February 21, 2017 brianradio2016

Verizon Communications will pay $350 million less for Yahoo after two major data breaches reported by the struggling internet pioneer.

Verizon will pay about $4.48 billion for Yahoo’s operating business, and the two companies will share any potential legal and regulatory liabilities arising from two major data breaches announced in late 2016. The companies announced the amended terms of the deal Tuesday.

Back in October, one news report had Verizon seeking a $1 billion discount after the first breach was announced.

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February 21, 2017 brianradio2016

Microsoft sent an email to its largest customers on Monday, alerting them that Adobe Flash Player patches for Internet Explorer and Edge will be coming today. Apparently Microsoft’s announcement last week that it would delay February patches until March 14 didn’t tell the whole story.

Yesterday’s email says in part:

Microsoft is planning to release security updates for Adobe Flash Player. These updates will be offered to the following operating systems: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2016 …

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February 21, 2017 brianradio2016

At $651, the average price of an iPhone is already well above the $208 average cost of an Android smartphone. If Apple adds technology that costs a lot more money to produce, are you ready to foot the bill?

February 21, 2017 brianradio2016

The current state of IDEs built for Python is an embarrassment of riches. Six products made the cut in the last rundown, but there were many more worth noting — sophisticated efforts that provide a full-blown development system for experts, as well as modest projects suited to a first-time Pythonista. 

Here are seven other Python IDEs, from the minimal to the maximal, that also should be on your radar.

Eric6

Like Python’s own native IDE IDLE, Eric6 is a Python IDE written in Python, although it uses the Qt5 UI framework to provide a far more sophisticated UI than IDLE. Getting started requires some assembly, though, since Eric6 isn’t deployed like a conventional platform-native app. It’s essentially a large Python package with several weighty dependencies, such as the Python bindings for Qt5. Upshot: Getting started with Eric6 means understanding Python package management, so it isn’t likely to appeal to beginner users. That said, the installer script provides feedback so that you know which packages need to be fetched and installed to finish the setup process (PyQt5, QScintilla).

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February 21, 2017 brianradio2016

Suddenly, it seems, every application and cloud service has been fortified with machine learning or artificial intelligence. Presto! They now can do magic.

Much of the marketing around machine learning and AI is misleading, making promises that aren’t realistic—and often using the terms when they don’t apply. In other words, there’s a lot of BS being peddled. Don’t fall for those snow jobs.

Before I explain how can you tell if the software or service really uses machine learning or AI, let me define what those terms really mean:

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February 20, 2017 brianradio2016

The hackers behind a sophisticated attack campaign that has recently targeted financial organizations around the world have intentionally inserted Russian words and commands into their malware in an attempt to throw investigators off.

Researchers from cybersecurity firm BAE Systems have recently obtained and analyzed additional malware samples related to an attack campaign that has targeted 104 organizations — most of them banks — from 31 different countries.

They found multiple commands and strings in the malware that appear to have been translated into Russian using online tools, the results making little sense to a native Russian speaker.

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(Insider Story)