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Essex missing person: Police launch urgent search for missing Grays teenage girl

This Is Total Essex - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 14:47
She was last seen at her home in Essex
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International Space Station Fired Its Thrusters Friday To Dodge More Space Debris

Slashdot - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 14:34
"The International Space Station dodged a fragment of a decades-old rocket body early Friday morning," reports Space.com, "continuing a stretch of space debris threats to the orbiting laboratory." On Friday (Dec. 3) at around 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT), a Russian cargo ship docked to the International Space Station fired for a little under three minutes to lower the facility's orbit and ensure that it would pass safely by the debris, according to statements from NASA and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos.... In a tweet posted on Wednesday (Dec. 1), Roscosmos flagged the risk posed by the rocket fragment, which it said was estimated to pass as close as 3.4 miles (5.4 kilometers) to the space station. Just the day before the alert was posted, on Tuesday (Nov. 30), NASA had been forced to delay a spacewalk scheduled for later in the day due to concerns about debris. The agency has not specified what that debris represents, but NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron were able to conduct their excursion on Thursday (Dec. 2). NASA identified Friday's debris was part of a 1994 U.S. Pegasus rocket, which later broke up in space 1996.

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Israel Halts Disputed Omicron Tracing Through Phone Surveillance

Slashdot - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 13:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Israel said on Thursday it was halting the use of mobile phone tracing to curb the spread of the new coronavirus variant Omicron, a practice that had been challenged by privacy watchdogs. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's government authorized the surveillance technology, which matches virus carriers' locations against other mobile phones nearby to determine their contacts, to be used for Omicron cases on Nov. 27. That authorization will not be renewed after it lapses at midnight between Thursday and Friday, Bennett's office said in a statement, citing "up-to-date situational assessments." The technology, originally developed by Israel's Shin Bet security agency for counter-terrorism and counter-espionage, had "contributed over the last week to the effort to break the chain of infection", the statement said. Israel has confirmed at three cases of the new variant and at least 30 others are suspected of having contracted it, the Health Ministry said. Earlier on Thursday, Israel's Supreme Court rejected a petition by four rights groups seeking to repeal the measure. "Considering the uncertainty around the Omicron variant and its effects..., it has not been proven that the Shin Bet authorization poses a disproportionate infringement on the right to privacy which would justify its striking down," the ruling said.

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Essex towns where covid cases are above the UK average

This Is Total Essex - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 12:45
They have very high case rates
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Stansted Airport: Met Police arrest man on suspicion of extreme right wing terrorism

This Is Total Essex - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 11:49
Met Police officers have taken the man into custody
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The 8 Essex schools named among best in the UK in The Sunday Times 2022 guide

This Is Total Essex - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 11:32
Many of Essex's primary and secondary schools were featured
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Oasis tribute act had to cancel Braintree gig after getting snowed in at Yorkshire pub

This Is Total Essex - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 10:10
They kept punters entertained all weekend
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A New Humanoid Robot Has the Most Advanced and Realistic Facial Expressions Yet

Slashdot - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 10:00
A U.K.-based company Engineered Arts has developed a humanoid robot that can display human-like expressions with ease. Interesting Engineering reports: In a short video released on YouTube, the company shows off its most advanced humanoid, dubbed Ameca, which is initially a platform for testing robotic technologies. As is seen in the video [...], the humanoid appears to have woken up in a robotic laboratory while an actual human is busy working in the background. The robot moves its arms, shows a flurry of expressions in a matter of seconds, and even expresses amazement at how its hands and fingers move fluidly before looking at the camera quite surprised. The teaser is a sufficient demonstration of what the robot can do when it comes to the upper half of the body. Its lower half though is quite non-functional at the moment. For a humanoid robot, Ameca still can't walk, the Engineered Arts website says. Even though the company has carried out research on this, it hasn't transferred the learnings to the robot yet. [...] Engineered Arts uses a modular architecture for its building its robots. So, upgrades to both, software and hardware components can be made without having to purchase a new robot altogether. So, sooner or later, Ameca will walk too. Ameca is powered by Engineered Arts' Tritium operating system that allows companies engaged in the development of robotics to test their technologies. Whether it is artificial intelligence or machine learning technology that companies or startups are developing, they can test and even demonstrate their tech in front of a live audience using Ameca. According to its website, Engineered Arts can even rent out Ameca for expos or live TV discussions.

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The iconic Essex landmarks and buildings turning green for suicide awareness next week

This Is Total Essex - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 09:46
The campaign is aiming to reduce the stigma around mental health
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The London Resort: Work to start on £2.5bn resort next year, says boss

This Is Total Essex - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 09:23
It's set to open by 2024
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Essex man dies after having epileptic fit and falling into Essex road

This Is Total Essex - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 09:04
He sadly died three days later after being hit by the car
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<i>Battlefield 2042</i>: Please don't be the death knell of the franchise, please don't be the death knell of the franchise

The Register - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 09:00
Another terrible launch, but DICE is already working on improvements

The RPG  Greetings, traveller, and welcome back to The Register Plays Games, our monthly gaming column. Since the last edition on New World, we hit level cap and the "endgame". Around this time, item duping exploits became rife and every attempt Amazon Games made to fix it just broke something else. The post-level 60 "watermark" system for gear drops is also infuriating and tedious, but not something we were able to address in the column. So bear these things in mind if you were ever tempted. On that note, it's time to look at another newly released shit show – Battlefield 2042.…

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Your Christmas party outfit could land you a £5,000 fine

Chelmsford Weekly News - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 09:00
WITH Christmas celebrations expected to go ahead this year, motorists driving in their festive party outfit have been warned over a potential £5,000 fine.
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Your Christmas party outfit could land you a £5,000 fine

Braintree and Witham Times - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 09:00
WITH Christmas celebrations expected to go ahead this year, motorists driving in their festive party outfit have been warned over a potential £5,000 fine.
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Map predicts how many cases Essex will have before Christmas

Chelmsford Weekly News - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 08:00
This week saw the return of mask wearing in some circumstances after a new variant of Covid was found in Essex.
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The roads in Tendring set to close for 18 months of works

Braintree and Witham Times - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 08:00
VARIOUS roads in the Tendring district are set to close for works taking place within an 18-month period.
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Map predicts how many cases Essex will have before Christmas

Braintree and Witham Times - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 08:00
This week saw the return of mask wearing in some circumstances after a new variant of Covid was found in Essex.
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Wilkin & Sons Tiptree bus invited to Downing Street market

Chelmsford Weekly News - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 07:00
FAMOUS Essex jam makers were invited to Number 10 this week in a special festive event.
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Wilkin & Sons Tiptree bus invited to Downing Street market

Braintree and Witham Times - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 07:00
FAMOUS Essex jam makers were invited to Number 10 this week in a special festive event.
Categories: Local News

Fake Covid-19 Vaccine Certificates Are Being Advertised On the Dark Web

Slashdot - Sat, 04/12/2021 - 07:00
Criminals have been selling fake vaccine certificates online and may be able to fool an EU system designed to verify the certificates' validity, researchers warn. BankInfoSecurity reports: [A] report released last week, "COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates in the Dark Web," which has not yet been peer-reviewed, notes that some darknet markets continue to sell supposed vaccine certificates for use in multiple countries. Four researchers - Dimitrios Georgoulias, Jens Myrup Pedersen, Morten Falch, Emmanouil Vasilomanolakis - who are all part of the Cyber Security Group at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark, reviewed vaccination certificate offerings from 17 marketplaces and 10 vendor shops. The researchers found that at least one vendor appears to be selling digital certificates, registered in Italy, that are being read as valid by mobile COVID-19 certificate-checking apps developed by both France and Denmark. The Aalborg University researchers, however, note that many darknet markets forbid any listing containing any items related to COVID-19. But others, they say, do allow both physical and digital vaccine certificates to be offered for sale, and in some cases also "yellow vaccination cards" or other vaccination record cards that can be used as proof of vaccination, albeit only inside the country in which they were supposedly issued. "The listings are heavily focused on European countries and the United States, but there are also listings from other continents and countries, such as Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Australia," as well as Russia, the researchers write. "The pricing differs greatly between the different listings, with the cheapest certificate starting at $39 and the highest price reaching almost $2,800, which included both a physical and a digital certificate, registered in the United Kingdom," they write. Most markets accept bitcoin and monero cryptocurrencies as payment, they add, while a smaller number also take such digital coins as ethereum, cardano, litecoin and zcash. [...] The Aalborg University researchers note that buying a fake digital certificate gives the seller ample opportunity to scam a buyer. If these fake COVID-19 certificates can indeed pass for valid ones, then one unanswered question remains: How? Many of the sites claim to have access to the systems used to issue certificates, either by hacking into them remotely, or having insiders who work at a healthcare or other health organization, the researchers say. "In the specific case of a listing on the Russian marketplace Hydra, the description even mentioned the exact location and hospital that the system was accessed from," they say. Another possibility, however, is that criminals have somehow stolen one or more private keys for the European system, which were issued to participating health organizations. If so, it would be difficult to revoke these keys, the researchers say, since doing so would invalidate what might be a large quantity of legitimate certificates too.

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