Larry Turner

Larry Turner

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It appears hackers briefly took over UK Metropolitan Police’s website, posting a series of bizarre messages on its press section and social media accounts, including one which read “FUCK THE POLICE.”The messages were sent around 22:30UTC on July 2019.The Met Police team has since confirmed the breach occurred via third-party software.“Last night, Friday 19 July, unauthorised messages appeared on the news section of our website as well as on the @metpoliceuk Twitter feed and in emails sent to subscribers,” it said in a statement.“While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk.”“The Met Police Press Bureau uses an online provider called MyNewsDesk to issue news releases and other content,” officials explained further.
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When Game of Thrones ended its eighth season in May, not everyone was happy with how things turned out.In fact, internet unrest even manifest itself in a petition to redo the entire final season.At San Diego Comic-Con on Friday members of the cast talked about the backlash during a panel in Hall H."It's going to piss you off no matter what because it's the end," said Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played Jaime Lannister.He also noted that over the course of the show, plenty of other events made fans swear off the show, from Ned Stark's fate to the Red Wedding.Along those lines, Conleth Hill, who played Varys, said he didn't think the backlash was as drastic as what it seemed.
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The Facebook group urging people to storm Area 51 and "see them aliens" has earned lots of attention (Bud Light is even offering the aliens free beer).But messing with the US Air Force's super-secret military facility could get you killed.So here's a friendlier option: An Oklahoma City animal shelter is encouraging Americans to "come storm our shelter" instead.In a Facebook post put up Friday, OKC Animal Welfare in Oklahoma City writes, "We have great animals ready to protect you from the Area 51 aliens," adding, "adoption isn't that far out of this world!"But what really sells the shelter's post is that they have included photos of multiple adoptable dogs (and one cat) wearing the famed tin-foil hats associated with conspiracy theorists.The shelter has also decorated the animal photos with sparkling spacey sprinkles, and little cartoony aliens.
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Amazon’s Audible has announced plans to add captioning to audiobooks and publishers aren’t happy about it.Though many users are receptive to the idea of ‘close captioning’ for audiobooks, which Audible announced last week, the publishing industry is revolting against the plan, in some cases demanding the feature be made unavailable on certain titles.Audible announced plans to offer captions on audiobooks earlier this week, something certain users have been requesting for years.The idea is that users can turn on the machine learning-powered subtitles feature to reach what they’re listening to, which seems a bit beside the point, though still sought after by some users.It’s already possible to do this using Amazon’s platform…it just requires the user to also pay for and download the ebook version of the audiobook on Kindle.The days of having an ereader read ebooks to us are long gone and, it if the publishing industry has its way, the idea of audiobook captions will never get off the ground.
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Parks and Recreation's Ben Wyatt once not-quite-famously said of Game of Thrones that it was "not just for fantasy enthusiasts.They're telling human stories in a fantasy world."And now that Thrones is over, every network is looking to claim the crossover fantasy hit crown.Based on book the series by Andrzej Sapkowski that later got turned into a videogame franchise, the story follows Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill, aka Superman), a witcher who hunts monsters, has no emotions, and has a horse for a best friend."What's great about The Witcher is that it's so much more than a fantasy," Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the showrunner and executive producer, said during the series' Comic-Con panel, banging the drum."You'll get your monsters; you’ll get your magic; you'll get sorcerers and sex and violence.
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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.WhatsApp is notorious for compressing its images, so that otherwise-beautiful pictures look like they were shot from a generations-old camera phone.Luckily there’s an easy way to “trick” WhatsApp into sending a good image without having to download any third-party software or stressing yourself out.The screenshots for this article are for iOS, since I have an iPhone handy, but I’ll also describe the process for Android as well, since the basic mechanism is essentially the same: you have to make WhatsApp think you’re sending a document, rather than a picture.To begin, you’ll need to save your image as something other than a photo.In Android, you can do this by renaming your image as a .pdf or .doc file in your file manager, which will save it as the file type in question.
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Rick and Morty fans have been waiting nearly two years for the arrival of the show’s fourth season and, unfortunately, there are more months of waiting ahead of us.Despite that, we’ve finally received a look at Season 4 via a clip recently published by Adult Swim after it first premiered at San Diego Comic Con.The clip, which is simply titled ‘Glootie,’ is 50 seconds long and features the three character Morty, his father Jerry, and an alien played by Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok.As we see in the clip, this alien has developed an app that Jerry and Morty want removed, but the alien is proving less than cooperative.The clip starts in the middle of a scene and ends the same way less than a minute later; in the absence of a proper season 4 trailer, however, it’s the most exciting content fans have received since season 3 wrapped up in October 2017.Presumably we’ll see a proper trail arrive in coming weeks ahead of the anticipated November season 4 release.
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Spoilers on the Internet are inevitable, but particularly frustrating when they arrive in the form of leaks before the actual content airs or is released.All signs point toward a major battle that’s going to take place in the Fortnite battle royale island, but we don’t know the details yet.Here to ensure that doesn’t change are the game’s most prolific leakers.Though Epic has taken steps to hide files and therefore cut down on the number of leaks that happen, a small percentage of Fortnite plans have still managed to trickle out ahead of upcoming updates.That will be the case for the season 9 finale event, which will be at least partially revealed in the game update files.Though leaking is their job, a number of popular Fortnite leakers have agreed that they won’t spoil the upcoming showdown involving the giant pink robot currently jutting out of the island’s volcanic crater.
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Summer temperatures in the United States are known to reach dangerous levels.Whether you are in need of a new window air conditioner or looking to replace an old model, now is the time to buy.Walmart’s answer to the Amazon Prime Day, called “The Big Save,” has been extended until July 21.They fit any window that is 23- to 38-inches wide and at least 12.5-inches high.You can also set it to sleep mode so it automatically increases temperature throughout the night.And, you can further manage energy consumption with its 24-hour on/off timer.
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A forthcoming research paper [PDF] from researchers at Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Pennsylvania brings up the possibility that Google and Facebook might be tracking your porn history—and, perhaps more worrisome, that using Incognito mode doesn't help.The paper, set to be published in the journal New Media & Society, does an excellent job of backing up the claim that porn usage ends up being tracked by Google and Facebook.Authors Elena Maris, Timothy Libert, and Jennifer Henrichsen used open source tool webxray to analyze more than 22,000 porn sites, discovering tracking code for Google on 74% and for Facebook on 10% of the sites analyzed.Software giant Oracle's Web tracking code also showed up, appearing on 24% of those sites.In light of the study, a Facebook spokesperson told CNET, "We don't want adult websites using our business tools since that type of content is a violation of our Community Standards.Oracle has an advertising services division called DataCloud, into which it has funneled more than $3 billion dollars in acquisitions in the last five years.
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Climate change can cause dramatic shifts in global temperatures and weather patterns.While scientists won't be able to reverse all of the negative impacts of these changes, they are looking for ways to lessen the effects by controlling the weather.Cloud seeding is the process of adding particles to clouds to force them to rain or snow.Another possible technique that China is exploring is using winds to naturally transport the silver iodide into the clouds.Silver iodide has a very similar structure to ice, so the ice crystals in the cloud will bond to it, making the cloud increasingly heavy until it releases its moisture as rain or snow.The process is called stratospheric aerosol injection.
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A new app knows what your Instagram-loving friends did last summer.Called Who’s in Town, the iOS and Android app is ostensibly designed to show you, well … who’s in town.Users who download the app and grant it access to their Instagram account are presented with an eerie interactive map of every place the people they follow have visited and shared online since they created their profile.The map updates in real time and is sourced from the wealth of location data the average Instagram user willingly uploads to the platform each time they opt to use its popular geotag feature in a story or post.This information is nominally public already, as Instagram users must choose to share it with their followers.But by collecting them all in one place over time, Who’s in Town transforms data points seemingly meaningless in isolation into a comprehensive chronology of the habits and haunts of anyone with a public Instagram account.
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The French army has said it is looking to recruit four or five sci-fi writers and futurologists to staff a "Red Team" that predicts future threats and how to disrupt or defend against them.The unit will be run by the l'Agence Innovation Défense and DGRIS – the defence strategic unit.It will be expected to "propose scenarios of disruption" and to consider the impact of disruptive technologies, and the use of asymmetric technology like artificial intelligence by state and non-state actors.The move is part of France's "Document d'orientation de l'innovation de Défense (DOID) 2019" – which promises the creation of a French space force as well as better cyber defence capabilities and assessment of the role of robots and big data in future conflicts.It's not the first time the military has turned to fiction writers.The US Department of Defense and CIA reportedly got some Hollywood screenwriters and directors on board after the 9/11 attacks to brainstorm possible future terrorist attacks.
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You should clean your Apple Watch periodically to ensure the longevity of your device.You'll also want to clean the band of your Apple Watch, to enhance comfort and reduce the chance of skin irritation.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Regularly cleaning your Apple Watch, particularly after it's been exposed to sweat, soap, and sunscreen - along with pretty much any liquid that isn't water - is important for both your comfort (a clean band reduces chances of skin irritation) and the long-term life of your device.Check out the products mentioned in this article:Apple Watch Series 4 (From $399 at Apple)
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No great battle is complete without a fancy transformation sequence, after all.Innocence will introduce Realmrazer, its raid-wide AoE, before summoning a bunch of adds to its side.Healers should prep for any which might slip through if DPS is a tad slow.After a fit of anger, four drop points will spawn around the arena.If someone is caught out, heal through whoever they end up attacking.A Forgiven Venery joins in here with Holy Sword, a minor tank buster.
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A woman who went so ballistic on a Jet2 flight that two RAF Typhoons were scrambled to intercept it has been handed the most enormous bill to cover the cost of her alleged misdemeanours: £85,000.That's how much Jet2 would like as compensation for the chaos caused by the passenger's "aggressive, abusive and dangerous behaviour" that culminated in a bonkers attempt to open the aeroplane's doors while it was in the air.The incident took place on June 22, with residents on the flight path around Stansted noticing sonic booms as the Typhoons and their pilots were let off the leash over Essex to intercept the plane and escort it back to the airport.Cabin crew and passengers worked together to restrain her as the flight to Turkey made back for Stansted, where she was arrested and charged with assault and endangering an aircraft.The passenger has also been banned from flying with the airline for life, as it tries to make quite the enormous example out of the case.
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s historic moon landing mission, Google built a massive portrait of Apollo 11 software lead Margaret Hamilton using only solar panels and the reflection of the moon.The impressive art installation, which was set up in the Ivanpah Solar Facility in the Mojave Desert, used a total of 107,000 solar mirrors to illustrate Hamilton.The portrait is bigger than New York City’s Central Park spanning 3.6 square kilometers (1.4 square miles).When turned, the solar mirrors illuminate the face of Hamilton, along with an image of a moon drone.For those out of the loop, Hamilton headed the team that developed the onboard flight software for all of NASA’s manned Apollo expeditions, including the historic Apollo 11 mission.She is also often credited with coining the term “software engineering” in the 1960s as a way of giving the discipline more legitimacy.
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Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and info to keep you up to date in the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency world.Bitcoin‘s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto has been noticeably absent for most of its existence.There’s been many attempts to reveal their true identity, but the reason for their sudden disappearance in 2011 is just as curious.While Nakamoto was still active in Bitcoin BTC development, they mostly kept contact with the outside world with forum posts, emails, and IRC channels.The thing is, whoever maintained the Nakamoto moniker never actually signalled they were going to leave.It even took a third party to confirm that Nakamoto had indeed ceased Bitcoin development to mysteriously work on “other projects.”
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After several years of theorizing and experimenting, an international team of researchers including scientists at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has finally succeeded in measuring how heat passes between two gold electrodes through a single molecule.They report their findings in Nature on July 17, 2019.Around 2000, scientists first measured how electrons flow through single molecules.But quantifying the heat transfer, or thermal conductance, at the molecular scale remained a persistent challenge because of the high measurement resolution required.To achieve this elusive goal, the international team of collaborators had to work on both an experimental and a theoretical level.Scientists at University of Michigan developed a setup called a scanning thermal microscope, which positions a single alkane molecule between a gold-coated probe and a gold layer.
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Simulations from researchers in Japan provide new insights into the reactions occurring in solid-oxide fuel cells by using realistic atomic-scale models of the active site at the electrode based on microscope observations as the starting point.Extremely promising for the clean and efficient electricity generation, solid-oxide fuels cells produce electricity through the electrochemical reaction of a fuel with air, and they have already begun to find their way into homes and office buildings throughout Japan.The oxide ions then travel through an electrolyte to the other side of the device, where they react with the fuel and release their extra electrons.These electrons flow through outside wires back to the starting side, thereby completing the circuit and powering whatever is connected to the wires.Although this overall reaction is well known and relatively simple, the reaction step limiting the overall rate of the process remains controversial because the complicated structures of the electrodes--which are generally porous materials as opposed to simple, flat surfaces--hinder investigation of the phenomena at the atomic level.Since detailed knowledge about the reactions occurring in the devices is vital for further improving the performance and durability of fuel cells, the challenge has been to understand how the microscopic structures--down to the alignment of the atoms at the different interfaces--affect the reactions.
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