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Technology Paranoia

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mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#91New Post! Apr 23, 2019 @ 19:38:23
Here, we introduce a CRISPR/Cas9-based core processor that enables different sets of user-defined guide RNA inputs to program a single transcriptional regulator (dCas9-KRAB) to perform a wide range of bitwise computations, from simple Boolean logic gates to arithmetic operations such as the half adder. Furthermore, we built a dual-core CPU combining two orthogonal core processors in a single cell.

Wait .. What ?? ...

In principle, human cells .... could offer enormous computational capacity.

mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#92New Post! May 01, 2019 @ 01:37:46
Two recent local stories:

Airport info system clobbered by Malware.

Local church e-mail-scammed (Phished) out of nearly $2 mil

Of course media hollers HACKERS!!!

...IMHO "Hackers" are people that make an effort to break through security systems... firewalls, OS/App holes, etc

Malware and Phishing are in another category... but "Hackers" sounds so much more glamorous.

I can't give s*** to whoever made the change to the bank account info (church), or clicked on that malicious link (airport?)... presuming they've had no prior training/warnings, etc. Ignorance is what the bad actors prey upon.
mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#93New Post! May 02, 2019 @ 19:44:43

What to do when your security device has a Security Flaw ?
mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#94New Post! May 05, 2019 @ 13:25:53
For several weeks, North Olmsted residents reported their electronic key fob devices and garage door openers had stopped working. Visitors also had issues when they entered the area.


Innocent mistake exposes malicious potential.
mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#95New Post! May 12, 2019 @ 22:29:59
Social Credit System being implemented in China:

A state controlled version of Nosedive ?
Many critics noted the similarity of the episode to real world app Peeple and China's upcoming Social Credit System,
mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#96New Post! Jun 03, 2019 @ 17:53:58
A Germany-based Chinese programmer said he and some friends have identified 100k porn actresses from around the world, cross-referencing faces in porn videos with social media profile pictures. The goal is to help others check whether their girlfriends ever acted in those films.

Facial Recognition

Not that I'm worried about anything
mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#97New Post! Jun 11, 2019 @ 01:39:32
Speaking of facial recognition:

"The best way to avoid breaches of sensitive personal data is not to collect and retain such data in the first place."

Images and data collected by the Customs and Border Patrol was copied to a contractors network, violating protocol, which was then hacked ... sounds a little fishy to me.

mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#98New Post! Jun 15, 2019 @ 20:05:59
Target on Saturday acknowledged guests were "unable to make purchases" at its stores, as shoppers took to social media to complain that cash registers weren't working.

Meanwhile, at Target IT Operations HQ:
Support engineer calls cloud provider -

"Please hold for our next available representative. Your call is very important to us."
mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#99New Post! Jun 27, 2019 @ 19:51:21
Hmm.... this isn't necessarily Paranoia, maybe gullibility, blind "faith", mindless following/dependence ....

Or maybe Karma ("Carma" )


The alternate route took drivers down a dirt road that rain had turned into a muddy mess, and cars started sliding around.
Some vehicles couldn't make it through the mud, and about 100 others became trapped behind them.

mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#100New Post! Jul 16, 2019 @ 01:48:48
Galileo, the EU's global navigation satellite system, has been down for four days, since July 11, following a mysterious outage. All Galileo satellites are still non-operational, at the time of writing.


Microsoft Windows patching?
mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#101New Post! Jul 26, 2019 @ 20:08:09
And speaking of Failure to Patch:

EASA urged operators to turn their A350s off and on again to prevent "partial or total loss of some avionics systems or functions".

The "A350" as in Airbus A350

"This is your captain speaking.
Please hang on while we reboot the airplane"
mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#102New Post! Aug 14, 2019 @ 12:41:33
The US Navy will replace the touchscreen throttle and helm controls currently installed in its destroyers with mechanical ones starting in 2020 The move comes after the National Transportation Safety Board released an accident report from a 2017 collision, which cites the design of the ship’s controls as a factor in the accident.

he (Rear Admiral Bill Galinis) described the controls as falling under the “‘just because you can doesn’t mean you should’ category,”


"Scotty - I need More Power"
"She's rebootin' Captain"
mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#103New Post! Aug 19, 2019 @ 18:07:00
Biometric Data breach.

Time to change your face and fingerprints!

Suprema, a company describing itself as a "global Powerhouse in biometrics, security and identity solutions," with a product range that "includes biometric access control systems, time and attendance solutions, fingerprint live scanners, mobile authentication solutions and embedded fingerprint modules."

Almost 28 million records across more than 23 gigabytes of data—records they claim include "fingerprint data, facial recognition data, face photos of users, unencrypted usernames and passwords, logs of facility access, security levels and clearance, and personal details of staff."

mrmhead On about 1 hour ago

NE, Ohio
#104New Post! Oct 17, 2019 @ 20:05:18
Sent to me by a friend:

crusty_fart On November 21, 2019

Somewhere, United Kingdom
#105New Post! Oct 18, 2019 @ 06:40:00
Why the paranoia.

Technology is amazing.

Back in the olden days computers were monolithic (well the Kernels still are, on some systems) and needed punch cards. Look at them now.

I remember when I watched the film Stealth (amazing film), and now the Americans have the Loyal Wingman program. Its like "Dude my fantasies are becoming a reality).

And the Russians have that awesome Terminator wannabe robot, damn that thing is awesome.

Plus go buy some Parrot drones, and see what you can do with some Python code and some swarming, damn that s*** is neat.

Damn, technology makes me hard bro.
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