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.”
Which sounds better: spectrum meshing, weaving, or braiding?
Researchers from Nokia and Ericsson detailed at the Mobile World Congress their work so far to find spectrum needed to carry a variety of 5G services. The next-generation cellular networks are expected to span everything from low bands for the Internet of Things to 100 GHz ultra dense links in urban areas.
Nokia Principal Research Specialist Mark Cudak said 5G requires meshing new and current spectrum.
5G is going to be a tight integration of today’s existing technologies - 2G, 3G, 4G, and WiFi — as well as the evolution of LTE and new cellular technologies at higher frequencies. 5G will require 10 Gbit/s peak rates, 1 millisecond latency, and 10,000 times more capacity by 2025…We think 5G needs to be scalable to keep evolving all the way through 2030.
Both Nokia and Ericsson demonstrated 5G cellular connections using beam-forming technology and small cell base stations. Ericsson chose 15 GHz for the first phase of a three-phase test system.
America’s ISP “innovators’ are keeping us behind the curve and in digital ghetto of caps and high prices compared to other first tier nations, so Marsha is full of it.
I’ve personally seen what happens when you level the playing field with competition coupled with regulation as Google has entered the KC metro market everyone has had to step up their game.
US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) this week filed legislation she calls the “Internet Freedom Act” to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s new network neutrality rules.
The FCC’s neutrality rules prohibit Internet service providers from blocking or throttling Internet traffic, prohibit prioritization of traffic in exchange for payment, and require the ISPs to disclose network management practices.
These rules “shall have no force or effect, and the Commission may not reissue such rule in substantially the same form, or issue a new rule that is substantially the same as such rule, unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act,” the Internet Freedom Act states.
The legislation has 31 Republican cosponsors.
Will this study put paid to all the anti-vaxxer nonsense? We can but hope, but I’m not holding my breath. More to the point, I hope this will stop people treating the autistic like they’re less than human. Which happens too often.
A study conducted by the Medical Research Council looked at 516 twins, and found that rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were higher in identical twins who share the same DNA.
This means that the condition is far more heritable than previously thought.
Even under an optimistic scenario, as many as 114 million people in the U.S. would be unable to reach a comprehensive stroke center (CSC) using ground transportation within the critical treatment “golden hour,” researchers estimated.
Using mathematical optimization modeling assuming the conversion of up to 20 optimally located primary stroke centers (PSCs) to CSCs per state, researcher Michael T. Mullen, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and colleagues estimated that 63% of the population would live within a 1-hour drive and an additional 23% within a 1-hour flight of a stroke center.
Ground access would be lower in the southeastern U.S. “Stroke Belt” than in non-Stroke Belt states (32% versus 58.6%; P=0.02) and lower in states without emergency medical service routing policies (52.7% versus 68.3%; P=0.04), Mullen and colleagues wrote online in Neurology.