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Huawei vice president John Suffolk says company faces 1 million cyberattacks per day

John Suffolk Huawei
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John Suffolk, Huawei's vice president and chief of its cyber security department.
Chinese tech titan Huawei is experiencing around one million cyberattacks per day both inside and outside the country that are aimed at stealing the company's 5G design technologies, Huawei Senior Vice President John Suffolk revealed to Kyodo News.

Speaking to the Japanese media at Huawei's facilities in Dongguan, Suffolk, who is also in charge of the firm's global cybersecurity, said that the tech giant managed to defend itself from most of the attacks the sources of which remain unidentified, but some of its old-style computers have been affected by the intrusions.

Suffolk also explained that the attacks included stealing confidential information by sending a computer virus via email. In September, Huawei accused the Donald Trump administration of "launching cyberattacks to infiltrate Huawei's intranet and internal information systems". The US president declined to comment on the allegations.

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Info

Forget privacy abuses, liberals call to DeleteFacebook after learning Zuckerberg met with conservatives

Trump n Zuck
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Facebook's history of abusing users' trust by sharing their private data with corporate partners and government spooks pales in comparison to its CEO's decision to sit down with prominent conservatives, for some.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been meeting with conservative commentators, journalists, and politicians in "small, off-the-record dinners" and "informal talks," Politico revealed on Monday, sending shockwaves through the internet. He reportedly discussed "free expression, unfair treatment of conservatives, fact checking, partnerships, and privacy" with prominent right-wing critics of Facebook, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Washington Examiner correspondent Byron York, and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

This, the mainstream media and many liberals on social media have declared, is an outrage. The hashtag #DeleteFacebook was trending for most of Monday as Woke Twitter finally realized the fourth-richest man in the US, who infamously called Facebook users "dumb f***s," was an unworthy trustee of their digital lives. Just kidding - they were upset that the platform had become yet another tool of white supremacy.

Robot

Researchers jump though hoops to explain why sex robots that can give consent are a good thing

Sexbots
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Are "virtuous sex robots" the way of the future? University researchers suggest that robots created for human pleasure should be designed so that they can grant or withhold consent, as well as teach sex education.

Anco Peeters, a doctoral student at Australia's University of Wollongong, and Pim Haselager, associate professor at The Netherlands' Radboud University, published "Designing Virtuous Sex Robots" in the International Journal of Social Robotics last month.

The paper examined four areas: "virtue ethics and social robotics," "Contra instrumentalist accounts," "Consent practice through sex robots" and "Implications of virtuous sex robots."

The authors do not focus on child sex robots or sex robots that play into rape fantasies, but "the potential positive aspects of intimate human-robot interactions through the cultivation of virtues."

Yellow Vest

Police blast French firefighters with water cannons during protest over working conditions

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© Reuters / Charles Platiau
Firefighters protesting in Paris, France on October 15, 2019
French riot police have turned water cannons on some of the thousands of firefighters who are marching through Paris to demand better resources in order to tackle the increasing number of forest fires each year.

Police have also reportedly fired tear gas at the demonstrators.

Firefighters are demonstrating against a number of key concerns, chiefly government policies on resources for their sector, funding problems, and difficult working conditions.

Comment: Again? Another massive industrial blaze breaks out in France, 100 firefighters deployed near Lyons, France


Airplane

Air Canada to stop announcing 'ladies and gentlemen' in recognition of gender fluidity

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Employees aboard Air Canada flights will no longer greet guests by referring to them as "ladies and gentlemen" or "mesdames et messieurs," which has been typical protocol for years, in an effort to be conscious of gender fluidity.

Flight attendants and other staff will not use the language in boarding announcements, and the company instead plans to replace the standard greetings with neutral words, such as "everybody" or "tout le monde."

Comment: This is catching on. See:


Display

Fortnite gamers suffer meltdowns, "trauma" and "withdrawal symptoms" after blackout event discontinues game play

epic games
© Epic Games
Gamers were sent into a state of extreme shock and mourning on Sunday when Fortnite simply disappeared.

Millions of gamers were sent into a state of confusion — and even extreme shock, anguish and withdrawal symptoms — on Sunday when the 10th season of Fortnite ended by simply disappearing.

More than 5 million gamers were hoping to put in a full-day session of Fortnite during the live event titled "The End" before a meteor descended on the island where the online battle royale takes place, enveloping the game in a cosmic meltdown that left only a black hole for perplexed gamers to stare at.

In a tweet showing video of the event, top Fortnite player James Jarvis said:

"Fortnite's season X event, The End, just wiped out the whole island."



Comment: What the heck are these game-addicted individuals going to do with themselves when a real blackout or environmental disruption occurs and disrupts their gaming on a more or less on-going basis?!


Fire

China chemical plant blast kills 4, injures 6

chemical factory explosion Yulin China
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The chemical factory in the city of Yulin is seen completely destroyed by the huge explosion
Four people were confirmed dead and six others injured after a blast occurred in a chemical plant in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Tuesday, local authorities said.

The blast occurred at around 11:20 a.m. in a chemical plant in Luchuan County in the city of Yulin, according to the regional emergency management department and fire department.

Snakes in Suits

On psychopathy and power

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Due to a very painful and disturbing revelation in my personal life I have had the unfortunate occasion to spend the last several days thinking a lot about psychopaths and what makes them tick. I don't want to get into the hairy details at this time, but I would like to share some of the more general thoughts that have been coming up here on the matter.

It is interesting that psychopathy should have reached a dark tentacle into my life in the way that it did, given that the three years I've been at this gig have been spent writing more and more about the way our world is run by calculating manipulators who are devoid of empathy. I often say that we have found ourselves ruled by psychopaths because we have a system wherein (A) those who are willing to do anything to anyone are rewarded with immense wealth, and (B) immense wealth translates directly to immense political power. Add in the fact that studies have shown that wealth itself kills off empathy and compassion, and you've got yourself a perfect recipe for a plutocratic dystopia dominated by antisocial personality disorder.

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Pirates

'Death to our enemies!' Ukrainian Nazis protest new President's roadmap to peace with Russia

ukraine nazi
© Reuters / Gleb Garanich
Ukrainian ultranationalists take part in a rally against the approval of the so-called Steinmeier Formula, in Kiev, Ukraine, on October 14, 2019.
Ukrainian nationalists marched in Kiev to mark the anniversary of a Nazi-collaborating WWII militia. Many used the occasion to protest the so-called Steinmeier Formula - arguably Ukraine's best chance for peace.

Ukraine's capital saw multiple marches attended by all kinds of nationalists on Monday, when the nation commemorated the foundation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) - a guerilla group that fought against the Red Army during World War II in collaboration with the Nazis. This time, though, it was not just about glorification of Ukraine's dubious past, as far-right groups projected their war fantasies onto the nation's troubled present.

The largest rally, under the slogan "Defend the Ukrainian land!" was organized by the All-Ukrainian Union 'Svoboda' (Freedom) - an ultranationalist party formerly known as the Social-National Party of Ukraine. Members of far-right groups such as the Right Sector and the Organization of the Ukrainian Nationalists also joined the rally. According to the organizers, there were some 10,000 people in attendance.

Comment: 73% (SEVENTY-THREE PERCENT!) of Ukrainian voters voted for Zelenskiy precisely so that the civil war (in both its aspects, within Ukraine and against Russia) would be brought to an end.

This parade of Nazis has been cooked up by the CIA and Soros' NGOs, just as they said they would do, immediately after Zelenskiy was elected, should he do 'do as we say'...

Welcome to Western democracy: Soros 'NGO' threatens new Ukrainian president with disturbing list of 'red lines'
"Should [Zelensky] cross these red lines, such actions will inevitably lead to political instability in our country..."



TV

Media uproar as video depicting Trump massacring news outlets shown at conservative event

Trump
© REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
File photo
US media is up in arms after reports that a video depicting Donald Trump massacring 'fake news' agencies and his political rivals was shown at an event held at one of his resorts.

The video in question is a remake of a scene from the 2014 dark comedy 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' where Trump's head is superimposed on the main character, played by Colin Firth. It was aired at an event held by the conservative group American Priority at the Trump National Doral Miami last week. The video was first posted online in 2018.

The fake Trump is shown shooting, stabbing, and killing Democrats like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, in addition to blasting multiple avatars representing various Trump-critical news organizations such as CNN and MSNBC and even one fake George Soros.

Comment: If only the mainstream media were as concerned about the very real damage they do on a daily basis as they are about this story: War propaganda was banned in 1966 but the Western media just call it news