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The most sexist peer review of a scientific paper ever: http://news.sciencemag.org/scientific-community/2015/04/sexist-peer-review-elicits-furious-twitter-response

(and here's hoping it actually is the most sexist one by a huge margin)
#sexism #standardsinscience  
Manuscript investigated gender differences in Ph.D.-to-postdoc transition
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Addendum: with this jewel of a misogynistic statement in the review as well, one cannot help but wonder if this reviewer was really sexist or just trolling...
https://twitter.com/FionaIngleby/status/593408350001471489
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I love the concept of monthly donations to support online creators (webcomics, videos, etc). With a low amount (e.g. $1/month),  you get to actually support people who create stuff you care about in an ongoing fashion without costing an arm and a leg . More dependable income than collecting the creations once a year into a book and selling that. Patreon is doing just this.

Why bring this up?
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David Morgan-Mar, creator of Irregular Webcomic (amongst others), set up a Patreon. Since I've been reading his stuff with great pleasure, I figured to introduce you to his stuff. He makes various webcomics, with a scientific bent. And sometimes (as in the link) he expounds upon a topic that caught his attention. Enjoy!
http://irregularwebcomic.net/3380.html
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One aspect of physics which I've been a little reluctant to discuss here has been the physics of music. This is because music itself is a complex subject and one which I know comparatively little about, having never formally studied music theory or achieved even halting competence with any ...
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#easter #flogabanker   This is a funny meme :)
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Amen ur so much right Happy Easter too everyone
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Seems patent trolling is crossing boundaries and now infecting the music "business" too #blurredlines  
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Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams actually pre-emptively sued Marvin Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music, which owns the rights to Funkadelic's song Sexy Ways. They later dropped the charges against the owners of the Funkadelic song.

Here's a mashup of Blurred Lines and Got To Give It Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziz9HW2ZmmY

They really did completely rip off that song, imo.


And just for the record, here's Sexy Ways: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxKOQ3SfGhg
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+Sven B +Amy B Here ya go. My bid at revenge food porn - revenge for all those pictures you two keep showing off. Now please stop giving me reasons to make revenge food porn: I'm not good at it. ;-)
#revengefoodporn
(PS: you have to admit that that's a cool hashtag ;-)
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Oh, it's on now. ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!
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Security in the News:
Privacy app "Whisper" seems not to safeguard your privacy that well:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/16/-sp-revealed-whisper-app-tracking-users

The pic below is supposedly a map of the whitehouse, the icons indicating where someone used whisper. The Guardian claims that Whisper stores geolocation information, and/or ip address.

If Whisper does store such information, then they have thoroughly misunderstood location privacy.
Whisper response, https://www.scribd.com/doc/243241082/Responses-for-Guardian, is insufficient in my view.
#securityinthenews #whisper #privacy
‘Confessional’ app follows some users even after they have asked not to be tracked
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Statitician "analyzed election returns over several elections that indicate 'a statistically significant' pattern where the percentage of Republican votes increase the larger the size of the precinct." She now wants to go to the paper record to look into details. Hopefully there is one. #voting  

http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article17139890.html#tabs-b0710947-1-tabPane-2
Beth Clarkson has analyzed election returns showing an unexplained pattern where the percentage of Republican votes increases the larger the size of the precinct.
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very bored, not much difference in the 2, why nothing really changes, same crap, different parties.
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In Virginia, some voting machines were de-certified due to security issues. In a nutshell: cough once on the wrong continent and they would be hacked.

More precisely: voting machines that had no security updates since 2004, that used WEP to encrypt wifi, and that default passwords (5 characters, lowercase) for admin privileges and wifi access. Did I mention the lack of firewall? The running-on-embedded-Windows-XP? Did I mention the passwords were "admin", "abcde", and "shoup"? Did I mention that "shoup" is the name of the predecessor company who made these machines?


http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/04/meet-the-e-voting-machine-so-easy-to-hack-it-will-take-your-breath-away/
#evoting #securityfail  
Virginia decertifies device that used weak passwords and wasn't updated in 10 years.
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See also Jeremy Eppstein's article - it's more technical and goes into some details. https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/jeremyepstein/decertifying-the-worst-voting-machine-in-the-us/
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Journalists are pigs*:
http://meistergedanke.de/2015/cost-what-it-may-media-in-haltern/189

"How dreadful must it be when you are already in deep pain and then even lose your home as a safe haven because it is besieged by journalists that fake friendly concern but in fact only need your pain for clicks, circulation and profit!"

* and we play our parts in that... :s. #stopclickingclickbait  
From the perspective of a student at Joseph König High School: How media tries to get the best shots possible for their audience - recklessly.
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One Tor exit node was caught modifying binaries downloaded through it, basically wrapping the original binary inside a malware layer. Windows Update does not like these binaries anymore and rejects them, so if you were using Windows Update over Tor (coincidentally: why??), you still ought to be okay.
The attack was found by a researcher who thought up a MITM-attack by patching binaries on the fly. He was curious if someone was doing such an attack, so he figured to check if any Tor exit node was this malicious.

Take-away message:
- Binaries can be patched on the fly by a man-in-the-middle - be careful when downloading binaries (verify the hashes!)
- This is not a Tor problem - Tor just provided a convenient testing ground for the researcher to see if this exists in the wild.
http://www.leviathansecurity.com/blog/the-case-of-the-modified-binaries/
#securityinthenews #tor #malware  
Summary. After creating and using a new exitmap module, I found downloaded binaries being patched through a Tor exit node in Russia. Tor is a wonderful tool for protecting the identity of journalists, their sources, and even regular users around the world; however, anonymity does not guarantee ...
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Worried about companies tracking you?
It's not just websites you ought to worry about:
Verizon is injecting "cookie-like" data in its customers cellular webtraffic.
http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/10/verizon-wireless-injects-identifiers-link-its-users-to-web-requests/

Of course your ISP can track you (and also of course, they do not need to do it like this). But that an ISP is actually doing this, and then selling this to advertisers.... wow.

#securityinthenews  
The provider adds cookie-like tokens to alert advertisers to users’ interests.
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That is just evil. I almost wish I came up with it...
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I used to do this for the introsec class, but since that class is over, I'll just continue here:

Security News
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1. Adobe ebook app (ADE) spies on users, phones data home unencrypted:
http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/10/06/adobe-spying-users-collecting-data-ebook-libraries/

2. Bugzilla has a privilege-escalation bug (fix available)
http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/10/bugzilla-zero-day-exposes-zero-day-bugs/

3.  USB firmware hacked to become malware:
http://www.wired.com/2014/10/code-published-for-unfixable- usb-attack/

1. Apparently, Adobe Digital Editions (necessary to read most DRM'ed epub books) keeps track of your reading habits on both DRM and non-DRM ebooks (how many pages read when, etc.) and scans your harddisk for other ebooks (though I haven't seen this confirmed).
See also Ars Technica: http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/10/adobes-e-book-reader-sends-your-reading-logs-back-to-adobe-in-plain-text/

2. As I understand things: part of Bugzilla's privilege system is based on the domain of the user's email address. Hackers were able to use fake emails with @mozilla.org domains to be allowed to read unsolved, zero-day bugs in mozilla products.

3.  USB firmware can lie to the PC and then do anything, such as claiming to be a keyboard and then delivering any set of keystrokes it pleases. This is not necessarily anything new - I have a laser pointer / presenter gadget which doubles as a USB stick (i.e. plug the radio receiver / usb stick, open your presentation from there and flip through the slides).
The hard part is addressing this. An obvious solution would be to require all firmware to be signed...with the number of USB devices already out there (all with unsigned firmware), that's not an easy path.
#securitynews  
Adobe has just given us a graphic demonstration of how not to handle security and privacy issues. A hacker acquaintance of mine has tipped me to a huge security and privacy violation on the part of Adobe. That anonymous acquaintance was examining Adobe’s DRm for educational purposes when they noticed that Digital Editions 4, the newest version of …
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