Nvidia Adds Telemetry To Latest Drivers

Slashdot - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 2:40pm
An anonymous reader shares a report on Ghack: Telemetry -- read tracking -- seems to be everywhere these days. Microsoft pushes it on Windows, and web and software companies use it as well. While there is certainly some benefit to it on a larger scale, as it may enable these companies to identify broader issues, it is undesirable from a user perspective. Part of that comes from the fact that companies fail to disclose what is being collected and how data is stored and handled once it leaves the user system. In the case of Nvidia, Telemetry gets installed alongside the driver package. While you may customize the installation of the Nvidia driver so that only the bits that you require are installed, there is no option to disable the Telemetry components from being installed. These do get installed even if you only install the graphics driver itself in the custom installation dialog.Further reading on MajorGeeks.

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Saturn's Moon Titan - Moving Methane Clouds Captured By Spacecraft | Video

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 2:35pm
A time-lapse of 11 hours of observations by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the clouds moving across the Titan's northern region. The imagery was taken on Oct. 29 and 30, 2016.
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LeEco's CEO Jia Yueting Says Company Overstretched, Now Running Out of Cash

Slashdot - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 2:00pm
LeEco is a giant conglomerate in China. The company offers a range of services -- from online streaming service, to smartphones, to TV, to electric cars. On top of that, the company has been aggressively expanding into different markets with India and the United States being the two notable ones. How does it make so much cash? You wonder. It doesn't actually, according to the CEO, who has informed the employees that the company is quickly running out of cash. An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: The billionaire chairman of China's LeEco has admitted his technology empire is running out of cash to sustain a headlong rush into businesses from electric cars to smartphones. In a lengthy letter to employees, company co-founder Jia Yueting apologized to shareholders and pledged to slash his income to 1 yuan (15 cents), slow LeEco's madcap pace of expansion, and move the company toward a more moderate phase of growth. LeEco is the umbrella holding company for a sprawling family of businesses that includes sports media, automobiles, smartphones and TVs. The company known for its LeTV streaming service has aggressively pursued funding and placed bets on new ventures, from an electric car plant in Nevada to a $2 billion acquisition of California TV maker Vizio Inc. "No company has had such an experience, a simultaneous time in ice and fire," Jia wrote in a letter, obtained by Bloomberg News, describing LeEco's rise and subsequent issues. "We blindly sped ahead, and our cash demand ballooned. We got over-extended in our global strategy. At the same time, our capital and resources were in fact limited."

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Silly Mudskipper. Fish Aren’t Supposed to Be Walking on Land

Wired News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:00pm
One particular fish hasn't seemed to make up its mind about living in the water or on land: the mudskipper. The post Silly Mudskipper. Fish Aren't Supposed to Be Walking on Land appeared first on WIRED.
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Security Firm Shows How To Hack a US Voting Machine

Slashdot - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:34pm
An anonymous reader writes: "Three days before the US Presidential Election takes place, California-based security firm Cylance showed the world how easy it is to hack one of the many [electronic] voting machine models that will be deployed at voting stations across the US on Election Day." Bleeping Computer reports that "The machine that Cylance researchers chose for their test was the Sequoia AVC Edge Mk1, one of the most popular models... The technique researchers created modifies the Public Counter, but also the Protective Counter, which is a backup mechanism that acts as a redundant verification system to ensure the first vote results are valid." Physical access is needed to hack the machine, but the hack takes a short time to perform. FBI Director James Comey said in September that America's voting machines would be hard to compromise because they're not connect to the internet, but these researchers simply used a PCMCIA card to reflash the machine's firmware. Comey also made the reassuring point that it's hard to "hack into" America's voting system because "it's so clunky and dispersed. It's Mary and Fred putting a machine under the basketball hoop at the gym."

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Clinton Team Will Help You With Your Polling Place Problems

Wired News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:30pm
It's customer service, but for politics. The post Clinton Team Will Help You With Your Polling Place Problems appeared first on WIRED.
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China’s New Fighter Jet Can’t Touch the US Planes It Rips Off

Wired News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:00pm
But hey, it doesn't need to. The post China's New Fighter Jet Can't Touch the US Planes It Rips Off appeared first on WIRED.
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Scientists Might Reprogram Cow Guts So Cattle Burp Less

Wired News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:00pm
Biologists around the world are working on ways to trick cow gut microbes into emitting less methane. The post Scientists Might Reprogram Cow Guts So Cattle Burp Less appeared first on WIRED.
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A Timeline of the Best Late-Night Bits of the 2016 Election

Wired News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:00pm
From Samantha Bee and Seth Meyers to John Oliver and Kate McKinnon, here are the best political comedy moments from this election year. The post A Timeline of the Best Late-Night Bits of the 2016 Election appeared first on WIRED.
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Raunchy Presidential Letters and 4 Other Podcasts to Get You Through This Election

Wired News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:00pm
Beer? Antidepressants? A hamburger? We've got the podcasts to help you recover from the election. The post Raunchy Presidential Letters and 4 Other Podcasts to Get You Through This Election appeared first on WIRED.
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9 Very Boring Objects That Come in Very Pretty Packages

Wired News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:00pm
Nobody <em>wants</em>to buy a light bulb. Unless it comes in packaging like this. The post 9 Very Boring Objects That Come in Very Pretty Packages appeared first on WIRED.
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The 2016 Election Exposes the Very, Very Dark Side of Tech

Wired News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:00pm
Over the past 19 months, we've seen what can happen when technology is misused. The post The 2016 Election Exposes the Very, Very Dark Side of Tech appeared first on WIRED.
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Cantina Talk: Rey Is Not Who You Think She Is

Wired News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:00pm
There's no big backstory between Star Wars' Kylo Ren and Rey. Sorry, conspiracy theorists. The post Cantina Talk: Rey Is Not Who You Think She Is appeared first on WIRED.
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Let’s Build the Next Twitter Like the Green Bay Packers

Wired News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:00pm
Twitter doesn't work as an commercial company. But it would make a great co-op. The post Let's Build the Next Twitter Like the Green Bay Packers appeared first on WIRED.
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Hypersonic Flight Is Coming: Will the US Lead the Way?

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:48am
The world is at the start of a renaissance in hypersonic flight that will transform aviation, but the effort will need steady commitment and funding if the United States wants to lead the way, congressional leaders and industry officials said.
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What Trump or Clinton Would Mean for Space: Experts Weigh In

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:47am
Ahead of tomorrow's presidential election, some voters may wonder what each candidate will do for America's space program. So Space.com spoke with space policy experts to see what they had to say.
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NASA Investigating Possible Link Between Juno and Intelsat Thruster Problems

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:09am
An ongoing investigation into a thruster problem on NASA's Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter is looking into a possible connection with a malfunction of a similar thruster on a recently launched Intelsat satellite.
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Switzerland Tries to Save a Glacier by Covering It in Blankets

Wired News - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:00am
A Swiss photographer photographs the blankets covering parts of the Rhone Glacier in Switzerland. The post Switzerland Tries to Save a Glacier by Covering It in Blankets appeared first on WIRED.
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Satellites 'You Can Hold In Your Hand' Spurring Innovation | Video

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:52am
Next-generation satellites, with limited capabilities, are part of the next wave of Earth observation by NASA.
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NASA Seeks Concepts for Commercial Lunar Lander Instruments

Space.com - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:10am
NASA announced Nov. 1 that it is seeking information regarding instruments that could be flown to the moon on future commercial spacecraft, with one company that is developing a lander offering financial support for their development.
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