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Microsoft reprieves SHA-1 deprecation in Edge 85 security baseline

Microsoft has published a new security baseline for Microsoft Edge and one of the new rules is titled “Allow certificates signed using SHA-1 when issued by local trust anchors.” Which may surprise some readers seeing as the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology deprecated SHA-1 in 2011 and Microsoft banished it from its Internet Explorer and Edge browsers in 2017. Both did so because the hashing algorithm…

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AI world has gone bananas, it’s official. This algorithm will help you optimize your peanut butter and banana sarnies

In brief What’s the best way to chop up a banana so that each piece will perfectly fit onto a slice of bread that has been spread with peanut butter to make a classic sandwich? An algorithm will do now it for you. Ethan Rosenthal, a data scientist at Square and presumed fan of delicious sandwiches, has described his model and provided step-by-step instructions so that you can train…

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Funny, that: Handy script for wiping directories is capable of wreaking havoc beyond a miscreant’s wildest dreams

Who, Me? Remember when September seemed so far away? Those of you still working from your bedroom since March should probably have changed your pyjamas by now. We’ll wait. When you’re ready, enjoy a tale from the Who, Me? vault courtesy of a reader who knows all about unplanned undergarment changes. “O” spent the early part of this century in the capable hands of Windows Server 2003, and was…

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Forget Fortnite and FIFA: India wants to develop games based on local legends

“Our country is so rich in ideas and concepts, with a glorious past,” he added, before asking: “Can we make games based on them?” India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the nation’s software industry to make games based on local myths and legends. As part of India’s self-sufficiency drive, an effort that aims to make more goods at home and by doing so scale industries to a size…

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China trolls Trump with tech export rules changes that could imperil TikTok sale

China has added new technologies to its export control list and by doing so could derail the sale of Tiktok’s US operations. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce on Friday posted changes to its list of technologies that can’t be exported and/or require a permit to send offshore. State media outlet Xinhua reports that two new entries cover “personalized information push service technology based on data analysis” and “artificial intelligence…

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Google and Facebook abandon Hong Kong landing of new submarine cable

Google and Facebook have dumped plans to build an undersea cable between the US and Hong Kong after after US security agencies warned that Beijing could use the link to infiltrate American networks. In a revised proposal submitted to the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) late last week, the consortium building the Pacific Light Cable Network re-filed its plans and kept landing points in Taiwan and the…

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CenturyLink L3 outage knocks out web giants and 3.5 percent of all internet traffic

Internet backbone operator CenturyLink has experienced an outage that degraded performance of major web companies around the world. CenturyLink acknowledged the outage and posted basic information about the incident. Our technicians are working to resolve an IP outage. Ensuring the reliability of our services is our top priority. We will provide regular updates on our progress. — CenturyLink (@CenturyLink) August 30, 2020 We are working hard to fix an…

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Zuck says Facebook made an ‘operational mistake’ in not taking down US militia page mid-protests. TBH the whole social network is a mistake

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before – or not because you have absolutely heard this one before – but Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is sorry he helped make society a little worse. The antisocial network’s chief exec has shared a video to say how upset he is that Facebook’s content checkers failed to remove from the platform a violent militia group calling itself the Kenosha Guard. Zuckerberg…

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You Musk be joking: A mind-reading Neuralink chip in a pig’s brain? Downloadable memories? Telepathy? Watch and judge for yourself

Video In a late Friday evening reveal, Elon Musk updated the world on his Neuralink brain-to-computer interface startup, with the help of three little piggies. Specifically, his team revealed it has implanted a mind-reading gadget in a live pig’s brain. The porcine test subjects were: a control animal; one who has had the implant in place for a couple of months; and another who had had one removed and…

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Before you head off for the weekend, you have patched your Pulse Secure VPNs, right? Wouldn’t want you to be pwned via a phishing link

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: a remote-code execution vulnerability needs patching in Pulse Secure VPNs. Professional code-probers at GoSecure uncovered a host of security flaws, including CVE-2020-8218, which it publicly disclosed this week after a patch was issued. The other holes are yet to be addressed, and so details on those remain under wraps for now. What we do know is that CVE-2020-8218 can be exploited…

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