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June 1, 2020 3:12 AM

Ismar on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

@Clieve - sure , I will by your crystal but only if it is very expensive ;-). BTW - are there any more of those paradise entry tickets the Church was selling ages ago - I may be interested in one of them too .

June 1, 2020 3:07 AM

JonKnowsNothing on Websites Conducting Port Scans:

@Joe
re:

A few people have suggested disabling Javascript.
Get real. Most websites that actually do something ... that require Javascript.

Reality is: Websites that insist on using JavaScript are insecure by definition. Insisting that everyone else needs set their systems into an insecure-mode so they can access data or information from an insecure host is unrealistic.

If however, you are able to pull a rabbit out of the hat and make JavaScript secure I am sure many would appreciate it.

Until then.. NO.

June 1, 2020 2:52 AM

Joe on Websites Conducting Port Scans:

A few people have suggested disabling Javascript.
Get real. Most websites that actually do something (as distinct from showing you fixed text and pictures) require Javascript. That discussion was held a long time ago, and is settled. Today's web requires Javascript.

Making Javascript implementations secure is a different and worthwhile subject. The appropriate forum is the Ecma standardisation process.

June 1, 2020 2:24 AM

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June 1, 2020 12:46 AM

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June 1, 2020 12:45 AM

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June 1, 2020 12:44 AM

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June 1, 2020 12:43 AM

Anonymous54 on Hiring Hackers:

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May 31, 2020 11:46 PM

David Australia on Websites Conducting Port Scans:

to contribute a data point

National Australia Bank internet banking began informing customers in late 2019 it would fingerprint log in, IP and other, 'to keep you safe'

i know someone that uses it with Firefox and upon login they regularly get a pop up saying the site wants to use HTLM5 to canvas data do you agree yes/no

May 31, 2020 11:31 PM

David Australia on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

MarkH Clive Robinson

Just in today.

Three Australian media outlets have lost an appeal about a key ruling holding them responsible for the alleged defamation on Facebook..

[www.abc.net.au]

These are not just any old media outlets, it's Murdoch

May 31, 2020 11:17 PM

Agammamon on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

Turns out that it's just a regular USB stick.

No, no, no - its a quantum USB stick. Until you opened it up and made a measurement it was both real and snake oil at the same time.

May 31, 2020 11:01 PM

Varun Gangawane on Hacking Lottery Machines:

On the other hand, the weekly lotteries which are listed above, Kerala State runs several seasonal ‘bumper’ lotteries too
The gods own country is also the country of festivals. That is why the government gives more importance to the festive seasons.

May 31, 2020 9:24 PM

JonKnowsNothing on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

re: Current Events: George Floyd and Other

As the MSM reports flow along the internet paths it will be very interesting to see exactly which techs are used in the aftermath and to what purpose.

Reports of specific drone flights over cities may surprise some but we already know that USA LEOs fly DirtBox flights many times a day over a great number of cities harvesting smartphone data. Most of those flights are on small "private planes" that crisscross the city and harvest pretty much every phone in their flight paths.

Social Media has been an important calling for...

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May 31, 2020 6:51 PM

JonKnowsNothing on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@MarkH

re: Social Media, Big Internet Bros and Section 230 (USA)

All the big internet companies are that: companies. They are not part of the "public sphere" and "free speech" does not exist there. Tolerated speech exists as does moderated and non-moderated speech.

Free Speech is standing on the steps of the Supreme Court shouting your preference. Free speech doesn't exist outside of that. We have our assumption of free speech on the internet but that's all it is: a belief.

Section 230 was designed to get Big Internet Bros off the hook for hosting,...

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May 31, 2020 6:40 PM

lurker on Thermal Imaging as Security Theater:

Surely this qualifies as Security Theatre:
[amp.theguardian.com]

Monkeys mobbed an Indian health worker and made off with blood samples from coronavirus tests, prompting fears they could have spread the virus in the local area.

May 31, 2020 6:37 PM

James Mjomba on Bart Gellman on Snowden:

Gellman's Dark Mirror is now available as an audiobook, at audible.com Length is about 12 hours.

May 31, 2020 5:08 PM

Sancho_P on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

Re Greta-19 death rate:
The recovered are just estimates based on total cases, death and the known active (hospitalized) cases, even in Germany (the world champs in counting).

To see the overload (or not) of the health system,
why not simply calculate death rate (%) = death/total*100 ?
(worldometer: Always use “Yesterday”)

Take care what to compare!
Extremely big and extremely small numbers should be ignored.
If a country / region is below 2.000 cases/1M pop the pandemic wasn’t yet there.
E.g.:
Spain: 6.124 cases/Mpop == 9,5 %...

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May 31, 2020 4:41 PM

Richard Hartman on Is WhatsApp Hacked?:

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May 31, 2020 2:05 PM

MarkH on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

.
The Future of Section 230

This now-famous provision of a U.S. federal law has, for good or for ill, made possible the enormous growth and power of "social media" countries, as well as many other internet activities (including the comments section of Bruce's blog).

Essentially, § 230 protects people and businesses from certain kinds of liability when they transmit content from others (like this comment!) via the public internet.

This enables operations like social media sites, in which virtually all content comes from participants; and it allows...

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May 31, 2020 1:48 PM

MarkH on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

A couple of thoughts on the origin of SARS-CoV-2 (discussed in a few comments above):

1. I agree with Clive, that it might never be possible to trace the virus back to its starting point. It's very interesting, however, to see how increasingly sophisticated genetic analysis has expanded the scope of such detective work.

2. Although scientists are very confident that the virus came from bats, it is not (so far as I have learned) necessarily living in bats: it's possible that the pandemic virus is a mutation (possibly very slight) of a bat coronavirus which by bad...

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May 31, 2020 12:26 PM

Martin Potter on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

@c1ue

Thanks. If they were previously selling a dietary supplement, I'll bet they laughed all the way to the bank. "Scammers through and through" probably, but even some criminals have a sense of humour. As I said, their "catalyser" website was traditional British satire.

Except for the price, I would have bought one of their anti-5G devices, just for the fun of it. Then I noticed that they were all "on back order". Ha, the joke was on me.

May 31, 2020 12:11 PM

lurker on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@That Guy:
The first death from Covid19 in New Zealand had been initially diagnosed as flu at a small country hospital, and tested for Covid after not responding to flu treatment, but by then too late.

Early on NZ was in the same situation as many countries with not enough testing materials or labs geared up to do it, so only the highly probable cases were tested, and only at clinics higher up the medical pecking order. Now they have the luxury of random testing of susceptible populations, and GPs are inviting any little sniffle to be tested.

Early numbers from NZ...

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May 31, 2020 11:49 AM

JonKnowsNothing on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@That Guy
re:

all the numbers from all over the US and other countries is just garbage. Any analysis based on the numbers is useless.

It's a cat and mouse game. It also depends on how OCD you are about tracking and documenting the numbers. It's one thing to look at them daily, another to copy down and keep them in a file for future reference. It's also about how much you can correlate between the presented numbers and "common sense".

The other factor is scope. If you live in an area with thousands of cases/deaths the scope is really beyond...

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May 31, 2020 11:28 AM

lurker on Thermal Imaging as Security Theater:

@Rj

This new economy is envisioned to be a single unified global economy under a ...
"... multilateral governance system" in the version I heard.

But most governments have sleep-walked into it, and will be presented with an offer they cannot refuse.

May 31, 2020 10:39 AM

That Guy on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

I don't trust the NZ numbers at all. I know of someone that early on that had all the sings of the infection, Normally a very active and health person, was completely out of it for 3+ weeks. Contacted the health service. He even had contact with one of the of the early cases in NZ. They didn't test, told him to just go home and treat it like a bad cold/flu.

For that matter I don't trust most of the the numbers. Having an EMS person in the family they have noted that since March in their service area there have not been any of the deaths for stroke, cardiod issues, flu,...

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May 31, 2020 10:21 AM

myliit on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

[www.sfchronicle.com]

“The curious case of the SF doctor who’s been coronavirus-positive nearly 90 days and counting ..

“I belong to the very small club of persistent positives,” said Kivlahan, who is executive medical director for all primary care at UC San Francisco. She has seen some 60 UCSF colleagues come down with the coronavirus, almost all going through a miserable few...

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May 31, 2020 7:41 AM

Rj on Thermal Imaging as Security Theater:

@lurker: "The security of civilization depends on a healthy active population. A pandemic that threatens that health is a security problem."

And a governmental response to a pandemic that limits activity is likewise a security problem!

The governmental response so far has been highly destructive to the global economy. This is not by accident. The purpose here is to destroy the "old" economy so that a "new" economy can be introduced. This new economy is envisioned to be a single unified global economy under a single point of control. Those who desire such a system say...

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May 31, 2020 7:23 AM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@ SpaceLifeForm,

I should open up a antibody test lab.

The scam you describe is one that the UK government appear to keep finding with both their PPE (from Turkey) and anti-body tests (from China).

However you and one or two others may remember the discussion over a side effect of "Vampire antiaging" transfusion. The "good stuff" as it were is actually in the serum, where all the antibodies for disease are found.

Well there are a number of places near Silicon Valley which do these transfusions for certain well paid or well invested persons...

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May 31, 2020 7:05 AM

myliit on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

[www.wsj.com]

New Zealand Has Just One [Known] Remaining Case of Coronavirus

It’s one of only a few countries pondering the possible extinction of the pathogen within its borders

New Zealand is down to its last known coronavirus case, approaching a milestone beyond reach in most countries: the elimination of the virus within its borders.

It has been nine days as of...

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May 31, 2020 6:14 AM

MarkH on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@SpaceLifeForm:

First, I think we can agree that ALL of the available statistics have large percentage uncertainties, and there are big differences in criteria and methods between different places.

I'm sure this isn't special to the present pandemic: public health statistics are generally prone to this kind of fuzziness, which is one reason I have thought armchair epidemiology a foolish pursuit: the actual professionals are experienced in (a) interpreting highly uncertain data, and (b) the patterns according to which such data have evolved in previous epidemics from their...

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May 31, 2020 2:35 AM

SpaceLifeForm on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@ Clive, ALL

"One of which is the lower the real death rate, the higher the number of infectious people in the community thus the spread."

What he said.

As some may know, I've always followed D/(D+R)

Deaths/(Deaths plus Recovered)

In the olden daze, (2 months ago), the ratio was about .20 and had been fairly stable. That was based upon confirmed cases. Serious cases, to hospital in the main.

I expected it to drop. Slowly.

But, now, it is about .12 which is a much larger decline than I expected. I was thinking a .01 drop per month...

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May 31, 2020 12:16 AM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@ vas pup,

Could you please advice how to attach voltmeter to cable box so I could actually monitor electricity consumption
.

You want a "power meter" rather than a "voltmeter".

Electronics engineers go quite a long way out of their way to try and ensure that the voltage on power supplies remains constant to very small fractions of a volt irrespective of the power being consumed.

You can buy "digital power meters" relatively cheaply from a large number of places. Some are to be connected between the AC wall socket and the device mains lead,...

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May 31, 2020 12:03 AM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@ SpaceLifeForm, ALL,

The civit farm handler(s) were silent spreaders. As were the live civits themselves.

The problem is we know one end of the chain is a bat, and the other end is a human it's the missing link(s) that we don't know.

For various reasons it might well be civits the've been implicated befor with SARS-CoV-1 and certain types of flu.

However just a few months back it was thought to be the defenseless pangolin that is one of the most trafficed animalls in the world.

Back then Australias 60 Minutes did a half hour news...

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May 30, 2020 11:57 PM

Morgan Freeman on Yet Another IoT Cybersecurity Document:

Cybersecurity data is confidential and it needs to be under high security. I think giving it to officials may be good because they can decide better. I searched for a loT and everywhere it is mentioned that they need to make things more conservative and put this data under high security as we can see here assignment-help-au.com because first, we need to learn about how to fix it.

May 30, 2020 10:41 PM

Trudi Fenster-Klotz on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

Re: branes

If I may, a small point of clarification

Branes are a special kind of manifold. The term is not interchangeable with the term “manifold”.

Also, embeddedness is not part of the definition of manifold. In fact the notion of manifold encompasses the intrinsic global properties of certain kinds of topological and geometrical objects. Whether a manifold can be embedded in e.g. a Euclidian space of some dimension and the dimension required are the subject of famous theorems, e.g. for the smooth and metric cases, of H. Whitney and J. Nash.

May 30, 2020 7:28 PM

lurker on Thermal Imaging as Security Theater:

security [mass noun] 1. the state of being free from danger or threat; Oxford English Dictionary

The security of civilization depends on a healthy active population. A pandemic that threatens that health is a security problem. @Bruce can moderate discussion beyond info-tech security if he wishes.

May 30, 2020 7:12 PM

SpaceLifeForm on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@ Clive

"I suspect the actual infection started well away from the wet market in some rural location where humans come into contact with wild creatures."

Concur.

I suspect that it went from a sick rabid bat (already a carrier of ncov2019 virus) that a civet ate on a civet farm, that was then illegally marketed (live in a cage, excrementing the virus).

The civit farm handler(s) were silent spreaders. As were the live civits themselves.

China supposely outlawed civit marketing after SARS, but old traditions die hard, so the authorities looked the...

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May 30, 2020 6:41 PM

Sherman Jay on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@JonKnowsNothing,
Your instructions are great fun. I love your sense of humor. I wonder if some white hat hacker could create a way to hi-jack the crypto=currency mining and give it to the computer owner?

One thing that could be done for phones and tablets is to put them in a plastic bag, wrap that tightly in aluminum foil and cover that with another plastic bag. (or if you want to be really sure, multiple layers of plastic and seamless foil) That effectively puts it into a faraday cage that prevents wifi signals from reaching it. (however, even though it is still rare, I...

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May 30, 2020 3:10 PM

c1ue on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

@Chris
It isn't clear what you're asking.
Are you implying that the processor designers are somehow building in bad things?

If you're worried about that, I'd worry far more about ARM than anything else.
The Intel/AMD processors are proprietary and manufactured (mostly) in vertical supply chains.

ARM, on the other hand, is a software license. The finished product processor is customized as the licensee desires. This includes adding whatever they want, wherever they want, however they want. On top of which, much of the manufacturing is performed in 3rd...

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May 30, 2020 3:06 PM

JonKnowsNothing on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@vas pup

re: kill switch, battery and power

Monitoring power is kewl. Getting rid of the bad ware, bloat ware, malware is a PITA and often impossible as described on many posts, articles.

My favorite kill switch is:

  1. face the router
  2. consider and savor the next step
  3. reach behind the router and yank the power cord out of the receptacle
  4. watch the thing die
  5. enjoy the thought of all the upstream devices screaming "disconnect!!!"

For batteries:

  1. face the...

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May 30, 2020 2:34 PM

vas pup on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

'Scorching-hot hacked computer burned my hand':
[www.bbc.com]

"He reached down and looked inside his computer, which he liked to leave open and on display in his bedroom.

Instinctively he touched one of the components, cursed and pulled his hand back. The graphics card was so hot it had burned his fingers.

The 18-year-old from Sheffield hadn't realized it yet, but this minor injury was caused by crypto-jacking.

Crypto-jacking is the unauthorized and illegal use...

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May 30, 2020 12:37 PM

myliit on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

@La Abeja

“Nice. You haven't been robbed or pickpocketed or arrested, your identity hasn't been stolen, the damn thing wasn't confiscated on a child pornography warrant, you don't have any illicit mp3s of copyrighted songs. Welcome to the club.”

ouch

Iirc, the mentioned website, or approach to it, had a cloudfare, or something like that, looking webpage, saying something like ‘turn on javascript’

May 30, 2020 12:33 PM

Garabaldi on Thermal Imaging as Security Theater:

@ Clive Robinson

So less than one in six infectious people and quite some time after they have been infecting others.
Not exactly a good batting average to put it politely.

But a pretty good career shooting percentage for a hockey player.

We do not know enough about the epidemic to know if we are playing baseball, hockey, go, or quidditch.

Moreover we should stop waiting for a magic bullet. Even a fairly weak measure can be a useful part of a coordinated response if it is cheap enough and complements other measures....

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May 30, 2020 11:33 AM

JonKnowsNothing on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@Rj @Ismar @All

re:

COVID19, Tuberculosis, Mystery Death, Sewer Sweep, and soon to be dead Sheep.

MSM reports:

In Australia the cruise ship Ruby Princess was the source of a major outbreak there (about 10% of cases). There is an on going investigation about why the boat was allowed to dock in Sydney on 19 March, 2020 and why people were let off the boat. Lots of finger pointing.

The same problem has reoccurred several more times, where boats were allowed to dock and off load crew or travelers infected with COVID19. One of the...

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May 30, 2020 10:58 AM

c1ue on Websites Conducting Port Scans:

User ID seems unlikely. Even if cookies can't be used - the easiest way - it is simple to use the same methods as AmIUnique.org to fingerprint a user.
The security bit seems more likely - but of course, the legality is in question.

May 30, 2020 10:53 AM

c1ue on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

@Martin Potter
No, the people who created this product, previously sold a similarly themed "quantum DNA" dietary supplement product called Immortalis.
Scammers through and through.

May 30, 2020 9:52 AM

Beobachter on Me on COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps:

@Clive:

Does Peter have the wrong accent? Sure, the Guardian is so much more reliable - just ask Julian Assange and all the whistle blowers they've stabbed in the back. Since the BBC went to hell soon after Little Bush started the Iraq war, I no longer trust any UK media, but some people who haven't gone completely down the viral rabbit hole, might find some interesting information in those heretical links of Peter's. Hilarious how science - and the lack thereof - means nothing anymore in virus-land - it's all left right politics... and control.

I rather agree with you...

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May 30, 2020 5:06 AM

Clive Robinson on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

@ Ismar,

so good on those who came up with the scheme

Can I interest you in my "Anti-terror embedded crystal"?

You carry it in your pocket and if it feels warm then there is a terrorist near you. It uses an ultra modern form of bio-feedback mechanisum configured to focus on a special crystaline mass with latent energy de-dispersive thus prolonged retentive properties. The more you use it the more sensitive it becomes thus significantly increasing it's effective range giving you an increased sphear of warning.

May 30, 2020 4:50 AM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Edit Their Own Genomes:

@ SpaceLifeForm,

The nice thing about conspiracy theories is that there are so many of them to choose from.

Just like "cookies" and like cookies,

    With a few simple ingredients you can bake your own.

The thing people tend to forget, is one of the first rules of being a confidence trickster or financial market operator is "There is profit in confusion" or "The more confusion there is the easier it is to make profit".

Thus if you want to make profit, logically you first have to make confusion. Conspiracy Theories are just a way of...

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May 30, 2020 4:39 AM

Ismar on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

In a strange way this provides a piece of mind to those gullible enough to believe 5G requires a protection from so for ~$500 it might still be cheaper than a couple of sessions with a psychiatrist 😀. Plus you might be able to use it as a normal USB as well - so good on those who came up with the scheme

May 30, 2020 4:31 AM

Clive Robinson on Thermal Imaging as Security Theater:

@ Jesse Thompson,

So the question boils down to how many valuable hits can it make, and how does that compare to the strikes that it allows through or the foul balls of safe people that it flags?

Depends on who you ask but,

1, Atleast 50% of people are asymptomatic.

2, Of those who eventually brcome symptomatic less than a third show fever.

3, You are infectious and shedding virus upto seven days before a you have a fever.

So less than one in six infectious people and quite some time after they have been infecting...

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May 30, 2020 4:05 AM

Clive Robinson on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

@ Rj,

My bad but I shall blaim the spell checker 0:)

When I first read about branes the joke did not occur to me. It was only later when someone asked me what I was reading and I said it out aloud that I realised from the look on their face[1]...

Of all the "physics jokes" it must be one of the more obvious (the "Why did the cat slide of off the roof?" being one of the worst). But heck put enough intelligent people in a room for long enough and word jokes and practical jokes will arise to relieve the boredom, as will secret codes. @Wael and myself have swapped a...

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May 30, 2020 3:05 AM

Clive Robinson on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@ SpaceLifeForm,

It's reasonable to propose that SARS-CoV-2 did not originate in the wet market.

Also it's reasonable to say we may never know where it started.

What it is also reasonable to say is that the wet market is a point that many of those who were originaly recognised as having a new disease had contact with.

The more we learn about this disease the more dificult it becomes to actually trace it back.

That is of those early patients that apparently had no contact with the wet market, they may have had contact with a "silent spreader" who...

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May 30, 2020 2:42 AM

SpaceLifeForm on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

In conspiracy theory, it's Ferguson writ large.

There are people stirring the pot, traveling into cities and committing crimes, hiding under the cover of protest.

Stay Home.

If you stay home, you will not be providing cover.

May 30, 2020 2:30 AM

SpaceLifeForm on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

Hoping Trevor Bedford and his team
(https://nextstrain.org/ncov/global)
can get this genomic data and see if it fits,
and if it makes sense.

Here, there are arguments that it did not really start in Wuhan. Wuhan may have been the catalyst (large groups, no distancing), and that it really started in September 2019, possibly in Shanghai. Read the concurring and dissenting comments....

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May 30, 2020 2:28 AM

Clive Robinson on Websites Conducting Port Scans:

@ Jesse Thompson,

So just to be clear, are you suggesting that in the 1980s and earlier prior to any human beings using the Internet for financial transactions, that fraud did not exist?

No because all communications systems have been used for fraud even before we had wired communications like the telegraph.

The actual lesson if you will is,

    As system implementers we don't learn from history. Where as attackers do.

Thus until we do the best thing to do is not engage in what is known from history to be a very unsafe practice....

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May 30, 2020 1:19 AM

Gunter Königsmann on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

Sounds a bit like [barcodekiller.de] [unfortunately german-only]: A site that sells extremely expensive pens that alloe to draw connecting lines that hinder the lines from barcodes from vibrating and thought-controlling you: "You will have seen: The more you have to do with barcodes the more money you will have spent."
I don't doubt they will send you a pen if you are willing to pay for it. But since they claim that the pens not only deactivates barcodes, but also the NCC1701 I guess the site is satirical, as...

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May 29, 2020 11:07 PM

myliit on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

[www.sfchronicle.com]

“What does SF’s new ‘30-foot-rule’ mean? In short, always carry a mask

... That’s where the new “30-foot-rule” comes into play, which has perhaps been one of the biggest sources of confusion about the city’s mask policy.

The rule states that you must slip on a face covering if you get within 30 feet — 10 yards — from another person. The rule is meant to provide...

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May 29, 2020 6:59 PM

Lawrence D’Oliveiro on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

But then again, why disabuse them of their fantasies? At least some of them are going to claim that this debunking is all part of the “conspiracy”, anyway.

Especially if having something like this around will assuage the need they feel to burn down 5G masts.

May 29, 2020 6:50 PM

lurker on Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Communication:

@myliit

“As New Zealand Eliminates COVID, Epidemiologist Says “We Look at Trump’s Behavior & We’re Horrified””

Possible correction: "As New Zealand Eliminates Active Cases of COVID..."

Dr Chris Smith, clinical virologist from Oxford discussed the lurking or hidden reservoir of virus that causes a second wave. Dr. Smith has had a regular Saturday morning slot on NZ National Radio during the pandemic, you'll be abe to find it from the link in my other post.

May 29, 2020 6:49 PM

Rj on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

@Clive: And of course, "membrane" is just the prosaic word for the mathematical concept of a manifold -- a continuous and differentiable subspace of the hyperspace in which it is contained. In 3D such a manifold looks like a membrane.

May 29, 2020 6:46 PM

Rj on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

@Clive: That's "P-brane", as in "membrane" from which we got "M- brane" before we got "P-brane"; the pun of the latter being "pea-brain".

@Chris: Just don't use phones at all, or any other electronic means of cumminication. The only hope for real security is to use strong cryptography send steganegraphically, and prefferably split at least 3 ways and posted by 3 different uncorrelatable sources. Or better yet use spread spectrum RF communications with micro-meteorite ionosphere reflection/scattering so the direction of LPD waveforms is undeterminable.

Or... you could...

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May 29, 2020 6:38 PM

Chris on Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Edit Their Own Genomes:

Ok guys thanks for an intresting evening
i have been looking littlebit about phones
especially after this new covid19 tracking thing that can or is being or might be or is allready in use depending on what country or operator you are under. so also related to legislation obviously

Gadaa ihate to say go to this or that URL
because there could and most likely is a gazillion better ones and i might be connected to via a secondary affiliation to that site, and maybe that site is wrong on something, which would put my name on the line...

anyhow if so it doesnt...

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May 29, 2020 6:37 PM

Jesse Thompson on Thermal Imaging as Security Theater:

I would hazard that one big difference between "IR measurement of potential fever is easily gamed" and "XYZ measurement of terrorist activity is easily gamed" is that the latter involves human antagonists as the primary threat model. They can directly study the countermeasures and then work to bypass them.

But in the case of COVID the antagonist is a virus. Given enough time a virus can also work to learn from countermeasures, but neither as directly nor as efficiently as a human terrorist.

Using thermal imaging to detect fever in a crowd will be imperfect....

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May 29, 2020 6:27 PM

lurker on Thermal Imaging as Security Theater:

this is a very wierd virus, probably the wierdest infection we've seen, ever... more than half of patients catching this having no symptoms whatsoever... such a broad range [of symptoms] we just don't understand why that is...
The first two quotes were told by colleagues to consultant clinical virologist Dr Chris Smith, the last is his own admission. He also links <Care Homes - dementia - APOE lipid control genes - Covid19 susceptibility>. Note that APOE is also significant in coronary diseases suffered by many Care Home patients. A Thermal Camera can't see...

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May 29, 2020 6:14 PM

MarkH on Friday Squid Blogging: Cocaine Smuggled in Squid:

In a break from tradition, I offer a comment on-topic to Bruce's squid post.

Very Faithful Readers of my comments (God bless you, if you exist) may recall that I gave a direct-observation snapshot of economic activity as visible from my neighborhood.

The local foundry (or Satanic mill, as homage to Blake) resumed its activities roughly 3 weeks ago. I still don't know whether the shutdown was connected with the pandemic, or had some other cause such as plant maintenance. It's...

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May 29, 2020 6:03 PM

metaschima on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

I remember in the 90s when I got my first cell phone they were selling these small metallic stickers on TV that were supposed to protect you from the EM radiation coming from your phone. My parents got me some, they really looked silly to me, but I put them on my phone until they fell off. Totally snake oil.

May 29, 2020 5:46 PM

Chris on Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Edit Their Own Genomes:

Ok cooking food at the sametime trying to read the stuff here

Wow today was good stuff here!

So..
[en.m.wikipedia.org]

I will use that from next month on
And i hope everyone understand the problem here and will do the same

And again if you are inbound you can read that field as a signaling filed obviously very useful

May 29, 2020 5:16 PM

MarkH on Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Edit Their Own Genomes:

@Wael:

Sometimes the official narrative is the conspiracy theory.

I suggest that this happens much more often under authoritarian or totalitarian governments, than in liberal democracies.

@Chris, Test:

I like to use [email protected] for my email ... but if the system is picky about top-level domains, I suppose I could make the extra effort to type [email protected]

May 29, 2020 5:12 PM

zeroID on Commenting Policy for This Blog:

Bruce initial request was published in 2017, now in 2020 the comments on any blog or forum are mirroring the large society split, almost doesn't matter from which country are the posters coming. Primarily the top runners of politics are rude and the posters partisan comments just reacting on the behavior of those boon fellows.

May 29, 2020 5:08 PM

Chris on Bogus Security Technology: An Anti-5G USB Stick:

So here i want to ask you guys here that i think is more important or, equally important regarding operating systems

ARM projects
I like them but there are some things i dont like since many projects in ARM are SOC baed where we dont know what is going on such as Qualcomm

But. Risc based stuff personally i like them better than Intel processors

Now here is a thinking thing
Intel today is run via Telaviv
It doesnt matter what you think about that fact its just the way it is. so ...

ARM is am Brittish? based thing and as it now seems it...

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May 29, 2020 5:06 PM

MarkH on Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Edit Their Own Genomes:

@Rachel:

Many of your criteria can be turned in the reverse direction also.

Above, I enumerated some suggestions for critical thinking ... I don't see any criteria for what is or is not a conspiracy theory. Anyway, there's probably no generally accepted standard.

"Conspiracy theory" has become a sort of swear word, and is certainly used by thoughtless people to dismiss any idea they don't like. Personally, I try to use language responsibly.

If I understood your comment correctly, you're concerned about dismissal (or perhaps even...

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May 29, 2020 5:01 PM

Jesse Thompson on Websites Conducting Port Scans:

@Clive Robinson, @Hristo

But the quick and easy solution is "If you don't use the Internet for any financial transactions, nor does anyone else then fraud can not happen".

So just to be clear, are you suggesting that in the 1980s and earlier prior to any human beings using the Internet for financial transactions, that fraud did not exist?

I will grant that fraud may be easier to perform on the Internet, virtually everything is easier to perform on the internet. Fraud is easier to perform while either the attacker and/or the victim are breathing...

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