Posted on: Feb 08 19:28

Toxic chemicals in fragrances, nail polishes, and shampoo may raise the risk of type 2 diabetes in women, a study suggests.

Phthalates are chemicals that strengthen plastic and are used as a lubricant in many cosmetic products. The chemicals can seep through the skin and cause damage to the liver, kidney, lungs and other organs.

Researchers from the University of Michigan who tracked 1,300 middle-aged women over six years found that those with high exposure to the chemicals were 63 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

The Food and Drug Administration warns these chemicals are also found in hair spray, aftershave, and other beauty products.  

Posted on: Feb 08 16:57

The US government used Navy divers to plant "remotely triggered explosives" on Russia and Germany's Nord Stream pipelines during a "mid-summer NATO exercise known as BALTOPS 22" and triggered the bombs three months later in September, famed veteran journalist Seymour Hersh reports.

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Ubisoft, the company behind the Assassin's Creed and Rainbow Six franchises, has not only partnered with the Anti-Defamation League to fight "hate" in gaming but is also now working with British police to jail gamers for their speech.

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Famed journalist and Pulitzer prize winner Seymour Hersh, who for decades was a star reporter writing for The New York Times and New Yorker, on Wednesday published a new bombshell as his first Substack post, prompting a quick White House response

After conducting his own investigation into who sabotaged the Nord Stream pipelines via a series of underwater blasts on Sept. 26, Hersh has concluded the United States blew up the Russia-to-Germany natural gas pipeline as part of a covert operation under the guise of the BALTOPS 22 NATO exercise.

Posted on: Feb 08 12:55

Many online stores are exposing private backups in public folders, including internal account passwords, which can be leveraged to take over the e-commerce sites and extort owners.

According to a study by website security company Sansec, roughly 12% of online stores forget their backups in public folders due to human error or negligence.

The study examined 2,037 stores of various sizes and found that 250 (12.3%) exposed ZIP, SQL, and TAR archives on public web folders that can be freely accessed without requiring authentication.

The archives appear to be backups containing database passwords, secret administrator URLs, internal API keys, and customer PII (personally identifiable information).

Posted on: Feb 08 12:51

Politicians were predictably outraged. In hearings before the Congressional Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Tuesday, several representatives referred to the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAMs) as outdated, while Colin Allred (D-TX) said 2030 was an "unacceptably long time" to wait for improvements. 

But when Allred asked why the FAA had only requested $3 billion for facilities and equipment funding - the same amount as it has asked since 2009 (even when adjusting for inflation) - Dave Boulter, the FAA's acting associate administrator for aviation safety didn't have much of an answer. 

Allred pointed out that $29.4 million of the $3 billion was earmarked for NOTAMs modernization, and asked Boulter how much would be required to move the upgrade completion date up to 2025. Boulter didn't have an answer, only saying that such software fell outside his purview.

He did note that folks at the FAA "want things to go faster," but that he didn't know what sort of money would be needed to make that happen.

Posted on: Feb 08 12:50

Microsoft has announced new AI chatbot-powered search features supporting its search engine Bing and the browser Edge on Tuesday, promising to revamp the way netizens surf information on the internet. 

The revised Bing search engine uses large language models to summarize information from web pages. It's designed to be more flexible, providing users with more direct responses to queries that previously would have required them to browse the internet. 

Instead of listing several web pages for people to read through when planning a holiday, for example, the promised Chat feature, coming to Microsoft's Edge browser soon, can do things like automatically list top tourist attractions. 

The system operates like a chatbot, where users can refine their search by asking follow-up questions to get a more helpful response.

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