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Apple tries to clamp down on leaks with mixed success
"Many of Apple's anti-leak investigators, including Rice himself, come from agencies like the NSA, FBI and Secret Service -- does it really need to treat an iPad leak like a matter of national security? The company will also pursue in-house leakers for years, and is adamant that employees avoid discussing products with family or in the more public parts of Apple's offices. It'll sometimes place overseers on product teams to actively prevent leaks."
security  apple  working_practices  dopost 
yesterday by niksilver
Microsoft Surface Laptop Teardown - iFixit
"Verdict: The Surface Laptop is not a laptop. It’s a glue-filled monstrosity."
microsoft_surface  hardware  guides  dopost 
4 days ago by niksilver
Programming with spaces instead of tabs makes you richer, according to survey | Ars Technica UK
"Developers who use tabs to indent their code, developers who fight for truth and justice and all that is good in the world, those developers have a median salary of $43,750."
humour  survey  programming  dopost 
6 days ago by niksilver
61 US cities and three states vow to uphold Paris climate agreement
"Shortly after Donald Trump told the world that the US would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, American cities and states vowed they would abide by the international compact anyway."
leadership  climate_change  donald_trump  dopost 
20 days ago by niksilver
What went wrong in British Airways datacenter in May 2017? | UP2V
"Combining all the different sources shown later in this post, a fairly accurate reconstruction of what went wrong can be provided."
failure  ba  dopost 
22 days ago by niksilver
Are security questions leaving a gap in your security? - NCSC Site
"Security questions are widely used as a form of authentication, especially as a backup if you forget your password. However, the way to authenticate a password reset should be as good, if not better, than the password itself. We think that security questions just don’t fit that brief and the research agrees."
security  passwords  research  dopost 
24 days ago by niksilver
The Facebook president and Zuck's racist rulebook
"While it's not quite a "we're sorry you feel that way," we only hope that Facebook understands that Holocaust denial is less like a nut allergy and more like ignoring the facts of genocide for the express purpose of harm."
racism  facebook  dopost 
26 days ago by niksilver
AgileBits Blog | Introducing Travel Mode: Protect your data when crossing borders
"Travel Mode is a new feature we’re making available to everyone with a 1Password membership. It protects your 1Password data from unwarranted searches when you travel. When you turn on Travel Mode, every vault will be removed from your devices except for the ones marked “safe for travel.” All it takes is a single click to travel with confidence."
security  passwords  features  dopost 
4 weeks ago by niksilver
An AI invented a bunch of new paint colours that are hilariously wrong | Ars Technica UK
"Shane decided to train a neural network to generate new paint colors, complete with appropriate names. The results are possibly the greatest work of artificial intelligence I've seen to date."
artificial_intelligence  humour  colour  names  dopost 
4 weeks ago by niksilver
UK government, NHS and Windows XP support - what really happened - Computer Weekly Editor's Blog
"The XP support deal has even become a political issue, with Labour criticising the Conservatives for “cancelling” support for XP. The truth is very different, and sheds light on the deep organisational and structural issues within NHS IT that made a cyber attack on this scale inevitable."
nhs  windows_xp  security  malware  gds  contracts  dopost 
5 weeks ago by niksilver
How to Accidentally Stop a Global Cyber Attacks | MalwareTech
"So finally I’ve found enough time between emails and Skype calls to write up on the crazy events which occurred over Friday, which was supposed to be part of my week off (I made it a total of 4 days without working, so there’s that). You’ve probably read about the WannaCrypt fiasco on several news sites, but I figured I’d tell my story."
security  malware  ransomware  nhs  dopost 
5 weeks ago by niksilver
The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked | Technology | The Guardian
"There are three strands to this story. How the foundations of an authoritarian surveillance state are being laid in the US. How British democracy was subverted through a covert, far-reaching plan of coordination enabled by a US billionaire. And how we are in the midst of a massive land grab for power by billionaires via our data. Data which is being silently amassed, harvested and stored. Whoever owns this data owns the future."
cambridge_analytica  surveillance  democracy  psychology  politics  data  dopost  russia  brexit  elections 
6 weeks ago by niksilver
The hijacking flaw that lurked in Intel chips is worse than anyone thought | Ars Technica UK
"A remote hijacking flaw that lurked in Intel chips for seven years was more severe than many people imagined... In the meantime, Intel is urging customers to download and run this discovery tool to diagnose potentially vulnerable computers."
intel  security  networking  dopost 
6 weeks ago by niksilver
Recognition primed decision - Wikipedia
"Recognition-primed decision (RPD) is a model of how people make quick, effective decisions when faced with complex situations. In this model, the decision maker is assumed to generate a possible course of action, compare it to the constraints imposed by the situation, and select the first course of action that is not rejected."
psychology  decision_making  dopost 
7 weeks ago by niksilver
Same Stats, Different Graphs: Generating Datasets with Varied Appearance and Identical Statistics through Simulated Annealing | Autodesk Research
"These 13 datasets (the Datasaurus, plus 12 others) each have the same summary statistics (x/y mean, x/y standard deviation, and Pearson's correlation) to two decimal places, while being drastically different in appearance. This work describes the technique we developed to create this dataset, and others like it."
statistics  visualisation  data  dopost 
7 weeks ago by niksilver
Meet, the site that doesn’t allow password changes | Ars Technica UK
"The site allows passwords as short as four characters—including 1234. And when a user forgets a password, will send the plaintext of the PIN or password in e-mail, an indication that the site isn't using any sort of cryptographic hashing to protect user passwords in the event that Greyhound's database is ever breached. Worst of all: provides no mechanism for changing a password."
security  failure  passwords  dopost 
7 weeks ago by niksilver
A VPN will not save you from government surveillance | ZDNet
"Late on Friday afternoon, the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police waltzed out in front of the microphones and admitted that his agency had misused the metadata that the nation's telecommunication companies are forced to store."
australia  security  telcos  dopost 
7 weeks ago by niksilver
Nomx, the "most secure" email service, can be easily hacked, say researchers | ZDNet
"It would be very easy to conclude that this is a scam. The device is running standard mail server software running on a Raspberry Pi, most of which is outdated. They have presented at countless tech shows and can be constantly found making bold statements of "absolute security" yet didn't pick up a CSRF vulnerability in their web interface."
security  email  hardware  dopost  research 
7 weeks ago by niksilver
The secret lives of Google raters | Ars Technica UK
"Raters are encouraged to take weekly quizzes to keep up to date with changes and to make sure their task responses are in line with other raters. They say they are not paid for this re-training or testing, even though it can take a few hours every week."
google  work  jobs  employment  dopost 
7 weeks ago by niksilver
Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice - National Audit Office (NAO)
"This interactive publication draws on our audits of government contracts and engagement with government to provide practitioners with insights on the new, emerging higher standard for government contracting."
risk_management  contracts  public_sector  advice  pdf  dopost 
7 weeks ago by niksilver

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