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Zombie Slot Machine

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller May 14. 2 Replies

Tristan Harris shows that using your smart phone is as addictive as playing a slot machine.How…Continue

Tags: app design, mind manipulation

Beyond fake news, bot networks, and trolls - to automated behavior manipulation

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 1. 4 Replies

The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda MachineCambridge Analytica, a new automated propaganda machine poised to manage White House digital…Continue

Tags: weaponized AI propaganda machine

CIA cyberwarfare on us

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Mar 9. 1 Reply

Just in case you feel the current administration doesn't have enough power, we find out that the CIA can take control of your iPhone and Twitter account, or watch you through your smart Samsung TV, at will. Moreover, the vulnerabilities they…Continue

Tags: cyber weapons, cyberwarfare, spyware, weaponized Apple, Google, and Microsoft vulnerabilities

AI against trolls

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 8. 0 Replies

Now Anyone Can Deploy Google’s Troll-Fighting AIHorray! I hope this works!A Google offshoot called Jigsaw declared war on trolls, launching a…Continue

Tags: troll control, Jigsaw

In the US, Ads watch YOU!

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 23. 1 Reply

Secret signals between your TV, computer, laptop, smartphone, etc, so corporations can  follow your every move. Creepy!…Continue

Tags: spyware apps

Magnet Toys

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 12. 1 Reply

Neat videositeShort story: We’re a group of three university students from Norway who have for 3 years worked with a magnetic game…Continue

Tags: Magination, magnetic toys

Cloud Hosting Infected

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 1, 2016. 0 Replies

'Lurking malice' in cloud hosting services, study findsMalware in cloud hosting services is going undetected.Overall, the researchers scanned more than…Continue

Tags: malicious software, cloud hosting

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 7, 2017 at 10:42am
Comment by Grinning Cat on May 3, 2017 at 3:51pm

Facebook told advertisers it can identify teens feeling 'insecure' and 'worthless' (The Guardian)

Facebook showed advertisers how it has the capacity to identify when teenagers feel “insecure”, “worthless” and “need a confidence boost”, according to a leaked documents based on research quietly conducted by the social network.

The internal report produced by Facebook executives, and obtained by the Australian, states that the company can monitor posts and photos in real time to determine when young people feel “stressed”, “defeated”, “overwhelmed”, “anxious”, “nervous”, “stupid”, “silly”, “useless” and a “failure”.

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Comment by Grinning Cat on March 29, 2017 at 5:18pm

There's a robot that prints out and burns every tweet of Donald tRump's, then tweets that video as a reply, "I burned your tweet."

"@burnedyourtweet - giving Trump's tweets the attention they deserve"

"Donald Trump is being trolled by a disobedient robot on Twitter" (The Telegraph)

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 29, 2017 at 11:22am

Now that Senate and House Republicans have repealed the FCC's internet privacy protections, and opened the door to ISPs selling our browsing and search histories to the highest bidders --

Any recommendations about VPNs? Tor? Other ways to protect ourselves?

(Please reply in that discussion. Thanks!)

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 23, 2017 at 1:06pm

I've actually seen something similar on the web a couple of times, when a website's bare-bones "page not found" Error 404 page says that the server also encountered a 404 error looking for the [intended, customizable] "page not found" page!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 22, 2017 at 2:33pm

from cheezburger
Comment by Joseph P on January 13, 2017 at 7:52pm

Hmm, I haven't run into that issue.  It must be some sort of detection triggered by posting identical or nearly-identical comments in different groups.  I think I've done that maybe once or twice, posting something in only two different groups to which it was appropriate.  My discussion about the Dresden Files books was one of those, I remember.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 13, 2017 at 12:01pm

Lately AN has been sometimes asking me to complete captchas before posting comments or replies. (Maybe because I've been posting "too much", or reposting virtually identical comments in order to fix misteaks.)

In addition to checking "I'm not a robot", it'll ask "select the pictures with storefronts" or some such... which reminded me of this:

Angry cheetah: “It said Select all the food. So I clicked the cheezburger, the hotdog and the puppy. Now I’m a robot? THIS WEBSITE IS GAMED, MAN, GAMED!”(from cheezburger.com: "I mean, since when is salad food?")

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 11, 2017 at 4:17pm

Walking on a pool full of oobleck! Thanks for sharing that!

(An annoyance I also have with lots of documentaries and science shows: they just had to indulge in the fad of throwing in gratuitous time-warps, slowing down bits, returning to normal speed, sometimes reversing and replaying a fraction of a second, all to make it seem even more exciting. Stop messing with our orienting reflex!)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 11, 2017 at 3:55pm

Walking on water - almost - sort of.

 

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