[T]his attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem. This is an emerging pattern in 2017. We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world. Repeatedly, exploits
It's been known for a month now the NSA exploits released by the Shadow Brokers hacking group could be used to hack almost every pre-Windows 10 system which wasn't patched in March, yet our government and others did nothing.
Sure enough, the inevitable has now happened.
"This is not a drill," notorious NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says.
Malware used by the NSA to hack into Microsoft Windows systems was reportedly leaked just hours ago, meaning anyone who gets the software will have the virtual "keys to the kingdom" and can hack into practically any computer running Windows they want.
UPDATE: Microsoft says they patched the vulnerability in March for all their actively supported Windows products.
Discussions about ethnic and gender differences in intelligence are seen as impolite by many, but in an age where the failure of others is held up as an example of sexism or racism, it is an essential topic to discuss.
Dr. Richard Lynn joins Stefan Molyneux to discuss ethnic differences in average intelligence, the impact that better nutrition has on intelligence, the connection between income and intelligence, environmental effects on intelligence, different types of intelligenc... (more)
Google subsidiary Boston Dynamics yesterday released an astonishing video of their new humanoid 'Atlas robot' which demonstrates remarkable human-like balance while walking through the snow and getting shoved by a hockey stick.
Insider.com CEO Jason Calacanis told CNBC the robot may signal "the end of manual labor." ... (more)
97 Consensus? Dr. Lindzen: 'They never really tell you what they agree on. It is propaganda. So all scientists agree it's probably warmer now than it was at the end of the Little Ice Age. Almost all Scientists agree that if you add CO2 you will have some warming. Maybe very little warming. But it is propaganda to translate that into it is dangerous and we must reduce co2 etc. If you can... (more)
The world’s best known torrent-sharing site, the Pirate Bay, has started to use a new plugin called Torrents Time, which allows users to stream torrents directly in their browsers – the advantage being you don’t need to download anything.
Torrents Time was released at the start of February and can be used with Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer on either Windows or OS X. At present, the system is in beta.
"By harnessing the incredible abilities of torrents... (more)
Instead of seeing driverless cars as a cheaper, safer, and more efficient mechanism to move people and goods, government bureaucrats are salivating at the possibility of inventing new and exciting ways to stifle innovation long before driverless cars even hit the market. As is so often the case, California leads the way.
What does California propose? First, prospective "drivers" will need a special state-issued certificate to operate a driverless car. To get it, they will need to ... (more)
An implantable neural chip being developed under a newly-announced program by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which will allow humans to directly communicate with computers and control them with just their mind.
Besides the obvious military application, the device will open new possibilities for the treatment of different neural disorders, as well as potentially improving the lives of disabled people who are paralyzed, deaf or blind, DARPA claimed in a press-... (more)
The Obama administration announced that they were going to invest $4 billion in self-driving cars. Why? Private firms have already developed self-driving cars, and although none are available for purchase now, they are on their way with or without government involvement.
Is this really a good use of our tax dollars? What investments can the governm... (more)
Researchers at the MIT are publicizing that they have fixed the incandescent lightbulb with a brilliant improvement. They have wrapped the interior filament in a crystal glass that both bounces light and contains heat. It recycles energy in a way that addresses the main complaint against Edison's bulb: It burns far too much energy for the ... (more)
As more and more states legalize the medicinal and recreational use of cannabis, it will inevitably bring challenges to the criminal justice system. As of now, it seems that operating a vehicle under the influence of cannabis is treated the same as operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
However, this is a faulty assumption for the state. As we reported earlier, a pioneering study found virtually no driving impairment under the influence of cannabis. This does not ... (more)
The New Shepard rocket blasted off from Blue Origin's West Texas launch site at 12:21pm CST (18.21 GMT), reached a suborbital altitude of 62 miles (100 km) and landed back at the launch site eight minutes later.
In suborbital spaceflight, rockets are not traveling fast enough to reach the speed required to counter the pull of Earth's gravity. ... (more)