In an unusual public raid in India, thousands stormed a jail and dragged out a rape suspect before beating him to death on the streets, authorities said Friday.
The 35-year-old suspect, who was described as an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh, died from severe injuries before officers could rescue him, said L.L. Doungal, a police official in the remote Nagaland state, where the attack occurred Thursday evening.
“There were thousands of them. Many of them were students in uniform,” Doungal said, referring to the mobs involved in the incident.
The suspect was accused of raping a local woman last month.
The European Central Bank will begin its big new stimulus program on Monday, the bank’s president, Mario Draghi, said. He predicted improvements in the economy and in the eurozone’s inflation picture as a result of the effort.
The starting date, announced on Thursday, was one of many details the financial markets had been awaiting since the central bank announced in January that it would embark on a program of large-scale asset purchases intended to fix the collapse in consumer prices.
At a news conference in Cyprus, which is still recovering from a severe banking crisis two years ago, Mr. Draghi appeared unruffled by recent political turmoil in the eurozone, provoked by a change in government in Greece. Instead, he offered one of his most optimistic assessments in months of the eurozone economy — and gave the central bank much of the credit.
At least five people were injured Friday when a motorist rammed his car into a group of pedestrians near an east Jerusalem light rail stop, police said.
Israeli police say the driver got out of the vehicle wielding a knife and attempted to stab passersby before he was shot by police. Israeli Police spokeswoman Luba Samri described Friday’s assault as a “terror attack” and says four of those injured in the attack were police
While searching for some electronic parts in a closet, I came across my first computer. After the recent discussions of first computers, programming experiences, etc. I thought some folks might enjoy seeing this.
This computer was actually built before IBM introduced the PC. Prior to the introduction of the PC, mainframe computers were the norm and there was a small market for hobbyist computers. Learning to program required access to machines, a difficult thing at the time. So it seemed logical to build my own machine. Of course, at the time that meant actually designing the computer from scratch, not just plugging boards together. I did the schematic on a roll of kindergarten paper (about 2 foot high paper); the schematic is about 15 feet long.
Every connection on every chip was hand-wired (wire-wrapped) or soldered. I built the machine into a briefcase for portability (it was a laptop!). Several interesting design notes:
Programming was in machine code, entered by hand. First the high address, then the low address, then the data, deposit the entry, then on to the next address in memory, etc. Input was in hex for convenience, output and bus data displayed in binary (it was after all, intended as a learning tool).
CPU is an Intel 8085
2K of RAM
4K of EPROM
keypad was from a calculator
For troubleshooting, you could single step through the instructions. I included circuitry to show the operation being performed (op code fetch, memory read, i/o write, etc.) as well as the bus and output data displayed in binary.
Kids today are so spoiled. Why, in my day, we had to ….
But as the corporate money flows in, with it can come expectations from some musicians that the dollars will trickle down. On Wednesday, the band Ex Cops, from Brooklyn, took to Facebook to single out McDonald’s for its Austin offer: The group could play the company’s sponsored stage but would be compensated only with free food.
Brian Harding, one half of the duo, wrote: “In lieu of being paid like a real artist, or anyone who is employed to do a service, McDonald’s assures us that we will ‘be featured on screens throughout the event,’ as well as POSSIBLY mentioned on McDonald’s social media accounts like Facebook (57MM likes!).”
In December, the fast food behemoth vowed to “improve the SXSW experience for everyone” with its corporate patronage, in the form of the McDonald’s Lounge, offering coffee and Wi-Fi, and the “Fry-Fi” food truck, with fries and even more Internet access.
The rest of the story: there are also legacy apps running elder versions of embedded Apache vulnerable to the same short key exploit, but that’s been known for years. So why did it take so long to find this?
Computers running all supported versions of Microsoft Windows are vulnerable to “FREAK,” a bug disclosed Monday that for more than a decade has made it possible for attackers to decrypt HTTPS-protected traffic passing between vulnerable end-users and millions of websites.
Microsoft confirmed the vulnerability in an advisory published Thursday. A vulnerability-scanning service at freakattack.com, a site that offers information about the bug, confirmed the advisory, showing that the latest version of IE 11 running on a fully patched Windows 7 machine was susceptible. Previously, it was believed that the Windows system was immune to the attacks.
FREAK attacks—short for Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys—are possible when an end-user with a vulnerable device connects to a vulnerable HTTPS-protected website. Vulnerable sites are those configured to use a weak cipher that many presumed had been retired long ago. In analyses immediately following Monday’s disclosure of FREAK, it was believed Android devices, iPhones and Macs from Apple, and smartphones from Blackberry were susceptible. The addition of Windows dramatically increases the number of users known to be vulnerable.
Its nice when people use us as a source! I’ll bet Charles is happy, especially give the fact that he’s the one who wrote the piece they cited!
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which took place this past weekend in Maryland, is almost always stacked with white nationalists and extremists. And this year was no different, even though American Conservative Union has sought to shun far-right groups and individuals from its event.
From anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant extremists, to the anti-LGBT activists who paraded halls, a good number of groups and individuals still managed to share the spotlight.
Here are some highlights from CPAC 2015:
• As Little Green Footballs reported, the organizers at CPAC gave press credentials and free access to the Tennessee white supremacist radio show Political Cesspool, a radio program that has been nexus of hate in America. Its sponsors include the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) and the Holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review.
The Report doesn’t mention LGF again, but its really nice to know that we’re considered trustworthy enough to be cited by the likes of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Republican megadonor Foster Friess is shifting his sights from political campaigns to a military campaign: to fight ISIS and save Kurdish lives.
Behind the scenes, the conservative Christian has been traveling to the Middle East to support the vulnerable Kurdish minority in Iraq, and then coming back to the U.S. to lobby for arming and training their militias, known as the Peshmerga. These forces are on the front lines of the war with ISIS.
“They are fighting our fight and we have treated them disgracefully in terms of the armaments we have provided. Not only am I embarrassed to be an American, I’m actually ashamed,” Friess told The Daily Beast. Arming the Kurds, he added, would help “defeat a ghastly evil that is running amok.”
Some pro-Kurdish advocates have interpreted Friess’s interest to mean that he wants to raise a volunteer military force to aid the Kurds, or arm them through private funds. But Friess told The Daily Beast that is not on the table, at least not for now.
One of his informal advisers, retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Ernie Audino, seem to be singing from a slightly different hymnal.
“There is no reason why this monopoly [for equipping] should be owned by the U.S. government. I think there’s a role for private organizations to generate private support to help the Kurds,” said Audino, who as a soldier was stationed in Kurdistan for a year. “Foster and I are certainly talking about it, in concept… No one’s pulled the trigger on it.”
You might remember Friess as the big money behind Rick Santorum’s failed Presidential run, or his infamous “Aspirin between the knees as contraception” interview.
German Lopez, Vox
IBM Corp. and Semtech Corp. have partnered with the open standards LoRa Alliance at the Mobile World Congress (MWC, Barcelona, Spain), along with many other companies wishing to cash-in on the booming machine-to-machine (M2M) market segment of the Internet of Things (IoT). Other companies in LoRa include Actility, Cisco, Eolane, Kerlink, IMST, MultiTech, Sagemcom, and Microchip Technology.
So far, the LoRa Alliance parnership is offering the only end-to-end solution by marrying every possible application of M2M and other IoT applications with its Long Range Signaling and Control (LRSC) that allows users existing telecom resources to feed the information streaming in from billions of sensors up to the cloud where it becomes actionable intelligence.
“LRSC can be installed on any number of servers, including bare-bones xSeries servers or virtualized SoftLayer instances,” IBM Master Inventor Thorsten Kramp told EE Times. “Data from sensors pass through LRSC-enabled gateways via the LRSC network server and application router to IBM’s IoT cloud.”