Australia data encryption laws explained

Found on BBC News on Friday, 07 December 2018
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Australia has passed controversial laws designed to compel technology companies to grant police and security agencies access to encrypted messages.

Under Australia's legislation, police can force companies to create a technical function that would give them access to encrypted messages without the user's knowledge.

However, cyber-security experts say it's not possible to create a "back door" decryption that would safely target just one person.

That's a great approach, knowing that criminals and terrorists would of course only use encrypted communication software developed in Australia, with servers located there too. That's one of those "we have no idea what we are doing, but we do it!" approaches.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

Found on The Register on Saturday, 01 December 2018
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People across the world have been complaining about the message printing unprompted.

We're told it was launched from a $5/month Google cloud server. The Giraffe added: "I used a tool I found called PRET (find it on github) which allowed me to connect to these printers, print my PDF, change the display to HACKED, and then quit… Wrapped everything in a script that loops through the list I downloaded off shodan, and TADA, a worldwide printer epidemic."

Some of PewDiePie's millions of followers have taken the task seriously and are flooding whatever and whoever they can in an effort to get them to subscribe to his YouTube channel, seemingly unaware that most of the world couldn't care less.

Millennials are such embarrassing failures.

Amazon confirms it’s working on a project to mine patient records and more accurately diagnose diseases

Found on CNBC on Wednesday, 28 November 2018
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The company’s senior leader in health care and artificial intelligence, Taha Kass-Hout, told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that internal tests showed that the software performed as good or better than other published efforts to extract data on patients’ medical conditions, lab orders and procedures.

Amazon said the reason it got into this space is to help speed up the process of making sense of health data, which isn’t usually stored in ways that computers can understand and analyze.

Next news will be insurance companies and employers who express a great interest in this data.

On Thanksgiving Eve, Facebook Acknowledges Details of Times Investigation

Found on New York Times on Saturday, 24 November 2018
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Facebook’s communications and policy chief, Elliot Schrage, said in a memo posted Wednesday that he was responsible for hiring the group, and had done so to help protect the company’s image and conduct research about high-profile individuals who spoke critically about the social media platform. Mr. Schrage will be leaving the company, a move planned before the memo was released.

The same day, Sheryl Sandberg, the company’s chief operating officer, posted on her Facebook page that she had no idea the company had hired Definers.

Nobody is going to buy that Mark Zuckerberg was not informed about such a PR move. Nobody is going to believe Mark "Dumb fucks" Zuckerberg, or any of his representatives, are actually feeling sorry at all. This was a planned PR coup which failed hard, and now a pawn has to go.

Would you buy a handbag from Plada or Loius Vuitton?

Found on BBC News on Tuesday, 20 November 2018
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It was only the misspelled branding that gave the game away. One shop called itself "Loius Vuitton", the other "Plada".

Authorities closed down the fake Louis Vuitton and Prada shops in Renhuai within days, but other big brands operating in China have not been so lucky.

Why even buy the original? To belong to a herd of pitiful individuals who think bragging like that makes them better than the rest?

'Crunchy but sawdust-like': Our verdict on edible insects

Found on BBC News on Monday, 19 November 2018
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The manufacturer markets the snack as "more sustainable than pork scratchings" and "more exciting than a crisp". However, sadly I'm not convinced it is as tasty.

Eat Grub says that gram-for-gram its dried crickets contain more protein than beef, chicken and pork, as well as minerals like iron and calcium.

Unlike the production of meat, bugs do not use up large amounts of land, water or feed, and insect farming also produces far fewer greenhouse gases.

They could always sell insects in a processed form, like flour. That can make adoption easier.

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly ordered all Facebook executives to use Android phones

Found on The Verge on Thursday, 15 November 2018
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The decision reportedly occurred after Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized Facebook in an MSNBC interview for being a service that traffics “in your personal life.”

Zuck said he found Cook’s comments to be “extremely glib,” and that “I think it’s important that we don’t all get Stockholm syndrome and let the companies that work hard to charge you more convince you that they actually care more about you. Because that sounds ridiculous to me.”

It's like watching preschoolers fighting in a sandbox.

Facebook Is the Least Trusted Major Tech Company When it Comes to Safeguarding Personal Data

Found on Fortune on Sunday, 11 November 2018
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Only 22% of Americans said that they trust Facebook with their personal information, far less than Amazon (49%), Google (41%), Microsoft (40%), and Apple (39%).

“Facebook is in the bottom in terms of trust in housing your personal data,” said Harris Poll CEO John Gerzema. “Facebook’s crises continue rolling in the news cycle.”

22%? So many?

From today, it's OK in the US to thwart DRM to repair your stuff – if you keep the tools a secret

Found on The Register on Sunday, 28 October 2018
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This week the US Copyright Office ruled it's OK for Americans to break anti-piracy protections in a bunch of home and personal devices, and vehicles, in the course of fixing or tinkering with said equipment.

Up until now manufacturers have tried to lock out unofficial repairs for various reasons: partly to stop people fitting dodgy or backdoored replacements, and mostly to ensure customers fork out for official expensive parts and services.

DRM is also used to ensure people use only official printer ink cartridges or ground coffee beans.

Nobody really cared much about DRM in the first place. If you bought something, you own it, and you are free to do with it whatever you want, or use it however you want. The problem has always been the industry which argued that DRM is a requirement for service, security and whatever.

20 top lawyers were beaten by legal AI. Here are their surprising responses

Found on Hackernoon on Friday, 26 October 2018
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The study, carried out with leading legal academics and experts, saw the LawGeex AI achieve an average 94% accuracy rate, higher than the lawyers who achieved an average rate of 85%. It took the lawyers an average of 92 minutes to complete the NDA issue spotting, compared to 26 seconds for the LawGeex AI.

Those who took on the AI are 20 US-trained corporate lawyers with legal and contract expertise with experience at companies including Goldman Sachs and Cisco, and global law firms including Alston & Bird and K&L Gates.

There won't be much pity for lawyers.