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Newton Believed in Absolute Truth

first_imgOne would think by now everything written by or about Isaac Newton has been printed.  Not so; Nature1 reports August 19 that a commentary on the Apocalypse (Revelation) by Newton was published for the first time just last month by The Newton Project online.  Newton’s commentary holds “radical” views that the Pope was the personification of the Antichrist, and other statements probably unpopular in his day.  The article confirms that “Newton’s religious writings constitute more than half of his entire written work.”  More interesting, the article delves into his unified belief in science and the Bible:In the past, many thought that Newton pursued religion only in his spare time, or that the majority of his religious work had been copied from others.  But [Robert] Iliffe [science historian at Oxford] claims that these writings show his theological work was carefully planned and often related to his work in mathematics and physics.  For example, he sets up his text on the Apocalypse with mathematical formalism, outlining rules, definitions and a proof of his beliefs.    Ultimately, Newton’s religion and science may have been tied together by belief in absolute truth.  Newton used testable hypotheses to find truth in nature, and believed that his religious writings revealed the truth about God, says Iliffe.1Geoff Brumfiel, “Newton’s religious screeds get online airing,” Nature 430, 819 (19 August 2004); doi:10.1038/430819a.Newton was not always the most exemplary Christian, and some of his theological beliefs bordered on the fringes of orthodoxy.  Nevertheless, no one can question that his worldview treated science and theology as highest priorities in the search for truth.  Unlike a majority of moderns, Newton believed in the existence of absolutes.  Specifically, he believed that the true and living God revealed Himself in the holy Scriptures even more clearly than in His works in nature, and therefore the Scriptures are more worthy of serious and systematic investigation than anything in nature.  This is clear from the volume of systematic study he gave the Bible compared to science, as this article affirms (contrary to previous speculations that tried to minimize the emphasis this eminent scientist and thinker gave to his religious writings.)  Can anyone claim that such a worldview is “scary stuff” in its implications for science (see yesterday’s headline), when you have the greatest scientist in history steadfastly affirming his belief in the Biblical account of creation?(Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Stadia built for IX Asiad in New Delhi lay echoingly empty and idle

first_imgThe Talkatora diving pool: Financial burdenOnce they resounded to the cheers of packed crowds. Today, the stadia built at such enormous expense for the IX Asiad are echoingly empty, and maintenance expenditure estimated at half the country’s sports budget for the year is being used up to keep them in,The Talkatora diving pool: Financial burdenOnce they resounded to the cheers of packed crowds. Today, the stadia built at such enormous expense for the IX Asiad are echoingly empty, and maintenance expenditure estimated at half the country’s sports budget for the year is being used up to keep them in perfect condition – and idle.Last fortnight, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium – 75,000 seats and 641 rooms spread over 110 acres was used for the first time since the November Games when veteran Asian athletes sweated on the track with only a couple of hundred spectators in the stands.The fully air-conditioned Indraprastha Indoor Stadium, which can seat 25,000, has been used for just one sports meet by the Taekwondo Sports Federation for two days in February. The Talkatora pool complex has been lifeless since December 1982.Perhaps the most pathetic plight is that of the Talkatora pool, where not a single swimmer has turned up since the Games. Says Satya Narayana, chief engineer, New Delhi Municipal Committee (NDMC) and in charge of the complex: “For two weeks after the Games we kept the water heated hoping that someone would come to use it. But no one did.” The heating has been turned off but the water continues to be filtered.When the capital’s most popular football tournaments – the DCM and the Durand – were held some time ago, the venue continued to be the Ambedkar Stadium (capacity: 18,000) rather than the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where the Asiad football matches were held. A spokesman for the Sports Department said that this was because the fans would have had “transport problems”.advertisement Says R.K.Gupta, president of the Delhi Football Association: “What to talk of using the Nehru Stadium, after the Asiad renovation of the Ambedkar Stadium the rates have been hiked here as well, making it impossible to use it for the football league matches as in the past.”High Charges: One reason for the empty stadia is the forbidding rates. At present, only the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which built the Rs 26 crore indoor stadium and now runs it, has fixed rates for its charge: sports bodies must pay Rs 39,000 per day in summer and Rs 15,000 per day in winter; government agencies and charitable organisations Rs 1 lakh per day in summer and Rs 76,000 per day in winter, commercial organisations Rs 1.52 lakh per day in summer and Rs 1.28 lakh per day in winter.The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: High maintenance costsThe DDA engineer in charge of the stadium considers these rates reasonable; says he: “If you consider my indirect costs which include interest rates at 10 per cent and depreciation at 2 per cent then the costs work out to Rs 2.5 crore a year.To break even on my indirect costs I would have to charge Rs 1.25 lakh a day; if you add direct charges then it becomes necessary to charge Rs 2 lakh a day.” He says that the stadium’s maintenance costs work out to around Rs 50 lakh a year and electricity and water charges to another Rs 40 lakh. Forty people in three shifts look after the security – the contract has been given to a private firm.With such high maintenance costs the rates have to be high, although the DDA has thoughtfully offered half-rates to those using only half the stadium. But so far, there have been few takers. Besides the Taekwondo Sports Federation, six non-sports bodies have hired the hall, three of them for film star ‘nite’ shows.Asks V.K. Malhotra, president of the Indian Archery Federation: “With rates as high as these, which sports federation would think of using the stadium?” The steep rates for users not connected with sports also make it unlikely that there will ever be regular bookings.The chief engineer notes that whether the stadium is used or not a minimum charge has in any case to be paid to the electricity undertaking as the stadium consumes 6,000 kw in summer and 1,500 kw in winter when in full use.Another reason why the stadia are unused is that the equipment and playing area are considered too sophisticated to be used by all comers. The National Stadium was refitted with astroturf which requires a special watering system; says K. Basu, director, maintenance, Special Organising Committee (SOC): “Ordinary teams can’t be allowed to use astroturf. It is like giving a sitar meant for Ravi Shankar to a fresher.”A spokesman for the Sports Department says: “The organisers of the hockey nationals held recently in Meerut did not ask for the ground, perhaps because it would have meant the use of special shoes, special balls and more stamina would have been required. But the astroturf has been used for the Indian women’s hockey team practice matches.”advertisementIn the same way, joggers, athletes and gymnasts cannot use the Nehru Stadium. Observes S.K. Chawla of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), superintending engineer of the stadium: “It would be a security risk and in any case one has to ensure that special shoes with spikes no more than 6 mm long are used so that the tracks are not spoilt.” The Delhi University grounds were enclosed within a tall fence for the handball and archery events – not very popular sports in India – and are now out of bounds to the joggers and gymnasts who used the grounds in the past.Swollen Costs: But the stadia have to be kept in condition whether they are used or not. Chawla estimates that the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium would cost about Rs 65 lakh a year to maintain, assuming that it will be in active use 120 days in a year.He explains that when the stadium” is in use, expense on electricity, water and staff increases enormously – often, extra staff has to be recruited. Not included in the estimate are the 80 men of the Central Reserve Police Force who guard vital installations such as the lighting towers, the public address system and the score-board.In fact, Sports Minister Buta Singh, replying to a question in Parliament in February, admitted that the maintenance, minus the operational expenses of just the two main stadia and the swimming pools, would work out to Rs 1.2 crore a year. Later, at a sports Ministry meeting on March 2, the caretaker organizations – DDA, CPWD and NDMC – were asked to submit revised estimates for maintaining the stadia according to what a spokesman calls “international standards”. The annual cost of maintenance and limited operational usage then works out about Rs 2.5 crore, for just the big three. If the other Asiad legacies are added, the cost rises to a whopping Rs 3 crore.Big Drain: Compared to national sports budgets, the stadia maintenance costs are staggering. The, national expenditure on sports was just Rs 2.69 crore in 1980 – 81, Rs 3.06 crore in 1981 – 82,and Rs 4.90 crore in 1982 – 83. For the year 1983 – 84 the budget has been hiked to Rs 6.36 crore.The amount allotted for the upkeep of the three sports institutes at Patiala, Bangalore and Calcutta is Rs 3 crore which is about the same as the maintenance cost of the Asiad stadia. As against this, grants to various state sports councils for 1983 – 84 will be around Rs 80 lakh, and grants to national sports federations around Rs 90 lakh.The Government has also to work out the ticklish question of who is to ultimately manage the stadia. At present the agencies that built them are doing the job on the understanding that the expenses will eventually be reimbursed.The SOC, which was in charge of sports grounds during the Asiad, says it is no longer concerned. Says K.S. Bains, additional secretary-general, SOC: “We will be winding up 90 per cent of our operations by the end of March. It is no longer our problem.”advertisementThe hope is that eventually a sports authority will come into being to mother the facilities. But, as the debate continues, it is now clear that when the grey pachyderms from Kerala left Delhi after taking part in the Asian Games ceremonies, they left some spotless white brethren behind.last_img read more

Stowaway Incidents Rise in South Africa

first_imgzoom Gothenburg-based marine insurer The Swedish Club has issued an urgent stowaway advice for shipowners to prevent stowaways from boarding vessels in South African ports, following a rise in such incidents in the last two months.Shipowners should be concerned about stowaway incidents as they are liable for the full costs of repatriating a stowaway.The stowaway advice recommends measures such as those that ship owners should employ private security to patrol the quayside, with one security guard positioned on the forward mooring lines and one on the stern lines. Security on board is said to be ineffective as the guards tend to fall asleep on board.In addition, crew members should not allow anyone on board the ship who does not have a port permit. Every visitor is obliged to have the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) clearance.“All visitors should surrender their port permit to security and they should collect the same when they leave the ship. If anyone does not have a port permit, they must call the terminal/berth security in order to identify the individual and ascertain who is the individual and why does the individual not have a TNPA port permit,” the marine insurer said in the advisory.Furthermore, visitors should be in possession of photographic identification and crew members must not allow any individuals to push past them on the gangway. Where possible, the gangway should be raised and lowered only after a crew member has got to the bottom of it, having verified who the visitor is, the marine insurer advised.It is believed that the rise in stowaway cases will increase as individuals look for free passage home during the Christmas holidays.“We understand that ship owners are battling in the current economic conditions and do not wish to use private security and rely on the crew to police the ship,” The Swedish Club said.The Swedish Club said that the South African authorities stated they would not change their attitude towards these incidents and therefore ships must combat unlawful individuals boarding the ship.last_img read more

Conflictofinterest screens working well Trudeau cabinet ministers say

first_imgOTTAWA – Several members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet are singing the praises of conflict-of-interest screens they have been using to avoid controversy — and that members of the previous Conservative government used as well.The screens, along with the use of numbered holding companies to separate ministers from their assets, have been pulled into an intense public debate in recent weeks amid allegations of conflict of interest that have stalked Finance Minister Bill Morneau.Morneau set up one of the screens after entering office in 2015 on a recommendation from the federal ethics commissioner, who told him a blind trust wouldn’t be necessary since his shares in his family’s firm were indirectly held through private companies, and therefore not subject to the Conflict of Interest Act.And he’s not the only one: Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould had a similar arrangement with assets until they were divested in April 2016.Political opponents have been attacking Morneau for choosing a screen rather than a blind trust. For his part, Morneau has maintained that has not been in a conflict of interest. And Morneau’s parliamentary secretary, Joel Lightbound, went on the offensive on his behalf Monday during question period.“What the finance minister has always done and will continue to do, so that he can deliver for Canadians, is to work with the ethics commissioner to make sure that all rules are followed, to follow recommendations,” Lightbound said in response to a question from Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre.Former Tory finance minister Joe Oliver was the sole owner of a corporation that held publicly traded securities, Lightbound noted. And former Conservative cabinet ministers Lisa Raitt and Denis Lebel both made use of conflict-of-interest screens, he added.“What I see is a bit of hypocrisy and a lot of amnesia,” Lightbound said.“At the same time, I can understand why those members are trying to forget their decade in power. Millions of Canadians are trying to forget.”Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson’s office said Monday that fewer than five cabinet ministers currently hold controlled assets indirectly. But it would not share the names nor provide a more-precise number.A government source said later Monday that only two current ministers had a history of controlled assets in a private corporation without setting up a blind trust: Morneau and Wilson-Raybould.Morneau is in the process of divesting and Wilson-Raybould has already divested.Dawson’s office also said some cabinet ministers in the previous Conservative administration — but fewer than five — held controlled assets indirectly.In a series of tweets Monday, Oliver said after his appointment to cabinet he disclosed all his assets, sold all his publicly traded shares and had all decisions on his fund portfolios made by third-party managers.A few of Morneau’s cabinet colleagues also have screens, but for different reasons.Wilson-Raybould and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi are using conflict-of-interest screens to prevent them from participating in matters or decisions related to company holdings involving their spouses.Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc also has a screen to ensure he abstains from participating in decisions related to J.D. Irving Ltd. because of his close friendship with the Irving family.LeBlanc said Monday that Dawson recommended he set up an ethics screen for any cabinet or privy council documents that have anything to do with J.D. Irving Ltd., or its affiliates and subsidiaries.“Under the rules, you shouldn’t be using … your public office to benefit a friend,” LeBlanc said. “From my perspective it’s working very well.”LeBlanc’s screen, in place since early 2016, means he wouldn’t have been privy to cabinet information about shipbuilding contracts or even the Energy East pipeline, both of which have connections to Irving.Sohi said Monday that he has a screen in place to prevent him from participating in decisions that could benefit his wife’s holdings in a company that’s also a partial owner of farmland in Alberta.He argues the screen, which is overseen by his chief of staff, has already proven to be an effective tool.Sohi said because of the screen he’s been him removed from the approval process for an infrastructure project that was proposed by the province. It would be in close proximity to the farmland.“My chief of staff has made sure that I do not participate in any shape or form in the approval of that particular project,” Sohi said.“It will be done by a different minister and it would have to go the Treasury Board to make sure there’s no conflict whatsoever.”Wilson-Raybould’s profile on the ethics commissioner’s website states that she must abstain from decisions or matters related to self-government talks with First Nations and Indigenous communities with the consulting company, KaLoNa Group, in which she holds a significant interest. Her spouse is also the president and controlling interest holder of the firm.The added public scrutiny on the conflict-of-interest issue has been driven by allegations related to pension legislation Morneau introduced in the House of Commons.Opponents allege the pension reform could benefit Morneau Shepell, a human resources and pension management firm he helped build with his father before entering office. Morneau maintains he was never in a conflict of interest.In response to accusations that he’s personally profited from decisions he’s taken as finance minister, Morneau has promised to sell off $21 million worth of shares in his family’s company and place the rest his substantial assets in a blind trust.Morneau has also promised to donate to charity any gains in the value of his Morneau Shepell shares since he was elected two years ago. The gains are estimated to be worth more than $5 million.Dawson recommended the screen for Morneau to prevent any appearance of a conflict of interest and maintain the public’s confidence.The issue of indirect holdings in a company have been at the centre of the debate around Morneau.Dawson urged the previous Conservative government in 2013 to amend the law to require blind trusts for personal assets owned by ministers, regardless of whether they were directly or indirectly owned — a change that was never made.last_img read more

Greek lawmakers to vote on new budget – with more austerity

first_imgATHENS, Greece — Greek lawmakers are debating the heavily-indebted country’s draft budget for 2019, the first since Greece exited an eight-year bailout program.The budget due to be voted on midnight Tuesday is still heavy on austerity measures to ensure the country registers a hefty budget surplus, in compliance with a debt relief deal with international creditors.The budget submitted by the left-led government foresees Greece’s battered economy will grow by 2.1 per cent in 2018 and 2.5 per cent in 2019. The debt load is set to decline from 180.4 per cent of output this year to 167.8 per cent next year.Greece depended on bailout loans from 2010 until August 2018, and imposed crippling cutbacks to secure the money. Its finances are still subject to creditor scrutiny, albeit less intensely than before.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Softball slugger recovers from injuries to provide spark for Ohio State lineup

As a tri-captain on the softball team, it’s no wonder why Courtney Pruner refers to herself as “the enforcer.”“She’s a standout player, so it’s always great when your captains are your best players and/or your hardest workers,” coach Linda Kalafatis said. “She gets some due respect because of the things she does that enables us to win.”Pruner has a .318 batting average and a slugging percentage of .598. She has 37 RBIs, despite a hip surgery in December 2007 that caused her to miss her entire sophomore season.“I looked at it like, I’m not going to play softball for 15 years of my life to miss one of my last years,” Pruner said. “All my life I’ve wanted to play four years of Division I college softball. It’s not in my nature to not come back, even though the hip pain was rough and the rehab was rough.”“But I knew if I wanted to play this last year I’d have to work hard at rehab.”A redshirt senior, Pruner is primarily OSU’s designated hitter. She has 10 home runs this season and 36 in her career.Pruner received Big Ten Player of the Week earlier this season in April after going 6-for-7 against the Illinois Fighting Illini. This was the first conference award of her career.“It’s a huge honor because the Big Ten is such a tough conference and there’s so many amazing players,” Pruner said.Although Pruner has pitched for the Buckeyes and played infield and outfield, her field time is limited.“Because of my hips, it’s just way too painful,” Pruner said.Kalafatis said, “The kids really admire Courtney’s ability to fight through pain and all the things she’s been through. She’s shown some great maturity and leadership in that respect.”That leadership is exactly why Pruner is captain.“It’s nice to be respected by your teammates,” Pruner said. read more

Gio Simeones wants to avoid nepotism in Argentina

first_imgGio Simeone is still going to work hard in order to become an Atletico Madrid player someday, but he wants to avoid nepotism in Argentina.The sentiment that awakens Atletico Madrid in some players is simply inevitable sometimes, Argentina international Gio Simeone is the best example of this because he doesn’t care that his father doesn’t want to coach him there for now.Any professional football player who has the characteristic fighting spirit that any Atletico Madrid player historically has, would have the dream of someday playing for the Colchoneros regardless of the circumstances.The oldest of Diego Simeone’s sons heard what his father had to say about the possibility of coaching him someday in the Spanish club, but he doesn’t seem to care about the response.Giovanni Simeone has the dream of playing for Atletico Madrid in the future because he is a true fan of the institution, he doesn’t care if his father is still the manager of the squad when he reaches a level that is good enough for the club to pursue him.The trades that this striker has are very similar to what the club has always wanted in their best players, which makes the possibility even greater for him in the near future.All Gio has to do is keep working hard, and hope that he can get that call soon.”ME ENCANTARÍA VER A MI PAPÁ ACÁ””SIEMPRE ME DICE QUE NO ES EL MOMENTO”#CentralFOX | Giovanni Simeone opinó sobre la situación de su padre como posible entrenador de la Selección Argentina. pic.twitter.com/90fIWMnYzm— FOX Sports Argentina (@FOXSportsArg) October 14, 2018The eldest of Simeone’s kids granted an interview with Fox Sports, where he discussed his father again and the upcoming friendly match between Argentina and Brazil on Tuesday.“Atletico Madrid is something that has been practically taught to us, it’s inside me and my dad, but I never had the chance of being coached by him.”“My old man has never talked to me about this possibility. The fact that people keep talking about this means that I’m still growing.”“Playing for Atletico Madrid someday would be truly amazing for me, an incredible achievement. As an Argentina player, I would love to see my dad as the manager here, but he keeps saying that it’s not the right time yet.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Every single person from Argentina would like having him here because he is a great manager, one of the best in the world,” said Gio during the interview.Gran partido de todo el equipo! #VamosArgentina 🇦🇷👊🏼⚽️ pic.twitter.com/gAmMBkBE4Z— Giovanni Simeone (@simeonegiovanni) October 11, 2018Giovanni is getting ready to represent his country on his very first Classic match between Argentina and Brazil, he didn’t play much against Saudi Arabia last week but he could get more minutes for this match and he hopes he can live up to the family name.Getting a great participation in matches like this one, are what can assure him a permanent spot in the squad, something that he aims for before his father gets the job as the manager.Gio Simeone is very aware of nepotism, which is something that both he and his father are always trying to avoid.“If I keep getting called-up and I keep having minutes with this group, the possibility of us crossing paths here becomes greater. Things would be obviously different if I was never called-up and he calls me right after he gets the job,” he added.“What I aim for is to win a spot here before he gets the position, so I’m fighting against the clock. I’ve been preparing for this possibility this year, but I honestly didn’t expect a call-up this soon.”“My grandfather gave me a very useful advice. He told me that one minute in the national team is the equivalent of sixty minutes in a club. This means that I will give my very best in every minute I get a chance to play for Argentina.”“I’ve been in Europe for only two years, so if I already had this chance, is because I can still give a lot more than even I expected,” he concluded.Preparando el partido de mañana 💪🏼⚽️🇦🇷 #VamosArgentina pic.twitter.com/t8qKVDtbUC— Giovanni Simeone (@simeonegiovanni) October 10, 2018How well do you think Giovanni Simeone would do with his father as the manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Murkowski Questions FEMA Leadership On Earthquake Recovery Efforts

first_imgIn response, Gaynor acknowledged the issues outlined by Murkowski and agreed that the process at times can be complex. Murkowski: “You indicate in your testimony, which I appreciate, that you’re seeking to reduce the complexity of FEMA to promote simpler less complex processes to streamline it. And that’s good, but how do we let folks know that disaster victims can have confidence in this program that is being administered and is it being administered as we intended it to?” Murkowski touched on the potential flaws within FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program process and questioned Gaynor on how to ensure disaster victims can be confident in FEMA’s disaster recovery efforts. Gaynor stated that he was committed to making adjustments to the program to try to deliver maximum disaster relief and assistance to Alaskans in need. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享During a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security a review was conducted of FEMA’s FY2020 Budget Request. During the hearing, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) raised Alaska specific concerns to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor. Murkowski: “Part of the problem is that it seems this individual assistance program has kind of a black box reputation. Nobody really knows what is eligible for a home repair award. No one knows if inspectors are consistent. The specific criteria that inspectors use isn’t readily available. Appeal decisions aren’t published.” Senator Murkowski highlighted the difficulties that Alaskans are facing as they seek assistance from FEMA following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Alaska on November 30, 2018.last_img read more

Android phones can be security keys now

first_img Mobile Security 2 Share your voice A physical security key on top of an Android phone. Josh Miller/CNET Security keys are an effective way to keep your accounts secure from hackers, but they suffer from a major challenge: They’re inconvenient.Not a lot of people want to buy and carry an extra key or Bluetooth fob just for logging in — which is why most two-factor authentication is done through text messages, even though it’s less secure. Up to 90% of Gmail users don’t even use 2FA, a Google software engineer revealed in 2018. Convenience is a big hurdle, and Google is hoping to solve that by making your phone the security key. It’ll have the same functionalities as a physical security key but won’t require you to carry an extra device to keep your accounts safe. That means that like a security key, your phone will warn you if an imposter website is trying to steal your password. Unlike using SMS or authenticator codes for logging in, security keys have to verify that the website you’re logging in on is legitimate. The updated security feature is coming only to Android devices versions 7 and up, which account for about 50% of all active users, according to Google’s distribution board. For now, it’s working only on Google’s Chrome browser and with Google accounts, but the company expects to expand availability. “This is a natural evolution of the standard. Just as some security keys only worked with Chrome initially and moved to other browsers, we’re seeing the same thing happening here,” said Christiaan Brand, a Google product manager for identity and security. You can set up the security key on your phone by going to your settings on Google and selecting 2-Step Verification. From there, you need to click on Add a Security Key and choose your phone as a device. School of phishPhishing attacks are common and often hard to spot, fooling even seasoned politicians. Security keys help prevent hackers from getting into your accounts because even if your password were stolen, an attacker would have to have the physical key to log in. “We’re solving the problem of someone thousands of miles away trying to steal your password,” said Sam Srinivas, Google Cloud’s product management director. “With this, someone has to be within 100 feet of you to try to attack you.” When Google first released its own Titan Key, it cost $50 for a set, and Brand said the company was hoping to eventually drive the cost down to less than $10. 07-titan-keyLast year, Google released its own Titan Security Key in both a USB and Bluetooth version. Sarah Tew/CNET By turning Android devices into security keys, Google is essentially giving them out for free. That much coverage could make it easier for more people to start using security keys, said Conor Gilsenan, a security researcher at All Things Auth.Over Christmas, the security expert said, he bought his family members security keys, but it took more than two hours to set up all these devices. “This is such a big deal,” Gilsenan said. “Being able to utilize the phone that you already have removes an entire barrier to better forms of two-factor authentication for the average internet user.”Brand said the phone security keys meet the FIDO authentication standard, which means any websites allowing for that standard will work with your phone as a security key. That includes websites like Facebook, Twitter and GitHub. Convenience is keyBrand is hoping the launch will convince other pages to accept phones as security keys.The technology works by connecting your phone and your computer’s Bluetooth when you’re logging in on a Google account. You’ll be prompted with a message on your phone to verify the log-in once they’re connected. While they’re using Bluetooth to communicate, the two devices don’t have to pair with each other, Brand said.”We devised a new standard on top of Bluetooth to make sure that these don’t need to pair,” he explained.There have been criticisms of using Bluetooth in security keys, because the wireless protocol could be open to security vulnerabilities. When Google announced its Bluetooth security fob last year, Yubico CEO Stina Ehrensvard released a statement saying Bluetooth didn’t have the same security standards as NFC and USB.Brand said Google had the capability to let your phone function as a security key through a USB cable but decided against it. “We’ve done user studies, and asking a user to have a cable ready that’ll fit both their devices almost takes away all the convenience of using their phone,” he said. Still, even with all the convenience of phones, Brand and Srinivas recommend having a second, backup USB key. That way, if you ever lose your phone or the battery’s dead, you can still log in. Now that half of all Android devices can function as security keys, the new challenge will be getting people to actually use them that way. Security keys have a lower adoption rate than 2FA as a whole, but the convenience will likely draw more people to better protect their accounts. “You don’t have to plug it in, and you don’t have to buy a new device, since you already have the phone,” Gilsenan said. “The bigger challenge is communicating to people that they actually need 2FA.” Tags Comments Googlelast_img read more

Music for the soul

first_imgThe national Capital hosted a musical evening in association with Unicef to raise funds for Nepal quake victims on May 24.Bands like Beatitudes, Ghetto Children, Noida School of Rock, Techtronics, Project Rigden and others performed at the event which was held at Dzukou Tribal Kitchen, Hauz Khas Village.“Nepal has always been close to my heart and many other Nepalese like me. The only purpose of this charity is to help rebuild Nepal and support its people, who need more help with each passing day,” said event organiser Shweta Pradhan, a Nepali migrant, who now lives in India, to media persons. Pradhan, like other Nepalese living in India, was moved by the pain and suffering of her people after multiple tremors and aftershocks shook the Himalayan nation, killing over 8,000 people and leaving over 10,000 injured. The amount collected was sent to the UNICEF.last_img read more