* Posts by DerekCurrie

432 posts • joined 6 Apr 2012

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DeepMind: Get a load of our rat-like AI. 'Ere, look. It solves mazes and stuff

DerekCurrie
Meh

I Call These "AI" Systems: Circus Acts

Playing games ≠ Actual intelligence. It's cute and all. It may find some important uses! But let's drop the 'intelligence' moniker please.

If only we humans understood what actual 'intelligence' was to begin with. We don't. That's one reason the marketing HypeHypeHype for AI gets away with so much nonsense.

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

I'm So Pleased That Brits Recognize Adam Sandler Has Not Talent

As for "AI", artificial intelligence, at this time it remains HypeHypeHype. What we have are advanced expert systems, built upon technology that's been evolving for half a century and still hasn't reached any level of actual intelligence.

What's made expert systems seem sort of intelligent are the improvements in speech recognition and text to speech technology along with faster processors. I will also thank the ongoing development of 'machine learning'. Meanwhile, our programming tools remain primitive and unreliable. Our software security record is abysmal. The ongoing fad of IoT, Internet of Trash, is more a detriment to our collective lives than a benefit specifically due to it having no inherent security with only hints at a security standard on the horizon. We're all becoming victims of marketing SellSellSell of JunkJunkJunk.

Let's get down to some serious work please and grow our way out of the ongoing Dark Age of Computing. Please.

Meanwhile: HypeHypeHype SellSellSell *yawn*

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Chinese president Xi seeks innovation independence

DerekCurrie
FAIL

A President-For-Life Communist Country? Read Some History Please.

Picture me laughing. :-D

Inventors, innovators, require incentive. Communism, as well as having no ability to change one's government, stifles incentive. This is specifically why the Chinese people turned to criminal activity as the only available source of incentive, the only available source of invention and innovation. It's why China can educate citizens well beyond western world citizens, but meagre invention results. It's why the Chinese government has been hacking into US government and corporate computers since 1998, the year the US handed them 'Most Favored Nation Status'. It's why Chinese mobile phone manufactures constantly rip off off Apple. It's why the US government blocked the use of ZTE phones.... The list of supporting facts is incredibly long.

Just this week, reported at Ars Technica:

"Xiaomi clones the iPhone X for $420, adds in-display fingerprint reader

Plus the "Explorer Edition" has an in-screen fingerprint reader and a transparent back."

Compare China's criminal nation behavior with the history of all other 'communist' nations. It's the same rut, over and over. Sorry Karl Marx. There must be a viable response to abusive, parasitic, negative 'capitalism'. But your approach is a failure. And sorry China, but you sealed your current fate when you fell for the 'communist' promise that is never fulfilled. Try again. And yes, that means giving up the ridiculous President-For-Life abuse of your citizens. It also means giving up your empire ambitions. Become citizens of the world, not its dictators please.

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Leaked pics: Motorola to add 'unpatriotic' 5G to 4G phones with magnets

DerekCurrie
Devil

No It Won't!

"Lenovo's Motorola may soon offer 5G..."

Nonsense.

The 5G standard is not finished.

5G field testing is not going well at this point.

Marketing Morons are using the 5G hypehypehype machinery as lures for new customers.

So when will real 5G be offered to the public? See you in 2020. Maybe. Until then, hypehypehype...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5G

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Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops

DerekCurrie
Big Brother

An Invasion Of Our Right To Privacy

Luckily, thwarting these crimes by our no-longer 'law enforcement' is easy. Wear a mask! My favorite is my Groucho Marx pair of glasses with mustache. No doubt the most popular will be the Anonymous mask, aka the Guy Fawkes Mask. It's not just for November 5th any more!

Guy Fawkes Mask @Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes_mask

Where To Buy Guy Fawkes Masks @$4.90

https://www.wholesalehalloweencostumes.com/products/guy-fawkes-mask

Don't buy yours at Amazon, please. (-_^)

:-Derek

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Off with e's head: E-cig explosion causes first vaping death

DerekCurrie
Unhappy

Darn! Better Fix that.

Dead nicotine addicts aren't PAYING nicotine addicts. That's bad for business. (O_o)

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JEDI mind tricks: Brakes slammed on Pentagon's multibillion cloud deal

DerekCurrie
FAIL

Meanwhile, Amazon Web Services Is In The News For Breaches And SPAM Sourcing

I am consistently amazed that my cynicism toward #MyStupidGovernment is never enough to account for its technology illiteracy. I recall the US Navy being extremely tech savvy two decades ago, taking into account real technology security concerns. These days, the level of tech savvy within my government in general as that of any old granny you can find on the street. They're downright oblivious of the consequences of what they're doing. I'm no fan of infamous military waste of money on nonsense. But with something as crucial as military intelligence, where the Chinese had already botted every government computer connected to the Internet by 2007, spend the money to set up a safe and sound DIY cloud system for strictly the military, run by well paid tech savvy IT staff. Making a bozo show out of government security has got to be stamped out permanently.

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Google's socially awkward geeks craft socially awkward AI bot that calls people for you

DerekCurrie
Devil

SPAM Robo-Callers Are In L♥ve With Artificial Imposters (AI)

Happy: The "AI" voices are to the point of being (mostly) unrecognizable from living humans. Their banter, grasp of grammar and speech patterns is now very good. Their speech recognition is at last climbing above the 90% correct wall.

Sad: So what are we going to HATE about this technology? Every bad attitude, user-abusing company on the planet is going to be using this "AI" (Artificial Imposter) technology within a higher level of social engineering scams. Inevitable. Horrifying. Such is humanity.

(o_O)

Next up: Artificial Imposter (AI) CGI faces for video calls. Watch the techno-hate meter hit the red zone. Neo-Ludditism becomes a craze.

:-Q*****

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The world is becoming a computer, says CEO of worldwide computer company Microsoft

DerekCurrie
Angel

This is improvident imbecility

"The world is becoming a computer. Computing is becoming embedded in every person, place and thing."

1) Take off the blinders and realize where you're living. It's a planet of natural systems that make and sustain us. Those system have nothing and will never have anything to do with computing.

2) Making human-centric statements in this day and age of confrontation with the dire and deadly results of human demolition of our planet is Luddite in the extreme. Get over the monkey thinking and blast open your brain to see the entire world in which we live, please.

3) All this blether-fest is doing is regurgitating and reshaping Kurtweil's "The Singularity Is Near" faery tale. No, we're not going to all become cyborgs. I'd feel sad for even the most elitist of First World obliviates falling for such extreme triviality.

I'm reminded of the superficial thinking of Bill Gate's book "The Road Ahead'. Laugh at us future! We deserve it. (o_0)

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ICANN takes Whois begging bowl to Europe, comes back empty

DerekCurrie
Alert

I've attempted to get the point of GDPR, but I don't.

Therefore, from my POV, ignoring GDPR regarding WHOIS is fine with me. Sorry EU. But knowing who owns a website should be publicly available knowledge. It's the anonymous cowards of the Internet that create its must annoying and bullying problems. How many people would pull cruel trolling moves on others if they were forced out of their anonymity? Knowing who everyone is means taking personal responsibility for one's behavior. Therefore, keep WHOIS, if not strengthen it by removing anonymization and delisting. Stand up when you speak up! Shouting an opinion while ducking behind the back of the gallery makes no sense.

Tyrants don't pay attention to anonymous cowards speaking 'truth' to power. Know what I mean?

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

DerekCurrie
FAIL

They shall regret GDPR

"There are some however, including security researcher Brian Krebs and the US government itself, that fear a shutdown of the full Whois will result in a spike in online scams."

Yes it will.

Anonymity on the Internet breeds anonymous cowards and their dirty deeds. Anonymity is the solution to nothing. If you have to be an anonymous coward to say something, don't say it.

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Shhh! Don’t tell KillBots the UN’s about to debate which ones to ban

DerekCurrie
Mushroom

Coward Remote Murder Machines

ALL Coward Remote Murder Machines should be banned. They represent mankind as amoral. Get rid of all of them. Next up: All nuclear weapons, a much older amoral coward device.

What _are_ we as a species? Let's stop degrading ourselves.

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Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

DerekCurrie
Megaphone

WHOIS is entirely sane, fair and not abusive of privacy. It's a form of responsibility!

IOW: IMHO the EU is foisting irresponsibility onto the Internet. That's not sane.

And no, eMail should not be anonymized either. Encrypted email, ABSOLUTELY! Anonymous, never.

Trolling is the #1 nightmare of the Internet. Allowing people to hide who they are is enabling cowardice. Speaking truth to power requires face to face contact, NOT lame, weakling weasel to face contact. Stand up and be counted! Enable bravery, not wimpiness.

Yes, I heartily champion the death of all forms of SPAM. I'd gladly dance upon its grave with glee. But anonymizing everything is utterly insane and a FAR worse fate for the Internet.

Anonymous ≠ safety or security. Clarity is required. Note how I am not posting this comment anonymously. That's as it should be.

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Scientists change their minds, think water may be all over the Moon

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

I vote this is bad science

Maybe buried underground where the sun and vacuum of space can't get at it. H2O in any form anywhere on the surface of the moon? No.

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FCC levies largest ever fine: $614m on Verizon (that's about three days of profit for telco giant)

DerekCurrie
WTF?

No, the 5G standard isn't finished!

This situation is NOT about any rollout of 5G, because that's not even possible thus far. Please rewrite this story with finer details about the actual dirty deeds of Straight Path.

BTW: Verizon is the only mobile provider in the USA to even bother to dip their toe into a rollout of REAL 4G technology in the USA, aka LTE Advanced. (Fake 4G is what we've got at this point as it is called '4G' only due to marketing disinformation to the public. It's actually only high end 3G technology that doesn't meet the quality standards of the real 4G standard. Kind of stupid and deceptive).

I'm wondering if the clown show at the Pai FCC is too ignorant of 5G technology to comprehend that it's not ready for prime time. Then again, Verizon has perhaps the worst lazy reputation regarding network expansion within the USA. They've promised, they've even been paid via approved customer fees to extend their network. Instead they ate the money and their customer's patience by sitting on their spotty behinds eating ¢a$h. Therefore, I'd easily believe their Straight Path project is BS. Better reporting at The Register could straighten out this confusion.

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23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak

DerekCurrie
FAIL

Would that we could shut down Symantec entirely

Symantec has been a bane of the computing community, IMHO. I lost respect for them decades ago and they continually reinforce their poor reputation. End it.

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At last, sex trafficking brought to an end with US House vote on new internet law (Yeah, right)

DerekCurrie
Devil

#MyStupidGovernment At Work

Is this:

A) Tech Ignorance

or

B) A misguided attempt at stopping actual sex trafficking

or

C) More of the same totalitarian BS from PoliTard extremists?

I'd rather kill it first then find out in the autopsy.

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Washington (no, not that one) to pass hardcore net neutrality law: All ISPs in state must obey

DerekCurrie
Happy

ONE pie in Pai's face! Bwahaha.

How about 50!

http://www.qualityemploymentservice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/pie-in-the-face.jpg

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NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun

DerekCurrie
Devil

This Week's Vocabulary Words

Sycophant

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/sycophant

Quisling

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/quisling

Fifth Columnist

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/fifth_column

Fantoccini

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/fantoccini

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Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server

DerekCurrie
FAIL

NO THEY'RE NOT

"Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server

All the bits that make it a server are being deprecated"

Rubbish! I recently wrote about Apple's deprecation of several services inside macOS Server. Here's my post again:

As of OS X (macOS) 10.5 Leopard, there were complaints coming out of Apple, albeit unofficially, that Mac OS X Server had begun to decline in quality. Those of us working in the field agreed. As of 10.7 Lion, it was clear that Apple was debating its future, with Server being both vastly simplified into a mere add-on and its price drastically dropped.

I personally gave up on Server as of 10.9 Mavericks. Apple’s attempts to keep it ‘professional’ software were faltering. Apple’s concurrent attempt to make a dent into the Enterprise niche were again failing, its server hardware was on the chopping block. Awful Microsoft continued, detrimentally, to rule the Enterprise. Woe on us all.

Now Server continues to shrink (NOT ‘killed’) into fewer, more bare bones services.

At the moment there is an extremely active debate about this situation going on at the MacEnterprise list (@lists.psu.edu) with the number of posts headed past 100. Those who work with Mac servers are either:

A) In a panic

OR

B) Resigned to Server eventually being ‘killed’

OR

C) Recognizing why Apple is killing off the specific service published in their list.

If you’d like to read Apple’s announcement regarding services to be ‘hidden’ and eventually ‘removed’, check this out:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208312

Note that this list does NOT NOT NOT equate to Server being ‘killed’. But it certainly points toward Apple again lowering its support for Server. Some of the services have been moved into standard macOS, such as Caching Server. XCode Server has been moved into XCode. Some of the deprecated services are rarely used. Some are easily available elsewhere for Mac. Some others have lost Apple’s interest, apparently.

Meanwhile, Server still provides a lot of core services useful to at least most small businesses. They include:

– Apache

– PHP, Perl, Ruby, Rails, PostgreSQL

– OpenSSL

– Python

– WebDAV

– OpenLDAP

– Profile Server

– Xsan

– Aspects of NetInstall

– VPP (Volume Purchase Plan)

– DEP (Device Enrollment Program)

– macOS Setup Assistant

… And a several server management odds and ends.

For further detail, compare the technical specifications list for Server at Wikipedia and compare it to the Apple list of deprecating services. You’ll find that macOS Server lives on albeit with several fewer services.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacOS_Server

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FCC backtracks on helping with neutrality fraud investigation

DerekCurrie
Holmes

Re: Anyone else?

I call them DemoCraps.

As for that other worthless political party, I call them the RetardLicans. Here we have an excellent example of why. If you think the current government is looking out for We The People, you're another example.

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DerekCurrie
FAIL

Pie Pai

This is blatant, outright, criminal citizen abuse. The FCC is now a criminal organization.

Isn't that great. Here's the "swamp". Over here! The FCC! Such are the lies told by my now ruined US government.

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Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

Re: The nth time the unfinished Shada has been completed

The first reconstruction was available on VHS in 1992. It added narration by Tom Baker. Details are provided at Wikipedia:

"...Some years later, Nathan-Turner eventually set out to complete the story in a fashion, by commissioning new effects shots and a score, and having Tom Baker record linking material to cover the missing scenes. The resulting shortened episodes (of between 14 and 22 minutes each) received a 111-minute VHS release in 1992. In its UK edition, the VHS also was accompanied by a facsimile of a version of Douglas Adams's script. The release was discontinued in the UK in 1996."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shada_(Doctor_Who)

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Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

DerekCurrie
Mushroom

Who's Supposed To Be The 'Winner' Here?

• Apple's getting most of the profit market share, aka money, not Google or Android smartphone makers.

• Apple has smartphone security, not any Android smartphone.

• iOS developers make the bulk of app profits, not Android app developers.

• iOS devices consistently have the best ROI and TCO (Return on Investment, Total Cost of Ownership), lowering their actual cost.

So the cockroaches won 'the wars'. I see no point in joining the cockroaches or conceding to them in any 'wars'.

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

DerekCurrie
Unhappy

In the USA: Beware of Cable Chewing Squirrels and Other Rodents

Om Nom Nom...

https://i.imgur.com/3P45TwO.jpg

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For fanbois only? Face ID is turning punters off picking up an iPhone X

DerekCurrie
Holmes

How about REAL Two-Factor Authentication Apple! How about Three-Factor!

I'm still no fan of any of Apple's user authentication systems. It's certainly a step forward to have situations that require a second method of authentication. But Apple still does not offer the option of requiring REAL Two-Factor, or Three-Factor Authentication at all times. It's dirt simple to setup! Just require a password, 'Something You Know', as well as Face ID, 'Something You Are'. I'd gladly thank Apple for adding the third authentication method as well, 'Something You Have', that commonly being a digital dongle with a one-time password provided to the device.

IOW: YES! It is clearly a disadvantage to one's US privacy rights (Fourth Amendment) and rights to not incriminate one's self (Fifth Amendment) by making it as easy as applying one's finger or showing one's face to an iOS device.

It is FAR more secure to instead have an un-obvious password within one's head, while exercising one's right to silence, if one does not want another person entering the realm of one's smartphone.

IOW: It's the usual balance/teeter-tauter of Convenience Vs Security. Take your pick. Maybe turn off the Touch ID, turn off the Face ID and stick to just an obscure password, until such time as Apple offers REAL Multi-Factor Authentication as an option.

We wait...

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AI bot rips off human eyes, easily cracks web CAPTCHA codes. Ouch

DerekCurrie
Angel

The Next Step In CAPTCHA Evolution:

The security rebus.

We're going to get to a point where even actual humans can't decipher these things. Oh wait, that already happened.

STAND

----------

I

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US voting server in election security probe is mysteriously wiped

DerekCurrie
FAIL

And where are the backup copies?

> No hard copies of the votes are kept, making the electronic copy the only official record.

Q: What is the #1 Rule of both Computing and Computer Security?

A: Make a backup!

In fact, make two backups, one local and one off-site. They should be made as regularly as important files are stored on the computer.

If a computer user does NOT make backups, they have no business working with computers.

If a computer user loses data because they don't have backups, they deserve what they get! It's that critical. IOW: Georgia! Get some computer competence immediately or stop using computers!

What's really fun, of course, is when the backups get wiped as well. They we KNOW...

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

DerekCurrie
FAIL

#MyStupidPresident

Heading up #MyStupidGovernment. IASSOTS. Stop tweaking my cynicism please! I have creative things to do and creativity trumps Trump trash!

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

DerekCurrie
FAIL

Sorry Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, But Constitution Beats Your Wrong Opinion

I can read. I've read the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution. You are entirely wrong Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Expressing a wrong opinion does not equal changing the US Constitution, no matter how much you wish it would.

Review Please:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

If the government meets their obligations before search and seizure, then they get what they get. Not-a-thing in the Fourth Amendment stipulates anything-at-all about any citizen ever having to make any of their persons, houses, papers and effects searchable.

Therefore, if the physical safe with the evidence is never able to be opened, that is the state of affairs. If the virtual safe with the evidence is never able to be opened, that this the state of affairs. Any US citizen can keep anything personal in anything. There is no limitation.

Read the Amendment again please. No more confabulation please! What you're claiming to be there, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, is not there, is it.

I hope the motivation behind your wrong statement wasn't totalitarianism.

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Microsoft: We've made a coding language for a quantum computer that may or may not exist

DerekCurrie
Go

"...Raising the hope of fixing climate change by working out how to absorb carbon"

Answer A: Reforest the Earth and keep it that way.

Answer B: Stop all pollution of the Earth's oceans, such as carbon dioxide pollution, allowing its natural systems to work properly again. Examples: Revitalization of phytoplankton growth. Renewal of coral reef deposition of calcium carbonate.

QED

What's stopping us? Irresponsible, no-conscience BizTards of the world who think only of short term profits, resulting in long term disasters. No quantum computer is going to figure out how to stop stupid.

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NBD: Adobe just dumped its private PGP key on the internet

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

There's Hacking. Then there's stupid.

Who needs hackers when there are people with the keys to the kingdom that simply hand them over.

Should we give up on computer security? Is this too beyond the ability of average human beings to comprehend? Should we call ourselves apes and go back to the jungle?

No. I believe this is all about our continuing to live in The Dark Age of Computing. Let's hurry up the computer renaissance already! It's nowhere in sight.

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Equifax's disastrous Struts patching blunder: THOUSANDS of other orgs did it too

DerekCurrie
FAIL

Computer Security Professionals Vs Unprofessionals

In this day and age, in the aftermath of Target Corporation's massive, tragic security breach in 2013 that affected 72 million victim customers, to have a company (or government) ignore and not immediately implement software security updates is irresponsible, irrational and unprofessional.

This is the modern state of computer and Internet security.

To those who cannot or will not catch up with the modern requirements of work in computer security, I suggest that you immediately leave the profession in order to make way for those who understand exactly what's at stake and who know how to perform the work with an up-to-date understanding and skill set. Otherwise, you're clearly a detriment to the people you work with and for.

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

DerekCurrie
Go

Multifactor Authentication Is The Ideal. Let's Get There Already.

Convenience and Security are in constant contention. Holding up your phone to your face and instantly having access is great for grannies and girls on the go. But it's obviously not great security, especially when someone can grab your device, hold it to your face and have access to the Crown Jewels.

What I'd like Apple to do is provide access to full multifactor authentication when we want it. That means our devices would ALSO require a passcode before access is provided. Or how about supporting secure ID dongles, such as the YubiKey? It has to be plugged into the Lightning port before access. Or how about requiring ALL THREE? That's what I want. Three factor authentication.

Reading assignment:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-factor_authentication

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

DerekCurrie
FAIL

Consider Me Another UK Citizen Saying: "NO I DON'T!"

Privacy is my right until such time as I may be legally under suspicion of having committed a crime.

So please, dear government. Stop getting your totalitarian hackles up and your panties in a paranoid bunch. This sort of response to terrorism is exactly the opposite of what we should be doing. It is exactly what the terrorist want us to do. IOW: This is enabling the demolition of our civilization.

Yes it is! Do your homework.

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Chinese smartphone cable-maker chucks sueball at Apple

DerekCurrie
Happy

Thank You Apple For Protecting Me From Crap

We know the problem here. It's shoddy third party product, not Apple.

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

So, IoT Security Can't Catch A Break

This past year, one of the thoroughly justified rants about a lot of IoT devices has been that their firmware can't be automatically updated, Even HP printers have been implicated in this blunder. Users have to go and fetch firmware updates themselves, if they're available, if the device will even accept an update.

But here we are with a laudable IoT device that is, thank you, automatically updated.

Except the update is deadly.

Little baby steps. IoT is juvenile technology. We're still stuck in The Dark Age of Computing.

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No one still thinks iOS is invulnerable to malware, right? Well, knock it off

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

Re: Jailbroken iPhones?

As I elaborate below, Apple has removed and does not allow any anti-virus (anti-malware) programs into their App Store. As such Skycure app is NOT any sort of anti-virus program. Also it's specifically designed for enterprise uses. Here are the app's description notes:

"Skycure enhances enterprise mobile security.

"With Skycure's dedication to proactive mobile security, you can more securely practice mobile productivity for work or conduct any type of sensitive file sharing or financial transaction on your devices.

"Most users have a low pain threshold for false-positives. Skycure neutralizes alert fatigue by factoring in crowd intelligence and providing descriptive and actionable notifications."

From this vague rhetoric, I assume the app involves file encryption across networks. But I have no guess as to what 'false-positives' is referring to. The provided illustrations demonstrate only that it will redundantly 'alert' the user of iOS updates, which is a feature iOS alone already provides. Apparently, the app is not popular. It was released in 2012, is now up to version 3.3.0 and has zero reviews.

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DerekCurrie
Holmes

Who Said iOS Is 'Invulnerable'?

I've studied Apple device security for 12 years and donated my time to write about it for 10. I have never run across anyone saying iOS is Invulnerable to malware. Instead, what I occasionally come across are headline and article claims, such as those found here, slamming unspecified people who were ignorant enough to make such a claim. I find that approach to tech journalism to be silly.

For those interested, here is some helpful information for iOS users provided as an addendum to that provided by the article:

• The best way to keep your iOS device safe is to never jailbreak it. This will keep your device clear of the majority of iOS malware. Apple's walled garden of vetted apps is renowned for its safety.

• Back up your iOS device regularly. You should keep two backups. One should be local and easily accessible, as is provided in iTunes. Another should be away from your locale, such as in the cloud, again provided in iTunes. Encrypting your backups provides further safety.

• There have occasionally been malware apps that have been approved into Apple App Store. Typically, they have been proof-of-concept malware used to entice Apple to improve its App Store security, Considering the vast number of apps available in the App Store, the number that have been malware approaches statistical insignificance.

• In 2015, Apple became confident enough in the quality of its app vetting process that it removed all anti-malware apps from the App Store. If you perform a search, you'll find that none are available.

(See - https://9to5mac.com/2015/03/19/apple-app-store-antivirus/ )

• The Apple developer security certificate system, which prevents the installation and running of malware on iOS, has been by and large a success. However, there have been breaches in that system specific to enterprise developer security certificates whereby a developer has gone rogue or their certificate was stolen and inserted into malware. In 2016, this became the single greatest security threat against iOS. However, no similar certificate breaches have occurred thus far in 2017.

From my point of view, we still remain in what I call The Dark Age of Computing. We expect every software program and operating system has the potential of containing significant security flaws. The more elaborate the software, the more frequent the security flaws. By far, the most common security flaw is a variety of buffer overflow in device memory. The main cause of this problem is our continued reliance upon relatively poor coding tools, including coding languages. It is hoped that with time we will leave behind these tools and progress onto superior coding tools that, by design, will not allow for coding error security flaws. One improved coding language is Swift, an open source project supported by Apple, applicable to any computing platform.

Also note: USB port security problems are primarily due to Intel's faulty USB standards. This problem is not isolated to any particular hardware or operating system. For those concerned, there are now USB port protection adapters available which act as a safety intermediary between the device and anything connected to its USB ports. An example is the PortaPow USB Adapter, available at the usual sources.

:-Derek Currie

https://Mac-Security.blogspot.com

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Forgotten your Myspace password? Just a name, username, DoB will get you in – and into anyone else's, too

DerekCurrie
FAIL

Was there ever anyone at MySpace with professional coding skills?

My continued overall impression of MySpace, from start to now, is that they've never had anyone with adequate, professional coding skills. To this day, it's a nightmare trying to get music files and playlists to actually work at the website. This of course negates the niche purpose of MySpace, making it irrelevant. Why the site still limps along is inconceivable. Either die or let someone with real skills rewrite the catastrophic mess.

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John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

DerekCurrie
Angel

"You are number 6"

The irony of comparing "The Prisoner" with using Google is astounding. We All Live In 'The Village', of Google.

"I am not a number!..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7Cs-VIDKSY

Who is number 1?

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Stop this crazy crusade! Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon scold FCC over net neutrality

DerekCurrie
Devil

The ISP/Telcos Ignore Incentives. They Just Want More Money.

"Hal Singer's work that argues there has been a reduction in investment is "anecdotal" and "relies on simple year-on-year 6‑month period comparisons and only for a small set of companies." The result is not statistically significant."

Not only that:

In New York City the government has suffered from years of contention with Verizon, who has promised, promised, promised and NOT delivered an expansion of their coverage to citizens.

Verizon was even provided with the incentive of an extra billing fee collected from customers designated to be applied to further expanding their coverage. Instead of applying that money as designated, Verizon simply ate it. How this was allowed or bungled legally, I cannot imagine. IMHO, this situation puts a stamp directly on Verizon as PARASITES. Of course Verizon fights to stop Real Net Neutrality. They just want more money for minimal effort. I consider this a definition of lazy and corrupt. Similar situations exist across the USA.

There are plenty of superior telco/ISP companies who'd like Verizon's territory and would provide abundantly better service and expansion at a considerably lower cost.

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2017: The FBI alerts parents to dangers of Internet of Sh*t toys

DerekCurrie
Angel

You'd Think 'Professionals' Would Foist IoT

Nope! Almost universally, IoT = Sh*t.

Irresponsible BizTards @Work.

All too human.

Luddites, this time you're entirely right and welcome to revolt against this revolting technological excrement. [place poop emoji here]

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Apple building data centre in China to comply with tough cybersecurity laws

DerekCurrie
Devil

"Tough cybersecurity laws" aka citizen abuse

*sigh* The despicable behavior required of companies who wish to do business with China: Criminal Nation.

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On the couch with an AI robo-doc asking me personal questions

DerekCurrie
Happy

Oh, another generation of ELIZA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ELIZA

"I should have guessed that was coming." It's been going on since circa 1964. Since then it has evolved from 'parody' to one of many attempts at passing the Turing test.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_test

Developer Tom Bender still makes his rendition from the 1990s, named Eliza, freely available to the public, as well as its amusingly evil twin Azile. They both run on old PPC Mac OS. I remember having great fun turning the table on the analyst, flipping it into that which was being analyzed.

http://www.tex-edit.com

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Is this a hotdog? What it takes for an AI to answer that might surprise you

DerekCurrie
Holmes

What 'AI'? We're still working with Advanced Expert Systems.

Having pointed out that fact, I'll move on to a few comments.

• Contemporary expert systems use object code that allows minimal coding by secondary developers. Thus "When you're writing the code, usually there's not that much code." This of course means that the object code is a Black Box, which of course is going to have plenty of human created, IE buggy code in it. That's not cynicism. That's a roaring-in-our-faces fact of the times. Therefore, there will be artificial insanity (ai) in the system. (The cure we're waiting for is throwing out all C languages, ad nauseam, and replacing them with languages that offer no possibility of buffer overruns. This of course requires improved code compilers as well).

• The data being tossed around and interpreted via secondary developers via their apps is in what amounts to a Database. That database may be created on the fly. The interpretations may vary with each use. But we're still working with databases. With the hot dog, visual data points are acquired: Color, 3D sizes, textures, reflection, shape relationships, etc. From this relatively small database, the points collected are compared with source template data, a correspondence/correlation is calculated (statistical algorithms), a best analysis result is postulated and the output conclusion is handed to the user. "Not a hotdog." So what is it? The source template database isn't large enough to know. So grow the template database for further comparisons as required. Database bloat of course results in the usual, predictable problems of speed and compromised analysis. The expert system get's less coherent or useful. Focus, culling and improved first developer black boxes are required.

• Actual 'AI' remains a goal, an ambition, a thing of science fiction, an abstract that we may not actually recognize as what we originally conceived or intended the 'AI' to be. We're exploring, pioneering, inventing, adjusting, adapting, injecting, evolving as we create what AI is to be. Even then, there will be market forces (beware!), money and human behavior at work to warp, abuse or personalize AI on any given day. That's real 'intelligence' imprinting upon the artificial 'intelligence', using it as a tool for whatever purpose is at hand. That of course will include mankind's worst purposes, including killing and controlling one another (further beware!).

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

DerekCurrie
Devil

√ Yup, the fellow really was a dick. May he Rest In Hell.

All this app does is provide an excellent excuse for speaking ill of the dead. May your ghost suffer for it.

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Virus (cough, cough, Petya) goes postal at FedEx, shares halted

DerekCurrie
Paris Hilton

If Only "Professional" IT Staff Updated Their Computer OS Software

But they're NOT professional and they did NOT bother to update their OS software.

Microsoft has provided patches for Windows XP on up through Windows 10 that block ALL of the ongoing ransomware assaults. Here's a clue to lazy IT staff, where you can obtain all the required Windows updates you should have already installed:

http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012598

That wasn't hard to find. You have NO excuse.

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Kaspersky Lab US staff grilled by Feds in nighttime swoop

DerekCurrie
Mushroom

I've seen "hit pieces written BY Kaspersky Lab and its eccentric founder"

My favorite is Mr. Kaspersky's dishonest hit piece attempting to FUD Mac users into buying his company's anti-malware. I called him on it:

http://mac-security.blogspot.com/2017/02/making-my-own-trouble-calling-out.html

Lousy Symantec tried the same marketing deceit in 2005, the very reason I was inspired to study computer security. Thank you, lousy Symantec. Get lost, lousy Kaspersky.

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Uncle Sam █████████ cloud so much, AWS █████████ it another kinda-secret data center

DerekCurrie
Facepalm

Hopeless Endeavor: Security hardening all government IT systems.

Such is bureaucracy, such is government, that unifying around any one issue is simply impossible. Expect a fragmented mess. Also expect built-in abuse of those IT systems. Psychopathic politicians wouldn't have it any other way.

Some fun examples:

A) How many DECADES has the US IRS been attempting to modernize, simplify, unify their computer systems? I personally was able to witness one failed attempt from circa 1988. The FAIL goes on.

B) In 2015, the US IRS was hacked, divulging the details of over 100,000 taxpayers.

C) In 2015, the complete and thorough hacking by China of the USA Office of Personnel Management. Data stolen included names, addresses, IDs, Social Security numbers, fingerprints and photographs of everyone from mail room clerks to CIA spies. It was the ultimate US government IT security FAIL.

D) The outrageously out-of-date computer systems that science-oriented organizations within US and state governments are forced to use. Don't faint when you realize that some of them are still suck using DOS. Not kidding. Those 8-inch floppy drives at US missile defense installations? They're still being used.

E) US President, The Trump, initiated an IT security review during his first month in office. It immediately died and has not been heard of since.

F) Read this: "Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems" from 6/2016:

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/677454.pdf

There's a point when cynicism because wisdom when dealing with large human organizations.

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