I have been known to put a few scoops of Publix Coffee ice cream into a heavy glass, microwave it for 15 seconds, and stir vigorously to make my own coffee milkshake.
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We hear so much about new satellites being launched into space, but did you know that it was way back on July 26, 1963, that Syncom 2 was launched and was the first geosynchronous communications satellite? That was 59 years ago!
In other news, today is Coffee Milkshake Day. Originally, I wasn't going to post about this one, but I bet many of you are just like me and know more than a handful of people who enjoy combining coffee with one of their favorite cold treats. In fact, my daughter is one of those, and whenever I ask her if she wants a coffee and she tells me what she wants, I almost always say, "That's not really a coffee." Happy Coffee Milkshake Day!
You need to hear this.
Microsoft warns that new Windows updates may break printing
Microsoft warned that this week's optional preview update might potentially break printing for Windows Server 2019.
According to BleepingComputer:
"On Thursday, Microsoft said that the temporary fix has now been disabled by this week's optional preview updates on Windows Server 2019 systems. This change will lead to printing and scanning failures in Windows environments with non-compliant devices.
"Starting on July 21, 2022, this temporary mitigation will not be usable in security updates. The Windows July 2022 preview update will remove the temporary mitigation and will require compliant printing and scanning devices," the company said in a Windows message center update.
The temporary mitigation will also get removed on all affected Windows Server versions (Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012, and 2008) by next month's Patch Tuesday security updates that will be released on August 9, 2022."
If you're using smart card authenticating devices that are using username and password authentication, they should not be impacted by this.
Ransomware: 1.5 million people have got their files back without paying the gangs. Here's how
We hear about ransomware all the time, but we don't often hear about those who recover from it, especially those who do so without paying the ransomware gangs for it.
According to ZDNet:
"The battle against ransomware is challenging because not only are ransomware attacks extremely disruptive, but in many cases, victims opt to pay the ransom demand for a decryption key – fueling additional ransomware attacks because criminals know they can make easy money.
However, one scheme continues to take the fight to ransomware gangs and has now helped over 1.5 million victims successfully decrypt their machines without giving into ransom demands, preventing an estimated $1.5 billion from ending up in the hands of cyber criminals.
The figures come from Europol on the sixth anniversary of No More Ransom, the European Union law enforcement agency's anti-ransomware initiative."
Digital security giant Entrust breached by ransomware gang
Entrust recently announced that hackers breached their firewalls and stole data from their internal systems through breaches in their network.
According to BleepingComputer:
"Entrust is a security firm focused on online trust and identity management, offering a wide range of services, including encrypted communications, secure digital payments, and ID issuance solutions.
Depending on what data was stolen, this attack could impact a large number of critical, and sensitive, organizations who use Entrust for identity management and authentication.
This includes US government agencies, such as the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Agriculture, and many more."
But there's more going on in the
world galaxy than that.
Incredible Images Show What's Inside the Biggest Canyon In the Solar System
We discussed exploring Mars' version of the Grand Canyon called Valles Marineris last week. Well, European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express has imaged the deepest reaches and released some of the pictures (and, in my opinion, they are pretty awesome).
According to VICE:
"The observations reveal two massive “chasma,” or trenches, that run parallel along the western portion of Valles Marineris, known as Tithonium Chasma in the south and Ius Chasma in the north. These trenches are each about 500 miles in length, making them twice as long as the Grand Canyon—and they encompass only about a fifth of Valles Marineris’ full extent.
Mars Express snapped these shots of the chasma in April with its High Resolution Stereo Camera, during its 23,123th orbit around the planet. The images are so sharp that ESA scientists used them to generate close-up perspectives of Tithonium Chasma that resemble aerial photographs. The pictures show dark dunes, huge mountains, and the fallout of landslides within the chasma, which are annotated in an accompanying map."
NASA's cute space robots just hit another milestone
NASA's free-flying robots, Astrobees (which remind me of the Cubes from the Portal series), are working independently and side by side with humans at the International Space Station (ISS).
According to ZDNet:
"NASA has sent up three Astrobee "free flying" robots to the ISS since work started in 2018. Bumble and Honey were launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in April 2019 and Queen left for the ISS in July 2019. They're being used to test autonomous maintenance crews as NASA gears for the Artemis human lunar missions and future missions to Mars.
The latest milestone the project achieved was having two Astrobees — Queen (foreground) and Bumble (background), see below — work independently, alongside astronauts, in separate areas of ISS. (Astronaut Raja Chari is closest to camera and Matthias Maurer is in the background)."
And you can't not know this.
This credit card-sized PC board can use an Intel Core i7
Looking for an alternative to the Raspberry Pi 4? Then you might want to check out the AAEON de next-TGU8 as it looks to be not much bigger in diameter than a business card but is equipped with a Core i7-1185G7E. If you're more interested in AMD, there is the AAEON de next-V2K8 that can use up to Ryzen Embedded V2516.
According to The Register:
"When people read single-board computer, they may think of the Raspberry Pi, which brought the form factor to the masses. The world is overflowing with Arm-compatible single-board computers, and others with other architectures, such as RISC-V and MIPS. There are also x86 SBCs though we're talking about Aaeon's hardware here today due to its choice of silicon.
These Aaeon boards are made for industrial purposes, such as transportation, robotics, and other environments where data needs to be processed close to the source. We wouldn't fault you, however, if you justified a personal purchase so you could plop one of these little things on your desk. We just don't know how much it would cost you yet."
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