Stephen Arnold: Search Atlas Demonstrates Google Search Bias by Location

Search Atlas Demonstrates Google Search Bias by Location An article at Wired reminds us that Google Search is not the objective source of information it appears to many users. We learn that “A New Tool Shows How Google Results Vary Around the World.” Researchers and PhD students Rodrigo Ochigame of MIT and Katherine Ye of …

Stephen Arnold: Microsoft Percept: Perception in the Azure Cloud

Microsoft Percept: Perception in the Azure Cloud Does your printer work? The printer is fine and our Apple Minis and laptops have zero problem generating hard copy. What about people joining a Teams meeting when those individuals are not 365 paying customers? Have you plugged in a second or third monitor and wondered where the …

Steven Vervaecke: A huge swat of websites down due to CDN failure

This smells like a whitehat op. Websites Come Back Online After Global Fastly Outage Update (0736ET): After an hour of websites and apps worldwide went dark, many are coming back online around 0730 ET. The core problem was an “issue” identified on the Fastly CDN (content delivery network) network. Popular websites such as Twitch, Pinterest, …

Stephen E Arnold: Surveillance: Looking Forward

Surveillance: Looking Forward I read “The Future of Communication Surveillance: Moving Beyond Lexicons.” The article explains that word lists and indexing are not enough. (There’s no mention of non text objects and icons with specific meanings upon which bad actors agree before including them in a text message.) I noted this passage: Advanced technology such …

Stephen E Arnold: Cyber Security: What Are You Doing?

Cyber Security: What Are You Doing? I read “A Federal Government Left Completely Blind on Cyber attacks Looks to Force Reporting.” The write up uses a phrase for which there are a limited number of synonyms in English; namely, completely blind. There are numerous types of blindness. There’s the metaphorical blindness of William James, who …

Edwin Jewett: How Pixar uses hyper-colors to hack your brain

From WIRED, worth a read: Color—the stuff, the red-green-blue of the world—is a lot of things all at once. It’s the rain of uncountable photons of energy, bouncing off of and through everything around you. It’s electromagnetic waves. It’s the chemistry of paints and dyes. And it’s those things interwoven and pinging into sensors in …

Stephen E. Arnold: How Are Those Cyber Security Vendors Performing?

How Are Those Cyber Security Vendors Performing? This sounds like old news. This is really new news. The trust outfit Thomson Reuters published “U.S. Government Probes VPN Hack within Federal Agencies, Races to Find Clues.” The main idea is that despite the amped up cyber security efforts, another somewhat minor issue has been discovered. The …

Matt Ehret: Big Pharma Beware: Dr. Montagnier Shines New Light on COVID-19 and The Future of Medicine

Big Pharma Beware: Dr. Montagnier Shines New Light on COVID-19 and The Future of Medicine Early last April, Dr. Luc Montagnier, the Nobel-prize winning virologist who led a team including Dr. Judy Mikovitz in sequences the HIV virus in 1983, made waves by claiming that COVID-19 had the markings of a laboratory-grown creation. If this …