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The sim swap the US isn’t using | Ars Technica
To prevent the theft of SIM numbers for defeating text-based multi-factor authentication, mobile phone carriers around the world are letting banks know when a number has been recently changed. Except in the US, where the phone carriers won't participate.
security  banking  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
april 2019 by mcherm
Sorry Amazon: Philadelphia bans cashless stores | Ars Technica
Philadelphia passed an ordinance requiring all stores to accept cash, even though Amazon pushed for an exemption for their no-queue stores.
payments  amazon  philadelphia  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
march 2019 by mcherm
Software patents poised to make a comeback under new patent office rules | Ars Technica
The federal circuit has effectively interpreted one line in Alice as meaning that it doesn't REALLY overturn software patents and they can bring them back.
law  patent  ip-law  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
january 2019 by mcherm
Fortnite reaches 15 million Android downloads without Google Play | Ars Technica
One game developer attempts to bypass the 30% cut that Google's app store takes. (Apple's app store can't be bypassed.)
appstore  google  mobile  mobiledevelopment  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
september 2018 by mcherm
If an algorithm draws lines on a map, is that the same as land surveying? | Ars Technica
Their computer program reads boundary descriptions and draws them on a map. Mississippi is suing them for practicing surveying without a license.
law  freespeech  licensing  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
july 2018 by mcherm
How one man’s death led to the extinction of a butterfly population | Ars Technica
Caterpillars evolved to prefer a certain non-native plant. Cow grazing patterns changed and the plants disappeared. Caterpillars nearly died out.
science  evolution  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
may 2018 by mcherm
Doctors shocked by 3.5-inch air bubble where part of man’s brain should be | Ars Technica
A bone tumor accidentally created a one-way valve and pumped air in, compressing his brain. He's letting it be, as surgery would be risky.
brain  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
march 2018 by mcherm
Angry Coinbase users sue over claimed security failings, insider trading | Ars Technica
Three suits against Coinbase. None of them sound to me like Coinbase was in the wrong, except if (as is unclear) funds that were sent and unclaimed are kept by Coinbase rather than being returned to the sender.
coinbase  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
march 2018 by mcherm
Software used in judicial decisions meets its equal in random amateurs | Ars Technica
The software that predicts who will re-offend after prison is wrong 1/3 of the time. Using mechanical turk to ask random people to make predictions was just as accurate. So was just using JUST count of convictions and age.
ai  prison  algorithms  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica  bigdata 
january 2018 by mcherm
Washington state: Comcast was “even more deceptive” than we thought | Ars Technica
The Attorney General of Washington State says that Comcast sold a worthless "insurance" plan that frequently covered nothing to around half their customers including many whose recorded phone calls show them saying "No, I don't want it."
comcast  evil  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
december 2017 by mcherm
Uber used bug bounty program to launder blackmail payment to hacker | Ars Technica
Uber paid a $100K ransom to a hacker, and they used their bug bounty program to do so. Uber, always evil.
uber  evil  security  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
december 2017 by mcherm
People have no idea which sciences are robust | Ars Technica
"People think forensics is very precise and evolution is imprecise."
science  personal_net  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
march 2017 by mcherm
Why the silencing of KrebsOnSecurity opens a troubling chapter for the ‘Net | Ars Technica
Unsecured or buggy internet-capable devices are now the source of truly massive (so big no company will defend against them and it may threaten internet traffic in general) DDOS attacks (for hire).
security  internet  ddos  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
september 2016 by mcherm
The explosive growth of the 300-person “megagame” | Ars Technica
A popular new type of game gets a large group together for a day to play a LARP / boardgame / Diplomacy session. Sounds really fun.
gaming  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
september 2016 by mcherm
ISP lobby has already won limits on public broadband in 20 states | Ars Technica
A rundown of what states have passed laws preventing local government from offering internet service.
politics  comcast  law  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
september 2016 by mcherm
Time to scrap the idea that humans arrived in the Americas by land bridge | Ars Technica
Apparently people from Asia arrived by boat before the land bridge had enough plants and animals to be survivable.
science  history  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
august 2016 by mcherm
Slow Verizon Internet prevents two doctors from viewing X-rays online | Ars Technica
Complaint: doctors serving rural areas cannot comply with federal mandates because the federal mandates require internet service and Verizon's service is terrible.
verizon  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
july 2016 by mcherm
Woman sues border agency after invasive cavity search for non-existent drugs | Ars Technica
I certainly hope that this lawsuit is successful, because I do not believe that this sort of behavior by police and medical personel is acceptable.
law  police  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
june 2016 by mcherm
Citigroup trademarks “THANKYOU” and sues AT&T for thanking clients | Ars Technica
"THANKYOU" is trademarked, so someone else shouldn't be allowed to use "THANKS". This is not what trademark law is intended for.
law  ip-law  trademark  trademarkabuse  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
june 2016 by mcherm
Worshipping the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a real religion, court rules | Ars Technica
I understand the court's reasoning, but I think it is extremely dangerous for a court to go around deciding which religions are and aren't considered eligible for 1st amendment protection.
law  religion  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
april 2016 by mcherm
Neutered random number generator let man rig million dollar lotteries | Ars Technica
We now know how the lottery was rigged by an insider: he created a DLL that generated the numbers non-randomly if certain conditions were met.
security  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica  random 
april 2016 by mcherm
ER docs get heart rate info from Fitbit, save patient’s life | Ars Technica
"At present, activity trackers are not considered approved medical devices and use of their information to make medical decisions is at the clinician's own discretion."
medicine  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
april 2016 by mcherm
Cuckoldry is incredibly rare among humans | Ars Technica
"Scientists were so unwilling to believe that human women were different from songbirds that some suggested..." (any continuation of that sentence would be an indictment of the research). I especially love the last sentence.
ArsTechnica  sex  science  via:ArsTechnica 
april 2016 by mcherm
Rage-quit: Coder unpublished 17 lines of JavaScript and “broke the Internet” | Ars Technica
Upset over a kerfuffle on the use of a trademarked name, a developer pulled out all his modules from the NPM repository. One was a 17-line function that was used ALL over the place.
ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica  node.js  trademark 
march 2016 by mcherm
NSA refused Clinton a secure BlackBerry like Obama, so she used her own | Ars Technica
Interesting - Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server may have been connected with policy prohibiting use of a mobile device.
politics  security  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
march 2016 by mcherm
A typo costs bank hackers nearly $1B | Ars Technica
Electronic bank heist could have netted $1B but was caught after only $81M -- caught because a person investigated a typo in the payment instructions.
banking  hacking  cracking  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica  security 
march 2016 by mcherm
16-year-old who distributed his teacher’s nude pics faces felony charges | Ars Technica
Teens, naked pictures, and teachers... how could this story NOT attract a "throw the book at everyone to do as much harm as possible" approach from authorities?
overprosecution  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
march 2016 by mcherm
The NSA’s SKYNET program may be killing thousands of innocent people | Ars Technica UK
The use of AI to decide who to kill is one thing -- maybe a bad thing. The use of BADLY DESIGNED AI that is known to be unreliable because of how it is built is much scarier, and that's what we're doing today.
terrorism  nsa  law  ai  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica  ethics 
february 2016 by mcherm
Social carnivores aren’t smarter—it’s all in the relative brain size | Ars Technica
Experiment with many species seems to show that problem solving is correlated with brain-to-body ratio, but NOT with brain size, amount of social behavior in the animal, or several other things they studied.
brain  animals  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
january 2016 by mcherm
Why was most of the Earth’s coal made all at once? | Ars Technica
Theory: most coal was formed at once because fungi that could break it down hadn't evolved yet. Results: FALSE! Actually, it was just that continental drift was shoving stuff way down under the surface.
science  geology  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
january 2016 by mcherm
Sponge injection could save the lives of domestic gunshot victims | Ars Technica
Clever invention: blood-absorbing sponges to inject into a wound to prevent blood loss on the way to the hospital. It was invented for the military but is now being considered for civilian use.
medicine  invention  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
december 2015 by mcherm
Dell apologizes for HTTPS certificate fiasco, provides removal tool | Ars Technica
Synopsis: Dell messed up, but probably not maliciously. They acknowledged it, and changed course immediately. In my book, that's a really good thing. (Almost as good as not messing up in the first place.)
security  hardware  Dell  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica  privacy 
november 2015 by mcherm
Reuters bans submission of RAW photos: “Our photos must reflect reality.” | Ars Technica
To avoid having photographers edit their photos, they are requiring an inferior image format (JPEG) where modification tends to be easier to detect.
photography  images  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
november 2015 by mcherm
FCC hopes to shut down robocallers by publishing numbers weekly | Ars Technica
In the fight against telephone spam, this seems surprisingly weak to me. Unlike email, the telephone protocol has a KNOWN SENDER. So why can't the phone companies just shut this down!
spam  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
october 2015 by mcherm
Freshman kicked out of school for posting false-alarm threat on Yik Yak | Ars Technica
He posted "I heard about a threat" to YikYak. He turned himself in and was NOT prosecuted, but WAS kicked out of school.
law  freespeech  socialcomputing  via:ArsTechnica 
september 2015 by mcherm
Op-Ed: Lexmark’s war against a man who recycles toner cartridges | Ars Technica
A small printer cartridge recycler argues in court that the doctrine of first sale should trump attempts to control use with patent law even if the sale occurred out of the country.
law  ip-law  patent  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
august 2015 by mcherm
New data uncovers the surprising predictability of Android lock patterns | Ars Technica
People are highly predictable in selecting a pattern for things like the Android lock screen.
security  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
august 2015 by mcherm
Sorry Ms. Jackson… | Transparency Report
Clever legal retort by WordPress to a takedown notice from the lawyers for Janet Jackson. They didn't take it down.
copyright  copyrightabuse  DMCA  trademark  trademarkabuse  via:ArsTechnica 
july 2015 by mcherm
TPP Likely To Force Canada To Repeal Local Data Protection Laws | Techdirt
TPP may block laws requiring data be kept in countries with privacy laws.
TPP  secrecy  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
july 2015 by mcherm
Indonesian mud volcano probably human-triggered | Ars Technica
We "punctured an area of high pressure water" causing $3 billion in damages.
nature  environment  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
july 2015 by mcherm
Pepper-spraying drones will be used on Indian protesters | Ars Technica
The use of robots in the conduct of war (and "policing") is a VERY dangerous line to cross. And we are barreling across it at full speed.
robots  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica  police 
april 2015 by mcherm
Cutting-edge hack gives super user status by exploiting DRAM weakness | Ars Technica
This is both exciting and terrifying. Like timing attacks, this promises to be a whole new TYPE of attack that is nearly impossible to defend against. It takes advantages of flaws in the physical construction of memory chips to allow changes in one area of memory to flip bits in another and thereby create a hack.
security  hacking  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
march 2015 by mcherm
The weak link in Apple Pay’s strong chain is bank verification. Who’s to blame? | Ars Technica
There's a bunch of identity fraud happening on ApplePay, although it's the banks' fault, not Apple's.
ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica  payments  banking 
march 2015 by mcherm
Why one photographer decided to fight a patent on online contests | Ars Technica
A patent on "photo contests on the web", which is used to sue really small operators who can't afford a court fight. EFF steps in.
law  ip-law  patent  patentabuse  eff  photography  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
february 2015 by mcherm
How Google Inbox shares 70% of its code across Android, iOS, and the Web | Ars Technica
Google has built (and released as open source) tools so you can write the core (not UI) of your app once and have it run on Android, Web, and iOS.
mobile  mobiledevelopment  google  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
february 2015 by mcherm
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