ReHacked #73: Internet of snitches, Git password authentication is shutting down, the first two hours of MTV and more

Tap water is thousands of times better for the environment than bottled water, according to scientists.

ReHacked #73: Internet of snitches, Git password authentication is shutting down, the first two hours of MTV and more
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Internet of Snitches – Purism #privacy

Imagine an Internet of Snitches, each scanning whatever data they have access to for evidence of crime. Beyond the OS itself, individual phone apps could start looking for contraband. Personal computers would follow their lead. Home network file servers could pore through photos, videos and file backups for CSAM and maybe even evidence of copyright infringement. Home routers could scan any unencrypted network traffic. Your voice assistant could use machine learning to decide when yelling in a household crosses the line into abuse. Your printer could analyze the documents and photos you send it.

Git password authentication is shutting down | GitHub Changelog #software

As previously announced, starting on August 13, 2021, at 09:00 PST, we will no longer accept account passwords when authenticating Git operations on Instead, token-based authentication (for example, personal access, OAuth, SSH Key, or GitHub App installation token) will be required for all authenticated Git operations.

Activist raided by police after downloading London property firm's 'confidential' meeting minutes from Google Search • The Register #privacy #freespeech

A man who viewed documents online for a controversial London property development and shared them on social media was raided by police after developers claimed there had been a break-in to their systems.

The raid by four Metropolitan Police constables took place after Southwark campaigner Robert Hutchinson was reportedly accused of illegally entering a password-protected area of a website.

The first two hours of MTV:

Abandoned Motorola Headquarters - Abandoned Spaces #history #architecture

The international telecommunications company Motorola once had its headquarters in Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.

But as times and fortunes change, Motorola found itself drawn back to the heart of Chicago and this site ended up becoming abandoned. However, it looks set to receive a new lease of life in the coming years.

Motorola was founded in 1928 under the name of Galvin Manufacturing Company. It was based at 847 West Harrison Street in Chicago. The company was so successful it went public in 1939, changing its name to Motorola Incorporated in 1947.

Facebook shut down German research on Instagram algorithm, researchers say - The Verge #internet #socialnetworks

Researchers at AlgorithmWatch say they were forced to abandon their research project monitoring the Instagram algorithm after legal threats from Facebook. The Berlin-based project went public with the conflict in a post published Friday morning, citing the platform’s recent ban of the NYU Ad Observatory.

“There are probably more cases of bullying that we do not know about,” the post reads. “We hope that by coming forward, more organizations will speak up about their experiences.”

Bottled water is 3,500 times worse for the environment than tap water, say scientists | Euronews #nature

Tap water is thousands of times better for the environment than bottled water, according to scientists. In fact, it takes three times as much water to produce a plastic bottle as it can hold.

This might not come as a surprise but researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) have crunched the numbers to work out just how much better it actually is.

The research focused on Barcelona, Spain which is home to around 1.35 million people - nearly 60 per cent of whom consume bottled water at least some of the time.

Rear-engine jets: Why airlines no longer use rear-engine planes #engineering #history

Remember them? The McDonnell Douglas DC9, the Boeing 727, the Vickers VC10, the Sud Aviation Caravelle?

When we first started travelling the world aboard jet-powered passenger aircraft back in the 1950s and 60s, you could almost be certain that your plane would have its two engines in the rear.

There were exceptions. The Boeing 707 and the Douglas DC8 entered commercial service in the late 1950s, both with four engines mounted under the wings, but for twin-engine aircraft, rear-mount was the default mode.

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