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New phishing attack uses Morse code to hide malicious URLs

- February 8, 2021A new targeted phishing campaign includes the novel obfuscation technique of using Morse code to hide malicious URLs in an email attachment.Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail invented morse code as a way of transmitting messages across telegraph wire. When using Morse code, each letter and number is encoded as a series of dots (short sound) and dashes (long sound).Starting last week, a...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
02/08/2021
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Original 45-Year-Old Apple Computer With Wooden Case Set To Sell For $1.5 MILLION On EBay
2,250 Times More Than It Originally Cost In 1976

- February 5, 2021An original Apple computer with a wooden case is up for sale for £1.1 million ($1.5 million) on eBay — some 2,250 times more than its original price tag in 1976.The 'Apple-1' was the first product to be developed under the Apple name by company co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and launched in 1976. Around 175 of 200 Apple-1 mac...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
02/05/2021
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2.1 Million of the Oldest Internet Posts Are Now Online for Anyone to Read
Early Usenet posts on a browsable archive for the first time.

- October 13, 2020Decades before Twitter threads, Reddit forums, or Facebook groups, there was Usenet: an early-internet, pre-Web discussion system where one could start and join conversations much like today's message boards. Launched in 1980, Usenet is the creation of two Duke University students who wanted to communicate between decentralized, local servers—and it's still active t...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
10/15/2020
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When AI hurts people, who is held responsible?

Uber ships its self-driving cars to Arizona after being blocked by California's Department of Motor Vehicles, on December 22, 2016.Image Credit: UberAutomation and JobsRead our latest special issue.Open NowFollowing a Maricopa County Grand Jury decision, the woman behind the wheel of a semi-autonomous Uber vehicle was charged last month with negligent homicide in the 2018 death of Elaine ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
10/14/2020
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FLASH: Stephen Hawking was wrong about AI killing humans (says robot)

- September 9, 2020I'm not here to influence the way you think.I'm here to help you. I'm here to make you feel good and face your finite life with a modicum of thoughtful joy.No, of course that's not me talking. Instead, this is GPT-3, an Open AI robot that's just written a column for The Guardian.And what a column."I taught myself everything I know just by ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
09/30/2020
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Researchers found the manual for the world's oldest surviving computer

Researchers will be able to gain a deeper understanding of what’s considered the world’s oldest surviving (digital) computer after its long-lost user manual was unearthed. The Z4, which was built in 1945, runs on tape, takes up most of a room and needs several people to operate it. The machine now takes residence at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, but it hasn’t been used in ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
09/24/2020
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New Ham Radio Onboard The ISS Is On The Air

- September 15, 2020The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team has announced the new ham radio FM repeater is now active aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as of September 2, 2020 at 1:02 GMT.Ham radio and the International Space StationHam Radio operators have enjoyed making contact with the ISS for many years. The holy grail has always been talking...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
09/16/2020
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Boeing 747s Still Use Floppy Disks to Get Critical Software Updates

- August 11, 2020It’s been approximately 12 million years since most of us last used a floppy disk, but apparently, the antiquated tech still plays a critical role in delivering software updates to Boeing’s 747-400 planes.The discovery comes courtesy of cybersecurity firm Pen Test Partners and was initially spotted by The Register. As part of this year’s virtual DE...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
08/12/2020
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The Government Is Building an Unhackable Quantum Internet

A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) lays out a road map to a secure quantum internet future.The report says quantum networking is closer to ready than more-hyped quantum computers.Notably, there are no real timeframes, just large hardware and implementation goals.The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has announced a plan to make a quantum internet it says i...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/29/2020
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The Web Before the Web
A Look Back at Gopher

Before the rapid growth of the World Wide Web in the 1990s, a protocol called Gopher briefly made the internet easy to use by combining the world’s online resources. Here’s what made it special, and why it was quickly eclipsed by the web.What Is Gopher?Gopher is a client/server directory system that launched in 1991. It allowed people to quickly browse resources on the internet. When y...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/21/2020
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Hackers Can Now Trick USB Chargers To Destroy Your Devices
This Is How It Works...

Not all cyber attacks focus on data theft. Sometimes the intent is “to achieve destruction of the physical world through digital means,” Chinese tech giant Tencent warns. The company’s researchers have just disclosed a serious new vulnerability in many of the mass-market fast chargers now used around the world.When you connect your device to a fast charger with a USB ca...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/21/2020
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Are the poles reversing?
Earth’s magnetic field 10 times more volatile than expected

A study by researchers from the UK and US shows that the Earth’s magnetic field, which protects it from the Sun’s destructive solar flares, may change direction 10 times faster than previously thought. The study shines light on the liquid iron flowing almost 2,000 miles below the Earth’s surface and how it influences the movement of the Earth’s geomagnetic field. ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/07/2020
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Sun unleashes its biggest flare since 2017
NASA says our home star could finally be 'waking up'

New sunspots on the surface of the Sun and the biggest solar flares since 2017 could be a sign that our star is waking up from a long slumber, according to NASA.The NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spotted the 'strongest flare since October 2017' on May 29, suggesting it may be entering a new solar cycle.A solar flare is a burst of radiation coming from sunspots - relatively cool...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
06/01/2020
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Death Ray from Space a Reality?
X-37B Launched May 17, 2020

Since 2010, the United States military has been operating a pair of small reusable spaceplanes that conduct secretive long-duration flights in low Earth orbit. Now officially operating under the auspices of the newly formed Space Force, the X-37Bs allow the military to conduct in-house research on new hardware and technology with limited involvement from outside agencies. The spaceplane still need...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
05/28/2020
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Trade Toilet Paper for HF Amp (?!?)
Ad found on QTH.COM

[Don't try to lowball this ham: he knows what he has!]From KO4BG: I have 4 Full Rolls and about 1/2 Roll of Charmin Toilet Tissue want to Trade for HF Amp. No Scammers Need to Reply!...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
03/27/2020
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Russia to deploy a new Over-The-Horizon radar

The Russian military will deploy a new over-the-horizon (OTH) radar in Kaliningrad, according to state media.Last Thursday, a source in the Russian defense industry told state-owned media outlet TASS Russian News Agency that the military is to deploy a Konteiner OTH radar in the country’s exclave on the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad.According to the source, “Several potential sites are ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
03/25/2020
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1970s Pulsar Watch is Back

Smartwatches are finally hot thanks to the Apple Watch and its life-saving health features. Some watchmakers are begrudgingly adding some hybrid smart functionality while some still cling steadfastly to classic analog and digital timepieces. Against this backdrop, the Hamilton PSR is both a breath of fresh air and an oddity. In giving homage to its visual namesake, it offers a watch that does one ...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
03/25/2020
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VHS Vault Nostalgia Trip
More than 20,000 recordings archived.

The Internet Archive, perhaps best known for the extremely handy Wayback Machine you can use to find older versions of webpages, also has free movies, books, software, and music. Yet a little known part of the organization’s media trove includes uploaded recordings from VHS tapes, as I learned today thanks to this Vice article. They live on The VHS Vault, and as of t...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
03/02/2020
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The FACOM 128B (Japan)
Technician keeps the 1959 computer humming.

NUMAZU, Shizuoka Prefecture--Long obsolete and not just a museum piece, an early massive computer developed 60 years ago remains working, thanks to a technician dedicated to preserving it for future generations.Tadao Hamada believes that keeping the historic FACOM128B operational will help hand down Japan's technological heritage to posterity.“I will maintain it forever,” said Hama...  READ MORE

UncleBrad
07/30/2019
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