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November 29, 2020 1:49 PM

MarkH on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@Clive:

To my understanding, the reasoning you cited for predictability/correlation is based on the periodicity of the signals.

What is less periodic than radioactive decay?

The predicate being removed, so also is the conclusion.

Did I miss something?

November 29, 2020 1:25 PM

xcv on Undermining Democracy :

@Winter

The opposite of True is False, not a lie. A lie is when the assertion is believed to be false.

A falsehood is a lie. An unfounded delusion is also a lie, when it is repeated unequivocally.

Regarding my previous comment of November 27, 2020 9:12 PM, there are further reports of the U.S. Army raid in Germany.

@winter • November 27, 2020 10:57 AM

@Neil
“Sydney Powell’s lawsuits. If even 10% is factual, it is still enough to be serious.”...

November 29, 2020 1:12 PM

Clive Robinson on Undermining Democracy :

@ Winston Smith,

I’m reminded that the truth is everything that exists without lie, perversion, corruption, distortion.

Not true, in fact very far from true.

True is not the opposite of false, except in binary logic, which can be used for some reasoning. True and false are in human terms the distent ends of a spectrum with most things lumped in the middle somewhere.

That is there is a very great deal in life that is neither true nor false in absolute terms, but only in terms of perspective of an observer. As I’ve mentioned before every observers perspective is different therefore there is always atleast one more truth than there are observers...

November 29, 2020 12:40 PM

Winter on Undermining Democracy :

@xcv
“If the truth is not opposed to the lie, it is not the truth.”

Your citation of the scriptures is unhelpful.

The opposite of True is False, not a lie. A lie is when the assertion is believed to be false.

But a lie can be the Truth when the person lying has a false believe.

You might have noticed that few people claim that Trump’s following are lying. It is Trump’s following who claim everyone who disagrees with them must be a liar...

November 29, 2020 12:20 PM

xcv on Undermining Democracy :

@ Winston Smith • November 29, 2020 12:11 PM

Reading between the lines in these comments, I’m reminded that the truth is everything that exists without lie, perversion, corruption, distortion. The two are not diametrically opposed. So much strife, prejudice, pride, and foolishness posing as wisdom in this discussion.

If the truth is not opposed to the lie, it is not the truth.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness...

November 29, 2020 12:11 PM

Winston Smith on Undermining Democracy :

Reading between the lines in these comments, I’m reminded that the truth is everything that exists without lie, perversion, corruption, distortion. The two are not diametrically opposed. So much strife, prejudice, pride, and foolishness posing as wisdom in this discussion.

November 29, 2020 10:33 AM

xcv on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@Winter

@Faustus
“You summarize why supposed experts scare the pants off of me and why they will continue to have limited influence in any real democracy, which is of course a system that gives every citizen an equal voice and therefore cannot be run by experts. What you describe is a dystopia, not a democracy.”

Self-professed “experts” have far too many bright ideas about how to force us against our will to do things that we do not want to do, prohibit us against our will from doing things that we do want to do, and just generally punish us out of all our aspirations of success or achievement at anything in particular that we might want to accomplish in this life, or would do if we had the freedom...

November 29, 2020 9:58 AM

Winter on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@Faustus
“You summarize why supposed experts scare the pants off of me and why they will continue to have limited influence in any real democracy, which is of course a system that gives every citizen an equal voice and therefore cannot be run by experts. What you describe is a dystopia, not a democracy.”

That why Trump get al. reject advice of doctors. People who have studied hard and long to learn how to cure people should not be trusted. Better to listen to a real-estate tycoon when you want medical advice...

November 29, 2020 9:38 AM

Winter on Undermining Democracy :

@RealFakeNews
If that was evidence, why wasn’t it cited in court?

But it is no evidence. These are observations. If these actually happened, no source is given, they only show that people voted for Biden. 80 million people did vote for him, so there is nothing strange here. There are whole villages voting 100% for Trump. Nothing strange.

To be evidence, you have to show these voted were not legitimate...

November 29, 2020 9:33 AM

Winter on Undermining Democracy :

@Al
”@winter
“Give me another example of an American presidential candidate not conceding to losing the elections after the votes were counted.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_v._Gore

That link just shows that the counting was stopped by the supreme court. As a result “over 61,000 ballots that the vote tabulation machines had missed.” were not counted.

The reason for not counting these ballots cited by judge Scalia was...

November 29, 2020 8:46 AM

RealFakeNews on Undermining Democracy :

> need evidence.

  • Votes being added after the 3rd
  • Postal ballots being “found” after the 3rd and being 100% for Biden
  • Vote counts changing suddenly after the 3rd in electronic vote counting

This is evidence. It happened across multiple states, with multiple, unrelated eye-witness testimony under penalty of perjury.

At least have the decency to accept something is amiss, and investigate it seriously, and thoroughly...

November 29, 2020 8:29 AM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@ SpaceLifeForm, ALL,

And they want to dump into the ground.

All very “Medieval” just like those Blackdeath “Plague Pits”.

But watch out the same mentality is comming to a place right near you real soon now.

As part of the transittion from endentured surf to unidetified disease ridden corpse in a mass grave scavenged by dogs and other feral and wild life including rats to close the infection cycle. You will read about “Plague Houses”...

November 29, 2020 8:06 AM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@ MarkH, xcv, ALL,

I would expect the gradual weakening of the source to lower its output rate, but not to introduce bias.

As the source weakens the number of detections in a unit / period of time goes down and thus the average time between them goes up. That is a form of bias as the % increase in time period after time period remains the same irrespective of how long or short you decide to make the time periods...

November 29, 2020 7:16 AM

name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

29 NOV 2020 — Bunker Based Security Backed by Banal and Bananas Barrier Builder
The elites have mischaracterized some of their brethren and wrongfully understand that a shared corrupt affinity of wealth is common to themes between their interests and those expressed by D. J. Trump, they are not. Yes, elites interested in preserving their wealth and privilege are serviced by D.J. Trump, at least politically and culturally. But, if elites believe that D.J. Trump shares their aspirations and goals they are simply self-delusional. D.J. Trump shares no ones interest but his own...

November 29, 2020 6:56 AM

Sunlight as a disinfectant on Undermining Democracy :

SpaceLifeForm –

Well it looks like another Republican family on the rise, confirming what I was wondering.

Though I doubt they will ever rise to the highs and lowes of the Adelsons, Kochs, or Mercers. The last of which set Cambridge Analytica onto the world. The Kochs convicted felons for their destruction of the environment. And the Adelsons want the US under Israeli political control. Guess who it was Obama unmasked when a certain Israeli politician spoke to thunderous applause infront of Republican’s, technically the Adelsons are guilty of conspiring with foreign powers to set US Policy...

November 29, 2020 5:48 AM

Gottfried Leibniz on Undermining Democracy :

@Researcherzero

I spent way less money on my gaming addiction than I ever did on my heroin addiction!
On election systems you may be somewhat correct. When working as a contractor, there was more suspicious activity outside the US and the auditing was often questionable. Our employers were not complaining about it though.

November 29, 2020 4:15 AM

MarkH on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@xcv, Clive:

A chunk of americium-241 from a consumer residential smoke detector, and a repurposing of some of the other electronics might help.

It kind of works but the output rate is usually quite low at just a few detections a second, and the number of detections per unit of time drops with time

About 40 years ago, I was the shiny-faced lad in a small group that was supposed to work on the design and development of smoke detectors. As it turned out, we were mostly tasked with more hum-drum projects, but I did learn a few things along the way. Part of what I’m writing here is from memory, so apologies for anything out-of-date...

November 29, 2020 3:55 AM

SpaceLifeForm on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@ JonKnowsNothing, Anders, Clive, MarkH, ALL

And they want to dump into the ground.

hXXps://www.cnn.com/2020/11/28/us/oregon-mink-farm-covid-19-outbreak-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

hXXps://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8997459/Mink-farmers-Oregon-told-isolate-animals-staff-test-positive-COVID.html

November 29, 2020 3:09 AM

SpaceLifeForm on Friday Squid Blogging: Ram’s Horn Squid Video :

@ name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons

I think the Persian translate should look like below.

Interesting. Firefox thinks it knows what I wanted to do.

Incorrectly. First, I pasted a chunk. Then when I wanted to paste the other chunk, Firefox saw that it was a RTL written language, so it would paste into the left-hand side of what I already pasted, even though my cursor was one the right-hand side...

November 29, 2020 2:54 AM

no.name on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

I really hope any Covid-19 vaccination programme will be rolled out asap. Also, I am in favour of prioritizing BAME (just like the mayor of London proposed), vulnerable people, and pro vaxxers (the ones who annoy me because I refuse wearing a mask in restaurants and shops). BTW: You might want to google “Supplies – 506291-2020”.

Sadiq Khan showing empathy: https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayor-calls-for-action-to-tackle-inequality...

November 29, 2020 2:28 AM

SpaceLifeForm on Friday Squid Blogging: Ram’s Horn Squid Video :

@ name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons

The Persian translate probably parses incorrectly because it is RTL written language and I believe I should have done the C+P in 2 or 3 steps. I think I messed that up.

They are google translates.

In order:

Estonian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, German, Greek, Persian, French, Simplified Chinese, English.

Note that you can read and see it all. It is all UTF-8...

November 29, 2020 1:51 AM

SpaceLifeForm on Undermining Democracy :

@ Sunlight as a disinfectant

hXXps://www.citizen.org/news/peter-haller-goldman-sachs-wall-street-reform/

November 29, 2020 1:32 AM

SpaceLifeForm on Friday Squid Blogging: Ram’s Horn Squid Video :

@ name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons

sõnajärjestuse tüpoloogia on teistsugune asi kui UTF-8 tähemärgid

la tipología del orden de las palabras es diferente a los caracteres UTF-8

типология порядка слов отличается от символов UTF-8

語順の類型はUTF-8文字とは異なります

Die Typologie der Wortreihenfolge unterscheidet sich von UTF-8-Zeichen

...

November 29, 2020 1:10 AM

Sunlight as a disinfectant on Undermining Democracy :

SpaceLifeForm –

No bus stop either.

November 29, 2020 1:00 AM

SpaceLifeForm on Undermining Democracy :

@ Sunlight as a disinfectant

The kitchen looks familiar.

Juli Zsuzsa Simonyi suddenly came into some bucks last year?

Hmmm.

November 29, 2020 12:56 AM

Clive Robinson on More on the Security of the 2020 US Election :

@ Givon Zirkind,

This video was made years ago–not during this election. Was up on YouTube for a while. No one objected to it for years.

So what[1]?

That still does not make it proof or even evidence or a hint of a suggestion such techniques were used in 2020, therefore it’s at best supposition more like idle speculation.

The only sensible thing to say about it is how would we mitigate it being used, but nobody is saying that now because it was said long ago and probably likewise mitigated back then or since or has become irrelevant...

November 29, 2020 12:02 AM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@ xcv,

There is something called a “time constant of relaxation”

The time constant of relaxation is the exponential decay of a physical system in response to a step change, also called it’s “time charecteristic/constant”[1]

Often called tau or just “the time constant” it’s the same curve you see across a capacitor when discharged through a resistor. Most engineers simply remember it as 1CR = 63% 5CR=99% as that suffices from the practicality aspect...

November 28, 2020 10:57 PM

North Realist on Undermining Democracy :

The fundamental problem for the US is that it continues to adhere to an out-dated electoral college approach and uses inconsistent voting process across state jurisdictions.

For a so-called democracy, American political parties do seem to spend an inordinate amount of time and effort attempting to disenfranchise voters.

November 28, 2020 8:52 PM

AT on Undermining Democracy :

I don’t understand … we’ve known for years that electronic voting systems are vulnerable to fairly unsophisticated hacking. Why are you now trying to claim that the voting system is even remotely bulletproof?

November 28, 2020 7:59 PM

xcv on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@Clive Robinson

The half life of americium 241 is 432.2 years (1.588 x 2^33 seconds), which sounds a long time but it’s not realy.

There is something called a “time constant of relaxation”

τ = t1/2 / (ln 2) =~ 623.5 years

The time constant of relaxation is significant because it equals the ratio of the decay rate to the amount of radioactive substance left.

“Shot noise” from a resistor powered by a constant voltage should not in theory change or drift — and under certain circumstances each electron can be counted as it passes through the resistor — but I would not expect any given electronic device to continue functioning for hundreds of years...

November 28, 2020 6:29 PM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@ xcv,

A chunk of americium-241 from a consumer residential smoke detector, and a repurposing of some of the other electronics might help.

It kind of works but the output rate is usually quite low at jist a few detections a second, and the number of detections per unit of time drops with time… The half life of americium 241 is 432.2 years (1.588 x 2^33 seconds), which sounds a long time but it’s not realy. We need random numbers up in the 512-8192bit range these days, that’s sufficient for the decay bias to be measurable. Thus you need to do further processing...

November 28, 2020 5:18 PM

metaschima on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@Clive Robinson

You’re a smart man, the Oxford/Astra vaccine is the only one I would get. I’m a healthcare worker and I know a good bit about these things, and you’re absolutely right. This is the first mRNA vaccine to ever be used on humans, not only that but look at the companies that are making them. Moderna is a biotech bubble company, either that or a front for a secret intelligence organization. They are extremely secretive with their projects, they don’t release many articles nor get them peer reviewed, they have received billions upon billions of dollars but have nothing to their name! Oh until now… All of a sudden they miraculously come up with a vaccine that is 90+% effective with totally new and untested technology. Technology I might add that was not too long ago pretty much abandoned because of the years of research needed to actually make something that works and is safe. Oh and this company Moderna is very very new to the scene, like 8 years in the business. I wouldn’t trust them to make a regular vaccine much less one with totally new and untested technology that has actually proven too dangerous to use in the recent past. I don’t know much about BioNTech, only that it’s a relatively recent startup in Germany and they have tried making mRNA vaccines in the past without much success...

November 28, 2020 5:10 PM

xcv on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@vas pup “True random numbers are required”

In any quantity or bandwidth, you need a source of ionizing radiation and a detector. A chunk of americium-241 from a consumer residential smoke detector, and a repurposing of some of the other electronics might help.

That isotope emits alpha particles with an energy insufficient to penetrate smoke particles in the air to hit the detector, and the alarm is sounded if alpha particles stop hitting the detector...

November 28, 2020 4:59 PM

Blouis79 on 2020 Was a Secure Election :

If a mark sense ballot paper has 1200 mark positions, then errors can happen after 1200 votes and be within certified EAC specs.

November 28, 2020 4:11 PM

JonKnowsNothing on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@Czerno @Clive @All

re:Sputnik V and Chinese COVID-19 vaccines

I have only read articles distantly referencing these. There may be a lot more that is not on the front page of Western News Media.

China has at least 2, maybe more vaccines and they have given them to large segments of their population. There was a dust up over some Chinese miners flown in direct from China to work in a China owned mine in a host country, where the miners would live and work inside their own perimeter. The host country turned back the flight because of the lack of information at that time. It maybe that the Chinese Government has had direct talks with the host government since that report...

November 28, 2020 3:50 PM

Blouis79 on 2020 Was a Secure Election :

As far as i can see, the EAC voting system assessments are inadequate.

https://www.eac.gov/voting-equipment/certified-voting-systems

Source code review is limited to “automated source code review” – probably meaning running code through compilet. Manual source code review is limited to reading the comments.

Specific security vulnerabilities mention in the california review are not documented by the EAC...

November 28, 2020 3:48 PM

vas pup on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@Bruce and @Clive in particular
A biochemical random number
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201120113854.htm

“True random numbers are required in fields as diverse as slot machines and data encryption. These numbers need to be truly random, such that they cannot even be predicted by people with detailed knowledge of the method used to generate them.

Scientists have generated a huge true random number using DNA synthesis. It is the first time that a number of this magnitude has been created by biochemical means...

November 28, 2020 3:09 PM

Czerno on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

Interesting official information° site about the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V”.

hxxps://sputnikvaccine.com/about-vaccine/

° or shall we say propaganda ? I’m not taking sides…

«The Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology is the world’s leading research institution. The center was founded in 1891 as a private laboratory. Since 1949 it bears the name of Nikolai Gamaleya, a pioneer in Russian microbiology studies...

November 28, 2020 3:02 PM

Blouis79 on 2020 Was a Secure Election :

Dominion Voting Systems secuirty analysis 2017.

https://votingsystems.cdn.sos.ca.gov/vendors/dominion/ds52-sc.pdf

Plenty of vulnerabilities.

Dominion says it is the gold standard.
https://www.dominionvoting.com/dominion-statement-on-sidney-powell-charges

Latest vetsion appears to be 5.5-C running on Windows 10. Report 06-16-2020.
https://www.eac.gov/sites/default/files/voting_system/files/Dominion%20Voting%20Systems%20%20D-Suite%205.5-C%20Test%20Report-Rev.%2001.pdf...

November 28, 2020 2:29 PM

Faustus on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@MarkH

To bring this back nearer to the heart of Bruce’s essay, it seems from my observation that governments deeply committed to rule by the people tend to highly value knowledge, experience and expertise.

In contrast, anti-democratic (authoritarian) regimes are more prone to confer authority on — or otherwise employ — incompetents, charlatans, peddlers of conspiracy theories and simple grifters whose only focus is extracting cash...

November 28, 2020 1:32 PM

Winter on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@Clive
“Oxford And Astra are now recruiting more people to do further half+full and it’s said potentially half+half groups in a much larger size.”

The new tests do not have to delay registration of the vaccine. This is only about the claims of high efficacy for specific dosages.

The original doses had an efficacy of 60%, which was enough in itself. These tests were done correctly.

And about the anti-vaxxers. This also an exercise in evolution and natural selection. Sane people avoid anti-vaxxers...

November 28, 2020 11:59 AM

Clive Robinson on Undermining Democracy :

@ Tribalist,

This is all that team A ever says.

Because team B never deliver any evidence that any one with half a brain or more importantly a court will accept. Team B talk a load of bull on the court steps, wave their arms, and promise deliverance. But the reality inside team B do not even squeak as loud at the court mouse. Because team B players don’t wish to be locked up or fined, or stop that gravy train of pocketting the money of team B supporters that are not bright enough to spot the grift in play...

November 28, 2020 11:57 AM

JonKnowsNothing on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@Clive @Czerno @All

re: Other COVID-19 treatment research

There are 3 areas of research for COVID-19 (and others)

1, prevention aka vaccinations
2, treatments aka pills and potions
3, exposure reduction aka masks, distance, wash-up,D3

There’s been more press about Option 1 vaccination but there are some good reports about Option 2 treatments.

One focus is on developing a protease-inhibitor for COVID-19. Protease inhibitors are administered early after infection and can prevent the virus from from accessing protease from the infected cell. Viral protease is different from Human protease...

November 28, 2020 11:24 AM

JonKnowsNothing on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@Clive @Czerno @All

re: Oxford and other drug trials

disclaimer: I am not a MD. I am not direct researcher. Any opinions are just that.

If you do not expect that there will be “blips and dips” in vaccine and other therapy research, you might want to reset your thinking about this.

Things are rushed and there are corporate neoliberal economic reasons for that, as are the pump and dump stock market hype-up and beat-down...

November 28, 2020 11:15 AM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@ Czerno,

Doubts over the Oxford vaccine-candidate

It’s a poorly carried out smear.

The Oxford vaccine passes the WHO efficacy standards at both the 50billion and 25billion doses.

As for the half dose plus full dose, this happened to only one small group and it showed efficacy around 90%. Whilst the other groups on two full doses showed efficacy around 63%.

Oxford And Astra are now recruiting more people to do further half+full and it’s said potentially half+half groups in a much larger size...

November 28, 2020 10:20 AM

Clive Robinson on Undermining Democracy :

@ Anonymous,

I conclude many people on this forum are not acquainted with this evidence, but I can’t say why. It is publicly available now.

What evidence? I see many lies, innuendo and maybes with a little unsubstantiayed opinion thrown in but evidence of what is being claimed, it is most certainly not.

That’s why many are just waiting for a judge to bring Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure down on these litigants attorneys, and have done with it, unfortunately rule changes since 1937 have effectively reduced it’s usage...

November 28, 2020 9:28 AM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@ no.name,

Zero postings about EDP security. Just pointless drivel.

Well there you go just adding to the latter, not the former.

But a point to note this page opened less than a day ago on “Black Friday” a holiday for some and a busy day for others and today many people are likewise busy[1].

Hardly surprising there are no real Electronic Data Processing(EDP) or Information and Communications Technology(ICT) security postings. Because it’s that little “silly season” where you get “slow or no news days” for the MSM or more specialized news outlets...

November 28, 2020 9:27 AM

Czerno on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

Doubts over the Oxford vaccine-candidate :

hxxps://therealslog.com/2020/11/28/all-over-the-place/

What’s the opinion of our esteemed resident universal “experts” ? @Clive ? @Others ?

November 28, 2020 9:12 AM

Tribalist on Undermining Democracy :

Teams A and B compete in a competition with high stakes, and incentives, motives, and desires to cheat. Team A wins and is accused of cheating by team B. Team B says it has evidence and shows it to the public and judges.

Team A says team B is undermining the competition, that the evidence is refutable, and that there could not possibly have been cheating. This is all that team A ever says.

November 28, 2020 7:23 AM

Dirk on Undermining Democracy :

@AlexT

I believe it was proven below doubt that the “Russian conspiracy” was mostly UK based

… because Christopher Steele was British ?

If you read the Mueller Report it doesn’t exonerate the Trump Campaign for colusion with the Russian Government, it was not able to be proved without a shadow of a doubt, mostly due to lack of cooperation from the Trump Campaign.

November 28, 2020 6:53 AM

nonce cat on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@vas pup

Most news is negative. So says the old adage “Man plans, God laughs”, or was it “No news is good news”?

Light reading for the holidays.

available freshwater resources have declined globally by more than 20 per cent per person over the past two decades
hxxps://news.un.org/en/story/2020/11/1078592

COVID-19 could distract the world from even greater threats
hxxps://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/10/covid-19-distract-world-greater-threats/...

November 28, 2020 6:21 AM

Curious on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@America the censored

How about being polite? I am European and so I probably do not share the views of perhaps most of people in North America on a variety of topics (to say the least), but I don’t pretend that people reading this blog is interested in mere opinin pieces that would be more off topic than something related to security.

I’ve noticed a couple of times of stuff never showing up, and I can’t tell if maybe a moderator nixed it, or something else happening to it...

November 28, 2020 5:53 AM

Winter on Undermining Democracy :

@ResearcherZero
“The American voting system is incredibly robust, and well above the security of all other nations, that I am aware of, by a significant degree.”

I think you cannot substantiate claims about all other nations. The US system is robust, but more robust than those of all other nations! There is no evidence for that, on the contrary.

November 28, 2020 5:37 AM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@ MarkH,

… and simple grifters whose only focus is extracting cash.

That appears to be the real reason behind the court cases.

After all how much do you think “Dear simple Sidney” is billing for her work?

Especially as others have found it does not appear to be “Dear simple Sidney’s” work… But somebody else, a clear “Cut-n-Paste Queen”, with a missing “Z” and a “chardonnay name”[1]. I wonder if she looks both ways when she crosses the road, at her time of life? As others have noted sometimes a bus can be hard to see when it’s heading your way…...

November 28, 2020 5:12 AM

name.withheld.for.obvious.reasons on Friday Squid Blogging: Ram’s Horn Squid Video :

@ SpaceLifeForm
For quite some time I have come to understand that tokenizing syntaxes are useful for multi language sites that can provided translated source material. It would be a feature in WordPress that provides linguistic abstractions. It’s my guess and am sure a quick google/duck/bing/yahoo/webcrawler search would be instructive.

Good work by the way, making things work in interesting and producing useful applications. You’ve done both, I see an GNU or PGP sub signed comment that can be managed with offline public key exchanges. It is really making a time-based OTP that would be the most useful…and I have some ideas...

November 28, 2020 4:46 AM

MarkH on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

This is rather off to one side, but I suppose relevant enough to include.

Reading about the post-election litigation makes it clear that the work products of the Trump legal team are

• freighted with substantive errors

• devoid of evidence which courts can accept in establishing a factual record

• littered with spelling errors, and at least one sentence of such tortured grammar that its meaning can’t be discerned...

November 28, 2020 4:25 AM

Anonymous on Undermining Democracy :

This is not an assault against our democracy – it is a final assault. The question is whether we, or society’s institutions, can reassert its stability.

The minority-won elections should have been a wake-up, but even before that journalists were decrying the propaganda being spooned out over America, and the Republicans having developed a strategy that does not depend on the majority of the population, are now openly contemptuous of them, showing quite clearly that their priority is not the needs of the people, instead what is best for the Republican Party. Look at the discord being sowed this year in a futile reelection campaign rather than addressing the critical problems in the country...

November 28, 2020 4:24 AM

Sunlight as a disinfectant on Undermining Democracy :

xcv –

“ELECTION STOLEN SAY…”

Reboiling rotten cabbage does not make it any less rotten.

That stuff has been debunked already as,for the “Dear Dr” he has a lot of opinion but “facts they are not in evidence”{1}.

You need to get out and get some Vitimin D built up.

{1} At best his document is self contradictory and his liberal use of the likes of “through the Internet without leaving a trace” is in opposition to his own point 7 on page 2, which also has the disproved Frankfurt data center nonsense in it...

November 28, 2020 3:20 AM

ResearcherZero on Undermining Democracy :

@Anonymous

I guess if that is not enough, I could introduce you to a couple of sociopaths who have some affiliation with the GRU. Though I don’t recommend you introduce yourself to them, as what they sometimes do to bodies is not really something you would want any family members or friends to ever see. They aren’t the kind of people I’d recommend hanging out with, unless you get a real thrill out of either not being alive, or having a very fast pulse, shortly followed by no loner having any kind of pulse at all. And though I wish it was, that is not some kind of funny joke...

November 28, 2020 3:01 AM

ResearcherZero on Undermining Democracy :

@Anonymous

If information about disinformation is what you want, start here.
hxxps://intelligence.house.gov/social-media-content/

Disinformation in Europe and it’s affects on popular opinion.
hxxps://www.spiegel.de/international/world/russia-uses-state-television-to-sway-opinion-at-home-and-abroad-a-971971.html

The basic methods of hacking public opinion are fairly simple.
hxxps://www.theregister.com/2020/08/06/china_russia_disinformation_black_hat/...

November 28, 2020 2:58 AM

America the censored on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

I see some vermin got BOTH Bill Hicks quotes removed, cowardly action as it speaks more truth than the many trash opinions I have read in this and another thread. So I’ll post it again, along with another quote. Go ahead, get it removed, I’ll just post it again and again each time you remove it because of cowardice!!

The first quote is the one which was cowardly removed:

I’ll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. “I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.” “I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.” “Hey, wait a minute, there’s one guy holding out both puppets!” “Shut up! Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control. Here’s Love Connection. Watch this and get fat and stupid. By the way, keep drinking beer, you fucking morons.” ...

November 28, 2020 2:22 AM

ResearcherZero on Undermining Democracy :

@Anonymous

You actually have to read the words. There is a heck of a lot written about how the voting system actually works and the paper trail. Bruce has written and linked to articles about this, on more than one occasion.

There is a whole plethora of information about how the American electoral and voting system works. Any discussion on any technical exploits of security are just problems that should be thought about, looked at, and addressed in any products considered in the future. Just because a vulnerability is found, DOES NOT MEAN IT HAS BEEN EXPLOITED, or can be exploited easily...

November 28, 2020 2:05 AM

ResearcherZero on Undermining Democracy :

The truth is rather simple, a bunch of 400 kids at computers on the other side of the planet, with admittedly some help, managed to get a large number of people, and at least one significant other, all running in circles chasing their own tails.

Here is a quote though from someone who disagrees (in the interests of balance), “I know the truth! I get it from Facebook on my Ipad”.

To avoid such scenarios in the future, next time we have some murdering rat bastard proxies pinned down in a hole, don’t rescind the order to fire...

November 28, 2020 1:27 AM

Anonymous on Undermining Democracy :

not a single world of the real technical cause of this, voting on pc that leaves no traces.

I have really hard time believing you are honest about this issues, I read more than one book and you always talk about technical systems or incentives actually determines political outcomes, instead now it seems is all about “disinformation” (that is just a way to say that one part is idiot and believe anything and the other not), honestly I was expecting way more from you...

November 28, 2020 1:03 AM

startstemcells on Security as a Public Health Issue :

The pressure of everyday life means that we are increasingly detached from nature, although nature exists for us in many forms. Children are the closest thing to nature. It has been proven that constant contact with nature improves the development of newborns, supports their physical and mental health, and imparts the ability to assess risks as they grow older. Nature also teaches children: both in and out of school. The treatment of autism in children with stem cells is similar to that of nature. I want children to be healthy...

November 28, 2020 12:43 AM

ResearcherZero on Undermining Democracy :

These recommendations are extremely straightforward, and as such a reminder that adversaries most often penetrate large systems by targeting the “weakest link.” –

hxxps://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2020/11/26/three-paper-thursday-veni-vidi-vote-y-election-security/

One could argue that public perceptions are a weak link, but I could also argue that a man I once watched huddled in a ball, up against the side of a hanger, balling his eyes out and clutching at a little girls jumper (as if she was some kind of human shield), probably is not so strong a link either...

November 27, 2020 9:12 PM

xcv on Undermining Democracy :

KRAKEN: ELECTION STOLEN SAY US ARMY 305TH INTELLIGENCE BATTALION OFFICER, AND CIA SPY-BUSTER “HERO”

> Another extraordinary assertion from the Georgia court filing is that of a former electronic intelligence analyst under US Army’s 305th Military Intelligence Battalion, that:

> “the Dominion software was accessed by agents acting on behalf of China and Iran in order to monitor and manipulate elections, including the most recent US general election in 2020” (Page 9 ...

November 27, 2020 7:57 PM

xcv on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@O.P.

It lived about 68 million years ago, looked kind of like a giant paperclip, and may have had a lifespan of 200 years.

Popular scientific discovery reported to order.

Now we’re miscreants for supporting T and we have squid records that would be disastrous if we were ever to apply for employment anywhere in the jurisdiction of our scientific climate change overlords, or else it’s off to the gas chambers and crematoriums for us...

November 27, 2020 6:54 PM

1&1~=Umm on Undermining Democracy :

@SpaceLifeForm,

They say it pays to advertise. Well maybe, but people should remember a coin has two sides and most times you do not know which way it’s going to land.

From the first page of a simple name search, no need to even follow the links as the search engine displays enough you can see that there are LinkedIn and Facebook accounts.

But also the text shown by the search engine under these links is quite a trove as well,...

November 27, 2020 6:44 PM

SpaceLifeForm on Undermining Democracy :

@ MarkH

You really can not fix stupid.

My guess is that Juli is blackmailed. Or stupid. Or both.

And likely has not seen a bus.

After all of the LegalTwitter past day pointing out the problems, nothing was fixed. The good thing is that it is filed as miscellaneous case, so the Kraken will not surface immediately.

hXXps://twitter.com/marceelias/status/1332430043004407814

NEW: If you thought Sidney Powell and her Kraken team of lawyers might have fixed the typos prior to filing their Georgia lawsuit, you were wrong...

November 27, 2020 6:22 PM

yet another Bruce on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

@Bruce

On the subject of everyone’s favorite resource exhaustion attack. Are you gonna make level 40 on Pokemon Go by the end of the year?

November 27, 2020 6:20 PM

1&1~=Umm on Undermining Democracy :

SpaceLifeForm:

“Juli, you have some ‘splaining to do.”

Let’s see,

Juli Haller : Litigator.

Currently serving in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Washington, DC.

So someone could look up her number and ask her to do some ‘splaining…

Not sure if she is an administration appointee, or a government employee. If the later she is supposed to be politically impartial and deport her self so as not to bring disrepute on her office or employer...

November 27, 2020 6:06 PM

lurker on Undermining Democracy :

@Bruce

American democracy is an information system, in which the information isn’t bits and bytes but citizens’ beliefs.

To mention Fifty Shades of Gray might provoke prurient sniggers. But why does everything have to be Black or White? or for the partisan Blue or Red? What is it in the American psyche that requires ‘if you’re not with us then you’re against us’? Where is the Green Party, or any other significant third party, in the US?...

November 27, 2020 6:01 PM

MarkH on Undermining Democracy :

@SpaceLifeForm:

Good catch! Unless those are different Juli Hallers, that is worthy of investigation.

PS Attorney Sidney Powell has been unfairly misinterpreted. The statement people heard as “release the kraken” was, apparently, “unleash the crackheads” … as may be confirmed by reading her court filings.

November 27, 2020 5:56 PM

vas pup on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

Your data and how it is used to gain your vote
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-54915779

“The Cambridge Analytica scandal threw light on how the Facebook data of millions was harvested and turned into a messaging tool.
The revelations were criticized far and wide by politicians of all stripes.

But now, a report from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) puts the spotlight on the relationship between data brokers and the politicians here...

November 27, 2020 5:51 PM

vas pup on Friday Squid Blogging: Diplomoceras Maximum :

Algorithms: Public sector urged to be open about role in decision-making
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-55105741

“A government advisory body said greater transparency and accountability was needed in all walks of life over the use of computer-based models in policy.
Officials must understand algorithms’ limits and risks of bias, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation said.

“Government, regulators and industry need to work together with interdisciplinary experts, stakeholders and the public to ensure that algorithms are used to promote fairness, not undermine it.”...

November 27, 2020 5:34 PM

SpaceLifeForm on Undermining Democracy :

Juli, you have some ‘splaining to do.

hXXps://mobile.twitter.com/ariehkovler/status/1331869882149957632

Next up: PDF metadata. The author of the PDF isn’t Sidney Powell, it’s Juli Haller. Who is Juli Haller?

Juli Haller, who wrote the Powell Georgia claim, is a current US Government employee, working for HUD in the Trump Administration.

November 27, 2020 5:32 PM

Hey Nony Mouse on Undermining Democracy :

Some claim Trumpisters are like, “flat earthers” oh if only that it were so…

No they are the “neo-creationists” because no matter how many of their idiocies you crush with logic and truth, they find something even less credible than before, but still cry “But this proves all” when in fact it always turns out to proves nothing of the sort.

Anyone who comes to this site should know,

1, All systems have faults (they are not 100% secure nor can they ever be so)...

November 27, 2020 4:49 PM

Impossibly Stupid on More on the Security of the 2020 US Election :

@RealFakeNews

BOTH SIDES should care if there was fraud, no?

Yes, they should, but unfortunately one side has demonstrated they are more interested in holding power than determining an objective truth. If this election was rigged despite all the extra scrutiny, imagine what happened during the election 4 years ago. Trump himself admitted it had been rigged! Anybody who maintains that the 2020 election was fraudulent should necessarily declare that the 2016 election must have been as well, and assert the the Trump presidency itself has been fraudulent...

November 27, 2020 4:47 PM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Ram’s Horn Squid Video :

@ JonKnowsNothing,

Historically, it was believed that quicklime was efficacious in accelerating the decomposition of corpses.

Yes it can help break the surfaces down in small quantities, but if you kill the bacteria that are actually munching on the meat as it were then it slows things down (it’s why you can cure meats to preserve them almost indefinitely[1].

Now experiments have shown if you want to break the flesh of a corpse down, biological laundry/washing powder is quite helpful… You can do an experiment with a couple of pork chops and a couple of zip-lock bags. Put a chop in each bag and add a reasonable quantity of biological powder to one and quicklime to another mark the bags appropriately and chuck them in a hole in your garden or some other outside place where animals can not get at them. You will be surprised at just how fast that biological powder is…...

November 27, 2020 4:20 PM

Didier Frick on Undermining Democracy :

@QnJ1Y2U

How convenient. My question was not whether anything was hacked but why the narrative did a U turn.

Guess I’m done here, enjoy your blinders while I enjoy my popcorn.

November 27, 2020 4:04 PM

Cassandra on Cyber Public Health :

I want to write a long and carefully considered comment, but other things are taking up my time so it’ll have to be bullet points.

1) Cyber public health is a very young discipline.
2) Humans have different levels of public health mechanisms, some of which have been around for a long time:
2a) The immune system has evolved over millions of years to deal with infectious diseases.
2b) Human behaviour has developed over a shorter timescale to minimise gross infectious assaults e.g. we tend not to prepare food in the vicinity of where we defecate and urinate; and we have learned to process food in ways to diminish the chance of eating rotten food...

November 27, 2020 4:01 PM

EK on Undermining Democracy :

I am so thankful to have Bruce Schneier here to provide objectivity. Thank you, Bruce!

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.