Good idea.

Simple research tool detects 19 unknown data breaches

Every now and then researchers come up with a security insight so simple you wonder why nobody has noticed it before.

If there was an award for such discoveries, a contender for this year’s prize would surely be a data breach early warning tool called Tripwire, the work of engineers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

In real-world tests, not only did Tripwire detect a number of unknown or undisclosed breaches, the team believes it could be used to detect many breaches long before organisations realise they’ve happened or stolen data appears on the dark web.

Not exactly a Royal Coachmen.

An archaeologist from The Australian National University (ANU) has uncovered the world’s oldest known fish-hooks placed in a burial ritual, found on Indonesia’s Alor Island, northwest of East Timor.

The five fish hooks were among items carefully placed under the chin, and around the jaws of a female from the Pleistocene era, dating back 12,000 years.

Distinguished Professor Sue O’Connor from the School of Culture, History and Language in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific said the discovery turns on its head the theory that most fishing activities on these islands were carried out by men.

That’s not funny.

Teaching Artificial Intelligence Humor

We have a long history of yelling at our machines — cars that break down, televisions broadcasting our failing teams. But now, our machines understand us. And they’re talking back. They’re digging out recipes for us in the kitchen, navigating our car trips, finishing our sentences on Internet search engines, and translating foreign languages. …

… Computers can figure out how the galaxies formed, sift through unimaginable amounts of data and calculate a prime number of more than 17 million digits. But can they tell a joke? Probably not for a while, Radev said, but he’s still going to try. …

Unleash the Food Trucks.

Laura Pekarik bakes cupcakes and sells them from a food truck. Her truck provided a great opportunity, letting her open a business without having to spend big to hire a staff and rent space in a building.

“Instead of renting a whole brick and mortar and managing a team of people, it was just me and one baker,” she explains.

But increased regulations, such as new rules that forbid trucks to park near established restaurants, make life hard for people like Pekarik.

Good idea …

Computer scientists develop a simple tool to tell if websites suffered a data breach

Computer scientists have built and successfully tested a tool designed to detect when websites are hacked by monitoring the activity of email accounts associated with them. The researchers were surprised to find that almost 1 percent of the websites they tested had suffered a data breach during their 18-month study period, regardless of how big the companies’ reach and audience are.

Another one on street food.

European Union lawmakers are deliberating the composition of kebab meat as they tackle the bloc’s latest dispute over food safety.

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, will vote Wednesday on whether to let phosphates be used in meat cooked on spits, with left-of-center political groups and consumer organizations resisting such deregulation. Opponents cite a possible link between phosphate additives in foods and cardiovascular risks.

Proponents counter that phosphates would keep kebab meat juicier for longer. That advantage for producers prompted the European Commission, the 28-nation EU’s regulatory arm, to propose an end to the bloc’s ban on phosphates in kebab meat.

Kebabs join a long list of EU disputes over the years about the safety of foods such as hormone-treated beef, chlorinated chicken and genetically modified organisms. Centering on Europe’s better-safe-than-sorry “precautionary principle,” the controversies have variously pitted the EU against trade partners such as the U.S. and European nations against each other.