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Crop famine that lead to Scotland signing up to the Union was caused by tropical volcano

Mail Online - 3 hours 13 min ago
When the first volcano blew its top in 1693, and the second in 1965, it sent sulfuric acid into the atmosphere that caused Scotland's temperature to dip by about 1.56C, scientists claim.
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Deepfake Porn Is Evolving To Give People Total Control Over Women's Bodies

Slashdot - 3 hours 17 min ago
samleecole shares a report from Motherboard: A lineup of female celebrities stand in front of you. Their faces move, smile, and blink as you move around them. They're fully nude, hairless, waiting for you to decide what you'll do to them as you peruse a menu of sex positions. This isn't just another deepfake porn video, or the kind of interactive, 3D-generated porn Motherboard reported on last month, but a hybrid of both which gives people even more control of women's virtual bodies. This new type of nonconsensual porn uses custom 3D models that can be articulated and animated, which are then made to look exactly like specific celebrities with deepfaked faces. Until recently, deepfake porn consisted of taking the face of a person -- usually a celebrity, almost always a woman -- and swapping it on to the face of an adult performer in an existing porn video. With this method, a user can make a 3D avatar with a generic face, capture footage of it performing any kind of sexual act, then run that video through an algorithm that swaps the generic face with a real person's.

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Chemist cracks the secret of a 'chemically perfect' mulled wine... never let it get hotter than 79C

Mail Online - 3 hours 21 min ago
PhD student Laura Powell, 25, from Farnborough, Hampshire, created the recipe using laboratory equipment. Her recipe includes red wine, lemon, oranges or clementines, sugar, vanilla and spices.
Categories: UK News

FTC kicks feet through ash pile that once was Cambridge Analytica with belated verdict

The Register - 3 hours 27 min ago
Trade boss says long-dead biz was indeed deceiving the public

The US Federal Trade Commission has issued what looks to be a largely symbolic ruling against the remnants of data-harvesting marketers Cambridge Analytica.…

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Cliff Richard sends support to girl who survived brain tumour and hopes to hit Christmas chart

Mail Online - 3 hours 34 min ago
Lyra Cole, from Highbridge in Somerset, was five months old when she had emergency 11-hour surgery to remove a tumour the size of an orange from her brain.
Categories: UK News

I considered suicide, reveals Harvey Proctor

Mail Online - 3 hours 35 min ago
He lost his job, his home and almost his sanity when the Metropolitan Police took the word of a complete fantasist known as 'Nick' and threw him to the wolves without a single piece of evidence.
Categories: UK News

Elon Musk gets thumbs up from jury for use of 'pedo guy' in cave diver defamation lawsuit

The Register - 3 hours 51 min ago
CEO's tweeted taunt totally fine, twelve jurors decide

Billionaire Elon Musk did not defame British cave explorer Vernon Unsworth, a Los Angeles jury concluded on Friday.…

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Phillip Schofield is 'feuding with This Morning co-stars Ruth Langsford and Holly Willoughby'

Mail Online - 3 hours 56 min ago
Phillip Schofield has reportedly been feuding with his This Morning co-stars and the atmosphere behind the scenes has turned 'toxic'.
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Social Media Platforms Leave 95 Percent of Reported Fake Accounts Up, Study Finds

Slashdot - 3 hours 57 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The report comes this week from researchers with the NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence (StratCom). Through the four-month period between May and August of this year, the research team conducted an experiment to see just how easy it is to buy your way into a network of fake accounts and how hard it is to get social media platforms to do anything about it. The research team spent about $332 to purchase engagement on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, the report (PDF) explains. That sum bought 3,520 comments, 25,750 likes, 20,000 views, and 5,100 followers. They then used those interactions to work backward to about 19,000 inauthentic accounts that were used for social media manipulation purposes. About a month after buying all that engagement, the research team looked at the status of all those fake accounts and found that about 80 percent were still active. So they reported a sample selection of those accounts to the platforms as fraudulent. Then came the most damning statistic: three weeks after being reported as fake, 95 percent of the fake accounts were still active. "Based on this experiment and several other studies we have conducted over the last two years, we assess that Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube are still failing to adequately counter inauthentic behavior on their platforms," the researchers concluded. "Self-regulation is not working."

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Union baron McCluskey enjoys red wine while dining with a friend at a glitzy London eaterie...

Mail Online - 4 hours 2 min ago
Union baron Len McCluskey enjoyed glasses of red wine and Jersey rock oysters with Labour's election supremo Karie Murphy at Cafe L'oscar in London, yesterday.
Categories: UK News

DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: Why we really ARE gambling with the health of young people

Mail Online - 4 hours 4 min ago
DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: Gamblers who are depressed or desperate are frequent attendees at my clinics - and yet this form of addiction was never even raised at medical school.
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SECOND Jeffrey Epstein victim claims she had sex with Prince Andrew

Mail Online - 4 hours 6 min ago
The woman claims she was abused by billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke of York has denied having slept with 17-year-old Virginia Roberts at Ghislaine Maxwell's Belgravia home.
Categories: UK News

Commentator Peter Purves is axed from Crufts

Mail Online - Fri, 2019-12-06 23:58
Peter Purves found out this week that he is to be axed from the nearly 70-year-old TV show which he has nurtured for more than half its life and he is clear on what he believes to be the reason.
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Trump gripes about 'orange' light bulbs and low pressure toilets

Mail Online - Fri, 2019-12-06 23:43
President Trump said environmental protections have contributed to him looking 'orange' and having to flush the toilet more than once - thanks to light bulb and water regulations.
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Boris Johnson points out Jeremy Corbyn supported the IRA for FOUR DECADES

Mail Online - Fri, 2019-12-06 23:40
In a fiery exchange at the BBC head-to-head in Maidstone, the PM used a question about the Union to dredge up his rival's sympathies with the terrorist nationalists.
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Trump Administration Drops Plans For Mandatory Face Scans of Citizens

Slashdot - Fri, 2019-12-06 23:30
schwit1 shares a report from U.S. News & World Report: The Department of Homeland Security is dropping plans to propose a regulation requiring all travelers -- including U.S. citizens -- to have their photos taken and faces scanned by facial recognition technology when entering and exiting the country, according to multiple reports. The proposed rule was slated to be issued in July of next year and would be part of a larger effort by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to better track those who enter and exit the country. Privacy advocates pointed to a June data breach as one of the reasons that the agency should not collect the information. DHS last summer acknowledged a cyberattack against a contractor that exposed the photos and license plates of nearly 100,000 people traveling in and out of the country at a border crossing.

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Google Maps may let pedestrians choose well-lit walking routes for safety while traveling at night

Mail Online - Fri, 2019-12-06 23:22
According to code discovered by XDA developers, Google Maps has been testing code behind-the-scenes that would indicate which walking route has the best lighting conditions.
Categories: UK News

Forget sharks with lasers, NASA kits out an elephant seal with a sensor-studded skullcap

The Register - Fri, 2019-12-06 23:09
We're never gonna survive unless, we get a little crazy

NASA’s science team has a new female recruit and she's probing the watery depths of the Antarctic in a quest to help climate eggheads understand our climate.…

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Tory candidate is jeered after claiming people with learning difficulties should be paid less

Mail Online - Fri, 2019-12-06 22:58
Sally-Ann Hart, Conservative candidate for Hastings and Rye, made the claims at a hustings yesterday. A charity said that her comments are 'inexcusable' and 'should be consigned to history'.
Categories: UK News

Star Trek actor Robert Walker Jr dies at age 79

Mail Online - Fri, 2019-12-06 22:58
He stood out on the TV series for playing the teenage Charlie Evans, aka Charlie X, on the the beloved sci-fi series Star Trek. He was the the son of stars Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones.
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