE: http://educate-yourself.org/cn/John-Bedini-Noted-Free-Energy-Researcher-...

Your Brain Has A "Delete" Button—Here's How To Use It

There’s an old saying in neuroscience: neurons that fire together wire together. This means the more you run a neuro-circuit in your brain, the stronger that circuit becomes. This is why, to quote another old saw, practice makes perfect. The more you practice piano, or speaking a language, or juggling, the stronger those circuits get.

For years this has been the focus for learning new things. But as it turns out, the ability to learn is about more than building and strengthening neural connections. Even more important is our ability to break down the old ones. It's called "synaptic pruning." Here’s how it works.
READ MORE: https://www.fastcompany.com/3059634/your-most-productive-self/your-brain...

The Science is in, Vegans are Cold Blooded Murderers, Plants See, Feel, Smell and Remember


If vegans truly respect sentient life then they need to stop murdering and eating innocent plants along with animal products. I predict however that they will continue on in their hypocritical ways and the vegetable holocaust will continue unabated.

How aware are plants? This is the central question behind a fascinating new book, “What a Plant Knows,” by Daniel Chamovitz, director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University. A plant, he argues, can see, smell and feel. It can mount a defence when under siege, and warn its neighbours of trouble on the way.
READ MORE: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-plants-think-daniel-chamov...

Windows 10 growth slows to a crawl

The growth of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system slowed down to a crawl in September 2016 according to several analytics service. Microsoft never failed to mention that the company's Windows 10 operating system was the fastest growing operating system the company ever produced.

Considering that Windows 10 was offered as a free upgrade to any customer running a machine with a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8 license, it is not really that much of a surprise. More interesting is the question how Windows 10 would do once the free ride is over. Statistics for September 2016 indicate that the system is not doing that well.
READ MORE: http://www.ghacks.net/2016/10/02/windows-10-growth-slows-to-a-crawl/

Yahoo! couldn't! detect! hackers! in! its! network! but! can! spot! NSFW! smut! in! your! office?

Having laid bare over half a billion usernames and passwords through meager funding and witless indifference, Yahoo! is putting its faith in artificial intelligence to protect people from bare skin.

Yahoo! engineers Jay Mahadeokar and Gerry Pesavento in a blog post on Friday said the company has released an open-source model for detecting images deemed "not safe for work" (NSFW).

"To the best of our knowledge, there is no open source model or algorithm for identifying NSFW images," the pair wrote. "In the spirit of collaboration and with the hope of advancing this endeavor, we are releasing our deep learning model that will allow developers to experiment with a classifier for NSFW detection, and provide feedback to us on ways to improve the classifier."
READ MORE: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/09/30/yahoo_nsfw_detector/

Academic Research in the 21st Century: Maintaining Scientific Integrity in a Climate of Perverse Incentives and Hypercompetition

Over the last 50 years, we argue that incentives for academic scientists have become increasingly perverse in terms of competition for research funding, development of quantitative metrics to measure performance, and a changing business model for higher education itself. Furthermore, decreased discretionary funding at the federal and state level is creating a hypercompetitive environment between government agencies (e.g., EPA, NIH, CDC), for scientists in these agencies, and for academics seeking funding from all sources—the combination of perverse incentives and decreased funding increases pressures that can lead to unethical behavior. If a critical mass of scientists become untrustworthy, a tipping point is possible in which the scientific enterprise itself becomes inherently corrupt and public trust is lost, risking a new dark age with devastating consequences to humanity.
READ MORE: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/ees.2016.0223

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