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If you work on communications infrastructure, the NSA views you as a target for individual surveillance and compromise as a means to carry out their objectives even if you have done nothing wrong.

This is terrifying. (hi, NSA.)

"GCHQ operatives identified key individuals and their positions within Gemalto and then dug into their emails. In one instance, GCHQ zeroed in on a Gemalto employee in Thailand who they observed sending PGP-encrypted files, noting that if GCHQ wanted to expand its Gemalto operations, “he would certainly be a good place to start.” They did not claim to have decrypted the employee’s communications, but noted that the use of PGP could mean the contents were potentially valuable.

The cyberstalking was not limited to Gemalto. GCHQ operatives wrote a script that allowed the agency to mine the private communications of employees of major telecommunications and SIM “personalization” companies for technical terms used in the assigning of secret keys to mobile phone customers. Employees for the SIM card manufacturers and wireless network providers were labeled as “known individuals and operators targeted” in a top-secret GCHQ document."

On January 17, 2014, President Barack Obama gave a major address on the NSA spying scandal. “The bottom line is that people around the world, regardless of their nationality, should know that the United States is not spying on ordinary people who don’t threaten our national security and that we take their privacy concerns into account in our policies and procedures,” he said. -- BULLSHIT
American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world.
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Lenovo helpfully preinstalled MitM malware on their laptops which destroys the security of HTTPS connections and lets anyone MitM users of those laptops. Wow.
 
Lenovo pre-installs a web proxy that injects ads. It MITMs HTTPS traffic by installing its own trusted root certificate.

Always install your OS manually. Don't trust the OEM's version.

EDIT:  Holy shit, apparently it's the same key for all installs: https://twitter.com/fugueish/status/568258997578371072

(The private key is necessarily present on the machine. So basically if the key is not public already it will be shortly, and anyone will be able to spoof any web site to Lenovo users.)

EDIT2: Uninstalling the app does NOT remove the certificate. https://twitter.com/metsfan/status/568265468173107200
Ok, I will take a look at ESET. Thanks   Yes, VisualDiscovery is part of the bundled software in my lenovo laptop.. It is from a developer called Superfish. More info here: http://systemexplorer.net/file-database/file/visualdiscovery-exe   [Moderator note: Moved from another discussion and title cha...
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IMHO the problem is even worse. How many people out there have installed Komodia-based software to '-censor- protect their children' ?
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Adding fake engine noise to already-loud cars seems like the dumbest thing imaginable.

But I don't drive, so I'm already weird.
The growl from some best-selling cars and trucks is actually well-tuned lip-syncing or digitally faked.
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An opinionated, pragmatic, multiplatform build system. Interesting.
 
Here's the video of my #lca2015  presentation.
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You can specify custom build targets in Meson (i.e. "produce these outputs with these inputs using this command") without having to compile any source code. Granted, it's not as polished as the core as it has not had many users yet.
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It's nice to see the creepiness of the music coming up to the impressive level demanded by the lyrics.

Hat tip to +Andrew Oplinger and +Dave Besbris, with a special nod to +Chris Colohan and his penchant for doing this to every song under the sun.
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Watch algorithms grow blobs into beautiful organic constructs. #programming   #math
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In light of recent news, a reminder of how you can protect your privacy and raise a middle finger at the three- and four-letter agencies who love to violate it.

If you use iOS, use Signal: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/signal-private-messenger/id874139669?mt=8
If you use Android, use Redphone: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.thoughtcrime.redphone and TextSecure: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.thoughtcrime.securesms
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If the Agencies are after you specifically you are pretty screwed anyway. Making mass surveillance of everyone harder is still worthwhile. 
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Special offer from Google today: run a 2-minute security check on your account (which is really a good idea anyway) and get a free 2GB of Drive storage space. If your Google account matters to you -- your GMail, YouTube, Google+, Drive, and so on -- this is something worth running every few months.

And after you do that, go enable 2-step verification. (https://www.google.com/landing/2step/) It's the single best thing you can do to protect your account from being compromised. 
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I know its a concept video, but this is really promising: Microsoft HoloLens - Transform your world with holograms: http://youtu.be/aThCr0PsyuA 
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A neat tech demo of what the Eigenharp can do.
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Really enjoyed this article about The Knowledge, the rather draining (to say the least) training process for becoming a London cabbie. I knew it existed, but I had no idea how esoteric and complicated it was. Great read; this then put me on to a great series of blog posts walking through the process (http://blackcablondon.net/the-knowledge-of-london-training-to-be-a-london-cabbie-my-experience-of-the-process/the-knowledge-of-london-training-to-be-a-london-cabbie-part-1/), also well worth your time.
The posterior hippocampus, the area of the brain known to be important for memory, is bigger in London taxi drivers than in most people.Credit Photograph by Anthony Cotsifas. Prop stylist: Victoria Petro Conroy
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