All the Not-So-Obvious Stuff That Could Save Your Ass on Vacation

Motherboard (Vice) - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 15:00

“Damn, I wish I brought my clothesline,” you’ll say when you need to Mission Impossible out of your Slovakian hostel; or, “Wow, thank goodness I had that detox kit for the drug test Tom Hanks made me take.” There are a million things you could need while traveling—including things that might not feel as ubiquitous as a face mask or passport holder, but are oh-so-helpful when you find yourself crying on a bus stop in Reno wearing a pair of wet jeans. Shoulda brought those REI rain pants, man!

Full disclosure: We absolutely trawled the depths of Reddit for this one. Where else are you gonna find a dude talking about his two-meter extension cord that he brings wherever he goes? We’re terrified! We’re excited! We’re getting closer to the truth of what we may need while traveling, and that’s what matters. We already know the basics of packing for a plane ride—and getting some sleep on that flight—but what about the packing essentials that nobody tells you about in packing school? After all, the great debate about whether packing school is worth it (or if the degree is just a silly piece of paper) has been going on since we started this sentence, which seems like forever.

Fictitious degrees aside, there really are a lot of things you should probably be bringing with you when you’re traveling—especially if you’re going to be gone for a while. That’s why we decided to make up a little how-to jawn to help you get your must-have effects in order. We’re talking sexual butt wipes and bulk cases of Topo Chico. We’re talking rain pants for unexpected, well, rain, and trench coats for when you need to stand on top of your buddy to get into the rated-R movie.

An insanely quiet vibrator

If an orgasm is reached in the middle of the afternoon, and no one else in the hostel can hear it, did it even happen? You bet it did. Womanizer vibrators have famously silent motors, and it’s worth investing a few hundred in the Womanizer Duo for sooo many reasons. It is both a dildo and a suction vibrator; its material is firm, but soft; its vibration is pressure activated, which means it won’t go harder on your vagina unless you do. Sweet symbiosis. (And if you’re wondering: TSA will not give two hoots about this in your carry-on, we promise. They know what a Womanizer Pro is at this point.)

Dry your clothes anywhere

Your favorite shirt isn’t really going to dry well, and will probably start smelling like mildew if you keep drying it over furniture and other places it’s not supposed to be. Not that this is a threat (but it also kind of is). Travel clotheslines take up next to no space in your luggage, and will pay for themselves in no time.

In case you need to pass a drug test

Caroline Thompson went on a whole voyage for VICE on how to pass a drug test with detox drinks and cleanses. Not making any medical claims here, but Testclear has a one-day detox kit that purportedly works for all toxins, not just THC, in addition to loads of other detox packages.

A camera hack that will make you look better on Zoom

“Clip this thing on to your webcam,” explained Hilary Pollack in a VICE article on her hack for looking instantly better on Zoom calls, “and you'll suddenly realize that you were being fed the fugliest version of yourself—and it didn't have to be that way.” The trick is using a clip-on photo lens that gives you a fish-eye effect. Seriously.

Not a droid, just dry shampoo

Don’t subject your hair to the mystery brand shampoo-and-conditioner combo at the airport-adjacent motel in which you will, at least once in your life, find yourself stuck. Billie makes a dry shampoo that’s part volumizer and part shampoo (it’s a blend of rice starch, biotin, and baking soda).

The wisest wizard of all

How any self-respecting traveler could leave the house without a sling-bag insulated cooler that stealthily holds a sixer of cans is beyond us. The last thing people will guess you’re carrying when they see you with this Wizard Stick is canned liquid. It could be a tripod! A telescope! A piece of stolen art! Do yourself a favor and don’t show up to the beach, pool, or work convention empty-handed.

Did you know rain pants exist?

These “2.5-layer shell pants” (shell? Yes please) are lightweight, breathable, and have “fully sealed seams for complete waterproof protection.” Which has us excited, and also pissed off, because why on Earth aren’t all pants like this? Enjoy the freedom that this moisture-fighting, wearable slip ‘n slides will give you in your travels.

… And why aren’t all umbrellas this size?

Can’t unsee. Can’t settle for anything else, either, unless it’s somehow smaller than this seven-incher.

Those watches aren’t going to sell themselves

We don’t just want any old trench coat. We want one that makes us feel like Inspector Gadget on the streets, and Columbo in the sheets. Everlane hath delivered with this unique but Fully Adult color palette, and an exaggerated collar that says, “Just one more thing—what time is my flight?”

Look at me! (Don’t look at me)

You’re going to need the kind of tinted sunglasses that emit all the energy of a very pissed off celebrity limo driver. This pair says, “Clock me, but don’t talk to me.” Big red pill energy.

Keep your butt clean, wherever it ends up

You might be somewhere where you can’t shower, or perhaps you haven’t showered in a few days. That doesn’t mean your nethers have to start looking like Yoda’s swamp, especially if you’re planning on getting some on-the-road booty hole action. Keep your starfish clean, pristine, and gentle with these pH-balanced, biodegradable wipes.

Wool, wool, what do we have here…

(Sorry.) Remember that time you visited your friend’s new place for the first time, and discovered they’re a beautiful monster who sleeps with the thermometer below 60 degrees? Yeahhhhhh. Us too.

Wear your raincoat

Not your average condoms. Lelo is a maker of luxury sex toys and vibrators that gets real serious about engineering. The fruits of their fruit, for your fruit, are in the pudding of this thin but comfy condom. The hexagonal design is unique to the brand, and makes it feel like it was hand-tailored for your penis.

Stop paying so much for water, damnit

Here’s an idea: If you don’t have a Nalgene/want to take one on a trip, drink a massive, glass bottle of water on the way to the airport, then fill it up inside to save $7 at the Hudson News store. We suggest Topo Chico, because it tastes like serotonin, and tap dances on your tongue without eviscerating its taste buds like Badoit rouge. Those Frenchies, man.

Safe travels, and may your pants stay dry wherever you end up.

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'Ring Nation' Is Amazon's Reality Show for Our Surveillance Dystopia

Motherboard (Vice) - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 14:32

Amazon's propaganda campaign to normalize surveillance is about to hit a higher gear: Wanda Sykes is going to host a new show featuring videos taken from Ring surveillance cameras, Deadline reported on Thursday. It will be called Ring Nation

The show is being produced by MGM Television, which is owned by Amazon, and Big Fish Entertainment, which ran another dystopian reality show: a piece of copaganda called Live PD which centered on commentary of police footage. 

According to Deadline, the show will feature lighthearted viral content captured on Ring cameras, such as "neighbors saving neighbors, marriage proposals, military reunions and silly animals." These types of videos frequently go viral online, but hardly represent the reality of what Ring is used for. Besides home surveillance, Ring is a source of surveillance video for police departments in the U.S. and abroad. 

Amazon has done a lot of work to turn the U.S. into a Ring nation off-camera. Ring’s surveillance cameras and surveillance network have been aggressively rolled out by Amazon mainly by cultivating fear in suburbs about crime, and by entering partnerships with police departments to give them unfettered access to surveillance footage. Last year, advocacy groups pushed for Amazon’s Ring to be banned entirely by the Federal Trade Commission over concerns its facial surveillance technology could fuel criminalization of Black and brown people in public spaces. 

It's unsurprising, then, that Ring Nation would come from the production company that produced Live PD. As Adrian Horton writes for The Guardian, "Think NFL Red Zone, but for arrests of people not given the chance to sign release forms because the show bills itself as live news." In the wake of the George Floyd uprisings, Live PD was briefly canceled along with Cops though both were revived just this year. And while Cops may be more familiar to some, Live PD was the more popular, more audacious, and more vile of the two by far.

As Horton goes on to explain, the show was facing controversy for deleting footage of a man who died in police custody, and for deceptively editing (with police input) videos to keep clear police misconduct off-air. Similar to Ring Nation, Live PD (now called On Patrol: Live) relied on a trustworthy face to keep the veneer of objectivity, found in executive producer, journalist, and ABC’s chief legal analyst, Dan Abrams.

Over the years, Amazon has tried harder and harder to roll out various forms of surveillance technology, enmesh us within this network, and normalize this encroachment of public spaces and individual privacy. In 2020, Amazon announced it was pausing (for one year) its rollout of a facial surveillance algorithm called Rekognition that it was offering to police departments after the tool was repeatedly found to be ineffective on its own terms and racially biased. In 2021, documents leaked to Motherboard detailed how Amazon’s new robot, Astro, would integrate with Ring to deploy surveillance technology to try and detect intruders. 

Amazon isn’t alone in this fight to cultivate an ever-growing surveillance apparatus—most of Silicon Valley is intimately involved in surveillance and the potential profits to be had by offering surveillance tools, analytics, computational infrastructure, and a host of other goods and services rooted in watching people. Still, Amazon’s Ring and attempts to normalize it harken an odious development. One peek into this came back in February, when a bizarre TikTok trend went viral where Ring surveillance camera owners made Amazon delivery workers dance for them.

At this point, it is hard to defend ownership of a Ring camera. Using fear-mongering about package theft and suburban crime, a surveillance company has convinced countless homes to affix a surveillance network node that police departments and one of the world’s largest monopolies will use to their benefit. And now they want us to laugh about it all in our (ideally) Ring-surveilled homes.

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Russian invasion has dangerously destabilized cyber security norms

The Register - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 14:30
The inside scoop on the Ukrainian IT army, and what could happen next

Black Hat  The hacktivist attacks that have occurred during the ongoing war in Ukraine are setting a dangerous precedent for cyber norms — and infrastructure security, according to journalist and author Kim Zetter.…

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Daily Horoscope: August 12, 2022

Motherboard (Vice) - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 14:00

Boundaries and expectations can be discussed as the moon meets Saturn in Aquarius at 1:58 AM. The mood might be aloof or detached, and our focus is on handling responsibilities. The moon squares off with Mars in Taurus at 7:07 AM, which may spur us to make a change or a decision, or take an action. The moon enters sensitive, artistic water sign Pisces at 2:44 PM, inspiring our imaginations and encouraging us to explore our emotions.

All times ET.

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Aries glyph Aries: March 20, 2022 - April 19, 2022

The moon in Aquarius can find you reflecting on your social life and the responsibilities you and your community have to each other. The moon enters Pisces later on, which may put you in an introspective mood. Make time to rest!

Taurus glyphs Taurus: April 19, 2022 - May 20, 2022

The moon in Aquarius can find you focused on your career, and you could be making important decisions about where you want to invest your energy at this time. Your focus turns to your social life as the moon enters Pisces later on.

Gemini glyph Gemini: May 20, 2022 - June 21, 2022

The moon in fellow air sign Aquarius can find you focused on travel or education plans, and as the moon enters Pisces later on, your attention may turn to your career. You could be exploring new opportunities at this time, dear Gemini.

Cancer glyph Cancer: June 21, 2022 - July 22, 2022

The moon in Aquarius can find you eager to wipe the slate clean, pay off a debt, or release the past in some way. New adventures may be in store as the moon enters fellow water sign Pisces later on!

Leo glyph Leo: July 22, 2022 - August 22, 2022

The day opens with the moon in your opposite sign Aquarius, illuminating the relationship sector of your chart. Bonds can grow even deeper as the moon enters sensitive water sign Pisces: It’s a powerful time to merge. Themes like money, debts, and shared resources may come to the fore.

Virgo glyph Virgo: August 22, 2022 - September 22, 2022

The moon in Aquarius can find you inspired to tackle your to-do list and make some upgrades to your everyday environment. The moon enters Pisces later on, illuminating the relationship sector of your chart and encouraging connection.

Libra glyph Libra: September 22, 2022 - October 23, 2022

The moon in fellow air sign Aquarius lights up the romance and creativity sector of your chart today, dear Libra! You may be weighing decisions regarding these themes quite heavily at this time. The moon enters Pisces later on, inspiring you to get reorganized.

Scorpio glyph Scorpio: October 23, 2022 - November 22, 2022

The moon in Aquarius can find you focused on home and family, and you may be setting boundaries in your personal life. The moon enters fellow water sign Pisces later on, inspiring romance, fun, and creativity!

Sagittarius glyph Sagittarius: November 22, 2022 - December 21, 2022

The moon in Aquarius can find you in a serious and focused mood. The moon enters Pisces later on, lighting up the home and family sector of your chart, and you may be connecting with the past.

Capricorn glyph Capricorn: December 21, 2021 - January 19, 2022

Themes like wealth and security may be at the top of your mind as the moon moves through Aquarius. The moon enters Pisces later on, lighting up the communication sector of your chart and perhaps bringing news your way.

Aquarius glyphs Aquarius: January 19, 2022 - February 18, 2022

The day opens with the moon in your sign, Aquarius, encouraging you to connect with your feelings and to get clear on your needs. The moon enters Pisces later on, which can find you focused on themes like finances and security.

Pisces glyph Pisces: February 18, 2022 - March 20, 2022

The moon in Aquarius encourages you to set firm limits around your time and availability. Make space to rest, little fish! The moon enters your sign, Pisces, later on, encouraging you to focus on wellness and to connect with your emotions.

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Spyware Maker NSO Won Cellphone Hack of the Year But No One Picked Up the Award

Motherboard (Vice) - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 13:57

The controversial spyware maker NSO Group won an award at one of the biggest cybersecurity conferences in the world for an iPhone exploit that allegedly allowed their customers to hack dozens of dissidents and journalists all over the world. 

Every year, security researchers give out the Pwnie Awards—a play on the word “pwn,” a variation of the world “own,” which is used to indicate somebody getting hacked. The ceremony is a jovial, tongue-in-cheek celebration of the best and worst hacks, and the worst company responses of the year. 

This year, NSO Group was nominated for the Best Mobile Bug, for the exploit known as Forced Entry, an iPhone exploit that didn’t require any interaction from the victim, meaning targets could get hacked without realizing anything happened. Security researchers praised the technical sophistication of the exploit, calling it “mind-bending,” a bug that “goes into ‘holy smokes, what?!’ area,” with “several truly beautiful aspects,” and “absolutely stunning.”

“I didn’t even know that we were nominated,” Shalev Hulio, one of the founders of NSO Group, told Motherboard in an online chat. 

When Motherboard told him that the reward was a cute little pony, he said: “Ah nice :)”

When one of the Pwnie Awards organizers Sophia D’Antoine announced the prize, she asked if anyone from NSO was present to pick it up, or if anyone else would pick it up on behalf of NSO. No one from the attendees came to pick up the prize. 

Do you work for NSO Group or another lawful intercept company? Or do you have information cases of government spyware abuse? We’d love to hear from you. From a non-work phone or computer, you can contact Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai securely on Signal at +1 917 257 1382, Wickr/Telegram/Wire @lorenzofb, or email

John Scott-Railton, a senior researcher at Citizen Lab, a digital rights watchdog housed at the University of Toronto's Munk School that has investigated companies NSO Group for years said that the award should actually go to “Loujain al-Hathloul, the Saudi women's rights activist who bravely came forward to be checked.”

NSO Group is the second government spyware vendor to win a Pwnie Award, after the now-defunct Hacking Team won the “Epic 0wnage” award in 2015 for the devastating hack that the company suffered at the hands of the vigilante hacker Phineas Fisher.

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Sauropods had soft foot pads to help support their massive weight

ARS Technica - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 13:48
A 3D paleoreconstruction of a sauropod dinosaur has revealed that the hind feet had a soft tissue pad beneath the "heel," cushioning the foot to absorb the animals immense weight.

Enlarge / A 3D paleoreconstruction of a sauropod dinosaur has revealed that the hind feet had a soft tissue pad beneath the "heel," cushioning the foot to absorb the animals immense weight. (credit: Andreas Jannel)

Ask people to think of a dinosaur, and they'll likely name Tyrannosaurus Rex, the carnivorous antagonist prominently featured in the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World film franchises. But an equally well-known dinosaur clade are the herbivorous sauropods, which include Brachiosaurus, Diplodocus, Apatosaurus, Argentinosaurus, and Brontosaurus. Australian paleontologists have digitally reconstructed these plant-munching giants to glean insight into how their feet managed to support their enormous weight, according to a new paper published in the journal Science Advances.

"We've finally confirmed a long-suspected idea and we provide, for the first time, biomechanical evidence that a soft tissue pad—particularly in their back feet—would have played a crucial role in reducing locomotor pressures and bone stresses," said co-author Andreas Jannel, who worked on the project while completing doctoral studies at the University of Queensland. "It is mind-blowing to imagine that these giant creatures could have been able to support their own weight on land."

Sauropods (clade name: Sauropoda, or "lizard feet") had long-necked, long-tailed bodies that made them the lengthiest animals to have roamed the Earth. They had thick and powerful hind legs, club-like feet with five toes, and more slender forearms. It's rare to find complete Sauropod fossils, and even those that are mostly complete still lack the heads, tail tips, and limbs. Scientists have nonetheless managed to learn a great deal about them, and digital reconstruction is proving to be a valuable new tool in advancing our knowledge even further.

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AWS and Splunk partner for faster cyberattack response

The Register - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 13:45
OCSF initiative will give enterprise security teams an open standard for moving and analyzing threat data

Black Hat  AWS and Splunk are leading an initiative aimed at creating an open standard for ingesting and analyzing data, enabling enterprise security teams to more quickly respond to cyberthreats.…

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Sonos delays its hotly anticipated Sub Mini after a rough financial quarter

ARS Technica - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 13:25
The current-model Sonos Sub. The Sub Mini would be smaller and have a cylindrical shape.

Enlarge / The current-model Sonos Sub. The Sub Mini would be smaller and have a cylindrical shape. (credit: Sonos)

The launch of the Sub Mini—an anticipated addition to Sonos' connected audio lineup—appears to have been delayed, the company revealed after its quarterly earnings report this week.

The device was expected just about any day now. But Sonos confirmed to The Verge on Wednesday that it has "decided to push an anticipated product launch from Q4 ’22 into Q1 ’23," and it's all but certain that said product is the Sub Mini. That places its launch in a window between October and December of the calendar year 2022.

The Sonos Sub Mini was apparently first leaked accidentally in the Sonos mobile app. In November, a Reddit user took screenshots of references to its name and general shape. Later, The Verge gained access to images and details about the device, describing it as a cheaper, smaller, cylindrical younger sibling to Sonos' pricy, rectangular Sonos Sub.

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Disney-owned streaming trifecta unveils price hikes, ad-supported Disney+

ARS Technica - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 13:11
Disney-owned streaming trifecta unveils price hikes, ad-supported Disney+

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Since its launch in 2019, Disney+ has only slightly jumped in subscription costs for both monthly and annual fees. If active subscribers don't check their account settings when a major Disney+ change goes live later this year, they won't notice a difference in their bills, as the streaming service's "base" price will remain $7.99 per month.

Starting in December, however, anyone who sticks to that Disney+ tier will see a new "feature" on the service: advertisements. Disney+ will follow the likes of Netflix and HBO Max, which announced post-launch pricing shake-ups to add advertisements to their programming as a way to offer lower-priced tiers while raising rates for other ad-free subscriptions.

That means Disney+ will also see its existing ad-free tier increase in price, starting on December 8, to $10.99 per month or $109.99 per year, a 37.5 percent increase. Technically, long-term Disney+ subscribers will see a price hike at the lowest tier, as well, as the existing $79.99 per year option ($6.66/mo) will be discontinued. If you want to pre-pay to save, you'll have to do so at the no-advertisements tier.

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Google gets the green light to flood US Gmail inboxes with political spam

The Register - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 13:01
Federal Election Commission votes to let Google allow campaign email through filters

The US Federal Election Commission on Thursday voted 4-1 to allow Google to create a program exempting qualified political email from Gmail spam filtering, despite emphatic objections from email users.…

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The DOJ Wants to Show Everyone the Trump Search Warrant

Motherboard (Vice) - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 12:35

The Department of Justice moved to unseal the search warrant and other documents related to the FBI search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago golf club.

The move, if approved by a Florida judge, promises to reveal fresh details about what prompted federal officers to retrieve documents from Trump’s property—including what they were seeking and why it was necessary to dispatch dozens of FBI agents to Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday to stage an unprecedented search of a former president’s residence.

The move was announced on Thursday by Attorney General Merrick Garland in brief remarks.

“I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter,” Garland said.

Garland gave few details during his appearance, but suggested the search was vitally important.

“The department does not take such a decision lightly,” Garland said. “Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less-intrusive means as an alternative to a search.”

The DOJ filed a request with a court in South Florida to unseal the warrant, along with a property receipt listing the items received pursuant to the search and attachments that contain additional information.

The search of Trump’s golf club and residence has become a rallying cry for Trump supporters who see the former president as a victim of law enforcement officers driven by anti-Trump bias. Trump and his allies have raised the conspiracy theory that agents might have planted incriminating items among the boxes removed from Mar-a-Lago during their search, without presenting any evidence that this might actually have happened.

The motion filed by the Justice Department gives Trump the opportunity to object.

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Musk wants Twitter to identify employees who calculate spam percentage

ARS Technica - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 12:31
Illustration of a chat bot on a computer screen.

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Elon Musk's lawyers want to question the Twitter employees responsible for calculating spam-account estimates, and they claim that Twitter is hiding these potential witnesses, Bloomberg reported yesterday.

Musk on Wednesday filed a proposed order requesting that Delaware Court of Chancery Judge Kathaleen McCormick compel Twitter "to produce discovery from specific custodians." Musk provided further details on the request in a letter to McCormick that was filed under seal as part of the case in which Twitter seeks to enforce the $44 billion merger contract that Musk is trying to exit.

While the letter isn't public yet, Bloomberg cited "people familiar with the allegations" to describe the letter's contents. "Musk contends the social media company isn't producing the names of employees specifically responsible for evaluating how much of Twitter's customer base is made up of spam and robot accounts... Musk's lawyers have asked the judge in the case to force Twitter to identify the workers so the defense can get their records and question them," Bloomberg wrote.

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The VICE Guide to Dressing Like a 1970s Himbo

Motherboard (Vice) - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 12:20

Burt Reynolds’ mustache. Leather vests. Pants that remind us that you have a penis [Jim Morrison has entered the chat], and box chains that sparkle between the curls of your super-low-V-neck-framed chest hair. There’s so much to love about 1970s men’s fashion, from the gender-bending stylings of David Bowie to Jim Kelly’s micro shorts in Enter the Dragon, because it was an era dripping in color, personality, and casual sex appeal. Naturally, Gen Z has started making a case for the return to a 1970s himbo aesthetic:

“Instead of going to therapy,” says the audio of the TikTok video below, “I simply dress like a 70s cult leader, walk around outside, and am healed through the powers of mystery and intrigue.” It’s also fitting that Gen Z, that has already heralded a new era of gender inclusivity (and a style aesthetic fit for Godspell), is so smitten with a decade that made the gender binary bendier (and more covered in fringe) than ever.

While we’re not saying you should sub therapy for some corduroy button-downs and flared pants, assembling the perfect 70s himbo capsule wardrobe is an excellent tsegue into fall with the added perk of a retail-induced serotonin bump. If you want to invest in a full-blown Parisian night suit, be our guest—but the cool thing about 1970s fashion is that you can amp it up or tone it down with as many or as few pieces as you’d like and still harness its sex appeal. Cop a patterned button-down to pair with your Levi’s, or wear your flared pants with a basic white tank. Whether you’re looking for an entire personality rebrand for autumn or just a few new pieces to breathe some life into your wardrobe, here’s everything you need to get a lock on the 1970s himbo aesthetic.

A statement button-down

The first step is finding a patterned button-down or bowling shirt. If you really want to go for period accuracy, hunt down a top with a pointed collar, but any printed button-down with a retro print will do. The trippy dice on this button-down are very Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Layer with corduroy

Corduroy is the unofficial fabric of fall, and the perfect thing to wear over your printed button-down shirt to bring even more texture and warmth into the mix. Amazon reviewers say this pocket-equipped button-down fits true to size, so order one a little larger if you want to layer it over a long-sleeved shirt.

Top things off with a jean jacket

We’ve gone to great lengths to break down our undying, inter-seasonal love for jean jackets, whether they’re embroidered, acid-washed (very 90s), or have a sherpa collar like this gem from Abercrombie. Cop it while it’s part of the 15% off men's sale to add some timeless flare to your himbo vibe.

The return of personality pants

What are personality pants, you ask? Any trouser that makes our heart go pitter-patter, from the jeans on the cover of the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album to the flared pants donned by every himbo and himbo-ette in the 70s. Bell bottoms are extremely flattering on calves, and they don’t always have to be skin-tight, as evidenced by these dark wash jeans from G-Star that are 50% off.

If a flared jean isn’t your vibe, ASOS’ plaid drawstring trousers are comfy as hell and cut a flattering silhouette with a roomier straight leg—and the earthy plaid is a direct throwback to our favorite 1978 midwestern basement couch.

Dress everything down with the right footwear

We stan a himbo in dark flared jeans and a pair of lacquered Saturday Night Fever elevator shoes, but a more casual move for the himbo-on-the-go would be pairing a personality pant with a fall Chelsea boot. This leather pair by Ariat takes inspiration from traditional cowboy boots with the subtle embroidery, and it has a trusty handle loop on the heel for sliding them on and off as smoothly as spreading butter on a hot biscuit.

Flared trousers with Chelsea boots is very Velvet Underground/ punk-show-under-the-bridge-core, and that’s tight. But if your vibe is a little more sun-dappled casual, dress down your personality pants with a shoe like the Nike Blazer, which debuted in 1973 as the brand’s first basketball sneaker. They’re great shorthand for saying, “Let’s smoke one at the lake before we hotwire my truck.”

Sunglasses to go with your hog

Not that hog—although, why not? Every 70s himbo needs a pair of aviators or tinted sunglasses that say, “My other car is your Mom.”

Does your chain hang low?

Does it wobble over your white tank top? It will, once you cop this 14K gold vermeil chain from the talented Canadian jewelers at Deux Lions that will have all the cuties cooing, “Tabarnak! He’s fine.”

Looking sharp. Next stop? Turtleneck Town.

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Researchers Find Vulnerability in Software Underlying Discord, Microsoft Teams, and Other Apps

Motherboard (Vice) - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 12:17

A group of security researchers found a series of vulnerabilities in the software underlying popular apps like Discord, Microsoft Teams, Spotify and many others, which are used by tens of millions of people all over the world.

At the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, the researchers presented their findings, detailing how they could have hacked people who use Discord, Microsoft Teams, and the chat app Element by exploiting the software underlying all of them: Electron, which is a framework built on the open source Chromium and the cross-platform javascript environment Node JS.

In all these cases, the researchers submitted vulnerabilities to Electron to get them fixed, which earned them more than $10,000 in rewards. The bugs were fixed before the researchers published their research.

Aaditya Purani, one of the researchers who found these vulnerabilities, said that “regular users should know that the Electron apps are not the same as their day-to-day browsers,” meaning they are potentially more vulnerable.

In the case of Discord, the bug Purani and his colleagues found only required them to send a malicious link to a video. With Microsoft Teams, the bug they found could be exploited by inviting a victim to a meeting. In both cases, if the targets clicked on these links, hackers would have been able to take control of their computers, Purani explained in the talk.

In an interview with Motherboard after the talk, he admitted that he doesn’t run Electron apps, instead opting for using apps like Discord or Spotify inside his browser, which is more hardened against hackers.

“If you are more paranoid, I recommend using the website itself because then you have the protection which Chromium has, which is much larger than the Electron,” Purani said.

Still, Purani said that it’s a good thing to have Electron underlie so many apps because “if you have just one framework, which is running all the apps, then you can just focus on hardening that same framework.”

In the case of Discord, the bug Purani and his colleagues found only required them to send a malicious link to a video. With Microsoft Teams, the bug they found could be exploited by inviting a victim to a meeting. In both cases, if the targets clicked on these links, hackers would have been able to take control of their computers, Purani explained in the talk.

For him, one of the main takeaways of their research is that Electron is risky precisely because users are very likely to click on links shared in Discord or Microsoft Teams.

“Don't click on shady on links,” Purani said.

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Ex-CIA security boss predicts coming crackdown on spyware

The Register - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 12:15
Plus, spoiler alert: ransomware is gonna get a lot worse

Black Hat  It turns out that ex-CIA chief information security officers don't spill secrets at bars in Vegas. Or via Zoom, while pretending to be at a Black Hat cocktail party.…

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Lawsuits: OnlyFans bribed Instagram to put creators on “terrorist blacklist”

ARS Technica - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 12:04
Lawsuits: OnlyFans bribed Instagram to put creators on “terrorist blacklist”

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Through the pandemic, OnlyFans took over the online adult entertainment world to become a billion-dollar top dog, projected to earn five times more net revenue in 2022 than in 2020. As OnlyFans’ business grew, content creators on rival platforms complained that social media sites like Facebook and Instagram were blocking their content but seemingly didn’t block OnlyFans with the same fervor, creating an unfair advantage. OnlyFans' mounting success amid every other platform's demise seemed to underscore its mysterious edge.

As adult entertainers outside of OnlyFans’ content stream looked for answers to their declining revenue, they realized that Meta had not only allegedly targeted their accounts to be banned for posting supposedly inappropriate content but seemingly also for suspected terrorist activity. The more they dug into why they had been branded as terrorists, the more they suspected that OnlyFans paid Meta to put the mark on their heads—resulting in account bans that went past Facebook and Instagram and spanned popular social media apps across the Internet.

Now, Meta has been hit with multiple class action lawsuits alleging that senior executives at Meta accepted bribes from OnlyFans to shadow-ban competing adult entertainers by placing them on a "terrorist blacklist." Meta claims the suspected scheme is “highly implausible,” and that it's more likely that OnlyFans beat its rivals in the market through successful strategic moves, like partnering with celebrities. However, lawyers representing three adult entertainers suing Meta say the owner of Facebook and Instagram will likely have to hand over documents to prove it.

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Sonatype spots another PyPI package behaving badly

The Register - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 11:30
Identity of a real person was used to lend credence to a package that dropped cryptominer in memory

Sonatype has unearthed yet more malware lurking on PyPI, this time a fileless Linux nasty designed to mine Monero and using the identity of a real person to lend credibility to the package.…

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Rudy Giuliani Promises Revenge Raid of Biden’s House If Trump Wins in 2024

Motherboard (Vice) - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 11:24

Many of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies are promising revenge after the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property on Monday. But his former campaign lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, went a step further.

Giuliani predicted to the New York Post that if Trump returns to the White House after the 2024 election, he’ll use the FBI to get back at Biden, claiming it’d be fair play after what Giuliani said was a politically motivated raid to hurt Trump’s political future.

“If Trump gets elected [president], the first thing he’ll do is raid every one of Biden’s houses,” he said.

Giuliani made the comment after arguing that the FBI search of Trump’s property “opened Pandora’s box,” warning the raid marked the start of a new era of presidents using the government to persecute their political opponents.

“All of a sudden, you’re the first president of the United States who introduced the banana-republic process of prosecuting your predecessor. We’ve avoided it for 240 years. Trump didn’t do it to Hillary. Ford didn’t do it,” he said.

But Giuliani must have a short memory.forgotten the last five years—and his own informal role in the Trump administration.

Trump spent his four years as president attempting to weaponize the government to hurt his political adversaries—steps that only failed because of clumsiness and resistance from key officials within his administration. 

Remember that Trump’s first impeachment came because he withheld military aid from Ukraine to pressure them to dig up dirt on Joe Biden’s son Hunter (a scheme that, as the impeachment investigation showed, Giuliani was directly involved in).

There’s also those oh-so-coincidental IRS audits of FBI Director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, two men Trump despised and fired. The IRS audited just 8,000 returns the year Comey and McCabe were “randomly” selected out of the 154 million individual returns filed, according to the New York Times. The odds that both would be randomly selected in the same year are 1 in 370,562,500.

Comey, of course, was replaced by Trump with current FBI Director Christopher Wray—a lifelong Republican who likely signed the warrant to search Mar-a-Lago.

And it’s worth remembering that as he tried to reverse his 2020 election loss and stay in power, Trump seriously considered a plan pushed by Giuliani and his onetime national security adviser, former Gen. Michael Flynn, to appoint conspiracy theorist and Trump attorney Sidney Powell as special counsel to investigate the election, and consider Flynn’s calls to use the National Guard to seize voting machines in various states.

Trump only backed off that plan after his more sane advisers told him in a scream-filled White House meeting they’d ignore his orders. Trump also seriously considered firing the acting head of the Justice Department and appointing a lackey in order to try to reverse his 2020 election loss. He only backed off when his advisers threatened to resign en masse.

Flynn’s reaction to the FBI search similar to Giuliani’s.

“We have no rule of law in America. We have no faith in the institutions that are suppose [sic.] to maintain the rule of law and we have no faith in the people who run these institutions,” Flynn posted on Tuesday. “@realDonaldTrump America has great faith in you. Let’s go get these bastards and Make America Great Again!!!”

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who played a key role in pushing Trump to try to overturn his 2020 election loss, made similar comments in the wake of the search.

“We’re going to have to fight fire with fire,” he said on Fox News. “The way to do it is win elections, win them overwhelmingly and then use the appropriations process to choke down the FBI and choke down the Justice Department and get to the bottom of who approved this.”

House Republicans have already made clear they’ll launch investigations into Hunter Biden as soon as they regain control of the chamber—a likely outcome of this fall’s elections. And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy promised that they’d get their revenge on the Justice Department for the raid.

“I’ve seen enough. The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization,” McCarthy tweeted the night of the FBI search. “When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned. Attorney General Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar.”

It’s not unusual for one party to conduct vigorous oversight into an administration controlled by the other party. And it’s not even that unusual to heavily politicize the process‚ like Republicans with the House Benghazi Committee (which McCarthy slipped up and admitted was about damaging Hillary Clinton).

But the “weaponized politicization” that McCarthy and other Republicans are decrying already took place under Trump.

And the remarks from Trump’s top former advisers are not only deeply ironic—they show what could happen if Trump wins back the White House.

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Intel tests show its Arc A750 GPU beating an RTX 3060, if only you could buy one

ARS Technica - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 11:15
Intel's as-yet-unreleased Arc A750 Limited Edition card. The "Limited Edition" GPUs appear to be reference models along the lines of Nvidia's Founder's Edition cards and AMD's first-party graphics cards.

Enlarge / Intel's as-yet-unreleased Arc A750 Limited Edition card. The "Limited Edition" GPUs appear to be reference models along the lines of Nvidia's Founder's Edition cards and AMD's first-party graphics cards. (credit: Intel)

Intel still hasn't announced a release date for its Arc dedicated graphics cards, but the company has conducted a PR offensive over the last few weeks to set expectations and preview how the cards are stacking up. In a video and accompanying post today, company representatives Ryan Shrout and Tom Peterson compared the upcoming Arc A750 card to Nvidia's RTX 3060 in a few dozen DirectX12 and Vulkan games They demonstrated that the card is usually able to keep up with the most popular member of the RTX 3000 GPU family.

In a series of tests at 1080p and 1440p, Intel's tests show that the A750 usually comes within a few percent of the RTX 3060's performance, sometimes overperforming (Cyberpunk 2077, FortniteMicrosoft Flight Simulator), sometimes underperforming (Assassin's Creed ValhallaDeathloop), and sometimes roughly matching Nvidia's average frame rates (DOTA 2Hitman 3Death Stranding). Average FPS is just one way to measure game performance—crucially, Intel didn't provide any minimum or 1 percent low frame rates, which can have more of an impact on how smooth your game feels when you're playing it. But if you take these tests at face value, the Arc A750 does at least appear to be a viable midrange GPU competitor.

Of course, there is one important metric in which Intel's Arc GPU can't compete with Nvidia's: The RTX 3060 is a graphics card you can go out and buy and install in your PC today, and the Arc A750 isn't. Rumors out of this year's SIGGRAPH conference, where Intel has been giving technical demos of its GPUs and announcing a few workstation-oriented Arc Pro products, suggest that we could still see an Arc hardware launch by the end of the summer. But officially, the company still has no news to share about a concrete launch window.

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FTC aims to counter the “massive scale” of online data collection

ARS Technica - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 11:09
FTC Chair Lina Khan said the commission intends to act on commercial data collection, which happens at "a massive scale and in a stunning array of contexts."

Enlarge / FTC Chair Lina Khan said the commission intends to act on commercial data collection, which happens at "a massive scale and in a stunning array of contexts." (credit: Getty Images)

The Federal Trade Commission has kicked off the rulemaking process for privacy regulations that could restrict online surveillance and punish bad data-security practices. It's a move that some privacy advocates say is long overdue, as similar Congressional efforts face endless uncertainty.

The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, approved on a 3-2 vote along partisan lines, was spurred by commercial data collection, which occurs at "a massive scale and in a stunning array of contexts," FTC Chair Lina M. Khan said in a press release. Companies surveil online activity, friend networks, browsing and purchase history, location data, and other details; analyze it with opaque algorithms; and sell it through "the massive, opaque market for consumer data," Khan said.

Companies can also fail to secure that data or use it to make services addictive to children. They can also potentially discriminate against customers based on legally protected statuses like race, gender, religion, and age, the FTC said. What's more, the release said, some companies make taking part in their "commercial surveillance" required for service or charge a premium to avoid it, employing dark patterns to keep the systems in place.

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