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A New York Lawmaker Wants to Ban Police Use of Armed Robots

New York City councilmember Ben Kallos says he “watched in horror” last month when city police responded to a hostage situation in the Bronx using Boston Dynamics’ Digidog, a remotely operated robotic dog equipped with surveillance cameras. Pictures of the Digidog went viral on Twitter, in part due to their uncanny resemblance with world-ending machines…

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Uber Says Its UK Drivers Are ‘Workers,’ but Not Employees

For years, Uber has deployed lobbyists to world capitals to protect its business model. Its lawyers have argued that Uber drivers are independent contractors, using a service that connects them with people who need rides. Uber? It’s just a tech company matching customers with business people.For a long time, that argument worked. Now, following a…

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~4,300 publicly reachable servers are posing a new DDoS hazard to the Internet

GOING MAINSTREAM — DDoS-for-hire services adopt new technique that amplifies attacks 37 fold. Dan Goodin – Mar 17, 2021 10:27 pm UTC Criminals are upping the potency of distributed denial-of-service attacks with a technique that abuses a widely used Internet protocol that drastically increases the amount of junk traffic directed at targeted servers. DDoSes are…

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FreeBSD kernel-mode WireGuard moves forward out-of-tree

vpn in the box — Development has been moved to Donenfeld’s own zx2c4.com for the time being. Jim Salter – Mar 17, 2021 10:00 pm UTC Enlarge / ♫ Pop goes the tunnel! ♫Aurich LawsonEarlier this week, we covered progress integrating an implementation of the WireGuard VPN protocol into the FreeBSD kernel. Two days later, there’s…

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Amid panic over AstraZeneca vaccine, WHO urges countries to keep using it

Deep breaths — COVID vaccines don’t prevent blood clots, which are common in the general population. Beth Mole – Mar 17, 2021 9:55 pm UTC Enlarge / Vials in front of the AstraZeneca British biopharmaceutical company logo are seen in this creative photo taken on 18 November 2020.The World Health Organization is urging countries to…

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Intel hires Justin Long to mock Macs in throwback to 2000s “I’m a Mac” ads

Advertising — “No one really games on a Mac.” Samuel Axon – Mar 17, 2021 8:54 pm UTC Intel’s “Justin Gets Real: Touch Screens” ad.Chipmaker Intel has produced a series of ads mocking Apple’s M1 Macs, and it brought on actor Justin Long—famous for his role in Apple’s 2000s “I’m a Mac” ads opposite comedian…

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A severe weather outbreak is underway across the southern United States

Seek cover — When warm and cold air masses collide, bad things can happen. Eric Berger – Mar 17, 2021 8:40 pm UTC Enlarge / Severe weather outlook for Wednesday and Wednesday night.NOAAAn extraordinarily severe weather outbreak is underway across the southern United States today, with several tornadoes already developing in Alabama. More are expected…

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Escargot in cargo: Alarm at invasion of voracious giant snails

One of Australia’s worst biosecurity threats, a 20-centimetre snail with a massive appetite, has started appearing with worrying frequency at our borders.

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Is there any such thing as ‘vegan wool’?

“Vegan wool” made from cotton and weed fibres riles up Australian woolgrowers.

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‘She deserves a statue’: Australia’s first female MP barely recognised in her home town

On this day 100 years ago, Edith Cowan beat Western Australia’s attorney-general to create history. Now there are calls to celebrate her and other unsung women.