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Porn check critics fear data breach

Porn check critics fear data breach

Technology
The Open Rights Group says it fears a data breach is "inevitable" as the deadline approaches for a controversial change in the way people in the UK access online pornography. Details of an age verification tool developed by a major porn site owner were revealed at the weekend.From April 2018, porn site visitors in the UK will have to prove they are aged 18 or over to access adult material. The regulation is designed to protect children from explicit content. It is part of the UK government's Digital Economy Act.MindGeek, which runs sites including PornHub, YouPorn and RedTube, said its AgeID age verification tool had been in use in Germany since 2015.It said its software would use "third-party age-verification companies" to authenticate the age of those signing in.AgeID spokesman James Cl...
Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

Technology
On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to eradicate ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many of Google's own most lucrative ads will sail through its new filters. The move, which Google first floated back in June, is ostensibly aimed at making online advertising more tolerable by flagging sites that run annoying ads such as ones that auto-play video with sound. And it's using a big hammer: Chrome will start blocking all ads — including Google's own — on offending sites if they don't reform themselves. There's some irony here, given that Google's aim is partly to convince people to turn off their own ad-blocking software. These popular browser add-ons deprive publishers (and Google) of revenue by preventing ads from displaying.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has critics in raptures

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has critics in raptures

Entertainment
"Rousing." "Thrilling." "Addictively bold." Just a few of the superlatives the critics are using to describe the latest film in the Star Wars saga.The Last Jedi, writes the Telegraph, is "enormous fun" and "will leave fans beaming with surprise".The Guardian calls it "an explosive sugar rush of spectacle" possessing "a tidal wave of energy and emotion".Variety, though, swims against the tide, describing it as "the longest and least essential chapter in the series".Rian Johnson's film, says Peter Debruge, is "ultimately a disappointment" that "gives in to the same winking self-parody that is poisoning other franchises of late."Writing in The Verge, Tasha Robinson tends to agree: "Audiences will likely come away from The Last Jedi with a lot of complaints and questions." Released in the UK o...
PSNI hired cyber firm to unmask Twitter critics

PSNI hired cyber firm to unmask Twitter critics

Technology
The Police Service of Northern Ireland hired a private cybersecurity firm to investigate alleged Twitter accounts of officers mocking senior management.An internal investigation was launched a year ago after the PSNI's chief constable George Hamilton was criticised online for comments he had made to a junior officer on social media.Mr Hamilton told the officer to stop "wallowing in self pity" and "dry your eyes" after the officer raised concerns about the increasing pressures of the job.Following the exchange, a number of Twitter users criticised Mr Hamilton and posted anonymous complaints about the job and criticisms of PSNI management. The chief constable subsequently apologised to the officer.The PSNI brought in a private security firm to identify who was behind those accounts, many of ...
Critics: Remove statue of doctor who experimented on slaves

Critics: Remove statue of doctor who experimented on slaves

Health
Critics want New York City to remove a statue in Central Park that honors a doctor who used slaves in developing a pioneering approach to treating physical problems women can develop after childbirth. The call to remove the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims has gotten louder and gained urgency in the wake of violence that followed recent a white nationalist rally in Virginia over the removal of a Confederate statue and sparked national discussions about what should be displayed and honored in the public square. Sims was a 19th-century physician who is credited with developing a surgical technique to repair certain types of fistulas, or tears, which prior to that had been a seemingly insurmountable condition. He developed the technique through operations on enslaved black women in Alabama, with...