Re: Wow, what insight
Unlikely - they are busy spending money on customs declaration and goods import/export apps. You really think that Cambridge Analytica will not make a few mega tons of money?
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Every day now I run into little issues out there, services that worked like a charm yesterday slow down today or just give up. Prior to Covid-19 we used to see less than 1% of all email as spam and malware, these days it hits 40% some days, just a little issue for me but I can see where this can badly affect other businesses if you are used to logging in in the morning and seeing a dozen spam messages but then it jumps to more than 500 and the phone starts ringing every two minutes, pick it up and the first thing you hear is; "Don't hang up the phone..."
The solution to all these problems is to return to the days when we built our own gear instead of trying to buy it on the cheap from some other country. Buying cheap foreign telecommunications gear killed the UK telecommunications industry, resulting in engineers loosing their jobs while the people owning the companies selling the "cheap" phones started buying themselves an island or two in the Caribbean.
Today's software environment (look at Android phones) is that you write code and if it looks like it works you release it. No need to check that the code is completely bug free because you can release an update tomorrow... the "problem" that the management and bean counters see is that verifying that code is bug free costs money and takes too much time. Why bother doing a comprehensive test when you can post an update tomorrow?
As for Boeing's problems, do you think that anyone running the projects has ever read The Mythical Man Month?
And it's always portrayed as poor behavior - it certainly is, but we never ask ourselves how come this keeps happening? How did we bring these kids up to be such racist monsters? What happened to them as children that makes them think it's alright to behave like this today even though almost everyone agrees that it's bad? Sure, we need to deal with the problem but we need to ask ourselves what we did that caused the problem.
An how many will just delete it? All this Covid spam (texts and phone calls) is getting deleted without even bothering to open it, no wonder tracking is failing.
But spam calls and texts have been around forever now, and no government has done anything to force the service providers to eliminate it - it's theoretically illegal but nobody in control of it cares. Freedom of Speech has just become Freedom of Spam.
Alumoi, you need to realize that all Windows customers and users are beta testers. That's been the way that Windows started working once Windows 8 arrived. Now the beta user feature has been extended back to Windows 7, Microsoft added their Edge browser to my Windows 7 machine last week but luckily, since it's Windows 7 it was far easier to remove than the "feature update" to my Windows 10 box.
Meanwhile SETI is still searching the cosmos for signs of alien intelligence, I wonder if they are looking for files this size?
How long would it take to download a few 100Gb files from galactic societies halfway across the cosmos? Of course once we've download 100Gb locally from Alpha Centauri they will have to try and decode it... is it a database, a disk image, alien porno,or has an alien hacked their cloud and all we've done is pick up their download?
When you grow up in the Caste world you are told that it's the way the world is, you may reject the view in public but it's very hard to escape the environment, it hangs in there with your attitude to life. And this makes it easy to get a job working for public schoolboys who love your inbuilt and unseen biases.
Working for the public schoolboys makes it appear that they have no biases, they don't need them because they are using yours - welcome to the British Caste system.
They might start with Rust but today's generation of new programmers will end up trying to rewrite the kernel in Python ... doesn't anybody think that rewriting the kernel in any language will result in a new world of bugs?
There's a lesson to be learnt from this, deleting the database means we'll have to learn it again, It sounds like the database is an excellent example of how AI and machine learning fails so why are we deleting it? It would make a lot more sense to keep the database to enable us to analyse failure and errors and make sure that we don't make the same mistakes next week. I guess we'll just keep making the same mistakes.
I see attempts to log into our mail server every 10-20 seconds from all over the world, illegal under this act but what's the point of even bothering to call anyone about it? Nobody cares, in terms of stopping crime I think it's less than one milli-percent effective.
Sure but if you are going to wear a CAT'S mask make sure it's Mungojerrie or Jennyanydots, not Macavity because if the cameras see you wearing a Macavity mask they will know that you're a master criminal who can defy the law, you are the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair but when they reach the scene recorded by the AI, you won't be there and they will just say, "Well I guess that AI face recognition isn't always accurate."
I'm seeing big increases in malware delivery attempts at levels that I have never seen in 20 years, an attack like this looks normal. Worldwide Covid reactions are changing how many people work and cracking the door for attacks, thefts, and malware deliveries - we need to start working on a new Internet, what we have today is effectively broken, filled with spam, malware, and everyone's personal data being sold from one company to another.
Suspect A: "Oh look there are cops, I'm scared let's get out of here"
Suspect B: "Don't wave your phone around, put it away or they will get upset"
Suspect A: "OK, I'll post on FB later, let's head over to the coffee shop"
Cops: "Those blacks (I say it nicely) are acting suspiciously, arrest them"
And when Wi-Fi first appeared nobody thought it was a big risk, they were correct because initially there were too few Wi-Fi systems around to be worth hacking but then times changed and people started encrypting transmissions after the hackers started digging in. A couple of months ago too few people were seriously working from home to be worth hacking, that's changed now and if working from home becomes the new normal then the opportunities and the holes in networks will expand.
Once connected, users
can are sliced, diced and view their finances are viewed in a variety of ways
Windows 10 spends a lot of time sending "diagnostic" information back to Microsoft, would you really trust them with all your financial information and bank accounts? So maybe you feel OK trusting Microsoft but what about next weeks Excel hack?
If we really believe that life will be similar to our on another world then we should be checking for facebook and twitter postings too. But maybe "life" could be like ours but very different, does anyone remember the intelligent alien locusts in the movie "Independence Day"? They had invented UNIX but that didn't make them like us ... or maybe, these days, it did?
There's no way to really know but it sounds like a typical situation where someone (maybe working from home and connected via VPN?) checked one of their email accounts and opened an attachment that seemed to be from a supplier... maybe Newlabel.img to see if the new labels looked good, or maybe proforma invoice.zip (proforma invoice.exe), Enquiry.lzh, New Purchase - June.zip (New Purchase - June.bat), VALIDATE HERE.html, awb_1446275724_invoice-receipt.xlsm ... etc etc - these are just the ones I've received (and deleted) since lunchtime.
If you are connected to the internet in any way then you have the potential to be under attack. Everything flowing through the internet must be checked and quarantined if there is even the slightest possibility of infection.
They were stashing corporate data in the Cloud with no backups, I assume that the Judge may have had something private to say about that - it would explain the decision.
There are two types of users in the world; Those who have lost their data, and those who are going to lose their data.
We're created the Cloud, it's got a vast number of risks and dangers but we insist that everyone has the right to carry one around, either concealed or over their shoulder. The article is just documenting its design features. Sure, the hackers are doing bad things but everyone needs access to the Cloud don't they?
A well regulated Cloud, being necessary to the security and profits of large companies, the right of the people to keep and bear access, shall not be infringed.
Maybe if a world that was never hit by an asteroid hears us then they will send a big spaceship to pick us up, probably piloted by a T-Rex (not Marc Bolan). Be careful though, it might only accept travelers who are chocolate coated to make a nice snack when they arrive on the new Earth-like world.
Three years in jail for burning the wrong mast - OK sure, it was stupid but maybe he should have just told the court that he was doing it to check his eyesight?
The mast was just a little issue really when compared to burning an entire country by being stupid and worrying more about your popularity than peoples lives.
I agree - the whole world western is facing the possibility of a change at the same level that we saw back in the 15th and 16th centuries, hopefully a restructuring of society towards universal better attitudes and behavior. The potential for any corporation (remember that in the US corporations are "people" too) that moving to the attitude that doing good is better than just making a profit and buying a few islands from the natives for the owners holiday home.
It's interesting that these changes are now possible, and that the Renaissance (a massive change in the Western world) was a result of the world recovering from the Black Death.
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