There price of well-loved, gently-used older tractors is climbing fast, at least in the American mid-west.
Car and Driver »
Tractors, like cars—electric or otherwise—are becoming more and more reliant on technology and computers, which forces repairs to be done by dealers. And as those changes are phasing out the farmer in the repair process, older tractors are becoming more sought after in the Midwest, according to a report from the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper.
Now, when a tractor built in the late 1970s or 1980s goes up for auction, a bidding war tends to ensue, the paper notes. Although a lot has changed in tractors in the past few decades, what really matters to farmers hasn’t. Old tractors have similar horsepower to the tractors built today, and they’re built well enough to last the 15,000 hours a farmer expects from a tractor.
This is criminal behaviour. This lead to two fatal crashes and the deaths of hundreds of innocent people.
The plane was “designed by clowns who in turn are supervised by monkeys”.
The messages, disclosed on Thursday, show attempts to duck regulatory scrutiny with employees disparaging the plane, the company, the Federal Aviation Administration and foreign aviation regulators.
In an instant messaging exchange on Feb. 8, 2018 – when the plane was in the air and eight months before the first of two fatal crashes, an employee asks another: “Would you put your family on a MAX simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t”.
The second employee responds: “No”.
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The Guardian correctly calls it what it is » “chaos and incompetence” at Boeing
Justine Calma, The Verge »
United States Army soldiers can no longer use TikTok on government-owned phones following a decision to ban the app. The move comes amidst ongoing worries that the video app owned by Beijing-based company ByteDance could compromise national security or be used to influence or surveil Americans.
“It is considered a cyber threat,” Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa told Military.com, which broke the news on December 30th. The army reportedly used TikTok to recruit members prior to the ban.
Both the Navy and Defense Department sounded alarms on TikTok earlier this month. The Navy previously told its members not to add the app, and to delete it from government-issued devices if it was already installed. The Defense Department also instructed employees to “be wary of applications you download, monitor your phones for unusual and unsolicited texts etc., and delete them immediately and uninstall TikTok to circumvent any exposure of personal information,” according to military.com.
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Related » US Navy Bans TikTok From Military Devices » Security Boulevard (Dec 27, 2019)
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Related » TikTok eyes global headquarters outside of China as US scrutiny mounts – Tech in Asia (Dec 24, 2019)
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This is happening much to often. Unless and until companies and their officers are held accountable, the unfortunate trend of exposing people’s personal data will continue.
Update » Wyze executives blame employee – Ars Technica Are you surprised?
Duncan Riley, Silicon Angle »
Internet-connected device maker Wyze Labs Inc. has suffered a data breach, though the company claims there’s no evidence the data was accessed by any nefarious third parties.
The data breach, first detailed by 12 Security Dec. 26, involved an unsecured Elasticsearch database with 2.4 million customer records. The database included the user names and emails of those who were using Wyze cameras along with various details such as the model of the camera, connection times, account and camera login tokens, and WiFi network names.
Emphasizing how the data in the unsecured database could be used to identify users, security information firm IVPM took the data and matched it to its own staff who had reviewed Wyze products in the past.
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If Dr. Wiesel gets his Christmas wish, he gets richer. Otherwise, he wants to stop this life saving technology from reaching people who might need it, and therefore, he is willing to let people die if Apple doesn’t deposit a truck load of money into his back account on a regular basis.
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is one of today’s silent killers. It often goes undetected, as it can be intermittent, resulting in late diagnosis, stroke, or even death.
Dr. Wiesel is not the kind of cardiologist I would want on my team.
Susan Decker, Bloomberg »
Dr. Joseph Wiesel, who teaches at NYU School of Medicine, filed a suit Friday against the tech giant, in federal court in Brooklyn. Wiesel claims the Apple Watch infringes his patent for a method to detect an irregular heartbeat.
Wiesel said his invention covered “pioneering steps” in atrial fibrillation detection by monitoring “irregular pulse rhythms from a succession of time intervals.” He said he first contacted Apple in September 2017, giving the Cupertino, California-based company detailed information about the patent.
He wants the court to order Apple to pay him royalties and, barring that, to block the company from using his invention without permission.
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Iran, China and Russia began joint naval drills on Friday in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman, in what Moscow said was an unprecedented exercise in naval cooperation and training.
Waters around Iran have become a focus for international tensions, with the United States exerting pressure for Iranian crude oil sales and other trade ties to be cut off.
The Gulf of Oman is a particularly sensitive waterway as it connects to the Strait of Hormuz, through which about a fifth of the world’s oil passes and which in turn connects to the Gulf.
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If you have messaging app ToTok on your smartphone, you will probably want to delete it. It is actually a repressive government’s spying tool.
Apple and Google have removed the app from their app stores.
Mark Mazzetti, Nicole Perlroth, and Ronen Bergman, writing in the NY Times (paywall) »
But the service, ToTok, is actually a spying tool, according to American officials familiar with a classified intelligence assessment and a New York Times investigation into the app and its developers. It is used by the government of the United Arab Emirates to try to track every conversation, movement, relationship, appointment, sound and image of those who install it on their phones.
ToTok, introduced only months ago, was downloaded millions of times from the Apple and Google app stores by users throughout the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. While the majority of its users are in the Emirates, ToTok surged to become one of the most downloaded social apps in the United States last week, according to app rankings and App Annie, a research firm.
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There are similar concerns with other apps »
» U.S. Navy bans TikTok from government-issued mobile devices – Reuters
Updated Saturday December 28
» Not surprisingly, UAE denies developing the app as spy tool – SecurityWeek
Kara Swisher, NY Times (paywall) »
Privacy has been losing badly, as users have become the online equivalent of cheap dates to these giant tech companies. We trade the lucrative digital essence of ourselves for much less in the form of free maps or nifty games or compelling communications apps.
We’re digitally sloppy, even if it can be very dangerous, as evidenced by a disturbing New York Times story this week about an Emirati secure messaging app called ToTok, which is used by millions across the Middle East and has also recently become one of the most downloaded in the United States.
The name was obviously used to place the app adjacent to the hugely popular TikTok, already under scrutiny by American officials because of its Chinese origins and possible link to the Beijing government. In the case of ToTok, according to the Times report, it turns out that it is a spy tool “used by the government of the United Arab Emirates to try to track every conversation, movement, relationship, appointment, sound and image of those who install it on their phones.”