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Dildon'ts of Bluetooth: Pen test boffins sniff out Berlin's smart butt plugs


Security researchers have figured out how to locate and exploit smart adult toys.

Various shenanigans are possible because of the easy discoverability and exploitability of internet-connected butt plugs and the like running Bluetooth's baby brother, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), a wireless personal area network technology. The tech has support for security but it's rarely implemented in practice, as El Reg has noted before.

The shortcoming allowed boffins at Pen Test Partners to hunt for Bluetooth adult toys, a practice it dubbed screwdriving, in research that builds on its earlier investigation into Wi-Fi camera dildo hacking earlier this year.

BLE devices also advertise themselves for discovery. The Lovense Hush, an IoT-enabled butt plug, calls itself LVS-Z001. Other Hush devices use the same identifier.

During World War II, the BBC temporarily banned the song Deep in the Heart of Texas

During World War II, the BBC temporarily banned the song “Deep in the Heart of Texas” from their radio rotation during working hours over concerns that the song’s beat was so hard to resist clapping along to that it would slow down productivity whenever it came on the radio.

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This Guy Flew His Camera Drone Onto, Inside, and Under a Moving Train


11 Habits of Genuinely Likable People


(I admit I was put off both by the title and the source, but I think it's worthwhile regardless)

(heavily edited to meet DU's copyright rules)

1. Give before you receive, knowing you may never receive.

2. Shift the spotlight to other people.

3. Listen three times more than you talk.

4. Never practice selective hearing.

5. Be thoughtful simply because you can.

6. Put your stuff away.

7. Never act self-important ...

8. ... Because other people are always more important.

9. Choose your words wisely.

10. Never talk about the failings of other people...

11. ... But readily admit your own failings.

Which Cartoon Character Was Recolored At The Urging Of Cartoon Censors?

It’s difficult to imagine Tweety ever serving as a center of controversy. The tiny yellow bird was created by golden age cartoonist Bob Clampett, introduced by Warner Brothers in 1942, and best known as a foil for Sylvester, a cat determined to eat him.

Originally, Tweety sported a light pink color since he was supposed to represent a helpless baby bird who hadn’t developed proper plumage yet. Censors were a little more uptight back in the golden age of animation, however, and they insisted that Warner Brothers recolor him. Why? Because his authentic pink color (baby birds certainly aren’t born yellow, black, green, or whatever color their adult plumage will be) could be misconstrued as nudity, and as far as the censors were concerned, it was far too inappropriate for children.

We’re not exactly sure what was too titillating about a 3-4″ tall “naked” bird, but the will of the censors was law back then and Warner Brothers yielded, giving Tweety his distinct and enduring bright yellow color.


Did You Know?

In decades of service, the SR-71 “Blackbird” long-range reconnaissance aircraft was never hit by an enemy missile thanks not only to its stealthy profile, but its speed. When targeted by a missile, the standard operating procedure was to simply accelerate (the craft is capable of exceeding mach 3) and leave it behind.

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Nuclear brinkmanship with North Korea, ok, what is the breaking point for Republicans ?

I mean, seriously, how much worse does it have to get before REPUBLICANS in Congress decide he's too fucking crazy/narcissistic/sociopathic and stupid to run our country? We Democrats have known this for a very long time. I despair for my country at times.

Live discussion of German election by Merkel, Shulz, et al


Why IT projects still fail


In the age of agile development, devops and related management techniques, is IT project failure even a thing anymore? The answer, sadly, is yes.

In the past, IT failures often meant high-priced flops, with large-scale software implementations going on way too long and way over budget. Those failures can and still do happen. Case in point: IBM’s never-completed $110 million upgrade to the State of Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system.

But IT failure today is frequently different than in it was in the past, as agile, devops, continuous delivery and the fail-fast movement have changed the nature of how IT handles projects. These iterative management methodologies and philosophies are meant to minimize the chances of projects going spectacularly awry, but the fact of the matter is that IT projects still fail, just in new and sometimes more insidious ways.

Here’s what seven IT leaders and analysts say about the state of IT project failure today.

(more at link, obeying DU's 4 paragraph rule)

CBC: @realDonaldTrump's petty, racist speech in Alabama was beneath the dignity of the office

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