via Dr. Holger Sierks, a Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Scientist and Principal Investigator, leading the team working on the OSIRIS (Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System) on-board the Philae, describing the effort taken by human researchers when analyzing images of the comet...
The ramifications to many endeavors, ranging from automated driving, to automated information and physical security functionality (identity management, authentication, access control, biometrics, image recognition, et cetera) are startling, when confronted with new visages, we have yet to develop algorithmic capabilities to manipulate the data, and bend it to our will. EOM
via ProPublica, comes word of a decision at AT&T, Incorporated (NYSE: T) ; of plans to drop the use of the dreaded Permacookie (fundamentally, a method to permanently track your web usage, regardless of the co-called browser do-not-track parameters). Certainly a first world problem, yet quite vexing, particularly for our right to privacy...
Pernicious privacy violators, permacookies are not the already aggravating cookies we all love to hate; as such, users can set browsers to delete normal cookies in a variety of ways and methods - yet not permacookies. As objects, co-called permanent cookies are are typically maintained and manipulated by the Carrier/ISP, and not the user, therefore not permitting deletion. Welcome to your new Surveillance Overlords.
Unfortunately, Verizon Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VZ) users are not so lucky, as the company continues to utilize permacookies in daily operations... Our advice: Get thee to a VPN, why woulds't thou be an enabler of trackers?
Meanwhile, in security related patent news, Hitachi Ltd (6501:Tokyo) assignees Susumu Serita and Yasuhiro Fujii both of Tokyo, Japan, have filed newly developed documents detailing their respective invention. In this case, a data loss prevention device and method that may very well change the landscape, as it were.
A law enforcement consortium, comprised of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security, European law enforcement agencies consisting of Eurojust (the European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit) and Europol (the European Union's law enforcement agency) have mounted a successful seizure campaign (monikered Operation Onymous) targeting over 400 suspected nefarious dark market sites resident on the TOR network.
Key quote from the TorProject: 'In a way, it's even surprising that hidden services have survived so far. The attention they have received is minimal compared to their social value and compared to the size and determination of their adversaries.' - via a post by TOR Executive Director Andrew Lewman