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Collaring a Hacker?
Japanese police are trying to catch an elusive hacker, who is terrorizing the nation with a computer virus, bomb threats, and riddles. This hacker even attached a memory card to a stray cat's collar. After months of taunting, authorities and journalists remain clueless. They don't even know the hacker's gender, according to Wired UK.
As I understand it, the Venezuelan and many other "south of the border" jails still aren't particularly bastions of human dignity. Although many of the tales aren't particularly recent, passages from Max Hardberger's Seized comes to mind.
In McAfee's case... Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean nobody's out to get you.
I'm not going to defend McAfee nor would I ever attempt to even try to figure out what's going on inside his head, but I do understand why he would flee -- even if he's innocent.
As a child, I lived in Caracas, Venezuela, and dealing with law enforcement there is far different than in the US or UK (where I'm originally from). In the 1970s, at least, bribing police was the way of life; cops expected European, British, and American citizens to pay to get out of tickets, whether they were for drunk driving, speeding, or hitting a dog. There were many horror stories within the ex-pat community surrounding those who didn't pay or didn't pay enough. Venezuelan jails weren't known at the time for their adherence to civil or human rights. I remember when we were pulled over -- it was some alleged traffic violation -- by a cop in the Andes, and I was terrified that Dad was going to jail. Fortunately, he already knew the ropes. My father is a man of extreme integrity, but survival sometimes requires you to use a different moral compass.
In other words, this part of McAfee's strange adventures I can understand!
Now this is interesting. I've read about the Japanese hacker ever since they began reporting about him or her, and I have to admit, I'm intrigued. Sooner or later, I'm sure the perpetrator will be caught though.
As for that bit about John McAfee--that's just bizarre, including the part about him being on the run. Why run if you're innocent? That's all I'm wondering.
One reason may be due to some of its focus on consumer-oriented technologies like TVs, smart home devices and controls, etc. That gets the attention of the mainstream, non-tech press, as well as those who specialize in keeping up with technology of all types. It becomes self-fulfilling: More cameras, more air time, more attendees, and more vendors.
Personally, I like virtual shows (although attending some live events each year is a great way to connect, live, with new folk and some people I've met online and enjoy the social aspect of events that you can't get online).
We have choices..that's for sure.....and yes, specifically about "TED", folks seem to "running wild" with it...but having "TED" online and on demand is to me part of the growth of the Virtual Trade Show/Trade Conference Phenonmenon..I sense I am a minority of one....but that's okay. :-)
I have been a constant "visitor" to such shows....I view this as "vital"...In my case, I am not in a position to travel as much...for instance, I'm hoping to be able to catch COMDEX Virtual Soon. The potential power of the outreach is something worth going after...
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Neal Stephenson is best known as the author of science fiction novels such as SnowCrash and Anathem. But he does other things as well. Among them: He's assembled a team of scientists and engineers to figure out how to build a 20-kilometer-tall tower to use as a platform for launching rockets into space.
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Marissa Mayer at Yahoo has come out with her strategy on turning the company around: culture, company, calibration, and compensation. But Yahoo needs to have a technical approach to the mobile cloud opportunity, not a management theory lesson.
Twitter's changes are clearly aimed at being more Facebook-like, and this is because both companies are vying to serve the mobile social network market. But can that market work for anybody, given how difficult it is to push ads to social-update readers?
US counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke, who came to prominence with his prescient warnings before the 9/11 attacks, tells Smithsonian Magazine the US was responsible for the Stuxnet supersmart worm that attacked parts of nuclear reactors in Iran – and in the process, has given away one of the world's most sophisticated cyberweapons.
The whole Amazon.reader debate is a double-stupid. It's stupid to think that there's any e-book buyer who doesn't know Amazon's URL, and it was stupider to let ICANN launch the whole free-form TLD initiative to start with.
Enterprises would like to move to cloud computing but are hesitant because they are concerned about providers’ ability to secure company data. Here are some tips that help to ensure that if breaches occur, the business is not left holding the bag.
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