James Cheshire of Spatial Analysis has visualised British, Dutch and Spanish historical shipping records to produce maps of 18th Century shipping trade routes. And it’s pretty.
Tech.co has an article titled Artificial Intelligence Startups Are Winning the Cybersecurity Race. The claim is basically first that old, pattern and signature based malware recognition is useless, and second, that new, behavior based malware recognition employing mystery AI technologies fixes things. The article closes with
In the near future, we predict that AI will be able to effectively fight against hackers by easily detecting repacked viruses. It’s just a matter of time. That’s why, more than resources or experience, companies who actively apply AI, especially cybersecurity companies, will ultimately be successful.
That will be interesting to see. Here is a data point:
Work Chat said:
[ On boiling water with Gas instead of an electric cooker ]
L> Yeah, they have 110 freedom volts. Or whatever weird unit they use for that.
I> So what is the imperial unit for Volt?
Let’s see. Volt in SI units:
What Jeff Atwood thinks about password rules (“Bullshit!”).
(mainly a test post for Emoji in the title: I had to set the URL manually)
So, Wikileaks has been publishing a bunch of documents from the CIA, regarding hacking tools and working with tech and crypto under the headline of Vault 7.
In their words,
Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.
The first full part of the series, “Year Zero”, comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina.
Much has been made about the timing of this release, with regards to Trump’s Russian connection or other political context. That may or may not be true, but it’s actually relatively unimportant.
Every single time a big Silicon Valley company updates their Terms of Service, there is somebody who mis-interprets the change as an attempt to landgrab, or take ownership of the things being uploaded to the service.
This time it’s github.
Somebody just posted a digital clock, written in Conway’s Game of Life, on Stackexchange’s Codegolf. 11,520 generations per clock count / 10,016 x 6,796 box / 244,596 pop count.
On Backchannel she’s writing about the internal mechanisms of Gamergate-type personalities, and how their own insecurities make them aggressive, a very interesting read.
My first breakthrough came when I started studying bullying—when I started reading studies about why punitive approaches to meanness and cruelty backfire. It’s so easy to hate those who are hateful, and so hard to be empathetic to where they’re coming from. This made me double down on an ethnographic mindset that requires that you step away from your assumptions and try to understand the perspective of people who think and act differently than you do. I’m realizing more and more how desperately this perspective is needed as I watch researchers and advocates, politicians and everyday people judge others from their vantage point without taking a moment to understand why a particular logic might unfold.