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June 18, 2019 6:31 AM

Winter on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

@No One
"If the U.S. followed its own laws, then we would not need to doubt anything, but after Snowden it seems clear that a parallel, well-paid structure exists inside the U.S. which violates its own laws with impunity and gusto (while losing wars)."

What was most remarkable in the Snowden affair was that people from the USA did not care a iota for what was done to "foreigners". They only cared, exclusively, about what was done to US citizens. Whether foreigners lived or died was not considered interesting in the US media.

June 18, 2019 6:27 AM

Winter on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

@No One
"If you ask a Chinese person about government surveillance, you get the same answer: the government does a good job protecting me and my family."

Giving "Living Memory", aka, China in the previous century, they are right.

What the Chinese fear most is disorder. With good reason. The horrors from the Boxing rebellion, war lord era, Japanese occupation, Civil War, Big Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution are still retold as "recent history". The biggest fear is yet another civil war.

I think that only when they start trusting their compatriots more than...

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June 18, 2019 6:06 AM

Otter on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

AlphaZero does NOT play "like an alien".

It plays like a master of the game of chess. That is, like somebody who (something which) has mastered the rules of the game, and has enough playing experience to have learned how those rules work together.

An early chess program simply, brute-force, tried every possible move until its timing algorythm decided it had to post a move or risk violating the time rule. It evaluated the board after each possible move, assigning (more or less) a numerical score, playing the highest-scored move when stopped by the timing algorythm....

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June 18, 2019 4:23 AM

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June 18, 2019 2:41 AM

No One/ Ex Cathedra on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

Let's get clear about China

China is not North Korea. It's a modern country full of people who work hard, many of whom take vacations all over the world, and a common dream is to send their kid or kids to Harvard. The Chinese word for America is "Mei Guo", which means "beautiful country". Generally, they really respect America, and one big thing on our side is that we helped them smash the murderous Japanese racist juggernaut during W.W. II. It is a normal place where Joe Wang works all day and goes home to drink beer (Harbin) and watch TV (the NBA). It's a very...

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June 18, 2019 2:09 AM

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June 18, 2019 1:17 AM

No One/ Ex Cathedra on Upcoming Speaking Engagements:

A question at CryptoStackExchange talks about one of Mr. Schneier's main points (" authentication and integrity will become more important than confidentiality...") and the expected future environment of quantum computing.

June 18, 2019 12:50 AM

65535 on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

"...the data that China collects will be fed into its systems, leading to more powerful AI with capabilities we can only imagine today. Since Western countries can't or won't reap such a comprehensive harvest of data from their citizens, China will win the AI arms race and dominate the next century. This idea makes for a compelling narrative, especially for those trying to justify surveillance... Surveillance is not justified by the needs of machine learning, and real progress in AI doesn't need it." -Bruce S.

That is a fairly good conclusion.

I am guessing the end result...

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June 17, 2019 11:32 PM

name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

Regarding an arms race, here I diverge from Bruce. The future from this vantage point (mine, not the author's) seems to be a type of "Logan's Run".

If I understand Bruce, it was necessarily the quality and quantity of the argument but several of the key elements. Here Bruce has some strong contradictions with the Author.

June 17, 2019 8:20 PM

Faustus on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

This is a very nice article about AI. Although AI uses a lot of data, the essence of AI is not the data. It is the techniques, which really can be perfected with computer generated data or non spfecific data sets. Harvesting real data is only needed after the techniques are perfected. Real data adds little to the theory.

Anything learned specifically from surveillance data is only going to apply to surveillance. We are losing very little if we don't have the surveillance data that China has (which I find unlikely anyhow), and all we are losing is authoritarianism specific....

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June 17, 2019 7:05 PM

MarkH on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

Some months ago on a squid post, we discussed the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court might prevent states from effectively duplicating federal prosecutions.

Whether such double prosecutions are constitutional was the question put before the Court by U.S. v. Gamble.

Today, for good and for ill, the Court ruled 7-2 that yes, such "double jeopardy" may continue. The dissenters were Ginsburg and Gorsuch.

Here's a Slate article...

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June 17, 2019 6:23 PM

Alyer Babtu on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

It plays like an alien.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - 'Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different.’ Applies to computer scientists too. The full implications of the algorithm may be surprising, although you were in potency to knowing them already in understanding the algorithm.

Just adding more data may help, but not nearly as much as added research into what to do with the data once we have it.

Richard Hamming - ‘The...

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June 17, 2019 4:55 PM

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June 17, 2019 3:52 PM

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June 17, 2019 3:27 PM

VinnyG on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

@moderator: Whilst deleting posts concerning Middle East political shenannigans (having no effect on on the security of the typical citizen of a Western civilization? - debatable imo,) you might want to ax the blatant advertisement as well...

June 17, 2019 3:08 PM

Petre Peter on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

Yes, access to larger training sets makes a huge difference in the AI race. But it would seem that countries should collaborate rather than compete since it would be difficult to judge the winners.

June 17, 2019 12:09 PM

Herman on DRM in Windows Vista:

So, another 6 years later... The visitor count on my web site has changed from 95% Windows, to 45% Windows.

Who would have thought that continuing to annoy your users would eventually drive them away?

June 17, 2019 11:54 AM

Eric Johnson on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

Also worth keeping in mind the trends in computer capabilities. What took $1,000 to compute around five years ago, probably costs a lot less than that now. Following Moore's "Law" it maybe as little as 1/8th of that - around $125. In other words, the economics here are extremely important in controlling where money flows, and what is "possible". The computing industry recognizes that accomplishing the same thing, but with less energy cost is now a critical factor, whether it is $$ spent on cloud computing, or battery-life for mobile devices. We've got quite a number of strong economic...

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June 17, 2019 11:41 AM

Andrew on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

@alex a
AI arms race:
Pentagon will deploy soon drones as wingman for fighters. On future fighters generations AI will replace pilots, in simulators AI already performed better than humans. There will be autonomous tanks, fighting machines and killer drones. All these with target identification, instant reaction, no need for sleep etc. It will make the difference in a new type of conventional war.

June 17, 2019 11:38 AM

Sergey Babkin on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

Perhaps a better analogy would be the Japanese "5th generation computers" project, which also revolved around that time's iteration of AI. That project failed to deliver anything useful, but kind of the same goal actually worked out in US, without a national project.

On the other hand, some major progress in the recent years has been done in China. At Microsoft, for example, the Chinese office holds the most advanced position in ML.

June 17, 2019 11:13 AM

Alex A on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

@Majid Hosseini 100% agree. I was initially intrigued, but this author fails to tie this into a coherent argument about how the AI Arms Race will either be won or lost, or what the implications of that would even be. Definitely not up to par with the usual articles that Bruce posts.

June 17, 2019 9:37 AM

Majid Hosseini on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

Unfortunately this is just a word salad, not a coherent articulation of where machine learning is and where it is going. The author clearly lacks any knowledge beyond buzzwords and very shallow understanding. Not sure how it gets published by FP and gets featured by Bruce Scneier

June 17, 2019 8:36 AM

Luke William on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

When people say hackers are not reliable i laugh at them...!! However, if we are to be honest with ourselves, we all know these things are not as easy as they appear to be on screen. I had a tough time trying to gain access into my partner's phone myself doing a lot of researching that included reading all hack, spy related articles i came across . I even tried a few of the spy software & Apps i came across too but all failed me. I only succeeded after i saw a few referrals to a particular person called Netsky. So i decided to contact him and that was how and when i found all the solution...

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June 17, 2019 7:25 AM

AlanS on Data, Surveillance, and the AI Arms Race:

The term "surveillance capitalism" is a redundancy and misleading. It makes it seem as if this is a new thing. It's not. And it's not just capitalism. You can trace the development and the use of technology to track and control human behavior (for good and ill) back centuries. What's 'new' is only that we've hit the point in the curve where the exponential increase in the ability to collect and process data is obvious.

June 17, 2019 7:05 AM

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June 17, 2019 6:07 AM

Maxwell's Daemon on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

Obviously wouldn't work for most anyone else but my simple expedient vis-a-vis is simply not to have a phone at all. Even the VA has become reconciled to sending a letter or, as I put it: "Send me an email, I might get back to you." There is absolutely nothing in this world that requires a drop everything, this needs immediate attention.

RE: Television. I've dropped it here as well.

Lastly, war with Iran. Anyone sane who has bothered to examine the terrain, logistics required, and sociological/anthropological dimensions of Iranian society with respect to an invasion knows...

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June 17, 2019 5:21 AM

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June 17, 2019 4:02 AM

Oliver T on Blockchain and Trust:

Clive Robinson has it exactly right:
"Whilst there are uses for which the blockchain is usefull they are few and far between, and mostly not that usefull for various reasons."

June 17, 2019 2:26 AM

No One on Computers and Video Surveillance:

@ Margaret Bartley

It is interesting, isn't it? Who exactly is on the other end of the camera? Make it mandatory that this person's name be exposed.

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg

If that were enforced, things would get interesting fast.

So, Winston Smith is in his room being watched by INGSOC 24/7. How is that different from the IoT being piggy-backed by INGSOC? The potential for global human enslavement in a panopticon is not a far-fetched scenario. It starts to look like an open-air prison.

June 17, 2019 2:25 AM

65535 on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

@ Alejandro

"...the article suggests a whole new wave of precise invasive tracking in public buildings has started, using cell tower data, GPS and now in store Bluetooth trackers that secretly communicate with your phone..."

Yes, it been honed to a fine art. You are being tracked and cataloged.

@ ThirtyNine

"Spend $4,000 on an expensive Sony TV. Power-up for a nasty surprise as Sony will NOT allow owners to use their new TV without mandatory acceptance of Google’s deceptive and intrusive Terms of Service."

Yep, that is Sony for you. They scam you...

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June 16, 2019 11:38 PM

Margaret Bartley on Computers and Video Surveillance:

One of the things that is creeping me out is that this material seems to be coming into full power at exactly the same time THEY (whoever THEY are) are doubling-down on all-Party-Line All-The-Time.
Anything or any one or any opinion that is not reflective of the correct intonation and fact sect is labeled as fake news or junk science or hate speech or whatever they want to use to shut down dissention and new ideas.

It makes the Chinese version of Social Scores, where your politics and life style determine what transit you are allowed on, etc, seem very superficial....

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June 16, 2019 10:09 PM

Paul on Friday Squid Blogging: Possible New Squid Species:

@Clive Robinson wrote, " Another was the payment to RSA to promote what was a very inefficient algorithm to be the default. This made some with suspicions look a little deeper and say things, which with the competitiveness in the open community had a snow ball effect and NIST ended up with the ignominy of withdrawing a standard. "

If I'm not mistaken, RSA has always been on heavy "defense" payroll as they also have office in the D.C. Having that in mind, I would not be surprisd if the "open crypto community" has been polluted in some way by government spooks. The practice of...

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June 16, 2019 9:41 PM

Jerry on Computers and Video Surveillance:

"Couple that with deepfakes and the like, and my nightmare of having personal identity subjected to "derivatives" trading, seems rather lightweight."

I would not be surprised if this is a future of ours because the paradigm of the "money" game is to constantly seek for venues to inflate into (more "metrics" to extract value out of "intangibles).

However, as with all things that are "envisioned" it generally takes 10-15 years to materialize, by my gestimation. Thus, by that time we will all be retired and live on a remote island, so this will not be applicable to us in a...

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June 16, 2019 1:39 PM

Alejandro on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

@The Pull

I read the fascinating article outlining the lengths Hong Kong protesters take to hide themselves from their own surveillance state. Wisely so. It saddens me to realize Americans are being watched at least as closely by the corporate-police state here and for the most part could care less.

Truly it's a world wide phenomenon for governments and corporations to track us simply because they can and there is no way and no one to stop them.

My experience has been individual resistance efforts are a losing game of whack-a-mole. Just when you think you got...

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June 16, 2019 10:17 AM

No One on Upcoming Speaking Engagements:

There is an uncomfortable truth lurking in the near distance: the internet will likely fragment, and China's version will eclipse the others by far.

That is, the future is not us. For those who are paying attention, it goes like this: the center of wealth and technological innovation is going to call the shots and determine what the internet becomes, and by its nature the internet favors centralization. China is on course to become the wealthiest country the world has ever seen--wealthy to a staggering degree--and they are going to determine what the internet really...

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June 16, 2019 9:52 AM

15 June 2019 ...... on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid: audio (37:41) & transcript

"As we become increasingly dependent on sprawling computer networks, we're increasingly vulnerable to hackers who exploit weaknesses in them. A recent trend is cyberattacks on American cities. Last year, hackers in Dallas gained the ability to turn on tornado sirens at will. And for weeks, the city of Baltimore has struggled...

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June 16, 2019 9:34 AM

Lazza on iOS Shortcut for Recording the Police:

I agree with @LandR. Every single time I've been pulled over (for routine checks) it was like:

- 'Morning. Driving license and car registration booklet.
- 'Morning. Here you go.
[checks with the police car computer]
- Where do you live?
- I live in [town name].
- OK, fine. Goodbye.
- Goodbye.

I live in Italy and I am not going to be scared by police. Also they are not going to be scared of me, because I am a normal citizen so there is absolutely no need for me to own or carry a gun.

June 16, 2019 9:20 AM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

@ Will,

Behind all of this is the push not just by corporations but national governments towards de-anonymising people in every thing they say and do.

Back in the early days of what is now often called "Single Sign On" user convenience and ease of administration was pushed and pushed hard...

However it did not realy take off at the time for various reasons. Two of which were basically battles over who got the big slice of the online pie, and government systems were associated with the "Papers Please" of National ID cards through the back door and making "Police...

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June 16, 2019 8:10 AM

Sumon on Weird World War II Security Puzzle:

Pandarus could
-deliberately send a known message in an indecipherable; and the variation from correct keys is the basis for the security checks. SOE know what the key, or word, should have been.
-Use a LOP to tell SOE an identifier of P's own choosing
-Repeat something chosen by Pandarus in messages, which satisfies a requirement from SOE, ie misspell words of your own choice. The frequency, the position, etc, of misspelt words in message, or letters in words could the basis for the check. This requires repetition to confirm the check.
These approaches are...

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June 16, 2019 7:53 AM

Will on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

I’ve investigated user security for the new promiscuous/automatic connection Wi-Fi 6 and Hotspot 2.0 Internet Access Networks.

The first red-flag warning is the The allows Google eavesdropping for Google’s benefit.

Improved Wireless Connection Security
Hotspot Operators may provide Hotspot 2.0-based free, public, hotspot...

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June 16, 2019 5:05 AM

Wesley Parish on Computers and Video Surveillance:

Of course, the joke is that this just makes SkyNet more likely ... I've believed, ever since I bothered to think about the topic, that true Artificial Intelligence would be emergent, rather than designed according to spec. (Reading Roderick At Random didn't help any :) )

The horrible thing is that the doofuses (doofi) at the top of the social food chain firmly believe that this will never affect them in any way. Yeah right! The descendants of Gudea, one of the Sumerian city-state kings, and one of the most powerful of them all at that time, are peasants today in the Iraqi south,...

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June 16, 2019 1:33 AM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Possible New Squid Species:

@ Lurker,

Lucky I've still got a roll of copper wire in my cave. Now, is there anything left to connect it to...?

Well yes, the antenna socket(s) of a portable amateur all band HF/VHF/UHF transceiver like a Yeasu FT817-ND...

A number of people are working on new networking and mesh communications systems for Amateur (Ham) Radio, that work in the HF through microwave bands at various speeds. Things have come along quite a bit since the Phil Kahn (KA9Q) NOS AX.25 software[1] for 286-486 MS-Dos 4 and above PC's. Whilst it would not be too difficult...

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June 16, 2019 12:34 AM

gordo on Gen. Nakasone on US Cyber Command:

IoT or cyber-physical writ large . . .

U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid
By David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth June 15, 2019

The administration declined to describe specific actions it was taking under the new authorities, which were granted separately by the White House and Congress last year to United States Cyber Command, the arm of the Pentagon that runs the military’s offensive and defensive operations in the online world.

But in a public appearance on Tuesday, President Trump’s national security adviser, John R. Bolton,...

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June 15, 2019 9:18 PM

Taz on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:


We must poison all their data. Just like taking a piss on it.

About as much fun as running up huge mail bills for these clowns who send you prepaid envelopes. You know damn well employees won't take the initiative to get that postage back.

June 15, 2019 8:57 PM

lurker on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

@ Sed Contra

Siri, dive ! dive ! (while sounding an ooogah horn)

I find it amusing to watch the puzzled looks on spectators anytime I need Bluetooth on, and have to dig thru the layers of Settings> > >

@ VinnyG

re: BT surveillance - Easy enough to switch of BlueTooth in most phones.

and probably easy enough for some app you haven't been deep enough in Settings, to turn it back on. As the qz article says there are Settings> Location, or Settings> Security, or ... but what about>Settings>GuessWhich>Allow me...

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June 15, 2019 8:06 PM

lurker on Friday Squid Blogging: Possible New Squid Species:

@ Clive

This integration of "services" and thus having just one future proof network is what 5G is the current aimed for culmination of. It is in a Tolkien way "One Network to Rule them All"...

I was afraid that must have been the reason. Lucky I've still got a roll of copper wire in my cave. Now, is there anything left to connect it to...?

June 15, 2019 4:57 PM

SpaceLifeForm on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:


In re Cellebrite

"Please disconnect AC and wait for the system to compute battery initialization"

(this, on a battery dead Cellebrite device)

Does that give you a clue as to how low level the backdoors are buried in silicon or not?

And, WTF is battery initialization anyway?

Smells of hidden battery (in the battery), along with flash, ram, all built in to the 'battery'.

Same absolute attack built into your 'smart' phone.

Try pulling your battery on your phone (if possible), no charger, wait 12 hours.

Clock still...

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June 15, 2019 4:56 PM

15 June 2019 00:00:00 on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:


"... there is a way to track you even if BT is turned off. Apparently, it's done via other installed apps. Meanwhile, at least on my iPhone, when you switch off BT, it's only good for 24 hours, then auto switches back to "on". I've wondered about that sometimes."

You might try turning off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in Settings, not using swipe down diaganal with iOS. AFAIK Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will then stay off until you turn them back on in Settings. A long time ago, I think, Wael pointed out this change in iOS functionality with some iOS update.

from your...

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June 15, 2019 4:13 PM

15 June 2019 00:00:00 on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

@Sherman Jay

From your NYTimes link:

"U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid

WASHINGTON — The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said.

In interviews over the past three months, the officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s grid and other...

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June 15, 2019 3:35 PM

eclecticmn on Chinese Military Wants to Develop Custom OS:

Joao: Are you sure of that? I assumed that the military and any real time applications RTOS had nothing to do with Windows. Perhaps the military used Windows based SW for the display devices, but even that is scary. A plane visual display hanging or crashing would be problematic.

I always wondered how the Stuxnet virus could possible infect a PLC. Forgive me for sperging. I worked in process control long ago.

In the case of Stuxnet, I believe that the Siemens operator and programmer functionality used Windows based SW to talk to the PLC. Such SW is cheaper to develop....

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June 15, 2019 3:27 PM

Gweihir on Computers and Video Surveillance:

What is also needed and urgently is significant penalties for those that operate this kind of tech outside of the law. Cops need to go to prison for it. But that is very unlikely to happen, as the US has crossed the threshold to Police State a while ago.

June 15, 2019 2:39 PM

Alejandro on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:


Re: "...constitutional amendment prohibiting collecting and correlating data..."

I am quite convinced Congress will never make an appropriate response to corporate mass surveillance; let alone pass a very difficult amendment to the Constitution. Pick a reason: incompetent, bought off, too stupid. They all seem to fit at various times.

We as the people cannot even mount a judicial challenge because so much of what they do is in secret, secretive or literally blocked by other laws.

The EU and a few state legislatures seem willing to sling a stone at...

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June 15, 2019 2:07 PM

Sherman Jay on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

The Russian threat to u.s. elections is small compared to what u.s. voting machine companies are doing:

Most of the machines in the u.s. are crap: either ancient, or easily hackable, or not truly auditable.

And voter suppression, gerrymandering and vote tampering by certain 'red-tinted' corporate and...

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June 15, 2019 2:04 PM

Mike on Computers and Video Surveillance:

I am 100% behind no generalized surveillance / profiling based on Image feeds into AI/ML, but had to deal recently with a (significant) office theft where I didn’t know when it happened, and the only was to narrow down the building footage was to filter it through this sort of tech. Having ML filter out false positives saved me weeks of my life watching unrelated footage. So, as always with security, there’s a trade off between catching criminals, and people who are just (rightly or wrongly) suspicious. In our case, narrowing down the footage to review was amazing, but I see how the profiling gets unfair.

June 15, 2019 2:01 PM

Sed Contra on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:


according to the cited article. ... Quartz

Thanks! The Quartz article doesn’t seem to reference iOS, but doubtless a salutary warning. Switches on devices are just ways to input parameters to software, which treats them as a merely a suggestion.

Confirming again the determined deviousness and unbounded contempt for persons displayed by these companies.

All this is killing the romance of computing!

June 15, 2019 12:59 PM

Alejandro on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

@Sed Contra

I have heard about innovative uses of the SIRI shortcut commands. However, according to the cited article:

"...last year, investigators at Quartz found that Google Android can track you using Bluetooth beacons even when you turn Bluetooth off in your phone." Ouch!

Trying to get google out of your life is really hard. Harder than FB. I now use DuckDuckGo and Startpage for searches, but their maps are not up to snuff. Besides, google is everywhere.


I have wondered why MS, Google, Amazon and the rest would NOT simply log...

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June 15, 2019 11:14 AM

ThirtyNine on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

Google TV Forces Data-Mining and Targeted-Advertising

Spend $4,000 on an expensive Sony TV. Power-up for a nasty surprise as Sony will NOT allow owners to use their new TV without mandatory acceptance of Google’s deceptive and intrusive Terms of Service.

Do I need to agree to Google's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy?

Most newer Sony TVs use the Android TV smart-TV system, and during setup you’re asked to click Yes to...

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June 15, 2019 11:11 AM

Alyer Babtu on Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot:

Seems appropriate -

The Hives “Walk Idiot Walk”

See the robot walk
See the robot talk
See the robot write up his name on the ballot
He won and now he's gonna do something about it
See the robot talk
Still you never learned nothing and nothing isn't over

June 15, 2019 10:22 AM

Steve Holden on Why Are Cryptographers Being Denied Entry into the US?:

I observed some time ago that those with knowledge of information systems security were the possessors of critical information, and might expect to be treated unfairly simpy due to the technical knowledge they were party to and the activities which dishonest people could undertake if they chose.

It looks like that time is here. I won't be visiting the US any time soon.

June 15, 2019 9:17 AM

Trung Doan on Video Surveillance by Computer:

I'll try giving an excerpt:

"AI agents..will usher in something entirely new in the history of humanity: a society where everyone is watched.
This is an extremely consequential change."

June 15, 2019 9:04 AM

VinnyG on Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid:

@Alejandro re: BT surveillance - Easy enough to switch of BlueTooth in most phones. If it might be needed for some phone-based checkout activities (I use non eof that) easy enought to turn it back on for just the duration of that. If you use BT in your car and leave your phone powered on in the vehicle while you shop, you might want to consider disabling BT while you are away from it. I suspect there are potential attacks that could be attempted to surreptitiously access the phone under those circumstances. Can you state in general terms the location of the Walmart with check-out cameras,...

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