https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/03/five-eyes-governments-call-on-tech-giants-to-build-encryption-backdoors-or-else/ [This one seems weird to me. The Five Eyes group is usually with national security, not with law enforcement. LE is the primary advocate for backdoors. Everyone else seems to understand the potentially disatrous nature of backdoors. PGN]
Crippled ports. Paralyzed corporations. Frozen government agencies. How a single piece of code crashed the world. https://www.wired.com/story/notpetya-cyberattack-ukraine-russia-code-crashed-the-world/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/science/sonic-attack-cuba-microwave.html Doctors and scientists say microwave strikes may have caused sonic delusions and very real brain damage among embassy staff and family members.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/world/europe/eu-daylight-saving.html Computers, networks, train schedules—won't physical/virtual border crossings be fun.
How FireEye Helped Facebook Spot a Disinformation Campaign https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/technology/fireeye-facebook-disinformation.html The cybersecurity company has shifted its attention to detecting disinformation and uncovering social media campaigns intended to influence politics.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/22/business/facebook-russia-iran-britain.html The social network's disclosure of a new misinformation effort shows manipulation of its platform isn't a phenomenon limited only to Americans.
Facebook Inc. on Wednesday banned from its platform a quiz app that could have exposed the data of up to four million users, after the developers declined to be audited by the social-media giant as part of its effort to track down potential abuses. Facebook said it banned the app, called myPersonality, "for failing to agree to our request to audit and because it is clear that they shared information with researchers as well as companies with only limited protections in place." https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-bans-quiz-app-that-captured-data-of-four-million-users-1534992464
These days you want to be careful about dumping more gas on any Trump/anti- Trump threads. But that leads to chilling of discussion, which seems as dangerous as this is ... https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-news-on-google-is-rigged-against-him/ The Trump administration is considering imposing regulations on Google and its search service, White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Tuesday. His comments follow President Donald Trump's complaints that the search giant "rigged" its search results to show negative news stories about him. Trump original tweets: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1034456273306243076
https://www.zdnet.com/article/didi-chuxing-suspends-hitch-service-after-passenger-murder/ Jonathan Chadwick, ZDnet, 27 Aug 2018 Didi Chuxing has announced that it is suspending its Hitch ride-sharing service, a day after police said a female user of the service was raped and killed by her driver on Friday in Wenzhou, China.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/us-students-need-a-cellphone-detox/2018/08/31/06d45faa-a644-11e8-b76b-d513a40042f6_story.html French students are about to get a much-needed detox from their cellphones now that the government has banned them during school for kids 15 and under. When will our educational system follow France's lead? Sadly, most schools in the United States are turning a blind eye to a looming public health crisis. What are we waiting for? A tragedy? Ten years of data? A lost generation? Not on my watch. These are my children, their peers and their friends. As a parent, I will not allow them to be guinea pigs or data points. We have to do something.
It was found that the girl was just trying to airdrop the photo to her mom, Kelly said, but because she airdropped using bluetooth, people in range of her phone had the option of accepting and viewing the photo. ... 3Dhttps://www.cnn.com/2018/09/01/us/hawaiian-airlines-unlucky-flight-trnd/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/27/business/3-d-printed-gun-cody-wilson.html A federal judge, in approving a preliminary injunction sought by states, cited the potential harm caused “if the existing restrictions are withdrawn.''
The calls, tied to a white supremacist entity, came days after Mr. Gillum became the first black person nominated by a major party to be governor of Florida. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/us/racist-robocall-andrew-gillum.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-45320038 Good thing our pets aren't in charge! [Why? Because they might suggest shock collars for `charging' their humans? Semper fi-do. PGN]
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/08/29/how-do-you-get-people-trust-autonomous-vehicles-this-company-is-giving-them-virtual-eyes/%3Futm_term%3D.06df42bc1da5 Trust, by definition, is the firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing. Human-driven vehicles, based on 2016 statistics, are known to cause ~37K fatalities/year, a fatality rate of 1.18 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. This finding indicates misplaced trust in their safety, and a high dependence that is not easily severed despite the risk. <https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812554)> When silicon-driven vehicles equivalence or over-achieve (meaning greater than 1.18) this fatality rate, then public trust will have reached a justifiable tipping point favoring autonomous vehicles. Until this demonstration, blind trust in a virtually eyed vehicle is a non sequitur.
The September 2018 issue asks and answers 20 questions for 2019. Here's question 10: What sorts of good technologies are we missing out on because of our plodding governmental bureaucracy? "Laser and adaptive-beam headlights that precisely brighten areas in the driver's view are rolling out on luxury vehicles across Europe, but they're illegal or dimmed down in the U.S. due to government regulations crafted in the sealed-beam, Scotch-at-the-office era. "[T]he latest safety innovations—automated vehicles and semiautomated driver-assist features—aren't blocked at all. Instead, the government is allowing companies to flood our cars with unchecked software without a national standard or oversight. "In 2017, lawmakers in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate introduced legislation that would allow each automaker to exempt tens of thousands of Level 3, 4, and 5 automated vehicles from Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that have been in place since 1966. Some states require manufacturers to obtain permits to test driverless vehicles on public roads, but others [forgo, not forego] these restrictions altogether. [E]ven automakers like Toyota admit there's been 'some irrational exuberance' toward the capability of current automation systems. [T]he auto industry's attitude toward safety has historically prioritized cost savings over people (see Ford's infamous Pinto memo suggesting that settling with the victims of fiery crashes would be cheaper than fixing the affected cars). In this case, some more plodding from our bureaucrats might be a good thing."
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/aug/29/coding-algorithms-frankenalgos-program-danger “The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates 'a universe no one fully understands.' '' Maintenance consumes more than 80% of software life cycle expense. Long-term investment is required to sustain viable stack publication capability. Institutional memory and knowledge transition, defect history, release life cycle maturity and discipline, test assets (plans, cases, infrastructure, etc.), user/design/requirement documentation, and configuration management consistency/traceability influence stack maintenance. Maintenance challenges accrue as changes (defect repair or feature introduction) are introduced and release history evolves, complicated by staff and management turnover. A "SMOP"—small matter of programming -- evolves into an oxymoron.
There is a problem designing a system to cope with human drivers, when all data is gathered by watching *American* humans. Let's see how the system copes with Israeli drivers! (Or Indian, Italian, Hungarian, etc...)
You didn't mention the most urgent of all distractions (although slightly dated). Dropping a lit cigarette that rolls down the seat ending up under the crotch of your pants. Not only is it urgent, it is devilishly difficult to remedy. If you lift your butt to avoid being burned, it rolls further.
Gabe ends with: "It currently takes *three* different thieves to pull this off, but thanks to technological progress that will soon be accomplished by just one. " Great, another case of robots stealing jobs from humans!
Here in Taiwan electricity and phone lines are on separate poles. That way they don't go down at the same time. (But instead a half-hour later here, when a bird (not cable thieves this time) caused a short on pole #8-2, and then cell tower #6627's backup batteries ran out.)
Do we still have to remind people while hacking challenges are a bad idea? If their security is really bad, I suppose it's possible someone might crack it and tell them, along the lines of the recent note about the teenager who found a hole and deleted the entire vote database. If nobody cracks it, all that means is that nobody has admitted to cracking it. Maybe it's secure, maybe someone broke in and didn't tell them, maybe nobody broke in but it'll get more serious attention if it's used for close elections.
This is a problem but it's hardly a high tech issue. Account churning has been a problem ever since there were brokers and commissions. CFR � 240.15c1-7 makes it illegal and was last updated in 1976, but I think it dates from the Securities Act of 1934 which created the SEC.
Almost 16 years ago, my daughter registered the personal domain rossde.com for me as a gift. Since then, I have changed E-mail hosts twice without having to notify anyone of the change. Each time, all I had to do was subscribe to the hosting service, prepay the initial subscription fee, and request the service to have the DNS routing changed. Renewing that domain now costs US$10.95 per year, about $2 more than it did when it was first registered. Registering and renewing are easy. The hardest task is deciding what the domain should be after eliminating domains that are already registered to someone else. Note however that some hosting services require that subscribers use only the service's domain in their E-mail address. It was not hard for me to find a service that allowed me to use my own domain.
IMHO the bigger problem is not that the system is proprietary, but rather a more basic one: What's the purpose of such a system? Actually, most of the world is already using a 3-word scheme: place, street name, house number. It makes much more sense that similar addresses are close together—if I get to 221 Baker st. by mistake instead of 223 Baker st., it's easy to look around. There is the opposite problem—my house is built on a 30m x 30m lot, which means it has 100 addresses in the proposed scheme! How can anyone tell that they all point to the same house (except by searching each one in their db)? I also find that addresses of this scheme are impossible to remember, when none of the 3 words of an address bears any relation to an actual place.
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