Logitech disables local access on Harmony Hubs, breaks automation systems [Update]

Enlarge (credit: Logitech) Update, Dec 21, 2:47pm: In response to customers’ frustration, Logitech issued another statement today with instructions on how to enable private local API controls. The company created a new XMPP beta program that will give users access to the local controls that were removed in the most recent Harmony Hub firmware update. …

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ACLU to feds: Your “hacking presents a unique threat to individual privacy”

Enlarge (credit: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) The American Civil Liberties Union, along with Privacy International, a similar organization based in the United Kingdom, have now sued 11 federal agencies, demanding records about how those agencies engage in what is often called “lawful hacking.” The activist groups filed Freedom of Information Act requests to the …

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How 3ve’s BGP hijackers eluded the Internet—and made $29M

Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Getty) Over the past decade, many attackers have exploited design weaknesses in the Internet’s global routing system. Most commonly, the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is abused to divert gigabytes, or possibly even petabytes, of high-value traffic to ISPs inside Russia or China, sometimes for years at a time, so that the …

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Political radicals don’t evaluate their own errors—about anything

Enlarge (credit: Benno Hansen) What makes some people radical and prone to taking extreme views on topics? Radical, violent political movements have received a lot of attention in the news cycle, while non-violent radicalism is a significant impediment to the compromises that are necessary to build a functional society. At the same time some things …

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Start your (machine learning) engines: Amazon’s DeepRacer is almost here

Enlarge / Developers working in the “pit” at the MGM Grand’s Garden Arena in Las Vegas during Amazon’s re:Invent conference to prepare their DeepRacers for competition. (credit: Jason Levitt) Sadly, there’s one tech toy that Amazon won’t be able to sell you for Christmas this year. DeepRacer is an autonomous 1/18th scale race car that was …

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Entering a crowded market, Japan’s new rocket scores an early win

Enlarge / A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-2A rocket is seen at Tanegashima Space Center in October 2018. (credit: JAXA) Japan’s largest rocket company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has received a vote of confidence as it seeks to compete for commercial launches in an increasingly crowded market. Earlier this month, the company announced an agreement with …

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Rocket Report: Rokot ending, more spaceports, back-to-back Falcon Heavies

Enlarge / The Rocket Report is published weekly. (credit: Arianespace) Welcome to Edition 1.30 of the Rocket Report. Thanks to everyone for your support this year! It’s amazing how much we’ve grown, both in terms of subscriptions to the newsletter and readers of this weekly post. To celebrate the holidays, we’ll be taking a break, …

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Bipartisan carbon-tax bill introduced in the Senate offers glimpse at future

Enlarge / US Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.). (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images) On Wednesday, Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced a Senate bill to impose a carbon tax on major industrial carbon emitters throughout the US. The Senate bill is a version of a bipartisan House bill that …

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