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September 23, 2020 4:32 AM

Winter on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

About the Dunning Kruger effect.

This study is referenced a lot on internet forums. My experience is that the people who use this phrase to label other people almost exclusively are victims of this very illusion.

I came to this conclusion because those people labeling others with the Dunning Kruger effect invariably showed large holes in their knowledge of the subject. Holes that were easily recognized when you consult scholarly publications or known experts...

September 23, 2020 3:51 AM

globaltel on Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System :

I believe there is an unidentified person or entity is acting as an intermediary between Amazon and the drivers and charging drivers to secure more routes, which is against Amazon’s policies.

September 23, 2020 3:46 AM

Arnold on Insider Attack on the Carnegie Library :

Interesting article! I think that this man is a professional. I’ve been in this library, and even I’ve made some college assignments on this theme, with the Edubirdie platform’s help. Actually, I often go to this resource if I need to get high quality content. I can say that this case is really interesting to research.

September 23, 2020 3:34 AM

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September 23, 2020 2:13 AM

name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Clive, Sherman Jay

Speaking of which, some of my fascistic friends are also members of the LGBTQ. They know not what they do!

First they came for the Fortran compilers, but I had no punch cards. Then they came for the COBOL and RPG II/III programmers, but I was not an accountant, then they came for the VBasic programmers and I said “Why?”. And then they came for the Java/Ruby/Perl with C++ programmers and I was hired. They gave me my work Brown shirt, told me “If I see something, anything, write it down...

September 23, 2020 2:00 AM

name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Sherman Jay, Clive
I was under the impression that Peter Teil (pay pal fame, Hulk Hogan Vanishes–from the Internet) and the Carlye Group (big defense PE firm) forms a nexus about the lanyard holding the rope pressed to the public’s neck by Plantir.

Plantir is engaged in the “Suspicion” security model. Trust in these environments degrade over time and becomes toxic to activity, productivity, and creativity. When the IC’s decided to turn the tyranny key, they pointed the device at themselves. That’s kool until you realize that there are carveouts and exceptions to scrutiny and accountability. Under an internal, abstract, and essentially arbitrary hierarchy with the organization resultantly fomenting dissent and betrayal within the ranks, over time. The IC will become a weird amalgam; Oliver Twist meets Star Trek. Keith Alexander will be so proud…...

September 23, 2020 1:27 AM

name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Clive

Thus I prefere the “Humanist” viewpoint that mankind should seek towards continuous improvment by causing less harm to others and the world around them. Effectively by reaching within we can then give without to others as individuals of society.

I am in agreement with you here, and, I suggest that a proper understanding of a moral life free from dogma is exemplified by Thomas Paine. But not in any one work, it is the work throughout life as a compendium of a life in the moment–no badge or title–only the wisdom to coalesce knowledge from other’s shoulders and make possible the broader understanding–a true teacher. Paine demonstrates that history is in the moment, where you find yourself; it is cognizable, instructive, and an opportunity. Paine’s life is an example of an authentic existence. Most everyone else, pretenders...

September 23, 2020 12:23 AM

name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ jcb

the hideous tortures of medieval British medicine in the 21st century, locked up in psychiatric wards, insane asylums, and mental hospitals, drugged against our will, because certain solicitous gentlemen of the district are allowed to go to court to satiate the desires to do what the Law does not permit them to do

May I suggest this very thing is happening at the Old Bailey today…one stalwart individual had the temerity and audacity to publish factual information about crimes against humanity. That a people, with their taxes, subsidizes, and authorizations give sanction to the activities of unaccountable assassins seems to preposterous, a farcical ruse–it cannot be true. A publisher must be jailed to right this wrong...

September 22, 2020 11:59 PM

name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Sherman Jay
Very interesting point you made. We have global hegemonies (the US and China) facing off to each other for what they have determined are their best interests–oddly irrespective of either countries own people’s wishes–casting this “competition” for supremacy as an either, or, or proposition. This is a false dichotomy, this reminds me of when W said you are either with us or against us. My immediate response, “I have another Guinness.”...

September 22, 2020 11:25 PM

Sherman Jay on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@clive,
Your observation about the ‘The idiotic politics aside’ is excellent. I consider the ‘cloak and dagger’ with hardware on both sides to be part of the idiotic politics, too. It is like the ‘horrors’ of ‘tiktok’ compared to the ‘horrors’ of many of the american based social media and computer companies. They are all busily sucking up all the personal data they can and pointing fingers at ‘the other’...

September 22, 2020 11:18 PM

rrd on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ JonKnowsNothing

Truly duly noted. Your advice to err on the side of caution is wise indeed.

Ohh, but I do really appreciate the most gutter of the gutter words that segments of British (English?) society use: cvnt.

I don’t use it because of its awful connection with a woman’s naughty bits, but it just flows, with that hard K at the front, then the UHH, then the bit of NNN, and finished with a strong hard T. So magnificently profane, but unfortunately too vulgar (and too profane, really) for use, even though (as I understand it) it seems to mostly be used by the folks across the pond in a friendly way between friends...

September 22, 2020 9:43 PM

JonKnowsNothing on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@rrd

You might want to read up about the dangers of using gutter words that are not part your own language base.

Wars have been started for such offenses.

There are plenty of terms in both British English and American English that cross the polite boundary because their definitions are different. Asking for galoshes or wellingtons can get you some raised eyebrows in America if you use a different British noun...

September 22, 2020 7:15 PM

rrd on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Clive

According to Urban Dictionary (take that as you will), my intuition seems to have struck gold.

#3 is directly applicable to Dunning-Kruger:

Someone useless, inefficient or time-wasting, especially in a place or work and/or position of responsibility.

#2 is directly applicable to our (hopefully no longer argumentative) “discussion” of morality:

Someone with a faintly sociopathic lack of regard for other people; see also arsehole. ...

September 22, 2020 6:45 PM

Clive Robinson on Matt Blaze on OTP Radio Stations :

@ SM,

I couldn’t help to think about your post about radiation of TVs and smile when I saw this:

Which inturn made me think “can I buy it off of him”, I could put it to good use 0:)

Whilst I have no ill will to the users of Broadband, I’m hoping there is some special place in hell reserved for the designers of it and it’s myriad of delivery systems and their huge and harmfull Radio Frequency Interference(RFI) issues...

September 22, 2020 5:59 PM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ rrd,

I chose the word “wankers” solely because I understand it to be a British pejorative term

It’s rather more thsn a pejorative, it’s actually a profanity for which you could be dismissed without compensation if you used it in the office or even in your private life if your employer thought it in anyway reflected on the organisation.

Thus I realy suggest you do not use it again, ever.

But why “a British”?...

September 22, 2020 5:36 PM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Sherman Jay,

These type of monster transformers take a long time to custom build, produce and deliver.

At 250 tones it’s actually not that much of a monster, but it would make a fairly imovable door stop.

The idiotic politics asside, the attempts at “moral/ethical seperation” between the US behaviours and Chinese behavioirs is again laughable. The us has been caught out a number of times committing “economic espionage”...

September 22, 2020 4:21 PM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Sherman Jay,

According to most privacy experts I have read, palantir is one of the most insidious of spyware surveillance organizations.

Whilst I can not attest to their ise of “spyware” I can say what their business plan is. To say it is “insidious” is perhaps a gross understatement.

The secretive “trust” that owns and will continue to control Palantir no matter how many or for how much shares are sold for in the up and comming refinancing, consists of a group of people who can not in any way be trusted, and as a side note make Facebooks little tricks look simplistic...

September 22, 2020 3:49 PM

Clive Robinson on Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System :

@ Tatütata,

My appologies my above is ment for you.

I will blaim the cut on the pad of my finger that is still healing, for effecting my normal way of doing things 0:)

September 22, 2020 3:46 PM

Clive Robinson on Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System :

@

A cluster of phones dangling from a tree all reporting nearly the same position should have a telltale signature, ain’t it?

Yes butvwould it be relevant?

Six phones in a tree or six blokes smoking cigarettes under a tree, how do you tell?

As noted the “algorithm” appears to award a job based on how close a driver is to the front door of the dispatch point.

Thus you would expect half a dozen drivers to end in a huddle close to the door…...

September 22, 2020 3:40 PM

SM on Matt Blaze on OTP Radio Stations :

@Clive I couldn’t help to think about your post about radiation of TVs and smile when I saw this:

hXXps://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/sep/22/the-old-telly-that-brought-down-a-welsh-villages-broadband

@All: thanks for your posts

September 22, 2020 3:30 PM

Sherman Jay on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

According to most privacy experts I have read, palantir is one of the most insidious of spyware surveillance organizations.

hXXps://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7gana/activists-are-protesting-against-palantir-across-the-country-this-week

There are more and more postings (even on the az mirror newspaper site) that talk about how the ever more militarized ‘law enforcement’ of the u.s. is engaging in massive amounts of invasive and often illegal surveillance and collection of personal data and communications...

September 22, 2020 2:54 PM

Sherman Jay on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@all,
This is obviously a ‘security’ posting. Not another off-topic diatribe on belief systems.

The article below has some interesting info on the likelihood of problems (actual and potential) caused by long-distance high-voltage electical power transmission. It also points out a lot of speculative conspiracy-theory-like rumor mongering and fear tactics which are becoming all to common in our ‘ideologically dominated’, science-denying socio-political morass of a country...

September 22, 2020 2:05 PM

rrd on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

[For the record, I refer to the two groups discovered by Dunning and Kruger as “knowers” and “wankers”. I chose the word “wankers” solely because I understand it to be a British pejorative term, though I have no real understanding of how the Brits use it. The reason for why I chose it falls into the realm of the mysteries of creativity.]

@ jcb

As I explained, a wanker, by definition, can simply not recognize that they, themselves, are a wanker, much less others. Furthermore, they cannot even comprehend how a knower operates...

September 22, 2020 1:58 PM

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September 22, 2020 1:32 PM

Jeff on Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System :

Readers are suggesting that Amazon could detect this — the app could check things, etc. But why would Amazon spend money programming their system or an app to detect such things? Participating in this cat-and-mouse game would be expensive and of little benefit to Amazon. Better to rely on people reporting abuse, then investigate that.

September 22, 2020 1:12 PM

EvilKiru on Nihilistic Password Security Questions :

I never answer security questions “accurately”. Instead, I use random junk answers that I store, along with question each answer goes with, in my password safe (which has multiple backups).

September 22, 2020 12:55 PM

Scott Evans on Nihilistic Password Security Questions :

A few others for future consideration:

Which company that you’ve worked for had the most clueless CISO?
What is the name of the worst security application you’ve ever been forced to implement?
Which department at your company has the most security breaches?
What is the name of your favorite porn site?
What is the oldest version of Windows still running on your production systems?
For how many months have your systems gone longest without patching?...

September 22, 2020 12:53 PM

jcb on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@Winter

That is why there is a difference between Ethics and morals on the one side, and the law on the other side. Ethics and Morals are what we can apply to ourselves, the Law is what we can enforce in others.

Thank you, and very appropriate and on topic for a security forum, IMO.

@rrd

And Dunning-Kruger says a lot about wankers posing as knowers.

And that would be low-class run-of-the-mill internet surfers posing as, well, I suppose how Adam “knew” Eve his wife, according to the Bible...

September 22, 2020 12:18 PM

rrd on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Winter

I simply agreed with Clive

No. You said this insane bs:

That is why there is a difference between Ethics and morals on the one side, and the law on the other side. Ethics and Morals are what we can apply to ourselves, the Law is what we can enforce in others.

Now you’re trying to pretend like all the ridiculous crap you said isn’t right up above this.

@ name.withheld…...

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September 22, 2020 11:54 AM

Tatütata on Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System :

Why can’t Amazon do better? The accuracy mentioned suggests GPS.

A cluster of phones dangling from a tree all reporting nearly the same position should have a telltale signature, ain’t it?

If GPS is used, the Amazon app could be gamed by a fake position generator, like Pokémon-GO cheaters, without having to hang phones from branches.

If the Amazon-supplied app is elaborate, it could check for other phone sensor inputs, such as accelerometers. The resulting system would pretty much implements total surveillance system on the device. Uber apparently has a similar problem with drivers (who in turn have a problem with Uber…), and has recently filed a ...

September 22, 2020 11:49 AM

Clive Robinson on Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System :

@ ALL,

From the end of the Bloomberg article is why similar goes on in the UK all the time,

One reason Flex contractors do this is to get around the requirements for being a driver, such as having a valid license or being authorized to work in the U.S., according to a person familiar with the matter. In such cases, someone who meets the requirements downloads the Flex app and is offered a route earning $18 an hour. He or she accepts the route and then pays someone else $10 an hour to do it, said the person, who requested anonymity to discuss a private matter...

September 22, 2020 11:27 AM

Jimbo on Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System :

I am not sure this system would work. “the system can detect a smartphone’s location to within about 20 feet” If so, then Amazon would quickly be able to see multiple drivers within 20 feet (the phones hanging in the trees) that never change location, even when the driver is making a delivery the phone is still hanging in the tree.

September 22, 2020 11:21 AM

name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@jonknowsnothing
Similar effects from sufficiently powerful UWB or HERF devices do break down dielectrics on many MOS and classic germanium devices, there is a linear decay effect that can be seen under test. There are some entropic cutoff curves (much like diodes in reverse bias) in radios for example that are fun to watch/listen to. Eventually, over some time period the degradation of component dielectrics renders the component inoperable–permanently. Sources like a undamped/clamped ignition coil system (particular point gap systems) from say a tractor running in your neighbors yard would be similar in effect. Of course a really nice 17 stage Marx generator will do in a pinch. Just need the right blum...

September 22, 2020 11:08 AM

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September 22, 2020 10:57 AM

flasker on Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System :

@Peter Shenkin

Sounds like a good way to get buzzed into any random building. I’m sure it wouldn’t take long to randomly buzz people saying you’re an Amazon delivery driver before you find someone expecting a package from Amazon on that day to let you in.

September 22, 2020 10:52 AM

Evil amazon on Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System :

They’re not cheating Amazon, they’re competing against other drivers. Amazon is still evil though:

One reason Flex contractors do this is to get around the requirements for being a driver, such as having a valid license or being authorized to work in the U.S., according to a person familiar with the matter. In such cases, someone who meets the requirements downloads the Flex app and is offered a route earning $18 an hour. He or she accepts the route and then pays someone else $10 an hour to do it, said the person, who requested anonymity to discuss a private matter...

September 22, 2020 10:45 AM

name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

I am just waiting for the “Galaxy Police” to show up in the local group, the Milky Way, and do an inspection in our solar system. Bet they pull the planet earth over (noticing the drunken, erratic orbital path) along the side of the solar system and issue a ticket. One count of reckless endangerment of a planet, and,

NOTIFICATION OF CITATION AND OPERATIONAL VIOLATION OF CODE:
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September 22, 2020 10:35 AM

JonKnowsNothing on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@Clive @All

El Reg article on how an old TV broke the local village wifi

A local village was having problems with their internet services. The company replaced some cables but the signal dropped at 7am every day.

  * a single high-level impulse noise (SHINE), which causes electrical interference in other devices

  * SHINE and its relative REIN (Repetitive Electrical Impulse Noise) generate interference “in the frequencies used by the ADSL Broadband service...

September 22, 2020 10:29 AM

name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@rrd
I suggest you move away from proselytizing, a perspective not your own cannot be made with a rather quarrelsome argument or assertion. There is a marked hubris in your expression–it comes off that way and does little to advance or serve a cause–especially your own. What is most problematic is the subjective nature of your perspective lying in the wait of objectivity. I will resist a critic and only offer my take on things in a manner that is possibly polite–non confrontational and hopefully taken as supportive. Move on to a topic that requires less of the participants, at least subjectively, until a more salient set of circumstances suit your tastes. Just a suggestion, others I am sure can offer guidance...

September 22, 2020 9:39 AM

Peter Shenkin on Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System :

I always knew money didn’t hang from trees, so I’m surprised to hear that cell phones do.

@Joel-Odum My own experience (NYC) with Amazon delivery is that they are better than the other carriers. When they ask to be buzzed in, they always announce who they are clearly and when they leave a package, nearly all the time they come up in the elevator and leave it at my door. The other delivery services nearly always leave it in the lobby, where it can easily be stolen. (And yes, this has happened to me.)...

September 22, 2020 9:06 AM

Winter on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@rrd
“Stubbornness and pride are only two of the 19 vices of the Id.”

Agree.

When Clive wrote:
“It can not be done. Morality is a movable feast at the best of times and about it’s mean it has a normal distribution.”

I simply agreed with Clive, using other words. You have written a lot, but nothing that showed Clive to be wrong. At least, I found nothing I could interpret as such.

...

September 22, 2020 8:00 AM

Joel Odom on Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System :

My experience with Amazon delivery drivers has been far less than stellar. The gig economy may work well for personal services, but Amazon needs to realize these folks aren’t professional, and are not going to act professional or accountable.

September 22, 2020 5:24 AM

rrd on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Winter

When Clive explained to me his idea of the single most important foundational digital security principle, I had to read it a few times because it was (is) a real deep dive by a world-class expert in the field. My mind blown, I thanked him for his generous effort to educate me by sharing his expert perspective.

In the face of an obviously superior perspective, I think I acted in an appropriate and respectful way. I am better for doing so, and so is this blog...

September 22, 2020 1:50 AM

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Generally, the Internet has empowered such individuals to “locate one another” in this way fortify their cherished absence of capacity so the issue is just going to deteriorate before it improves… ”

I concur. My guess is the issue with disinformation, factions, reverberation chambers, and bologna will get unfathomably terrible, and this will eventually be over-remunerated with a social development that will re-stress hugeness of notoriety to the point of zero resistance. It’ll likely component drop culture where it’s sufficient to be gotten of lying, and after some time, even got of mistakes...

September 22, 2020 12:19 AM

Winter on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@rrd
“Elie Wiesel is a wiser man than you or I, so perhaps you would prefer to argue with these quotes:”

Elie Wiesel acted on his own sense of morality and devoted his whole life to uphold the law. Because the Charter of Human Rights has force of law (in the EU).

Elie Wiesel did not enforce his morals upon others, he enforced the law.

September 21, 2020 9:20 PM

Clive Robinson on Matt Blaze on OTP Radio Stations :

@ ALL,

Since the topic of “fieldcraft” has been brought up, I guess a little observation on it is due.

What is called “Old School” fieldcraft was tried and tested for hundreds of years and what worked and what did not work was winowed out.

The idea behind fieldcraft is in the case of “dead drops” to create a “disconect” between a Case Officer under Diplomatic cover and an agent who will end up against a wall one morning if the Case Oficer does not do their fieldcraft job right...

September 21, 2020 8:10 PM

jcb on Matt Blaze on OTP Radio Stations :

@lurker

Sky King, Sky King, this is Tango Lima Charlie[1], do not answer, do not answer

S.O.P. warning to male foot soldiers of female agents in the area.

September 21, 2020 6:37 PM

lurker on Matt Blaze on OTP Radio Stations :

During the Vietnam war I often heard on HF AM (not SSB) on two or three frequencies between 9 – 15Mhz some sort of “numbers game”. It usually went like this:

Sky King, Sky King, this is Tango Lima Charlie[1], do not answer, do not answer.
[then followed a four letter group]

Then followed silence. This would happen sometimes several times an hour, sometimes hours between each call.

[1] TLC = Three Letter Code which varied with each call(er), they were different TLCs obviously from the different voices, without any other signal analysis...

September 21, 2020 6:28 PM

Clive Robinson on Matt Blaze on OTP Radio Stations :

@ SpaceLifeForm,

Now, they just have a van drive up with a WIFI close to the spy sitting under the cover of free WIFI at a coffee shop.

Ever hear of the “Moscow street Rock that talked” from about a decade and a half ago?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4638136.stm

Sometimes trying to upgrade field craft with technology is a very bad idea.

Because although we organics can only see a limited part of the EM spectrum our tools can see way way more. Thus using an RF transnitter like this, is like walking along with a flashing red rear bike light on your head, and people tend to notice such oddities...

September 21, 2020 6:23 PM

lurker on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@rrd re: “…basic choice being between Church of frigging England and the Catholic Church…”

I’ll go with the rational Isaac Newton who lumped them both together as “the apostate Trinitarian Church.” The apostasy allegedly committed by the coronation of Charlemagne.

September 21, 2020 6:02 PM

SpaceLifeForm on Matt Blaze on OTP Radio Stations :

Note that a spy physically handing over floppys or thumbdrives to a handler is old hat these days. Can be observed.

Now, they just have a van drive up with a WIFI close to the spy sitting under the cover of free WIFI at a coffee shop.

Spy connects to the drive-by WIFI. Transmits. Done. Connects back to the coffee shop WIFI.

September 21, 2020 5:56 PM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Anonymous,

Haven’t seen this here before. Microsoft had a severity 10 last week?

It has been commented on, if memory serves, it involved a failure to understand why a “nonce is a number used only once” and an IV misuse.

But there was also this in the news as well,

https://threatpost.com/critical-intel-active-management-technology-flaw-allows-privilege-escalation/159036/

I’m begining to think that the threat scale topping out at “10” is a little like old Admiral Beaufort’s winds scale topping out at “12”. In the Admiral’s case he was aware of stronger winds, but “considered that they were unservivable” thus academic rather than practical...

September 21, 2020 5:33 PM

SpaceLifeForm on Matt Blaze on OTP Radio Stations :

hXXps://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/ana-montes-cuba-spy

To escape detection, Montes never removed any documents from work, electronically or in hard copy. Instead, she kept the details in her head and went home and typed them up on her laptop. Then, she transferred the information onto encrypted disks. After receiving instructions from the Cubans in code via short-wave radio, she’d meet with her handler and turn over the disks...

September 21, 2020 4:59 PM

Hay nony mouse on Former NSA Director Keith Alexander Joins Amazon’s Board of Directors :

@ Anon E. Moose,

“It’s not my cow. It’s a sheep with a pitchfork. Unfortunately, it goes quack.”

Then it went “Thud”…

Which was better than the “quiet look” after the first time he tried his own verse with,

“It goes Buggerit, Millennium Hand and shrimp… Is that my cow? No, it’s Foul Old Ron”.

September 21, 2020 4:49 PM

SpaceLifeForm on Matt Blaze on OTP Radio Stations :

@ Clive

‘ But there are other reasons to run Numbers Stations that are inteligence based but not SpyComms. One is “Twenty Committee” (XX in Roman numerals or a “double cross”) type work. ‘

That was my first thought. Lourdes vs Bauta.

Some more double-thought.

Maybe, Russia was comm-ing to US via Cuba via double step, double encryption. To catch XX.

And, maybe the same problem is inside US IC...

September 21, 2020 4:03 PM

andyf on Former NSA Director Keith Alexander Joins Amazon’s Board of Directors :

So the USA bans Huawei because the owner has Chinese military connections.

Now Amazon appoint the former NSA Director to their board. Does that mean that Amazon should now be banned in Europe and China because of military connections?

Or are these considerations only one-sided?

September 21, 2020 3:31 PM

jcb on Former NSA Director Keith Alexander Joins Amazon’s Board of Directors :

@Winter

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.

Indeed. Former DIRNSA looking over our shoulders and breathing down our necks at the library and at the bookstore. (Were you caught on video even glancing at the Anarchist’s Cookbook on the shelf? Protocols of Zion? Mein Kampf, anyone?)

And don’t forget the sudden forced bankruptcy and fire-sale liquidation of the entire “Borders” bookstore chain, by angry bond investors, up until that moment seemingly a healthy competitor to “Barnes and Noble” in the brick-and-mortar bookseller sector...

September 21, 2020 3:07 PM

vas pup on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

German military launches space junk tracking system:
https://www.dw.com/en/german-military-launches-space-junk-tracking-system/a-55002401

“The German armed forces want to keep a closer eye on space in the future. A new system to track space junk orbiting Earth and send out early warnings about potential threats has begun work.

How does it work?

Instead of having a rotating dished antenna, GESTRA (German Experimental Space Surveillance and Tracking Radar) has a so-called “phased array” that still enables operators to pan across the sky and spot debris zooming past...

September 21, 2020 1:09 PM

Anon E. Moose on Former NSA Director Keith Alexander Joins Amazon’s Board of Directors :

Two things I read once…

“It’s not my cow. It’s a sheep with a pitchfork. Unfortunately, it goes quack.”
― Terry Pratchett

“The only way to give a bad idea a real chance to publicly fail is to hear it and then use facts to eviscerate it.”
― C.A.A. Savastano

September 21, 2020 12:54 PM

rrd on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Winter

No, all moralizing leads to the devil. No moral system can be perfect as they have to be interpreted by humans who are imperfect.

The universe itself is a moral system that we live within and that decides how happy or unhappy we are due to karmic accrual.

That is why Donald Trump et al are completely unhappy. They have lost their ability to be happy due to all the misery they have caused others, all their lying, all their cheating, all their greeding, all their oppressing and all their hating is constantly reflecting back into their very beings...

September 21, 2020 12:06 PM

Clive Robinson on Former NSA Director Keith Alexander Joins Amazon’s Board of Directors :

@ Winter,

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.

Unless it’s a goose…

That is why people talk of a “Wolf in sheep’s clothes”.

@ Bruce Schneier, and the usual suspects,

This sounds like a bad idea.

It’s not clear if you mean one or all of the following are bad, and if all which is worst,

1, The US President interferes with a biding process, which may cause an undesirable outcome...

September 21, 2020 10:46 AM

Winter on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@rrd
“So here is my definition of a fool:”

I use the one of Barbara Tuchman:
A fool believes he does not have to think anymore because he is convinced he already knows what is right/true.

September 21, 2020 10:44 AM

Winter on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@rrd
“If by moralizing, one means telling others how shitty they are while hypocritically doing the same things, then, yes, absolutely, that is wrong and comes from our Id’s negative nature.”

No, all moralizing leads to the devil. No moral system can be perfect as they have to be interpreted by humans who are imperfect.

It is OK to apply your own morals to yourself, but you cannot do that on others...

September 21, 2020 10:34 AM

rrd on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Ismar

IMHO, It does not matter what we believe in as long as it makes us better persons.

Kindof. It does not matter which form of religion one gravitates toward (personal or organized), but the manner in which one does it does matter.

Yes, we can each make better choices with respect to our ethical decisions, but only to a certain extent. Our design requires us to go within and contact our Creator for actual transformation of our vices into virtues so that our tendencies to selfishly sin are replaced by tendencies to selflessly serve others...

September 21, 2020 9:49 AM

Dora Maldonado on Hiring Hackers :

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September 21, 2020 8:40 AM

Clive Robinson on Matt Blaze on OTP Radio Stations :

@ SpaceLifeForm,

originated at Lourdes

Is “apparently” now a University Campus, the previous SigInt buildings having been demolished…

Cuba reportadly made between 90million and 200million USD per year equivalent “rent” on the Lourdes site from 1962-2001.

The dates are not exactly surprising when you consider the Cuban Missile Crisis and the fall of the iron curtain and “supposed end” of the Cold War...

September 21, 2020 8:28 AM

Miguel Farah on Nihilistic Password Security Questions :

@moz “I think questions that ask for structured data like dates can be really effective at forcing people to give real answers rather than the answers like “pISwTRUm4dgYKIn6P10” I normally end up giving.”

You’d be surprised at the amount of times my answered date “10-10-1582” has been accepted as valid… on sites in&for my country, where the 1752 excuse is definitely not valid.

...

September 21, 2020 6:36 AM

Nuk on Nihilistic Password Security Questions :

moz wrote:

I think questions that ask for structured data like dates can be
really effective at forcing people to give real answers rather
than the answers like “pISwTRUm4dgYKIn6P10” I normally end up giving.

Hey just now understood, thats actually the shasum of the actual answer. So the AuthProvider doesn’t get the actual answer (your potentially sensitive data).

If you use that method though, make sure, you remember the algorithm (especially the salt), and exact charset used 😉...

September 21, 2020 6:03 AM

Clive Robinson on New Bluetooth Vulnerability :

@ Jesse Thompson,

Alright, so just to be clear:…

Out of context questions can be such fun…

Part of the context is that BlueTooth came along quite some time after other base data communications methods. Which were already doing the base data comms at the same frequencies and could work effectively from a volume of a 5metre diameter upto a 300metre diameter which was the effective limit placed on the frequency band by international and national device licencing requirments...

September 21, 2020 4:07 AM

Winter on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@rrd
“@ Clive
It can not be done.

Human beings can do anything we choose to. The only thing keeping us from achieving perfection is our willful ignorance of our nature and what we need to do to perfect ourselves first, then our societies.”

@rrd
“No, sir. Morality is absolutely absolute. ”

You make the error of many of Faith. There is a proverb in (Lutherian) circles that reads “All moralizing leads to the devil” (German: Jede Konsequenz führt zum Teufel)...

September 21, 2020 3:45 AM

Ismar on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@rrd and @Clive

IMHO, It does not matter what we believe in as long as it makes us better persons.

@rrd – your posts come across as a bit too preachy for you to be a true Sufi mystic as they never insist on imposing their views on others.

How many paths are there to God? There are as many paths to God as there are souls on the Earth. – Rumi

September 21, 2020 3:34 AM

SpaceLifeForm on Matt Blaze on OTP Radio Stations :

Matt Blaze put it together as a blog post as he said he would.

hXXps://www.mattblaze.org/blog/neinnines/

Interestingly, he tweeted about a quibble.

Regarding the actual source of the broadcast numbers.

“originated at Lourdes and was then sent to the Bauta transmitter”

hXXps://twitter.com/mattblaze/status/1307004658595041280

September 21, 2020 1:30 AM

rrd on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Clive

It can not be done.

Human beings can do anything we choose to. The only thing keeping us from achieving perfection is our willful ignorance of our nature and what we need to do to perfect ourselves first, then our societies.

Of course, most people don’t give a sniff to seek meaningful personal or societal change, but that’s solely because they don’t have enough adversity in their lives, i.e. they’re more than happy with how things are. Well, the universe is beginning to unveil how control systems theory can be used system-wide to stimulate new perspectives on what is important and — far more importantly — what is NOT important...

September 20, 2020 9:28 PM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ rrd,

Further, for those of us interested in having a truly moral society

It can not be done.

Morality is a movable feast at the best of times and about it’s mean it has a normal distribution.

History tends to show that those who are older tend to be more “catholic/conservative” in their outlook and are seen as “boat anchors” by younger more “progressive/liberal” types who are in turn seen by the conservatives as “degenerates”...

September 20, 2020 9:20 PM

SpaceLifeForm on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@ Clive

Ears been burning?

There is a comment referencing Fleet.

hXXps://www.hackerfactor.com/blog/index.php?/archives/896-Tor-0day-Finding-IP-Addresses.html

September 20, 2020 6:55 PM

MarkH on Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS :

@vas pup:

I’m a little disappointed by the $2,000,000,000,000 figure.

I thought we could do crime on a bigger scale than that!

As usual, the name “Paul Manafort” crops up …

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.