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Submission + - full details of eastlink internet leak

rewindustry writes: EASTLINK internet have exposed, and are deliberately continuing to expose, the majority of their customers, including those on COAST CABLE and DELTA CABLE, to malicious exploit.

i've tried all the proper channels — the crtc say it's not their problem, and the office of the privacy commissioner did not even bother to reply.

the full details are here, and i have unlocked the rest of my articles on this topic, in case anyone cares.

Submission + - please help exploit EASTLINK for halloween

rewindustry writes: or for any other reason really – except criminal, of course – i just thought halloween made a nice headline.

EASTLINK internet have exposed, and are deliberately continuing to expose, the majority of their customers, including those on COAST CABLE and DELTA CABLE, to malicious exploit.

eastlink are now actively denying that the leak exists.

this places the burden of proof on me.

i’ve tried every avenue i can think of – i’ve written to Ars Technica, the CBC, the Globe&Mail, my own local newspaper, the canadian CRTC, the UBC law students, and i’ve even tried to ask slashdot for advice.

nobody seems to care.

i am sick of this matter, and i feel i have done my share.

now it is your turn

please watch this space – over the next two days i will describe the leak and the exploit in detail.

Submission + - Breakthrough optical rectenna turns light directly into usable electricity (inhabitat.com)

Taffykay writes: A new breakthrough from Georgia Tech is likely to revolutionize the renewable energy industry. The optical rectenna is composed of tiny carbon nanotubes and rectifiers that capture light and convert it directly into DC current. The nanotubes create an oscillating charge that moves through the rectifier, switching on and off at high speeds, thereby creating a small electrical current. Billions of rectennas together can generate a more substantial current, resulting in renewable energy that is both significantly cheaper than conventional solar and more efficient.

Submission + - The difficulty getting a machine to forget anything (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: When personal information ends up in the analytical whirlpool of big data, it almost inevitably becomes orphaned from any permissions framework that the discloser granted for its original use; machine learning systems, commercial and otherwise, end up deriving properties and models from the data until the replication, duplication and derivation of that data can never hoped to be controlled or 'called back' by the originator.

But researchers now propose a revision which can be imposed upon existing machine-learning frameworks, interposing a 'summation' layer between user data and the learning system, effectively tokenising the information without anonymising it, and providing an auditable path whereby withdrawal of the user information would ripple through all iterations of systems which have utilized it — genuine 'cancellation' of data.

Comment "not possible" is executive speak, in this case. (Score 1) 203

as others have said, from the technical end (speaking from experience), there are plenty of ways to skin a cat like this, from emulation through porting, depending on the situation, and generally none of these are difficult to actually DO.

the only problem is you have to hire an actual programmer - someone who really can read and translate the code.

you cannot fix this with money, the solution does not come in a box, like executives do.

in short, if it was written by a coder, you need to hire a coder to fix it.

that simple.

good luck finding a real one, though.

and ps, this is not a bug, it is a feature - we value employment.

all three of us.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison