Who needs the Dark Web when there's Facebook? 74 groups caught selling hacked data Researchers at Cisco Talos uncover 74 Facebook groups being used for illicit activity by hundreds of thousands of users. Read more: https://zd.net/2FWAerh Facebook's virtual reality (VR) arm Oculus has admitted to an amusing -- and ironic -- mistake in which virtual reality headsets are going to be accidentally shipped to customers containing messages such as "Big Brother is Watching."Given Facebook's rather colorful practices to data sharing and privacy, the blunder, deemed an "easter egg" failure by Nate Mitchell, co-founder of Oculus and VR Product chief at Facebook, has been met with amusement across social networks. Featured Microsoft: WinRAR exploit gives attackers 'full control' of Windows PC Microsoft, Amazon are the last bidders standing for the $10 billion DoD JEDI cloud contract Programming languages: Developers reveal most loved, most loathed, what pays best In Amazon shareholder … [Read more...] about Facebook ships Oculus controllers with the message: Big Brother is Watching
Global big brother
New Zealand farmers are unhappy at compulsory "track and trace" systems being introduced for cattle and deer. They fear Big Brother is coming to the farm. Though their concerns are understandable, the farmers must move with the times and accept electronic tagging. Remember 10 years ago when our TV screens were dominated by the pictures of burning cow carcasses? British cows were catching foot and mouth disease and millions of beasts were extinguished as a precautionary measure. This followed the "Mad Cow" scare, though, fortunately, that did not turn out as bad as feared, but millions more cows were also slaughtered as a consequence. Such measures cost Britain billions, and the impact would be equally severe if there were similar major outbreaks in New Zealand. New Zealand is a major meat exporter and should be aware of the concerns of the global marketplace, particularly to Britain, one of its largest markets. In Britain, just about everything is traceable. Horses even have their own … [Read more...] about NZ farmers need to embrace Big Brother
It goes without saying that governments — all governments — are the canonical users of big data. Governments, going back to the times of the ancient Romans and Egyptians, required extensive record keeping to operate their empires, both for the management of extremely large civic works projects (like building the pyramids), and for the collection of revenue to fund those projects. Later governments, both fair and oppressive, have found the gathering of data in vast volumes to be a functional necessity and competitive advantage. Both the old Soviets and the Nazis were infamous for their obsession with recording data about their citizenry. In those two examples, of course, that data collection would result in horrors and human rights abuses we hope to never again see practiced by so-called civilized nations. Join me on Thursday Live webcast: Data go vroom! How to keep up with the volume, velocity, and variety of big data in real time Thursday, March 28, 2013 2.00pm ET/11.00am … [Read more...] about Real-time big data in government: Big data or Big Brother?
Ailing chip designer Transmeta on Friday said it is looking for a strategic partner to help it along. The Santa, Clara, Calif.-based company, which been losing more than $20 million a quarter for the past few years, stopped short of saying it will get out of the business of developing Intel-compatible processors, a possibility it has been considering. The company, though, will curb production. It will discontinue making 130-nanometer Efficeon chips and only make Crusoe and 90-nanometer Efficeon processors to meet demand for critical products. Transmeta also said it needs to land a deal with one or more partners to help it continue to produce chips for sustained production and help it further develop its strategy of licensing its intellectual property. The company has been working with San Francisco's Perseus Group, an investment bank, on lining up potential interested parties. "We want to assure our customers that it is our intent to support their near- and intermediate-term needs … [Read more...] about Transmeta reduces production, seeks big brother
"Big Brother" entered into the lexicon and so vividly into the public imagination through George Orwell’s 1984. The main character, Winston, lives under totalitarian rule in a country named Oceania. His every movement and even thought are under surveillance. Any involvement by a government in what its citizens believe to be a private exchange is inevitably viewed in the context of this dystopia. Technology, particularly social media, augments the modes and means of communication—but also the ease with which it can be monitored—causing privacy, the law, and public opinion to clash. This is further complicated by the tools of protest and the ways of quelling it also being one and the same. Among those inserting themselves into the fray is Anonymous. On November 5, in what it's calling "Operation Fox Hunt," Anonymous is seeking retaliation for "Fox News' propaganda" regarding Occupy Wall Street by taking over the cable channel's website. The chosen date is a nod to plots … [Read more...] about Anonymous and Big Brother: Spy vs. Spy?