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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

Question about The Dresden Files.

Started by Joseph P. Last reply by BenGee Oct 22, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a question about a series of books.  I just recently tried reading the series, The Dresden Files.I've heard from so many people about what a great fantasy series it is.  It's the go-to reference for almost any discussion about modern magic in…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2016 at 9:25am

The ampere (A) has long been a sort of metrological embarrassment. For one thing, its 70-year-old formal definition, phrased as a hypothetical, cannot be physically realized as written:

The ampere is that constant current which, if maintained in two straight parallel conductors of infinite length, of negligible circular cross-section, and placed 1 meter apart in vacuum, would produce between these conductors a force equal to 2 x 10–7 newton per meter of length.

In 2018, however, the ampere is slated to be re-defined in terms of a fundamental invariant of nature: the elementary electrical charge (e).*** Direct ampere metrology will thus become a matter of counting the transit of individual electrons over time.

https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2016/08/counting-down-new-amp...

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Comment by Steph S. on September 4, 2016 at 7:24pm

Welcome new members and thanks for joining.

Comment by Joseph P on July 15, 2016 at 7:10pm

If you attach the right component to a landline phone, it'll transmit when it's turned off, too.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 15, 2016 at 7:04pm

I think listening on your landline only works when you're using it for a phone call. What folks here are talking about is the possibility of your cell phone being a bugging device even when it's "turned off".

Comment by Joseph P on July 15, 2016 at 6:53pm

To listen in on your landline, the government agency has to run it past a special court to get approval.  That court hands out approvals like candy.  It approves almost every request.  The last time I checked, it was something like 3 or 4 refusals, since the court was first set up.

Admittedly, the last time I checked was a few years ago.  So, you might need two hands to count, now.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 15, 2016 at 5:59pm

Idaho Spud, that's kind of alarming.

Verizon, my phone company, is one of the few that allows the government to access its data on its customers, and listen to the sounds the phone picks up.

So just having a cellphone on, to receive calls, is an open invitation to Big Brother to listen to your home. I presume this doesn't apply to a land line?

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 15, 2016 at 4:40pm

The "Pokemon Go" augmented reality game is having a real effect on our furry friends:

(Exhausted dog lying on a boardwalk) That's the sixth walk today - WTF is a Pokemon[?](Looks like "imnotrightinthehead" is a Facebook page, not a stand-alone website.)

Comment by Joseph P on June 26, 2016 at 9:39pm

Yeah, there's a hard shutoff switch in the sound settings somewhere.  I don't know where it in is Mac OS, since I only use Windows and Linux, but it should be somewhere obvious, in with the main volume sliders.  There's usually a mute button at the bottom of all of the sliders, in most interfaces.

I always keep it turned off, there, when I'm not using it.  Plus, my gaming mic has a hardware mute button, in the volume-control unit that's built into the cord.

Same with the camera.  There's always a way to turn it off, somewhere in the system settings, although that varies from interface to interface.

 

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