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Comment Re:It'll only get worse (Score 1) 66

That's actually a pretty interesting list. Beyond the obvious ones, I think we tend to forget that the data aggregators like Acxiom are always there, operating in the background to scoop up any information they can to sell. And that a company like Uber would sell your location and any other data related to timing/pickup/dropoffs at the drop of a hat. Whatsapp got exposed recently for privacy violations but guess that falls under the umbrella of Facebook. Then outside of the privacy realm you have pay-for-play schemes like Yelp that should be investigated formally too.

But strictly to the point of privacy, of course the dividing line is what do you voluntarily expose vs. what is exposed involuntarily or against the published TOS. i.e. you get what you deserve by signing up to Pinterest, Facebook, etc. The problem is you would need a cluster of superhuman Al Frankens to get through most TOS's. Not unlike skynet, that's something that should be seriously debated before implementation.

Comment Re:Sketchy (Score 1) 81

Options/Blocks: @BlockTradeAlert, @WallStJesus, @CashRocket, @OpenOutcrier, @SpeedyCalls
T/A: @WrigleyTom, @OptionsHawk for example
Some pro biotech/pharma guys who actually know what they're talking about: @DewDiligence, @Ogut_Ozgur, @Biomaven, @BioDueDiligence, @DavidBautz, @zbiotech, @AF_biotech/@CNS_Investing. Too many to list, check the overlap of who they follow for more.


Comment Re:Sketchy (Score 3, Informative) 81

That's true and most likely what Muddy Waters did. Further, biotech traders especially are notorious for watching option flow because blowups are more common than positive outcome trials. And leaks are almost expected these days no matter how the trades are structured to hide inside info.

But in this particular case it's almost definitely what you described, basically front-running their research just like Citron, Streetsweeper and others do. As a matter of fact, here's a screen shot showing a decent size put position being put on $STJ a few days ago (probably not just Muddy Waters but other cohorts too):

It's actually one of the few ways the little guy can bank based on "inside info" just by keeping an eye out for activity like this. I personally follow about 5 users who exclusively tweet blocks and unusual option activity, it pays off about 60% of the time (not just puts, calls too). Some opening positions really are most definitely based on the illegal-type inside info, the rest are front-running research like described above.

Comment Re:init 1 (Score 5, Funny) 118

My wife was trying to get my attention last night and finally yelled "SystemD!!" in desperation. I immediately turned and instinctively shouted "you're a useless hipster pos!!".

I ended up sleeping on the couch and she's seeing a divorce attorney tomorrow morning.

Goes without saying but the moral of the story is to stick with init and stay far, far away from systemd.

Comment Re:Your shitty product kills jobs? (Score 5, Informative) 153

Yeah and not limited to insecure transmissions to foreign servers, embedded stock passwords and keys too. If you check out his other reviews, he actually outs them on another product. For example:

Morjava®MJ-SmallK Intelligent Smart Wifi Plug Socket Wireless Switch Timer Wifi Socket Wifi Smart US Plug for iPhone iPad Android Smartphone APP

"The ugly:

Oh this is all pretty terrible. To start: the security on this device is a joke. The communication between the app and the device is encrypted with AES, but the encryption key is the same for all devices and is contained within the app - it's "fdsl;mewrjope456fds4fbvfnjwaugfo". This means that it's easy to decrypt any traffic you can see other people send, and also easy to encrypt your own commands. This isn't too much of a problem on your local network (the majority of smart devices will allow anybody on your wifi to control them), but it's awful when it comes to the cloud interface. By default, anyone in the world can send a command to the plug and it'll just perform it. That means anyone can just turn your plugs on and off, and also set the timer. You can avoid the worst of this by setting a password in the app, but there's no sort of rate limiting on the queries so if someone has identified your plug it won't take too long for them to crack your password.

But wait! There's more!

It runs ssh by default and has a default root password (" p9z34c"), so anyone on your network can log into it and run whatever they want on it. Anyone who can see your network traffic can decrypt the commands and extract the password, so don't use the app on any untrusted networks. It downloads app updates and plug firmware updates over http and doesn't do signature validation, so anyone can man in the middle you and get you to flash backdoored firmware onto your plug."

Needless to say, a big thank you to Mr. Garrett for exposing these issues. This is the kind of thing I might buy on a whim and certainly don't have time to figure out what level of security these things are operating at. He's performing a much needed public service.

Comment Google vs Facebook, etc. (Score 5, Interesting) 114

I may be naive and eventually end up with egg on my face but here goes. In today's world we all know the horse has left the gate wrt privacy. It seems the issue now isn't who's collecting the data, it's what happens to your data after it's been scooped up. And what keeps the data from escaping comes down to the question of how that data is being exploited for generating revenue.

Google gets a lot of flack around here but if you follow the money, they have a pretty good incentive to do whatever it takes to keep the tracking data high-quality and most definitely in-house. Mainly because they own the search market and the better the ad targeting, the more protected Alphabet's revenue stream is.

Apple is obviously dependent on hardware sales so not much needs to be said about that. Plus they really don't want bad PR from data escaping.

So let's compare that to the other 800lb gorilla(s). I don't see any reason why Facebook, Pinterest, etc. wouldn't incorporate outright sale of their tracking data to third parties (if they don't ship it out the back door already). Sure, they're dependent on ad/affiliate revenue too but with one other important difference. Google has an (effective) search monopoly where data exposure would stir up a hornet's nest of legal issues directly or indirectly.

Facebook has little to lose since their product (users) don't seem to care what happens to their data as long as they can post their cat pictures. And they've built a Terms of Use that guarantees they own every aspect of the data ( Not to mention there's not been much talk of anyone caring about a company holding a monopoly in the social network sphere. It's a 'meh' issue when compared to search market share.

So what's keeping Facebook from transforming more of their revenue stream from ad sales to data sales down the road? Especially with the ad controversies that were swirling around ( Following the money...not much?

P.S. - s/tailer/tailor

Submission + - Maverick scientist thinks he has discovered a magnetic sixth sense in humans (

sciencehabit writes: It is now widely accepted that many animals sense Earth’s magnetic field and use it for navigation, and researchers are getting ever closer to the cellular foundations of magnetoreception. But what about humans? Researchers in Tokyo and Pasadena, California, think they have found glimmers of a vestigial sense. Screening out electromagnetic noise, and applying weak magnetic fields on human subjects in a dark, metal box, the researchers think they have found brain waves that signal a passive response to the fields.

Submission + - Mark Zuckerberg covers his Laptop Camera by putting Tape over it.

rtoz writes: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo to his personal Facebook, to celebrate Instagram’s growth to 500 million monthly users.
Many people in Social Media noticed his laptop on the desk. They observed that his computer’s webcam and microphone jack are covered by putting a Tape over them.
Some people questioned about how can we decide that this is his desk? But the question was answered by referring a video released by Marzk Zuckerberg few months back. In that video he was showing this desk and his books on that desk.

Desk in this new photo is matching with that one. So, obviously it should be Mark zuckerberg's laptop.

Submission + - SPAM: Tesla Extends Losses After SolarCity Deal Announcement

tradeonetwo writes: Early news on the Tesla’s bid for SolarCity hit a negative tone, calling the deal a significant change to Tesla’s business model that could hinder its attempt to boost production of its fully-electric vehicles.

Tesla made an unexpected offer to acquire solar energy company SolarCity in a stock amounting to approximately $2.8 billion. Musk is chairman of SolarCity, which is run by his cousins.

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