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Reality is, she’s a loser

This level of incompetence is guarding national secrets?

Reality Winner, source of yesterday’s NSA leaks, was caught within an hour of the leaked document’s publication. Or perhaps much sooner, but the Department of Justice announcement of her capture came within an hour of the publication.

This post is not about the morals of leaking classified information. Rather, it is about the competence of the people entrusted with guarding this information.

Catching Reality Winner was so easy that one could expect a just-out-of-college trainee to achieve it, even a high school kid.

So how was Reality caught?

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McDonald’s leaves a bad taste in the mouth

And we’re not judging the burgers

In the UK McDonald’s has released an advertising video which has been widely judged to be in bad taste. And rightly so, there has been public outrage. McDonald’s has apologized for the “upset” that it caused, yet it refuses to withdraw the advert.

The advert features a boy who struggles to find something in common with his dead father – until his mother reveals that the boy’s favorite meal – a dish from McDonald’s – was also his father’s favorite meal.

Widows have called the video “offensive” and children (many of whom are now adults) who were bereaved in childhood have stated that they are “sickened” and “disgusted.”

McDonald’s has made a massive faux pas here. Read more

A forewarning of IOT chaos?

Learning from the Wanna Decryptor 2.0 ransomware attack

On Friday 12 May thousands of organizations in dozens of countries became the victims of a ransomware attack until the attack was halted by the registration of a nonsensical domain name.

Plenty has been, and is still being, written about this cyberattack. We won’t repeat the story and analysis here.

Instead, we’re interested in what this means for the Internet of Things (IOT) and the risk of a cyber Pearl Harbor Read more

Word of the year 2016

Nothing to do with the ice caps

It’s that time of the year when various bodies such as the American Dialect Society and Global Language Monitor nominate the word of the year (WOTY).

Not to be outdone, at VoxSapiens we would like to nominate our word of the year.

Our thinking is along the lines of the Oxford English Dictionary’s nomination of post-truth and dictionary.com’s nomination of xenophobia. We see Brexit, Trumpquake and woke, all contenders for WOTY, as key arenas for use of both the OED’s nomination and ours.

But we see the issue as more than post-truth. We see a fundamental change in the world developing.

For that reason, we nominate Read more

Donald Trump ate my hamster

And Freddie Starr beat Max Clifford to win the US Presidency

So the unimaginable did happen. The Donald came from behind and now he is President-elect.

Trump’s unexpected triumph intersects perfectly with the recent spate of false news stories garnering higher positions in search engine results than genuine news stores. I say this because many of the false news stories are related to Trump. Indeed, some people believe that they are major contributors to his triumph, even, perhaps, the “edge” that he needed to pip Hillary to the post.

This disconcerting trend has even evoked comments from the current US president, Barack Obama, who has denounced the spate of misinformation across social media platforms but without getting drawn into the specific cases of stories related to the presidential election. (One might compare this statesmanlike approach to Trump’s cries of “foul” even before the polls were tallied.)

Whilst fake election stories are the current vogue, the fake news phenomenon extends much further into may other realms. For example: Read more

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