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Microsoft Warns Wormable Windows Bug Could Lead to Another WannaCry
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Microsoft Warns Wormable Windows Bug Could Lead to Another WannaCry

Microsoft warns a serious vulnerability in Windows Remote Desktop Services could be exploited to launch a WannaCry-level attack against Internet-connected computers...

'RobbinHood' Ransomware Takes Down Baltimore City Government Networks
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'RobbinHood' Ransomware Takes Down Baltimore City Government Networks

A "RobbinHood" ransomware attack earlier this week crippled networks used by Baltimore's city government.

Serious Flaws Leave WPA3 Vulnerable to Hacks that Steal Wi-Fi Passwords
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Serious Flaws Leave WPA3 Vulnerable to Hacks that Steal Wi-Fi Passwords

Security researchers has found several serious design flaws in the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3) protocol.

Hello World: Shining a Light onto the Culture of Computer Programmers
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Hello World: Shining a Light onto the Culture of Computer Programmers

A chat with tech journalist Clive Thompson about his new book, Coders.

Ethiopian Air Pilots Turned Off 737 MAX Anti-Stall System. Then It Turned On Again
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Ethiopian Air Pilots Turned Off 737 MAX Anti-Stall System. Then It Turned On Again

The pilots of Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 apparently followed the proper steps to shut down an errant flight control system as they struggled to regain control...

They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option
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They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option

The crashed Lion Air 737 MAX and the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX aircraft had more in common than aircraft design and the apparently malfunctioning flight system...

­ber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona
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­ber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona

A prosecutor in Arizona has decided not to press charges against Uber in the March 2018 death of Elaine Herzberg. One of Uber's self-driving cars crashed into Herzberg...

String of Ions May Out-Compute Best Quantum Computers
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String of Ions May Out-Compute Best Quantum Computers

Usually, I reflexively delete press releases. This one was no different, but as the message vanished, the subject line registered—"IonQ… quantum computing."

Researchers, Scared by Their Own Work, Hold Back 'Deepfakes for Text' AI
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Researchers, Scared by Their Own Work, Hold Back 'Deepfakes for Text' AI

OpenAI, a non-profit research company investigating "the path to safe artificial intelligence," has developed a machine learning system called Generative Pre-trained...

Bless the Overclockers: In the Data Center World, Liquid Cooling Is Becoming King
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Bless the Overclockers: In the Data Center World, Liquid Cooling Is Becoming King

In Iron Man 2, there is a moment when Tony Stark is watching a decades-old film of his deceased father, who tells him "I'm limited by the technology of my time,...

How the Government Shutdown Is Flushing Away Federal Cyber-Talent
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How the Government Shutdown Is Flushing Away Federal Cyber-Talent

The US Federal government is in the midst of the longest gap in funding for many of its agencies in history. As the "shutdown" extends into a second month, the...

Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon
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Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon

While black holes themselves swallow any light beyond their event horizon, the area outside the event horizon tends to emit lots of light.

A DNS Hijacking Wave Is Targeting Companies at an Almost ­nprecedented Scale
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A DNS Hijacking Wave Is Targeting Companies at an Almost ­nprecedented Scale

Federal authorities and private researchers are warning companies about a wave of domain hijacking attacks.

Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities
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Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities

Truly revolutionary political transformations are naturally of great interest to historians, and the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century is widely...

Milky Way to Face a One-Two Punch of Galaxy Collisions
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Milky Way to Face a One-Two Punch of Galaxy Collisions

If our knowledge of galaxy structures was limited to the Milky Way, we'd get a lot of things wrong. The Milky Way, it turns out, is unusual.

How Computers Got Shockingly Good at Recognizing Images
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How Computers Got Shockingly Good at Recognizing Images

Right now, I can open up Google Photos, type "beach," and see my photos from various beaches I've visited over the last decade.

All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things
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All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things

Cities generate lots of data. The exact amount depends on the size of the city and its sophistication and ambitions, but it's certainly more than mere humans can...

NASA's Next Mars Rover Will ­se AI to Be a Better Science Partner
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NASA's Next Mars Rover Will ­se AI to Be a Better Science Partner

NASA can't yet put a scientist on Mars. But in its next rover mission to the Red Planet, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is hoping to use artificial intelligence...

More Than an Auto-Pilot, AI Charts Its Course in Aviation
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More Than an Auto-Pilot, AI Charts Its Course in Aviation

Ask anyone what they think of when the words "artificial intelligence" and aviation are combined, and it's likely the first things they'll mention are drones.

Nailing Down the Nature of 'Oumuamua; It's Probably a Comet, but . . .
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Nailing Down the Nature of 'Oumuamua; It's Probably a Comet, but . . .

Shortly before Halloween, the chairman of Harvard's astronomy department openly declared that an interstellar object hurtling through our Solar System might just...
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