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"Windows 10 has security flaws and collects user data without consent, according to the French government, which this week ordered Microsoft to make changes to its latest operating system within three months or face sanctions.

Windows 10 Bug ArtFrance's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) issued the order, which claims that the Windows Store collects data without permission on all the apps users download and the time spent on each one. The order also says that Windows 10 installs an advertising identifier by default, allowing Microsoft to monitor browsing and offer targeted advertising without consent.

In addition to violating user data protection laws, CNIL also complained that the Windows Store authentication method presents a security risk. Users can select a four-digit PIN to authenticate their Microsoft accounts, but unlimited attempts to enter the PIN are allowed, according to CNIL."

Windows has security flaws and collects user data without permission, the French government said.
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SAN DIEGO — Director Oliver Stone said Thursday at Comic-Con that every major movie studio turned down his narrative film about Edward Snowden because of censorship from their corporate leaders.

Stone, who has chronicled many American conspiracies in his films, said he does not believe an entity like the National Security Agency is putting pressure on the studios, but the corporate boards who control them.

He got financing from France and Germany for the movie, which comes out Sept. 16 and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden.

Stone said he believes Snowden is still “a mystery” despite many interviews, articles and the Oscar-winning documentary “Citizenfour” exploring the former NSA contractor who leaked thousands of classified documents about the government’s surveillance programs.
Director Oliver Stone said Thursday at Comic-Con that every major movie studio turned down his narrative film about Edward Snowden because of censorship from their corporate leaders.
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"The former owner of a Houston company was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison after admitting that he operated as an unauthorized agent of the Russian government who exported sensitive microelectronics for its military's use.

Alexander Fishenko, who pleaded guilty in September to engaging in a scheme that resulted in over $30 million in technology sales, largely to Russian military entities, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson in Brooklyn."
The former owner of a Houston company was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison after admitting that he operated as an unauthorized agent of the Russian government who exported sensitive microelectronics for its military's use.
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Spotted owlet
Last four weekends had been been very disappointing not seeing these owlets, a pair. I had by now assumed they have left. But, today was an exceptional good day with photography, so I felt may be today is the day, and I took my ritual walk to this corner one more time

#bird #birdphotography   #nature   #naturephotography   #birdsgallery   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography  
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Here's why you need to start paying attention to an obscure Google feature you've probably never heard of. (You'll likely want to turn it off.)
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Beacon - Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Nebraska
 
If you’ve every found yourself traveling across Nebraska, you may have an understanding of what the early settlers encountered during their westward journey (aside from Dysentery). It’s a big place, with big skies, seemingly endless prairies and quite flat terrain. It must have been appreciable to see this 300 foot tall beacon of sandstone, now known as Chimney Rock, jutting out of the horizon. As a landmark, it indicated the travelers were heading in the right direction and would soon be entering the Rocky Mountain region.
Day 148/366
Beacon - Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Nebraska
#366challenge2016 #photoaday #photooftheday #ChimneyRock #nationalhistoricsite #Nebraska #findyourpark #outside #nature #geology #OregonTrail #goldrush #photography #travel #explore #thisland
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"Verizon announced on Monday morning it will buy Yahoo for $4.83 billion in cash. It is the end of a closely scrutinized, six-month sale process.

Yahoo first put itself up for sale in February and it fielded multiple bids from many different types of buyers — supposedly as many as 40 at one point. Those included AT&T; Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert with financial backing from Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett; and private equity firms TPG and Vector Capital Management.

According to Re/code, Yahoo informed the other bidders on Saturday that Verizon had won the process."

Verizon announced on Monday morning it will buy Yahoo for $4.83 billion in cash. Yahoo first put itself up for sale in February and it fielded multiple bids from many different types of buyers — supposedly as many as 40 at one point. According to Re/code, Yahoo informed the other bidders on Saturday
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the sun, the moon, and the truth.

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Baikonur, Kazakhstan

When flying over the semi-desert grasslands of Kazakhstan, crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) usually follow the long line of the Syr Darya (river) to find the spaceport from which they launch. Situated along a major bend in the river, the town of Baikonur is home to the Cosmodrome, the world’s “first and largest space launch facility.”

The straight road going north from Baikonur takes the astronauts and cosmonauts to the launching area. The railroad that crosses the photo brings rocket parts to Baikonur from Russia. The highway between Orenburg, Russia, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, follows a roughly parallel route. For scale, the airstrip is 3.4 kilometers (2.1 miles) long.

The dark areas southeast of the city are wetlands that indicate the old bed of the Syr Darya—where the river used to flow in a more southerly course to the Aral Sea. The semi-desert landscape around Baikonur is a mix of dry lakes, sand dunes, and vegetation-free patches of dirt and bare rock.

The most recent crew members to pass through Baikonur on the way to the space station were Kate Rubins (USA), Anatoly Ivanishin (Russia), and Takuya Onishi (Japan). They arrived at ISS on July 11, 2016, for their months-long stay. At the end of their flight, the astronauts will land on these same plains in a capsule assisted by parachute.

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"After the Supreme Court decided District of Columbia v. Heller, in 2008, it appeared that all attempts at gun control might be doomed, as a matter of constitutional law, for the foreseeable future. In an opinion by Antonin Scalia, writing for a five-Justice majority, the Court reversed decades of precedent and asserted that the Second Amendment guaranteed an individual the right to possess firearms (discounting the amendment’s reference to “a well regulated militia”). So, in light of monstrosities like the massacre in Orlando, are the state, local, and federal governments powerless to pass laws that restrict the purchase, possession, and use of guns?

As it turns out, no. Major Supreme Court decisions often raise as many questions as they settle, and that was certainly true of Heller. That decision rejected a District of Columbia ban on the possession of handguns that extended to weapons kept in the home, but it did not resolve many other issues regarding the regulation of firearms. Several recent lower-court decisions have narrowly interpreted the words of Heller in upholding important local rules about guns."
It’s political will, not the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, that’s blocking gun-control efforts. Credit ILLUSTRATION BY JON HAN
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I'm 60 something, retired, with little money. I use the internet for news, music and art. I'm a movie maven also, IMDb (The Internet Movie Database) is great. I usually get showtimes there. I use Google+ as a news source and the added family and friend news is nice. I feel like I need to contribute, and since I'm not real active anymore I usually share news stories and videos I like, or feel should have a bit more exposure. Since the news stories have time limits more or less, I delete them in 12-24 hours. Video links I leave for a day or so depending. Some things, images and such are significant, so I leave them. And there are some quite interesting articles on Wikipedia that need a reminder, so I leave them indeterminately. Anything personal I usually put in the photo albums. I follow news outlets and musicians mostly. I'm relatively apolitical, though apparently center left. I'm a spiritualist, in the 19th century sense, maybe like Arthur Conan Doyle. I like Charles Fort also, the paranormal investigator. I like philosophy and metaphysics also. I do not own a 'smartphone', I use a laptop.
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Large-ish Meteor Hits Earth... But No One Notices : DNews
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If a space rock hits the atmosphere, and no one is around to hear it, does the tabloid press still report it as an Earth-shattering event?

PHEME: Computing Veracity – the Fourth Challenge of Big Data | Computing...
www.pheme.eu

About PHEME. The London Eye was on fire during the 2011 England riots! Or was it? Social networks are rife with lies and deception, half-tru

Chicago: Dry Weather to Rule This Week
www.accuweather.com

Umbrellas will gather dust in Chicago this week as the city experiences a stretch of dry weather.

Microsoft will charge for Windows 10 upgrades after one-year freebie off...
www.pcworld.com

It's official: If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 without spending a dime, you'll want to do so in the first year after it launches. After

Swarms of Mini-Drones Prepping for Remote Battle : DNews
news.discovery.com

The Cicada drones are being designed for a range of missions and can be outfitted with light-weight sensors, including microphones.

Russian Spacecraft Spinning Out of Control in Orbit : DNews
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The Russian space agency is scrambling to regain control of a robotic cargo ship that appears to have suffered a serious malfunction.