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18/02/2019 07:15:59  

While browsers have got their act together, any other apps interpreting user-supplied code need to be aware of this

Google security researchers have analyzed the impact of the data-leaking Spectre vulnerabilities afflicting today's processor cores, and concluded software alone cannot prevent exploitation.…

18/02/2019 07:15:54  

Analysis of community where 73% of residents contracted Zika in 2015 offers new clues about epidemic

Scientists studying the 2015 Zika outbreak in Brazil have discovered that people previously exposed to dengue may have been protected from the virus.

Three-quarters of the inhabitants of a favela in the country’s north-east caught the mosquito-borne Zika virus during the epidemic. The outbreak left more than 3,000 babies across Brazil with microcephaly, a birth defect caused by mothers catching the virus during pregnancy.

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18/02/2019 07:15:53  

Since 1992, more than 11,500 Colombians have been killed or injured by landmines, a legacy of more than 50 years of internal conflict. Many impoverished amputees without access to the healthcare system have resorted to making homemade prosthetics from wood, leather, metal and plastic bottles

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18/02/2019 07:15:50  

New findings cast doubts on advice to administer 80% oxygen to patients after operations

Patients may have been placed at risk of serious harm because of flawed advice to administer highly concentrated oxygen after surgery, leading anaesthetists have said.

The concerns relate to World Health Organization guidelines to administer 80% oxygen to patients in the hours after an operation. The advice was introduced in 2016 after a series of influential clinical trials led by an Italian surgeon, Mario Schietroma, suggested that high-dose oxygen reduced the risk of infections.

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18/02/2019 07:15:33  

Broadcasters tell ACCC that Facebook and Google algorithms should be regulated and they should pay fair rate of ad revenue

Facebook should be compelled to identify trusted sources of Australian news and be more transparent about what it chooses to appear in its news feed, TV broadcasters have told the competition watchdog’s inquiry into digital platforms.

The free-to-air TV industry has also asked for tax breaks for Australian news producers – a “news production tax offset” – and a new regime to ensure Facebook and Google are accountable for paying local content producers a fair rate of advertising revenue.

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18/02/2019 07:15:29  

Good news! The most reliable staple of the early noughties is back. Just add jeans and some strappy sandals and you’re good to go

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18/02/2019 07:15:29  

A network of old footpaths, mapped by a local vicar to form a new long-distance trail, is dotted with reminders of a spiritual past

On the strand at Downderry, my guidebook suggests, I should pick up a pebble. “Choose one to mark the start of your journey,” it counsels. I settle on a charcoal-coloured stone featuring lots of vaguely psychedelic parallel pink lines. Some diverge and thicken as others separate, going solo. It makes me think first of a network of paths – and then of how lives are spent sometimes in solitude, sometimes surrounded by loved ones.

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18/02/2019 07:15:26  

It was the cushty comedy that perfectly captured 80s Britain. As Only Fools and Horses hits the stage, we celebrate the TV classic that needed a new scale to measure audience laughter

Back in 1991, Peckham’s leading entrepreneur Boycie paid a visit to one of Peckham’s not so leading entrepreneurs in Nelson Mandela House, SE15. He wasn’t happy to be in Derek “Del Boy” Trotter’s flat, and not just because of the horrible carpet, tacky furniture and pretentious drinks bar. “I’d like to get away as quick as possible,” he said. “I’ve left my Mercedes parked downstairs and you know what they’re like on this estate. They’d have the wheels off a Jumbo if it flew too low.”

That might have been what Peckham was like in the early 90s, but not today. Now it’s all pop-up this, artisanal that, symphony concerts in the multi-storey car park, and no change from a million quid if you seek to live in a three-bed terrace off Rye Lane. Like Boycie, Peckham has gone up in the world.

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18/02/2019 07:15:25  

Environment secretary may target drinks of under 750ml in deposit return scheme

Michael Gove has been urged not to water down plans to give people money back for recycling plastic bottles and cans, after consulting on whether to target small drink containers only.

The environment secretary will confirm on Monday that he is pressing ahead with the new “deposit return” scheme for cans and bottles made of plastic and glass, as well as a tax on some plastic packaging.

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18/02/2019 07:15:21  

Mike Pompeo’s wooing of eastern European states is an attack on the union’s very existence, and part of a wider ideological battle

The Trump administration not only dislikes the European Union, it is out to destroy it. The trip by the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to Europe last week was episode three of the onslaught, designed to play on east-west divisions within the EU. Episode one was Donald Trump’s 2017 Warsaw speech, infused with nativist nationalism. Episode two was Trump’s 2018 moves on tariffs, and his tearing up of key agreements such as the Iran nuclear deal and the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. To which should be added his open encouragements to Brexiteers, and his decision to pull out of Syria. All of the above affect European (including British) interests in very concrete ways, unlike mere tweets or insults thrown at allies.

Europe is trying to put up a resistance. Angela Merkel, Trump’s favourite political target in the EU, received a standing ovation on Saturday at the annual Munich security conference for her speech on the virtues of multilateralism. But perhaps we have yet to fully fathom what the EU is dealing with in this new Trump era. The man now whispering into Trump’s ears is John Bolton, his national security adviser. His brand of anti-EU ideology was on full display during Pompeo’s tour of Budapest, Bratislava and Warsaw.

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18/02/2019 07:15:20  

It’s a country paralysed, polarised and falling apart, yet deluded about its global status. A humbling must come to pass

There is something surreal about these last days before Brexit – just 39 now. There is still no visibility on a deal, and no clarity on a no deal. There is no parliament that seems to have a grasp on managing the slide into the unknown, other than humiliating the prime minister in vote after vote and then proposing little as an alternative. The scene outside parliament is a collection of Brexit doomsday soothsayers and naysayers, each with chants and flags and signs and regalia. Elsewhere, stranger things are happening: pro-remain campaigners have started stripping off, we are arguing about Winston Churchill and Boer War concentration camps, and children are marching in the streets chanting: “Fuck Theresa May.” It feels like the last days in the compound of a cult that once flourished but is now finally and fatally besieged.

The end of such a cult, that operates outside the bounds of common sense, is inevitable. Not only that, it should be welcomed. It is time. It is time for the country to come to terms with the fact that it has for too long been in denial about some of its fundamental flaws – and if a messy unplanned Brexit is the way to do that, then so be it.

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18/02/2019 07:15:19  

Vanguard Revisited: Poetic Politics & Black Futures, an exhibition at the San Francisco Art Institute, takes a new look at a 1968 photo essay by the married couple Pirkle Jones (1914-2009) and Ruth-Marion Baruch (1922-1997). They sought to enhance public understanding of the Black Panthers, founded in nearby Oakland, through photography and obtained rare access to the activist group. The exhibition includes never-before-seen images

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18/02/2019 07:15:18  

From wastepaper baskets as hats to dresses made of mirrors – eight designers, musicians and comedians choose the one look that changed their life

  • Read more from the spring/summer 2019 edition of The Fashion, our biannual fashion supplement

I have a photo of me taken in 1998 or 1999. It’s nothing out of the ordinary but I look real clean. I like the cut of the jeans, the nice boots, the good T-shirt; that’s how I like to think of my clothes. The moment is memorable because one of my best friends, Epic Soundtracks [from the band Swell Maps], had just died. I was in a rough place – but I was coming out of it. Things got better: I kicked drugs and met my wife Elisabeth.

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18/02/2019 07:15:17  

Once we were pressured to acquire things and do more with our lives. Now, we’re being told to declutter our homes and diaries. What happened to just being ourselves?

What brings you joy? It is a question that is hard to avoid these days, as joy seems to be the new buzzword. It is on the cover of two new books, The Joy of No (#Jono) by Debbie Chapman, published at the end of last year, and The Joy of Missing Out, by the philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann, published earlier this month. It is also on Netflix, in the show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, in which the decluttering guru and author tells us to discard any possessions that do not “spark joy”. Truly, a surfeit of joy!

But joy is not the only idea linking these three approaches: Chapman, Brinkmann and Kondo all tap into the same zeitgeisty wish to clean up our cluttered lives. For Kondo, it is about household clutter; for Chapman and Brinkmann, it is life clutter.

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18/02/2019 07:15:16  

Inquiry into fake news demands regulation of social networks … pleas of UK and US Isis wives to come home … and Flybmi collapse strands passengers

Hello, it’s Warren Murray shaking the tree of news to see what falls out.

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18/02/2019 07:14:47  

The latest book by The End of Eddy author is a bludgeoning critique of France’s treatment of its working class

Since the publication of The End of Eddy in 2014, Édouard Louis has assumed for himself the voice of the voiceless in his native France. His autobiographical novel, published when he was only 22, sold nearly half a million copies, was translated into 20 languages, and was hailed as an authentic insider’s story of that demonised demographic, the provincial poor, living on minimum wages and diminishing benefits, instinctively homophobic and reflexively racist. Louis, bullied at home and at school for being effeminate and gay, wrote neither to condemn those attitudes nor to exonerate them. He rather claimed them as his birthright – they were the brutalised opinions of his father and brothers. He placed the blame for them, however, squarely on the post-industrial despair in which families like his own had been required to exist – and, moreover, on the remote political class that had systematically denied dignity to a generation of low-paid men and women.

This book, published in France more than a year ago, is a short, sharp shock of a coda to that novel, which ended when the author/narrator changed his name, moved away from the small town he grew up in and went off to study philosophy in Paris. It is written as a long letter from Louis to his father, the figure who remains his inarticulate muse – drunk and obese and mostly housebound after the industrial accident that crushed his spine and his spirit, and left him unable to care for his wife and seven children. The author does not so much put words into his old man’s mouth as seek to find some hard-won common ground with him. It is a kind of love letter, but one that admits only the bluntest truths: “One night, in the village cafe, you said in front of everyone that you wished you’d had another son instead of me. For weeks I wanted to die.” And, a question that goes both ways: “Is it normal to be ashamed of loving someone?”

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18/02/2019 07:14:47  

As we mark LGBT history month, the novelist selects some classic, personal novels and true accounts of the battle for civil rights

It’s a rite of passage for every young gay man to read Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story, the classic tale of a teenager coming to terms with his homosexuality. I first read it when I was 15 years old, hiding the book at the back of my wardrobe, terrified that anyone might find it and discover my terrible secret! It was dangerous, it was seductive, but it spoke to me in such a way that I felt sure it had been written for me alone, a conviction shared by many of its readers. White remains a hero, a stalwart, a champion for the ages.

Young female readers experienced similar self-recognition in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson’s witty and personal 1985 novel about a girl navigating the road towards self-acceptance in 1960s England. As with White, Winterson shares so many of her own experiences in the book that the reader feels a deep connection with the author.

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18/02/2019 07:12:15  
18/02/2019 06:15:59  

Standby for a 'we woz haxx0ed' email from one of these sites this week...

Roundup Let's kickstart your Monday with some lovely juicy computer security and screwups news, beyond what we reported last week.…

18/02/2019 06:15:58  

Don't panic, we're not all doomed – well, except Nvidia, perhaps

Roundup Here's a summary of what's been going on in the world of machine-learning, beyond what we've already covered, to kick start your week...…

18/02/2019 06:15:52  

The Minnesota congresswoman faced fire over Israel and fury over her treatment of Trump official Elliott Abrams

Ilhan Omar made history in January when she became the first Somali American and one of the first Muslim women sworn into the US Congress.

Related: Democratic party elites silence Ilhan Omar at their peril | Trita Parsi and Stephen Wertheim

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18/02/2019 06:15:51  

The song contest organisers should take a stand against the oppression of Palestinian artists and move their event from Tel Aviv

Those of us who make art and culture for a living thrive on free and open communication. So what should we do when we see culture becoming part of a political agenda? “Music unites,” says UK Eurovision entrant Michael Rice. What happens when a powerful state uses art as propaganda, to distract from its immoral and illegal behaviour? Everybody involved in the Eurovision song contest this year should understand that this is what is happening.

Related: British cultural figures urge BBC to boycott Eurovision in Israel

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18/02/2019 06:15:51  

Fire service will get most public scrutiny as its actions are examined first, union says

Firefighters fear they are being “stitched up” in the Grenfell Tower inquiry because their role has already been heavily scrutinised yet conclusions about the fire’s causes are not likely to be drawn until at least three years after the disaster that claimed 72 lives.

Matt Wrack, the general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, which is a core participant in the inquiry, claimed the process risked becoming a “whitewash” because ministers’ deregulation of building standards and the roles of companies involved in the tower’s £10m refurbishment will be addressed only when public interest has waned.

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18/02/2019 06:15:49  

New Zealand prime minister opens weekly media briefing with fact-check of reports on relations with Beijing

New Zealand’s prime minister has taken the unusual step of fact-checking reports about her country’s relationship with China, following months of growing tension between the two nations.

Jacinda Ardern opened her weekly media briefing with a statement on China, using it to explain the context of the relationship “and also to correct some of the inaccuracies that I have heard”.

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18/02/2019 06:15:48  

Former FBI chief says president believed Russian leader over US security agencies and ‘a crime may have been committed’ over Comey firing

A former FBI acting director has alleged Donald Trump dismissed advice from his own security agencies on the threat posed by North Korea’s missiles, saying “I don’t care. I believe Putin.”

Andrew McCabe made the claims in an interview with 60 Minutes, in which he discussed his tenure at the FBI after James Comey was fired by the president in 2017.

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