Woman says her Amazon device recorded private conversation, sent it out to random contact

Found on Kiro7 on Thursday, 24 May 2018
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Every room in her family home was wired with the Amazon devices to control her home's heat, lights and security system.

"They said 'our engineers went through your logs, and they saw exactly what you told us, they saw exactly what you said happened, and we're sorry.' He apologized like 15 times in a matter of 30 minutes and he said we really appreciate you bringing this to our attention, this is something we need to fix!"

It's your own fault if you set up such bugs in your home.

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook apologies aren't enough in the EU

Found on CNet News on Wednesday, 23 May 2018
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"I asked you six 'yes' and 'no' questions, and I got not a single answer," said Guy Verhofstadt, a Parliament member representing Belgium. "Yes," someone in the room echoed in support. Others chimed in.

"I'll make sure we follow up and get you answers to those," Zuckerberg said, deferring to his team to provide more complete responses, just as he did with Congress in April.

Like in a bad joke, Guy Verhofstadt complains about this where? Right, on his Facebook page.

FBI reportedly overestimated inaccessible encrypted phones by thousands

Found on Techcrunch on Tuesday, 22 May 2018
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FBI director Christopher Wray estimated in December that it had almost 7,800 phones from 2017 alone that investigators were unable to access. The real number is likely less than a quarter of that, The Washington Post reports.

Supposedly having three databases tracking the phones led to devices being counted multiple times.

The idea that no one thought to check for duplicates before giving a number to the director for testimony in Congress suggests either conspiracy or gross incompetence.

Simple, bigger numbers mean higher pressure. That's why it's tempting to lie make mistakes.

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why

Found on The Register on Monday, 21 May 2018
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In fact, nearly seven years after the eternally optimistic World IPv6 Launch launched, we are still only at just over a quarter availability of the new internet protocol.

As one avid IPv6 watcher – chief scientist of regional internet registry APNIC, Geoff Huston – has identified, the last four months of stats show a significant slowdown of IPv6 adoption.

Maybe because IPv4 is just nicer to work with.

Elon Musk tweet-announces a $78,000 performance Model 3 with all-wheel drive

Found on Ars Technica on Sunday, 20 May 2018
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What you get for all that extra cash will be the ability to go 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, with 155 mph top speed and at range of 310 miles. "Cost of all options, wheels, paint, etc is included (apart from Autopilot)," Musk tweeted.

It's been a rocky year, with Musk admitting early on that his California and Nevada factories were in "production hell" as quarter after quarter slipped by with disappointing Model 3 production numbers. Only recently has the company been able to push out a significant number of cars per week, although investors have remained wary of Musk's often overly-optimistic projections.

That's all cute and sweet, but for mass adoption Tesla needs to focus more on the lower price segment. On the other hand Musk might like to keep it expensive to lower the order numbers since production cannot keep up.

FM Radio faces Government switch-off as Digital listening passes 50% milestone

Found on I News on Saturday, 19 May 2018
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Analogue radios could be consigned to the dustbin of history after figures showed that the majority of all UK radio listening was via digital devices for the first time.

The new digital figure includes listening through DAB sets, cars, voice-controlled speakers and online. For the first time that audience share is greater than analogue platforms – FM and AM.

Analog is superior though; it has a better coverage and works well in emergency situations.

Verizon plays with data caps in limited billing trial

Found on CNet News on Friday, 18 May 2018
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The company's high-speed internet plan showed a data limit of 150GB, while its high-speed internet enhanced plan had a limit of 250GB, according to a Thursday report by consumer group Stop the Cap.

"The purpose of the trial was more the idea of accurately collecting and displaying usage in billing."

Data caps are always very unliked. Especially if accounts were previously sold as "unlimited".

As the Web moves toward HTTPS by default, Chrome will remove “secure” indicator

Found on Ars Technica on Thursday, 17 May 2018
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Back in February, Google announced its plans to label all sites accessed over regular unencrypted HTTP as "not secure," starting in July. Today, the company described the next change it will make to its browser: in September, Google will stop marking HTTPS sites as secure.

Most HTTP sites will get a regular gray "Not secure" label in their address bar. If the page has user input, however, that gray label will become red, indicating the particular risk the page represents: Web forms served up over HTTP could send their contents anywhere, making them risky places to type passwords or credit card numbers.

Actually, even with SSL/TLS a web form can send the content anywhere. It looks like some people do not have much of a clue. If your form sends the data to a third party server via https, it's still secure. Having a certificate does not automagically remove any risks; unless every single certificate would have go through an EV process which would drastically reduce the shady systems who get their trusted DV certificates by free services like Let's Encrypt.

Unskippable Snapchat ads are here

Found on CNet News on Wednesday, 16 May 2018
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Snapchat began testing the new ad format -- first spotted by AdAge -- in the US on Monday. These unskippable video ads, aka commercials, are only running in Snapchat Shows, not across the entire app.

Another big nail in the coffin.

Germany’s Typhoon problem: Only four fighters can be made combat ready

Found on Ars Technica on Tuesday, 15 May 2018
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If you thought the US Department of Defense's procurement adventures with the F-35 and other big-budget weapons systems are bad, you might want to check out what's going on in Europe, where defense procurement battles have left most of the German Luftwaffe grounded for lack of parts.

In fact, only 10 aircraft currently have all their systems functioning, because of a problem that has plagued the defensive aid subsystem (DASS) of Germany's version of the Typhoon.

And as Der Spiegel's Matthias Gebauer was told by a Bundeswehr source, "We can say with a good conscience that large parts of the [German armed forces] are mission ready, because there is currently no mission."

How german politicians still can look others straight into the face is hard to understand when they produced so much excessive failures and caused massive problems.