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09/25/2020 03:22 PM

Windows XP source code leaks online in the most unusual of places (it’s 4chan)


Microsoft probably won’t be happy about that. It seems the source code for Windows XP has leaked online. In addition to Windows XP, the leak includes the source code for Windows Server 2003 and other Microsoft operating systems, ZDNet reports. Here’s where things get curious, though: the leak comes from 4chan, an online imageboard often associated with internet trolls and extremism. The source code appeared in the form of a 42.9GB torrent file posted to the notorious forum. In addition to XP and Server 2003, the contents of the torrent include older operating systems like Windows 2000, Embedded (CE 3, CE…

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09/25/2020 03:00 PM

Here are 10 must-have business efficiency tools that can fine-tune your whole operation


TLDR: Here are 10 services that’ll get your business running like a Swiss watch, all at savings of up to 90 percent off. If you’re running your own business, it probably feels like it’s you against the world most days. And if you’re running a digital business, it can be even more isolating. Heck, you don’t even have physical encounters with customers to keep you connected. Small businesses often don’t have a choice. They need to run lean. To that end, we’ve assembled 10 services that can help streamline your business, improve operations and generally help you feel like you’ve…

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09/25/2020 02:03 PM

India plans to earmark $4.6B to invest in EV battery makers


According to documents seen by Reuters, India’s government is putting aside $4.6 billion to incentivize companies that are looking to build battery manufacturing facilities. The move comes as part of a national push to promote electric vehicles and reduce fossil fuel dependency. As India isn’t a large oil producing country per capita — most of its fossil fuel is imported — switching to electric vehicles could save it a sizeable sum. A proposal drafted by a federal think tank chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, estimates the nation could save as much as $40 billion over the next 10 years…

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09/25/2020 01:31 PM

Honey traps and bribery: Ex-Cambridge Analytica CEO slapped with 7-year directorship ban


The disgraced former Cambridge Analytica CEO has been banned from running limited companies in the UK for seven years for letting staff offer unethical services. The British government’s Insolvency Service said Alexander Nix, had permitted Cambridge Analytica‘s parent firm SCL Elections and its affiliated companies to offer prospective clients a dizzying range of unscrupulous services. They included “bribery or honey trap stings, voter disengagement campaigns, obtaining information to discredit political opponents, and spreading information anonymously in political campaigns.” Mark Bruce, Chief Investigator for the Insolvency Service, said SCL Elections had repeatedly offered shady political services over a number of years: Company directors…

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09/25/2020 12:33 PM

Call of Duty: Warzone’s new subway is everything we hoped the cargo train would be


It’s only days until the next season of Call of Duty: Warzone kicks off next week, but Infinity Ward is already teasing a big new addition to Verdansk: a map-wide subway system. The so-called Metro — of which we got a sneak peek in the very first Season 6 trailer — will also become the fastest way to move across the map, according to Polygon. From the looks of it, there’ll be seven stations in Verdansk, with virtually identical design so you don’t have to worry about getting lost each time. The Metro system will operate underground, and each station…

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09/25/2020 12:00 PM

Phosphorus surrounding distant stars could be a sign of life-friendly worlds


Far from our solar system, phosphorus surrounding distant stars could be a telltale sign of worlds friendly to extraterrestrial life. Is phosphorus around exoplanets a sign of life-friendly worlds? By examining the chemical composition of stars known to host exoplanets, it may be possible to determine which solar systems are likely to house alien lifeforms. Life on Earth depends on the presence of six key ingredients — carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulfur (known as CHNOPS). Of these, phosphorus is the rarest on Earth, making it the limiting ingredient for the chemical reactions of life. This week, we are…

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09/25/2020 11:02 AM

Mixed reality is perfect for our innate multitasking habits


Jared Ficklin will be speaking at TNW2020, October 1 & 2, where the latest trends and emerging best practices in product design will be explored. Secure your online ticket now. Each day I, like many others, sit with my laptop or smartphone and open a collection of apps. Throughout the day I change that collection, closing some and opening others. I focus, refocus, arrange and rearrange them constantly. Each time I am effectively assembling software into some imagined workflow, and workflows are the engine of modern productivity. The feature I am using to set up the workflows is a largely…

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09/25/2020 10:55 AM

World’s first commercial hydrogen-powered flight proves the concept, but it still needs the infrastructure


Just days after Airbus announced its intentions to hydrogenize its fleet, residents of southern counties in England saw the world’s first commercial hydrogen-powered flight. According to a Sky News report, the water vapor-emitting flight took place yesterday taking off from an airfield in Bedfordshire, England. The company behind the plane, ZeroAvia, says the tech needed for a long, zero-emission flight by the end of this decade, is already there. It’s just a case of developing hydrogen infrastructure — something that Airbus’ hydrogen dreams also rely on if they’re to succeed. [Read: 5 things to know when you’re buying your first…

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09/25/2020 10:00 AM

Why AI writing assistants are the next generation of style guides


So you like TNW? Then join our upcoming online event, TNW2020, you don’t want to miss it. Style guides have a long history in the writing process. They’ve always affected more than what counts as good content. They affected our writing process and behaviors, our sense of community, even our egos. As AI pushes the style guide another step, how will it push us along too? Stacking style manuals The early style guides came in the form of manuscripts and books, mainly out of academia and journalism. They were made for print, in print. Some mysterious crew would sit within…

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09/25/2020 09:04 AM

Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Winklevosses launch their Bitcoin exchange in the UK’


Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Albert Einstein used to say: Buy low, sell high! Bitcoin price We closed the day, September 24 2020, at a price of $10,745. That’s a decent 5.06 percent increase in 24 hours, or $518. It was the highest closing price in three days. We’re still 46 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin‘s market cap ended the…

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