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Water Cooler / Black Mirror comes to life
« on: August 30, 2018, 06:47:40 AM »

I have to say Black Mirror is on the watch list for winter evenings...

We are, in many ways, already being prepped for a world where we are judged for every single action we do, on a daily basis. And that is linked to a series of further actions, which may entitle us to get or remove the ability to receive, certain things in life. And that in itself is the beginning of becoming part of a herd.

The up side is of course its going to be a bit like living in a village, where everyone know everyone, so doors are left open, neighbours leave eggs on the kitchen table for you, as there is a sense of trust.

The problem of who you have to trust still remains.


More data issues...

Both data and the online controls on "connected cars" from Jaguar Land Rover remain available to previous owners, according to security experts and owners of the upmarket vehicles. The car maker has defended its privacy safeguards and security of its InControl tech.

El Reg began investigating the issue after talking to Matt Watts, a techie who blogged about the issue of connected cars and the data they collect, without initially naming Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

Watts' secondhand Range Rover came with the ability to remotely control the climate systems, call breakdown services, upload GPS/destination details and much more. The vehicle also keeps a record of much of this information and stores it in an online account.

Another example of how your data is not safe.  Medical records anyone? Think of the power of a list of cialis users. I would be surprised if its not out there.

and earlier:

Have you ever heard of Exactis?  According to their website, the company states, “Exactis is a leading compiler and aggregator of premium business and consumer data”.  They go on to tout “With over 3.5 billion records (updated monthly), our universal data warehouse is one of the largest and most respected in the digital and direct marketing industry”.  That is a ton of data.  One would assume they have some serious security in place to keep that information safe.  But, we all know how bad it is to assume…

According to a researcher, Vinny Troia, that was certainly not the case.  While researching the lack of security of ElasticSearch, another database, he found Exactis was actually leaving personal data available to online users, without any form of firewall.   The data found included names, email addresses, physical addresses, personal likes and dislikes, names of any children, as well as their ages, and more.  Although, it is important to note, social security numbers were not listed.  Even without having socials posted, if this information was obtained by hackers, they could certainly create false profiles or targeted social engineering attacks.

After being notified of the breach, Exactis worked to resolve the security gap.  As of today, the information is no longer available for public viewing.  Although, that does not mean damage hasn’t already been done.  It remains unclear if the information was found by a malicious third-party.  However, Troia states it would not have been difficult to find.

Water Cooler / Interesting Keto diet vid.
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:55:28 PM »


Imagine a world where many of your daily activities were constantly monitored and evaluated: what you buy at the shops and online; where you are at any given time; who your friends are and how you interact with them; how many hours you spend watching content or playing video games; and what bills and taxes you pay (or not).

For now, technically, participating in China's Citizen Scores is voluntary. But by 2020 it will be mandatory. The behaviour of every single citizen and legal person (which includes every company or other entity)in China will be rated and ranked, whether they like it or not.

so many nuggets, but SEO for social score:

Sesame Credit already offers tips to help individuals improve their ranking, including warning about the downsides of friending someone who has a low score.

Jobs & Service / More of the same
« on: February 24, 2018, 10:11:48 AM »

This I found interesting:

In food, increasing numbers of people now prefer to buy local and often. Fewer big weekly shops mean out-of-town superstores are under pressure and the big supermarkets are trying to lure in other retailers to take space they no longer need.

Hardware & Technology / bitcoin beater :)
« on: January 12, 2018, 11:27:00 AM »
Introduction to PhOENIX Theory

PhOENIX: The Physics Of Entanglements Networks and Information eXchanges is based on topology and combinatorics whereby all the known “particles” in physics can be represented as information which has been spatially entangled onto networks of vertices.

According to E=mc2, mass is nothing more than entangled energy. With PhOENIX, we have decoded how that energy becomes entangled, how it forms particles, and how those particles interact according to simple rules, using Graph Theory. A graph with n vertices is represented by an nxn matrix, called a coordinate matrix.

WOW!  not a believer yet though. But a fun idea.

Marketing / Anyone tried it as a cheap alternative?
« on: November 29, 2017, 03:41:55 PM »
Or is it likely to fail as a spam trap.

Hardware & Technology / Firefox Quantum
« on: November 29, 2017, 03:33:37 PM »
Seems lightening fast for me.

As ever, I am seeing a lot of businesses that will go with the advent of Driverless cars.  But there are always opportunities.

so what are they?

Here are a few thoughts:

Car prep for a journey.  Car goes to be loaded with meals, and other consumables before departure (Could be done by the leasing company)

... Ok drawing a blank...  there must be more?

But everything I think of, will be dealt with easilly with the supplier. Big screen for work/entertainment. They will manage the bedding ????  the servicing, insurance, everything... paying the workers needed minimum wage.

Water Cooler / Garmin road mapping Queensferry Crossing
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:17:34 AM »
Just come from a trip to scotland, and was running my new Garmin along side my phone with waze. When I came to the new Queensferry Crossing, replacing the Forth Bridge near Edinburugh,  Waze was aware of the new road.  Garmin was not.

It opened in Aug.  google is aware of it too. 

WTF?  I have live traffic and regularly updated speed cameras, but a huge project road like that is still not on the map 3 months after it has been opened.  They had plenty of notice. Its even on my new AA paper map.

Is that normal in the rest of the world?

Water Cooler / Meanwhile the Catalans in Spain.....
« on: September 21, 2017, 01:34:49 PM »
 Spain crisis: 'stop this radicalism and disobedience,' PM tells Catalan leaders

Mariano Rajoy says region must stop ‘escalating’ independence standoff after thousands protest at police raids government buildings in Barcelon

Only discovered because a mate is doing the Barcelona ironman on the 30th...... or thinks he is. Ryan air tried to stop him as well.

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