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Devuan.org Now Points To ‘Pwned’ Page With Gopher URLs

“DEVUAN.ORG HAS BEEN PWNED” reads a new message at the home page for Devuan (a fork of Debian without systemd) — which re-redirects to a new page named pwned.html, reports Slashdot reader DevNull127:
In all capital letters, its carefully-indented message (complete with an ascii-art logo) now informs visitors that “the web sucks — JavaScript sucks — browsers suck.” Posting the URLs to several gopher sites, it adds that “Gopher is the way — gopher is the future.”
“Kiss port 80 goodbye. Join the revolution on port 70.”

The attackers identify themselves as “Green Hat Hackers,” a term generally understood to mean ambitious newbie hackers who want to improve their skills. “Stop the madness,” continues their message, which appeared just hours before the first day of April.
“Get yourself a gopher client.”

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Prosecutors Were Already Investigating Whether Boeing Provided ‘Incomplete or Misleading’ 737 Information

Fox Business News reports:

– “Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Boeing provided incomplete or misleading information about its best-selling 737 Max aircraft to U.S. air safety regulators and customers, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.”
– That investigation began five months ago — after the first crash that killed 189 people, but before the second one.
Nine days after that November 7 crash, America’s Federal Aviation Administration had issued an international emergency order “warning that Boeing had discovered an ‘unsafe condition’ that is ‘likely to exist or develop’ in other planes,” reports the Washington Post:

The FAA directive said if erroneous data is received by the 737 Max jet’s flight control system, the plane’s nose could be pushed down repeatedly. Failing to address that “could cause the flight crew to have difficulty controlling the airplane,” push the nose down and lead to “significant altitude loss, and possible impact with terrain,” according to the notice. The notice told pilots that, if bad data causes problems to appear, they should “disengage autopilot” and use other controls and adjust other switches to fly the plane….
Investigators scouring black box data believe an automatic anti-stalling feature was engaged before a Boeing 737 Max jet crashed and killed 157 people in EthiÂoÂpia, an administration official said Friday. The feature, known as MCAS, also was a factor in the October crash in Indonesia, according to investigators. The investigators said inaccurate information from an outside sensor led MCAS to force the nose of the plane down over and over again.
That explanation is also supported by the positioning of equipment on the aircraft’s tail “in a way that would push the plane’s nose downward, consistent with the black box finding,” reports the Washington Post.
Fox Business also reports that Boeing currently has over 4,600 “unfilled” orders for its 737 Max jets.

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Captain Marvel about to blast past $1 billion at box office – CNET

Live-action remake of Dumbo soared to the top of the weekend box office. …read more

Source:: CNet

Build Your Own Metal Roller

Metal fabrication is a useful skill to have. There’s plenty you can achieve in your workshop at home, given the right tools. There’s lathes for turning, mills for milling, and bandsaws and dropsaws for chopping it all to pieces. But what do you do if you need to make hoops and bends and round sections? You build a metal roller, of course – and that’s precisely what [James Bruton] did.

The main body of the tool is built out of box section, chosen largely as it’s what [James] had lying around. Bearings are of the familiar pillow block variety, with 20 mm bright steel serving as the rollers due to its better tolerance than mild steel stock. Set screws hold the shafts in place to avoid everything sliding around the place. A 10-ton bottle jack then provides the force to gently bend the workpiece as it passes through the rollers.

Initial tests were positive, with the roller producing smooth curves in 4 mm thick steel bar. There were some issues with runout, which were easily fixed with some attention to the parallelism of the shafts. It’s a tidy build, and can serve as a basis for further upgrades in future if necessary.

We’ve seen DIY roll benders before, too. Video after the break.

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Source:: Hackaday

Apple AirPower’s death could be the best thing for you and your iPhone – CNET

Commentary: I was crushed when Apple cancelled its smart wireless charging pad. Now it’s time to move on. …read more

Source:: CNet

US Lawmakers Propose Allowing Prisons To Jam Signals From Smuggled Cellphones

An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:
Federal legislation proposed Thursday would give state prison officials the ability they have long sought to jam the signals of cellphones smuggled to inmates within their walls… The legislation could help provide a solution to a problem prison officials have said represents the top security threat to their institutions.
Corrections chiefs across the country have long argued for the ability to jam the signals, saying the phones — smuggled into their institutions by the thousands, by visitors, errant employees, and even delivered by drone — are dangerous because inmates use them to carry out crimes and plot violence both inside and outside prison.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg wants laws to combat harmful content, protect privacy – CNET

As the social network is called out for its own practices, Zuck says the internet needs guidance and standard rules. …read more

Source:: CNet

Tinder Announces New ‘Height Verification’ Feature. But They May Be Lying

“The Tinder dating app will soon be asking men to submit photos in order to verify their height,” writes long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike, sharing a post made Friday (March 29th) on the official Tinder blog.
Let’s be real, when it comes to online dating — honesty is the best policy. Yes, your height matters as long as every other shallow aspect of physical attraction does. Please try not to take it to heart…
Height-lying ends here. To require everyone under 6′ to own up to their real height, we’re bringing truthfulness back into the world of online dating. Introducing Tinder’s Height Verification Badge (HVB), because yes — sometimes it matters. It’s the tool we’ve had in our back-pockets for years, but we were hoping your honesty would allow us to keep it there… Simply input your true, accurate height with a screenshot of you standing next to any commercial building. We’ll do some state-of-the-art verifying and you’ll receive your badge directly on your profile.
Oh, and by the way? Only 14.5% of the U.S. male population is actually 6′ and beyond. So, we’re expecting to see a huge decline in the 80% of males on Tinder who are claiming that they are well over 6 feet.

The post concludes that “Tinder’s HVB is coming soon to a phone near you,” and Tinder’s official Twitter account described the feature as “the thing you never asked for, but definitely always wanted,” with a short video showing their app displaying errors for incorrect heights. (The second error message reads “Seriously… Please enter your correct height.”) The video has been viewed 2.78 million times. Its tagline? “Let’s bring honesty back to dating.”
“It’s unknown at this point if this is a real feature that the company is adding to its dating app,” reported one local news site, “or an early April Fool’s joke.”

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Popup enlarges at the last second so users click on ads instead of ‘Close’ button

Trick has been used for a few months as part of an active malvertising campaign. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

SpaceX could fire up both of its next-gen rockets soon – CNET

A follow-up launch of the company’s historic Falcon Heavy demo and its future plans to get to the Red Planet could both get a boost. …read more

Source:: CNet

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