Category: Tech Solution

SpaceX just lost 40 satellites to a geomagnetic storm. There could be worse to come.

In turn, that could slightly affect the rollout speed of Starlink: the company would need to fly fewer satellites per launch so that each would have enough fuel to reach higher altitudes. It also means any satellites that malfunction will take longer to reenter Earth’s atmosphere, diminishing what SpaceX had touted as a benefit of launching to lower altitudes: this was supposed to minimize space debris because failed satellites would fall back to Earth more quickly. “It’s a trade-off,” says Hugh Lewis, a satellite expert from the University of Southampton. At 200 kilometers, a dead satellite will stay in orbit

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How graph analytics can prevent buy-now, pay-later fraud

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A series of coordinated smash-and-grab thefts in the San Francisco Bay Area dominated our news feeds at the start of the 2021 holiday season. Dozens of people stormed San Francisco’s Louis Vuitton store and a Nordstrom in nearby Walnut Creek, emerging with handfuls of luxury items valued at more than $100,000. These attacks, according to law enforcement, were organized on social media and committed by people who didn’t know each other.

There is now a digital version of this organized retail theft — and it is

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Online activists are doxxing Ottawa’s anti-vax convoy protestors

Leo saw it as a way to combat what he saw as an inadequate response from the local police, who he believes have often sided with the protesters. To publicize the map and get his neighbors to input information, he asked Ottawa city councilor Shawn Menard to share the link on his Twitter feed. 

Menard says he felt it was his duty to do so. “The site shows how residents organizing, supported by technological tools, can allow for powerful knowledge sharing and community crowdsourcing, which paints a larger picture that would normally be reserved for traditional forces such as police,”

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The future of AI copywriting is revolutionary, not rubbish

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This article was contributed by Matt Shirley, technology consultant and lead content writer for Splinter Economics.

In 2022 and beyond, artificial intelligence (AI) has rapidly progressed to become far more “intelligent” than we would have previously thought possible. There is considerable concern that AI is now “too intelligent,” and, in the wrong hands, AI certainly does threaten to create a humanitarian crisis. “It is most unfortunate that researchers are crazy to build AI-based autonomous weapons systems, without understanding that it can destroy humanity in totality,” wrote

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How Pfizer made an effective anti-covid pill

The researchers knew if they could stuff that opening with a chemical that sticks to it very strongly—so strongly it can’t be detached—the protease wouldn’t do its job and the virus wouldn’t multiply. “To create a protease inhibitor, it’s like milling a key to fit a lock,” says Lin. “You want a drug that fits in that pocket perfectly and makes it unavailable.”

By mid-2020, chemists including Lin were tossing out proposals for chemical shapes that might work. But making and testing chemicals in a hurry is where the limitless R&D funds of big companies come into play. Pfizer was

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Major vulnerability found in open source dev tool for Kubernetes

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Researchers today disclosed a zero day vulnerability in Argo CD, an open source developer tool for Kubernetes, which carries a “high” severity rating.

The vulnerability (CVE-2022-24348) was uncovered by the research team at cloud-native application protection firm Apiiro. The company says it reported the vulnerability to the open source Argo project before disclosing the flaw on its blog today. Patches are now available, Apiiro said.

Argo CD is a continuous delivery platform for developers that use Kubernetes, the dominant container orchestration system.

Exploits of the vulnerability

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