SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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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

Linux Turned 25 This Year: 25 stunning facts about Linux.

Today, Linux is the dominant operating system for servers. It’s also the basis for Android, which is the dominant operating system for phones. And it’s 100% free and open source.

Let’s put the last 25 years of Linux in perspective with these 25 stunning facts about Linux:

Fact #1: There are 115 million lines of code in The Linux Foundation’s collaborative projects. Compare this to the 45 million lines of code in Windows XP.
READ MORE: https://medium.freecodecamp.com/linux-is-25-yay-lets-celebrate-with-25-r...

FBI Director Says Prolific Default Encryption Hurting Government Spying Efforts

FBI Director James Comey warned again Tuesday about the bureau's inability to access digital devices because of encryption and said investigators were collecting information about the challenge in preparation for an "adult conversation" next year.

Widespread encryption built into smartphones is "making more and more of the room that we are charged to investigate dark," Comey said in a cybersecurity symposium.

The remarks reiterated points that Comey has made repeatedly in the last two years, before Congress and in other settings, about the growing collision between electronic privacy and national security.
READ MORE: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/comey-fbi-adult-conversation-...

Researchers from Princeton University found that artificial intelligence systems may show signs of racism.

During the study, the robot found the names of white Americans “pleasant”, while considering the names of black Americans “unpleasant,” according to the study. The study involved a self-learning artificial intelligence system, GloVe. It has the ability to read and interpret online text.
Read more: http://sputniknews.com/us/20160829/1044742350/intelligent-robot-became-r...

Your 'Smart' Power Outlets Are Now Botnets Thanks To The Internet Of Broken Things

The latest gift of the Internet of Things industry, revealed last week by security researchers at Bitdefender, is smart electrical sockets that can be hacked to hand over e-mail credentials, create a botnet, or (potentially) burn your house down by firing up connected appliances. The devices are sold as an amazing new tool to help create a connected home, allowing users to manage any device plugged into them via a smartphone and/or the internet. The problem, as usual, is an (unspecified) company that treated security as an afterthought.
READ MORE: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160819/07473935285/your-smart-power-...

The NSA Hacking Team Known as the "Equation Group" Appears to Have Been Hacked and Their Advanced Hacking Tools Have Been Leaked Online

The leak over the weekend of advanced hacking tools contains digital signatures that are almost identical to those in software used by the state-sponsored Equation Group, according to a just-published report from security firm Kaspersky Lab.

Group claims to hack NSA-tied hackers, posts exploits as proof "While we cannot surmise the attacker's identity or motivation nor where or how this pilfered trove came to be, we can state that several hundred tools from the leak share a strong connection with our previous findings from the Equation group," Kaspersky researchers wrote in a blog post published Tuesday afternoon.
READ MORE: http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/08/code-dumped-online-came-from-omn...

How the father of the World Wide Web plans to reclaim it from Facebook and Google

When the World Wide Web first took off in the mid 1990s, the dream wasn’t just big, it was distributed: Everyone would have their own home page, everyone would post their thoughts – they weren’t called “blogs” until 1999 – and everyone would own their own data, for there was no one around offering to own it for us. The web consisted of nodes joined by links, with no center.

Now a handful of companies own vast swaths of web activity – Facebook for social networking, Google for searching, eBay for auctions – and quite literally own the data their users have provided and generated.
READ MORE: http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/ways-to-decentralize-the-web/

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