The data compiled by the U.N. shows that the fertility rate — the average number of children born per woman — has been declining almost everywhere in the world for the past 50 years, and at a faster and faster pace. In 1950, women averaged five babies apiece, but today, they have just 2.5 babies. There is wide variation between countries, but in general, the rate seems to be converging to the "replacement level" — 2.1 children per woman, the rate at which children exactly replace their parents (with some extra births to make up for children who die young). … [Read more...] about Will There Really Be 10 Billion People by 2100?
Under the final approach, which officials called a “forced backup,” companies under court order would be required to upload data stored on an encrypted device to an unencrypted location. But this might put significant constraints on companies, the memo noted, saying it would require that they design new backup channels or “substantially” modify existing systems. … [Read more...] about Obama administration explored backdoors for bypassing smartphone crypto
In the past, DDoSers abused servers running other widely used protocols that had been misconfigured. When not set up correctly, memcached, a database caching system for speeding up websites and networks, can amplify DDoSes by an unthinkable factor of 51,000, an innovation that powered the 2018 record of 1.7Tbps. Four years earlier, attackers abused the Network Time Protocol that servers rely on to keep clocks synchronized across the Internet. The technique, which magnifies junk traffic by about 19 fold, led to the 2014 DDoses that took down servers for League of Legends, EA.com, and other online game services. Usually, when misconfigurations of widely used protocols or services are abused en masse, Internet watchdogs will push administrators to clean them up. When admins finally do, attackers find new ways to increase their firepower. The cycle continues. … [Read more...] about Two record DDoSes disclosed this week underscore their growing menace
The new default OnePlus TV 55U1 review: Xiaomi should be worried With the OnePlus TV U series, OnePlus built a TV that takes on the best that Xiaomi has to offer in India. With a gorgeous design with ultra-thin bezels, a 4K display with Dolby Vision content, and Android TV with a lot of meaningful additions, the OnePlus TV U1 ticks all the right boxes. … [Read more...] about Could you replace your home internet with just your phone’s data plan?