Computing & Technology

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Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance tech

The goal is to make sales of technologies like spyware and facial recognition more transparent in Europe first, and then worldwide.

This is how your brain makes your mind

Your mind is in fact an ongoing construction of your brain, your body, and the surrounding world.

Where computing might go next

The future of computing depends in part on how we reckon with its past.

Inside the machine that saved Moore’s Law

The Dutch firm ASML spent $9 billion and 17 years developing a way to keep making denser computer chips.

The great chip crisis threatens the promise of Moore’s Law

A shortage of microchips threatens to slow the decades of innovation fueled by the promise of ever faster, cheaper computing power.

The Artificial Intelligence Database

The Artificial Intelligence Database: Explore the technology like never before with [WIRED’s] new database, which collects all of our stories on artificial intelligence and filters them by sector, source data, end user, company, and more.

CyberSecurity

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Hackers Planted Secret Backdoor in Dozens of WordPress Plugins and Themes

Site owners who have installed the plugins directly from AccessPress Themes’ website are advised to upgrade immediately to a safe version, or replace it with the latest version from WordPress[.]org. Additionally, it necessitates that a clean version of WordPress is deployed to revert the modifications done during the installation of the backdoor.

A deep dive into an NSO zero-click iMessage exploit: Remote Code Execution

Based on our research and findings, we assess this to be one of the most technically sophisticated exploits we’ve ever seen, further demonstrating that the capabilities NSO provides rival those previously thought to be accessible to only a handful of nation states.

How to Read Your iOS 15 App Privacy Report

Your iPhone now gives you lots of transparency into what your downloads are up to. Here’s what to look out for.

Sneaky Zero-Click Attacks Are a Hidden Menace

Hacks that can play out without any user interaction may be more common than we realize, in part because they’re so difficult to detect.

‘Zero-Click’ Zoom Vulnerabilities Could Have Exposed Calls

The flaws are now fixed, but they speak to the growing concerns around interactionless attacks.

NSO Group Spyware Targeted Dozens of Reporters in El Salvador

The newly disclosed campaign shows how little the company has done to curb abuses of its powerful surveillance tools.

Web Resources

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The anatomy of a WordPress theme

Yoast’s WordPress theme infographic.

Flexbox Tutorial by Sean Fioritto

This is an interactive video intro to flexbox and is comprised of 5 sections that walk through various parts of flexbox.

F.B. Purity – Clean Up and Customize Facebook

F.B. Purity is a browser extension / add-on that lets you clean up and customise Facebook. It filters out the junk you don’t want to see, leaving behind the stories and page elements you do wish to see. The list of story types that FBP hides is customizable to your taste.

WPBeginner – Beginner’s Guide for WordPress

At WPBeginner, our main goal is to provide cutting-edge helpful WordPress tutorials that are easy to understand for small businesses, bloggers, and non-techy WordPress website owners.

Auditing For Accessibility Problems With Firefox Developer Tools

The Firefox 70 Accessibility Inspector is an auditing facility to help identify and fix many common mistakes and practices to help improve site accessibility.

Internet Archive Wayback Machine

The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet. It was launched in 2001 by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, United States.

Weather | Snow | Utah

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Lessons from a genocide can prepare humanity for climate apocalypse

The bad news is that our slow-motion ecological catastrophe demands new ways of thinking. The good news? We’ve faced the end of the world before.

Suppressing fires has failed. Here’s what California needs to do instead.

It’s time to reverse a century of fire-management policy. That will require sweeping regulatory reforms, and tons of money.

Summer Heat 2020

It is now normal for each Summer to in one way or another be hotter than the one prior. As a result there will be remarkable occurrences a few of which I’m cataloguing here.

California Fires – Late August, 2020

A large number of fires were started by lightning strikes in California over the weekend of August 15-16, 2020. They resulted from a storm system that moved along the coast of California and produced copious amounts of dry lightning through primarily northern California around the greater San Fransisco Bay area. I’m including a number of articles, imagery and videos to document the resulting series of fires and the impact the resulting smoke has had on the upper western United States.

A History of Avalanche Mitigation in the Cottonwood Canyons

Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon roads carve between steep mountains that are prone to avalanches in the winter. In fact, 57% of the 9-mile Little Cottonwood Canyon Road is in an avalanche runout zone. Still, recreationalists, residents, and canyon employees need to transport themselves up and down these canyons regularly and as safely as possible.

#Avalanche: In a world obsessed with social media, avalanche centers are relying more and more on the attention-grabbing platforms to better equip backcountry skiers

“Originally, we looked at social media very much as another way of disseminating the forecast,” said Ethan Greene, director of the CAIC. “We still do that, but have been using it more to engage people and try to get out information about current conditions as well as broader education out to people. It’s been a good way for people to ask questions, and we’ve done our best to address those questions.”

Street Art

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10 local artists are telling community stories through murals. Here’s where to see them.

Murals created by various artists in honor of Salt Lake’s rich diversity.

Street Art from Mural Fest in South Salt Lake, Utah

Mural Fest celebrates urban beautification and artistic talent using the powerful tool of public art. The visual impact of bold, creative designs embodies the energy of the innovative businesses and creative communities in the Creative Industries Zone.