We know what Star Wars fans will be wishing for this Christmas — aside from Sphero’s R2-D2 and BB-9E toys. Ubtech, the company behind the dancing Lynx robot, is releasing a Stormtrooper bot. Although it can’t teach you yoga, you can use voice commands to instruct it to ward off intruders (hopefully not with an actual blaster). Its facial recognition tech also allows it to store up to three faces in its memory bank. That way, it can shout at any uninvited guests that keep barging into your room. And, its accompanying mobile app packs an augmented reality game that lets you fight off the Resistance and launch First Order attacks. The robot is available for pre-order from Ubtech right now, and will ship in November. It will set you back $300.
Those keen to snap up the Stormtrooper should be aware that its manufacturer has previously come under fire from the security community. In August, cybersecurity firm IOActive claimed that Ubtech’s Alpha series models did not encrypt the data they stored, making it easy for hackers to steal the info. Tinkerers even managed to turn the cute little bots into screwdriver-wielding, stab-happy maniacs. Not exactly stocking filler material, then. But, no such claims have been made about the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper.
Source: Stormtrooper bot with facial recognition guards against intruders
This is not about trump or the mayor of San Juan. This is not about government officials getting their feelings hurt and getting in a twitter fight over who did what when. I don’t care. I care about the millions of Puerto Ricans in dire need of food and supplies. Please put your petty arguments to the side and concentrate your efforts to helping those in need.
People have asked why weren’t they prepared? The government had a plan in place for dealing with this but let’s be realistic. This is not a typical situation. Our island was hit by Cat 5 and Cat 4 hurricanes back to back. Infrastructure was devastated, roads impassable, power transmission and distribution decimated, potable water nonexistent. Some estimates indicate 70% of police force is not reporting, the majority of government workers and first responder are unaccounted for. Not because they don’t want to report, but rather because most cannot. They are taking care of their families and communities.
FEMA and the government are doing what they can with the personnel and resources they have available. Even if they had the manpower from the start to do everything they needed and even if all the roads were passable and all communities accessible it would take weeks to get back to normal because we’re talking about an island 100’X35’ but with a population of over 3 million people. Everything needs to be shipped in by Air or Sea. Now consider the conditions of the island, it’s roads, infrastructure and destruction left behind by Irma & Maria. The help of the US armed forces was desperately needed form the beginning. Continue reading
Hello everyone! Many people have asked me how they can help after the devastating pass of #huracanmaria over the island of Puerto Rico. There are many agencies mobilizing rescue efforts in Puerto Rico especially the Red Cross.
There are also many private groups gathering resources and donations in order to travel to Puerto Rico to deliver supplies and offer expert help to the people of Puerto Rico 🇵🇷. I have created a domain to help link to a local group that are spearheading an effort to get aid to the island http://ayudameplease.com
As you figure out how you can help please keep in mind that there will be many trying to take advantage of this difficult time so please be careful.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all those in need. As to my family and friends still on the island please stay safe especially my parents Ilia Ramos Garcia and Carmelo Torres we love you very much and we hope to hear from you soon.
Matternet has long used Switzerland as a testing ground for its delivery drone technology, and now it’s ramping things up a notch. The company has revealed plans to launch the first permanent autonomous drone delivery network in Switzerland, where its flying robot couriers will shuttle blood and pathology samples between hospital facilities. The trick is the Matternet Station you see above: when a drone lands, the Station locks it into place and swaps out both the battery and the cargo (loaded into boxes by humans, who scan QR codes for access). Stations even have their own mechanisms to manage drone traffic if the skies are busy. Continue reading
Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, is currently making landfall in the Caribbean on the islands east of Puerto Rico, and, like they have with other storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has sent planes in to the storm’s eye. Things get intense. And by intense, I mean pants-shittingly terrifying.
Source: This Video Taken From A Plane Inside The Eye Of Hurricane Irma Is Very Intense
White supremacist Christopher Cantwell first went viral as the star of a Vice documentary about the Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally. Then he went viral again as the “crying Nazi” when he posted video of himself tearing up, afraid that the police were after him. But it looks like Cantwell will now be doing all his crying in jail after surrendering to the cops in Virginia late last night.
According to the IRS, the amount of phishing scams targeting W-2 forms rose sharply this year compared to last. In 2016, around 50 companies and organizations fell victim to such scams while during this year’s tax season, that number increased to around 200. They were aimed at businesses, public schools, universities and nonprofits among others and several hundred thousand employees’ data were stolen.
Most of the scams work by sending a fake email that looks like it’s coming from a company executive to someone in the organization that has access to W-2s — payroll, human resources or financial department employees, for example. The email typically asks for an employee list and W-2s and sometimes requests a wire transfer as well. Since the beginning of 2015, the FBI reports that the amount of confirmed losses from business email scams has increased by 1,300 percent and now totals over $3 billion.
The IRS is asking businesses that have been victimized by these sorts of scams to report them via email through firstname.lastname@example.org. Those that may have been targeted by a W-2 phishing scam but didn’t expose any data should email email@example.com. In both cases, “W-2 scam” should be used as the subject line. Businesses and organizations should also report the scams to the FBI through its Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Source: IRS warns that tax-related phishing scams are on the rise