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Apple Investigating Accessory that Turns iPhone, iPad Into Full-Fledged Touchscreen Laptop

March 23rd, 2017

It’s a shit sandwich all around in the general purpose computing world. It’s a very serious worry, because I see the least capable computer users (most computer users, in other words) fully embracing swipetard devices and operating systems, which are mainly intended to serve as tamper proof vending machines and surveillance platforms. —Windows 10 Is […]

China is Fighting Toilet Paper Thieves with Facial Recognition Software

March 21st, 2017

Via: The Verge: Biometric authentication is moving from phones to laptops and onward to… public bathrooms. Chinese authorities in Beijing are now combating a toilet paper stealing epidemic by locking the supplies away behind a dispenser powered by facial recognition software, according to a report from The New York Times. The unorthodox method ensures that […]

Facing Bread Shortage, Venezuela Arrests Bakers

March 17th, 2017

Via: Miami Herald: Facing a bread shortage that is spawning massive lines and souring the national mood, the Venezuelan government is responding this week by detaining bakers and seizing establishments. In a press release, the National Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights said it had charged four people and temporarily seized two bakeries as […]

Toy Drone Shot Down with Patriot Missile

March 15th, 2017

Raytheon doesn’t mind. Meanwhile, in France: French Military Trains Eagles to Hunt Drones Via: BBC: A Patriot missile – usually priced at about $3m (£2.5m) – was used to shoot down a small quadcopter drone, according to a US general. The strike was made by a US ally, Gen David Perkins told a military symposium. […]

How Police Departments Use Civil Forfeiture to Collect Billions

March 15th, 2017

Whenever you hear about tips to the police from confidential informants or “concerned citizens,” etc. keep this in mind: U.S. Communications Intelligence Secretly Shared with Law Enforcement for Use Against Americans in Criminal Investigations. So, mass surveillance and civil forfeiture: Is there a link? “It is the height of naivete to think that once collected […]

NSA Routinely Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants

March 15th, 2017

Are They building electronic dossiers on as many of us as they can? I don’t know, but it sure looks that way. —Cryptogon, 2007: NSA, AT&T and the NarusInsight Intercept Suite In Open Thread: Trump Wiretap Claims, I wrote: Where is the uproar over the spook’s data center in Utah? Man, if you think that […]

Trump to Nominate Goldman Sachs’ Donovan as Deputy Treasury Secretary

March 14th, 2017

Mmm hmm. Via: Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate Goldman Sachs Group (GS.N) Managing Director James Donovan as deputy secretary of the Treasury, the White House said on Tuesday.

New GOP Bill Lets Companies Force Employees to Take Genetic Tests

March 12th, 2017

Via: ExtremeTech: A new bill introduced by Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and approved by the House Ways and Means Committee would allow corporations to force employees to undergo genetic testing — and then share those results with third parties. In theory, this is already illegal, thanks to a 2008 law known as GINA. This type of […]

Who Controls Your Computer? (And How to Make Sure It’s You)

March 7th, 2017

Good luck with that. My paranoia doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of this thing. Keep going, keep pushing through, and the next thing you know, you’re falling through fractals of fuckedness that endlessly reveal more fuckedness the deeper you descend. Via: François-René Rideau: At least in theory, we therefore know how to build […]

Open Thread: Trump Wiretap Claims

March 6th, 2017

I haven’t posted anything about this because I have no idea what all the fuss is about. Where is the uproar over the spook’s data center in Utah? Man, if you think that place is only used to store information gleaned from taps on foreigners, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Retroactive surveillance? Remember […]

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