Billy Corgan says he saw human turn into something non-human

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

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He must think about it all the time.

Adela Loconte

Every day, I feel us getting closer to another life, another galaxy, another something.

Earlier Tuesday, I wrote about Florida Republican congressional candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, who says she was abducted by aliens at a very early age.

And now along comes Billy Corgan, he of the Smashing Pumpkins, with the tale of how a human he was talking to transformed himself into, well, something else.

Appearing on the Howard Stern Show on Monday, Corgan — who now prefers to be called William Patrick Corgan — insisted that humans can be bent out of shape. Physically, that is.

“Let’s just say I was with somebody once and I saw a transformation I can’t explain,” he revealed, somewhat gingerly.

“The person transformed into something other than human,” prompted a naturally curious Stern.

“Yes,” Corgan said. “I saw it.” 

He claims to have been sober. How odd, though, that he didn’t do what many a modern human would have done and whipped out his cellphone to record the event.

Perhaps it was the shock of it all.

“Imagine you’re doing something and suddenly you turn around and there’s somebody else standing there,” he said.

When pressed whether this person had turned into another human, Corgan demurred and explained that it was “hard to explain without going into detail.”

He insisted, though, that the other person “acknowledged” what had happened. Oddly, though, that person apparently wouldn’t explain.

Corgan must have lived a very interesting life, as he described it as “up there with one of the most intense things I’ve ever been through.”

Only up there? If I’d seen, say, Kurshina my Starbucks barista turn into, say, an orchid, that would certainly be the most extraordinary thing I’ve ever seen.

And I’ve seen things you would neither believe nor even want to know about.

We’re left, then, to speculate what this human turned himself into. A cloud? A speck of dust? A gorgon reciting the works of Emile Zola? 

Please, Mr. Corgan. Give us more of a clue. Perhaps write a song about it or give us an artist’s impression. 

Or at least go talk to some scientists and tell them what you saw. These might be the aliens that Stephen Hawking is always warning us about.

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AI-powered app finds and locks away your racy photos

Fully named Nude: The Sexiest App Ever, the app uses either a PIN or Touch ID to secure your photos, as well as an integrated camera to take them in the app itself. You can view your naughty photos and video in Nude, too, and the app keeps track of any attempts to get into your photo vault. The iTunes description says you can protect copies of your driver’s licence, ID, and credit cards, though it doesn’t mention if the built-in AI will detect these in the same way as, say, those naked photos.

Private, on-device analysis is only available with iOS 11, though; users of iOS 10 and under will have their photos categorized by Amazon’s cloud-based Rekognition tech, so be wary. Nude is free to download but will run you $1 for a monthly subscription and $10 for an annual one. The app is only on iOS for now, though an Android version is in the works, according to The Verge.

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The Krampus Dunny By Scott Tolleson Officially Online!

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re gonna kick it (semi) old school with Amanda Visell’s Scaredy Labbit. …

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Trudeau welcomes Google with Toronto tech paradise


Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will be developing 3.3 million acres along the waterfront of Lake Ontario for its Sidewalk Labs initiative.

Sidewalk Labs

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday in Toronto that Google’s parent company, Alphabet, will develop a portion of the waterfront along Lake Ontario. The development will house Sidewalk Labs, a unit of Alphabet focused on innovation in urban environments.

“This project offers unprecedented opportunities for Canadian innovators and will create thousands of good, middle class jobs,” Trudeau said during the announcement alongside Toronto Mayor John Tory and Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

According to The Globe and Mail, Google’s Canadian headquarters will be relocating to the 12-acre site.

Schmidt said that “we are making a bold bet that innovation technology and forward-thinking urban design can make fundamental improvements in city life.”

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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KRACK attack: Here’s how companies are responding

A serious Wi-Fi security flaw was revealed Monday, and it puts everything from your phone to your smart refrigerator at risk.

An exploit called KRACK, short for Key Reinstallation Attack, hits on a weakness in the code behind WPA2, a protocol that makes wireless connections work in practically every device. It was discovered by computer security academic Mathy Vanhoef and could allow hackers to eavesdrop on your network traffic, ZDNet reported on Monday.  

The most important thing you can do is update your devices as patches become available. While some companies already have patches available, others say it could take weeks. 

Here’s a list of how companies and device makers have responded to KRACK so far.



Some companies have already stepped up to patch their devices after the KRACK Wi-Fi security flaw. 

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“Microsoft released security updates on October 10th and customers who have Windows Update enabled and applied the security updates, are protected automatically. We updated to protect customers as soon as possible, but as a responsible industry partner, we withheld disclosure until other vendors could develop and release updates.”

Apple iOS and Mac

Apple confirmed it has a fix in beta for iOS, MacOS, WatchOS and TVOS, and will be rolling it out in a software update in a few weeks. 

Google Mobile

“We’re aware of the issue, and we will be patching any affected devices in the coming weeks.”  

Google Chromebook 

Wasn’t available for comment.

Google Chromecast/ Home/ WiFi  

“We’re aware of the issue, and we will be patching any affected devices in the coming weeks.”

Amazon Echo, FireTV and Kindle 

“We are in the process of reviewing which of our devices may contain this vulnerability and will be issuing patches where needed.” 

Samsung Mobile

“As soon as we are notified of any potential vulnerabilities, we work closely to address those issues as quickly as possible. We are aware of this matter and will be rolling out patches to Samsung devices in the coming weeks.”

Samsung TVs 

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Samsung Appliances

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“Belkin Linksys, and Wemo are aware of the WPA vulnerability. Our security teams are verifying details and we will advise accordingly. Also know that we are committed to putting the customer first and are planning to post instructions on our security advisory page on what customers can do to update their products, if and when required.”  


“NETGEAR is aware of the recently publicized security exploit KRACK, which takes advantage of security vulnerabilities in WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access II). NETGEAR has published fixes for multiple products and is working on fixes for others. Please follow the security advisory for updates. 

“NETGEAR appreciates having security concerns brought to our attention and are constantly monitoring our products to get in front of the latest threats. Being pro-active rather than re-active to emerging security issues is a fundamental belief at NETGEAR.  

“To protect users, NETGEAR does not publicly announce security vulnerabilities until fixes are publicly available, nor are the exact details of such vulnerabilities released. Once fixes are available, NETGEAR will announce the vulnerabilities from NETGEAR Product Security web page.”  


“We are aware of the KRACK flaw in the WPA2 security protocol. Our security team is currently working on a solution, and we expect to have more information available later today. We have built our cloud system to push over-the-air (OTA) updates for situations exactly like this, to ensure all of our customers get the most updated software available as quickly as possible with no action required on their part.”

Here’s Eero’s blog post about the vulnerability. 


“On Oct. 16, 2017, a WPA2 wireless protocol vulnerability was reported. D-Link immediately took actions to investigate the issues. This appears to be an industry-wide issue that will require firmware patches to be provided from the relevant semiconductor chipset manufacturers. D-Link has requested assistance from the chipset manufacturers. As soon as patches are received and validated from the chipset manufacturers, D-Link will post updates on its website immediately.”


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“Since Sprint’s network operates on CDMA and LTE technology, not Wi-Fi, the KRACK vulnerabilities are not direct threats to those wireless networks. However, similar to any large company that utilizes Wi-Fi for internal business, we have taken steps to address the vulnerability internally to protect the company.”


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“Intel was notified by the Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet (ICASI) and CERT CC of the identified Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) standard protocol vulnerability. Intel is an ICASI charter member and is part of the coordinated disclosure of this issue. 

“Intel is working with its customers and equipment manufacturers to implement and validate firmware and software updates that address the vulnerability. For more information, please refer to Intel’s security advisory on this vulnerability – INTEL-SA-00101”  


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“We are aware of the issue and will be rolling out patches to Nest products over the next couple weeks.” 


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LG Electronics

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LG Mobile

“Smartphone OEMs have to work very closely with Google to find solutions for OS-level vulnerabilities.

“Google is in the process of rolling out patches to carriers and manufacturers at this very moment but it takes time to cover all the major smartphone models.

“So it’s hard to say exactly when a specific phone will get the fix but it’s certainly being addressed.”

LG Appliances

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Philips Hue  

“The KRACK attack is against devices using the Wi-Fi protocol. We recommend that consumers use secure Wi-Fi passwords and install the latest patches on their phones, computers and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices to prevent such attacks. Since Philips Hue does not itself support Wi-Fi directly, it does not need to be patched because of this attack. Further, all our cloud account APIs are protected using HTTPS which offers an additional layer of security which isn’t affected by this attack.”  


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“All traffic to and from Roost devices is encrypted end-to-end using the latest SSL/TLS encryption. As such, we don’t believe our devices are at risk of this attack. We suggest that our users follow the recommendations from the Wi-Fi Alliance to always use Wi-Fi encryption on their Access points and apply the latest software updates.”  


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Vote: Make your NBA awards predictions

We know the upcoming NBA season is going to be an exciting one … the hard part is trying to figure out how it all will play out and which elite players will separate themselves from the pack.

We’re asking you to make your predictions for all of the major individual awards and to pick the leaders in each of the major offensive statistical categories. What say you, Nostradamus?

Russell Westbrook took home last year’s MVP Award after in an insane season that saw him average a triple-double. This year’s Rookie of the Year race looks to be a major improvement over last year’s, which Malcolm Brogdon won. Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s massive leap into stardom made him into last season’s Most Improved Player. Last season, Westbrook led the league in scoring (31.6 PPG), Hassan Whiteside in rebounding (14.1 RPG) and James Harden won the assist crown (11.2 APG).

Sam Henken

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