Ukrainian TSCM: Here’s how you deal with unwanted electronics if you live in the middle of a war zone (Luhansk)… (Also featured in that YouTube channel — a Marx generator… made with STICKS. That’s right, wooden sticks off a tree somewhere.) Anyway, news from the #badBIOS front. Karsten Nohl has successfully replicated another aspect […]

Here’s a scary thought: criminals using all that excessively over-engineered government spy software (the stuff you thought only other governments and Wikileaks had to worry about) to steal your cash and screw with your computer. This in fact appears to be happening. According to an “intelligence report” from Sentinel Labs, they detected some really high-end […]

A few years after MWT et al made mincemeat of those little in-room hotel safes, security firm G-Data decided to take a second swing. This time around, the piƱatas proved no less resistant to the proverbial security-research bat. Poking at an anonymous Chinese-made unit, they found that the safe used a cruciform lock as an […]

So I just brought up the topic of the guy making $2000 per hour as a way to “get free of the system.” Let’s look at how this works, and why it isn’t quite freedom yet. Money is a proxy for value, and value is in the eye of the customer. The amount of value […]

Some of you may be a bit surprised at my repeated skepticism of the “global brain” concept, something you may never have heard about unless you’re really tuned in to certain segments of the “tech elite.” After all, isn’t a totally decentralized network the ultimate answer to authoritarian, centralized control? Indeed it is… as this […]

Just in case you were still wondering whether Wall Street really was a casino where “the house always wins”… here’s some detailed but quantifiable evidence that yes, the stock market is approaching Vegas’ efficiency at parting fools from their money. The rough summary is that HFT algorithms are still exploiting race conditions in the market […]

First of all, I was recently reading about “solar storms” [1] and realized something. Certain corners of the Interwebs love speculating about how the (probably going to happen sooner or later) “magnetic pole reversal” of the Earth’s magnetic field is going to cause an EMP and destroy civilization. Well, this is prima facie bullshit, since […]