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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 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.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 26, 2016 at 7:15am

Shortly after I started using my latest computer, I discovered it had sent my image (in my underwear) in at least one email I sent.  I now have several layers of black tape over the camera, and have the microphone plugged.  The mic still picks up some sound, so I'll put a switch on it if I ever figure out how to open this iMac.

From what I've learned, it appears 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.  I like to keep my phone on all the time for emergencies, but lately I've taken to turning it off when I don't want anyone listening.  I'm not even sure that's enough.  I may want to put a switch on it that can switch the battery out.

Comment by Joseph P on June 25, 2016 at 11:59pm

But as for the actual content of the article ...

That's why we should live in an anarcho-capitalist utopia.  The corporations will be held to account and be forced to be ethical by the buying public ... because the buying public clearly notices this sort of stuff.

The bit about phones is also a fun thing.  At least I'm good on that front.  I haven't used the phone in forever, except to make calls to contractors, my dentist, and similar people.  All of my personal stuff is handled through other apps, for which I can (and do) read the privacy statements.

My cell phone is almost completely a mobile computer.  I have ... three calls in my call log this month.  One is an appointment reminder from my dentist, and the other two are a call from my doctor to reschedule (which went to voicemail) and me calling his office back.

Comment by Joseph P on June 25, 2016 at 11:50pm

I don't worry about it.  I just have normal screens, since I just use my living room TV as a monitor for my desktop PC and my consoles.  No way I'd pay extra for a smart TV.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 25, 2016 at 8:17pm

A warning about "smart TVs", with cameras and microphones for the convenience of face recognition, gesture recognition, and voice recognition:

I'm terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on - and you’d be, too

(Daily Kos, reporting and commenting on a Salon article)

"You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening....
The FBI will not have to bug your living room; you will do it yourself."

"Wall Street, not the government, is creating the surveillance state Orwell never dreamed of."

(image source)

Comment by Joseph P on June 11, 2016 at 10:01pm

Yeah, I first saw that first trailer last year.  The game looks awesome, and we need more female protagonists out there who aren't a walking ass and pair of boobs.

We'll buy a PS4 for it, assuming that the reviews don't completely can it.

"Please don't fuck this up.  Please don't fuck this up. Please don't fuck this up. Please don't fuck this up."

Comment by Steph S. on June 11, 2016 at 9:50pm

That game looks fun Joseph.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2016 at 9:41pm

Strong correlation is not a sufficient condition for assuming a causal relationship.

 Understanding Correlation

"There is an extremely tight correlation between the amount of US spending on science and suicides by hanging… r-squared of 0.997…"

"Spending more money on science (please let's spend more!) will not result in more suicides. Though the two are as tightly correlated as any two things can be."

A Great Analyst's Best Friends: Skepticism & Wisdom!

Comment by Joseph P on June 11, 2016 at 8:44pm

Speaking of new games, have the rest of you seen the trailers for Horizon Zero Dawn?  Looks like it should be awesome, assuming that the developers don't manage to completely screw up the game engine.

Full-screen those, of course, or you'll miss almost everything.

 

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