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Trump, Brexit and the Norns

Posted by Kevin on April 2, 2017

2016 is likely to prove a pivotal year in contemporary history. Two major votes saw the US election of President Trump and the UK exit from the European Union. It was a right-wing populist swing for UKUSA – and I called both votes wrong. I expected both to be close, but the other way round. […]

Trumpton Tower: a modern slapstick

Posted by Kevin on March 18, 2017

In true slapstick style, Trump sticks it to GCHQ, and GCHQ slaps down Trump. All over what did or did not happen in Trumpton Tower. Background On 4 March, the realDonaldTrump tweeted an accusation that former President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the run up to the election. Is it legal for a sitting […]

Get my goat

Posted by Kevin on February 24, 2017

If there’s one thing guaranteed to get my goat, it is this kind of claptrap you find all over LinkedIn. Seriously? Has Dr. Ken Jennings really discovered the difference between success and failure? What is success? What is failure? Is a CEO successful and a postman a failure? Go Green and you will be a […]

Spectacular Fear

Posted by Kevin on February 23, 2017

Now I really am worried. Deep in the new Black Report from Nuix (I wrote about it here) is this statement from Terry L. Sult; Chief of Police, Hampton, Virginia. He is lamenting the process of criminals ‘going dark’, hiding from law enforcement behind unbreakable encryption. “This should seriously concern every law-abiding citizen,” he said. […]

The Watson problem

Posted by Kevin on February 16, 2017

There is a problem with Watson. Don’t get me wrong; I love Watson, or at least the idea of Watson. For such an incredibly complex operation the concept is clean and simple. You take a great big computer. You teach it to understand free text; and then you feed it millions and millions of research […]

Smoking guns and glass houses in Russia Vs Clinton

Posted by Kevin on January 7, 2017

In the ongoing saga of Russia Vs Clinton, a declassified version of the US Intelligence Community assessment of Russian involvement in the 2016 US election has now been published. But if you hoped for a smoking gun, dream on. The document states very clearly that it is primarily the agencies’ conclusions; any actual proof has […]

NCSC and Twitter

Posted by Kevin on January 4, 2017

Hmm… Not sure what to say about this. Still, it’s good of them to let us know. Share This:

That woman May does not speak for me

Posted by Kevin on December 29, 2016

This is disgusting. I’m fairly certain that the majority of Britons who voted to leave the EU were not voting to enter a fascist state. But that’s what we’ve got thanks to that woman May — who, incidentally, has never been elected to the office of prime minister by the British people. Immigration was an […]

Webcam shows and Experian

Posted by Kevin on December 27, 2016

I came across this headline today: 200 Million Data Enrichment Records For Sale on Darknet The second paragraph reads: The person offering the files claims the data is from Experian, and is looking to get $600 for everything. However, sources at Experian said that they were made aware of this data breach last week, and […]

Agents Smith & Jones versus the Bad Guys

Posted by Kevin on December 24, 2016

A new breed of endpoint protection software has emerged over the last few years. If we simplify things – probably over-simplifying – this breed of products uses machine-learning technology to teach itself behavioural rules that can detect and block known and unknown malware in situ. This is the central theme of what is usually known […]