North Korea follows three people on Twitter. This American property investor based in Texas is one of them.
Pyongyang launched its official government account in August 2010, using the handle @uriminzok, which translates as “our nation.” Recently, the number of tweeters that @uriminzok follows was been slashed to just three; one in North Korea, one in Vietnam and Mr Dushku. He has no idea why. Jimmy followed North Korea back, out of courtesy, adding, “Have a nice day, my friend” in Korean. Find out more on The Guardian.
(via 13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. LXII) | Messy Nessy Chic Messy Nessy Chic)
My $50,000 Twitter Username Was Stolen Thanks to PayPal and GoDaddy I had a rare Twitter username, @N. Yep, just one letter. I’ve been offered as much as $50,000 for it. People have tried to steal it. Password reset instructions are a regular sight in my email inbox. As of today, I no longer control @N. I was extorted into giving it up. While eating lunch on January 20, 2014, I received a text message from PayPal for one-time validation code. Somebody was trying to steal my PayPal account. I ignored it and continued eating….[more at the link.]
There were some 2,000 students inside the north-western Pakistan school on Monday when 15-year-old Aitzaz Hasan spotted the bomber, who was dressed in a school uniform, and made the decision to stop him.
Pleas from his classmates went ignored as Aitzaz marched up to the terrorist and confronted him.
"So he told [his classmates] ‘I’m going to stop him. He is going to school to kill my friends,’" an eyewitness recalled. "He wanted to capture this suicide bomber. He wanted to stop [him]."
The Hangu district, where the bombing took place, is home to regular bouts of deadly sectarian violence due to its proximity to semi-autonomous tribal regions with heavy Taliban and al-Qaeda presence.
Many locals are hoping that Aitzaz’s sacrifice could be seen as a uniting force against the ongoing bloodshed.
It wasn’t just Christmas, kiddos: Google’s swift and merciless de-listing of Rap Genius has sent the site’s traffic even further towards oblivion, as shown by the newest numbers out of Quantcast.
While controlling a camera remotely has long been a source of concern to privacy advocates, conventional wisdom said there was at least no way to deactivate the warning light. New evidence indicates otherwise.
Now research from Johns Hopkins University provides the first public confirmation that it’s possible to do just that, and demonstrates how. While the research focused on MacBook and iMac models released before 2008, the authors say similar techniques could work on more recent computers from a wide variety of vendors. In other words, if a laptop has a built-in camera, it’s possible someone — whether the federal government or a malicious 19 year old — could access it to spy on the user at any time.
This is not good news.
What a crazy fucking story.
By Nate Thayer December 8, 2013
I am banned by legal agreement to write the following: ABC Television/ Disney Corporation, after seven years in court, where they attempted to bankrupt me and ruin my reputation for objecting to them stealing fifteen years of my life work, buckled and paid me. They have the legal right to take back the money they finally paid me–which actually all went to lawyers and taxes–if I open my mouth.
You just never know…
GREENWICH VILLAGE — A taxi driver bashed a local dad in the head with a block of ice last week after the two got into an argument as the father brought his daughter to school, police said.
Driss Qorra, 49, got angry with the 43-year-old dad when the man opened the door to the cab while trying to swipe his credit card, after the cab stopped at Minetta Lane and Sixth Avenue about 7:45 a.m. Feb. 19. Qorra snapped at the man, “You better f—-ing pay me,” the man told police.
The father got out of the car and walked his daughter to the nearby Little Red School House, then returned to confront the cabbie, police said. The two argued, and when the dad turned his back, Qorra smashed him in the back of the head with a block of ice, police said.
All the stories at this link are amazing.
Yesterday (Feb 5 2014) NBC News ran a story claiming that if you bring your mobile phone or laptop to the Sochi Olympics, it’ll immediately be hacked the moment you turn it on. The story was fraudulent. It was about going to the Olympics in cyberspace (visiting websites), not going to their in person and using their local WiFi.More at the link…
The story shows Richard Engel “getting hacked” while in a cafe at Sochi. It is wrong in every respect.
They aren’t actually in Sochi (they are in Moscow).
The “hack” happens because of the websites they visit (Olympic themed websites), not their physical location. The results would’ve been the same in America.
The phone didn’t “get hacked”, Richard Engel initiated the download of a hostile Android app onto his phone.
I had expected the story to be about the situation with WiFi in Sochi, such as man-in-the-middle attacks inserting the Blackhole toolkit into web pages exploiting the latest Flash 0day. But the story was nothing of the sort. Instead, the hacking in the story was due to the hostility of Olympic themed websites. The only increased danger from being in Russia is geolocation. Google uses your IP address to rate local sites above websites across the world, so you’ll see more dodgy Russian sites in the results. You can disable this feature in your Google account settings.
I know it’s only January, but I’m still hopeful that this will be the dumbest thing any of us will read all year. It’s a weird rant by an old Venture Capitalist in Silicon Valley, comparing the efforts to reduce income inequality in 2014 America to the persecution and murder of Jews of all economic classes by the nazis. Can’t wait to see what the Valley’s defenders of obliviousness and arrogance have to say about this. It’s a corollary to Godwin’s Law that the person in any argument who first compares his opponent to Hitler or the nazis automatically loses. Well, enjoy what this old loser has to say to the Wall Street Journal:
Regarding your editorial "Censors on Campus" (Jan. 18): Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its “one percent,” namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the “rich.”
From the Occupy movement to the demonization of the rich embedded in virtually every word of our local newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent. There is outraged public reaction to the Google buses carrying technology workers from the city to the peninsula high-tech companies which employ them. We have outrage over the rising real-estate prices which these “techno geeks” can pay. We have, for example, libelous and cruel attacks in the Chronicle on our number-one celebrity, the author Danielle Steel, alleging that she is a “snob” despite the millions she has spent on our city’s homeless and mentally ill over the past decades.
This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent “progressive” radicalism unthinkable now?
Mr. Perkins is a founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
This is important for any major city with a tech business base. It’s coming to a head first in SF, and the city is fumbling it very badly, favoring Google over the citizens and taxpayers. Others will have to watch and see how this plays out. I love San Francisco, but the brazen, careless approach taken by Google and other tech companies in the city actually have me wondering if this might not escalate into violence if the people feel like they’re being treated as badly as they seem to be right now.
Busing is just one element of a perfect storm brewing in San Francisco — tech workers vs. the rest of the city — where proponents of the free market come head to head with people unhappy with the loopholes in that market, i.e. the millions in tax breaks offered to tech companies like Twitter or the Ellis Act. The activist argument is that if tech companies don’t have to pay taxes (or fines), they should somehow be responsible for protecting the community in other ways.
While it is a perfect storm, there is no perfect solution for the problems caused by the tech boom and no straightforward explanation as to how the busing affects the real estate crisis, though every resident has an opinion on it — usually emotionally charged.
Murdoch’s papers should be co-owned by Donald Trump. He would continuously call them ‘classy’.
9) “It’s like when you were younger—well, this is for boys—you know, when you’re younger you say, ‘I don’t want to take a bath.’ You say, ‘No, I’ll never to take a bath.’ Why would you want to take a bath, well, you have to take a bath, clean, da da, da. You say, ‘But isn’t there a better way?’ So we had to take baths, right. Or showers.”
-General Keith Alexander, director of the N.S.A, explaining why people should not fear N.S.A. privacy invasions.
1) “SSL Added and Removed Here ☺”
-An annotated memo, leaked by Edward Snowden, in which the N.S.A. explained how it cracked into Google’s cloud servers.