Jan “Starbug” Krissler, the Chaos Computer Club researcher who broke the fingerprint reader security on the new Iphone, had given a long interview to Zeit Online explaining his process and his thoughts on biometrics in general. The CCC’s Alex Antener was good enough to translate the interview for us; I’ve included some of the most interesting bits after the jump.
WASHINGTON – Deenise Becenti remembers watching this summer as a woman in the Navajo Nation who had been waiting more than 20 years to get electricity in her home flipped the switch to turn on the lights for the first time.
“She had a whole lot of happy tears,” said Becenti, the spokeswoman for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. “It was a very humble day because you knew that she had been waiting for ‘the day’ for a very long time.”
“The day” was made possible by the Kayenta Solar Project, the first large-scale solar farm on the Navajo Nation and the largest tribally owned renewable power plant in the country. The 27.3-megawatt plant, which went on line last summer, now generates enough power for 18,000 homes on Navajo lands.
But many thought the day might never come.
I know I’ve been gone for a while.
In part it’s because I’ve been working on an app!
I keep a lot of plants. I think everyone should!
- They clean your air
- They give you something to name
- They give you something to take care of
- They teach you about care, needs, and resources
- They make you look like you’re good at decorating
Here are some of mine:
But some people, because they’re overwhelmed or simply can’t figure out how to start, think that plants are out of their reach.
DRYP is for newcomers and experts.
It reminds you when to water
And it helps you fix what’s broken
If you think the world would be better with this app in it, please consider contributing to the Kickstarter!
I’ve tried to make it worth your while:
Again here’s the link to contribute:
And if you like me / if you like my idea, please signal boost!
guys I just checked and they need a lot more to get to their goal ;^; there’s only 17 days left!!!
This seems extremely cool!
Well this is fucking terrifying
“At the height of Thursday night’s gas emergency that affected 8,000 people and in which one person was killed, Massachusetts state police posted to Twitter a map of responses to fires and explosions.
It was an image of a computer monitor, showing locations of 39 incidents as confirmed “by MSP Watch Center”, and it included a vital message: “Reminder: all residents of Lawrence/Andover/N[orth] Andover who have Columbia Gas must evacuate, as should anyone else who smells gas.”
But the image also showed something else: a bookmarks bar at the top of the browser window which listed several leftwing groups.
The bookmarks included a Facebook group for Mass Action Against Police Brutality (MAAPB); the Coalition to Organize and Mobilize Boston Against Trump (Combat); Facebook 413; Facebook MA Activism; and Resistance Calendar, which notes timings for canvassing for Democratic or progressive candidates and anti-Trump rallies.
The state police’s official Twitter account shared the image at 6.26pm. Less than half an hour later it deleted it and shared a new one, which had been cropped. But the first tweet had already drawn the attention of activists and reporters, who shared screenshots and began a social media debate about online police surveillance.”
Khalia Braswell, 27, a former Apple engineer, quit her job at the tech giant in January. She came home to Charlotte to expand the technology boot camps she organizes through her nonprofit, INTech, to inspire young girls of color to get into tech.
In Internet Filtering and Adolescent Exposure to Online Sexual Material, two researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute reveal their empirical findings on the efficacy of porn filters – the online systems that are supposed to stop users from seeing sexual images, videos, and text.
Their conclusion: porn filters don’t work.
The research was conducted in advance of the British national porn filter, which will block all porn sites on the internet, except for those that require users to affirmatively identify themselves and prove their age prior to viewing. This system bears a very high cost, both directly (implementing and enforcing the system will cost millions) and indirectly (when the porn sites’ databases eventually leak, the world will get a list of every British person’s sexual kinks, proclivities, and shames).
The porn filter was masterminded by a Thatcher-era Tory grandee who was arrested for possession of child pornography in the middle of the planning process. It was backed by a technologically illiterate MP who threatened legal action against reporters who revealed how badly secured her own official website was.
The researchers concluded that filters “are ineffective and in most cases [and] were an insignificant factor in whether young people had seen explicit sexual content.”
The data in the paper considers nearly 20,000 subjects, and found that the subjects saw the same amount of internet porn regardless of whether their internet connections were filtered.
The researchers also explored the “financial and informational costs” of filtering – the overblocking of legitimate material, including material related to human sexuality and sexual health.