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US nuclear arsenal controlled by 1970s computers with 8in floppy disks | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The US military's nuclear arsenal is controlled by computers built in the 1970s that still use 8in floppy disks. A report into the state of the US government, released by congressional investigators, has revealed that the country is spending around $60bn (£40.8bn) to maintain museum-ready computers, which many do not even know how to operate any more, as their creators retire."
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Penn News | Penn Study: Americans Give Up Personal Data for Discounts, They Believe Marketers Will Get It Anyway - 0 views

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    "The survey found that more than half of Americans say they do not want to lose control over their information but also believe this loss of control has already happened. Turow argues that marketers misrepresent Americans' behaviors by categorizing their acceptance of company discounts in exchange for personal data as rational acceptance of "tradeoffs."
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The Guardian view on free speech online: let law decide the limits | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The standards by which the internet is controlled need to be open and subject to the workings of impartial judiciaries. But the task cannot and will not be left to the advertising companies that at present control most of the content - and whose own judgments are themselves almost wholly opaque and arbitrary."
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'Dalek' commands can hijack smartphones - BBC News - 0 views

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    "Researchers have demonstrated how garbled speech commands hidden in radio or video broadcasts could be used to control a smartphone. The clips, which sound like the Daleks from Doctor Who, can be difficult for humans to understand but still trigger a phone's voice control functionality. The commands could make a smartphone share its location data, make calls and access compromised websites."
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Central banks beat Bitcoin at own game with rival supercurrency - 0 views

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    "The proto-currency known as RSCoin has vastly greater scope than Bitcoin, used for peer-to-peer transactions by libertarians across the world, and beyond the control of any political authority. The purpose would be turned upside down. RSCoin would be a tool of state control, allowing the central bank to keep a tight grip on the money supply and respond to crises. It would erode the exorbitant privilege of commercial banks of creating money out of thin air under a fractional reserve financial system."
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Did Google Autocomplete Ruin This Man's Life? - 0 views

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    "A cautionary tale: Back in 2009, government contractor Jeffrey Kantor was browsing online, seeking to make a radio-controlled airplane for his son. He began to type his search into Google: "How do I build a radio-controlled"-[enter autocomplete]-"bomb." That's right, before Kantor knew it, he had accidentally asked Google how to make an explosive device. And his life would never be the same."
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BBC News - Microsoft launches Project Natal and new games for Xbox - 0 views

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    Natal... The future of gaming, be able to control your 360 in your sitting room... However, they neglected to mention how the device has a motion-sensing camera meaning that your living room is more susceptible to being hacked now... 
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15 Controversial Apps Pulled from iTunes in 2011, Banned Apps | TechAhead Software - 0 views

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    Interesting to see the censorship of such a controlled system as iOS - is it a good or bad thing?
dr tech

Iraq shuts down the internet to stop pupils cheating in exams | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The blackouts coincided with exams for secondary and high-school students and were implemented as the ultimate step in the country's battle to stop students cheating using smuggled mobile phones and internet-connected devices in exam halls. While attempting to ban mobile phones from exams or setting up local jamming equipment might be a less draconian measure, shutting off the internet is undoubtedly efficient. However, the outage impacted every person and business in the parts of the country controlled by the Iraqi government, causing human rights campaigners, including Access Now, to condemn the move."
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Bitcoin fans eye potential in Greek crisis | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "In theory, when the conventional financial system is experiencing turbulence, alternative currencies such as bitcoin should have their time to shine. The decentralised nature of the currency means that it's impossible for any central bank to impose controls on it, while the pseudonymity at its core could make it the perfect vehicle to get money into and out of the country while avoiding legal reprisals."
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AVG can sell your browsing and search history to advertisers (Wired UK) - 0 views

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    The free antivirus software AVG is selling your online information for profit and you have no control over your privacy and security.
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The Facebook Fallacy: Privacy Is Up to You - The New York Times - Medium - 0 views

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    "As Zuckerberg surely knows, providing a greater sense of control over their personal data won't make Facebook users more cautious. It will instead encourage them to share more. This, of course, will produce more data for Facebook to mine to its own financial advantage."
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The Predator in Your Pocket: A Multidisciplinary Assessment of the Stalkerware Application Industry - The Citizen Lab - 0 views

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    "These capabilities can afford dramatic powers and control over an individual's everyday life. And when this software is used abusively, it can operate as a predator in a person's pocket, magnifying the pervasive surveillance of the spyware operator."
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BBC News - Anti-censorship program Haystack withdrawn - 0 views

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    Software developed to bypass Iranian Internet censorship has been scrapped, due to various reasons.
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    Software created to help Iranians escape government control of the web has been withdrawn over security fears.
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AWESOME: Muscle-Based Computer Control Scheme [VIDEO] - 0 views

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    I bet none of you had thought of this interface device...
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Every step you take: UK underground centre that is spy capital of the world | UK news | The Guardian - 0 views

  • Millions of people walk beneath the unblinking gaze of central London's surveillance cameras.
  • Westminster council's CCTV control room, where a click and swivel of a joystick delivers panoramic views of any central London street
  • Using the latest remote technology, the cameras rotate 360 degrees, 365 days a year
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  • The Home Office, which funded the creation of the £1.25m facility seven years ago
  • So famed has central London's surveillance network become that figures released yesterday revealed that more than 6,000 officials from 30 countries have come to learn lessons from the centre.
  • Dean Ingledew, the council's director of community protection, said that to safeguard privacy a team of amateur auditors regularly comes to the control room, unannounced, to inspect the tapes
  • Defending the searching gaze of London's cameras, Ingledew said that people who do not look as though they are doing anything wrong will be left alone.
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