ReHacked vol. 272: Microsoft Refused to Fix Flaw Years Before SolarWinds Hack, Mouth-based touchpad enables people living with paralysis to interact with computers and more

ReHacked vol. 272: Microsoft Refused to Fix Flaw Years Before SolarWinds Hack, Mouth-based touchpad enables people living with paralysis to interact with computers and more
The MouthPad allows users to interact with phones and computers using their tongue and other head gestures.Credits: Image: Courtesy of Augmental

Microsoft Refused to Fix Flaw Years Before SolarWinds Hack — ProPublica #security #longread

Former employee says software giant dismissed his warnings about a critical flaw because it feared losing government business. Russian hackers later used the weakness to breach the National Nuclear Security Administration, among others.

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Canada Imposes 5% Tax On Streaming To Fund Local News, Diverse Content | Techdirt #economy #internet #streaming

Canadian Regulators are leaning on new authority built into the 2023 Online Streaming Act to impose a new 5 percent tax on streaming TV and music services like Netflix and Spotify; funding that the regulator says will then be used to help fund Canadian broadcasting.

According to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announcement, the plan should drive $200 million in new funding annually to local news and a variety of other public interest content:

“The funding will be directed to areas of immediate need in the Canadian broadcasting system, such as local news on radio and television, French-language content, Indigenous content, and content created by and for equity-deserving communities, official language minority communities, and Canadians of diverse backgrounds.”

Mouth-based touchpad enables people living with paralysis to interact with computers | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology #technology

People with spinal cord injuries are already using the MouthPad every day to interact with their favorite devices independently. One of Augmental’s users, who is living with quadriplegia and studying math and computer science in college, says the device has helped her write math formulas and study in the library — use cases where other assistive speech-based devices weren’t appropriate.

“She can now take notes in class, she can play games with her friends,” Vega says. “She is more independent. Her mom told us that getting the MouthPad was the most significant moment since her injury.”

U.S.-Saudi Petrodollar Pact Ends after 50 Years | Nasdaq #economy

However, the petrodollar’s dominance may be facing its most significant challenge yet. The agreement between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia expired on June 9, 2024. This expiration has far-reaching implications, as it has the potential to disrupt the global financial order.

The shifting power dynamics in the oil market are a critical factor in this development. The rise of alternative energy sources, such as renewables and natural gas, has reduced the world’s reliance on oil. Furthermore, the emergence of new oil-producing nations, such as Brazil and Canada, has challenged the traditional dominance of the Middle East.

Here’s How Honda’s Hidden Resonators Keep Tire Noise To A Minimum #engineering

Diffractive Chocolate #science

Japan enacts law to curb Apple, Google's app dominance #software #bigcorp

Japan's parliament enacted Wednesday a law to promote competition in smartphone app stores by restricting tech giants Apple Inc. and Google LLC from limiting third-party companies from selling and operating apps on their platforms.

The law will prohibit the providers of Apple's iOS and Google's Android smartphone operating systems, app stores and payment platforms from preventing the sale of apps and services that directly compete with the native platforms' own.

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AI and drone footage help accurately estimate protest crowd sizes - Rest of World #ai #privacy #freedom

Demonstrations erupted in Brazil after judges barred the former president from running for office.
A new AI-driven tool is providing increasingly accurate estimates of attendance at protests, shedding light on exaggerated counts.
The tool uses drone imagery and artificial intelligence previously used to count cattle.

The Great Deterioration of Local Community And The Loss of The Play-Based Childhood #society

Act I of the tragedy was the loss of local community (1960s to 1990s), driven in part by the atomizing and individualizing effects of a variety of technologies and other changes to society. That loss of local community and trust in act I is one of the major reasons why Americans began to lock up their kids in the 1990s, which is Act II. Since we now had less knowledge of or trust in the other adults in our neighborhoods, we became much less likely to let children out for unsupervised free play or just plain “hanging out” until a much later age. But just as we were doing this, in came personal computers (in the 1980s) and the wondrous internet (in the 1990s), which called out to children and teens as an attractive alternative to outdoor unsupervised physical play and exploration.

Gainax, known for 'Evangelion' anime production, goes bankrupt - The Japan Times #economy

Gainax, known for producing the popular anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion," said Friday that it filed for bankruptcy at Tokyo District Court on May 29.

Founded in 1984, the Tokyo-based company produced hit anime titles, including the Evangelion series by film director Hideaki Anno and "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water."

Its business conditions began to deteriorate around 2012, due to careless management by executives, and the company lost its anime production capabilities following an exodus of its creative staff. In addition, its representative director was arrested in 2019 for alleged sexual abuse of a minor.

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