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Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:31:24 +0100

Turing test be damned, I'm calling it: This is officially the best bot ever invented. Next time you get a scam email, don't just delete it; forward it to me@rescam.org. The more time scammers waste on this bot, the less time they have to scam real people.

#spam #scams #internetscams #rescam #onlinescams #nigerianscam #stopspam #uce #scamprevention #chatbots #ai #bots

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 04:17:10 +0100

Quoted from +Edward Morbius's original post, which Google+ won't let me share directly:Undocumented AmericanThis is a feel-good story that's been making the rounds, but there's an element that's jumping out at me:...After moving around the country for a time, he came to Philadelphia a year ago with a job lined up and some money to buy a truck. But soon after the job fell through, leaving Johnny surviving off meager savings.Later, he lost his paperwork, rendering him unable to work. One night on the streets turned into a week, and ultimately a year of homelessness....Modern society is turning into a landscape of multiple, ubiquitous, and onerous procedural, and especially, documentational, requirements and landmines.The article doesn't mention what paperwork it is that Johnny doesn't have, but through most of the United States, simply to prove employment eligibility, you need to be able to provide a drivers licence and Social Security card. Not the numbers, but the documents themselves.If you're living rough, your filing system and routine may have developed some lapses.If you've lost these documents, or if you need to re-acquire them, you find that the list of credentials, and the process you must go through, expands. A replacement Social Security card will require a birth certificate, notarised. A drivers license will require the SSN (and hence, the birth certificate), plus generally a number of other forms of identity.These may be requested, by mail or online, but if you've no fixed address, no computer, no means of online payment, or any of numerous other challenges, you're going to find obtaining these to be at best difficult. If you're dealing with other challenges -- mental illness, medical, drugs dependency, relationship conflict, so much the more difficult.This has been a creeping set of dependencies, added to over the years. What was initially simply a registration and proof of skills for driving has turned into a primary identification document. Much the same is the case for a Social Security. Both are now part of an anti-terrorism infrastructure built up since 9/11, at a cost of trillions of dollars in direct expenses, and who can say what additional burden by way of uncounted Johnnys who are systematically deprived of the capacity to operate and function in society. They are a case of an escallating set of complexities with no counterveilling force to constrain the direct and unintended consequences, accruing over decades.And they are creating, literally, a sub-class of almost wholly ignored, entirely legal, undocumented Americans.Think on that.

Original Post from Edward Morbius:

Undocumented American

This is a feel-good story that's been making the rounds, but there's an element that's jumping out at me:

...After moving around the country for a time, he came to Philadelphia a year ago with a job lined up and some money to buy a truck. But soon after the job fell through, leaving Johnny surviving off meager savings.

Later, he lost his paperwork, rendering him unable to work. One night on the streets turned into a week, and ultimately a year of homelessness....

Modern society is turning into a landscape of multiple, ubiquitous, and onerous procedural, and especially, documentational, requirements and landmines.

The article doesn't mention what paperwork it is that Johnny doesn't have, but through most of the United States, simply to prove employment eligibility, you need to be able to provide a drivers licence and Social Security card. Not the numbers, but the documents themselves.

If you're living rough, your filing system and routine may have developed some lapses.

If you've lost these documents, or if you need to re-acquire them, you find that the list of credentials, and the process you must go through, expands. A replacement Social Security card will require a birth certificate, notarised. A drivers license will require the SSN (and hence, the birth certificate), plus generally a number of other forms of identity.

These may be requested, by mail or online, but if you've no fixed address, no computer, no means of online payment, or any of numerous other challenges, you're going to find obtaining these to be at best difficult. If you're dealing with other challenges -- mental illness, medical, drugs dependency, relationship conflict, so much the more difficult.

This has been a creeping set of dependencies, added to over the years. What was initially simply a registration and proof of skills for driving has turned into a primary identification document. Much the same is the case for a Social Security. Both are now part of an anti-terrorism infrastructure built up since 9/11, at a cost of trillions of dollars in direct expenses, and who can say what additional burden by way of uncounted Johnnys who are systematically deprived of the capacity to operate and function in society. They are a case of an escallating set of complexities with no counterveilling force to constrain the direct and unintended consequences, accruing over decades.

And they are creating, literally, a sub-class of almost wholly ignored, entirely legal, undocumented Americans.

Think on that.


http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article186044173.html

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 06:21:26 +0100

"The right gun laws do prevent shootings, research strongly indicates. And these laws do not mean confiscating everybody’s guns."

Original Post from Kevin C. (KevinC):

"The right gun laws do prevent shootings, research strongly indicates. And these laws do not mean confiscating everybody’s guns."

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 01:41:44 +0100

I think this may be the best quote from the article:

“Women [in Saudi Arabia] have since committed suicide because they couldn’t leave the house, and Sophia is running around,” Ali al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs, told Newsweek. “Saudi law doesn’t allow non-Muslims to get citizenship. Did Sophia convert to Islam? What is the religion of this Sophia and why isn’t she wearing hijab? If she applied for citizenship as a human, she wouldn’t get it.”

#weliveinthefuture #thefutureisnow #tech #robotics #ai

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:47:40 +0200

PSA: Severe Vulnerability in All Wi-Fi Devices

A major Wi-Fi protocol vulnerability has been announced that affects absolutely every device that supports Wi-Fi, allowing attackers to decrypt WPA2 connections. This would allow attackers within Wi-Fi range to eavesdrop on connections and potentially to inject content, such as malware.

The good news is that the code to exploit this has not yet been publicly disclosed, so we probably won't see it in the wild quite yet. Wi-Fi vendors are currently scrambling to release software updates to resolve the issue, and if we're lucky, these updates might still be widely deployed before the exploit code is widely disseminated to hackers. Additionally, it's important to point out that most major websites today use HTTPS, which is an additional layer of protection that is not compromised by this vulnerability.

So don't panic just yet, but do keep an eye out for software updates for all your devices so you can install them as soon as they're released.

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 01:14:30 +0200

Google wants you to let their AI photograph your private moments at home.

#google #privacy #tech #ai

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:21:41 +0200

Next time a job interviewer asks what your greatest weakness is, just look them straight in the eye and say, "Kryptonite."

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:38:50 +0200

Watch AI learn to walk right in your browser.

#ai #science #machinelearning #funstuff

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 04:21:34 +0200

Some interesting comments on racial identity from one of the mixed race actors on Killjoys.

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 05:14:15 +0200

Came across an interesting article on the technology and techniques behind the impressive graphics for the upcoming game Star Citizen.