Nokia engineer blogs on Windows 8 game hacks

first_img(Phys.org)—Nokia Engineer Justin Angel works with Windows 8 and decided to share on his blog site what he eventually discovered: Various tactics can succeed in pirating Windows 8 games distributed through the Microsoft Windows Store. Savvy hackers so inclined to do whatever it takes to avoid paying for in-game purchases could succeed, and could also remove ads from games by editing files, and even fiddle with trial versions of games to get the full release for free. Angel explained the different ploys that are possible by using some games as the report’s case examples. In so doing, Angel, who formerly worked for Microsoft before joining Nokia, would not want to be mistaken for being out to establish a school for game-cheating scoundrels. He posted his findings because he wanted his findings to be educational, so that developers and Microsoft could benefit “from an open exchange of knowledge.” Citation: Nokia engineer blogs on Windows 8 game hacks (2012, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-nokia-blogs-windows-game-hacks.html Microsoft pledges Windows developers generosity Developers who rely on their revenue streams from games would most likely be paying attention to his Windows 8 report and reflecting on how such actions could affect their revenue. Developers may count on offering free trial downloads for further uptake yet would not want to know that by so doing they were opening themselves up to piracy. Assorted maneuverings may involve injecting code into the buying process or changing games-associated files. Angel said the weaknesses stem from how game data is stored. He said one invites a real recipe for security incidents by storing encrypted data locally, alongside with the algorithm and the algorithm key/hash.Two counter-notes are in order: One is that it is not easy to circumvent the games as illustrated in the step-by step blog post, as it would require those with advanced knowledge. Also, many curious computer users who heard about the blog’s content were unable to see the Angel report. The blog site went offline on Tuesday and at the time of this writing is still offline. In an update, The Verge on Tuesday reported Microsoft’s response to the Windows 8 games account. A Microsoft spokesperson said it took a extra measures to help harden Windows 8 against hackers. The company also said that any successful software distribution channel, not just Redmond’s, faces the challenge of being targeted by people wishing to circumvent the system. “We’re committed to ongoing protection of both customer and developer interests.”Earlier this year, an iOS hack was discovered that allowed users to sidestep paying for in-app virtual items. That issue was patched by Apple. The exploit let users purchase digital goods inside of iOS apps without paying for them but updated security measures in iOS took care of the problem. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Scientists record first video of the 100nm space under an impacting Leidenfrost

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2016 Phys.org Now researchers have filmed the first videos of the tiny (less than 100 nm) levitation space between the hot surface and the impacting liquid droplet, in this case not of water but ethanol and fluorinated heptane. The videos allow the researchers to directly observe, for the first time, how the shape of the droplet base changes as the surface temperature approaches the dynamic Leidenfrost temperature. This temperature varies depending on the type of liquid and increases with the impact velocity of the droplet.The researchers, Minori Shirota, et al., from the Physics of Fluids group at University of Twente, have published a paper on their investigation of the dynamic Leidenfrost effect in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.To film the levitation space, the researchers used a technique called total internal reflection (TIR) imaging. By reflecting a laser beam off mirrors and into a prism at a particular angle, the researchers could transmit the resulting laser light through the droplets. This procedure creates grayscale images of dark wet droplets that visibly stand out against the lighter dry area, allowing the researchers to see where the droplet comes in contact with the surface, if at all. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play An ethanol droplet impacts on a sapphire substrate at 150 °C. In the lower image, the top half shows the TIR image in original grayscale, while the lower half shows the calculated color height. The red color corresponds to a very low height, meaning that most of the droplet is in contact with the surface. Credit: Shirota, et al. ©2016 American Physical Society One of the most useful pieces of information obtained from the imaging is that the shape of the droplet base is not flat, as sometimes assumed, but ring-shaped. The scientists describe it as a “dimple and neck structure” in contrast to the previous “pancake model” that describes a flat bottom. The pancake model cannot accurately describe observations, and its incorrect assumption of a flat droplet bottom may explain why. “Drop impact on a superheated surface is of key importance in various applications,” coauthor Chao Sun, Physics Professor at the University of Twente, told Phys.org. “A quantitative physical understanding of the phenomenon is, however, lacking. In this work, we show that the whole impact dynamics is determined by the dimple and neck formation beneath the droplet at the very beginning of the impacting process.”From the TIR images, the researchers could quantitatively define three different boiling regimes (contact, transition, and Leidenfrost) as the temperature increases at the various impact conditions. Previous research has loosely classified these three regimes based on somewhat superficial factors such as the number of tiny droplets ejected by the main droplet. Explore further Play An ethanol droplet impacts on a sapphire substrate at 180 °C. There are more blue colors than at 150 °C, indicating that parts of this droplet are higher above the surface. Credit: Shirota, et al. ©2016 American Physical Society Here, however, the TIR imaging allows the researchers to calculate values such as the incident angle and the spreading radius of the droplet in order to generate a clearer picture and a more precise definition of the regime boundaries and associated transition temperatures. The improved understanding of the Leidenfrost effect could have a variety of industrial applications. More information: Minori Shirota, Michiel A. J. van Limbeek, Chao Sun, Andrea Prosperetti, and Detlef Lohse, “Dynamic Leidenfrost Effect: Relevant Time and Length Scales.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.064501, Also at arXiv:1511.04974 [physics.flu-dyn] A 2-mm-diameter ethanol droplet impacts on a hot surface. The corresponding videos with TIR images showing the droplet height are below. Credit: Shirota, et al. ©2016 American Physical Society “Heat transfer from solid surfaces to impacting liquid droplets plays an important role in many industrial technologies such as power electronics cooling, spray cooling, engine performance, and pollutant emissions,” said coauthor Detlef Lohse, Physics Professor at the University of Twente.In the future, the researchers plan to use their observations of the dimple and neck structure to develop more accurate models of the dynamic Leidenfrost temperatures for various types of liquids. A heat-seeking slingshot: Liquid droplets show ability to cool extremely hot surfaces Play An ethanol droplet impacts on a sapphire substrate at 220 °C. The red half circle shows the area of the spreading droplet, and the lack of color indicates that the droplet is high above the surface (greater than 91 nm, the TIR cut-off height). Credit: Shirota, et al. ©2016 American Physical Society “We aim to quantitatively and theoretically understand the dynamic Leidenfrost temperature, and plan to investigate the effects of the surrounding pressure on this fascinating phenomenon,” said Sun and Lohse. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org)—There are many cool videos showing the Leidenfrost effect, which occurs when water droplets levitate and skid around on top of a very hot surface, rather than immediately evaporating like they do at temperatures that are not quite as hot. The effect occurs because the bottom of the droplet rapidly vaporizes as it approaches the hot surface, causing the droplet to levitate on top of its own vapor. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Scientists record first video of the 100-nm space under an impacting Leidenfrost droplet (2016, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-scientists-video-nm-space-impacting.htmllast_img read more

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Youre probably more freaked out about the world than you should be

first_imgI don’t know you. But I’m guessing I can still tell you something important about yourself: You are more freaked out about the world — especially the other people in it — than you should be. For starters, you are reading this, which means you consume at least some news media. And the news is, lately, a scary place. Perhaps you saw some stunning graphs recently that depicted the most common actual causes of death in the United States, the causes of death most commonly searched for online and those that get the most news coverage. In reality, most people die of diseases of old age, such as heart disease and cancer. By contrast, more than half of news coverage is devoted to homicides and terrorism, which account for a minuscule fraction — less than 1 percent — of actual deaths. Perhaps as a result, about 10 percent of white-knuckled web searches for likely causes of death are for these largely unlikely outcomes. Read the whole story: The Washington Postlast_img read more

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When abstract met linear

first_imgYusuf mentions that in this series we are face to face with the third dimensional print making; the fiber cast of the form, the cast of the paper pulp, the shadow on the wall, the transparency of the gauze showing its warp and weft and the thread ends, all contribute varying elements of mass, surface and lines.Creating these pieces has a unique process; the artiste begins his work by drawing images on rice paper and pastes it on the acrylic. He then studies the form to negotiate its shadow. Finally, he evolves the forms from his sketches and drawings made on rice paper, of cast objects created with paper pulp and fiber glass. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study of light on these objects and the shadow created thus are also integral to these drawings. Later these drawings on the rice paper are cut rendering them with a geometric edge to suit his creative impulse.The use of colours in his canvasses is minimal – black, white and mustard. The lines are in every imaginable form – linear, horizontal, squares or rectangles. Yusuf’s world of abstractions has come after years of experimenting with different modes, even figurative art. Talking about the line, his muse, Yusuf says, ‘The line is the most abstract element – it has no end or beginning. And basic elements don’t change. It is how one chooses to use it that then becomes paramount.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe lines and the play of multiple surfaces and medium render a sculptural dimension to the print imprint works. Yusuf mentions ‘I started 10 years back while I was in charge of the print making studio; I was face to face with the conventions defining the practice of print making. With the availability of new materials and my exposure to the international scenario, I wanted to engage in a more active and responsive way of working.’When: 23 November onwardsWhere: IGNCAlast_img read more

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Family of 4 driver die in car crash

first_imgBALURGHAT: Four of the family members including two women were killed and one seriously injured when the car they were travelling in hit the road divider after the driver lost control. The accident took place in Kanki under Chakulia police station in North Dinajpur on National Highway 31 on Friday. Police said the injured person was admitted to Kishanganj Medical College and Hospital in critical condition. The driver of the vehicle was also killed. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsEntire traffic system of NH 31 was disrupted for about one hour following the mishap.Police said the identity of the deceased is yet to be ascertained. According to police, the family members who hailed from Haryana was headed towards Assam to attend a function. One of the family members was driving the car. There was huge traffic jam before Dalkhola railway crossing when the car reached there. After the bottleneck got cleared, the driver accelerated to cover up the time that was wasted and reach Assam as per schedule. On reaching Kanki, one of the front tyres burst causing the accident. The vehicle hit the road divider killing four of the travelers including the driver on spot. The vehicle overturned.Police are trying to contact their counterpart in Haryana to know about the whereabouts of the deceased.last_img read more

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Chennai floods wash out Rs 1700 crore of MSME business

first_imgOf the estimated Rs 15,000 crore losses due to the recent devastating floods in Chennai, coastal Tamil Nadu and the neighbouring Puducherry, MSMEs bore the maximum brunt of about Rs 1,700 crore, says a report.On a most conservative side, MSME sector has lost nearly Rs 1,700 crore to the calamity in just two peak weeks of the flooding,” SMERA Ratings lead economist Karan Mehrishi said.This is a very conservative estimate and the actual financial losses in terms of lost opportunities and job losses could be much higher, he added. Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis pointsVarious analysts have pegged the overall loss to the industries in the region at over Rs 15,000 crore from the month-long floods which had even forced the airport and the railways to shut operations for nearly a week.City-based SMERA Ratings is a joint initiative of Sidbi and some state-run banks, and the private sector financial advisor Dun & Bradstreet Information Services India. He also said that this Rs 1,700 crore projected loss is only from the manufacturing side and if services are included, the damages could be much higher. Also Read – ‘The great gold bull market has begun’“The impact of the floods has serious ramifications on not only the local economy but also national economy as the Chennai metropolitan region’s manufacturing economy is worth Rs 1,51,800 crore or around 3 per cent of the national GDP, Mehrishi said.The loss figure has been arrived at after calculating the weekly loss in lost businesses for the micro and small industrial sector, which bore the brunt of the killer floods at nearly Rs 840 crore, he added. This makes the annual size of the Chennai metropolitan region’s MSME manufacturing GDP at around Rs 21,500 crore. According to SMERA analysis, seven major MSME categories of industry and industrial services in the region, were hit the most due to the floods. The leather sector bore the maximum losses with estimated damages of over Rs 380 crore, followed by gold and jewellery sector at Rs 237 crore, auto components at Rs 105 crore, printing sector at Rs 37.50 crore, Mehrishi said. Story PageChennai floods wash out Rs 1700 crore of MSME businessThe next in line of losses is the plastics sector which is estimated to have lost Rs 35 crore, followed by IT related services at over Rs 33 crore, garments at Rs 10 crore and pharmaceuticals (ayurveda & siddha) at Rs 1.25 crore.There are an estimated 36,000 MSMEs registered in the Chennai region and the agency has analysed a sample size of nearly 20,000. Among the large contributors, auto components and related businesses contribute 28 per cent to the region’s economy. It can be recalled that a slew of automakers like BMW, Ford, Nissan, Renault, Royal Enfield, Hyundai, Ashok Leyland, among others, have given Chennai the moniker of Detroit of the East.IT and related services come second with a contribution of 17 per cent, gold about 8 per cent, leather at 6.4 per cent, printing at 4.2 per cent and garments at 3.27 per cent, respectively. On individual loss of the city’s citizens, the per capita loss stood at nearly Rs 2,530 in terms of potential income loss with every week foregone.last_img read more

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Man killed in biketruck collision on Jessore Road

first_imgKolkata: A middle-aged man, whose identity is yet to be confirmed by the police, was killed in a road accident on Jessore Road near Doltala in North 24-Parganas on Tuesday morning.The incident led to traffic congestion on the busy Jessore road. Police said that the victim was riding a motorcycle on his way to the airport when a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction knocked him down. Due to the intensity of the accident the victim fell at a distance. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThough the victim was wearing a helmet it fell off from his head when he was hit by the truck. The person received critical head injuries on his head and also on other parts of his body. Local residents rushed to the spot immediately after the accident. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. Onlookers gathered in the area, which led to traffic congestion. The vehicular movement resumed after the police removed the truck from the accident site almost 40 minutes after the accident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter being informed police reached the spot and dispersed the mob. The truck driver fled from the spot immediately after the accident leaving the vehicle at the accident site. An eyewitnesses told the police that the truck was moving at a high speed as a result of which the driver could not control it when the motor cycle came on its way. The driver applied a sudden emergency brake but failed to avert the collision. The incident triggered tension among the local residents as well. According to the hospital sources the victim died due to excessive bleeding. The police are trying to ascertain the identity of the victim. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident. They have seized the truck and examining if the vehicle had developed any technical problem. The motor cycle that the victim had been riding was also damaged in the accident. The police are conducting raids to nab the truck driver. In another incident, a bike rider was killed and the pillion was injured after the bike rammed in to a roadside wall on Zeerut Bridge at Alipore. Samrat Chakraborty (27) a resident of Chetla were riding his bike towards Babughat with a Light Goods Vehicle (LGV). Amit Mondal, the pillion rider, stated that a truck hit them and as a result Chakraborty almost got beheaded.last_img read more

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Indian kids get their own superhero

first_imgKevin Missal was always on the lookout for an Indian super hero and when he did find one, he couldn’t resist the urge to tell the story of an ‘Avatar of Vishnu’ to the world.Kalamos Literary Services in association with “Jashn Events” celebrated the launch of “Dharmyoddha Kalki”, a Book on avatar of Vishnu by Kevin Missal’s at Oxford Book Store, Delhi. This book explores every individual’s responsibilities towards society.The book revolves around Kalki Hari, son of Vishnuyath and Sumati. Born in the quiet village of Shambala, Kalki has no idea about his heritage until he is pitted against tragedies and battles. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhisked into the province of Keekatpur, which is under the fist of Lord Kali, Kalki sees the ignominy of death trumping life all around him. He learns that he has been born to cleanse the world he lives in, for which he must journey to the North and learn the ways of Lord Vishnu’s Avatar; from an immortal who wields an axe. But trapped in the midst of betrayals, political intrigue and forces that seek to decimate him, will he be able to follow his destiny before the Kaliyug begins? Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKevin Missal at the time of launch said, “I always wanted to create an Indian Hero. Since childhood I looked up to Percy Jackson, Pendragon, Harry Potter and I have never read about an Indian hero. So my journey starts from there, I began fleshing out a god who was not properly explored and I made a hero that young kids could look up to. So if someone asked me what Kalki is, I would say it’s about creating childhoods. I began researching about Kalki, who was created out of the Huna and shaka invasion, according to history. I researched for two years and completed the book in a month.”last_img read more

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Finally rain relief in city adjoining districts

first_imgKolkata: People in the city and other districts of South Bengal who had been under a tremendous heat spell for the past few days heaved a sigh of relief after thunderstorms hit certain parts of the state resulting in a dip in temperature.The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted rain and thundershowers in various South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours, particularly in the evening. Though during the day time, hot and humid conditions may prevail, added the weather office. The monsoon is expected to enter the state early next month. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThundershowers along with gusty winds swept through the city and some South Bengal districts on Saturday evening. Though, they did not last for too long but they brought the much needed relief for the city dwellers from sultry weather. The MeT office also forecast that districts like Birbhum, Nadia, Bankura, Malda will witness moderate rainfall along with gusty winds in the next two days. A hailstorm is expected to hit some parts of South Bengal as well. Thundershowers may also lash other districts like North 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah and adjoining parts of the city on late Monday night. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to a weather official, the mercury will slide down by a few notches immediately after the thundershowers but the discomfort level may not be reduced as the humidity is still expected to be on the higher side. Interestingly, the temperature may be slightly higher during the night in comparison to the temperature that is normally found during this time of the year. The MeT office also predicts that North Bengal districts will receive heavy thundershowers in the next 48 hours. Hailstorms is also likely to hit several districts in North Bengal as a result of which tea gardens may face damages. There will be occasional downpour and gusty winds in South Bengal in the next two days. It may be mentioned here that entire South Bengal continued to burn under the scorching sun for the past one week resulting in discomfort for the city dwellers. The temperature touched 42-43 degree in the Western districts like Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore. The average maximum temperature in the region remained high throughout the day in the past couple of days due to the inflow of northwesterly winds to Bengal from the neighbouring states.last_img read more

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Candor TechSpace aims to improve educational capabilities

first_imgGurugram: As part of its CSR initiative of Candor TechSpace, the leading provider of IT/ITES office spaces has adopted a Government Primary School in Tikri, Gurugram (Haryana) to develop its overall infrastructure and educational capabilities after signing an MOU with the government. The inauguration of the Phase-I Infrastructure development of the School took place on January 16, 2019 by Mr. Ravinder Yadav, Joint Commissioner-IV, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram- Haryana in the presence of Mr. Kuldeep Yadav – Councillor Ward-29-MCG and Mrs. Premlata Yadav- DEEO, Gurugram. The developmental work scheduled tobe carried out in phases. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf In phase 1, Candor TechSpace is working towards to uplift the hygienic infrastructure of the school. We have already built new toilet block that comprise 3-4 separate toilets for both genders and one with a wheelchair ramp for differently abled students, a drinking water station (RO + water cooler), a utensil washing area and a proper drainage system which is covered and connected to the main sewage. Built as per the ‘A’ specifications, we have appointed a housekeeping company to maintain and manage the facility. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Sharing his insight on the initiative, Spokesperson of Candor TechSpace, said, “At Candor, we believe quality education is a fundamental right of children, regardless of their background or financial state. Unfortunately, there exists a huge gap between the quality of private schools and state-run public schools. We wanted to bridge this gap to some extent through this initiative. While the government is making relentless efforts, it’s also the responsibility of large corporate entities to play their part.” He further added, “We have just finished building the toilet blocks and plastering the school’s boundary wall. We have also roped in award winner Akshita &team from Rocks Artist for decorating the classrooms with meaningful wall arts that spread awareness about issues such as water scarcity, environmental sustainability and hazards of pollution. At present, we are looking to develop the landscape; such as equipping the school play area with swings and play equipment’s” he added. In the second phase of the project, Candor TechSpace looks to upgrade the classrooms with better facilities and a resource center in each class. The latest initiative of Candor further reaffirms its commitment towards the society.last_img read more

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Kathak recital by an exponent

first_imgAt a South Point-SPICMACAY initiative, Malabika Mitra, one of India’s foremost Kathak exponents, presented a recital at the South Point High School auditorium on January 17. The renowned dancer enthralled the with her skill and agility, upto no end.Her performance started with Ganga stuti (the initial prayer), right after an explanation of the dance form. She explained how Kathak was closely related to mathematics. She expressed emotions in a static posture with only her dynamic eyes, eyebrows and upper part of the body. Her rhythmic, graceful foot movements, adorned with ghungroo, harmonised to live music, mesmerised the audience. She was accompanied by Pandit Dinanath Mishra on tabla and Sandeep Neogi on sitar, with vocal support by Pratip Banerjee. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMalabika is trained in the Jaipur gharana by Late Pandit Ramgopal Mishra, son of late Pandit Jailal Maharaj. She had been studying the nuances of Lucknow gharana and the old traditional temple Art of Story-telling Style of Ayodhya under Late Pandit Om Prakash Maharaj (disciple of great Guru of Lucknow gharana Late Pandit Lachchhu Maharaj). Dr Mitra has also got the experience of the individual styles of Pandit Birju Maharaj, Smt Sitara Devi and Pandit Vijay Shankar. She has performed all over India and abroad. A regular performer at Doordarshan, Malabika was selected for Senior Fellowship in Kathak in 1997 by the Government of India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSPICMACAY Club members of South Point High School organised Dr Mitra’s recital to mark the 14th year of their association with SPICMACAY. SPICMACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) is a voluntary movement, founded in 1977 by Dr Kiran Seth. Dr Seth is a Professor at IIT Delhi, and has been awarded the Padmashri for his contribution to the arts in 2009. The aim of the club is to enrich the quality of formal education by increasing awareness about different aspects of Indian heritage and inspiring the young minds to imbibe the values embedded in it. Known for entertaining audience, The SPICMACAY Club of South Point High School has also presented performances by Sharmila Biswas (odissi dance), Pandit Kushal Das (sitar), Dr Rajiv Chakraborty (sarod), Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya (santoor), Sandipan Samajpati ( vocals), Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta (sarod), Sounak Chattopadhyay (vocal), and Kalamandalam Amaljith, to name a few.last_img read more

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Theres barely any difference between a power bar and a Snickers

first_imgColin says:The Finals has a weird feel like a documentary with an improbable ending.Colin doesn’t feel Cleveland’s’ pain over the Cavs.If the Cavs trade Kevin Love, they might find his replacement.Don’t destroy Roy Firestone over his O.J interview.Guests:Isiah Thomas – NBA Hall of Famer and Finals MVP, looks ahead to Cavs/Warriors Game 6, excelling on the biggest stage, and comparing NBA eras.Malcolm Gladwell – Best-selling author of “Blink” and “Outliers” joins the show to take a deeper look at some of the analytical trends in sports, Wilt Chamberlain’s free throw dilemma, and why going for it on 4th and 1 is right decision.Jason Terry – Houston Rockets guard, and NBA Champion, breaks down the NBA Finals, why Steph is struggling, and why he has the Cavs in 7.last_img read more

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Colin The Celtics arent ready to take out the Cavs in the

first_imgThe Cavs have been a complete mess recently, and the chatter that the Celtics could take out Cleveland and win the East, this year, has become more prevalent.Colin has said Brad Stevens is the best coach in the NBA, but he still thinks Boston is a year away from surpassing Cleveland as the top dog in the conference. Even though the Celtics have the East’s best current record, standout rookie Jayson Tatum has suddenly hit the rookie wall and won’t be a factor in the playoffs. Also, “LeBron stopper” Jae Crowder is now on the Cavs, and there isn’t a clear heir apparent.Boston has done a tremendous job with their rebuild, but they aren’t ready to beat LeBron in a 7 game series, this year.last_img read more

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VIDEO Cy Young winner Max Scherzer teaches Tim Tebow a major league

first_imgTim Tebow is committed to his dream of playing in the major leagues, but today was handed a dose of reality in a spring training at-bat against Nationals three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.Maybe Scherzer wanted to prove a point, but whatever the reason, he overpowered Timmy with a dismissive three pitch strikeout. This is what it looks like when Tim Tebow faces real big league stuff. Granted, Scherzer is one of the best in the game, but this is a mismatch.Watch Tebow get sent back to the kids table.Quick 3 pitch strikeout for Max Scherzer against Tim Tebow. Unfortunately the radar gun on the scoreboard wasn’t working. #Mets pic.twitter.com/QTZfOh6WX7— Jon Santucci (@JonSantucci) March 2, 2018 Advertisement h/t TheBigLeadlast_img read more

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LeVeon Bell Got Mad After Keenan Allen Tweeted Bells New Rap Track

first_imgI was not trolling on my momma bro. I don’t troll. Like I said I speak facts. You shouldn’t have asked if you ain’t want the truth. All love over here bro https://t.co/FK1pa651Sd— Keenan Allen (@Keenan13Allen) April 1, 2019 The negative responses were merciless and swift from the online crowd, including Chargers’ wide receiver Keenan Allen who tweeted the ‘trash’ emoji to Bell. Bell was not happy about it.I gotta keep it band bro. This ain’t it. 🗑 https://t.co/59gGirHyMZ— Keenan Allen (@Keenan13Allen) April 1, 2019 Advertisement It should’ve been your real friends that said it tho🤷🏽‍♂️🚫🧢 @LeVeonBell— Keenan Allen (@Keenan13Allen) April 1, 2019This is a classic case of “If you don’t want to know, don’t ask,” or at least don’t ask Twitter and Keenan Allen.center_img Le’Veon Bell has had plenty of time in the ‘lab’ during his year away from football to hone his MC skillz, but apparently it wasn’t enough.Bell dropped a new track on Twitter today, and for some reason asked his followers to rate it as ‘fire’ or ‘trash.’ Apparently he was serious and it wasn’t actually a funny April Fool’s joke.are youu ready? 🔥 or 🗑 pic.twitter.com/NrvAwiXpB2— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) April 1, 2019 if youu honestly felt that way, youu could’ve just txted me and said that…lol but it seems even ppl with check marks wanna troll to seek attention for mentions now a days…enjoy this buzz fuzz, it’s still all positive vibes 🖤🙌🏾— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) April 1, 2019last_img read more

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You should disable automatic downloads in Chrome right now

first_imgYou should disable automatic downloads in Chrome right now by Martin Brinkmann on May 18, 2017 in Google Chrome – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 25 commentsGoogle Chrome users on Windows are advised to disable automatic downloads in the web browser to protect authentication data against a new threat discovered recently.The Chrome browser is the most popular browser right now on desktop devices. It is configured to download safe files automatically to the user system without prompt by default.Any file that Chrome users download that passes Google’s safe browsing checks will land in the default download directory automatically. Chrome users who want to pick the download folder instead for downloads need to change that behavior in the options.The new attack, described in detail on the Defense Code website, combines Chrome’s automatic download behavior with Windows Explorer Shell Command File files that have the .scf file extension.The aging format is a plain text file that includes instructions, usually an icon location and limited commands. What’s particularly interesting about the format is that it may load resources from a remote server.Even more problematic is the fact that Windows will process these files as soon as you open the directory they are stored in, and that these files appear without extension in Windows Explorer regardless of settings. This means that attackers could easily hide the file behind a disguised filename such as image.jpg.The attackers use a SMB server location for the icon. What happens then is that the server requests authentication, and that the system will provide that.  While password hashes are submitted, the researchers note that cracking those passwords should not take decades anymore unless they are of the complex kind.Regarding password cracking feasibility, this improved greatly in the past few years with GPU-based cracking. NetNTLMv2 hashcat benchmark for a single Nvidia GTX 1080 card is around 1600 MH/s. That’s 1.6 billion hashes per second. For an 8-character password, GPU rigs of 4 such cards can go through an entire keyspace of upper/lower alphanumeric + most commonly used special characters (!@#$%&) in less than a day. With hundreds of millions leaked passwords resulted from several breaches in the past years (LinkedIn, Myspace), wordlist rule-based cracking can produce surprising results against complex passwords with more entropy.The situation is even worse for users on Windows 8 or 10 machines who authenticate with a Microsoft account, as the account will provide the attacker with access to online services such as Outlook, OneDrive, or Office365 if used by the user. There is also the chance that the password is reused on non-Microsoft sites.Antivirus solutions are not flagging these files right now.Here is how the attack goes downUser visits a website which either pushes a drive by download to the user system, or gets the user to click on a specially prepared SCF file so that it gets downloaded.User opens the default download directory.Windows checks the icon location, and sends authentication data to the SMB server in hashed format.Attacks may use password lists or brute force attacks to crack the password.How to protect your system against this attackOne option that Chrome users have is to disable automatic downloads in the web browser. This prevents drive by downloads, and may also prevent accidental downloads of files.Load chrome://settings/ in the browser’s address bar.Scroll down and click on the “show advanced settings” link.Scroll down to the Downloads section.Check the preference “Ask where to save each file before downloading”.Chrome will prompt you for a download location each time a download is initiated in the browser.CaveatsWhile you add a layer of protection to Chrome’s handling of downloads, manipulated SCF files may land in different ways on target systems.One option that users and administrators have is to block ports used by SMB traffic in the firewall. Microsoft has a guide up that you may use for that. The company suggests to block communication from and to the Internet to the SMB ports 137, 138, 139 and 445.Blocking these ports may affect other Windows services however such as the Fax service, print spooler, net logon, or file and print sharing.Now You: How do you protect your machines against SMB / SCF threats?SummaryArticle NameYou should disable automatic downloads in Chrome right nowDescriptionGoogle Chrome users on Windows are advised to disable automatic downloads in the web browser to protect authentication data against a new threat discovered recently.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Steam improves Windows game support for Linux

first_imgSteam improves Windows game support for Linux by Martin Brinkmann on August 22, 2018 in Games – Last Update: August 22, 2018 – 20 commentsValve Software, the company behind the successful game distribution service Steam, announced the release of a new version of Steam Play today that improves Windows game support for Linux.The new version of Steam Play is available as a beta version at this point in time, the beta is open, however, which means that any Linux users who uses Steam may opt-in to test the new functionality.Valve launched Steam Play back in 2010 as a way to allow gamers to play purchased games on Windows, Linux or Mac OS X devices without having to pay for each version of the game individually.Not all Steam games make use of the feature notes Valve, but 3000 games used it ever since it was introduced eight years ago.One of Valve’s focuses in recent time was to improve compatibility with Linux further. The company contributed to Wine, an emulator for Linux to run Windows programs and games, and started to integrate tools into the Steam client to improve the experience for Linux users in this regard.The new Steam Play beta includes a modified version of Wine that Valve Software calls Proton is fully open source. It is designed to improve compatibility with Windows games on Linux. Valve Software lists the following improvements that the modified distribution of Wine includes:Linux users can run Windows games for which no Linux version is offered directly from the Linux Steam client. The games support Steamworks and OpenVR.DirectX 11 and 12 are based on Vulkan now for improved game compatibility and reduced performance impact.Improvements to fullscreen support.Improvements to game controller support.Multi-threaded games performance improvements when compared to the default Wine distribution.Valve made the decision to enable support for a selection of classic games only in the first beta release. Linux users can run games like Tropico 4, Warhammer 40000 Dawn of War, Mount & Blade, or Doom now on Linux using the newly integrated functionality.Valve Software plans to extend support and is testing the entire Steam catalog currently to identify games that work and games that have compatibility issues to fix those issues.Users may use the service’s Platform Wishlisting feature to indicate interest in games for certain platforms.Steam users who run Linux can join the beta and test the new functionality in the following way:Open the Steam client on Linux.Select Steam > Settings.Under Account > Beta participation: select the change button.Opt-in to the Steam Beta Update and click ok.Select Restart Steam to have it updated.Now that you have joined the Steam Beta you can use the new functionality on Linux provided that you have at least one of the supported games in your library.Just select install on the screen to get started. Steam displays a notification prompt when you start the game that indicates that the game will be launched using Steam Play.Just hit continue on the page to start the launch. You may get an “updating” screen prior to the initial game launch but the game should launch just fine on the Linux machine afterward.You may also click on the “Steam Play” link on the page to open the preferences.There you may enable Steam Play for all titles, and not just those that Valve enabled explicitly. You may also change the compatibility tool used to play games using Steam Play, and force usage of the tool instead of “game-specific selections from Steam”.Valve recommends that Linux users make sure that graphics driver are up to date to use the new functionality to the fullest extent.Closing Words and VerdictValve Software continues its drive towards Linux and improving Linux compatibility on Steam. While you should not expect all games to run perfectly using the new compatibility settings, chance is high that most games will run eventually on Linux.Valve Software notes that some games may never work, those with complex DRM schemes for instance.Still, the improvements that Valve announced today are a major step towards better games support on Linux especially when it comes to Steam’s back catalog that is focused heavily on Windows.Now You: What is your take on the development?SummaryArticle NameSteam improves Windows game support for LinuxDescriptionValve Software, the company behind the successful game distribution service Steam, announced the release of a new version of Steam Play today that improves Windows game support for Linux.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates October 2018 release overview

first_imgMicrosoft Windows Security Updates October 2018 release overview by Martin Brinkmann on October 09, 2018 in Companies, Microsoft – Last Update: October 09, 2018 – 10 commentsMicrosoft released security updates for all versions of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and other company products on the October 2018 Patch Day.October has been quite the busy month for Microsoft so far. The company released the October 2018 Update for Windows 10 on October 2 but had to pause the distribution after user reports emerged that user files could be deleted during the upgrade to the new version.Microsoft addressed the issue, or part of it, in KB4464330 for Windows 10 version 1809 it seems. The company has not updated the KB article for Windows 10 version 1809 so it is possible that the issue is not fixed fully.The detailed overview provides system administrators and home users with information about released updates, known issues, links to support pages and other resources, and download instructions.Note: We recommend to create backups of any system that you want to install updates. While updates usually install fine, last year has shown that updates may break things or delete important apps or files.Microsoft Windows Security Updates October 2018Download the following Excel spreadsheet that contains a list of all security updates that Microsoft released for company products on the October 2018 Patch Day: microsoft-windows-october-2018-updates.zipExecutive SummaryMicrosoft released security updates for all client and server versions of Windows that it supports.The company released security updates for other products such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Microsoft Office.Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 PCs require the Servicing Stack Update 3177467 prior to installation of the October 2018 updates.Operating System DistributionWindows 7: 13 vulnerabilities of which 2 are critical and 11 are important.Windows 8.1: 14 vulnerabilities of which 2 are critical and 12 are important.Windows 10 version 1607: 19 vulnerabilities of which 3 are critical and 16 are important.Windows 10 version 1703: 18 vulnerabilities of which 3 are critical and 15 are important.Windows 10 version 1709: 20 vulnerabilities of which 3 are critical and 17 are important.Windows 10 version 1803: 20 vulnerabilities of which 2 are critical and 18 are important.Windows 10 version 1809: 19 vulnerabilities of which 3 are critical and 16 are important.Windows Server productsWindows Server 2008 R2: 14 vulnerabilities of which 2 are critical and 12 are important.Windows Server 2012 R2: 15 vulnerabilities of which 2 are critical and 13 are important.Windows Server 2016: 19 vulnerabilities of which 3 are critical and 16 are important.Windows Server 2019: 19 vulnerabilities of which 3 are critical and 16 are important.Other Microsoft ProductsInternet Explorer 11: 2 vulnerabilities, 2 criticalMicrosoft Edge: 9 vulnerabilities, 6 critical, 2 important, 1 lowWindows Security UpdatesKB4464330 — Windows 10, version 1809Security updates to Windows Kernel, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Internet Explorer, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Linux, Windows Wireless Networking, Windows MSXML, the Microsoft JET Database Engine, Windows Peripherals, Microsoft Edge, Windows Media Player, and Internet Explorer.Addresses an issue affecting group policy expiration where an incorrect timing calculation may prematurely remove profiles on devices subject to the “Delete user profiles older than a specified number of day.”KB4462919 — Windows 10, version 1803Security updates to Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Peripherals, Windows Shell, Windows Kernel, Windows Datacenter Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Linux, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.KB4462918 — Windows 10, version 1709Security updates to Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Shell, Windows Kernel, Windows Datacenter Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Microsoft Scripting Engine, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine .KB4462937 — Windows 10, version 1703Security updates to Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Edge, Windows Kernel, Windows Storage and Filesystems, and Microsoft Scripting Engine.KB4462917 — Windows 10, version 1607 and Windows Server 2016Security updates to Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Edge, Windows Kernel, Windows Datacenter Networking, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft JET Database Engine, and Windows Storage and Filesystems.KB4462926 — Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Monthly RollupSecurity updates to Windows Media Player, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Datacenter Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Kernel, and Microsoft JET Database Engine.KB4462941 — Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Security-only updateAddresses an issue in which all guest virtual machines running Unicast NLB fail to respond to NLB requests after the virtual machines restart.Same as KB4462926KB4462923 — Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Monthly RollupandKB4463104 — Security Only Quality Update for Windows Server 2008Security updates to Windows Media Player, Windows Graphics, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Kernel, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.KB4462915 — Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Security-only updateandKB4463097 — Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Server 2008Addresses an issue in which all guest virtual machines running Unicast NLB fail to respond to NLB requests after the virtual machines restart.Same as KB4462923KB4462949 — Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer: October 09, 2018KB4458008 — Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 and Windows Embedded StandardRemote Code Execution vulnerability in the Microsoft XML Core Services parser.KB4462935 — Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 and Windows Embedded Standard 2009Elevation of Privilege vulnerability in Filter Manager.KB4462987 — Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 and Windows Embedded Standard 2009Remove Code Execution vulnerability in Microsoft Graphics Components.KB4463103 — Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 and Windows Embedded Standard 2009Elevation of Privilege vulnerability in Windows Kernel.KB4463361 — Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 and Windows Embedded Standard 2000Information Disclosure Vulnerability in the Windows Graphics Device Interface.KB4463545 — Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 and Windows Embedded Standard 2009Elevation of Privilege vulnerability in the Win32k component.KB4463573 — Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 and Windows Embedded Standard 2009Remote Code Execution vulnerability in the Microsoft JET Database Engine.KB3177467 — Servicing stack update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1KB4465477 — Servicing stack update for Windows 10, version 1809NotesCVE-2010-3190CVE-2018-8292CVE-2018-8330CVE-2018-8427CVE-2018-8432CVE-2018-8472CVE-2018-8481CVE-2018-8482CVE-2018-8486CVE-2018-8493CVE-2018-8501CVE-2018-8503CVE-2018-8504CVE-2018-8506CVE-2018-8530CVE-2018-8532CVE-2018-8533Known IssuesWindows 10, version 1607 and Windows Server 2016The installation of Windows Server 2019 Key Management Service host keys on Windows Server 2016 Key Management Service hosts does not work. Microsoft is working on a resolution.Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2Network interface controller may stop working. Workarounds are to either install the driver for the network device or automatically rediscover it in the Device Manager.Microsoft Exchange Server 2013Files are not updated correctly if the update is installed without elevated privileges. Some services, Outlook Web Access or Exchange Control Panel, may stop working. To avoid or fix, right-click on the update and select “run as administrator”.Security advisories and updatesADV180026 | Microsoft Office Defense in Depth UpdateNon-security related updatesKB4465065 –Windows 10 version 1809KB4100347 — Windows 10 version 1803Intel microcode updatesKB4459502 — Windows 10 version 1803Compatibility update for upgrading to Windows 10, version 1803KB4090007 — Windows 10 version 1709Intel microcode updatesKB4091663 — Windows 10 version 1703Intel microcode updatesKB4091664 — Update for Windows Server 2019, Windows 10 Version 1809, Windows Server Version 1803, Windows 10 Version 1803, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server Version 1709, Windows 10 Version 1709, Windows 10 Version 1703, Windows 10 Version 1607, Windows 10 Version 1511, Windows 10 Version 1507, and Windows 10Intel microcode updatesKB4462930 — Update for Adobe Flash PlayerKB4459922 — Security and Quality Rollup updates for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, and 4.7.2 for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SPKB4459923 — Security and Quality Rollup updates for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, and 4.7.2 for Windows Server 2012KB4459924 — Security and Quality Rollup updates for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, and 4.7.2 for Windows 8.1, RT 8.1, and Server 2012 R2KB4459925 — Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 2.0 on Windows Server 2008KB890830 — Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool – October 2018KB4458469 — Windows 10, version 1803See our coverage of the update here.KB4457136 — Windows 10, version 1709See our coverage of the update here.KB4457141 — Windows 10, version 1703See our coverage of the update here.KB4464218 — Windows 10, version 1803Fixed a Microsoft Intune issue.KB4464217 — Windows 10, version 1709Fixed a Microsoft Intune issue.Microsoft Office UpdatesCheck out our overview of non-security updates for Office that Microsoft released here. Below are only the security updates for Office released in October 2018.Office 2016KB4461448 for Excel 2016 — Fixes a remote code execution vulnerability in Excel 2016, a freeze issue when clicking on the Show Details command, and a Unicode IVS character display issue.KB4461437 for Office 2016 — Fixes a remote code execution issue in Office, updates Irish Gaelic translation for OneNote 2016, fixes a non-recurring meeting turning into a recurring meeting issue, and addresses the Unicode issue described above as well.KB4461440 for Outlook 2016 — Resolves several vulnerabilities in Outlook 2016 described in ADV180026. Includes a huge number of non-security improvements and fixes.KB4461434 for PowerPoint 2016 — Fixes a remote code execution vulnerability in PowerPoint 2016.KB4461449 for Word 2016 — Fixes a remote code execution vulnerability.Office 2013KB4461460 for Excel 2013KB4461445 for Office 2013KB4092477 for Outlook 2013KB4092453 for PowerPoint 2013KB4461457 for Word 2013All address a remote code execution vulnerability. The Outlook 2013 update includes other non-security changes.Office 2010KB4461466 for Excel 2010KB4092483 for Office 2010KB4092437 for Office 2010KB4227170 for Outlook 2010KB4092482 for PowerPoint 2010KB4092439 for Word 2010All address a remote code execution vulnerability.See other Office products with security updates here.How to download and install the October 2018 security updatesThe October 2018 updates for Windows and products integrated into Windows are made available via Windows Update and the Microsoft Update Catalog website for home users, and services such as WSUS for organizations and Enterprise customers.Windows Update is configured to run update checks regularly and to download and install these updates automatically. The checks are made frequently but not in real-time.Users who want to download the updates as soon as possible may run manual update checks in the following way (create a backup):Open the Start menu.Type Windows Update.Select the Windows Update result.Click on “check for updates” to run the check.Direct update downloadsAll cumulative updates for supported versions of Windows are also provided as direct downloads from Microsoft’s Download Center site.Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP KB4462923 — 2018-10 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 KB4462915 — 2018-10 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2KB4462926 — 2018-10 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1KB4462941  — 2018-10 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 (version 1607)KB4462917 — 2018-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607Windows 10 (version 1703) KB4462937 — 2018-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703Windows 10 (version 1709) KB4462918 — 2018-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709Windows 10 (version 1803) KB4462919 — 2018-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803Windows 10 (version 1803)KB4464330 — 2018-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809Additional resourcesOctober 2018 Security Updates release notesList of software updates for Microsoft productsSecurity Updates GuideMicrosoft Update Catalog siteOur in-depth Windows update guideHow to install optional updates on Windows 10Windows 10 Update HistoryWindows 8.1 Update HistoryWindows 7 Update HistorySummaryArticle NameMicrosoft Windows Security Updates October 2018 release overviewDescriptionMicrosoft released security updates for all versions of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and other company products on the October 2018 Patch Day.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Prevent Amazon tracking with Amazon Container for Firefox

first_imgPrevent Amazon tracking with Amazon Container for Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on April 03, 2019 in Firefox – 28 commentsAmazon Container is a browser extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser to isolates Amazon activity from the rest of your browsing activity.The add-on is a fork of the Google Container extension which itself is a fork of Mozilla’s own Facebook Container extension.Mozilla introduced the Container feature as an experiment back in 2016. It enabled users of Firefox to separate activity into containers under a single user profile. A container stores certain data, such as cookies or local storage, separately from the rest of the browser. Containers limit tracking first and foremost, but they are also useful when it comes to signing in to the same service with multiple accounts among other things.Containers never made it natively into Firefox but Mozilla published the Multi-Account Container extension for the browser that users could install to use containers.Amazon Container for FirefoxAmazon Container is one of several company or site specific container extensions. It works as standalone extension but better if you have installed the Multi-Account Container extension as well.Note that you will be signed out of Amazon when you install the extension. Some Amazon specific features that are available on third-party sites may not work properly when you install the extension. Amazon embeds, e.g. likes or comments, won’t function; the same is true for services that let you sign in with an Amazon account.The extension works automatically once you have installed it in Firefox. When you visit an Amazon site, e.g. Amazon.com or Amazon.de, you will notice that it is loaded in the Amazon container automatically. What happens in the container stays in the container which means that Amazon tracking is limited on sites not loaded in the Amazon container.Amazon may track users in browsers using cookies or through other means; the use of a container to isolate Amazon from the rest reduces tracking significantly.Amazon Container is an open source extension. You can check the source on the project’s GitHub website.Closing WordsAll container extensions that limit certain sites or companies, e.g. Google, Facebook, YouTube or now Amazon, reduce tracking by these companies. All may introduce downsides, usually features that won’t work anymore on third-party sites once a particular container is used to load first-party content.There are other ways to limit tracking, e.g. to block third-party cookies outright or limit third-party cookies, clear local data and cookies regularly, or use different browser profiles for different tasks. Content blockers may also help as they may block certain connections (and thus tracking opportunities).Now You: Do you use Firefox’s Container feature?Summary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name Amazon ContainerSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/amazon-container/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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This Paint Actively Cools Things Down

first_imgThis paint reflects sunlight and emits heat, making it much cooler than common building materials – or even ambient air. (Credit: Jyotirmoy Mandal)As artists and toddlers have long known, paints can provide lots of entertainment. But, not every part of the process is fun: Watching paint dry is synonymous with boredom, like watching the grass grow.It’s almost too bad, because there’s where the magic happens. The (usually) liquid paint drying, and becoming solid, is what gives the art (or school project, or bedroom wall) its longevity, its permanence. You can erase pencil and even some inks, but dried paint is there to stay.That phase transition between liquid to solid is also responsible for a new development in the world of paints — one that can reduce pollution, improve living conditions around the world and even save money. A paper appearing today in Science details the promise and process of a new kind of coating, one that reflects so much light it actually cools below ambient temperatures. And the key is all in how it dries.Into the VoidTo create the new material, the scientists turned to polymers, long chains of repeated molecules. (This page actually is a great primer on the subject, despite apparently being aimed at 3rd graders.) Their process: Mix together a batch of a certain polymer with acetone and water, spread it atop almost any substance and just let it dry. Twice. First the acetone evaporates, and then the water.What remains is a dull, white coating — with amazing properties. The authors gave it the reader-unfriendly name of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropene), or just P(VdF-HFP)HP for short. That dual evaporation process creates “air voids,” tiny air bubbles throughout the dried coating that are great at scattering and reflecting light. (The researchers compare them to the air gaps between snowflakes that help make fresh snow among the most reflective materials on Earth.)Like conventional white paints, this stuff reflects sunlight, but it does it exceedingly well, bouncing back 96 percent of the sun’s light. Normal paints, based on pigments rather than P(VdF-HFP)HP’s voids, do a decent job of reflecting visible light, but they actually absorb a lot of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, making them less efficient overall.But Wait, There’s MoreHere’s the best part, though. P(VdF-HFP)HP also manages to emit away any heat it does manage to absorb in the form of infrared light. Because our atmosphere is “invisible” to infrared, meaning there’s nothing in the way that absorbs that kind of light, it can escape from ground level directly to the icy coldness of space. So this new coating actually produces a net loss of heat, actively cooling whatever it coats by around 11 degrees Fahrenheit.The study’s authors calculate that’s an average cooling power of 96 Watts per square meter — with no electricity, or even moving parts! Just adding an easily made, easily applied coating (it can be painted, dip-coated or sprayed on). The stuff also works on lots of surfaces including plastics, metal and wood. And it’s apparently super durable, not losing its cooling properties even after outdoor testing and “accelerated aging.”The researchers even added dyes to the mix and saw that P(VdF-HFP)HP still works well even with colors, important since we know no one will want to use the stuff if it looks ugly. (No word yet on how effective a weight loss aid it is, but honestly at this point I wouldn’t be surprised.)Pretty Cool, ManImproved cooling technologies are essential for a warming globe, particularly one where so many people live in heat islands, or just generally hot places. As the authors write, the “compression-based cooling systems that are prevalently used (e.g., air conditioners) consume significant amount of energy, have a net heating effect, require ready access to electricity, and often require coolants that are ozone-depleting or have a strong greenhouse effect.” They came up with a cheap, eco-friendly alternative that works well as a paint-like coating or even as recyclable sheets. Assuming it all holds up: Way to go team!There’s even a little bonus: The technique they used is full of promise, too. Similar production methods could produce similarly cooling materials with glossier coatings and capable of withstanding extreme temperatures (above 400° F).All that just from figuring out, basically, a better way for paint to dry.last_img read more

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