Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Evil Wednesday roundup of evil now with 19.4% more evil

  • An airline has launched a reward programme for finding bugs in its software.  However, “The bug bounty programme does not cover software used in the jets in United's fleet of aircraft.” It’s just its websites, which is a shame.  It’s a good thing for all that, though.  Who knows what kind of mischief someone could get up to if they compromised an airline’s network?  Give it a go and win yourself some airmiles.
  • Did that guy really hack that plane? I have my doubts.
  • Facebook tramples on European law.  Belgium isn’t happy with Facebook’s cavalier attitude to its customers’ and it’s non-customers’ privacy. “The body, which was working with its German, Dutch, French and Spanish counterparts, said that Facebook would not explain in detail how it used data it collected.” Yeah, it’ll do that.
  • What the BBC thinks net neutrality is. It’s kind of OK as far as it goes but why was it a video instead of, like, a paragraph? All it manages to do is make a paragraph take two and a half minutes of your life.  I’m tempted to come out in favour of charging news organisations more to stream pointless videos at license-payers’ expense.
  • Here’s one that actually sense as a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmQtKc9MccY
  • A stupid article about stupid things, just to piss you off.  It’s a service I provide entirely for free.  And while we’re at it, let’s never make people predicting the end of email into a drinking game or half of civilisation will be wiped out on the spot. The article actually says that the asynchronous nature of email is bad.
  • Wireless comms and things that leak EM are banned here, for SCIENCE!  I haven’t decided what I think of that yet.
  • People standing up to Internet.org. These people are officially NOT EVIL. The standy-uppy people, that is. Not, you know, the evil people who support it. It turns out that surveillance isn’t such a great business model when people can’t afford to be sold things. Tough fucking shit, ISPs, Facebook etc. Creating a channel where only your stuff can be bought isn’t an act of fucking charity. And what in all of technicolour thundering fuck is the encryption ban all about? There’s profit in surveillance of poor people after all. Providing you can control the things they’re able to buy.
  • Is this a joke? Isn’t every single form of communication other than semaphore better than this? Rory Cellan-Jones is a known idiot, but wtf: “Chirp was launched in 2012. It's an application that allows you to transfer files between devices simply using an audio signal. It was instantly appealing”. If by “appealing” he means “stupid” then I guess he’s right.
  • Stop trying to ban crypto.
  • Americans against being spied on by America.
  • US officials leak information about the ISIS raid that’s more sensitive than anything Snowden ever leaked. “Read that carefully and pretend it was Snowden who leaked this information, instead of nameless Pentagon spokesmen.”

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