CYBER: The Chess Scandal Involving Butt Plugs, AI, and Accusations of Cheating

Motherboard (Vice) - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 06:00

Chess. Chess. Chess. You, the audience, quite literally asked for it. It’s the scandal that just won’t quit. On September 4 at a live Chess Tournament in St. Louis, chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen lost in a massive upset to young chess wiz Hans Niemann. This was not supposed to happen and almost immediately accusations and revelations about cheating have gotten wilder, involving AI driven cheating engines and buttplugs.

Throughout it all, Motherboard editor-in-chief Jason Koebler has kept pushing the story, watching every moment, and now he’s got a big scoop.

Stories discussed on this episode:

‘I Can’t Believe It’: Magnus Carlsen Resigns After One Move in Chess Rematch With Hans Niemann

Magnus Carlsen Finally Speaks on Chess Cheating Scandal, Sows Even More Chaos

Magnus Carlsen: Hans Niemann ‘Has Cheated More—and More Recently—Than He Has Publicly Admitted’

Chess Grandmaster Maxim Dlugy Admitted to Cheating on, Emails Show

Did Hans Neimann Cheat at Chess With a Sex Toy? This Coder Is Attempting to Find Out.

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Terra Invicta Is a Super Dense, Terrifying Child of XCOM and Crusader Kings

Motherboard (Vice) - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 06:00

Terra Invicta is a grand strategy game made by the creators of XCOM’s famous Long War mods, which was released in early access earlier this week. It is possibly the densest game I’ve ever played, and I think I’m in love with it.

In Terra Invicta, you play as one of seven illuminati-esque factions trying to manipulate the world from the shadows in the face of a looming alien threat. To do this, you influence government policies and priorities, direct global research, stage coups, develop a massive portfolio of corporations, non-profits, and government organizations, and imprison, assassinate, or turn enemy operatives. Eventually, you go into space and it becomes a ship design and fleet management game, too. It is maximalist to the point of rivaling Paradox Interactive’s densest strategy games.

In my first five hours with the game, I rarely thought about how to deal with the aliens. Instead, I focused on growing my sphere of influence throughout the world. The Resistance, the faction dedicated to pushing back against the aliens, without the fascist undertones of the rival Humanity First faction, begins with a foothold in South Korea.

Each country in Terra Invicta has a handful of control points, each embodying centers of power and influence in that country. South Korea, for example, has four. One for the mass media apparatus, one for corporations, one for the legislature, and one for the executive branch. Having control over these aspects of a country allows you to directly benefit from their efforts. If a country’s mass media is focused heavily on science, more of that nation’s funding is going to end up being directed towards research—which will benefit you in the long run.

From my base in South Korea, I spent the first year of in-game time all but ignoring major world powers like the United States and China, choosing instead to focus on powerful but frequently dismissed nations like Algeria, Egypt, Ireland, and Nigeria, where I ran months long PR campaigns to build an astounding amount of local support. With that support secured, I took control of every aspect of each nation. Then set my long-term plan into motion. I would, over the course of years, manipulate the priorities of each country until they became respected, global powerhouses, from which I could base my burgeoning illuminati-esque secret society.

A screenshot of Terra Invicta displaying a satellite view of China, with the country's stats on the left side of the screen.Screenshot by Pavonis Interactive.

After about a year, and a lot of work, I was ready for the second stage of my plan. The difficulty of influencing a country is based on its economic power and stability. Nations with a sub-trillion dollar GDP are the easiest to take control over, while nations like the U.S. with a 27.2 trillion dollar GDP are an absolute nightmare to interact with. So, I would start by taking control of the neighboring countries, which gives a boost towards actions in your target nation. Over six months, I took total control of both Mexico and Canada, manipulating their government policies to resemble the work I was doing in Algeria, Egypt, Ireland, and Nigeria.

However, at this point my operatives were spread thin. Attempting to run the affairs of not one, but six different countries was leading to a massive reduction in our Influence (a key resource in the game) production. There was just too much work to go around. So, I began temporarily ceding my control of countries. The national policies I set would stay in place, but the countries themselves would be on their own. This would become increasingly necessary as I entered stage three of my plan.

Two of my councilors, the characters actually doing the work of manipulating governments and global populations, were excellent public speakers. However, the U.S. is an extremely difficult country to take power in, on account of its massive GDP. Even a terrific persuasion stat of 11, and the neighboring country boost of +5 paled in comparison to the U.S. 's massive -27 difficulty modifier. And so, I set to work making one of my operatives a U.S. media darling and national hero. Your councilors have traits which improve their ability to operate in certain countries. The media darling trait, for example, gives characters a persuasion boost in democratized countries. You can add traits to characters with experience they gain as they succeed in influencing global politics. With the experience gained from the previous year and a half of global manipulation, I was able to give the necessary traits to a South Korean diplomat in my organization.

Terra Invicta allows you to spend exponentially increasing resources to boost your chances of success on an action. Spending 10 units of the game’s currency gives you a +1 boost, 20 for a +2, 40 for a +3, so on and so forth. Influence, the resource for taking control over a country, begins at 1, and scales all the way up to 512 for a +9 modifier. With all of my councilor’s stats, traits, and the surrounding country boost, I only needed to spend 64 Influence (by this point in the game I’d stockpiled about 75) to have a 77 percent chance of taking power in the U.S. Two years of in-game work led up to that 77 percent dice roll. I sent my counselor the mission, sat, and hoped.

A screenshot of a space ship with a damage report, and dozens of pieces of information about its cargo, mass, and heading.Screenshot by Pavonis Interactive.

After two weeks, the message came through. We’d done it. We were the first in-game faction to have a foothold in the United States, more than that, we were the first in-game faction to have a foothold in any global superpower. But our power came with a great cost. The resource strain of running the U.S. Mass Media required me to temporarily cede control of Algeria, Egypt, and Nigeria. Nigeria fell quickly to a rival faction. Algeria, on the other hand, lasted many, many months against other factions’ attempts to purge our influence. To maintain control over Egypt, I had to dedicate one of my counselors to constant PR campaigning and resource defense in the country, frightening away enemy operatives who would attempt to take power while the country was vulnerable.

As my power in the U.S. grew, I was forced to divest from South Korea as well, leaving me with control over Canada, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, and the United States. However, this was more than enough to be the most powerful faction in the world, but it came at a cost. In the years I’d spent focusing on establishing a stable foundation for my research, other factions had spent years directing global science initiatives—and the aliens had begun building bases at the distant edges of our solar system. That’s right, you forgot about the aliens, didn’t you. Now, after two in-game years and five hours of real world time, I have to do the real work of preparing for an alien invasion.

Terra Invicta has no interest in letting you rest. Nor does it particularly care if you are overwhelmed by its systems. I have not even mentioned the game’s ship design, orbital base building, or fleet combat mechanics, because I haven’t touched them. In five hours of real world time, I have barely scratched the surface of the game’s mechanics, and yet I have one of the most memorable stories of global domination and influence I’ve ever seen a grand strategy game produce.

Terra Invicta makes me simultaneously feel like the smartest puppet master to ever walk the earth, and the dumbest, most easily startled woman alive. And for that? I consider its first forays into early access a tremendous success.

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The Mythical 32-Pound ‘Subcontrabassoon’ Is Now a Real Musical Instrument

Motherboard (Vice) - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 06:00

A musician has created a never-before attempted woodwind instrument that produces bone-rattling low notes and stands taller than the average adult: the subcontrabassoon.

When Richard Bobo was learning to play the bassoon in 8th grade, he read about a mythical instrument called the subcontrabassoon in a Guinness Book of World Records, made by a 19th century musician. It would be able to produce sounds similar to that of a large pipe organ, at two octaves below the regular bassoon, and one octave below the contrabassoon. Prototyping such an instrument had never been attempted before.

It turned out that the Guinness Book of World Records was wrong, he said, and such an instrument didn’t actually exist. “However, just because a true subcontrabassoon didn't exist historically did not mean it could not exist,” Bobo told Motherboard. “As I began my career as a professional contrabassoonist (with a tangent as a machinist/CAD designer at my dad's shop), I held out hope that someone would come along and make this myth real. Eventually, I realized that no one else was rushing at the opportunity, and that my background might make me the best (or, at least, most willing) choice.” 

Bobo presented his creation at the International Double Reed Society in Boulder, Colorado in July. It weighs almost 32 pounds (not including metal keywork) and stands at around six feet tall—even taller depending on how the player needs to adjust the endpin for their own height. Wood is lighter than plastic, but he made this prototype using a 3D-printer and ABS plastic, with a support frame of welded stainless steel.

3D printing pieces of an instrument of this size and complexity is a feat in itself. Bobo’s Prusa MK3S printer limits prints to 200mm, this meant that the initial prototype was made of printed pieces that composed the subcontrabassoon’s multiple segments, which he then bonded together. The bonding process wasn’t robust enough for Bobo, however, so he designed his own custom 3D printer, a 200x200x600mm modification of the RatRig Vcore 3.

“With this, I am able to make the majority of the pieces for the next prototype in one solid piece, with no need for bonding,” Bobo said. He’s also switching to ASA plastic that’s less susceptible to warping and UV rays (just in case he needs to drag this thing outside for a plein air concert) and plans to switch to an aluminum frame to cut down on the weight. 

Bobo’s big bassoon won’t be stuck in a hypothetical setting for long. In January—if all goes according to plan with further prototyping—the subcontrabassoon will be used in a live performance of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. “The part is small,” Bobo said, “but if everything works out it will be the live premiere of an instrument that was, until just a few years ago, firmly in the realm of unicorns or the philosopher's stone.”

Beyond that, he’s trying to keep an open mind about where the project will go. “Maybe there will come a day when every serious symphony orchestra has a subcontrabassoon on hand, and maybe I'll even live to see it,” Bobo said. “But that's a high bar; even 180 years after its invention, the saxophone is not yet a regular member of the orchestra. But perhaps, like the saxophone, the subcontrabassoon will find a niche in other genres of music. Perhaps, like the contrabass clarinet and contrabass flute, it will have a home in chamber music written for instruments of the same family.”

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He Was Granted Parole After 31 Years. A Newspaper Ad Is Keeping Him in Prison.

Motherboard (Vice) - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 05:44

Frederick Bell has spent the last 31 years in prison for two murders he committed when he was 19. But despite being granted parole, he can’t be released just yet because of a little-known Mississippi technicality. 

Bell was meant to be granted his freedom on Sept. 26. But thanks to an obscure law requiring notice of his release to be published in the local newspaper, his release was delayed indefinitely at the last possible moment. Now, local politicians and the family of one of Bell’s victims hope the delay will give the parole board a chance to reconsider its decision. 

Bell was sentenced to death in 1993, and his case marks one of the rare times the state recognized an inmate’s rehabilitation. In 2013, Mississippi’s Supreme Court ruled that he was mentally disabled and should be resentenced to life without parole. Two years later, he was determined to be eligible for parole. Then, this August, the state ruled in his favor once more.

“In our opinion, Bell has been rehabilitated and at this point, we feel that parole supervision will be more beneficial than further incarceration,” the state’s parole board Chair Jeffery Belk wrote in a letter about Bell’s release on Aug. 25.

But without that notice in the paper, Bell is still in prison.

“Over the weekend, we confirmed that the notice was not run in the local paper where the murder occurred as required,” Mississippi state senator Angela Hill said on a local Super Talk FM radio show, The Gallo Show. “We contacted the Attorney General’s Office, and the Attorney General’s Office indicated to us that she had contacted the parole board and that he would not be released unless or until the proper notification to the community was run in the local paper.”The rule is meant to give the community a chance to give their input about the board’s decision, according to Hill.

In Bell’s case, that community would be Grenada County, some 50 miles south of Oxford, and the publication would be The Grenada Star. Because the parole board did not run a notice in that local paper, Bell, whose release was originally set for Sept. 26, must remain in prison until these state requirements are met.

Star publisher Adam Prestridge told VICE News that a request to print a notice of release like this one is “a rare occurrence.”

“I’ve been in the business for 25 years and I don’t recall ever receiving a request like this, but I do know that they are required,” Prestridge said Wednesday.

On May 6, 1991, Bell, then 19 years old, was one of two men involved in two fatal robberies across two states, according to court documents. The first occurred at a local convenience store, Sparks Stop-and-Go, in Grenada County. After visiting the location with three friends, Bell, armed with a .22 caliber pistol, and one of the others, Anthony Doss, decided that they would rob the store. The other two men who decided against committing the crime, Robert James and Frank Coffey, testified that they heard screaming and gunshots from the store before seeing Bell and his associate return from inside.

Bell shot the cashier, 21-year-old store manager Bert Bell (no relation) nine times before fleeing with a .38 caliber pistol, a box of bullets, and a bag of money. After the robbery, a tense back and forth took place between Frederick Bell and James, during which Bell allegedly threatened to kill James because he didn’t want any witnesses. It was during this back and forth that Frederick Bell admitted to firing the shot that killed Bert Bell, according to court documents.

After Coffey and Doss intervened in the argument, the two joined Bell and a new participant, Bernard Gladney, who drove them to Memphis, Tennessee. Here, Bell committed another gunpoint robbery resulting in the death of another cashier, 20-year-old Tommy White.

Coffey, Doss, Gladney, and Bell were eventually arrested at a Memphis residence. In 1993, Bell was found guilty of capital murder in the killing of Bert Bell. He also pleaded guilty to the Memphis shooting, along with Coffey.

Some 29 years later, after decades of appeals and evaluation, the Mississippi parole board ruled that Bell would be better served living the rest of his life out of prison and under parole supervision. The decision has upset the family of Bert Bell, who are furious that their loved one’s murderer will likely be a free man in the coming months.

“On August 29, I received the gut-wrenching letter from the parole board that tells me that they have decided to grant this offender parole,” Bert’s brother, Gene Bell, told Super Talk FM last week. “My brother was never able to receive an appeal. He was never able to appeal his life the nine times he was shot.”

The family is joined by the likes of Mississippi’s state secretary, state representatives, and local law enforcement in calling for the board of parole to reconsider. With Bell’s release being held up until further notice because the required notice has not yet been filed to the Star, this could be their last chance to keep Bell in prison.

Prestridge told VICE News that members of Bert Bell’s family contacted him about whether the paper had received the notice about Bell’s parole, which it had not. As of Wednesday, Prestridge said the Star’s classifieds, legal department, and bookkeepers still had not received anything from the parole board.

“If we receive something by our deadline of 5 p.m. on Thursday, it would run the next immediate Wednesday as we are a weekly publication. It would run for two consecutive weeks, 30 days prior to his release.”

If the notice is submitted this week, Bell will likely not be released for another six weeks. Those who oppose his release hope that publishing the community notice will give Grenada County residents a chance to join their cause.

“Clearly, the rules and regulations for the parole board speak to community input,” Hill said during her interview Monday. “I feel like they need to go back and revisit their decision once they get community input because the community is not for the release of this murderer.”

The Mississippi State parole board did not immediately return VICE News’ request for comment on whether it is considering a reversal of its decision.

Bell’s release comes just over a year after Mississippi’s efforts to grant parole to more people. Under Mississippi Earned Parole Eligibility Act, those who commit violent acts would need to serve at least 50% of their sentence or 20 years (whichever is shorter) before they are considered for release. While capital offenses wouldn’t fall under this category, Bell’s resentencing made him eligible for release.

Despite an initial spike in the number of parole hearings last year, the law hasn’t resulted in steady consideration for those still in prison, according to Mississippi Today. Between November 2021 and July 2022, the parole grant rate dropped from 93% to 40%, according to the outlet.

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Apple exec sues over 'ageist' removal of $800k stock bonus

The Register - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 05:30
IP director claims he was skipped over for merit-based retention bonus because of the retention part

A 67-year-old director in Apple's Intellectual Property Enforcement unit is suing the company for age discrimination, alleging Apple unfairly took away a special bonus it uses to "retain key employees" in lead positions because of his age.…

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AWS, Microsoft and Google own 72% of Euro customer cloud spending

The Register - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 04:41
Democratizing IT? The next biggest 3 in region are also US headquartered giants

Six US titans are ruling the European cloud market, with AWS, Microsoft, and Google alone accounting for almost three-quarters of customers'spending in the region.…

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How hobbyist hackers are preserving Pokémon’s past—and shaping its future

ARS Technica - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 04:00
How hobbyist hackers are preserving Pokémon’s past—and shaping its future

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Earlier this year, Pokémon Legends: Arceus reinvigorated developer Game Freak’s iconic series by shaking up a formula that had gone largely unchanged for more than 25 years. But that recent bout of experimentation doesn’t diminish just how long the Poké-formula has remained mostly static. For two and a half decades, the developer essentially released the same game over and over, and fans like me ate it up like pulled Lechonk. Perhaps disappointingly, the series appears to be resuming its usual course with the more traditional Scarlet & Violet launch this November.

Whether Legends will form an enduring and fresh new branch on Pokémon’s franchise tree is the kind of philosophical quandary that could make Xatu spend all day staring at the sun.

But for those who look beyond Nintendo’s official releases, the Pokémon series is anything but stale. While Nintendo, the games' publisher, hasn't worked to make older Pokémon games accessible on modern hardware—or affordable on older gear—a certain demographic of dedicated fans has taken it upon themselves to not just preserve legacy Pokémon titles but to actively improve them. These volunteer ROM hackers and preservationists work to keep the passions of an aging generation of Pokémon masters alive, all while fighting occasionally brutal legal crackdowns from Nintendo.

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Arm founder says the UK has no chance of tech sovereignty

The Register - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 03:28
Government fritters away homegrown technologies and has no strategy to lessen reliance on other countries

Arm and Acorn co-founder Hermann Hauser says the UK has "no chance in hell" of being technologically self-reliant, stressing the need for European countries to have their own access to critical technologies so they are not quite so dependent on the US.…

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Quantum computer to be available from colo datacenter

The Register - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 02:43
Putting it there means service can accommodate 'unique hosting requirements'

Quantum startup Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) claims it is set to deploy a quantum system in Cyxtera's Reading datacenter in the UK, with a view to making it available for customers to access.…

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OnlyFans Model Jailed for 6 Years For Posting 'Explicit' Content

Motherboard (Vice) - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 01:45

A Burmese OnlyFans model has been jailed for six years for posting nude photos to the adult subscription service.

Nang Mwe San, a model and former doctor, was convicted by a military court on Tuesday for “harming culture and dignity” by distributing “sexually explicit” photos and videos online for a fee, under Section 33 (A) of Myanmar's Electronics Transactions Law.

The ruling has been widely decried as politically motivated. The 34-year-old, who has previously participated in protests against the military junta, is believed to be the first person in the country—and potentially the first in the world—to ever be jailed for OnlyFans content.

Police arrested Nang Mwe San on Aug. 5 for allegedly tarnishing Burmese culture by “distributing suggestive photos and videos on a foreign website for a fee.” That evening, junta-controlled media announced that the military council had brought charges against both her and Burmese film actress Thinzar Wint Kyaw, who has similarly attended protests against the junta and published sexually provocative photos and videos on social media and Exantria, a creators platform similar to OnlyFans.

Nang Mwe San, who was living in a part of Myanmar under martial law when she was arrested, was denied a lawyer and subject to a closed trial in a military court. She is the first person to ever be prosecuted under Myanmar’s Electronic Communications Act, in a move that has drawn condemnation from legal experts and human rights activists.

Aung Kyaw Moe, a human rights adviser to Myanmar's National Unity Government—a shadow government of ousted civilian lawmakers formed in the wake of the military coup in February 2021—told VICE World News that her sentencing is a “gross human rights and women rights violation” which is “targeted and intentional.”

“[She] was the first celebrity to raise their voice and ask the world for justice for the Rohingya just after the coup,” he said. “[If] a model like Nang Mwe San is not free to exercise her rights to sell sexy photos, no other woman is free to exercise their rights. The international community must do more to hold the junta to account and protect women and girls in Myanmar.”

Nang Mwe San has uploaded a total of 347 images and 74 videos to the platform, and in December 2020 told VICE World News that she had earned more than $20,000 after just three months.

“Women in this country shouldn’t feel bad about what they are doing,” she said at the time. “Anything you are doing can also be a promotion for the country, then other people will notice your country.”

Speaking to Radio Free Asia (RFA), a veteran lawyer, who did not want to be named for security reasons, called the ruling “unjust,” claiming that the the Electronic Communications Act is too vague in its definition of what content can be considered “harmful” to the country’s culture and suggesting that the charges may just be a front for an ulterior agenda.

“This legal action is just an excuse and I’m sure there are other undisclosed reasons behind it,” he said.

Following the coup d'état of Feb. 1, 2021, when the Myanmar military ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government and seized total control of the country, Nang Mwe San took to the streets in protest with thousands of other Burmese citizens. In March 2021, after she posted comments to social media denouncing the junta’s harsh crackdown on protestors, Nang Mwe San was threatened with arrest for defamation against the state, and went into hiding. RFA reports that she signed a bond with authorities that permitted her to return to her home in Dagon Myothit (North), before being arrested again on Aug. 5.

Nang Mwe San’s sentencing is just one of several by the Burmese military regime this week. Also on Tuesday, Htet Htet Khine, a freelance producer for the BBC who was convicted on Sept. 15 of making contact with an outlawed pro-democracy radio programme, had her prison sentence increased by three years. She was previously sentenced to three years’ hard labour under laws that criminalise comments deemed to spread fear or “false news” about the military.

Then, on Thursday, Australian economist Sean Turnell was sentenced to three years in a Myanmar jail for allegedly violating the country's official state secrets law. Like Nang, Turnell—who was working in Myanmar as an advisor to Suu Kyi, but was arrested during the coup—was tried behind closed doors in a military court.

More than 15,600 people, including lawmakers, activists, journalists, and celebrities, have been arrested since the military takeover, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a Burmese advocacy group that monitors arrests.

Of those, at least 117 have been sentenced to death since the coup, with the junta carrying out the country’s first executions since the 1980s when it hanged two prominent political prisoners in July. More than 12,500 remain in detention.

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Cockroach Labs CTO: Google became too comfortable, I wasn't being challenged

The Register - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 01:43
Peter Mattis on starting a multibillion-dollar company as serverless database hits GA

Interview  Cockroach Labs released the serverless version of its eponymous database for general availability last week. The Register took the opportunity to catch up with CTO Peter Mattis – a Google veteran who is also behind open source image editing software GIMP.…

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Europe just might make it easier for people to sue for damage caused by AI tech

The Register - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 00:34
Imagine the lawyer infomercials – Did a computer hurt you? Call (30) 555 1234...

The European Commission put forward rules on Wednesday aimed at making it easier for Europeans to sue companies for damage caused by AI technologies going awry.…

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UK, US, slip down World Digital Competitiveness Ranking

The Register - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 00:03
Denmark takes top spot, Croatia improves fastest, Hong Kong flops

Denmark has topped the International Institute for Management Development's seventh annual World Digital Competitiveness Ranking – an assessment of 63 nations' "capacity and readiness to adopt and explore digital technologies as a key driver for economic transformation in business, government and wider society."…

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This rope-laying, ever-growing robot may one day explore your blood vessels

The Register - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 23:28
You wouldn't make this the butt of any jokes, right?

Video  Inspired by plants and fungi, scientists have devised a method to help so-called soft robots travel along tricky pathways by growing as they move.…

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Tencent has its Meta moment as CEO Pony Ma outlines 'immersive convergence'

The Register - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 22:58
Video confs to add multi-sensory interaction and by 2040 maybe even brain/machine interfaces

Chinese gaming and web giant Tencent has shared its vision of the techno-future, predicting "immersive convergence" is the coming thing.…

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Indian authorities probe Singapore gaming payments outfit Coda

The Register - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 21:31
Claims kids unwittingly click up huge bills in games, only for their cash to fly offshore

India's foreign exchange regulator, the Directorate of Enforcement, has investigated Singapore-based Coda Payments in connection with an ongoing operation related to the country's Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).…

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IETF, Internet Society worry UN's ITU meeting could threaten the open internet

The Register - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 19:45
Russia, China believe in more national control, maybe baked into standards. Resistance is fierce

Every four years, the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union (ITU) stages a Plenipotentiary Conference at which member states decide how the organization will steer the development of communications technologies.…

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OpenAI opens doors to DALL-E after the horse has bolted to Midjourney and others

The Register - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 17:15
Ironic that an ML lab with so many accelerators is such a slowpoke

OpenAI on Wednesday made DALL-E, its cloud service for generating images from text prompts, available to the public without any waitlist. But the crowd that had gathered outside its gate may have moved on.…

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Never-before-seen malware has infected hundreds of Linux and Windows devices

ARS Technica - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 16:48
A stylized skull and crossbones made out of ones and zeroes.

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Researchers have revealed a never-before-seen piece of cross-platform malware that has infected a wide range of Linux and Windows devices, including small office routers, FreeBSD boxes, and large enterprise servers.

Black Lotus Labs, the research arm of security firm Lumen, is calling the malware Chaos, a word that repeatedly appears in function names, certificates, and file names it uses. Chaos emerged no later than April 16, when the first cluster of control servers went live in the wild. From June through mid-July, researchers found hundreds of unique IP addresses representing compromised Chaos devices. Staging servers used to infect new devices have mushroomed in recent months, growing from 39 in May to 93 in August. As of Tuesday, the number reached 111.

Black Lotus has observed interactions with these staging servers from both embedded Linux devices as well as enterprise servers, including one in Europe that was hosting an instance of GitLab. There are more than 100 unique samples in the wild.

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Microsoft to kill off old access rules in Exchange Online

The Register - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 16:34
Awoooogah – this is your one-year warning to switch over, enterprises

Microsoft next month will start phasing out Client Access Rules (CARs) in Exchange Online – and will do away with this means for controlling access altogether within a year.…

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