via Reuters and the South China Morning Post comes reports of what could be the largest data breach in the People's Republic of China on record. Pointing to what is being described as a 'vast surveillance operation'. Surprised? Don't be fooled as there is nothing new under the sun, given the country's predeliction for human micro-manipulation that can be traced back in relatively recent times (1958-1961) to Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution (and of course, to the previous five millenia of Chinese history)...H/T
Well that's good news... via Graham Cluley, writing at the TripWire blog, steps into the Google Chrome extension fray with one small, but meaningful move to the better in that realm - the release (by Google, Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) of a new password warning tool that informs the user of said pwnage (or, conversely, notage, as in nopeage). Good news for users who are not planning on hunting down whether her/his password credentials have been leaked on our already sieve-like beloved interwebs.
Of course, users who may wish to exercise their cognitive musculature and utilize a soupçon of their precious time on Planet Earth with some easy research, may wish to point their highly advanced Chromey browsers to Troy Hunt's ubiquitous Have I Been Pwned site for password leak data relevant to their own identities. Enjoy!
via Bobbi Nodell, writing at the University of Washington, and reporting on the University of Washington School of Medicine's new DeepSqueek rodent audio translating software and their efforts to translate and comprehend rodent communications through the use of DeepSqueek (paywall)..
"Two young scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine developed a software program called DeepSqueak, which lifts this technological barrier and promotes broad adoption of rodent vocalization research...." This program takes an audio signal and transforms it into an image, or sonogram..." - via Bobbi Nodell, reporting for the University of Washington School of Medicine's
via Doug Cameron, reporting for The Wall Street Journal, comes a well-crafted artificial intelligence screed(paywall) that just might have a truly positive impact. Targeting wildfires in Califormia, the DoD will swing it's massive research and development apparatus targeting the devastation left by these fires. Now, if the Department can just develop software looking for incompetent utility companies that are the cause of fires like the 'Campfire'(paywall) wildfire (the deadliest fire in the State of Californias' history)...