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Black Teens Win Annual FIRST Robotics World Championship

A team of predominantly black students (three pictured above) from Cleveland, Ohio have just made history by winning the 25th annual FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship.

The students are attendants at Cuyahoga Community College’s Youth Technology Academy in Cleveland. The FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship is an engineering showcase that happens every year in St. Louis, Missouri.

This year, the event attracted 20,000 young contestants who came from countries all across the globe. The event lasts for four days. On the first day of the event this year, 40,000 people watched as the tens of thousands of the world’s brightest young engineers competed at the championship.

The team that won this year was the Tri-C team. They consisted of two-dozen students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. They are the first team from Ohio to ever win the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship.

“This was a phenomenal ending to a fantastic robotics season,” said George Bilokonsky, executive director of Tri-C’s Youth Technology Academy in a statement. “We are extraordinarily proud and truly inspired by these bright and talented students who worked so hard to triumph,” he continued.

Yall some of the participants went missing..

The members of the robotics team from the eastern African country of Burundi, who are 16, 17 and 18, disappeared Tuesday after they took part in the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition.

The Metropolitan Police Department has received reports that Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, and Don Ingabire, 16, were seen crossing into Canada, spokeswoman Aquita Brown said Thursday morning.

Police say they have no indication of foul play in their disappearance.

Four boys and two girls are missing. Police identified them as: Audrey Mwamikazi, 17; Aristide Irambona, 18; Kevin Sabumukiza, 17; Don Ingabire, 16; Nice Munezero, 17; and Richard Irakoze, 18.

The teens all are being sought by D.C. police as missing people.

Anyone who sees them is asked to call 202-727-9011 or send a text message to 50411

No additional details were released immediately.

There was no official indication Thursday that any of the teens were trying to avoid returning to their homes in Africa, but a leader in the Burundian community in the U.S. suggested that they may be intending to seek asylum. Immigration attorneys said an asylum application could take years to sort out.


Trump doxes people who wrote with concerns about leaks of their sensitive personal data




Donald Trump is running a national-scale voter-suppression effort, billed as a “Voter Fraud Commission,” whose first act was to illegally demand that state election officials dox every registered voter by sending their lifelong voter records to the White House.

Not only did the states object to this – including red states with GOP governors – but so did many ordinary Americans, who wrote to Trump to tell them that they thought this was a bad idea.

The White House carefully gathered all of those letters from concerned voters, and published them, all 112 pages’ worth, without redacting those voters’ names, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, and places of employment.

Don’t let them fool you into thinking that this wasn’t entirely intentional. They did this on purpose so that their armada of shitty harassers have an easy list of targets to attack.

And to intimidate anyone from sending more messages which is what the kobach voter council thing is about to

How to call your reps when you have social anxiety


When you struggle with your mental health on a daily basis, it can be hard to take action on the things that matter most to you. The mental barriers anxiety creates often appear insurmountable. But sometimes, when you really need to, you can break those barriers down. This week, with encouragement from some great people on the internet, I pushed against my anxiety and made some calls to members of our government. Here’s a comic about how you can do that, too. (Resources and transcript below.)

Motivational resources:
There are a lot! Here are a few I really like:

  • Emily Ellsworth explains why calling is the most effective way to reach your congressperson.
  • Sharon Wong posted a great series of tweets that helped me manage my phone anxiety and make some calls.
  • Kelsey is tweeting pretty much daily with advice and reminders about calling representatives. I found this tweet an especially great reminder that calls aren’t nearly as big a deal as anxiety makes them out to be.

Informational resources:
There are a lot of these, as well! These three are good places to start:

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Baseband vulnerability could mean undetectable, unblockable attacks on mobile phones #1yrago


The baseband firmware in your phone is the outermost layer of software, the “bare metal” code that has to be implicitly trusted by the phone’s operating system and apps to work; a flaw in that firmware means that attackers can do scary things to your hone that the phone itself can’t detect or defend against.

Now, a CERT advisory confirms an earlier report of a vulnerability in Qualcomm’s baseband firmware, which is very widely deployed. Any patch for this vulnerability will have to be installed on billions of end points, many of them in hard-to-reach places, which means that attackers will be well-served by any work they do to exploit this vulnerability.

What’s more, the vulnerability may affect other baseband radios, and researchers are closely examining them to see if they, too are susceptible to attack.

There are many conceivable ways to attack baseband radios, but the most obvious tactic would be to use a Stingray, Dirtbox, or other fake cellular tower.

For more than five years, security researchers have been warning that baseband radios are an avenue for unstoppable, undetectable attacks on all mobile devices and the networks they connect to. Though vulnerability reports of this sort are rare, that doesn’t mean that bad guys – spy agencies, cyberweapons dealers, criminals – haven’t figured out how to attack baseband radios.

“Reading Rainbow” Host LeVar Burton Has A New Podcast Where He Reads To Adults, And It’s Soothing AF

"Reading Rainbow" Host LeVar Burton Has A New Podcast Where He Reads To Adults, And It's Soothing AF:




Reading Rainbow for Adults, for when your day is crap and you need Childhood Feels without involving tiny characters.

Say no more, I’ve already subscribed.

note-a-bear: rebellloudwiththecrowd: The formula was…



  • The formula was particularly likely to falsely flag black defendants as future criminals, wrongly labeling them this way at almost twice the rate as white defendants.
  • White defendants were mislabeled as low risk more often than black defendants.

Why are we surprised about this in the country , where skin color defines whether you are perceived as criminal or not?

Bad information in = bad information out