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One IOTA worth a lot

An Internet of Things and Animals

Animals appear to have a sixth sense. For example, they appear to exhibit unusual behavior before a natural disaster, such as an earthquake.

If we could connect animals to the IOT, we would have a global network of sensors that could be used to anticipate natural disasters and mitigate the impact.

But how would we do this?

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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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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

British hypocrisy

Not so Nice

On the day of the terrorist attack in Nice, Fatima Manji was scheduled to present the evening news on Britain’s Channel 4. The newsreader roster had been prepared 10 days earlier.

As one might surmise from the name, Fatima is Muslim. So was the terrorist.

Purely coincidental one might assume; but Fatima’s faith prompted an outburst by Kelvin MacKenzie.

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No protective father figures

But non-protective mothers seem to be everywhere you look

The latest harrowing report of what appears to be a misapplication of the intent of the law requiring adults to protect children from abuse has been widely reported recently. For example, see the “battered, bereaved and behind bars” story on Buzzfeed.

There is understandable outrage at the judicial system’s application of the law – claiming that a woman failed to protect her child and sending the woman to prison for forty five years.

There is also an understandable backlash against sexist lawmakers.

Here at VoxSapiens we suspect that the backlash might be misplaced. We suspect that it is a sexist interpretation and application of the law, rather than a sexist law per se, that is at the root of the problem. Here’s why. Read more

Juvenile crash test dummies

Where is the legislation that requires rear crumple zones?

When a car driver drives into the car in front, he or she has a fair chance of survival – because the law requires a crumple zone in the front of the vehicle to absorb the energy dissipated by the rapid deceleration.

But what of the passengers in the rear seats of that car that was hit from behind? Read more

Simple defense to reduce email risks

Why don’t major webmail providers support this?

We have all been subject to spam. And most of us to malicious emails too. Particularly annoying are emails that present a threat simply by being read, even if no links are clicked. But there is a way to substantially reduce the risk that people will open dangerous emails. But for some reason none of the major webmail providers support a mechanism to enable this.

Why? I have no idea.

The simple solution is to Read more

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