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Equifax Web Site Designer Fined $50,000 And Confined To Home Over Insider Trading

Saturday at 16:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes:
A 44-year-old, Georgia-based programmer — who’d been working at Equifax since 2003 — has been sentenced to eight months of home confinement and a $50,000 fine for insider trading. Working as Equifax’s Production Development Manager of Software Engineering in August of 2017, he’d been asked to create a web site where customers could query a database to see if they...

Blood tales: the magic liquid that keeps us alive

Saturday at 16:00 PM, via The Guardian

It travels 60,000 miles around our body providing energy and healing powers – so why is blood such a taboo?

I go running around a lake and brambles scratch me. The wounds should heal quickly on my legs, but they don’t, because I scratch the scratches, and I scratch and scratch. I have always been this brutal with healing injuries, but usually my skin healed them fine. Now that I am...

Allergies: the scourge of modern life?

Saturday at 16:00 PM, via The Guardian

Our ancestors didn’t suffer from hay fever and food allergies were extremely rare even a few decades ago. What is causing the steep rise in their incidence now?

To anyone from Generation X or older, it often feels like food allergies are far more common today than in their youth. While they remember them being rare or nonexistent in their school days, their own children will have classmates...

HealthCare.gov Portal Suffers Data Breach Exposing 75,000 Customers

Saturday at 15:00 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Sensitive information belonging to roughly 75,000 individuals was exposed after a government healthcare sign-up system got hacked, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said on Friday. The agency said that “anomalous system activity” was detected last week in the Direct Enrollment system, which Americans use to enroll in healthcare...

Winamp 5.8, the First Update In 4 Years, Is Released

Saturday at 12:00 PM, via Slashdot

Winamp, the world’s most famous media player, has released version 5.8 to make it compatible with today’s modern operating systems such as Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Bleeping Computer notes that there hasn’t been a new updates released since 2014, when Radionomy purchased Winamp from AOL. Some other new features include standalone audio player support, an auto-fullscreen option for videos,...

2018 Digital Misinformation Roundup

Saturday at 11:00 AM, via New York Times

The midterm elections are 17 days away. Here is a collection of coverage from The New York Times and elsewhere on efforts to mislead voters on social media and the wider internet.

Spacecraft BepiColombo Poised For Mission To Mercury

Saturday at 09:00 AM, via Slashdot

The European Space Agency is launching a spacecraft to explore the mysteries of Mercury. BepiColombo, named after the Italian mathematician and engineer Giuseppe “Bepi” Colombo, is set to launch at 9:45 p.m. ET Friday aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from a spaceport in French Guiana. The launch will be livestreamed via ESA’s website. NPR reports: The spacecraft is actually made up of two probes: One...

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