Tuesday, 16. August 2016

Monty Pythons Argument-Clinic auf 2 alten Speech Synthesizern

Michael Palin is played by the Dectalk Express
(Perfect Paul modified to sound more like Stephen Hawking)

John Cleese is played by the Intex Talker
(Votrax SC-01A)


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TV-Physiker Lesch Ziel von AfD-Hassmails

Harald Lesch zerpflückte die Thesen der AfD über Klimawandel und wurde Opfer eines Shitstorms
München – Fragen wie "Wie entsteht etwas aus dem Nichts"? oder "Gibt es Zufall?" beantwortet Harald Lesch mit den Lösungsangeboten der Natur- und Kulturwissenschaft. Nachdem der TV-Physiker in einem Video der ZDF-Reihe "Terra X" Aussagen der AfD zum Klimawandel auseinandernahm, erhielt er laut sueddeutsche.de "sehr hässliche Hassmails". Und diese unterzieht er in einem zweiten Video einer ebenso gründlichen Analyse.
Lesch prüfte "das AfD-Programm wissenschaftlich". Sachlich geht er den Aussagen über den Klimawandel auf den Grund und entlarvt sie größtenteils als Humbug.


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What Is Phase Change Memory? Why Is It 1,000 Times Faster Than RAM?

The researchers are working hard to create new means to store data. PCM, about 1,000 times faster than RAM, is one such effort that’s being extensively developed by researchers and tech giants. Recent developments by Stanford and IBM are expected to make PCM research more mainstream.


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Monday, 15. August 2016

Secure Boot snafu: Microsoft leaks backdoor key, firmware flung wide open

Updated, August 12: Microsoft has now responded to the Secure Boot blooper.
The company said: "The jailbreak technique described in the researchers’ report on August 10 does not apply to desktop or enterprise PC systems. It requires physical access and administrator rights to ARM and RT devices and does not compromise encryption protections."


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NASA Systems Engineering Handbook

Since its founding, the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) has been dedicated to the ad-
vancement of aeronautics and space science. The NASA
Scientific and Technical Information (STI) program
plays a key part in helping NASA maintain this impor-
tant role.
The NASA STI program operates under the auspices of
the Agency Chief Information Officer. It collects, orga-
nizes, provides for archiving, and disseminates NASA’s
STI. The NASA STI program provides access to the
NASA Aeronautics and Space Database and its public
interface, the NASA technical report server, thus pro-
viding one of the largest collections of aeronautical and
space science STI in the world.

NASA Systems Engineering Handbook (2008) [pdf]

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2 Gbps: New Speed Record Set For Data Transmission Using LED Light

A team of researchers has devised a new method to produce white light that supports data transmission rates up to 2 billion bits per second (2 Gbps). This light could be used to made efficient lighting systems and transmit information at the same time. The researchers expect that the white light LED bulbs will be replaced by the bulbs that generate white light using semiconductor lasers.


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New method for detecting hardware Trojans

Modern computer chips are made up of hundreds of millions – often billions – of transistors. Such complexity enables the smartphone in your back pocket to perform all manner of powerful computations, but it also provides lots of places for tiny malicious circuits, known as hardware Trojans, to hide. Magnifying this security risk is the increasingly distributed and globalized nature of the hardware supply chain, which makes it possible for a Trojan to be introduced at any point along the way.


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“Digital Hell” — Why Is This house Linked To 600 Million IP Addresses?

A couple residing in the remote areas of Kansas has been visited by various police and federal officials on a regular basis. No, they are not some retired high-rank officials but the visits were made to enquire about missing persons, digital fraud cases, and even child pornography cases.
More than 600 million IP addresses are linked to the house of this couple, James and Theresa Arnold. The couple shifted to the farm house in 2011. So, what was being baked inside the house? It was the result of a technical issue with an IP mapping company MaxMind. The couple’s house is located somewhere near the geographical center of the United States of America. The company was using this location as default to map IP addresses for which the location could not be identified.

fossbytes.com fusion.net arstechnica.com

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Unmasking France’s Violent Wine Extremists

You raise a glass of French wine and you think of the winemaker. You probably imagine someone with sun-soaked wrinkles, his hands as knotty as the vines he tends, sort of a knowing Mother Earth look about him. Maybe you picture him walking the vineyard, gently grazing his thick, worn knuckles against tender green leaves, cupping a cluster of violet-purple grapes, thinking of the vintage to come. Everything’s gorgeous. The sun is shining. He’s fine. You’re fine. You take a sip of his wine and he leaves his vineyard to go set an importer’s office on fire.
He is not fine. He’s a member of the Comité Régional d’Action Viticole. Also known as CRAV. A Languedoc-based French wine terrorism organization. Yes, there is absolutely such a thing.


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Sunday, 14. August 2016

Was hat dieser Mann getan?

Der amerikanische Internetaktivist Jacob Appelbaum soll in Berlin Mitstreiterinnen sexuell missbraucht haben. Die Vorwürfe spalten die Szene.

Das Jahr 2016 ist erst wenige Stunden alt, als die Orgie in der Berliner Altbauwohnung von Jacob Appelbaum am Prenzlauer Berg richtig losgeht. Im Wohnzimmer hat jemand das Sofa ausgeklappt, zwei Paare haben dort gleichzeitig Sex. Manche der Gäste haben zuvor, auf einer anderen Feier, bereits die synthetische Partydroge MDMA eingeworfen, die euphorisiert und das Nähebedürfnis verstärkt. Ein drittes Paar ist im Schlafzimmer zugange. In Appelbaums Bett oder auf dem Sofa soll später ein Verbrechen passiert sein.
Im Wohnzimmer haben sich ein paar Leute auf dem Boden niedergelassen, alle sind angezogen. Sie haben die Musik laut gestellt, damit das Stöhnen der anderen weniger stört. Eine junge Journalistin hat es sich auf dem Schoß eines Mannes bequem gemacht, er massiert ihren Rücken. Gegenüber sitzt eine junge Amerikanerin, sie hat die anderen erst vor ein paar Tagen kennengelernt und wirkt, als fühle sie sich unwohl auf dieser Party – das wird später einer sagen, der dabei war. Sie spricht wenig, hört aber freundlich zu. Meist redet ohnehin der Gastgeber, um den herum die Gruppe sich versammelt hat: Der Amerikaner Jacob "Jake" Appelbaum, 33 Jahre alt, Spezialist für Computersicherheit und ein Rockstar der weltweiten Hackerszene. Sein Name wird in einem Atemzug genannt mit der Elite der digitalen Dissidenten, Edward Snowden oder Julian Assange. Für viele sind diese Männer Erlöserfiguren. Appelbaums Silvestergäste, etwa zwanzig, sind Programmierer, Hacker, Aktivisten aus aller Welt. Sie verbindet eine Mission: Sie nutzen Verschlüsselungstechnik, um gegen den verhassten Überwachungsstaat zu kämpfen.


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What Has This Man Done?

The American internet icon Jacob Appelbaum has been accused of sexually abusing female activists in Berlin. The episode has revealed deep cracks in the hacker community.

The year 2016 is only a couple of hours old when the orgy in Jacob Appelbaum’s apartment in a pre-World War II building in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district really gets going.
Somebody has unfolded the sofa in the living room. Two couples are having sex at the same time in the room. Some guests had already taken synthetic party drug MDMA, which induces a state of euphoria and increases the need for emotional warmth, at another party. A third couple is going at it in the bedroom. Later, a crime allegedly took place in Mr. Appelbaum’s bed or on the fold-out sofa.
A couple of people in the living room are prone on the floor, all of them fully dressed. They had turned up the music so the moaning and groaning of the others doesn’t bother them as much. A young journalist had made herself comfortable on a man’s lap, and he is massaging her back. Sitting across from them is a young American woman. She had gotten to know the others just a couple of days before, but she appears to be uncomfortable at this party. She doesn’t talk much but listens in a friendly manner to what is being said.


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How Nitrous Oxide Inspired Early Psychedelic Literature

I love jotting down nonsensical snippets of conversation I overhear at music festivals, parties, and other drug-friendly gatherings. I've catalogued trustafarian musings like "At our core, we're interstellar beings," "Dog feet are a good idea," and most spectacularly, "I feel like a deer that for some reason has the ability to travel in and out of heaven."
Imagine for a second that these quotes came from respected members of Victorian society—powdered wigs and all—and you've got the focus of Oh Excellent Air Bag: Under the Influence of Nitrous Oxide 1799-1920. This anthology of original accounts from the earliest days of laughing gas (out now via The Public Domain Review) features poets, scientists, and philosophers offering such musings as "I felt like the sound of a harp," "He seemed... to be bathed all over with a bucket full of good humour," and "It would require a pen, made of a quill, plucked from an angel's wing, to describe half the pleasures arising from this source."


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