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Nov 15 09:13

COMPANIES KEEP LOSING YOUR DATA BECAUSE IT DOESN'T COST THEM ANYTHING

Data breaches keep happening, they keep getting worse, and yet companies keep collecting our data in ever-more-invasive ways, subjecting it to ever-longer retention, and systematically underinvesting in security.

Why does this keep happening? Because it's affordable. In 2014, Home Depot breached more than 50,000,000 credit-cards; in 2016, they paid less than $0.34/customer in restitution.

There are longer-term reputational costs associated with breaches, but these are not generally factored into the quarterly-earnings-focused mindsets of corporate execs and strategists.

An awful lot of change could be made simply by adjusting the law, and it needn't even be something as far reaching as the European General Data Protection Regulation: even establishing a set of statutory damages that people caught in breaches were entitled to collect, and banning the use of binding arbitration clauses to escape these liabilities would go a long way.

Nov 15 09:11

SOROS RESPONDS TO "ALARMING" FACEBOOK EXPOSÉ; DEMANDS "THOROUGH INVESTIGATION"

Following a shocking exposé in the New York Times revealing how Facebook resorted to guerilla tactics to deflect blame amid their various scandals, including hiring Republican PR firm Definers which cast liberal critics as operatives for liberal financier George Soros, top representatives for the Hungarian-American billionaire have demanded answers.

While Facebook was under fire on Capitol Hill for allowing Russians to purchase advertising during and after the 2016 US election, liberal critics blamed the company for Hillary Clinton's loss - including activist protesters who put a public face on liberal opposition to the social media giant.

Defenders sought to discredit the activists by linking them to Soros.

A research document circulated by Definers to reporters this summer, just a month after the House hearing, cast Mr. Soros as the unacknowledged force behind what appeared to be a broad anti-Facebook movement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Soros is no stranger to this type of accusation; but that being said, I do have to wonder, in light of the fact that he is the "open boarders yenta" of the West, ultimately responsible for the horrific, non-vetted immigration plaguing Europe right now, and ultimately trying to repeat that here in the US, how many of his NGOs have contributed greatly to this effort. So, here you go:

Caravan of illegals charity outed as George Soros-Funded Group

Soros Funding Border Caravan Invasion

Soros Funded Groups Backing Mexico Caravan of Socialists

George Soros Funded groups are supporting illegal immigration

George Soros' money is behind the immigrant caravan now at the US border

But hey, I have an idea; why can't all those illegals simply be dropped off en masse, at every property Soros owns, and perhaps on the Vatican as well.

And I suggest this, because I have never, once, heard in either Soros' speeches, or Pope Francis' homilies, that either man would want to invite these people to live where they live. That's just.... not their problem.

That's just for us mere serfs to work out, no matter how much the cost of housing, educating, feeding, and training these illegal immigrants would be, in order to absorb them into society.

And in light of the fact that this government is already at a 21 trillion dollar deficit, just how, please does that get paid for?!?

Nov 15 08:46

Windows 10 1809's new rollout: Mapped drives broken, AMD issues, Trend Micro clash

Microsoft this week rereleased the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, after fixing its data-deletion mess. But the new build still has an old mapped-drives bug that's causing headaches for admins.

Within days of Microsoft's first release of Windows 10 1809 at the beginning of October, IT pros noticed that Windows File Explorer indicated that mapped network drives appeared to be broken.

"Testing the new 1809 update, and everything seems to be fine except all mapped drives to Windows 2012 file servers show disconnected (red x) after reboots or logoff/on," wrote one IT pro on October 5, with many others confirming the same issue on company networks.

Nov 15 05:40

Google’s Self-Driving Cars: The Big-Tech Takeover Continues

Imagine a world where you hail a cab and step into an empty vehicle. This empty car takes you to your destination while you sit in the back, read and swipe the app for payment. Imagine "smart roads" full of other driverless cars.

This world is coming to Phoenix, Arizona in just a few weeks. And of course, the company leading the charge is owned by Google.

Nov 14 18:44

Propaganda Machine of $4.3 Billion Influenza Vaccine Industry Is in Full Swing

In the decade between 2005 and 2015, the influenza vaccine was less than 50 percent effective more than half the time.

Nov 14 16:07

Facebook employees' morale has plummeted 32% after the company's turbulent year, internal survey reveals

Approximately 53 percent of employees believe Facebook is 'making the world better,' which is a significant slump from 72 percent last year.

What's more, 70 percent of employees said they were proud to work at Facebook, compared to 87 percent one year earlier.

That seems to be affecting whether or not they intend to stay at the company for much longer.

On average, employees said they plan to remain another 3.9 years at Facebook, down from 4.3 years one year ago.

Nov 14 10:49

Ready to be tracked by your boss? UK companies prepare to microchip employees to boost ‘security’

Some of the the UK's largest companies are planning to implant their staff with microchips to “improve security” and restrict employees from accessing “sensitive documents,” sparking ethical concerns over such a move.
The Swedish firm, Biohax, which makes human chip implants, claims it is in talks with a number of the UK’s major businesses from the financial and legal sectors, to implant their employees with the devices, the Telegraph reports.

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Jowan Österlund, founder and CEO of Biohax who is a former body piercer, told the paper that his microchips, which cost £150 each, could help financial and legal companies enhance security.

“These companies have sensitive documents they are dealing with. [The chips] would allow them to set restrictions for whoever,” he told The Telegraph

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank you, not this lifetime; reading articles like this make me very grateful to be working completely independently, as long as my clients are happy.

Nov 14 08:27

Why cryptojacking malware is a bigger threat to your PC than you realise

Cryptocurrency mining malware has been one of the most prolific forms of malicious software distributed by cyber criminals throughout 2018, but given how some view it as relatively benign compared with other more damaging attacks like ransomware and trojans, it's occasionally overlooked as a threat.

However, cryptojacking malware - which secretly hijacks the processing power of infected machines to mine for cryptocurrency on behalf of the attacker - is still ultimately a form of malware and users can't afford to be complacent about it.

That's because cryptocurrency miners give attackers a foothold into PCs which can be exploited to deliver more damaging malware in future, security firm Fortinet has warned in its latest threat landscape report - noting that underestimating cryptojacking places organisations under heightened risk.

Nov 13 17:11

'Ugly' mistake sends Google data to China

Google data for search and cloud services went astray for more than an hour on Monday thanks to an "ugly" mistake by an African ISP.

The data was sent the wrong way when MainOne Cable, in Nigeria, updated address books for key network hardware.

The update saw it claim to be the best way to reach millions of Google net addresses.

The mistake spread to other networks and led to Google traffic travelling via China and Russia.

In a tweet, MainOne said the mistake had been made during a "planned network upgrade".

It added: "The error was corrected within 74 minutes and processes put in place to avoid reoccurrence."

Nov 13 12:52

Romania Extradites Hacker Who Claimed to Have Hacked Clinton's Email Account

The perpetrator's nickname was later used by another persona, which was allegedly involved in hacking the DNC’s servers and publishing information from them via WikiLeaks ahead of the US presidential elections in 2016.

Romania has conditionally released Marcel Lazar Lehel, a hacker known by the nickname Guccifer, and who in 2016 claimed to have hacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email account. However, his release only served as a means to extradite the hacker to the US, where he is set to face another sentence lasting 52 months, a court in Alba Iulia reported, citing Interpol. The extradition took place several days ago.

Nov 13 12:28

Russia and China's 'attack on Google': Virtual wargame 'experiment' hits search giant with 'worst ever' internet hijack that intercepted search, cloud and business services

Google has been hit by the 'worst ever' internet hijack in the company's history, security experts say.

Information from users' Google searches, cloud-hosting services and the company's bundle of collaboration tools for businesses - known as G Suite - were all affected.

Data belonging to users across the globe was intercepted by servers in Nigeria, China and Russia - including those run by major state-owned telecoms providers.

Security experts suggested the hack was a 'wargame experiment' - meaning it may prelude similar, more wide-scale attacks from the nations involved in future.

Google is downplaying Monday's incident, saying it does not believe it was malicious, but has failed to allay fears that the personal data of millions of users may have been compromised.

Nov 13 11:43

Amazon Echo Home Recordings At Center of Murder Trial As Judge Orders Data Release

By Nicholas West

A new type of court case has been slowly but steadily emerging within the American legal system: alleged crimes being detected from data supplied by smart devices. The very nature of the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution appears to be at stake.

A New Hampshire judge appears ready to demand that Amazon turn over recordings from the home where two women were allegedly stabbed to death by Timothy Verrill. Verrill has pleaded not guilty, and this appears to be the first case in the state of New Hampshire where a judge is willing to summon data from a smart device – an Amazon Echo speaker – as evidence that could be central to a trial. The implications of this have also been stated by legal experts...

Nov 13 10:35

Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report

The UK's Ministry of Defence is "actively" trying to create fully autonomous killer drones, according to a report (PDF) by a campaign group.

"Powered by advances in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and computing, we are likely to see the development not only of drones that are able to fly themselves – staying aloft for extended periods – but those which may also be able to select, identify, and destroy targets without human intervention," said campaign group Drone Wars UK in its latest report, titled "Off The Leash: The development of autonomous military drones in the UK".

Nov 13 09:03

Christine Assange Issues Call For All Journalists, Politicians, Medical Professionals and Activists To Stand Up For Julian Assange

By Aaron Kesel

WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange is in dire need of health assistance, according to his mother in an emergency plea to the world uploaded to the Unity4J YouTube channel.

Christine Assange urged officials to allow access to medical attention for her son, and for the UK and Ecuador to end Assange’s illegal 8-year detainment...

Nov 13 05:27

It’s Spreading: Now the British Media Is Pushing Microchipping In The UK

The practice of microchipping "for your own good" or "for your convenience" is spreading across the Western world. Now it's being pushed in the UK by the British media.

Nov 12 18:51

Amazon asked to share Echo data in US murder case

A judge in the US has asked Amazon to hand over audio recordings from an Amazon Echo which was in a house where two women died.

Their bodies were found under the porch of a home in New Hampshire with multiple stab wounds.

The man accused of their murder has pleaded not guilty and is due to stand trial next year.

Amazon said it would not hand over any data about the device without a legally-binding instruction.

Nov 12 10:52

The Stories We Tell About Money - aantonop


Published on Apr 30, 2017
In this talk, Andreas recounts the history of Bitcoin and what it represents, building upon all the stories we've been told over the centuries about what "money" is, how we perceive its value, and why the old answers have changed as we adjust to this new world of digital peer-to-peer currencies. He also discusses global threats to economic stability and trust in the financial system, including demonetisation and wealth destruction through inflation.

Nov 12 10:49

GPS signals jammed: Norway, Finland warn pilots Russia may blind their navigation systems

In recent weeks, NATO conducted its largest military exercises in decades in the frigid waters and icy mountains of Norway. But something odd happened. The GPS signals guiding ships, aircraft, tanks, trucks and troops started to fail.

Civilian airliners, cars, trucks, cargo ships and smart phones operating in and around Norway and Finland experienced similar disruptions.

Why?

Russia is the chief suspect.

It was riled by the scale and location of NATO’s Trident Juncture manoeuvres — despite having itself conducted several massive military exercises in the Baltics recently.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More Russia demonization, and absolutely no hard proof that Russia is, in fact, culpable here.

Nov 12 09:11

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

The Royal Navy is running Windows ME – and XP, and even an early version of Apple Macintosh. But all is not as alarmingly obsolete as it may appear.

Your correspondent, during a few days embedded aboard seabed survey ship HMS Enterprise, asked the crew what systems were in operation aboard the ship’s networks. The answer was a real mixture.

“We’re 5-10 years behind the rest of the world,” said one, only half-joking. Enterprise was built in 2003 and most of the IT infrastructure aboard her dates back to then, with new OSes and mission software installed and patched as required.

Nov 12 08:20

Excessive social media use and constantly posting selfies DOES turn people into narcissists, researchers warn

Researchers from Swansea University and Milan University studied the personality changes of 74 individuals aged 18 to 34 over a four-month period.

They also assessed the participants' usage of social media – including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat – during the period.

Those who used social media excessively, through visual postings, displayed an average 25% increase in such narcissistic traits over the four months of the study.

Nov 11 10:16

Trump Warns: Dems Are Sending "Their Best Election-Stealing Lawyer" To Florida

Is Florida gearing up for Bush vs. Gore redux?

It's starting to look that way.

As Fox News reports, lawyers are arriving in Democratic strongholds in Florida as the state prepares for a recount in Broward County, the epicenter of the vote-counting controversy that led to Bush vs. Gore, and Palm Beach County. Both are Democratic strongholds that have been extremely slow to deliver final ballot totals for Tuesday's election.

To try and push for a hand recount, defeated incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson has hired Democratic attorney Marc Elias of law firm Perkins Coie to help plead his case and point out suspicious "inconsistencies" with the vote count in Broward, where more than 20,000 voters voted in down-ballot races but left out their votes for governor's race, in which Nelson's Democratic ally, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, has already conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bump to the top!

Nov 11 08:56

We want to believe: ‘Russian hacking’ memo REVEALS how US intel pinned leaks to Kremlin

A newly-out memo containing the Obama admin’s talking points about “Russian hacking” in the 2016 election reveals how US spy agencies attributed email leaks to Kremlin by saying it’s “consistent” with what they think Russia does.

The seven-page document was contained within the 49 pages published on Friday by BuzzFeed, which obtained them through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) inquiry from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in late October. At the root of it is a November 29 letter by several Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, asking then-President Barack Obama to declassify documents concerning “Russian Active Measures.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Short version: The Russian hacking claim was a lie.

Nov 10 09:37

JUDICIAL WATCH SUES DOJ FOR RECORDS OF INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE AWAN BROTHERS, CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRAT IT SCANDAL

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department for all records of communications relating to the investigation into former Democratic information technology (IT) staffers Abid Awan, Imran Awan, Jamal Awan and Hina R. Alvi (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-02563)).

Imran Awan and his family were banned from the House computer network in February 2017 after the House’s top law enforcement officer wrote that Imran is “an ongoing and serious risk to the House of Representatives, possibly threatening the integrity of our information systems,” and that a server containing evidence had gone “missing.” The inspector general said server logs showed “unauthorized access” and procurement records were falsified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Exempt from disclosure", MY ASTROLABE!!

This is just more manipulation and legerdemain, courtesy of the FBI, Which is covering for Clinton, Wasserman Schultz, and the Democratic Party in general.

Nov 10 09:02

APPLE'S WAR ON REPAIR CONTINUES: AMAZON NOW BANS REFURB APPLE PRODUCTS FROM THIRD PARTIES

Apple has long understood that hardware products that last a long time result in falling unit sales, as customers opt to keep their old machines instead of buying the latest models; that's part of why the company led the charge that killed every single Right to Repair bill introduced last year -- less repairs leads to more "recycling," which is Applespeak for dropping used units into giant shredders without harvesting any usable parts first.

Every year, refurbishers rescue thousands of used Apple products from the e-waste streams, and every year, Apple finds new ways to frustrate their efforts.

The latest wrinkle: Apple has gotten Amazon to agree to ban the sale of refurbished Apple products except those that come from Apple directly.

Aaron Perzanowski, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University and coauthor of The End of Ownership, told me in an email that this decision is a dangerous infringement of ownership rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just what America needed in this rapidly tightening economy; a gigantic, dystopian corporation, ready to cause Americans as much fiscal pain as possible by refusing the right of owners to refurbish.

Nov 09 19:15

Buchanan: The War For The Soul Of America

The war in Washington will not end until the presidency of Donald Trump ends. Everyone seems to sense that now.

This is a fight to the finish.

A postelection truce that began with Trump congratulating House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — “I give her a great deal of credit for what she’s done and what she’s accomplished” — was ancient history by nightfall.

With the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his replacement by his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, the long-anticipated confrontation with Robert Mueller appears at hand.

Sessions had recused himself from the oversight role of the special counsel’s investigation into Russiagate. Whitaker has definitely not.

Before joining Justice, he said that the Mueller probe was overreaching, going places it had no authority to go, and that it could be leashed by a new attorney general and starved of funds until it passes away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amen to that, Pat Buchanan, Amen!!

Nov 09 15:04

Ed Snowden Live In Israel - 6.11.18

Snowden scorns and gorges Israeli occupation & Israeli spy and espionage agencies in a live interview with Mossad; Quote "Fugitive NSA leaker lambastes Israel’s NSO Group as ‘the worst of the worst,’ is rebuked by former Mossad official who now works in the surveillance industry" According to source: Times of Israel

Nov 09 13:16

UK Government Goes Full Orwellian. DNA, Fingerprint, Face, Voice: Biometric Data for Every Single Citizen in the UK

We’ve been warning about this moment since the first day TruePublica went online. We said that the government would eventually take the biometric data of every single citizen living in Britain and use it for nefarious reasons. DNA, fingerprint, face, and even voice data will be included. But that’s not all.

The excuse to be used, as ever, will be national security or terrorism, despite the huge fall in fatalities from terrorism and terror-related incidents since the 1970s.

Apart from crime-fighting, the Home Office also proposes in its long-awaited report that it will use the centralized database for vetting migrants on the streets and borders of Britain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the government of the UK is not considering "1984" as a cautionary tale, but as a how-to manual.

Nov 09 11:33

The Amazon fraud epidemic: How furious customers are losing thousands after being charged for orders they HAVEN'T made

Amazon shoppers who fall victim to fraud are being routinely fobbed off, Money Mail can reveal.

In the worst cases customers are losing thousands of pounds after being charged for orders they have not made.

It comes after we revealed last month how one reader was billed for £80 worth of goods he didn't order.

When readers complain the online retail giant promises to investigate, then fails to act on their calls and emails.

Nov 09 10:20

WITH NEW PATENTS FACEBOOK BRINGS US ONE STEP CLOSE TO A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE

This year Facebook filed two very interesting patents in the US. One was a patent for emotion recognition technology; which recognises human emotions through facial expressions and so can therefore assess what mood we are in at any given time-happy or anxious for example. This can be done either by a webcam or through a phone cam. The technology is relatively straight forward. Artificially intelligent driven algorithms analyses and then deciphers facial expressions, it then matches the duration and intensity of the expression with a corresponding emotion. Take contempt for example. Measured by a range of values from 0 to 100, an expression of contempt could be measured by a smirking smile, a furrowed brow and a wrinkled nose. An emotion can then be extrapolated from the data linking it to your dominant personality traits: openness, introverted, neurotic, say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what happens when these algorithms get something horrifically wrong?!?
Where is the evaluating human "common sense" factor in working with these predictors?!?

Are we now looking at "trial by expression" as we try to get on our way, by every public transport, trains, buses, and plains?!?

Mike and I live here on Oahu, so must use planes to get anywhere on the mainland.

My late Dad was an aircraft instrument mechanic, and I used to love to fly, because I naively thought that every other instrument mechanic paid as much attention as my Dad did to insuring that an instrument calibrated out perfectly before he signed off on it.

Now, I hate the experience, and the arrival of the "Grope-Nazis" (allegedly for our "protection"), has made travel off-island a singularly unpleasant experience.

And remember; the people who invented the whole "terror, terror, terror" mentality in the Bush era, like good old Michael Chertoff, the co-author of the US Patriot Act, and the 2nd Director of US Homeland Security, rarely have to take public transportation, and now make a killing, selling the equipment through which one has to pass through to in order to get on the aircraft, or bus, or train.

Nov 09 10:15

O no!!! @TechCrunch is turning into a political news site!! Why?!!

There are tons of other websites to get this garbage!! Please stay with tech and entrepreneurial news!!

@TechCrunch
White House shares manipulated Infowars video to justify CNN press ban

Nov 09 09:13

Windows-as-a-service fail: Microsoft keeps customers in the dark

If Microsoft wants to treat Windows 10 as a service, it has a responsibility to its customers to provide accurate information about problems with that service. Over the last month, the company has failed miserably in that regard.

Nov 08 17:18

TSA Testing Terahertz Devices To Replace Radiated Full Body Scanners

By Aaron Kesel

After years of using full-body scanner devices that emit radiation, the TSA is testing a new technology dubbed terahertz to screen multiple airport passengers at the same time, from a distance of up to 25 feet away, LA Times reported.

The technology, described as “passive terahertz” screening, is said to be "radiation-free," according to Kevin Gramer, vice president of Thruvision Americas, the producer of the new invasive technology...

Nov 08 17:05

Three (3) Reasons Why Elections Don’t Matter by Doug "Uncola" Lynn

n so many ways, elections in America have become just another manifestation of bread and circuses; like watching a reality TV show when your house is on fire. It’s why this article was almost named:

“The Inevitableness of Reality Requires Honesty and Acceptance”

Of course, the 2018 Midterm Elections will be analyzed ad nauseam, with other writers and pundits parsing it better than this blogger. However, suffice it to say: There was no Blue Wave and Trump has now solidified leadership of his Republican Party; at least more so than during the last two years of his administration.

In a raucous press conference the day after, Trump claimed victory and said his party “defied history to expand our Senate majority”. The president also said his focus in the days prior to the election remained on the senate and pointed out that most of the candidates for whom he campaigned had won their respective races.

Nov 08 16:26

Why MX Linux Is the Windows Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

There is nothing quite like breathing new life into a desktop or laptop that’s been sitting in the closet or basement, collecting dust.

Linux has always had the potential to do this. But MX Linux takes it a step further and brings a brand new OS about as close to a Windows environment as you could ask for, at zero cost.

In fact, if you’re looking at buying a new computer, you could save a small fortune by buying one without any OS installed. Simply install MX Linux to get a lightning-fast computer without the learning curve of taking on an entirely new OS.

Hands-on with MX Linux: A pleasant, easy-to-install Linux distribution
https://www.zdnet.com/article/hands-on-with-mx-linux-a-pleasant-easy-t...

Nov 08 14:45

The CIA’s Latest Greatest Failure

Communicating is the most vulnerable element in any foreign agent operation, particularly as counter-intelligence services commit major resources to cracking the systems used to link an agent in the field with his case officer or handler, who might be in the same country under diplomatic cover but just as easily might be in another nearby country or halfway around the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Jean-luc Picard face-palm, at velocity, upon reading this.

Nov 08 14:40

First AI newsreader

Nov 08 11:02

UK's Unwillingness to Cooperate Over Belgacom Hack is Scandalous – IT Journo

Britain's unwillingness to launch a thorough investigation into the alleged hacking of Belgacom exposed in 2013 amounts to nothing less than an international scandal, IT specialists told Sputnik, suggesting that European nations need to form an open alliance for defence and intelligence to mitigate risks and reduce reliance on other nations.

"That Belgacom, an EU member state-owned telecommunications company, is alleged to have been targeted for monitoring/hacking by GCHQ spies is staggering enough, but the fact that the UK is seemingly not interested in cooperating with the Belgian government to get to the bottom of this is downright scandalous," Robin Wauters, European technology journalist and founding editor of Tech.eu, Belgium, told Sputnik.

Nov 08 10:56

Robot surgeon 'spiralled out of control' after hitting nurse while doctors shouted at each other during pioneering operation that went catastrophically wrong and led to death of father of three, inquest hears

A surgeon has described the tense atmosphere in an operating theatre as a pioneering robotic heart operation went catastrophically wrong.

At one point one of the assisting medics had his arms knocked by the robot which was being used to repair retired music teacher and conductor Stephen Pettitt's heart valve, an inquest was told.

Communication between lead surgeon Sukumaran Nair and his assisting surgeon Thasee Pillay was difficult because of the 'tinny' sound quality coming from the robot console being operated by Nair.

Nov 08 10:35

Where is Litecoin Going?

I’ve been a fan of Litecoin since I first learned about it in 2013. The coin has many good fundamentals to it and I believe that Charlie Lee, the coin’s creator did things right as far as how he created the coin and how he worked to develop it. Towards the end of 2017 he tried to divest himself of his Litecoin holdings by selling off his stake in the coin. This resulted in many people and analysts attacking him for it, some even saying his action was reminiscent of a “pump and dump” scheme...

Nov 08 10:30

Windows 10 WARNING: More bad news for Microsoft fans after October 2018 update delay

As reported in a post by How To Geek, a “strange bug” has been discovered in Windows 10.

This bug means file associations no longer work properly on Windows 10.

So, this means if you try to select certain applications as a default in Windows 10 then you won’t be able to.

Nov 08 09:47

StatCounter Analytics Code Hijacked to Steal Bitcoins from Cryptocurrency Users

Late last week an unknown hacker or a group of hackers successfully targeted a cryptocurrency exchange with an aim to steal Bitcoins by compromising the web analytics service it was using.

ESET malware researcher Matthieu Faou this weekend spotted malicious JavaScript code on up to 700,000 websites that were bundled with the traffic tracking code from the leading web analytics platform StatCounter.

However, after analyzing the code, the researchers found that hackers managed to compromise StatCounter and successfully replaced its tracking script with malicious JavaScript code primarily designed to target customers of the Gate.io cryptocurrency exchange.

Nov 08 09:37

Facebook admits its new $200 ‘Portal’ video-calling device DOES tune in to how you use it and says data will be used to create targeted ads

Facebook has defended its $200 Portal device, which goes on sale today in the US, saying it's not a 'data gathering operation' - despite admitting that it may use your call information to serve up targeted advertisements.

The firm claims it collects devise usage information to understand how Portal is being used and 'improve the product.'

However, the devices are also equipped with an AI-infused wide-angle camera that can follow users around the room and adjust the view accordingly - a feature that's already attracted the scrutiny of privacy advocates.

Nov 08 09:35

NEW YORK LAWMAKERS WANT SOCIAL MEDIA HISTORY TO BE INCLUDED IN GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS

Eric Adams, the president of Brooklyn Borough, and state Senator Kevin Palmer are currently writing the proposed legislation, which would give law enforcement authorities the power to check up to three years of an individual’s social media accounts and internet search history before they are allowed to buy a gun, WCBS Newsradio 880 reported. One of the main aims is to identify any hate speech shared by the users, as the politicians noted that such offensive comments are generally only discovered after mass shootings occur.

The facile explanation for this ridiculous piece of legislation is this: somehow the Pittsburgh shooter might have been prevented from buying a gun because he posted anti-Semitic content to a social media platform.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this country is rapidly reverting to Code Napoleon law, where suspects were judged guilty until they were proven innocent.

Nov 08 09:26

UK GOVERNMENT BANS THE "FAKE NEWS" LABEL TO FACILITATE FURTHER CENSORSHIP

The motivation behind this move is that the government thinks that the word is too broad and is urging people to employ more specific phrases such as “disinformation” and “misinformation” instead.

The most troubling aspect about all of this, however, is that the British government could abuse this new stance to censor free speech on social media. The Telegraph reported that the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports (DCMS) Committee, whose inquiry prompted this policy, wrote in its interim report earlier this summer that “With such a shared definition, and clear guidelines for companies, organisations, and the Government to follow, there will be a shared consistency of meaning across the platforms, which can be used as the basis of regulation and enforcement.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would very politely like to remind those in the UK who came up with this codswallop, (and yes, that same country which gave the world the Magna Carta) that the novel "1984" is a cautionary tale; not a how-to manual.

Nov 08 08:40

NEW SATELLITES WILL USE RADIO WAVES TO SPY ON SHIPS AND PLANES

WHEN A COMPANY called HawkEye 360 wanted to test its wares, it gave an employee a strange, deceptive task. While the worker stood in Virginia, he held the kind of transceiver that ships carry to broadcast their GPS locations. Usually such a signal would reveal his true position to a radio receiver, but he’d altered the broadcast to spoof his GPS position, making it seem like he was in fact off the coast of Maine.

But his company’s instruments, which in this test were carried by Cessnas flying routes over East Coast waters, picked up on the chicanery. Now HawkEye 360, the satellite startup that made the detectors, plans to send its first three instruments into space later this month. Called Pathfinder, the cluster of satellites will work together to locate and make sense of radio emissions beamed up from the ground. With it, HawkEye 360 gains access to communications information that has mostly been controlled by governments.

Nov 07 19:08

HSBC bank confirms US data breach

HSBC has said some of its US customers' bank accounts were hacked in October.

The lender said that the perpetrators may have accessed information including account numbers and balances, statement and transaction histories and payee details, as well as users' names, addresses and dates of birth.

The BBC understands the firm believes that fewer than 1% of its American clients were affected.

It said it had already contacted those thought to have been exposed.

Nov 07 13:02

The Stupidity of Artificial Intelligence

This week, arch-technocrat and welfare tax-queen, Elon Musk, was caught fear-mongering on the specter of A.I again,

“He reiterated those fears in an interview published Friday with Recode’s Kara Swisher, though with a little less apocalyptic rhetoric. “As AI gets probably much smarter than humans, the relative intelligence ratio is probably similar to that between a person and a cat, maybe bigger,” Musk told Swisher. “I do think we need to be very careful about the advancement of AI.” (Vox.com)

What he didn’t mention is how he just received SEC approval to start raising millions in capital for his new start-up company Neuralink, a company that seeks to create Brain Chip Interfaces, “BCI’s” for human’s to interface with computers. Yes, $100 million dollars in first round funding to plug the human mind into future advanced systems that he constantly puts down and deems a threat to the species.

Nov 07 11:27

12 Examples That Show That America Is Far More Messed Up Than When You Were A Kid

What in the world has happened to our country? Most of us have very fond memories from when we were younger, and it is true that often our memories of “the good old days” can leave out the bad parts. None of us are perfect individually, and America has certainly never been without major problems as a nation. But have we ever witnessed the level of social decay that we are seeing around the country today? We are like a divorced, bloated, drug-addicted middle age man that has seen his life completely fall apart, and it would be nice to believe that we have hit rock bottom, but the truth is that we just keep on sinking even lower. The following are 12 examples that show that America is far more messed up than when you were a kid…

Nov 07 09:22

Planned Obsolescence of Health Under The 5G Grid

By Rosanne Lindsay, ND

When your stuff is designed to break down, that’s ‘planned obsolescence.’ In fourteen short years, we have gone from 2G wifi (2004) to 5G, from flip phone to smart phone. By design. Are we smarter? Healthier?

On September 26, 2018, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) voted to implement its Wireless Infrastructure Order (dockets 17-79 and 17-84). The order preempts local control of the public rights-of-way. Wireless companies can now more easily install cell towers in front of your home without your consent...

Nov 06 18:17

Fox News Promotes RFID For Medical Purposes — Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Take The Chip

By Aaron Kesel

Fox News is pushing RFID chip implants, encouraging people that the tech is safe and good for medical by stating it’s similar to getting a tetanus shot.

Recently in Sweden, thousands of people have reportedly had chips implanted. Fox highlights this news expressing that a company called Biohax has already “installed” around 4,000 chips into “customers.”

The article then goes onto explain how awesome it is to have a chip in one’s hand, stating that those chipped can open secure doors, pay for tickets, and share emergency medical information...

Nov 06 17:10

Money Well-spent To Find Rats Should Not Use Cell Phones

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The recent NTP (National Toxicology Program) study confirmed rats exposed to microwave RFR (radiofrequency radiation) emitted by 2G and 3G broadband—not 4G, the current “top banana” generation microwave broadband used, soon to be replaced by 5G, were at increased risk for contracting cancer...

Nov 06 15:45

The app that could help Democrats win it all

A number of Republican political operatives are growing concerned that a voter app developed by former Obama aides will help the Democrats win the turnout war -- and the House majority.

“It just blew my mind when I saw it,” said a top Republican adviser of the phone app called VoteWithMe.

“This is the most ingenious and devious thing the Democrats have come up with and I bet you’ll be writing about it as the key to any victory if they win,” said another former party official.

Nov 06 12:00

A.I. Lie Detectors Being Tested To Replace Human Border Guards

By Nicholas West

The future of travel is clearly one where automation will play an increasingly significant role. The biometric roll out is well underway and is set to expand into every aspect of the travel experience.

According to a new report from Defense One, border security questioning also might transfer from human to robotic artificial intelligence as the security apparatus seeks more supposedly effective and efficient ways to screen travelers for their potential threat risk...

Nov 06 11:18

SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE LAUNCHES 'MAGNA CARTA FOR THE WEB' TO SAVE INTERNET FROM ABUSE

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a "Magna Carta for the web", warning that tech giants must change their ways to save the online world from the dangerous forces they have unleashed.

Sir Tim, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989, called for a "revolution" in how the internet is regulated and monetised in order to stem abuse, political polarisation and fake news.

The 63-year-old was speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon to launch a new "contract for the web" which asks internet companies to uphold a set of principles such as protecting privacy and being transparent about their algorithms.

Facebook and Google have backed the contract, which will be agreed in detail next year, despite both companies being mentioned by its creator as examples of how "the web we know and love" is under threat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good luck getting Twitter, Google, and Facebook to agree to that contract!

Nov 06 11:09

SNOWDEN FILES DECLARATION IN NSA SPYING CASE CONFIRMING AUTHENTICITY OF DRAFT INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT

EFF filed papers with the court in its long-running Jewel v. NSA mass spying case today that included a surprising witness: Edward Snowden. Mr. Snowden’s short declaration confirms that a document relied upon in the case, a draft NSA Inspector General Report from 2009 discussing the mass surveillance program known as Stellar Wind, is actually the same document that he came upon during the course of his employment at NSA contractor. Mr. Snowden confirms that he remembers the document because it helped convince him that the NSA had been engaged in illegal surveillance.

Nov 06 08:47

States activate National Guard cyber units for US midterm elections

At least three US states have activated and put National Guard cyber-security units on standby for midterm elections. The three states are Washington, Illinois, and, more recently, Wisconsin.

According to officials, these cyber-security teams will be prepared to assist state election officials in the event of a cyber-security incident during the elections.

Nov 06 07:36

Check your apps! Warning over Android downloads 'loaded with malware' that can steal banking details

Security researchers have discovered a set of Android apps that contain sophisticated malware.

The 29 apps, which range from things like power management apps to horoscope apps, were found to be infected by Trojan malware that controls the app remotely after gaining access to the victim's phone, according to We Live Security, a blog run by IT firm ESET.

After ESET notified Google of the issue, the malicious apps were removed from the Play Store.

However, they are believed to have been installed by almost 30,000 users.

Nov 05 11:39

Iran foils apparent Israeli cyber attacks on communications infrastructure

Iran says it has successfully thwarted a wave of cyber attacks apparently staged by Israel to target the country's communications infrastructure, saying it will certainly follow up on the “hostile” scheme via international mechanisms.

Hamid Fatahi, CEO of Iran’s Telecommunications Company, took to Twitter on Monday to report an attempt by “an occupying regime” to launch “sporadic” cyber assaults against the Islamic Republic’s communications infrastructure, in reference to the regime in Tel Aviv.

All the attacks, he added, “were firmly foiled.”

“They showed to the Int’l community that their accusation against Iran for #CyberAttacks was just a ridiculous delusion. Remember Stuxnet,” Fatahi added in a consecutive tweet, saying defeating the attackers had been such an easy feat for Iranian experts.

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