Cyberattacks Inflict Significant Harm At Technology-Rich Schools

There was no breach of sensitive data files, but the attacks in which somebody deliberately overwhelmed the Avon Public Schools system in Connecticut still proved costly. Classroom lesson plans built around access to the internet had come to a halt. The kind of attacks more commonly reserved for banks and other institutions holding sensitive data are increasingly targeting school systems around the country. The widespread adoption of education technology, which generates data that officials say can make schools more of a target for hackers, also worsens an attack’s effects when instructional tools are rendered useless by internet outages. Attacks often have forced districts to pull the plug on smart boards, student laptops and other internet-powered tools. “I heard a little …

Whole Foods workers say conditions declined after Amazon takeover

Employees described increasing pressure to push Amazon Prime deals and memberships, understaffing and increased workloads Since being bought by Amazon two years ago, employees at Whole Foods say their working conditions have declined markedly amid pressure to push Amazon Prime deals and memberships, plus widespread understaffing, increased workloads and buy Whole Foods. In interviews with 24 Whole Foods employees across the US, workers described an increasingly pressured environment and the erosion of Whole Foods corporate culture. Workers interviewed were reluctant to speak on the record for fear of retaliation. Amazon has mass email sent to Whole Foods employees by over a dozen current and former workers with Whole Worker on 21 June, the group characterized Whole Foods relationship with Amazon …

The new 007 is a black woman don’t make her a Bond girl

Online joy over Lashana Lynch inheriting James Bonds codename may be premature. White men wont give up their hero status so easily Fans have been hoping for a black actor to play first rumoured as a possible successor to Lashana Lynch is going to be the new 007. There was much celebration on social media, which is understandable. But it may be a little premature. Casting black female actors as legacy characters is a great step towards rectifying the historical racism and sexism that has led to a disproportionate number of those characters being white men. But its only a step. Black women also need to be written with respect; they have to be presented as natural, worthy heroes who …

Last Witnesses by Svetlana Alexievich review the astonishing achievement of the Nobel prize winner

From Chernobyl to the experience of children during the second world war … Alexievich has produced her own remarkable version of Soviet history In 1993, two years after Svetlana Alexievich published Boys in Zinc, her oral history of Russias war in Afghanistan, she was sued by a number of the people she had interviewed. They accused her of offending their honour and dignity and of portraying their soldier sons as soulless killer-robots, pillagers, drug addicts and racists. Though the case was in part thrown out, it said much about the fickleness of memory and the way that the rawness of grief conveyed to Alexievich during the interviews had quickly been overlaid by a more bearable narrative, in which the war …

Roman coins ‘may be linked to Boudiccan revolt’

Image copyright Suffolk County Council Image caption The coins may have been buried to hide them during the Boudiccan revolt, an expert said The find, from August 2018, was made up of 58 solid silver coins, two of which were silver-plated copies. Senior coroner Nigel Parsley declared it to be treasure at an inquest in Ipswich. What is treasure? Related Topics Archaeology Cookley Original Article : HERE ;

Our Favorite Kindle Is Only $60 for Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day is off and running, and we've highlighted some of the best deals. If you have reservations about all this consumer culture, we feel you. But a good deal is a good deal, and Amazon's price on Kindles is pretty amazing during Prime Day. Say what you will about the rest of the company, Amazon makes a damn fine ebook reader. Kindles are the most eye-friendly way to read digital books, and the battery life is outstanding (about a month per charge). We have a Kindle Buying Guide to help you figure out which model is best for you. If you're in the market to buy one, do it now: Amazon doesn't discount its Kindles as often as …

Fired Gay High School Teacher Sues Indiana Catholic Archdiocese

Joshua Payne-Elliott, who was Payne-Elliott, who worked at Cathedral for 13 years, is seeking unspecified damagesfor lost wages, benefits, emotional distress, and damage to his reputation, according to a “We hope that this case will put a stop to the targeting of LGBTQ employees and their families,” Payne-Elliott said in a Joshua Payne-Elliott is married to Layton Payne-Elliott, a teacher who works at the nearby Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. The pair were married in 2017. Both men have been at the center of a debate in the Indianapolis archdiocese over whether Catholic schools can employ gay, married teachers. The Payne-Elliotts had refrained from publicly identifying themselves before the lawsuit was filed on Wednesday. cut ties with the school if it …

The Long-Lost Biblical City Of Ziklag Has Been Discovered, Archaeologists Claim

The ruins of Ziklag, the long-lost town famed as a refuge for King David in the Hebrew Bible, is said to have finally been discovered by a team of archeologists in Israel. The town has been the subject of hot debate in recent decades, with numerous archaeologists embarking on excavations to find its prized location. This time around, however, the team are more certain than ever that these ruins are the real deal.  Located between Kiryat Gat and Lachish, an international team led by the Israel Antiquities Authority, together with the Macquarie University in Sydney and Hebrew University, have been studying the Khirbet al-Ra’i site since 2015. Their excavations on the hilltop site found evidence of a settlement from the 12th to 11th centuries BCE under …

Why We See the Colors of Faces Differently Than Other Things

As setups go for studying how people see colors, this one isn’t even the weirdest: a room full of assorted objects, like Lego bricks, strawberries, and ping-pong balls. Bring people into the room and give them a computer. Tell them to use a mouse to adjust the color of a big spot on the screen, like a color-picker tool in reverse. Then a researcher would point at one of the objects and say, basically, make that spot on the computer be the same color. Easy, right? The yellow Lego, the red strawberry, the white ping-pong ball. That’s what color vision is for after all. It uses the photoreceptors at the back of your eyeballs and a lot of computational neurocircuitry …

Woman moves to Wales over NI waiting lists

Stormont’s Department of Health said it did not comment on individual cases. However, it said significant investment was required to address the waiting list backlog, adding that it could not spend money it did not have. ‘My treatment was chaotic’ Ms McKee has had complex medical needs since she was admitted to hospital after a heart attack on her 21st birthday. She has also suffered from depression and anorexia. Image copyright whyframestudio Image caption Since moving to Wales in September, MsMcKee said the healthcare she received has improved her quality of life Ms McKee said her GP and other medics who “tried their best” showed great support but she felt there was “no joined-up approach”. Last year, she was travelling …

By Dying, MAD Gets Its Best Shot at a Second Life

The first MAD magazine I ever read flew so far over my 7-year-old head I'm surprised I could hold onto it. The cover, a parody of Time's Person of the Year starring Pac-Man, was an utter mystery; I'd heard of Pac-Man by that point, but hadn't played it. I definitely hadn't read Time. Brian Raftery The Return of MAD Magazine and Its All-New Gang of Idiots WIRED Staff Morgan Spurlock Maps The Simpsons' Supersize Impact Bess Kalb The Onion Is the Last Newspaper That Jaded Cynics Still Read Confusion only grew as I read, and slowly turned into fascination. Mad was shaped like a magazine but felt like a comic book—and talked about stuff I'd only heard on the news …

Scream is back! But does the horror genre need Ghostface any more?

The slasher movie has been rebooted once again for the small screen but in 2019, it might not be quite so welcome In the 23 years since the release of Scream, the horror genre has both violently expanded and brutally contracted. Theres been been a wealth of films and shows populated by a variety of evils, from Swedish maypole cults, but those featuring masked villains holding gleaming kitchen knives have mostly faded into the darkness. The slasher movie formula, which sees a group of attractive teenage archetypes stalked by a stab-happy killer, originated in the 1970s but was resurrected by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamsons meta-horror which, in turn, also resurrected the entire genre, leading us to the scary movie …

Labour antisemitism: 30 whistleblowers to give evidence to EHRC

Jewish Labour Movement to submit detailed statements to equalities watchdog More than 30 whistleblowers including current Labour members of staff will submit evidence to the equalities watchdog about antisemitism in the party, the Guardian understands. The revelation comes after eight former members of staff went public alleging consistent interference in the disputes process by senior Labour aides in a BBC Panorama programme. Labour has complained about the programme to the highest level of the BBC, claiming staff were disaffected and motivated by political opposition to Jeremy Corbyn. The Jewish Labour Movement revealed on Thursday it had detailed witness statements from 30 former and current Labour members of staff that it was planning to submit to the Equality and Human Rights …

John Wick‘s Writer Is Heading to Marvel’s Falcon & Winter Soldier

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop-culture news roundup. Today's a busy one: In addition to Marvel's forthcoming Falcon & Winter Soldier series getting John Wick's writer, we also have a funny item about the Momo Challenge meme (yes, really), and news about the Suicide Squad sequel. Let's jump right in. John Wick's Writer Is Heading to Marvel's Falcon & Winter Soldier Derek Kolstad, the writer who gave fans the world of John Wick, has a new gig: working for Marvel. Kolstad, according to the Wrap, is joining the writing team for the studio's upcoming limited series Falcon & Winter Soldier. The show will star Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, …

Donovan ‘didn’t think twice’ about Joseph return

The 51-year-old said he had no reservations about playing a supporting role in a show he previously starred in. Image copyright Johan Persson Image caption Yarrow follows in the foosteps of Donovan, Lee Mead and This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield This character is played by Sheridan Smith, who has her own personal connection to the material. “The first theatre show I ever saw was Joseph on a school trip,” said the actress, who saw the musical when Phillip Schofield played the lead. “So when they came to me with this I was like, ‘Oh my God’. The nostalgia of that – to actually be in it when it was the first thing I saw.” Bafta winner Smith said she had …

Colin Kaepernick’s Skin Appears Darkened In Republican Campaign Committee Fundraising Ad

One Democratic operative who saw the NRCC’s Kaepernick ad described it as “disgusting.” The NRCC is one of the main Hill committees run by the two major political parties. It is dedicated to electing Republicans to the House of Representatives. The message the group sent to supporters advertised a “Betsy Ross mug” and referenced Kaepernick’s opposition to the slavery-era flag. Pictures of President Trump and Kaepernick appear side-by-side in the message. The photo of Kaepernick appears to have been altered to make his skin several shades darker than it is in original copies of the image. In an email to Yahoo News, NRCC communications director Chris Pack insisted, “The photo was not darkened.” The NRCC email advertised a mug emblazoned …