Tech

NFTs are a dangerous trap
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Like most traps, they’re mysterious and then appealing and then it’s too late. An NFT is digital treasure chest, a status symbol and an apparent item of value. Like a Pokemon card, or a…

Jar of Fireflies
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This project uses green surface-mount LED’s along with an AVR ATTiny45 microcontroller to simulate the behavior of fireflies in a jar.

New malware found on 30,000 Macs has security pros stumped
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With no payload, analysts are struggling to learn what this mature malware does.

How to generate a unique and uncopyable VPN certificate/key for a specific client hardware device?
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The problem is : Nothing prevents the user to copy the certficate/key on a different hardware device and use it from a different hardware device... Is it possible to generate a really unique certi...

How will 'chipageddon' affect you?
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Carmakers and consumer-gadget companies are struggling to source enough computer chips.

Inside the digital clock from a Soyuz spacecraft
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We recently obtained a clock that flew on a Soyuz space mission. 1 The clock, manufactured in 1984, contains over 100 integrated circuits o...

Why lasers are so brilliantly useful
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It has failed to live up to its perceived military potential, but the laser’s peaceable applications have been spectacular

$150 billion wiped off cryptocurrency market in 24 hours as bitcoin pulls back
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Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency, fell over 10% from a day earlier to $34,200, according to Coin Metrics data.

Internet 3.0 and the Beginning of (Tech) History
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The actions taken by Big Tech have a resonance that goes beyond the context of domestic U.S. politics. Even if they were right, they will still push the world to Internet 3.0.

Don't Toss It, Fix It! Europe Is Guaranteeing Citizens the "Right to Repair"
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The EU is restricting products designed to be unfixable, forcing companies to change their ways.

Twitter loses $5 billion in market value after Trump is permanently barred from the platform
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The social-media company suspended the president's account due to the 'risk of further incitement of violence.'

Parler CEO Says Service Dropped By “Every Vendor” And Could End His Business
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Parler CEO John Matze said today that his social media company has been dropped by virtually all of its business alliances after Amazon, Apple and Google ended their agreements with the social medi…

How Boston Dynamics Taught Its Robots to Dance
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Aaron Saunders, Boston Dynamics’ VP of Engineering, tells us where Atlas got its moves from

The company that processes payments for Amazon and Swiggy has reported a data leak of over 100 million debit and credit cardholders
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Information of over 100 million debit and credit card users has been leaked online from payments processor Juspay. The leak includes the user’s names, contact

Free internet for all not such a bad idea
theguardian.com/technology/2020/dec… 
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So, secondary schools in Wales are going online (Report, 10 December). A tough but sensible decision in the circumstances. The only issue is accessibility. All of a sudden Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto commitment to give all free internet access seems a good idea after being dismissed by many as an election ploy.