Tuesday, August 05, 2014

What I am reading 8/5/2014 - The FBI Is watching YOU!!

Endgadget - Google pulls Gaza-themed Android app from Play Store following outcry -
it took the rare step of policing content by removing Bomb Gaza, a game that made light of the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.
 The comments on these stories are always enlightening.  THis one is no exception.

Gizmodo - Comcast and TWC Boost Speeds Where They Have Actual Competition -
If you're looking for one clear, real-world example of why Comcast and Time Warner Cable shouldn't be allowed to merge, let it be this: in one of the few areas of the country where the two cable giants face legitimate competition, they're actually upping their speeds.
If only there were some filed of human endeavor that could explain such behavior.  

Re/code - Researchers Reconstruct Speech Recorded in the Vibrations of a Potato Chip Bag. No, Seriously. -
Researchers have figured out how to turn everyday objects into “visual microphones” by developing a software algorithm that can translate vibrations picked up on high-speed video into the sounds that caused them.
Time to start blacking out windows.

Wired - Visit the Wrong Website, and the FBI Could End Up in Your Computer -
Security experts call it a “drive-by download”: a hacker infiltrates a high-traffic website and then subverts it to deliver malware to every single visitor. It’s one of the most powerful tools in the black hat arsenal, capable of delivering thousands of fresh victims into a hackers’ clutches within minutes.
Now the technique is being adopted by a different kind of a hacker—the kind with a badge. For the last two years, the FBI has been quietly experimenting with drive-by hacks as a solution to one of law enforcement’s knottiest Internet problems: how to identify and prosecute users of criminal websites hiding behind the powerful Tor anonymity system.

Kind of scary, but just goes to show again that while the government as whole overarching entity may verge on incompetence that is mainly due to bureaucratic inertia.  There are pockets of extremely competent people working inside it.
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