Google Blocks Pirate Search Results Prophylactically

Google Blocks Pirate Search Results Prophylactically
Published on January 04, 2018 at 11:40PM
Google is accepting “prophylactic” takedown requests to keep pirated content out of its search results, an anonymous reader writes, citing a TorrentFreak report. From the article: Over the past year, we’ve noticed on a few occasions that Google is processing takedown notices for non-indexed links. While we assumed that this was an ‘error’ on the sender’s part, it appears to be a new policy. “Google has critically expanded notice and takedown in another important way: We accept notices for URLs that are not even in our index in the first place. That way, we can collect information even about pages and domains we have not yet crawled,” Caleb Donaldson, copyright counsel at Google writes. In other words, Google blocks URLs before they appear in the search results, as some sort of piracy vaccine. “We read more

US Airlines No Longer Operate the Boeing 747

US Airlines No Longer Operate the Boeing 747
Published on January 04, 2018 at 11:00PM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Wednesday, Delta Airlines flight 9771 flew from Atlanta to Pinal Airpark in Arizona. It wasn’t a full flight — just 48 people on board. But it was a milestone — and not just for the two people who got married mid-flight — for it marked the very last flight of a Boeing 747 being operated by a U.S. airline. Delta’s last scheduled passenger service with the jumbo was actually late in December, at which point it conducted a farewell tour and then some charter flights. But as of today, after 51 long years in service, if you want to ride a 747 you’ll need to be traveling abroad.Ars Technica recalls the history of the Boeing 747 in its report, mentioning that although no U.S. passenger carriers still operate the big bird, several hundred remain in service with other airlines around the world.

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Largest Prime Number Discovered – With More Than 23m Digits

Largest Prime Number Discovered – With More Than 23m Digits
Published on January 04, 2018 at 10:11PM
chalsall writes: Persistence pays off. Jonathan Pace, a GIMPS volunteer for over 14 years, discovered the 50th known Mersenne prime, 2^77,232,917 — 1 on December 26, 2017. The prime number is calculated by multiplying together 77,232,917 twos, and then subtracting one. It weighs in at 23,249,425 digits, becoming the largest prime number known to mankind. It bests the previous record prime, also discovered by GIMPS, by 910,807 digits. You can read a little more in the press release.

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Intel says it will patch 90 percent of recent chips by next week

The flaw, which afflicts chips made over the past decade, enables ordinary processes to determine the layout of protected kernel memory. This “software analysis method”, as Intel describes the flaw, allows a pair of exploits, dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” to swipe data from other apps on vulnerable devices — be they PCs, servers or mobile phones — running Intel, ARM or AMD chips.

The solution cooked up by Intel and its partners so far entails severing the link between the kernel and these processes, though that could have a dramatic impact on a patched chip’s operating speed. The company asserts that the impacts will be “highly workload-dependent” and not particularly noticeable by the average consumer.

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Can municipal broadband save the open internet?

No challenge around the future of the internet looms larger in the coming year than what to do in the aftermath of the repeal of net neutrality. Open internet proponents were stunned at last month’s vote, which struck at the heart of the belief that the internet should be free, fair, and open for all users.

No such luck unfortunately. As TechCrunch’s Devin Coldeway discussed last month, there are very few options for reversing the decision at the federal level anytime soon. With Republican majorities in Congress and on the Supreme Court, there are no avenues to begin a “repeal of the repeal.” The FCC has voted, and the rule is going to become the rule.

That means the battle for an open internet is increasingly being waged at the Internet Service Provider (ISP) level. Despite some mollifying comments from traditional ISPs, few activists believe that commercial ISPs aren’t going to take advantage of the new revenue streams that paid prioritization will provide.

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Largest Prime Number Discovered – With More Than 23m Digits

Largest Prime Number Discovered – With More Than 23m Digits
Published on January 04, 2018 at 10:11PM
chalsall writes: Persistence pays off. Jonathan Pace, a GIMPS volunteer for over 14 years, discovered the 50th known Mersenne prime, 2^77,232,917 — 1 on December 26, 2017. The prime number is calculated by multiplying together 77,232,917 twos, and then subtracting one. It weighs in at 23,249,425 digits, becoming the largest prime number known to mankind. It bests the previous record prime, also discovered by GIMPS, by 910,807 digits. You can read a little more in the press release.

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New story in Business from Time: This Cryptocurrency Inventor Has Suddenly Become One of the World’s Richest Men

Cryptocurrency has a new king. His name is Chris Larsen, and he’s the co-founder and former CEO of Ripple, which created the digital token known as XRP. He’s now one of the world’s richest billionaires, thanks to XRP’s incredible hot streak.

XRP, a cryptocurrency intended for international transactions, has had a meteoric rise this winter. Its value went from $0.25 a coin in mid-December to $3.16 as of Wednesday, according to Coinmarketcap. It’s currently the second biggest cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin.

Forbes reports that, as a result, Larsen almost instantly became worth $37.3 billion (based on XRP’s Monday exchange rate). According to Forbes, he personally holds 5.19 billion XRP as well as a 17% stake in the company, where he now serves as executive chairman. Given XRP’s continued gains, that would mean he’s worth even more at the moment—though, as with anything in cryptocurrency, that could change quickly.

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