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A team of researchers, including two from Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, examined the works of nearly 30,000 scientists, artists and film directors to learn if high-impact works in those fields came in streaks.According to Lu Liu, a doctoral student in the College of IST and member of the research team, they found a universal pattern.The team's paper, "Hot streaks in artistic, cultural, and scientific careers," recently appeared in Nature.Liu says that there are two previous schools of thought regarding hot streaks in individual careers.According to the "Matthew effect," the more famous you become, the more likely you'll have success later, which supports the existence of a hot streak.The other school of thought -- the random impact rule -- implies that the success of a career is primarily random and is primarily driven by levels of productivity.
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Usually when I think about Mini Coopers and college students in the same sentence, I start picturing those ridiculous promotional cars with giant, fiberglass Red Bull cans on the back.To be fair, Mini doesn't get a ton of love in general these days and there are a few reasons for that, but it is doing something that's actually pretty cool for college students and that's offering the Mini Oxford Edition.What's a Mini Oxford Edition?Well, it's a special trim level for the base Cooper two and four-door models that is super affordable and only available to those either in college or who have recently graduated.It's not a totally stripped out penalty box either.What do you get when you give Mini either $19,750 or $20,750 -- for two-door and four-door models, respectively -- of your hard-earned student loan money?
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Hurricane Olivia's eye was clear in infrared imagery taken by NASA's Aqua satellite from its orbit in space.Infrared satellite data at 4:50 p.m. EDT (2205 UTC) on Sept. 6, from the instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite showed a clear image of Hurricane Olivia's eye surrounded by coldest cloud top temperatures near minus 63 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 53 degrees Celsius).NASA research has found that cloud top temperatures that cold have the capability to generate heavy rainfall.On Sept.7, Olivia's overall cloud structure in infrared and passive microwave satellite imagery has changed little since the previous advisory, except that the cloud tops have warmed significantly around the well-defined, 20-nautical-mile in diameter eye.At 5 a.m. EDT (0900 UTC) on Sept. 7 the National Hurricane Center or NHC noted the center of Hurricane Olivia was located near latitude 19.6 degrees north and longitude 131.2 degrees west.Olivia is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 kph), and this general motion is forecast to continue through Saturday.
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Tor Project's own private mobile browser app is now available on Android.It can be installed via the Google Play store and the file extension for Android can be downloaded directly from Tor's website, VentureBeat reported.Tor originally stood for The Onion Router and is named for the method it uses to protect information sent over a network.When a Tor-enabled browser makes a request to download a webpage, the request is encrypted multiple times for a journey that detours through three servers known as relays."Tor aims to make all users look the same, making it difficult for you to be fingerprinted based on your browser and device information," the company said.It isn't the first Tor-enabled browser available for Android devices, VentureBeat notes.
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Unfortunately, you probably don’t want to take advantage of the bargain because new research shows it’s essentially spyware and is periodically transmitting user data to a server in China.Patrick Wardle is a respected security researcher who’s made some big discoveries of issues with Apple before.On Friday, he published a post on his Objective-See blog that details the ways in which Adware Doctor violates Apple’s App Store policy and betrays its users.Wardle says he notified Apple weeks ago, but as of this morning it’s still available and is the fourth-most-popular paid app overall.It’s also the number one paid app in the “utilities” category with a sterling 4.8 rating that Wardle is pretty certain is being gamed.The app claims to prevent “malware and malicious files from infecting your Mac,” and it offers the ability to remove adware that is already on your system.
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That certainly makes remote access to 3D printers convenient, but wow, what an awful idea given the tremendous potential for abuse.SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) has issued an alert for users of OctoPrint, an open-source web interface for 3D printers.It’s super convenient, but the ISC has discovered at least 3,759 instances in which users have deliberately set up their 3D printers to be accessible via the internet without the need for authentication (i.e.Detecting unsecured printers, or any unsecured device for that matter, is relatively easy thanks to tools like Shodan, a search engine for internet-connected devices.“So, what can go wrong with this kind of interface?For example, the OctoPrint interface can be used to download the print instructions loaded inside a 3D printer, which is in unencrypted G-code format.
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An often-overlooked Easter Egg in Google Chrome is the dinosaur game, which appears when you try to visit a website while disconnected from the Internet.The Chrome dino game is a simple infinite runner, which sees you jump over cacti, and dodge underneath obstacles.So, why the dinosaur theme?According to Chrome designer Sebastien Gabriel, it’s a play on going back to the “prehistoric ages,” before the existence of ubiquitous Wi-Fi.While this will undoubtedly be alien to some of our younger readers, others will remember only really being able to get online in certain places: home, school, work, and specialist Internet cafés.Initial designs of the dinosaur character were given the codename “Project Bolan,” which itself is a reference to Marc Bolan, the late lead singer of 1970’s glam rock band T-Rex.
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Microsoft has changed the way it supports Windows 10 updates for schools and businesses, giving them more flexibility to choose when they install updates.Microsoft has settled into a regular update schedule, releasing one patch in March, and another in October.Initially, businesses were given 18 months to upgrade their systems after each release.After that period, Microsoft would withdraw support.However, that's not very long for large businesses and schools, so Microsoft has sweetened the deal for Windows 10 Education and Enterprise users by offering 30 months of support for each October release.That means more conservative businesses can defer updates for up to two and a half years (which matches the time they were given for Windows 7 updates).
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For me it’s $160; the discounted sale price for the Deebot N79S vacuum cleaner from Ecovacs Robotics that usually lists for $229.It’s definitely not $949, the price of the new Roomba i7+ with self-cleaning base station that was just announced this week.I don’t need to, because I’ve been watching this stupid Deebot blindly bump into shit for the last six months, yet still manage to do a good job cleaning my floors.It does so well on its own, and has enough manual controls, that it’s hard to imagine why most people would need to pay more.But nothing, I mean, nothing is more frustrating than watching this class of entry-level bump-and-run vacuums roll right past piles of crumbs, over and over again.The Deebot N79S eventually gets there, of course, because even a bunch of monkeys with typewriters will pound out a Shakespearean sonnet on a long enough timeline.
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The tool won’t involve any changes to Apple securityApple Inc, which in June announced it was boosting encryption on its iPhones in order to prevent unauthorised police efforts to unlock handsets, is planning to create an online tool for law enforcement officers to formally request user data.That’s according to a company letter seen by Reuters.In the letter – by Apple General Counsel Kate Adams to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island – the company said it had responded to 14,000 US law enforcement requests last year that it had generally dealt with within 20 minutes of receipt “regardless of the time of day or night.”Rather than taking those requests by email, the company will now create an online tool for law enforcement officials to make and track requests, according to its letter.Apple is capable of and does provide some user data, such as data stored in its iCloud online service, to law enforcement officials if they make a valid legal request, Reuters notes, but the company has repeatedly clashed with US law enforcement officials because it encrypts its devices in such a way that Apple cannot access the devices, and has refused attempts to build backdoors into its OS.
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Argos has become the first ever UK retailer to offer a shopping service using Google Home and Google Assistant, likely in response to increased competition from online commerce sites like Amazon.Customers will be able to reserve products in their local Argos store for collection using Google Assistant on their Google Home speaker or smartphone once they have enabled the service.However, you will still need to browse through the Argos catalogue or check the website to find the product you need, which makes the process less seamless – after all, if you are already on the website, why not reserve the item there?Argos is realistic about the impact this new service will have on its sales figures, with chief executive John Rogers telling the BBC that he “doesn’t expect to turn on the app and suddenly double our sales”, but rather he thinks customers will enjoy experimenting with it as a new way to shop.After all, the Argos catalogue is a staple of the British coffee table, with millions still distributed to customers every year.Could talking to Google Assistant ever replace the joy of leafing through the catalogue, biro in hand, and circling the gifts you want your parents to buy you for Christmas?
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The notch is probably one of the most divisive design trends in smartphones today.Some hate it with a passion, others don’t mind it at all.HMD Global baffled users and fans when it suddenly pulled out the option to hide the notch.And while it’s easy enough to write it off as something specific to Nokia phones, it doesn’t bode well for the Pixel 3 XL.Responding to a complaint about the Nokia 6.1 Plus’ sudden inability to hide the notch, a forum moderator commented that it was removed “as per Google requirement” and left it at that.The folks over at Reddit, however, had a rather lively discussion on what that requirement was.
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The Call of Duty series made some big waves this year when it was announced that the latest entry in the mega-franchise, Black Ops 4, would be forgoing a traditional single-player campaign in favor of a Fortnite and PUBG-style battle royale mode.After keeping its cards close to its chest for the last few months, publisher Activision has dropped an action-packed new trailer focused exclusively on the upcoming mode, dubbed 'Blackout'.Featuring the largest multiplayer map in Call of Duty's history (with sections based on locales from previous Black Ops entries), the Blackout mode will see up to 80 players fighting simultaneously to become the last person standing.You can check out the Blackout trailer below.Based on what we see above, it appears that developer Treyarch (with help from Beenox) is set to seriously deliver on the promise of a Call of Duty battle royale mode, with wing suits, land, sea and air vehicles, killstreak perks and even zombies getting their time in the spotlight.Treyarch has also announced that players will be able to fight as their favorite characters from across the franchise in the mode, and we've already spotted some familiar faces in the new footage, including Alex Mason from the original Black Ops game.
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Toyota is recalling approximately 1 million hybrid cars around the world due to fire risk, 192,000 of which are located in the United States.The Prius vehicles recalled in the US include the 2016, 2017, and 2018 model years; impacted owners will be able to visit their local dealership for a free inspection and, if necessary, repair.According to Toyota, its Prius vehicles feature a Power Control Unit with an engine wire harness connected to it.In the recalled cars, this wire harness can potentially make contact with the cover at the connection point, this resulting in possible wear over time.Assuming that wear happens, an electrical short circuit could result.That possible electrical short circuit could then generate heat; if it gets hot enough, the car itself may catch on fire, posing a serious safety issue for occupants and others on the road.
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British teenager pleaded guilty to bomb threats – was also behind plague of repeated DDoS attacks on popular Swiss email providerA 19-year-old from Hertfordshire has been accused by Swiss encrypted email provider Protonmail of being behind persistent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that plagued the company over the summer.Double-barrelled script kiddie George Duke-Cohen, 19, on Monday pleaded guilty at Luton Magistrates’ Court to three counts of making hoax bomb threats following an investigation by the UK’s National Crime Agency.Protonmail DDoS Attacks: Bomb Threats BustAs a member of the so-called “Apophis Squad” Duke-Cohen pleaded guilty to the bomb threats that resulted in over 400 schools in the UK being evacuated in March 2018, for which he was initially arrested just days later.Living on TOR nodes and Open DNS.
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Whittaker painted a gloomy picture of a future where tech companies possess the ability to read and store human thoughts, and authorities have the ability to subpoena them.One way she suggested that we do that is not to allow all this power to rest in the hands of a few privileged people.As a research scientist at New York University, and the leader of Google's Open Research Group , Whittaker studies the social implications of AI.“A bit of a disclaimer,” said Whittaker at the outset of her conference session.“This talk is going to be dark.”AI is one of the tech sector’s hottest fields.
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It’s the biggest planet in our Solar System, of course.And, according to a new study, it has a magnetic field unlike that of any other known planet.NASA’s Juno orbiter is observing the gas giant as it circles the planet at varying distances.Scientists recently mapped Jupiter’s magnetic field at four depths, and noticed a strange hemispheric dichotomy: The northern hemisphere’s magnetic field was nothing like the southern hemisphere’s.“Why is it so complicated in the northern hemisphere but so simple in the southern hemisphere?”Many scientists believe that magnetic fields come from electricity-conducting metals moving around inside of planets—moving electric charge results in a magnetic field.
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Egypt’s President, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, has signed into law the Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes legislation.The anti-cybercrime law gives the Egyptian government the power to block any websites it deems to be a threat to national security as well as spreading the “ideas of terrorist organizations.”During July 2018 Egypt’s parliament approved and passed a bill that will see social media accounts with more than 5,000 followers regulated and treated like media outlets.“Every day we receive reports about people from all levels of Egyptian society who have been persecuted for Facebook posts, tweets, artwork, and even personal, unpublished writing that has fallen into the hands of the Egyptian authorities,” reads a statement by Najia Bounaim, Amnesty International’s director of campaigns in North Afrika.The anti-cybercrime law which was published on 18 August 2018 in Egypt’s official gazette, allows the government to issue directives for the blocking of websites that publish content that are deemed to be a threat to national security.Added to that, people who attempt to access the blocked websites, for example by using VPNs, can also be sentenced to 1 year in jail or a fine of up to EGP100,000 (approximately $5,593).
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Scientists are pouring through the data that the Cassini Saturn mission provided on the ringed planet and its atmospheric conditions.Back in 2004 Cassini originally found that the southern hemisphere was in summer and a broad, warm, high-altitude vortex was spinning in the southern pole with no similar conditions existing in the colder, wintertime, northern pole.Now that the seasons on Saturn are starting to change the Cassini data suggests that a similar vortex is starting to form near the northern pole.A surprise finding for the scientists was that the edges of this new Vortex appear to be hexagonal matching the pattern seen deeper in the atmosphere.Scientists expected a vortex to form at the northern pole as it warmed, but the shape of the vortex was a surprise.The team says that either two hexagon vortex weather patterns formed spontaneously and identically, or the hexagonal vortex is massive and towers vertically for several hundred kilometers.
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Brussels based think tank Bruegel insists there is the need for the EU to put the hammer down and regulate the cryptocurrency market.Bruegel claims there is a growing need for EU-level regulation, particularly of initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency exchanges, Reuters reports.It would seem that EU authorities have steered clear of regulating the market due to its relative insignificance, as volumes of cryptocurrency purchased with Euros is relatively low.That said, the EU won’t be able to regulate cryptocurrencies directly due to their intangibility.As such, the Belgian think tank recommends that regulating the key players of the industry, like exchanges or ICOs, would be more realistic.Bruegel says regulation of bitcoins as such is impossible because of their virtual nature, but that of entities dealing with the instruments, such as exchanges, could be subject to stricter disclosure rules or even be banned.
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