Commonly Stolen Cars Are Worth Less Than The Sum Of Their Parts

Commonly Stolen Cars Are Worth Less Than The Sum Of Their Parts

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Most car thefts don’t involve a list of secret supercars and Nicholas Cage hitting jumps in a Mustang. Late-model Toyota Camrys, Nissan Altimas and GMC Sierras are apparently stolen because just a few easily-removable parts are almost worth more than the entire vehicles.

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February 20, 2018 at 03:46PM

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Who Doesn’t Want This Archos Android-Powered Scooter?

Who Doesn’t Want This Archos Android-Powered Scooter?

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That’s a lie, who does want this thing?

Archos, a company we haven’t written about in two years, but typically is known for budget-friendly devices you’d skip over, announced the “first Google Android scooter” today. It’s called the Archos Citee Connect, for those curious. We’re talking about a scooter that has a connected Android device embedded in its handle bars to give you access to apps and other info as you buzz around town.

The Android device within the Citee Connect features a 5-inch IPS display with Gorilla Glass, quad-core processor, 3G chip, 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage, splash resistance, and Android 8.0 “Oreo.” It will show you information like your speed and distance traveled, as well as battery level.

Here is a look at that setup.

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Archos would only mention that the Citee Connect has access to “numerous applications and services” without actually mentioning any. Will it have Google Play access or are we talking about a random 3rd party app store? We don’t know!

As a scooter, you’ve got 8.5-inch wheels, peak speeds of 25km/h, 6000mAh battery (2-3 hour charging time), weight of 13kgs, and max load of 100kgs.

Archos plans to sell the Citee Connect this summer at a starting price of 499.99 € ($616)

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February 20, 2018 at 02:52PM

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Mr. Steven, a Netted Claw-Boat, Could Save SpaceX Millions

Mr. Steven, a Netted Claw-Boat, Could Save SpaceX Millions

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Mr. Steven is expected to save SpaceX millions of dollars. Mr. Steven, by the way, is a giant boat with a net.
Building and launching reliable rockets into space is a costly endeavor, and SpaceX has been hellbent on bringing those costs down since the rocket company…launched. Until recently, spent rockets could only be used once. But Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, has proven rockets are reusable, and can coordinate a simultaneous landing. But the cost-cutting can go even further.

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February 20, 2018 at 03:41PM

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The ‘Garlic Girls,’ South Korea’s Women Curlers, Are A Surprise Olympics Sensation

The ‘Garlic Girls,’ South Korea’s Women Curlers, Are A Surprise Olympics Sensation

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Eun Jung Kim delivers a stone between Yeong Mi Kim and Seon Yeong Kim during their game against Switzerland on Feb. 16. Korea.

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The surprise winning streak of South Korea’s women’s curling team has put them in the spotlight and made the players the pride of new curling fans across the Pyeongchang Olympics host country. Now ranked first, the team has a 6 to 1 win-loss record.

It also has a catchy nickname — the “Garlic Girls,” after their garlic-producing hometown — and its members have mostly food-inspired individual nicknames. The captain, Eun Jung Kim, is “Yogurt,” and her teammates are “Pancake,” “Steak,” “Cho-Cho” and “Sunny,” short for sunny side-up.

The entire team hails from Uiseong, a town in southern South Korea. On Tuesday in the town, their old neighbors, friends and teachers gathered in the gymnasium at the teammates’ former high school to watch and cheer their semifinals-clinching victory in Gangneung.

At the curling center in Gangneung, where the Garlic Girls were facing off against the United States, no seat went unfilled. Fans stood along the back walls and jammed into passageways, breaking into chants whenever the South Koreans scored.

“I think they figured out they can yell and stomp and cheer and have a great time, so that’s great to see,” said Rick Patzke, CEO of USA Curling. He has watched the curling crowds grow along with the popularity of the South Korean team during these Games.

“They play with a lot of passion. They’re not robotic by any means, they’re very technically sound and I believe that comes with their coaching and their ability to fulltime be curlers,” he says.

(From left) Teammates Yeong Mi Kim, Kyeong Ae Kim, Eun Jung Kim and Seon Yeong Kim talk together during a women’s curling round robin at the Winter Olympics on Feb. 16.

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(From left) Teammates Yeong Mi Kim, Kyeong Ae Kim, Eun Jung Kim and Seon Yeong Kim talk together during a women’s curling round robin at the Winter Olympics on Feb. 16.

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All four curlers share the same surname, Kim; two are sisters. Their town’s mayor decided more than a decade ago to use government funds to build a curling center in hopes of hosting tournaments and becoming a future curling destination. The Uiseong Girls High School, where today’s Olympians were students, teamed up with the local government to support the sport.

“We canceled our basketball team that was here in the school and changed our school sport to curling,” says former principal Lee In-young.

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Curling was so unknown to South Korea that the country didn’t even have a team until the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Today, Uiseong is on the map for producing Olympic curlers as well as garlic.

“I saw the team taking their sticks for the first time when the curling team was first made in the school,” Lee recalls. “And they were good-natured students and they also studied very hard.”

The current spotlight on the Garlic Girls is helping draw in another generation of young curlers.

“I’m so proud of them. And since they’re graduates of this high school, I feel like I have to follow in their footsteps,” says Jeong Soobin, a student in Uiseong.

It’s still unclear how this winning streak will end. In the semifinals, the four best teams will compete for a medal. Their coach says instead of fixating on winning, the Garlic Girls want to rewrite South Korea’s curling history. With this Olympic run, their hometown thinks they already have.

Seoul producer Se Eun Gong reported from Uiseong.

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February 20, 2018 at 03:23PM

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Tesla’s Cloud Hacked, Used to Mine Cryptocurrency

Tesla’s Cloud Hacked, Used to Mine Cryptocurrency

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Hackers infiltrated Tesla’s cloud environment and stole computer resources to mine for cryptocurrency, according to the security firm RedLock.

According to a report released on Tuesday detailing cloud security threats, RedLock’s Cloud Security Intelligence team—yes, it’s CSI team—notified Tesla of the intrusion and the vulnerability was addressed. The electric vehicle company was reportedly running one of hundreds of open-source systems the CSI team found accessible online without password protection. The exposure allowed hackers to access Tesla’s Amazon cloud environment, RedLock said.

In an email to Gizmodo, a Tesla spokesperson said there is “no indication” the breach impacted customer privacy or compromised the security of its vehicles.

“We maintain a bug bounty program to encourage this type of research, and we addressed this vulnerability within hours of learning about it,” a Tesla spokesperson told Gizmodo in an email. “The impact seems to be limited to internally-used engineering test cars only, and our initial investigation found no indication that customer privacy or vehicle safety or security was compromised in any way.”

According to RedLock, mining cryptocurrency is likely a more valuable use of Tesla’s servers than the data they store.

“The recent rise of cryptocurrencies is making it far more lucrative for cybercriminals to steal organizations’ compute power rather than their data,” RedLock CTO Gaurav Kumar told Gizmodo. “In particular, organizations’ public cloud environments are ideal targets due to the lack of effective cloud threat defense programs. In the past few months alone, we have uncovered a number of cryptojacking incidents including the one affecting Tesla.”

Kumar said the attackers leveraged the Stratum mining protocol and evaded detection by hiding the true IP address of the mining pool server behind CloudFlare and keeping CPU usage low, among other tactics.

“Given the immaturity of cloud security programs today, we anticipate this type of cybercrime to increase in scale and velocity,” Kumar said. “Organizations need to proactively monitor their public cloud environments for risky resource configurations, signs of account compromise, and suspicious network traffic just as they do for their on-premise environments.”

Kumar added that while breaches at cloud service providers were almost never the fault of the host—Amazon, Microsoft, Google—security is a “shared responsibility.” “Organizations of every stripe are fundamentally obliged to monitor their infrastructures for risky configurations, anomalous user activities, suspicious network traffic, and host vulnerabilities,” he said. “Without that, anything the providers do will never be enough.”

RedLock estimates that 8 percent of organizations will face attacks by cryptojackers—but due to ineffective network monitoring, most will go undetected.

The firm’s finding show that 73 percent of organizations “allow the root user account to be used to perform activities—behavior that goes against security best practices,” while 16 percent “have user accounts that have potentially been compromised.” RedLock further estimates that 58 percent of organizations “publicly exposed at least one cloud storage service.” Meanwhile, it found, 66 percent of databases are not encrypted.

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February 20, 2018 at 10:12AM

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Samsung crams 30TB of SSD into a single 2.5-inch drive

Samsung crams 30TB of SSD into a single 2.5-inch drive

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The 30TB Samsung PM1643 SSD.

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If you need to pack more storage into your enterprise systems, then boy has Samsung got the SSD for you. The new PM1643 boasts a capacity of 30.72TB in a standard 2.5-inch drive.

On the inside, the drive has nine flash controllers driving 32 1TB packages of NAND flash, with each package containing 16 layers of 512Gb 3-bit-per-cell V-NAND. There’s also 40GB of DDR4 RAM. The RAM is unusual, too; the 8Gb chips are built using Through Silicon Vias (TSVs), enabling them to be stacked vertically. They’re assembled into 10 packages each of 4GB.

The drive uses a 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI interface. Samsung claims it can reach 400,000 read and 50,000 write random IOPS, with sequential read and write speeds of 2,100MB/s and 1,700MB/s, respectively.

Samsung rates the drive as supporting one full drive write per day over a five-year lifetime.

There’s no information on price or availability just yet. Samsung says that it started making the drives in January and that it will follow the 30TB unit with 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB, and 800GB versions.

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February 20, 2018 at 10:59AM

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In Los Angeles, Dreamscape Immersive’s Location-Based VR Brings You Into a New World

In Los Angeles, Dreamscape Immersive’s Location-Based VR Brings You Into a New World

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As certain ­forward-thinking magazines predicted last year (ahem), VR’s first mass-culture moment has arrived not as a device but as a destination. There’s far more immersive potential in a dedicated VR facility—with its stagecraft and high-end components—than what’s currently possible in your living room. Already, companies like The VOID and Star VR are running bespoke experiences where you can roam imaginary worlds untethered, and Imax has installed virtual reality centers in three of its multiplexes. Next up: A new outfit called Dreamscape Immersive promises to supercharge the escapism of “location-based” VR.

The key is a nifty motion-capture algorithm. By putting trackers on your hands and feet, plus a laptop on your back, Dreamscape can extrapolate what your limbs are doing. The result is a system that brings your full body into VR and enables you to share the experience—and props—with others. Playing catch with a flaming torch; reaching out and feeling the head of a creature that has sidled up to you; swinging a baseball bat and connecting with a real pitch: It’s all unlike anything else in the medium. “We’re not going to be a ‘VRcade,’” says Dreamscape CEO Bruce Vaughn. “This is a chance to transport people into imaginative worlds.”

When can you give it a go? This year. The top floor of Los Angeles’ Westfield Century City mall will soon be home to an array of Yves Béhar–inspired Dream­scape “pods”—and is previewing the experience via a pop-up location until March 7. If you can’t make it to LA, AMC has committed to installing pods in at least six other cities. Oh, and Steven Spielberg is an early investor. E.T. in VR? ZOMG.

1 Everything about your avatar, from hairstyle to fashion, will be customizable. Nice jacket, bro.

2 Headsets are enhanced by a formidable tracking system.

3 With the computer on your back, you’re free to roam.

4 An algorithm relies on just a few body-tracking points to generate your avatar’s full range of motion.


Other virtual venues around Los Angeles

  • Disneyland: In the Void’s collaboration with ILM, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, you infiltrate enemy territory disguised as a stormtrooper. Pew-Pew!
  • IMAX VR Centre: Panoramic headsets and multiplayer gaming galore—including a John Wick tie-in that makes you feel like Keanu (in a good way).
  • Virtual Room Hollywood: You’ve played room escape games, but have you done it … in VR? Team-based egress, 21st-century style.

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February 20, 2018 at 09:12AM

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