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Turntable.fm Is Back From the Dead

Slashdot - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 19:02
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: It's rare that apps come back from the dead, but it seems like that may be what's happening with Turntable.fm, a site that let users create their own radio stations and DJ sets with music they curated before it got shuttered in 2014. Even rarer, it seems like there are two versions involved in the revival: the original Turntable.fm site is back up and running (with the involvement of its original founder, Billy Chasen), but there's also Turntable.org, which will reportedly be launching in beta this April. The two sites seem to be taking different directions: Turntable.org, the new version, mentions there will be a subscription fee, while the original seems to be largely unchanged from the one that shut down in 2014. While the original founder has confirmed he's involved with the .fm version, the .org version also has OGs working on it: the Our Team section mentions an original Turntable founding member as well as the artist who designed the original avatars in 2011. The original app, and the current Turntable.fm, lets you create a virtual room, then select what music you want to play for anyone listening. At the moment, the song selection seems to be limited to what's available on YouTube, so you probably won't be able to sneakily slide in your mixtape. There appears to be a SoundCloud integration that's not working yet. Also, the whole site seems to be phasing in and out of existence, perhaps due to word of its return getting around. Assuming you can find your way in, the audience can chat about your great (or awful) song selections. You can also co-DJ with collaborators, if you feel like riffing off a friend, or co-worker.

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Pwn20wnd updates unc0ver jailbreak to v6.1.0, fixing all known issues on iOS 14

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 18:50

Hacker Pwn20wnd has updated the unc0ver jailbreak tool again, this time to version 6.1.0 with additional bug fixes and improvements for iOS 14 users.
Categories: Geek

Marco Rubio Tells a Joke

Kevin Drumm - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 18:27

Marco Rubio responded today to President Biden's comment that reopening states too early is "neanderthal thinking":

Unless I've lost my sense of humor completely, I assume this is a joke. Why are so many people treating it otherwise?

Categories: Politics

iOS 14.5 Won't Actually Let You Change a Default Music Service

Slashdot - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 18:20
It turns out that Apple's iOS 14.5 update won't actually let you change your default music service that you use with Siri. Engadget reports: Beta users had originally noticed that it appeared as if early versions of the update might allow you to change the default service that launches when you ask Siri to play a song. This meant that rather than specifying a third-party music app with each request, Siri would remember your preference and launch with the service you had originally specified. While all that still seems to be the case, TechCrunch reports that Apple has apparently "clarified" that it "doesn't consider this feature the equivalent to 'setting a default.'" That's because the feature relies on "Siri intelligence," which can track your music-listening habits over time and predict which app you're more likely to want at that moment. For users, that may certainly feel as if you've changed your default music player, but there's still no way to do that on iOS.

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Strong Apple enterprise demand boosts Jamf revenue 34% to $76 million during Q4 2020

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 18:17

Jamf, an Apple-focused mobile device management vendor, has reported strong revenue for its Q4 FY2020 as well as across the entire year. Q4 revenue rose 34% to $76.4 million, while total revenue for 2020 grew 32% to $269.5 million.

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Meteor Blades is retiring, and it's impossible for me to fully express my love and respect for him

Daily Kos - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 17:46

Our beloved Meteor Blades, a true Daily Kos OG (UID: 6, and I’m 3), is retiring. 

It’s one of those things you expect, but there’s no way you can prepare for it. Meteor Blades, aka “Tim,” has been such a constant presence from nearly the start of this site’s existence, that I’m almost lost at the thought of him riding off into the sunset. I went and looked up the actual timeline: May 26, 2002, I launch the site; Tim became a “guest poster” on September 19, 2003. The comment threads from that era no longer work, so I couldn’t find the exact date he first posted, but for at least 18 years, and probably longer, Tim has been a fellow traveler as this site grew and evolved. Honestly, I’m a little lost. 

Categories: Politics

Republicans offer blue-collar voters heavy helping of Dr. Seuss to put food on the table

Daily Kos - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 17:42

On election night, the same party that added some $2 trillion to the national debt in order to deliver a giant tax break to the rich and corporate-y celebrated the inroads Donald Trump had made with blue-collar voters. 

“We are a working class party now. That’s the future,” tweeted Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri.

Ultimately, Trump had won some 40% of union households, according to The New York Times. And now those blue-collar households are getting a taste of just what Republicans plan to do for them in return for their vote. Zip—at least in terms of tangible things that could improve their lives. 

Categories: Politics

Programmer Got a Minecraft Server Running On His Canon DSLR

Slashdot - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 17:40
linuxwrangler shares a report from PetaPixel: A programmer who goes by the name Turtius has managed to install and run a Minecraft server on a Canon SL2 DSLR camera. Turtius was working on reverse-engineering Canon's network processor when he decided to try and see if it could be done. [You can view it in action here on YouTube]. It is important to note that the camera is just the server, not the client. The game itself is running on the computer, the "world" that is displayed in-game is simply connected to the camera. Theoretically, others could connect to the camera's network and join this same Minecraft server via their own computer. [...] The SL2 does seem to be at the limits of its capability, however, as Turtius says that it can barely make photos and videos in this state and sometimes will crash. He believes that if the camera processor were a bit more powerful, custom world generation could be supported. "It's avrcraft," Turtius explains on Reddit. "It's fully running on the camera. I reverse-engineered the network module used by Canon which just so happens to expose Unix-like sockets and integrated avrcraft with Magic Lantern. It's running a custom implementation provided by Canon's operating system and using custom code to interact with the stuff provided by Canon on a lower level." You can find the full source code here on GitHub. Just be warned that you could brick your camera if you try this yourself.

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TikTok introduces new Q&A feature, similar to Instagram’s question box

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 17:03

TikTok continues to add new features for its users as the social network grows. The company today introduced a new Q&A feature, which lets the audience send questions to content creators — similar to what Instagram does with the Question Box in Stories.

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Categories: Geek

Windows.com Bitsquatting Hack Can Wreak 'Unknown Havoc' On PCs

Slashdot - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 17:02
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Bitflips are events that cause individual bits stored in an electronic device to flip, turning a 0 to a 1 or vice versa. Cosmic radiation and fluctuations in power or temperature are the most common naturally occurring causes. Research from 2010 estimated that a computer with 4GB of commodity RAM has a 96 percent chance of experiencing a bitflip within three days. An independent researcher recently demonstrated how bitflips can come back to bite Windows users when their PCs reach out to Microsoft's windows.com domain. Windows devices do this regularly to perform actions like making sure the time shown in the computer clock is accurate, connecting to Microsoft's cloud-based services, and recovering from crashes. Remy, as the researcher asked to be referred to, mapped the 32 valid domain names that were one bitflip away from windows.com. Of the 32 bit-flipped values that were valid domain names, Remy found that 14 of them were still available for purchase. This was surprising because Microsoft and other companies normally buy these types of one-off domains to protect customers against phishing attacks. He bought them for $126 and set out to see what would happen. Over the course of two weeks, Remy's server received 199,180 connections from 626 unique IP addresses that were trying to contact ntp.windows.com. By default, Windows machines will connect to this domain once per week to check that the time shown on the device clock is correct. What the researcher found next was even more surprising. "The NTP client for windows OS has no inherent verification of authenticity, so there is nothing stopping a malicious person from telling all these computers that it's after 03:14:07 on Tuesday, 19 January 2038 and wreaking unknown havoc as the memory storing the signed 32-bit integer for time overflows," he wrote in a post summarizing his findings. "As it turns out though, for ~30% of these computers doing that would make little to no difference at all to those users because their clock is already broken."

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Categories: Geek

Some Android and iOS apps are leaking data due to improperly configured cloud services

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 16:56

Research shows that some apps are leaking sensitive user information due to misconfigured cloud services.
Categories: Geek

Mom's Dying Wish: Defeat Ron Johnson In 2022

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 16:50

When Carol Lindeen died last week, her obituary had an unusual request: "In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Ron Johnson’s opponent in 2022."

Source: Madison.com

Carol Lindeen, a longtime Madison resident who died last week at 81, never got directly involved in politics, though her daughter, Laurie Lindeen, described her as a “political junkie” who consumed books on politicians and politics.

“She was fascinated with it,” Laurie said. “I remember being grounded one summer and watching Watergate with her. What’s in the news or politics has always been the background music to my growing up. But she never got involved.”

A unique request Laurie included in her mother’s obituary, however, changed that.

“In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Ron Johnson’s opponent in 2022,” the obituary read.

And what was the final straw for her mother, a mild-mannered woman who raised her children not to talk about politics or religion in polite company?

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Categories: Politics

Some iOS apps are leaking data due to misconfigured cloud services, research shows

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 16:34

Despite Apple’s efforts to keep iOS secure, it’s difficult to have control over how third-party apps store user data. A new research from mobile security firm Zimperium has found that thousands of iOS and Android apps are exposing users’ personal information due to misconfigured cloud services.

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Categories: Geek

Get this MagSafe wireless charger and PD adapter for just $21

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 16:32

Heads up, Amazon is running a solid deal on this MagSafe-friendly wireless charger from RavPower. It has the built-in magnets so it will snap to the iPhone 12's charging coils, it comes with a 20W PD (power delivery) adapter, and for a limited time it's just $21.
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Rioter Pictured With His Feet On Nancy Pelosi's Desk Has Tantrum In Court

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 16:21

Richard Barnett screamed at the judge to be let free, “I’ve been here a long time … another month … It’s not fair. You’re letting everyone else out … I need help,” he yelled.

Barnett's outburst didn't seem to help, as Judge Cooper immediately gaveled the court into recess and then ignored his "request" to be let free on bond, and set Barnett's next court date for May.

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time (Don't do it)

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Source: New York Times

Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man charged with breaking into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and stealing her mail during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, threw a tantrum during a virtual court hearing on Thursday, yelling at the judge and his own lawyers that it wasn’t “fair” that he was still in jail weeks after his arrest.

One of the most recognizable figures from the Capitol assault, Mr. Barnett, 60, was photographed on Jan. 6 with his feet up on a desk in Ms. Pelosi’s office and a cattle-prod-like stun gun dangling from his belt.

From the moment he was taken into custody, he has waged an ongoing — and so far unsuccessful — effort to be freed on bond, and he loudly lost his patience with the process at an otherwise routine hearing in front of Judge Christopher Cooper of Federal District Court in Washington.

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Oakland Bans Leaf Blowers, Trimmers and Other Lawn Equipment That Rely on Combustion Engines

Slashdot - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 16:20
Oakland has banned the use of leaf blowers, trimmers and other lawn equipment that rely on combustion engines, citing health and climate change concerns. From a report: The city says that the "significant health hazards" to users and residents from the discharge of particle matter and carbon monoxide lead to the decision, as well as unwanted noise pollution. The city recommends using electric or non-motorized options. The ban is included for commercial landscaping or gardening services as well as private usage.

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Categories: Geek

Fox News Flips Out Over Biden Not Dancing To Their Tune

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 16:17

While the country is still suffering through a pandemic and trying to mass-produce and implement enough vaccines to protect the entire United States population, Fox News is furious that President Biden hasn't held a full press briefing yet.

Sandra Smith claimed the Biden administration lacks transparency because he hasn't held a full press conference in the first 43 days. Fox News is more interested in his press availability than the crises facing the country right now.

Correspondent Kristin Fisher explained that we are getting daily press briefings and Joe Biden has answered questions many times since he took office.

"He has taken a few shouted questions -- very different than a formal news conference with the entire White House Press Corps," Fisher ceded.

Again, we are still in the throes of a pandemic.

Smith then put up a graphic to show when Bush, Obama, and Trump gave their first pressers but failed to mention that none of them had to deal with a pandemic, economic crisis, racial tension, and more.

Fox News and the entire right-wing media complex are once again trying to paint President Biden with a diminished mental capacity, falsely claiming he is not actually running the country.

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