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Philippines Legislator Offers Up Bill That Would Criminalize 'Ghosting'

SlashDot - Thu, 2022-08-04 17:25
An anonymous reader shares a report: Real problems are what legislators are supposed to be solving. The Philippines has plenty of those, ranging from (government-endorsed) extrajudicial killings of drug dealers and drug users to abuses of state power to silence journalists to the actual murders of human rights activists. But legislators with their own axes to grind will always find ways to hone this edge, even if it means subjecting themselves to international ridicule. Enter Representative Arnolfo "Arnie" Teves, Jr. The rep has introduced a bill that would criminalize the act of "ghosting." For those unfamiliar with internet slang, it may appear Teves is trying to criminalize the act of being a ghost. (Webster's Ye Olde English Dictionary, perhaps.) But ghosts actually engage in "haunting," which is not the same thing as "ghosting." Ghosting is something else. Ghosting is disengaging from a relationship (short-term or long-term) by ignoring all calls, IMs, text messages, emails, etc. from a paramour until the problem ultimately solves itself. If one interested person can't get a response from a disinterested person, sooner or later the interested person stops trying.

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HBO Max Will Mash Up With Discovery Plus in the Middle of Next Year - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 16:52
Get ready for 90 Day Fiancé to move in next door to The White Lotus.

Equifax Issued Wrong Credit Scores For Millions of Consumers

SlashDot - Thu, 2022-08-04 16:45
Credit giant Equifax sent lenders incorrect credit scores for millions of consumers this spring, in a technology snafu with major real-world impact. From a report: In certain cases the errors were significant enough -- the differential was at least 25 points for around 300,000 consumers -- that some would-be borrowers may have been wrongfully denied credit, the company said in a statement. The problem occurred because of a "coding issue" when making a change to one of Equifax's servers, according to the company, which said the issue "was in place over a period of a few weeks [and] resulted in the potential miscalculation" of credit scores. While Equifax did not specify dates or figures, a June 1 alert from housing agency Freddie Mac to its clients said Equifax told the agency that about 12% of all credit scores released from March 17 to April 6 may be have been incorrect. Equifax wrote that "there was no shift in the vast majority of scores" and that "credit reports were not affected." But the company declined to comment to CNN Business about how people can learn whether they were among those whose credit scores were incorrectly reported -- and what recourse they may have if they were issued loans at a higher rate or denied a loan outright because of the snafu.

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NASA's Quirky Artemis I Moon Pack List Includes Lego, Rocks, Tree Seeds - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 16:36
It isn't just moonikins and Shaun the Sheep going along for the ride.

How to Watch Samsung's Unpacked Event: Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4 Reveals Are Expected - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 16:34
Samsung's August 2022 Unpacked event is likely to focus on the company's foldable phones.

US Officials Declare Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

SlashDot - Thu, 2022-08-04 16:05
The Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency on Thursday as cases topped 6,600 nationwide. From a report: The declaration could facilitate access to emergency funds, allow health agencies to collect more data about cases and vaccinations, accelerate vaccine distribution and make it easier for doctors to prescribe treatment. "We're prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility to help us tackle this virus," Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a Thursday briefing about the emergency declaration. A quarter of U.S. cases are in New York state, which declared a state of emergency last week. California and Illinois followed suit with emergency declarations Monday.

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US Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 15:50
There are vaccines and other resources available for monkeypox, but they've been in short supply in some areas.

Someone Please Buy Me Princess Diana's Awesome Ford Escort RS Turbo - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 15:44
One of the coolest cars owned by the People's Princess is going up for auction.

Princess Diana's Ford Escort RS Turbo Is Going Up for Auction - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 15:44
This is the only RS Turbo painted in black, and it has fewer than 25,000 miles.

GitLab Plans To Delete Dormant Projects in Free Accounts

SlashDot - Thu, 2022-08-04 15:19
GitLab plans to automatically delete projects if they've been inactive for a year and are owned by users of its free tier, The Register reported Thursday. From the report: The Register has learned that such projects account for up to a quarter of GitLab's hosting costs, and that the auto-deletion of projects could save the cloudy coding collaboration service up to $1 million a year. The policy has therefore been suggested to help GitLab's finances remain sustainable. People with knowledge of the situation, who requested anonymity as they are not authorized to discuss it with the media, told The Register the policy is scheduled to come into force in September 2022. GitLab is aware of the potential for angry opposition to the plan, and will therefore give users weeks or months of warning before deleting their work. A single comment, commit, or new issue posted to a project during a 12-month period will be sufficient to keep the project alive. The Register understands some in the wider GitLab community worry that the policy could see projects disappear before users have the chance to archive code on which they rely. As many open-source projects are widely used, it is feared that the decision could have considerable negative impact.

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Record Amount of Seaweed Chokes Caribbean Beaches and Shoreline

SlashDot - Thu, 2022-08-04 14:42
Bruce66423 writes: A record amount of seaweed is smothering Caribbean coasts from Puerto Rico to Barbados as tons of brown algae kill wildlife, choke the tourism industry and release toxic gases. More than 24 million tons of sargassum blanketed the Atlantic in June, up from 18.8 million tons in May, according to a monthly report published by the University of South Florida's Optical Oceanography Lab, which noted it as "a new historical record." July saw no decrease of algae in the Caribbean Sea, said Chuanmin Hu, an optical oceanography professor who helps produce the reports. "I was scared," he recalled feeling when he saw the historic number for June. He noted that it was 20% higher than the previous record set in May 2018. Hu compiled additional data for the Associated Press that showed sargassum levels for the eastern Caribbean at a near record high this year, second only to those reported in July 2018. Levels in the northern Caribbean are at their third-highest, following July 2018 and July 2021, he said.

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Apple Promises Change to 'Training and Processes' After Series of HR Complaints - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 14:39
More than a dozen women who worked for the iPhone maker during the past two decades have publicly shared stories of harassment and abuse, and of poor response from HR.

Solana Hack Blamed on Slope Mobile Wallet Exploit

SlashDot - Thu, 2022-08-04 14:03
Thousands of Solana users collectively lost about $4.5 million worth of SOL and other tokens from Tuesday night into early Wednesday, and now there's a likely explanation for why: it's being blamed on a private key exploit tied to mobile software wallet Slope. From a report: On Wednesday afternoon, the official Solana Status Twitter account shared preliminary findings through collaboration between developers and security auditors, and said that "it appears affected addresses were at one point created, imported, or used in Slope mobile wallet applications." "This exploit was isolated to one wallet on Solana, and hardware wallets used by Slope remain secure," the thread continues. "While the details of exactly how this occurred are still under investigation, but private key information was inadvertently transmitted to an application monitoring service." "There is no evidence the Solana protocol or its cryptography was compromised," the account added. Some Phantom wallets were also drained of their SOL and tokens in the attack, however it appears that those wallets' holders had previously interacted with a Slope wallet. "Phantom has reason to believe that the reported exploits are due to complications related to importing accounts to and from Slope," the Phantom team tweeted today.

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Facebook Parent Meta Battles Troll Farms, Hackers - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 14:00
One Russian troll farm targeted public discussions about the war in Ukraine.

Starbucks To Unveil Its Web3-Based Rewards Program Next Month

SlashDot - Thu, 2022-08-04 13:22
Starbucks will unveil its web3 initiative, which includes coffee-themed NFTs, at next month's Investor Day event. From a report: The company earlier this year announced its plans to enter the web3 space, noting its NFTs wouldn't just serve as digital collectibles, but would provide their owners with access to exclusive content and other perks. At the time, Starbucks was light on details as to what its debut set of NFTs would look like, specific features they'd provide or even what blockchain it was building on. It said the plan was likely to be multichain or chain-agnostic, hinting at plans that weren't yet finalized. Overall, the coffee retailer kept its web3 news fairly high level, explaining simply that it believed digital collectibles could create an accretive business adjust to its stores and that more would be revealed later in 2022.

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Dish Opens Sign-Ups for Its 5G Service Ahead of Fourth-Quarter Launch - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 12:52
Dish's ambitions to become a true fourth wireless provider are starting to get a little clearer with its Boost Infinite brand.

Meta is Expanding NFT Support on Instagram To 100 Countries

SlashDot - Thu, 2022-08-04 12:41
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that the company is beginning its international expansion of NFT support on Instagram. The expansion follows the social network's initial NFT test launch in May. With this expansion, users and businesses in more than 100 countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas will now be able to share their NFTs on Instagram. Prior to the expansion, the support was only available to select creators in the United States. From a report: The company also announced today that Coinbase Wallet and Dapper Wallet are now accepted as a third-party wallet compatible for use. Instagram is also expanding its supported blockchains to include Flow. Instagram's NFT functionality allows users to connect a digital wallet, share NFTs and automatically tag both a creator and collector for attribution. You can share NFTs in your main Instagram Feed, Stories or in messages. Once you post a digital collectible, it will have a shimmer effect and can display public information, such as a description of the NFT. In order to post a digital collectible on Instagram, you need to connect your digital wallet to Instagram. As of today, Instagram supports connections with third-party wallets including Rainbow, MetaMask, Trust Wallet and Coinbase Wallet, with Dapper Wallet coming soon. Supported blockchains include Ethereum, Polygon and Flow. The social network notes that there are no fees associated with posting or sharing a digital collectible on Instagram.

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Meta Expanding Instagram Support for NFTs to More Than 100 countries - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 12:37
Expect to start seeing more NFTs on Instagram.

Coinbase and BlackRock Unveil Crypto Partnership - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2022-08-04 12:23
The popular exchange will provide access to crypto markets for BlackRock's institutions through Coinbase Prime.