Boeing/Saab joint T-X style wins Flying force’s jet fitness instructor competitors

Boeing/Saab joint T-X style wins Flying force’s jet fitness instructor competitors

Enlarge / The Boeing/Saab T-X has won the Air Force's advanced jet trainer contract. Boeing The end-of-the-year contract rush for the US Defense Department has been good to Boeing. As the clock ticks down on the fiscal year, Boeing grabbed its third DOD contract in a month. This time, it's the Air Force's T-X next-generation…
Why Mojave’s dark mode isn’t really dark adequate

Why Mojave’s dark mode isn’t really dark adequate

The days of getting overly excited about an OS release have passed for me. Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky or maybe operating systems reached "good enough" status a while ago. But either way, it's not something I get worked up for. But I'll cop to being curious to try out Mojave's dark mode.…
How 3ve’s BGP hijackers avoided the Web– and made $29 M

How 3ve’s BGP hijackers avoided the Web– and made $29 M

Aurich / Getty Over the past decade, many attackers have exploited design weaknesses in the Internet’s global routing system. Most commonly, the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is abused to divert gigabytes, or possibly even petabytes, of high-value traffic to ISPs inside Russia or China, sometimes for years at a time, so that the data can…
How a phone app discovered Sprint’s supposed throttling of Skype

How a phone app discovered Sprint’s supposed throttling of Skype

The US government killed off its net neutrality rules in June of this year, but that doesn't mean no one is monitoring whether carriers are blocking or throttling online services. Northeastern University researchers led by computer science professor David Choffnes recently determined that Sprint was throttling Skype. Their finding was based on an analysis of…
Low pay, bad potential customers, and mental toll: The dangers of microtask work

Low pay, bad potential customers, and mental toll: The dangers of...

Enlarge / The Amazon Mechanical Turk, or mturk.com, website is displayed on a computer screen for a photograph in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images Getty Images Microtask platforms recruit humans to do the rating, tagging, review-writing, and poll-taking work that can't quite be automated with an…
As United States coal usage drops to 1979 levels, EPA might reduce guidelines on brand-new coal plants

As United States coal usage drops to 1979 levels, EPA might...

Enlarge / An eastbound Norfolk Southern Corp. unit coal train passes through Waddy, Kentucky. The Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears poised to roll back Obama-era rules that effectively prevented new coal plants from opening in the US. The rules required new coal plants to emit no more than 1,400 pounds of CO2 per…
Amazon shopping 22 cable sports channels, consisting of Yankees network

Amazon shopping 22 cable sports channels, consisting of Yankees network

Enlarge / A YES logo banner. Getty Images | Michael Heiman Amazon is trying to buy 22 regional sports TV networks (RSNs) from the Walt Disney Company, according to a CNBC report today. In June, Disney received Department of Justice approval to buy 21st Century Fox properties on the condition that it divest Fox-owned regional…
Russian authorities: Nope, we can’t complete repairing the provider Kuznetsov

Russian authorities: Nope, we can’t complete repairing the provider Kuznetsov

Enlarge / MURMANSK, RUSSIA - Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov at the PD-50 floating dry dock of Shipyard 82. Russian officials have now acknowledged that the October 29 accident involving Russia’s only aircraft carrier and largest floating dry dock has made continuing the refit of the ship impossible. The dry dock, the PD-50, was the…
After damaged guarantee, AT&T states it’ll stop offering phone area information

After damaged guarantee, AT&T states it’ll stop offering phone area information

Getty Images | Witthaya Prasongsin Mobile carriers are again promising to stop selling your phone location data to other companies—this time for real. The four major carriers pledged to stop selling customer location data to third-party data brokers in June 2018, but a Motherboard investigation published this week found that T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T were…
Russia was most likely behind hazardous vital facilities attack, report states

Russia was most likely behind hazardous vital facilities attack, report states

Malware that caused a dangerous operational failure inside a Middle Eastern critical infrastructure facility was most likely developed by a Russian government-backed research institute, researchers from US security firm FireEye said Tuesday. The malware, alternately dubbed Triton and Trisis, was most likely designed to cause physical damage inside critical infrastructure sites, such as gas refineries…
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