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The Chicago Cubs have been a staple of “Sunday Night Baseball” telecasts for years, thanks in part to a star-studded lineup, a national following and the photogenic ballpark they call home.

Wrigley Field looks as good as ever, and fans still turn out in droves if the weather is nice and the beer is cold.

But Sunday night’s ESPN game against the Los Angeles Dodgers could be one of the Cubs’ final appearances in 2022 the way their season is trending.

There are only so many ways to talk about Wrigley before admitting the obvious: The Cubs are not ready for prime time.

Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw dominated Saturday in a 7-0 win in the opener of a split doubleheader, handing the Cubs their 12th loss in 15 games. They entered the nightcap seven games under .500 at 9-16.

They have a .344 winning percentage (42-80) since June 14, 2021, picking up where they left off last season. Daniel Norris was scheduled to pitch the second game of the doubleheader, making his first start since Aug. 2, 2020, with the Detroit Tigers.

After a day Thursday and Friday’s postponement, the sun finally came out at Wrigley on a chilly Saturday afternoon, so it wasn’t a total loss for the announced crowd of 37,594 — aided by a large contingent of Dodgers fans.

Even Dodger-hating Cubs fans should have been glad for the opportunity to watch the 34-year-old Kershaw, a future Hall of Famer, defy his age with another dominant performance.

“At some point you feel like the ball will bounce our way or some of those balls will fall in,” said manager David Ross, who pointed to several hard-hit balls off the Dodgers veteran.

Perhaps, but Kershaw scattered five hits over seven shutout innings to improve to 4-0. He has a 1.00 ERA over his last three starts and is one of only three starters this season with 30 or more strikeouts and three or fewer walks.

Hitting aside, baserunning gaffes by the Cubs also were on display early in the opener.

“Making outs on the bases, we can’t do that when you’re facing a good pitcher like that,” Ross said.

After Kershaw picked Seiya Suzuki off first base to end the first inning, Nico Hoerner was tagged out chugging into second base to end the second. After reaching on an infield hit, Hoerner apparently believed the errant throw went into a camera well and bounced back, entitling him to a free base. Ross said Hoerner should’ve waited for the umpire to make the call.

“Just one of those tough lessons,” Ross said.

Drew Smyly lasted 4⅓ innings in the opener, allowing two earned runs on six hits and four walks in his return from the bereavement list. Command issues in the first put the Cubs in a quick hole, and his only other mistake was a fourth-inning home run by Austin Barnes.

Ross said Smyly threw “extremely well,” but Smyly conceded he “wasn’t very sharp today … and threw a ton of pitches” in the first.

“That’s probably the worst team to face when you’re not being aggressive in the zone and attacking,” Smyly said. “They don’t really chase.”

Ross acknowledged before the game that Cubs starters collectively haven’t pitched to their potential, but he still believes they can become “a solid pitching staff if we continue on the trajectory we’re on.”

But the Cubs no longer can use the excuse of a short spring training to explain their 5.16 ERA entering the day or the lack of quality starts. Cubs starters had lasted five or more innings in only nine of the first 25 games heading into the nightcap. The only starters who had thrown more than five innings were Marcus Stroman (twice) and Kyle Hendricks (three times).

Justin Steele, who compiled a 9.35 ERA over his last three starts and failed to last more than three innings in any of them, was pushed back to Monday night’s game in San Diego. The Cubs have only four starters on the roster, though Ross said the Steele move “was a product of how our roster is shaped.”

Wade Miley said he would throw a bullpen session Sunday after pitching four scoreless innings Thursday in a rehab start for Triple-A Iowa. Miley could be ready to join the team on the upcoming trip to San Diego and Arizona.

It won’t save the season. But at this point, the Cubs can use all the help they can get.

“It takes a lot to win a game,” Smyly said. “They’re never easy.”

And it’s harder than ever for the Cubs.

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Theyre Always Watching: Thousands of Popular Websites See What You Type Before You Submit

A recent research report claims that thousands of popular websites see what users type into forms before they hit submit. The researchers even found 52 websites where third parties had access to users’ password data before submission.

Wired reports that according to a study by European researchers from KU Leuven, Radboud University, and the University of Lausanne, many websites track the information that users type into forms even before they hit submit. Researchers analyzed the top 100,000 websites and looked at different scenarios such as users visiting a site while in the European Union and visiting while in the United States.

The researchers found that 1,844 websites gathered EU users’ email addresses without their consent, while 2,950 logged U.S. users’ emails. Many sites reportedly incorporate third-party marketing and analytics software that automatically collects this information.

Researchers crawled websites for password leaks in May 2021 and found 52 websites in which third parties were incidentally collecting password data before submission. The group disclosed their findings to these sites and all 52 instances have reportedly since been resolved.

Güneş Acar, a professor and researcher in Radboud University’s digital security group and one of the leaders of the study, commented:

If there’s a Submit button on a form, the reasonable expectation is that it does something—that it will submit your data when you click it. We were super surprised by these results. We thought maybe we were going to find a few hundred websites where your email is collected before you submit, but this exceeded our expectations by far.

The researchers plan to present their findings at the Usenix security conference in August and said they were inspired to investigate the issue due to media reports about third parties collecting form data regardless of whether they had been submitted.

The researchers noted that different sites engaged in different behaviors to collect data, some logged keystroke by keystroke while many grabbed complete submissions from one field when users clicked next. Asuman Senol, a privacy and identity researcher at KU Leuven and one of the study coauthors, commented:

In some cases, when you click the next field, they collect the previous one, like you click the password field and they collect the email, or you just click anywhere and they collect all the information immediately. We didn’t expect to find thousands of websites; and in the US, the numbers are really high, which is interesting.

Read more at Wired here.

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