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Florida reports more than 11,000 COVID-19 cases as experts warn weekend could 'tip US over the edge'

Mail Online - Sat, 2020-07-04 21:44
Florida on Saturday recorded over 11,000 new COVID cases - the highest number so far - as traditional July 4 celebrations were muted nationwide. Health experts are deeply concerned.
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Microsoft Released an Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs

Slashdot - Sat, 2020-07-04 21:34
Tuesday Microsoft published two out-of-band security updates to patch two vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows Codecs Library, reports ZDNet: Tracked as CVE-2020-1425 & CVE-2020-1457, the two bugs only impact Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 distributions... Microsoft said the two security flaws can be exploited with the help of a specially crafted image file. If the malformed images are opened inside apps that utilize the built-in Windows Codecs Library to handle multimedia content, then attackers would be allowed to run malicious code on a Windows computer and potentially take over the device. The two bugs -- described as two remote code execution vulnerabilities -- received patches Wednesday. "Customers do not need to take any action to receive the update," Microsoft said.

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Divers Find Evidence of Prehistoric Mining Operation in North America

Slashdot - Sat, 2020-07-04 21:34
Iwastheone shared this article from CBS News: Experts and cave divers in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula have found ocher mines that are some of the oldest on the continent. Ancient skeletons were found in the narrow, twisting labyrinths of now-submerged sinkhole caves... The discovery of remains of human-set fires, stacked mining debris, simple stone tools, navigational aids and digging sites suggest humans went into the caves around 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, seeking iron-rich red ocher, which early peoples in the Americas prized for decoration and rituals. Such pigments were used in cave paintings, rock art, burials and other structures among early peoples around the globe. The early miners apparently brought torches or firewood to light their work, and broke off pieces of stalagmites to pound out the ocher. They left smoke marks on the roof of the caves that are still visible today... The research was published Friday in the journal Science Advances... "Now, for the first time we know why the people of this time would undertake the enormous risk and effort to explore these treacherous caves," said CINDAQ founder Sam Meacham. At least one reason, Meacham said, was to prospect and mine red ocher.

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Halfway Through ISS Mission, NASA Astronauts Anticipate Their Ride Back to Earth

Slashdot - Sat, 2020-07-04 20:34
"They've been up there about a month now, floating around on the International Space Station, keeping tabs on their ride home," reports the Washington Post: "Certainly, the highlight for both Doug and I was the initial arrival at space station, coming through the hatch again and being on board after several years of working on a new spacecraft," Behnken said in an interview from the station this week. Since then, he has performed two spacewalks with Cassidy, successfully replacing batteries on the outside of the station... Now, NASA and the astronauts are turning their focus to the return trip. At the moment, the space agency says the soonest Behnken and Hurley could return is Aug. 2. If all goes well, the Dragon would undock from the station, fire its thrusters and descend through the atmosphere. The entire mission is a test to see how SpaceX's Dragon capsule performs, and while NASA said its ascent went flawlessly, there still are many risks ahead. As it plunges down, the thickening air will cause friction and generate enormous heat, testing the capsule's heat shield. Then the spacecraft's parachutes are to deploy to slow the vehicle further. SpaceX has struggled with its parachute designs in the past, however. "Parachutes are way harder than they look," Musk said in an interview with The Post before the launch. "The Apollo program actually had a real morale issue with the parachutes because they were so damn hard. They had people quitting over how hard the parachutes were. And then you know we almost had people quit at SpaceX over how hard the parachutes were. I mean they soldiered through, but, man, the parachutes are hard." Another risk will be landing in the ocean. American astronauts have not splashed down in the water since 1975 — the Space Shuttles landed on land, as do the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Behnken said he and Hurley expect to spend about an hour bobbing on the ocean surface before they are hoisted on the deck of a ship. SpaceX has been training extensively for the recovery mission, working to get the astronauts to safety as quickly as possible, but that will also be a key test.

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'Streets raised us. Horses saved us': Striking images of the Compton Cowboys from a new book

Mail Online - Sat, 2020-07-04 20:22
A new book by Walter Thompson-Hernandez looks at the black men and one woman who are part of a new group that seeks to change perceptions around cowboys and Compton.
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'She is definitely in danger': Friends of Ghislaine Maxwell fear for her safety if she talks

Mail Online - Sat, 2020-07-04 20:20
Ghislaine Maxwell's friends have spoken out ahead of her transfer to a Manhattan jail, saying that they are concerned the she might take her own life, or even be killed to silence her.
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Supporters continue to rally round Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil's death toll soars

Mail Online - Sat, 2020-07-04 20:07
Brazil's president Bolsonaro originally dismissed the coronavirus as a 'little flu' and his opposition to lockdowns and flouting of measures aimed at stifling the spread have provoked criticism.
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Woman, 32, dies after falling from Formula 1 rollercoaster at Parc Saint-Paul theme park in France

Mail Online - Sat, 2020-07-04 19:35
The 32-year-old woman was able to overcome the safety barrier on the Formula 1 ride as she sped along in Saint-Paul amusement park, near Beauvais, France.
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Is Our Technology Literally Changing Our Brains?

Slashdot - Sat, 2020-07-04 19:34
Nicholas Carr authored The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains back in 2010. This week he offered an up-to-date assessment in his newest interview with Vox co-founder Ezra Klein. "The point of this conversation is not that the internet is bad, nor that it is good," Klein writes. "It's that it is changing us, just as every medium before it has. We need to see those changes clearly in order to take control of them ourselves..." But the conversation soon turns to neuroplasticity, the brain's special ability to physically adapt to changes happening in its environment: Nicholas Carr: When we adapt to a new medium — whether printed page or television or, more recently, the internet and social media and so forth — more and more neurons get recruited to the particular brain processes that you're using more often thanks to the different information technologies. But ways of thinking that aren't encouraged by the technology — we begin to lose those abilities... I think it was quite clear even back then [in 2010] that we were making this big tradeoff between getting lots and lots of information very, very quickly and developing a rich base of knowledge. What was lost was not only the ability to engage in deep reading and attentive thought and contemplation, but also when we come across new information, the ability to bring it into our mind and put it into a broader context. That takes time. That takes attention. That takes focus. The fundamental argument of The Shallows was that we were making this tradeoff. What I worried about then, and what I still worry about, is whether that tradeoff is worth it — are we losing more than we ultimately gain? What's happened since then? On one level, I think it's magnified all of my concerns. Over the last 10 years, the smartphone took over as the dominant form of the computer. Unlike a laptop, the smartphone is always on. It's always with us. We can access it almost instantaneously. People walk around with it in their hands. So this constant distraction that I documented with laptops and desktops is now much more dominant. It goes on all the time. Also social media exploded and became one of, if not the main, things people do with computers. And the way social media distributes information, the way it gives particular value or particular emphasis to very emotional information and simplified, kind of strong messages, I think all of this has made the problems I tried to delineate more intense in kind of [a] deeper set within society. What has also become clearer and clearer in the last 10 years is that now there's also a big social effect of the technology. On the one hand, all the distractions that we had 10 years ago have proliferated, but also the way we make sense of things socially has changed dramatically as social media has essentially taken over media.

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Man in his 20s is shot dead at point-blank range on London street

Mail Online - Sat, 2020-07-04 18:54
The victim was shot and killed on Roman Way, Islington at 3.20pm according to the Metropolitan Police, The victim, who is in his 20s, died at the scene, pictured.
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Former Yahoo Engineer Who Infiltrated 6,000 Accounts Avoids Jail

Slashdot - Sat, 2020-07-04 18:34
This week finally saw the federal sentencing of a former Yahoo software engineer who "admitted to using his access through his work at the company to hack into about 6,000 Yahoo accounts" back in 2018, according to America's Department of Justice: Ruiz admitted to targeting accounts belonging to younger women, including his personal friends and work colleagues. He made copies of images and videos that he found in the personal accounts without permission, and stored the data at his home. Once he had access to the Yahoo accounts, Ruiz admitted to compromising the iCloud, Facebook, Gmail, DropBox, and other online accounts of the Yahoo users in search of more private images and videos. After his employer observed the suspicious account activity, Ruiz admitted to destroying the computer and hard drive on which he stored the images. He stopped working at Yahoo in July of 2018. The next month the FBI visited his home. He was indicted in April of 2019 and pleaded guilty in September — facing up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. But it was not until this week that a federal court finally handed down its sentence for the "former Yahoo! engineer who hacked 6,000 accounts on a hunt for private sexual videos and pictures," according to one Bay Area newspaper. The sentence? Five years of probation, with a home confinement condition: Reyes Daniel Ruiz, 35, of Tracy, is allowed to leave his home for "verified employment, medical needs and religious services," according to the sentencing terms. He has also been ordered to pay nearly $125,000 in fines and restitution, court records show... He also accessed financial information, but his main goal was to steal pornographic files, prosecutors said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Kaleba asked for Ruiz to be sentenced to "a period of incarceration," arguing he'd violated not only the trust of his employee but the privacy of thousands of people. "By his estimation, he downloaded approximately two terabytes of data, and possessed between 1,000 and 4,000 private images and videos," Kaleba wrote in a sentencing memo. The defense argued that Ruiz, who has no criminal history, deserved leniency because he accepted responsibility quickly. He admitted to destroying the hard drive where he stored the ill-gotten files when the FBI visited his home in August 2018. Ruiz told federal investigators that he acquired the pictures and videos for his own personal "self-gratification" and that he didn't share them online, a pre-sentence report says. In October Gizmodo reported that Ruiz was now working for a Silicon Valley company specializing in SSO (single sign-on) solutions.

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Updates as tree on fire blocks all services on busy train line

This Is Total Essex - Sat, 2020-07-04 18:21
Diversions are now in place and some services are expected to be delayed or cancelled
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Stanley Johnson offers to wear swimming trunks on his HEAD as he denies breaking lockdown rules

Mail Online - Sat, 2020-07-04 18:13
The Prime Minister's father has faced fierce criticism this week for flying to Greece but protested his innocence when spotted by reporters on return from an afternoon swim in Pilion.
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Lib Dem leader Ed Davey calls the POLICE on Nigel Farage claiming he 'broke lockdown rules' at pub

Mail Online - Sat, 2020-07-04 18:00
Mr Farage, 56, found himself at the centre of the unexpected row after posting a picture of himself enjoying his first pint at the pub. He had been in America on June 20 and said he did nothing wrong
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Private jet from Colorado with five Americans on board is DENIED entry to Italy

Mail Online - Sat, 2020-07-04 17:40
The jet flew from the Eagle County Regional Airport on the afternoon of July 1 and made it to the Cagliari Elmas Airport in Sardinia on July 2 at around 10.30am.
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Moderate Drinking May Improve Cognitive Health for Older Adults, Study Says

Slashdot - Sat, 2020-07-04 17:34
"A new study found low to moderate drinking may improve cognitive function for White middle-aged or older adults," reports CNN: The findings support prior research which found that, generally, one standard drink a day for women and two a day for men -- which is the US guidance -- appears to offer some cognitive benefits... "There is now a lot of observational evidence showing that light to moderate alcohol drinking is associated with better cognitive function and a lower risk of dementia compared with alcohol abstaining," said senior principal research scientist Kaarin Anstey, a director of the NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration in Australia, who was not involved in the study... The new study, published Monday in JAMA Network Open, analyzed data on nearly 20,000 participants from the University of Michigan's Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal panel study that surveys a representative sample of Americans on a variety of health issues. Study participants, who were predominately white, female and a mean age of 62, were given cognitive tests starting in 1996 through 2008, and were surveyed every other year for approximately nine years. When compared with those who said they never drank, low to moderate drinking was associated with significantly higher cognition scores for mental status, word recall and vocabulary over time, as well as with lower rates of decline in each of those areas. But before you get too excited, CNN has a "However..." paragraph: However, a major global study released last year found that no amount of liquor, wine or beer is safe for your overall health. It found that alcohol was the leading risk factor for disease and premature death in men and women between the ages of 15 and 49 worldwide in 2016, accounting for nearly one in 10 deaths... "What we know for sure is that drinking too much alcohol definitely harms the brain in a major way. What is less clear is whether or not low to moderate intake may be protective in certain people, or if total abstinence is the most sound advice," said neurologist Dr. Richard Isaacson, founder of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical Center. "Based on conflicting studies, I don't think at this time we can know for sure whether none versus low to moderate consumption is best in each individual person..."

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Essex hospital gives 'disappointing' update for pregnant women

This Is Total Essex - Sat, 2020-07-04 17:31
The news will be upsetting for many mums-to-be
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The latest rules for wearing face masks inside supermarkets

This Is Total Essex - Sat, 2020-07-04 17:20
Rules and regulations in supermarkets have changed many times during lockdown
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Pro surfer abducted and raped for two months on a houseboat in India

Mail Online - Sat, 2020-07-04 16:57
Carmen Greentree was just 22 when she travelled from Sydney to India in 2004 and was tricked into staying on a houseboat by abusers posing as tourism operators, where she was raped every night.
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Pioneering black actor Earl Cameron who appeared in Doctor Who and Thunderball dies aged 102 

Mail Online - Sat, 2020-07-04 16:54
Pioneering actor Earl Cameron CBE, who was one of the first successful black British actors, has died at the age of 102. He was best known for his roles in Doctor Who and Thunderball.
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