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There is a season when the flu starts spreading and infecting people. People suffer headache, sore throat and fell chill. Instead of suffering chills and body aches, users can fall ill from a kind of machine malady—malware. For PCs, smartphones, tablets, and enterprise networks, it’s always flu season.VPN service

Malware is an umbrella term for a number of malicious software that causes damage to a system, including viruses, worms, Trojan viruses, spyware, adware and ransomware. It will interfere with the normal function of users’ devices. Malware is designed to steal the user’s sensitive personal information and monitor their activity on the device without their permission. The ultimate purpose of the designer is to illegally make money from others via malware.
Today we are going to know more about malware by starting with the common types of malware.

Virus

A virus is a malicious software attached to a document or file that supports macros to execute the code and spreads from host to host. They are usually displayed as an executable file (.exe).

Worm

A worm can erase something and / or replace it with something else. It uses each successively infected machine to infect others.

Trojan

Just as Greek soldiers hiding in a huge horse to fend off their attack, this type of malware hides in legitimate software or disguises itself as such. Their goal is to steal information and / or grant further access to the system.

Spyware

Spyware was designed to spy on a user’s activity. This type of malware, hidden in the background, gathers information without the user’s knowledge.

Adware

Adware is a relatively harmless software used to collect data and provide appropriate advertising for you.

Ransomware

Ransomware is malicious software that gains access to sensitive information within a system, encrypts that information so that the user can not access it until it gets a monetary payment to release the data.When comes to the issue of online privacy and security, we suggest to use a VPN, and our recommendation is RitaVPN.Qwer432
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buzai232 Dec 8 '19, 11:05PM
When it comes to privacy and security on the Internet, two terms are often used: VPN and Proxy. If you’re wondering what exactly those words mean or what you need, you’re not alone. While these two services offer something similar, it is important to know the differences and similarities so you can decide which one works best for you.VPN

What is a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is best described as an encrypted virtual tunnel that commutes your Internet activity between a host server and your PC or phone. Everything you do on the Internet, from checking your bank statements to playing online, is seen only by the VPN host server.

You can use a VPN to get around geographic restrictions because your IP address is different, but a VPN does much more in terms of privacy. Public WLAN is not always secure – users can track your activity if your data is not encrypted. But it will be safe if you use a VPN.
Many companies use VPNs so employees can access their own local intranet or corporate network while on the move. A VPN can be used on any device where the client is installed. So it does not matter where you try to access the VPN.

For the casual user, you will probably purchase a VPN service and connect to your server to surf the Internet privately and securely. Setting up is generally straightforward, making it an appropriate option for many people. However, before you download a VPN client, you should be aware of some disadvantages.

What are the disadvantages of a VPN?

The first and probably biggest disadvantage of a VPN is the price. For example, our top pick for a VPN, NordVPN, is $ 83 for a one-year subscription and $ 12 for a monthly subscription.

What is a proxy server?

A proxy server is best described as a mediator for your PC and the Internet as a whole. When you connect to a proxy server, your activity appears as if it came from the proxy’s IP address, not your own. Because of this, a proxy can bypass the geographic restrictions. This is similar to a VPN, but here the similarities stop.

If the traffic between your PC and the host server, which hides behind an encrypted tunnel, remains largely open to all interested parties. This means that anyone with the right tools can view your Internet traffic as if you were not using a proxy at all. There are also some Java and Flash instances that cause the proxy to fail when you try to load its items into a Web browser so that a Web site sees your actual IP address.When comes to the issue of online privacy and security, we suggest to use a VPN, and our recommendation is RitaVPN.Qwer432
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buzai232 Dec 8 '19, 10:58PM
Battle Creek residents will get to experience a new brewery this winter.Handmap Brewing is on pace to open their doors in February, according to co-owners Jennifer Brown and Chris McCleary.Water Purification Equipment

As of right now, the brewery, located at 15 Carlyle St. in downtown Battle Creek at the newly renovated Record Box building, has the frame of the bar in place, the beer cooler built and installed, most of their brewing equipment in place and some of the painting done.

"Some of the toughest parts are done, which is nice," Brown said. "But there's still a lot to do. We're busy."

The brewery also has most of their licensing complete, but they are still waiting on their final health inspection.The Record Box Loft event space is set to open in the next couple of weeks. Owners Cody and Caitlynn Newman recently announced they are hosting musician Benny Bassett for a concert on the upstairs floor of the building on November 22.

The brewery will remain under construction after the event space opens.“There’s been some confusion that people think we are opening at the same time as the [the Record Box Loft] upstairs, which isn’t the case,” Brown said.Once the brewery is completed, Cody Newman believes the brewery and Record Box Loft can collaborate on events and mutually benefit each other.

"We're really excited to have them," he said. "It's a perfect fit. It will tie in well with the event space and work space."The brewery still needs to finish the bar and complete the installation of the brewing equipment and construction of the kitchen and outdoor patio.

McCleary, who is in charge of the brewing operations, also needs about two months to brew his first batches of beer.A winter opening date is beneficial for the business, because they anticipate less activity in the winter. It will give them the opportunity to ease into the anticipated heavy traffic of spring.“We need to stay on course with our schedule and timeline, because opening in the winter is important,” Brown said.

Once completed, the brewery will include a bar that seats 30 to 35 people, along with additional table seating surrounding it. There will also be an outdoor patio and access to the brewing room.The brewery will eventually offer 16 beers on tap, although there will be fewer offerings initially.

“We’re taking it slow for right now because we want everything in place before we let people through the door,” McCleary said. “But we’re anxious and excited. It’s been coming together great as of right now.”
buzai232 Dec 8 '19, 10:47PM
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buzai232 Dec 8 '19, 10:37PM
On November 18, the press conference of the “Global Design Competition of Intelligent Life”, jointly organized by the Jinghai District People’s Government of Tianjin, PRC., the Industrial Culture Development Center of MIIT of China, the Tianjin Municipal Committee Cyberspace Office, China, and the Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Industry and Information Technology of China, was held at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, signifying that the Competition is officially launched to accept entries worldwide.living in tianjin

With the theme “5G Intelligence Drawing Smart Life”, the “Global Design Competition of Intelligent Life” Jinghai Tianjin of China aims to present the Family Apartment area of the Jinghai Intelligent Industrial Park in Tianjin as a space for the application of 5G intelligent life. Following the key idea of “green, shared, interconnected, and innovative” design, a win-win and sharing platform is created by virtue of the Competition for the communication and cooperation associated with intelligent life to satisfy the needs of high-level talents in the innovation and business starting field for their family life in the future, and promote the extensive integration of intelligent technology into their everyday life. Additionally, a community will be fostered as an example of intelligent life to lead its development in China and then win a global reputation, so as to make Jinghai Tianjin of China an industrial demonstration district for intelligent life in the world.

The task list for the Competition contains 28 design tasks in three categories – namely, intelligent community building design, intelligent design, and operational mode design. The Competition receives the intelligent life solutions submitted by the world-renowned architectural design studios and intelligent life solution providers, and encourages the application of innovative ideas and digital technology in the design while keeping good predictability, scalability, iteration and operability, and highlighting easy application, easy identification, and security. Meanwhile, investment estimation and cost effectiveness are significant factors considered in the review of entries. The Competition is divided into three stages, including entry registration, qualification review, and final review. It is expected to organize the final review in the middle of April 2020, and hold the award ceremony of the “Global Design Competition of Intelligent Life” to present 1 first prize, 2 second prizes, and 3 third prizes. A recognition award will be granted to the design teams of the other entries in the final.

As one of the 5G pilot cities in China, Tianjin has held the Global Intelligent Competition for three consecutive years since 2017. In this way, it is embracing the new era of intelligence, developing the new economy of intelligence, and nurturing the new life of intelligence with its vanguard arms stretched out wider, so as to speed up the development of “Tianjin Intelligent Port”.

Abutting Xiong’an New Area and Binhai New Area (Tianjin), Jinghai District of Tianjin City is a great place for investment and development thanks to its unique geographical location and advantageous resources. In recent years, Jinghai District is thoroughly implementing and carrying out the Development Planning of the State Council for a New Generation of Artificial Intelligence and the related requirements of Tianjin Municipal Committee and Municipal Government for the construction of intelligent city. Relying on the Jinghai Intelligent Industrial Park, it is dedicated to developing a new highland, a high-end clustering area, and an application demonstration area for global intelligent industry, so that the economy will be stimulated by intelligence.
buzai232 Dec 8 '19, 09:10PM
Amidst an explosion of British-based private and international schools in China, the government is clamping down on their selection processes.Shanghai international school admission

Accusing schools of “creaming off” the best of students, Chinese education providers will soon be required to pick students for admission based on a lottery system.

Zheng Fuzhi, China’s Deputy Education Minister, announced the new guidelines as part of China’s plans to improve the quality of public education.

According to SixthOne, “Both public and private schools in the compulsory education system should start their enrollment processes at the same time, and private schools should select students through a random computerized system if applications exceed quotas.”

Richard Gaskell, Director of International Education Analysts at ISC Research, reportedly said at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference of leading fee-paying schools in the UK that “There is a backlash against the rapid increase in private schools in China, particularly from the big public schools where it’s perceived that they have been simply creaming off the best kids.”

He also advised that international schools should put their expansion plans on hold until the full effect of the changes next spring can be seen.

However, Gaskell said that international schools should not be deterred from opening up new branches in China as there is still a huge demand.

He said, “There is a deep desire amongst the wealthy, middle class and young Chinese parents for a Western style of education.”
buzai232 Dec 8 '19, 09:01PM
Monkeys in India apparently can’t tell a tiger from a dog made to look like a tiger — or at least that is what one farmer claims.To get more news about farmer painting, you can visit shine news official website.

The farmer, identified as Srikanth Gowda, said he has been able to protect his coffee crop from monkeys by painting his pet dog Bulbul with black stripes, an Indian news outlet reports.

“I now take Bulbul to the fields twice a day — in the morning and evening,” Gowda told Asian News International in a report Monday. “I have seen them running away at the sight of the dog. The monkeys now refrain from entering my plantations.”

ANI posted images of the tiger-looking Bulbul on Twitter.

Gowda, who grows coffee in Thirthahalli in the state of Karnataka, turned to the dog after failing to scare off the monkeys with stuffed tiger toys, ANI reported.

“But, in the long run, the color of the toy used to fade and the monkeys would return to damaging the crop,” he said, according to ANI.The news outlet quoted Gowda’s daughter as saying that other farmers in the village are now copying her father and painting their dogs to look like tigers.
Monkeys in India apparently can’t tell a tiger from a dog made to look like a tiger -- or at least that is what one farmer claims.

The farmer, identified as Srikanth Gowda, said he has been able to protect his coffee crop from monkeys by painting his pet dog Bulbul with black stripes, an Indian news outlet reports.“I now take Bulbul to the fields twice a day -- in the morning and evening,” Gowda told Asian News International in a report Monday. “I have seen them running away at the sight of the dog. The monkeys now refrain from entering my plantations.”

Gowda, who grows coffee in Thirthahalli in the state of Karnataka, turned to the dog after failing to scare off the monkeys with stuffed tiger toys, ANI reported.

“But, in the long run, the color of the toy used to fade and the monkeys would return to damaging the crop,” he said, according to ANI.
buzai232 Dec 8 '19, 08:49PM
Peach trees (Prunus persica) bloom in the spring in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5b through 8b. Although they are desirable for their sweet, juicy fruit and attractive blossoms, they are prone to problems caused by insect pest infestations and diseases, including common fungal diseases. Still, the tasty fruit and attractive appearance of the tree makes it an appealing choice for dedicated home gardeners.To get more news about peach flower, you can visit shine news official website.
Peach trees blossom in early spring. The flowers appear and open well before the leaves. The bright flowers, coupled with the tree's dark bark, make for a striking contrast in appearance. Depending on the climate, the buds may appear any time between early March to mid-April.
Peach blossom flowers range in color from very light pink -- which can appear almost white or gray -- to red and lavender, depending on the cultivar. Each single blossom is about 1 inch in diameter with five petals surrounding the center. Some are quite large and showy, while others are much smaller with edges that curve inward.
Each flower blooms singly or in pairs on short stalks called peduncles. They are usually clustered close together, so it may appear as if they bloom in groups rather than on single stems. Each flower pollinates itself before the bud even opens -- a process called cleistogamy. The ovary and stamens, which are surrounded by a structure called the hypanthium, protrude from the flower at the same level as the petals rather than being tucked deep down inside the flower. The inner flesh of the hypanthium reflects the eventual color of the flesh of the peaches.
The peach blossom flower was voted in as a symbol of Delaware on March 9th, 1895, but it was not adopted as the actual state flower until 58 years later. This was triggered by the fact that Delaware was often called the "peach state" due to its large amounts of peach tree orchards, which at their peak contained a combined amount of over 800,000 peach trees.
buzai232 Dec 8 '19, 08:40PM
“A picture is worth a thousand words,” so the old adage goes. Today, with virtually all photos taken digitally and in higher quality, they hold more information than ever before.
There’s a lot that we can glean from photos at face value: Who’s in it, what’s happening, and where. But with photos taken at higher definition, and on devices that track your location, people can learn more about your photo—and you—than perhaps you might want them to.
What can people find out from your photos?
Last year we wrote about a data experiment in which millions of cat images on hosting sites like Twitpic and Instagram were pinned on a map along with each cat’s location, determined from the latitude and longitude coordinates in the photos’ metadata. If it can be done with cats, it can be done with people, too.
When your geotagging settings are turned on in your camera or camera app, the photos you take will have location data included in their metadata, down to the exact latitude and longitude. Anyone who has access to your photos can retrieve the metadata with little difficulty and can determine where you were when you took the photo.
And with the quality of photos are becoming clearer with each new phone model, the task of stealing your biometric data is getting a little bit easier, in particular when it comes to your fingerprints. Real-world examples of identity theft using photos of fingers are virtually nonexistent, but in theory someone with an image of your fingerprint would be able to get into your phone that used fingerprint authentication.
Lastly, and perhaps most alarmingly, a stalker once found a celebrity’s home through the reflection in her eyes alone and attacked her. While this is incredibly rare, it is still an example of how photos can give away information in the most unexpected ways.
How to make your photos more private
1. Strip the metadata
Each photo taken on your device contains Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) data, which specifies the formatting of the photo as well as other details of the image like location data.
The easiest way to remove this metadata is to disable geotagging on your devices to stop them from being tracked in the first place (iOS, Android).
If your photos have location data attached to them, you can remove it retroactively via free and open-source programs. If you store your photos on Google photos, you can remove the location by simply flipping a toggle in its Settings.
Read more about why you should remove metadata.
2. Make your photos harder to access
If your photos are already uploaded online and you don’t want to take them down, you can limit who can access them. Review the privacy settings of your accounts and albums that you upload to, and restrict access to the ones you don’t want everyone to see. Start with changing your privacy settings on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
3. Refrain from posting sensitive photos, or remove them altogether
Before you upload a photo, take a second to review the information that’s in the photo, from location data and people in the photos to identifiable information (for example, your #boardingpass). Is this information you want everyone following you to know?
Reducing, if not removing, photos with sensitive information altogether can also reduce the chances of someone figuring out where you are. It may be a bummer, but the only way to effectively stop people from following you more closely than you want is to stop posting or remove photos, or privatize already public photos.
Remove, restrict, and reduce
Removing location metadata, restricting access to your account, and reducing the number of photos you post on your accounts is good practice for anyone who wants to take more control over who can see what they post online, and the information that’s tucked in the metadata.
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buzai232 Dec 3 '19, 04:10AM
Your devices are rating you. Behave accordingly.
Chances are you’ve seen “Nosedive,” the infamous Black Mirror episode depicting a world in which ordinary people rate each other on the basis of their social interactions. On the popular show—which takes aim at the pervasive nature of technology in our lives and paints a dystopian picture of the future—these ratings feed back into a comprehensive algorithm, computing individual social credit scores that determine socioeconomic status.

In this fictitious world, having a low score prevents you from going about your everyday life. You can’t rent a car, book a hotel, or pay for flights.

But this story hits alarmingly close to home for those subject to China’s evolving social credit system. Built to replicate the Western model of financial credit scores, the Chinese system works in a similar fashion except it rewards good behavior (and punishes bad) beyond just timely debt repayments.

It’s easy to admonish a state for wielding outsize influence over the behavior of its citizens. But that would be missing a key point. The broader force making this unique social credit model possible in the first place is the proliferation of facial scanners, digital devices, machine-learning algorithms, and big data models. They are here to stay and becoming more intelligent over time.

Surveillance is a dark and mysterious force
Technology has the ability to fundamentally transform our social contracts and could, perhaps, lead to an elimination of the nation state in its current form.

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re not a fan of surveillance. You value your privacy and you’d rather the government not know what you’re doing 24/7. But that’s because we have the choice (some of us, at least) to live in a world where our rights, to some degree, are respected.

How would our behavior change if we lived inside a panopticon? Born from the writings of British philosopher Jeremy Bentham, a panopticon refers to a building featuring an observation tower in the centre of a circle of prison cells.

A panopticon is supposed to drive home the perception that your actions could be monitored at any time. Every prisoner looking out of their prison cell is able to see the central observation tower. There’s no way of reliably knowing whether a guard is looking at them at the same instant, but there’s no way of avoiding it either.

Bentham believed in the notion that power should be visible yet dark and mysterious. He argued that an individual’s relationship with society depended on it: Through surveillance, we’d be forced to conform to societal norms in terms of ethics, morals, and attitudes towards work.

Social credits are already here
Bentham died in the early 19th century, but his work and ideas live on. And while the panopticon as a behavior enforcement model didn’t really get off the ground, we can certainly argue that it’s only the tools that are different.

Let’s take Uber ratings, for example. The company confirmed earlier this year that it would start banning riders with low ratings. Drivers with low ratings face similar repercussions: They can’t drive for Uber Black in some states, and they could receive fewer ride requests.

The message here is simple yet direct: Be polite, friendly, or get cut off. If that’s not behavior control, I don’t know what is.

And this is far from the only manifestation of technology altering our lifestyle choices. Insurance companies want your Fitbit data so they can check how healthy you are and, potentially, adjust your premiums. Smart toothbrushes are beaming data back to your dental provider, so if you don’t brush your teeth often enough, get ready to cough up more cash.

We’ve come to rely on these models, too. Would you ever buy a product from an eBay seller with a low rating? How often do you read reviews online before trying a new service?

Of course, each of these examples reflects only a small area of monitoring, not the broad stroke taken by a government-run social credit system. But this seeming restraint exists, for the most part, because technology companies have been operating within their limited scopes. If all these data points were welded together, it could fuel a similarly wide-sweeping monitoring system.

It’s a moral quandary. Our addiction to technology and the data points we’re willing to give up make algorithms smarter and tech companies richer. While it’s easy to complain about a lack of privacy, the fact is that technology will only serve us better when it knows more about us. It’s a virtuous or vicious cycle, depending on how you look at it.

There’s a term for it too: surveillance capitalism, coined by Shoshana Zuboff of Harvard Business School.

Is privacy an inevitable casualty of technology?
As social credit systems proliferate throughout society, what’s the use of the state? Centralized forces to uphold liberty and guarantee fundamental rights are essential for societies—or are they? If we know that the devices in our pockets are capable of recording everyday actions, wouldn’t that automatically lead to behavioral changes?

Is anarchism the next major social movement? It’s certainly possible, according to professor Andreas Wittel, who argues that “digital technologies might open up new possibilities for large-scale forms of anarchist organization.”

Many of us are aware of the privacy risks associated with technology. Yet we ask Alexa to buy us stuff and Siri to check driving routes. We play our music on Spotify, order our food through Uber Eats, and split our checks via Venmo.

Technology is here to stay and privacy concerns won’t wipe it off the map. The question we should grapple with is whether it will continue to serve us, or will it eventually be the other way around?

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