The Indian star tortoise native to parts of India has been declining in the wild since at least 2000. Why? People want them as pets. A stark reminder of this fact came on Sunday, after authorities in the Philippine’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport found some 1,500 live turtles and tortoises inside four abandoned suitcases that arrived from Hong Kong. The Bureau of Customs passed the animals along to the Department of Environment and Natural Resource’s Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit, according to a press release, so that it can decide what to do with the animals. Among the reptilian cargo were Sulcata tortoises, whose habitat stretches across the southern Sahara; red-footed tortoises, whose red speckled legs historically walked the lands of northern South America; and red-eared sliders, whose native range is the Midwestern United States. Many are considered vulnerable due to the illegal pet trade, along with environmental changes like desertification and habitat loss. … [Read more...] about Hundreds of Exotic Turtles and Tortoises Wrapped in Duct Tape Found in Airport Luggage
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Jeff ParsonsWednesday 31 Oct 2018 8:02 am Share this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link If you’re thinking of making you’re thinking of making your fortune through bitcoin you may want to just spare a thought for the environment. According to scientists at the University of University of Hawaii the energy cost of ‘mining’ the cryptocurrency could lead to a two-degree temperature rise within the next 20 years. Mining bitcoin involves running computer equipment around the clock to solve increasingly complex cryptographic puzzles (which themselves are verifying other payments made with bitcoin) that, over time, create more of the currency. While many individuals and organisations have jumped on this new form of wealth creation, the resulting spike in electricity usage is really worrying scientists. ‘Currently, the emissions … [Read more...] about Scientists say bitcoin is destroying the environment and we’re all doomed
Derive Systems, parent company to popular aftermarket tuners Bully Dog and SCT, has been awarded a civil penalty of $300,000 for manufacturing and distributing over 363,000 products that violate the Clean Air Act. In addition to the penalty, Derive Systems will be forced to spend as much as $6.25 million in order to ensure compliance of all future and existing handheld tuners named in the lawsuit. The lawsuit, lodged by the DOJ and EPA, alleges that the handheld tuner company has been selling products that facilitate the removal of mandatory emissions equipment, including resetting the parameters of an oxygen sensor to allow for removal of a catalyst or diesel particulate filter, for example. The resulting penalty is an out-of-court settlement. The settlement further entails that Derive must limit access to certain key emission control parameters in their software tuners. All marketing efforts by Derive subsidiaries must be scrubbed of any information on subverting emissions controls. … [Read more...] about Aftermarket Software Tuners SCT and Bully Dog Forced to Pay Significant EPA Penalty for Dirty Tunes
Job Details Trust is the #1 company value at Salesforce. Salesforce.com hosts web services and applications written by thousands of internal developers and tens of thousands of customers to provide the largest SaaS platform on the planet. Description: You are a seasoned, experienced, fully functioning member of the security operations team. You have knowledge of a wide variety of security concepts, practices, and procedures, and can resolve a wide range of issues in creative ways. You may mentor others on the security or technology team. You fully own security patching identity and access system operations, security operations projects or teams. As part of owning identity and access management (IAM) security operations or projects, you are starting to, with guidance from your manager, learn how to successfully delegate parts of a project or task and collate results. In this role, you are part engineer, analyst, and advisor. Expect around 10% travel. Decision Making / Discretion: … [Read more...] about Sr. Identity and Access Management Security Operations Engineer – GeekWork
The last few years have seen the rise of closed platforms — operating systems that only allow you to install software approved by the operating system’s developer. However, many popular platforms — even mobile ones — are still open platforms. Platforms with app stores can be considered open platforms if they allow you to install apps from outside the app store, a process referred to as “sideloading.” Even if a platform has a restrictive app store, sideloading could allow users to exit the walled garden if they so choose. Under the US DMCA and similar laws elsewhere in the world, jailbreaking to escape a closed platform and install unapproved software is considered a crime. It’s the same law that makes it illegal to watch DVDs on Linux. (The US DMCA actually makes an exception for jailbreaking smartphones, but not tablets or other devices.) Windows Desktop: Open on Intel, Closed on ARM The Windows desktop is the most popular open computing … [Read more...] about Which Computing Platforms Are Open, and Which Are Closed?