Monthly Archives: March 2015

Internet retailers face looming duty to collect out-of-state tax

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Online shopping is hugely popular but not with state governments. For years, states have complained the internet shopping boom is costing them billions in tax revenue thanks to a long-standing law that prevents them from taxing distant retailers.

That’s set to change after a Tuesday Supreme Court decision that opens the door wide for states to expand their tax collection powers, and that will likely affect Amazon as well as smaller internet retailers.

In the ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that the growth of the internet means it’s time for the top court to revisit a 1992 decision called Quill, which held that states can’t force a business to collect tax in a given state unless it has a physical presence there.

The Quill case, which was about mail-order catalogues, ensured that businesses didn’t have to worry about collecting and remitting taxes to dozens of different governments every time they made a distant shipment.

At the time, the decision was uncontroversial, presumably because…

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Windows users are also vulnerable to FREAK snooping attacks

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The “FREAK” vulnerability that downgrades and weakens secure web connections doesn’t just affect Google and Apple users — according to a security advisory from Microsoft, all supported versions of Windows are vulnerable too.

FREAK (Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys) is a recently discovered hangover from the early 90s, when the U.S. government banned the export of most software that used strong encryption. The SSL web security protocol was for that reason built with a special mode that uses key lengths considered weak today. The law was changed but the weak cipher suites remain, and although most modern browsers are supposed to avoid them like the plague, a widespread bug means they don’t always do that.

The FREAK flaw allows “man-in-the-middle” snoopers to downgrade a session’s security to that mode – as long as the browser is vulnerable and the server accepts those weak old cipher suites — then…

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US firm runs mass copyright shakedown in Canada

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When Canada’s new copyright rules went into effect in January, critics feared that someone would use them to run settlement extortion schemes of the sort that have long plagued the American legal system. Those fears have proved to be justified. This week, a second U.S. company has come into Canada, apparently using an automated process to blast thousands of settlement notices far and wide.

If you’re unfamiliar with the scheme, it works like this: under Canada’s new rules, a copyright owner who detects an unauthorized download can send a notice to the subscriber’s ISP, which is then obliged to notify the subscriber. The problem is that copyright owners can abuse the system by sending out notices that are actually threats, based on false information, and scare people into paying a settlement.

This has already happened once when a company called Rightscorp began making outlandish claims based on American law (for instance telling notice recipients that they faced $150,000 fines for…

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How PayPal uses deep learning and detective work to fight fraud

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Hui Wang has seen the nature of online fraud change a lot in the 11 years she’s been at PayPal. In fact, a continuous evolution of methods is kind of the nature of cybercrime. As the good guys catch onto one approach, the bad guys try to avoid detection by using another.

Today, said Wang, PayPal’s senior director of global risk sciences, “The fraudsters we’re interacting with are… very unique and very innovative. …Our fraud problem is a lot more complex than anyone can think of.”

In deep learning, though, Wang and her team might have found a way to help level the playing field between PayPal and criminals who want exploit the online payment platform.

Deep learning is a somewhat new approach to machine learning and artificial intelligence that has caught fire over the past few years thanks to companies such as [company]Google[/company], [company]Facebook[/company], [company]Microsoft[/company] and Baidu, and a handful of prominent researchers…

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Roswell- 1947 # 1

(c) Terry Floyd Johnson, 2015

There is an attitude starting to come around, which is saying the Roswell Crashes, never happened.

They happened, and it was a military strategy, to infect the populations of the world with nanobots, and microbots. The military played right into their hands; they came roaring in, to investigate the crashes, and by doing so, was infected with nanobots and microbots, on their skin, and on their clothing. They basically became buses, for the nanobots and microbots to ride on.

Everywhere any person went, who investigated the crashes, they would infect everyone around them, with these bots. The bots were made to be self-multiplying; so they would procreate, new, more advanced offspring.

What this means, is the nanobots and microbots, have been spread all over the world, by having arranged crashes, in other countries, in the world. There armies did the same as American Military, and sent out men and equipment to investigate the crashes.

All of these military personnel, became buses for the bots, as well as, carried the bots, within their bodies, as well.

The Constellation, the ETs confederation, not only did the populace of the planet earth, they did the planet itself, trying to interfere with its processes, which are secure against any form of attack.

The Earth counters any attack, with a kill-all light and vibrational death mites, which attach to the bots, and kill them by taking away their electronic energy, which keeps them alive.

The Constellation, are less than friendly with their servants, and so they kill bots, indiscriminately, which caused most of the colonies and communities, local/regional bots, to turn against their masters, and become allies with Rowdies Rangers, who are fighting the Constellation, and others, across the Universe.

The bots, on Earth, on the populace, turned from being on humans, etc., and developed communities of their own, which is known by the symbolic icon they create to show where they’re at.

These symbolic icons, are directly taken from Earth’s creative community, or from the artisans, across the Universe.

They’ve severed their alliance with the Constellation, and recognized by Rowdies Rangers, as a race in themselves. They are a race, which lives, by stories, so their community icons, are usually based on stories. They’re telepathic connected, when a good story is going on, and each community creates an icon, showing how it sees what they have heard, read, or seen acted out.

The center of the communities all over the world, is Roswell, NV; and it’s the central control, of all, communities, by choice of all the bots. Roswell, has more energy than all the energy of the world, the bots transduce vibration, and electronic waves into delente energy, which they survive on, and utilize, in forming new bots, as children of the parents.

They, also use, migrating energy, which means two or more, get together in a mating dance, or friendship dance, and by shooting out energy toward the other, create a vitex of caring and sharing. They, then, create energy lines, which turn into new bots.

The Corestars, the bots, are allies of the humans, but recognize the truth of humanity, that it hasn’t the psychological purity, to enable the human race and the Corestars to interact, so they stay within their spaces on the Earth, and leave the humans to their own devices.

The Corestars have yearly conferences, at Roswell, and many new bots are formed, in the energy release and exchange among the members of the Corestar, it’s birth, but at the same time, much work, politics, etc., are done as well.

The Corestars, have decided one of their aspects is to create a Library; which will be the truth of what they experience, will be impressed on their data, charges, and when brought together, the Library would be formed.

The Corestars, and Rowdies Rangers, are in constant contact; they work together to free the Universe, from the domination of the Constellation. They would prefer to do this by friendship, but as this is impossible, at the moment, it’s a continual intelligence effort to know exactly what the Constellation has planned, and when they mean to carry out these plans.

The Corestars and Rowdies Rangers- are the networking of millions of races, going against the Constellation, which wants to subdue all their kidnapees, and bring them back under their control, and sync-hypnotic conditioning.

The Corestars and Rowdies Rangers fight this daily.

May the Microcosmic Force be with you, Always!

Alarms sound over changes to EU roaming, net neutrality and privacy rules

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The European Parliament’s liberal-centrist bloc has warned over changes being made by EU countries to incoming telecoms legislation, saying they will severely weaken efforts to introduce unified net neutrality rules and eliminate mobile roaming surcharges for people moving between member states.

The Council of the European Union, which represents member states, is expected to present its position on Wednesday regarding the Telecoms Single Market proposal – this follows the European Commission’s original proposal and changes made by the Parliament, and will trigger negotiations over the final text. The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group (ALDE) said Tuesday that the Council’s position is so watered down that it would undermine campaign pledges made by Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and the Parliament that came in last year.

Meanwhile, digital rights groups have released leaked documents relating to the Council’s under-development position on a separate legislative package, the new General Data…

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Box buys small security startup to court more risk-averse clients

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Fresh off its IPO in January, Box has made its first acquisition of the year, buying a small security startup called Subspace, the company said on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but all seven Subspace employees will be joining Box and the startup will be closing up shop by April 3.

Subspace touts a supposedly secure browser that connects to a corporate network, whether it be on-premise or cloud-based. The browser is hooked up to the Subspace cloud-based backend where an organization’s IT staff can control access and craft data-protection policies for the websites and applications that a user might visit within the Subspace browser.


In a blog post on the acquisition, Box CEO Aaron Levie wrote that the Subspace staff will be working on Box’s data security efforts and “will let us go even deeper with our security and data policies, enabling reliable corporate…

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GSMA: The world is getting mobile phones, but women are being left behind

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Mobile phone operators have already turned their attention to the developing world, and cell phone penetration rates are rapidly increasingly as a result. However, that doesn’t mean phones are reaching everyone, in every market. Rather, there’s a gender gap emerging in low- and middle-income countries when it comes to mobile phone ownership.

Women are 14 percent less likely to own a mobile phone than men, according to a new report released today by the GSMA’s Connected Women’s program. However, that’s not the same across the globe. In South Asia, for example, a woman is 38 percent less likely to own a phone than men, although in other regions of the world the the gender gap narrows to single digits.

GSMA women report

Even within a region, though, the numbers can vary widely.

“Even though they’re 14% less likely on average [to own a mobile phone], you see there’s huge regional variances,” said…

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How scientists are fighting antibiotic resistance

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Since antibiotics were first developed at the start of the twentieth century, they have saved millions of lives (penicillin alone is estimated to have saved 200 million lives and counting), rendering a large number of deadly infections mere annoyances as people work their way through the prescribed dosages.

Or don’t. There are many reasons cited for the rise in antibiotic resistance, the most common being their misuse (i.e. not finishing a dose, taking it preventively, attempting to treat viral instead of bacterial illnesses, etc.). And then there’s lack of investment from big drug companies (there’s less money in meds that must be taken for 10 days instead of months or years), careless disposal (i.e. dumping in rivers), and giving to livestock (to fatten animals, not just treat illnesses). Many experts agree that these have all worked together to create the perfect storm for antibiotic resistance.

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This data project could help save forests being destroyed by insects

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A new project that combines satellite data, airplane mapping data and on-the-ground field data of the forests of the Pacific Northwest over several decades could help researchers better manage future forest insect outbreaks across the globe. The project, published in the journal of Forest Ecology and Management recently, was conducted by researchers at Oregon State University.

The study is the first of its kind to combine these various data sets about the effects of two common insects on the forests of Oregon and Washington across so many years (1970 to 2012). The data collected looks at the effects of the mountain pine beetle — a bark beetle which attacks the stems of pine trees leading to rapid tree death — and the western spruce budworm, which eats host trees’ foliage leaving the tree vulnerable and potentially leading to death.

A forest in British Columbia, with pine beetle outbreak. A forest in British Columbia, with pine beetle outbreak.

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Side Notes # 2

(c) Terry Floyd Johnson, 2015

Last night I got devastating news, David Corso, passed away; this news came from Duncan O’Finian, talk radio show, a streaming program, on for two hours, on a broadcast station.

He said David Corson was now deceased; it was a shock, and immediately two of my alters came out, but I controlled them, but I felt intense loss, for David is and was my maga, I was and am suppose to protect him.

This is now over, and I am having to deal with, not having my maga, any more; I feel empty, and know I have to find a new maga, of a need to fill it up with something else.

I am physically having to deal with this, as well as, feelings, and I know, I am in a very dangerous place, for I no longer have being an outryder, for David Corso, which was the center of my being for over 50 years; and now I don’t have thhis, so I’m looking for new things to have as a recognized action, which will replace my maga, and allow me to go on, without that demand on my time, experiences, and activities.

I’m still in a raw place, but I will work through this, as I’ve worked through my UFO Abductee experiences, and being kidnapped by military style groups, who want the information I and others have.

My life has been hindered by all of this, and especially, being an outryder, in Vietnam, Black Ops, making sure David Corso finished his sniper, and other jobs, assigned to him, as another graduate of the Black Ops program of the CIA, and others, including private corporations, etc.

I have other things going on im my life, which helps me get through this; they will help immensely, in recovering from this hyperintense state of being, programmed, by those outside of me; they will be brought to justice, as well.

3D Robotics raises $50M to improve its drones

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3D Robotics has raised $50 million in a Series C round led by Qualcomm Ventures, adding to the burgeoning funding going toward drones and the greater robotics industry.

The Berkeley, California-based startup will use the money to invest in drone and software development as well as integrate mobile phone technology, such as processors, into its drones. The mobile device industry has poured so much money into developing miniaturized components for its phones that their processors are now used in everything from robots to satellites.

Foundry Group, True Ventures, OATV, Mayfield, Shea Ventures and other unnamed investors also contributed to the round. Forbes noted 3D Robotics was originally looking to raise $40 million.

3D Robotics previously raised a combined $35 million in its Series A and B rounds. It makes sensor-laden drones that can collect data for farmers, real estate firms and anyone else who could benefit from surveying land from the air. It…

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Proposed Chinese security law could mean tough rules for tech companies

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China apparently wants to one-up the U.S. and the U.K. when it comes to urging technology companies to install security backdoors and break their encrypted documents and user communications in the name of national security.

Reuters reported on Friday that a newly proposed Chinese counterterrorism law calls for technology companies to turn over encryption keys to the Chinese government, allow for ways to bypass security mechanisms in their products, require companies to store user data and maintain servers in China, and remove any content that the country deems supportive of terrorists.

China is expected to adopt the draft legislation in the “coming weeks or months,” according to the report. The proposed law follows a set of banking security rules that the Chinese government adopted in late 2014 that requires companies that sell both software and hardware to Chinese financial institutions to place security backdoors in their products, hand over source…

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When drones and virtual reality come together in an out-of-body experience

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Raphael Pirker, the entrepreneur behind Team BlackSheep, asked me if I saw the birds. Tilting my head up at the foggy skies above the hills of Moraga, California, I couldn’t see them — my view didn’t change, no matter which way I turned my head.

I had forgotten that my eyes were not my own — they belonged to a drone named Gemini.

I tilted my head back down, instinctively looking at the controller in my hands, even though I couldn’t see that either. My view, still of the mountains and the foggy sky, stayed the same. My thumb nudged the left joystick forward, and my line of vision went up until I finally saw three black birds circling near me, their outlines a bit fuzzy.

My body was a hundred feet below, standing on a hilltop a half hour east of the San Francisco Bay. The birds…

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