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Violence Involving ISIS Prisoners Leaves Dozens Dead at Tajikistan Prison

NY Times - Mon, 2019-05-20 04:20
The Justice Ministry said the violence broke out at a prison near the capital when militants armed with knives killed three guards and several prisoners.

There’s No Boom in Youngstown, but Blue-Collar Workers Are Sticking With Trump

NY Times - Mon, 2019-05-20 04:00
The recovery, which has brought low unemployment and rising wages elsewhere, hasn’t really lifted industrial northeast Ohio. But President Trump has lost little of his support there.

Whitney Houston’s Estate Plans a Hologram Tour and a New Album

NY Times - Mon, 2019-05-20 04:00
The family of the singing star, who died seven years ago, has reached a deal with the marketing company behind the posthumous resurgence of Bob Marley.

Exploring the Soul of the South

NY Times - Mon, 2019-05-20 04:00
In “Spying on the South,” Tony Horwitz recreates a trip taken by Frederick Law Olmsted in the early 1850s.

UK is violating human rights by leaving families to starve, report says

CNN - Mon, 2019-05-20 03:47
The UK government is violating its obligations to ensure families have enough food to live on, according to a damning new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Sprinter Dutee Chand Becomes India’s First Openly Gay Athlete

NY Times - Mon, 2019-05-20 03:42
Ms. Chand, a runner on India’s national track and field team with hyperandrogenism, had previously made headlines for fighting to compete against women.

'Jeopardy!' champion James Holzhauer is back on Monday. Here's where he stands

CNN - Mon, 2019-05-20 02:40
"Jeopardy!" is back to its regularly scheduled programming on Monday, and that means James Holzhauer is back on the buzzer.

Trump says he was not warned about Flynn. The Mueller report disagrees.

Washington Post - Mon, 2019-05-20 02:00
Many red lights were blinking about the potential problems with tapping Michael Flynn as national security adviser. The president chose to ignore them.

Lori Lightfoot to be inaugurated as Chicago's first black lesbian mayor

CNN - Mon, 2019-05-20 01:49
Monday will mark a historic day in Chicago as the city inaugurates its first African American lesbian mayor.

Here is our super spoiler-y review of the Game of Thrones series finale

Ars - Mon, 2019-05-20 01:29

Enlarge / The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones proved to be the most polarizing and controversial yet. (credit: HBO)

The series finale of Game of Thrones defied pretty much all the predictions as to who would emerge triumphant and sit on the Iron Throne, in what has proved to be the most polarizing and controversial season yet. (More than a million fans have even signed a petition demanding that HBO re-shoot the entire final season, which—c'mon, people. That's not how any of this works. Save it for the fanfic.) Personally, I thought the series as a whole provided a gripping, trope-bashing narrative arc that was imperfectly executed in the crucial last two seasons. Showrunners David Benioff and David B. Weiss got the plane on the ground in the end—but it wasn't a pretty landing, and there's bound to be a lot of grumbling from dissatisfied customers. Ramsey Bolton did warn us: "If you were hoping for a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention."

(WARNING: It's impossible to write a meaningful wrap-up analysis of this incredibly influential series without going into specifics, so there are MAJOR spoilers below, especially for the final season and last two episodes.)

Let's get the controversial plot turn from last week out of the way up front, since it drove much of what transpired in the finale and pretty much encapsulates the best and worst aspects of this final season. In the penultimate episode, "The Bells," Daenerys and her surviving dragon Drogon make short work of Cersei's forces to conquer King's Landing. (That showy Golden Company? Not so tough after all.) As the bells ring to signal surrender, we see a flurry of conflicting emotions play across Dany's face before hardening into steely resolve. She proceeds to not just incinerate the Red Keep where Cersei has been watching the battle from afar—which is what everyone expected—but to rain down dragon fire on all the innocent civilians whom Cersei brought in to serve as human shields. Her decision lit up Twitter and launched a thousand hot takes, as disappointed fans howled in rage at seeing the Mother of Dragons break bad.

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Companies send confusing alerts about data breaches

Futurity.org - Sun, 2019-05-19 19:50

The notifications that companies send consumers about data breaches lack clarity and may add to customer confusion about whether their data is at risk, according to new research.

Building on their previous research that showed consumers often take little action when facing security breaches, researchers analyzed the data breach notifications companies sent to consumers to see if the communications might be responsible for some of the inaction.

They found that 97 percent of the 161 sampled notifications were difficult or fairly difficult to read based on readability metrics, and that the language used in them may have contributed to confusion about whether the recipient of the communication was at risk and should take action.

“For most companies, those notifications are only seen as a requirement for complying with data breach notification laws…”

“Our analysis shows that requiring companies by law to send data breach notifications alone is not sufficient,” says Yixin Zou, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan.

“It is important to ensure that important information such as what happened and what consumers should do to protect themselves is communicated in those notifications in a way that is understandable and actionable by consumers.”

Citing statistics from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the authors note that in 2017 there were 853 data breached that compromised 2.05 billion records, which included consumer names, contact information account numbers, credit card details, social security numbers, shopping and purchasing records, social media posts and messages, and health records.

In response, most countries, including the United States, adopted data breach notification laws. In the US, each state has its own data breach law, which means that the threshold for when companies must notify consumers, how soon after a breach they must send notifications, and what that notification must look like vary across states.

“There’s little incentive for companies to invest in making data breach notifications more usable.”

This allows much freedom for companies to use hedge terms that downplay risk—using phrases like “you might be affected” and “you are likely to be affected” in 70 percent of notifications and saying “at this time, we have no evidence of exposed data being misused” 40 percent of the time.

It also allows a lack of consistency in addressing the cause of the breach, the date of occurrence, and the amount of exposure time, the researchers say.

“There’s little incentive for companies to invest in making data breach notifications more usable,” says Florian Schaub, an assistant professor in the School of Information.

“For most companies, those notifications are only seen as a requirement for complying with data breach notification laws rather than a way to educate and protect their customers. We need to rethink and rework consumer protection laws such as these to ensure that companies’ notifications are actually helpful to consumers,” Schaub says.

Most state laws require companies to notify affected consumers in written letters or by telephone. Emails, website announcements, notices to statewide media, or other electronic methods are usually substitutes. The study shows a consistent pattern with 95 percent of the analyzed notifications delivered by mail. The researchers say the slow speed of a mailed letter might increase the time when consumers remained uninformed of the breach.

The researchers shared their work at the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing in Glasgow, Scotland.

Source: University of Michigan

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Upgrading ubuntu 18.10 to ubuntu 19.04

Ubuntu Geek - Wed, 2019-05-08 07:31
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Ubuntu 19.04 will be supported for 9 months until January 2020. If you need Long Term Support, it is recommended you use Ubuntu 18.04 LTS instead.

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