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Feb 20 16:41

BREAKING: Aircraft turned into fireball after PLUMMETING into Melbourne shopping centre

A MASSIVE explosion has taken place after an aircraft crashed into a major shopping outlet in Melbourne – with fears growing for the lives of all those on board.

Plumes of smoke billowed into the air after the carrier thundered into Direct Factory Outlet, a centre close to Melbourne's Essendon Airport in Australia.

Victoria Police reported the plane crash around 9am local time but have not yet released any information on the number of casualties.

Feb 20 16:41

College Writing Center Director Says Proper Grammar is 'Racist'

Expecting students to use proper grammar is "racist" and reflective of "white supremacy," at least according to the University of Washington Tacoma's writing program director Asao Inoue.

Feb 20 16:40

Sweden on the brink? Police force pushed to breaking point by violence amid migrant influx

SWEDEN is on the brink of becoming a lawless state as the police force is losing the battle against unprecedented levels of crime and violence amid a growing migrant crisis.

The Scandinavian country is facing an existential crisis with on average three police officers handing in their resignations a day.

If the alarming trend continues, and police officers continue to resign more than 1,000 officers will have quit the service by New Years.

Since the migrant crisis began last summer, Sweden has been hit by a series of brutal crimes and violent incidents.

In 2015 alone Sweden, with a population of 9.5million, received over 160,000 asylum applications and the country is expected to take as many as 190,000 refugees, or two per cent of the population, by the end of 2016.

Feb 20 16:35

Google bellows bug news after Microsoft sails past fix deadline

On this occasion, the bug allows attackers to access memory using EMF metafiles, a tool implemented in the Windows Graphics Component GDI library (gdi32.dll) and which helps applications to use graphics. And once an attacker is in memory, things can get interesting.

Mateusz Jurczyk, the Google chap who found the bug and others like it in the past, writes that Redmond fixed similar messes he reported last year. But he also alleges that the fix for those flaws, MS16-074, didn't completely address issues that allow access to memory. So he told Microsoft about the issue on November 16th, 2016, and waited. And waited. And waited until last week's we-don't-call-it-patch-Tuesday-anymore came and went because Microsoft needed more time to get a new patch dump just right.

At which point the 90-day policy kicked in and Google pulled the trigger, revealing the flaw to the world.

Feb 20 16:34

Oh happy day! Linus Torvalds has given the world Linux 4.10

That means “about 13,000 commits”, among them support for Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0. Chipzilla's GVT graphics virtualization, which makes it easier to share GPUs, has also made it to the kernel. ATA Command Priority Support has slipped in, too, allowing orders-of-magnitude faster read request processing on supported drives.

This release also features a new maintainer for the Xen interface, namely a chap called Martin Schwidefsky.

Qualcomm's SnapDragon 808 and 810 also gain support. Both are 450Mbps-LTE-capable devices said to be ideal for streaming 4K video. Now on Linux.

Feb 20 16:29

BS Detection 101 becomes actual University subject

How could El Reg ignore this? – two University of Washington professors have assembled a course to teach students to identify bullshit.

Biology professor Carl Bergstrom and assistant professor at the university's Information School Jevin West have devised the “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data” course as their small contribution to moving manure out of scholarly discourse.

Alas, they're not addressing politics, where they write the practice of promulgating poo and manhandling manure reaches its apogee, but they're swinging the shovel at a cause equally worthy: “more and more we see it presented instead in the guise of big data and fancy algorithms — and these quantitative, statistical, and computational forms of bullshit are those that we will be addressing in the present course.”

Feb 20 16:15

Wow: Trump names Gen. H.R. McMaster new national security advisor

Wow: Trump names Gen. H.R. McMaster new national security advisor President Trump picked Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a widely respected military strategist, as his new national security adviser on Monday, calling him “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”…

General McMaster is seen as one of the Army’s leading intellectuals, first making a name for himself with a searing critique of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for their performance during the Vietnam War and later criticizing the way President George W. Bush’s administration went to war in Iraq.

As a commander, he was credited with demonstrating how a different counterterrorism strategy could defeat insurgents in Iraq, providing the basis for the change in approach that Gen. David H. Petraeus adopted to shift momentum in a war that the United States was on the verge of losing.

Feb 20 15:50

Scott Adams: De-hypnotizing a Climate Science Zombie

I recently stumbled upon a way to nudge anti-Trump zombies off the idea that 97% of climate scientists agree with each other and Trump is on the wrong side. I’m not arguing about the accuracy of the estimate because I have nothing to compare it to. I’m only concerned that people are trusting the fate of the planet to that estimate without knowing how it was derived.

Feb 20 15:38

Trump And The Truth About Sweden

Feb 20 15:37

50% Of Western Central Bank Gold

We have recently had some significant news about the sovereign gold market that makes the unclarity even more unclear. Central banks and the BIS in Basel go to great length to tell the world absolutely nothing about their gold dealings.

Feb 20 15:37

Five Ways To End CEO Pay Subsidies

The more corporations pay their executives, the less they pay in federal taxes, thanks to a tax code loophole that lets corporations deduct unlimited amounts of executive compensation from their taxable income — as long as they label the pay “performance-based.”

Feb 20 15:36

Morbid Inequality: Now Just SIX Men Have As Much Wealth As Half The World's Population

Yes, inequality is getting worse every year. In early 2016 Oxfam reported that just 62 individuals had the same wealth as the bottom half of humanity. About a year later Oxfam reported that just 8 men had the same wealth as the world’s bottom half. Based on the same methodology and data sources used by Oxfam, that number is now down to 6.

Feb 20 15:31

Yes, gold IS money

Feb 20 15:30

Your Children and Grandchildren are Likely to be Very Hungry in the Future: and It’s All Down to Immigration

A stark look at the reality your children and grandchildren face is rarely discusses.