The government of South Korea confirmed on Wednesday that a short-range missile fired in an attempted response to North Korea flying its own projectile over Japan this week crashed into a local golf course, causing panic among South Korean civilians. Pyongyang launched what American and South Korean officials believe to be a medium-range missile on Tuesday that flew over Aomori prefecture, Japan, causing alarm in that northern region and the neighboring island of Hokkaido. At press time, the repressive communist regime has yet to publicly comment on the missile launch or mention it in state-controlled media, meaning most North Koreans have no way of knowing the launch happened. The launch occurred less than a week after American Vice President Kamala Harris visited the “Demilitarized Zone” (DMZ), the border between the two Koreas. During the visit, Harris praised the “strong and enduring … alliance with the Republic of North Korea,” baffling her South Korean hosts. North … [Read more...] about South Korea Accidently Bombs Golf Course in North Korea Missile Response
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The U.S. labor market is still adding jobs at a fast clip, according to a job reported released Wednesday, raising concerns that the Federal Reserve’s fight against inflation will be tougher than expected. Payrolls in the private sector rose 208,000 last month after an upwardly revised 185,000 gain in August, according to data from ADP Research Institute in collaboration with Stanford Digital Economy Lab. Economists had been expecting the ADP report to show just 200,000 jobs. The economy is undergoing a shift as consumers migrate spending from goods to services, slowing demand for manufactured goods and factory labor but raising demand for services and workers in that sector. During the pandemic, spending heavily shifted toward goods and is still rebalancing back to a more normal distribution of demand. On Tuesday, the Commerce Department reported that orders for durable goods made in U.S. factories declined by o.2 percent in August. The ADP report for September reflected … [Read more...] about Private Payrolls Estimate Indicates Labor Market Still Too Hot
Audio player loading… Mastercard has launched a new service designed to help banks identify fraud across crypto exchange platforms. Crypto Secure uses artificial intelligence to help banks determine how likely it is that a crypto exchange on the Mastercard network is connected to fraud activity and allow them to act accordingly. The new platform expands on existing tech supplied to banks to deal with fiat currency fraud, following Mastercard’s acquisition of CipherTrace , a blockchain security startup, in September 2021. Protecting consumer crypto Ajay Bhalla, Mastercard’s President of Cyber and Intelligence Business, has claimed that the new platform is an effort to engender trust in “digital asset transactions.” “The idea is that the kind of trust we provide for digital commerce transactions, we want to be able to provide the same kind of trust to digital asset transactions for consumers, banks and merchants,” he told CNBC (opens in new tab) … [Read more...] about Mastercard wants to help end crypto fraud
I'm a sucker for what might be termed "anti-holiday" films, whether it's action classics like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon or foreign fare like Dial Code: Santa Claus, Elves , and Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale . We're getting a new entry in this growing niche genre: Violent Night , in which David Harbour's Santa Claus must save a young girl and her wealthy family from a band of invading mercenaries. Judging by the trailer, it's like The Ref meets Mel Gibson's Fat Man , with a side of John Wick for good measure. There's not yet much public information about the film. Universal acquired the screenplay in March 2020, and Tommy Wirkola signed on to direct. The Norwegian-born Wirkola is best known for 2013's English language film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters , but he's also behind the 2009 Norwegian horror comedy Dead Snow (and its 2014 sequel) about students battling zombie Nazis during Easter vacation in the mountains. So he's well-versed in … [Read more...] about You better watch out for David Harbour’s badass Santa in
Over the past 15 years, Microsoft has made huge progress fortifying the Windows kernel, the core of the OS that hackers must control to successfully take control of a computer. A cornerstone of that progress was the enactment of strict new restrictions on the loading of system drivers that could run in kernel mode. These drivers are crucial for computers to work with printers and other peripherals, but they're also a convenient inroad that hackers can take to allow their malware to gain unfettered access to the most sensitive parts of Windows. With the advent of Windows Vista, all such drivers could only be loaded after they'd been approved in advance by Microsoft and then digitally signed to verify they were safe. Last week, researchers from security firm ESET revealed that about a year ago, Lazarus, a hacking group backed by the North Korean government, exploited a mile-wide loophole last year that existed in Microsoft's driver signature enforcement (DSE) from the start. The … [Read more...] about No fix in sight for mile-wide loophole plaguing a key Windows defense for years
Over the weekend, news broke that a well-regarded professor who taught chemistry at New York University had been fired after students complained about their grades, his teaching, and the support they received during the pandemic. The story has garnered wide attention because it seems to have a little something for everyone—students taking over the education system, the chaos of our not-quite-post-COVID world, and more. Largely left out of the discussion is the role of the subject matter of the course at issue: organic chemistry, which has an almost mythical status as one of the most difficult classes in undergraduate science education. For those willing to wade past all the other issues raised, the events raise awkward questions about what we expect from science education and how best to deliver it. But to get to those questions, we'll first have to wade through all the additional issues raised by the firing. Higher ed issues Maitland Jones, Jr., the fired professor, taught at … [Read more...] about Did an NYU professor get fired because students hate organic chem?
The dreaded winter COVID wave may already be upon us—and based on early signs, we may be in for a rough time. As people head indoors amid cooling weather, several European countries are seeing upticks in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Though the situation in the US remains quiet for now, trends in the US tend to echo those in Europe. So far, the rise in cases is driven by a familiar foe: the omicron subvariant BA.5, which has maintained a relatively long reign as the globally dominant variant. But a thick soup of omicron subvariants is simmering on the back burner, loaded with sublineages—notably from BA.2. and BA.5— converging on alarming sets of mutations . Some sublineages —such as BQ.1.1, an offshoot from BA.5, and XBB, derived from BA.2 strains —are the most immune evasive subvariants seen to date. For now, the sublineages only account for a sliver of total cases we know about, with BA.5 still taking the lion's share. But our ability to detect and … [Read more...] about Fall COVID surge begins in Europe—and US outlook already looks rough