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Thursday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-April-2019  16:35:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia now has new laws governing the broadcast of terrorist acts on social media. Harsh new penalties for social media companies that broadcast horrific terrorist attacks have cleared federal parliament, with Labor supporting new laws but vowing to revise them if they win the next election. The Morrison government announced the legislative changes after the Christchurch terror attack, in which 50 people were killed, was broadcast live by the shooter on Facebook.

Matt pointed out this worrying way of hacking self-driving cars and making them drive into oncoming traffic. By adding noise to lane-markings, they were able to fool the autopilot into losing the lanes altogether, however, the patches they had to apply to the lane-markings would not be hard for humans to spot. Much more seriously, they were able to use "small stickers" on the ground to effect a "fake lane attack" that fooled the autopilot into steering into the opposite lanes where oncoming traffic would be moving.

This is an older article but I found it interesting - an early example of WiFi hacking, of sorts. The place is the historic lecture theater of the Royal Institution in London. The date is the 4th of June 1903, and the inventor, Guglielmo Marconi, is about to demonstrate his new wireless system, which he claims can securely send messages over a long distance, without interference by tuning the signal. The inventor himself was over 300 miles away in Cornwall, preparing to send the messages to his colleague Professor Fleming in the theater. Towards the end of Professor Flemings lecture, the receiver sparks into life, and the morse code printer started printing out one word repeatedly: “Rats”.

Intel have some announcements aimed at data centres, including a second generation of Xeon Scalable processors with up to 56 cores. Info on Techgage, HotHardware, Phoronix and Tweaktown.

Google+ officially died yesterday, and nobody noticed. As scheduled, the company has now started deleting user accounts and their data. Chances are you’re not going to feel all that sad about the end of Google+ since you probably haven’t used it for years.

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