Apple Says Malware Is A Problem On Macs. So How Bad Is It?

For decades, Apple built much of its marketing for its Macintosh computers around the idea that they’re safer to use than PCs running Microsoft’s Windows operating system. But in a remarkable appearance in court last week, Apple’s top software executive admitted that malware is a serious issue for Mac users, and that levels of malware on Macs are at “unacceptable” levels.

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IBM Creates World’s First 2nm CPU Using Nanosheets

IBM has claimed a world-first for its own labs, with “2nm” silicon now in production. All nanometer references in foundry press releases are essentially made-up numbers when used in this fashion. There is no single, defining feature in the chip that matches 2nm and is used for tracking progress in this fashion. Node names are defined by each foundry individually. This is how Intel can define a 10nm node with approximately the same transistor density as TSMC’s 7nm. This gap in numbers can create the illusion that one company is more advanced than the other purely based on a marketing metric.

The idea of using overall transistor density rather than node names has caught a bit in recent years. What IBM is calling 2nm has a transistor density of 333.33MTr/mm2 (million transistors per square millimeter). Intel’s 10nm has a quoted density of 100.76MTr/mm2, while TSMC’s 7nm has a density of 91.2MTr/mm2. This is where the common claim that Intel’s 10nm and TSMC’s 7nm are comparable comes from — Intel actually offers slightly higher transistor densities at the 10nm node than the Taiwanese foundry does on 7nm.

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ROKO’S BASILISK: THE THOUGHT EXPERIMENT THAT COULD ENSLAVE THE HUMAN RACE

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(Note to the reader: This article discusses a philosophical inquiry that many people find deeply, emotionally disturbing. Truly, and in all sincerity: If you’re susceptible to existential dread, stop reading.)

Much has been said in recent years of the purported dangers and lethalities of artificial intelligence (AI). Technologists such as Elon Musk have said that AI is “far more dangerous than nukes,” as CNBC says, and that a lack of regulations mediating the relationship between man and machine is “insane.” The difference, he cites, is between case-specific AI — algorithms that control, say, what ads are pushed your way on Facebook — and AI with an open-ended utility function, which basically teach and write themselves. Era-defining physicist Stephen Hawking said the same before he passed away, as Vox recounts, as have AI researchers at Berkeley and Oxford.

Science fiction (or speculative fiction, if you prefer) has been yammering about cruel AI overlords for decades — Skynet and John Connor-killing Terminators come to mind — while it’s also portrayed beneficent androids such as Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Legendary English mathematician Alan Turing created the “Turing Test” in 1950 to spot AI in a conversation (“Blade Runner,” anyone?), under the assumption they wouldn’t sound human. Before that, Isaac Asimov in 1942 developed his rules of robotics dictating how we ought to code machines to protect ourselves from them. At minimum, such discussions reflect fears about the future, alienation in a digitized world, and algorithmic control over daily life.

But what if an all-powerful AI was even more dangerous — much more — than we think? What if merely by thinking about it, we doom ourselves to everlasting torment under its eternal watch?

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Biden Admin Finds Legal Loophole To Spy On American Citizens It Considers “Extremists”

President Joe Biden’s administration has found a legal loophole which will allow it to spy on American citizens without a warrant. The administration is reportedly planning to work with private firms to monitor “extremist chatter by Americans online” because the federal government is legally limited to what they can do without a warrant.

As if we aren’t already being spied on. Everything we say and do is tracked and recorded with our cell phones thanks to the Patriot Act. But the Biden administration wants to take things a step further and is using “third party extremism” as the excuse.

Those who no longer wish to submit to the ruling class and be slaves to the government (which is what government is. It is slavery) are now “domestic terrorists.” The audacity of calling the slaves that the masters rule over and command is unbelievable. If you cannot opt-out of the government, you are a slave, making us all one.

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Twitter isn’t censoring accounts to keep users ‘safe’, it is using its power to spoon-feed the world establishment narratives

It’s one thing to have policies against violence, abuse, and harassment. But in “protecting” users, Twitter is hell-bent on censoring voices that rock the boat, even when all they have tweeted is a peer-reviewed scientific paper.

Last week, Simon Goddek, who has a PhD in biotechnology and researches system dynamics, tweeted a link to a scientific study titled, “Is a Mask That Covers the Mouth and Nose Free from Undesirable Side Effects in Everyday Use and Free of Potential Hazards?” 

Some time later, his account was frozen and he received a notice from Twitter that it would remain frozen until he deleted the offending tweet, and for the 12 hours following that. 

In his Telegram group, he wrote:

“I was put into Twitter jail for citing a peer-reviewed scientific paper. Cancel science is real. 

“What’s especially concerning is that I didn’t make any personal comment on the paper’s content. I only said that regarding that paper, masks CAN lead to massive health damages. It’s the conclusion of a scientific piece of work that has been peer-reviewed by at least 2 experts in the field.” 

According to Twitter, Goddek violated their policy on, “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to Covid-19.”

The article in question wasn’t even as risqué as others and merely addressed undesirable side effects of mask wearing. How is that “misinformation”

I spoke with Goddek to learn more about what happened. Turns out, it’s not the first time. 

“The first time I got censored because I cited a scientific, peer-reviewed paper on masks. I was just citing their work, and I got put into Twitter jail. In that tweet, I was saying, ‘Look, it seems masks don’t work.’  So, I also said my opinion. 

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‘Bat-sense’ algorithm could be used to monitor people and property without cameras

Smartphones and laptops can run the algorithm

A “bat-sense” algorithm that generates images from sounds could be used to catch burglars and monitor patients without using CCTV, the technique’s inventors say.

The machine-learning algorithm developed at Glasgow University uses reflected echoes to produce 3D pictures of the surrounding environment.

The researchers say smartphones and laptops running the algorithm could detect intruders and monitor care home patients.

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Study lead author Dr Alex Turpin said two things set the tech apart from other systems:

Firstly, it requires data from just a single input — the microphone or the antenna — to create three-dimensional images. Secondly, we believe that the algorithm we’ve developed could turn any device with either of those pieces of kit into an echolocation device.

The system analyses sounds emitted by speakers or radio waves pulsed from small antennas. The algorithm measures how long it takes for these signals to bounce around a room and return to the sensor.

It then analyzes the signal to calculate the shape, size, and layout of the room, as well as pick out the presence of objects or people. Finally, the data is converted into 3D images that are displayed as a video feed.

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Opera upgrades user access to decentralized web via Unstoppable Domains

Chromium-based web browser Opera is all set to fully integrate with blockchain domain name provider Unstoppable Domains in a bid to provide millions of its users with decentralized web access.

 

Opera users will now be able to access decentralized websites hosted via IPFS using Unstoppable Domains’ popular .crypto NFT addresses from the Opera browser. This will include platforms such as iOS, Android, Windows, Mac or Linux. 

Right now, Opera has over 320 million monthly active users across its offerings, following the addition of a crypto wallet to its browsers in 2019.

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DHS Extends REAL-ID Airport Enforcement “Deadline” Again

By Edward Hasbrouck

The Department of Homeland Security has once again postponed its self-proclaimed “deadline” for enforcement of the REAL-ID Act at airports, this time from October 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023.

The latest postponement proves, once again, that the dates of the DHS threats to begin “enforcing” the REAL-ID Act at airports are as changeable as the dates in any of the threats made by extortionists or kidnappers. Today’s DHS press release is more like a ransom note than a legal notice: If you get an ID we deem acceptable, we might not harass you as much when you fly, and we might allow you to exercise your right to travel.

It remains unclear what enforcement of the REAL-ID Act at airports might mean. No law requires air travelers to have any ID, and the REAL-ID Act doesn’t change that.  The Transportation Security Administration recently posted a video showing how you can fly without ID.  But today’s DHS press release implies that the DHS is contemplating denying passage through TSA checkpoints at airports to travelers who don’t have, don’t carry, or don’t chose to show ID credentials that the DHS and TSA deem “compliant” or “acceptable”:

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New York City Public Squashes Dream of Police to Use Robot Dogs on the Streets

By Nicholas West

The creator of Black Mirror – the dystopian sci-fi series – has famously said that he chose to stop making episodes because our reality has essentially become equally dystopian to anything else he could create.

Apparently, a healthy dose of New York City residents had seen one of Black Mirror’s most iconic episodes, “Metalhead”, because an outpouring of resistance ensued after a robot dog – “Digidog” – was spotted prowling the streets, and the NYPD subsequently admitted they were beginning to use the dog at crime scenes.

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‘Brain-like device’ mimics human learning in major computing breakthrough

Scientists have developed a device modelled on the human brain that can learn by association in the same way as Pavlov’s dog.

In the famous experiment, Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov conditioned a dog to associate a bell with food. In order to replicate this way of learning, researchers from Northwestern University in the US and the University of Hong Kong developed so-called “synaptic transistors” capable of simultaneously processing and storing information in the same way as a brain.

Instead of a bell and food, the researchers conditioned the circuit to associate light with pressure by pulsing an LED lightbulb and then immediately applying pressure with a finger press.

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