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What’s the best way to weaken crypto?

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Daniel Bernstein, the defendant in the landmark lawsuit that legalized cryptography (over howls of protest from the NSA) engages in a thought-experiment about how the NSA might be secretly undermining crypto through sabotage projects like BULLRUN/EDGEHILL.

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When can the police search your computer/phone?

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has updated its indispensable “Know Your Rights” guide for dealing with police search requests for your phone, computer, and other devices.

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I think I’ll take care of backing up my old machine myself — I’d rather start out clean on the new one.
New computer at work.  No need to transfer data.  Remembering how to bootstrap-load from scratch again.

fablabadv:

I was at the Urbana Heartland Maker Fest all day Saturday representing the CUCFablab. It was great but tiring day.

humanoidhistory:

Welcome to the future, circa 1961.
(Mondo 2000)

humanoidhistory:

Welcome to the future, circa 1961.

(Mondo 2000)

Antiquated ATMs are easy pickings for “jackpotting” by fraudsters

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The older machines — about half of them running Windows XP, which no longer receives security updates — are very vulnerable to “jackpotting” attacks where criminals trick the machines into paying out money without correctly debiting any account, to the tune of millions.

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Google’s New Street View Image Recognition Algorithm Can Beat Most CAPTCHAs | TechCrunch

Here is an interesting conundrum for Google: it has created an algorithm that’s significantly better at reading street numbers in Street View images, which helps it give you more accurate directions. At the same time, though, it turns out that this algorithm is so good, it can decipher 99 percent of CAPTCHAs (those squiggly text puzzles you often have to solve to prove you are human).

new-aesthetic:

Google’s New Street View Image Recognition Algorithm Can Beat Most CAPTCHAs | TechCrunch

Here is an interesting conundrum for Google: it has created an algorithm that’s significantly better at reading street numbers in Street View images, which helps it give you more accurate directions. At the same time, though, it turns out that this algorithm is so good, it can decipher 99 percent of CAPTCHAs (those squiggly text puzzles you often have to solve to prove you are human).