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2018-01-15 11:07 by Karl Denninger
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If you had any pretense that the United States, including high officials in the government such as the President and his Press Secretary are not completely ****ed in the head to the point of abject stupidity when it comes to security matters you don't need to look at Hillary and the willful non-prosecution of her felonious behavior.

You need only look at Sarah Sanders.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders took to Twitter to call out Amazon after her young son inadvertently ordered an $80 toy using the the company's Echo device. 

"Alexa, we have a problem if my 2 year old can order a Batman toy by yelling "Batman!" over and over again into the Echo," Sanders tweeted on Sunday.

Oh really?

So let me see if I get this right.

The White House Press Secretary has a spying device with an always-on microphone in her home and in fact it is connected and working.  A device she willingly and intentionally paid for.

Said spying device allegedly "ordered" an $80 toy because her child spoke a series of words.

The outrage, of course, is that the device ordered an $80 toy.

The idiocy is not that said device ordered an $80 toy.

The idiocy is that anyone in this country, say much less anyone with access to sensitive information of any sort, whether of government importance or just personal private importance, would place such a device in their house.

I'm sure that in just two short weeks we'll hear that Amazon sold "millions" of Echos this holiday season.  I'm sure we'll hear how "smart" Amazon and Jeff Bezos are for doing that.

And I'm sure you will still have yours, you won't throw it in the trash where it belongs, or even better take a big steaming dump on top of it in its original box and send it to Bezos' home.

"You" collectively, America, all the way up the line to our White House Press Secretary, have knowingly brought a spying device into your house where by its very nature it must listen to everything that happens within range of its microphone.  What's even better is that you paid for this thing.

How ****ing stupid are you?

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Where are the damned handcuffs?

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said on Friday it took down 60 gaming applications after security firm Check Point said it had discovered new malicious software in the apps available to both children and adults at Google Play Store.

So let's decipher this.

  • Google removed the programs that were already on their "Play Store".

  • Google approved the publishers of said apps, and approved the apps.

  • Google was not the party that discovered the embedded malware.  Checkpoint was.

Therefore, Google does not effectively vet publishers, does not effectively vet apps, and did not do anything other than remove the material (and disable the publisher's accounts) after the fact.

Oh, and as for how many people likely got hosed?

Dubbed “AdultSwine”, the malware hides inside game apps that Google Play data says have been downloaded 3 to 7 million times, Check Point said in blog post on Friday.

3-7 million times.  Of course Google hasn't said jack about how many people got screwed but they know to the individual device because every person that downloads a thing on their "Play Store" leaves an indelible record that they did so.

Check Point said it expected AdultSwine and similar malware to be repeated and imitated by hackers, warning users to be extra vigilant when installing apps, especially those intended for use by children.

Why aren't we "extra vigilant" with holding the for profit companies that earn money from running said stores responsible for their lack of vetting of both the apps they put forward and the publishers they approve?

Yeah, I know, Google is a big company.  That just means they have more resources to use to interdict stuff like this before it gets out into the public.

If they gave a damn.

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2018-01-14 16:17 by Karl Denninger
in Politics , 238 references
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... who cannot deal with the reality of the genetic lottery, slathers his face in makeup and grafted on a pair of***** is running for Senate!

I think Mr. Manning will fit right in; after all we have a Senate (and House) full of delusional charlatans who believe in all of the following:

  • You can simply give away money you're unwilling to actually deposit first forever on an ever-increasing basis without ever having anyone call you bankrupt.

  • Letting people into the country to visit and live permanently that don't believe in secular government but instead demand a religious theocracy -- and are willing to kill you if you disagree with them -- will result in "productive citizens."

  • Chromosomes don't determine anything.  You can claim to be a Siberian Husky if you want, for example.  After all, if you feel like one you are one -- right?

  • Being profoundly unhappy with something you can't do anything about, like, oh, being born in a nation that is a third-world ****hole, means you're entitled to steal whatever it takes to make you happier.  Now about that penis Bradley was profoundly unhappy about....

  • Compound growth of spending beyond the rate of productivity and gainfully employed people is not a problem because the laws of mathematics are subject to political will.  In other words, they're suggestions.

  • If you abuse your sexatary not only should she (or he, if it works out that way) be gagged in talking about it you are both immune from prosecution and civil judgment; indeed, the award, if any, to the victim of your salacious acts (if they jump through enough hoops to get it) is paid by the taxpayers.  This is the Senate's definition of "justice."

I could go on for hours but why bother -- I'm sure this is more than enough to get me called a "hater" because, you know, citing physical facts and mathematical laws means you must have something wrong with you.

So that Bradley has changed his name to Chelsea and altered his appearance to seem to be that which he is not is no aberration in the US Senate.

In fact it's downright ordinary.

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Come and get it!

Email for price and shipping; reasonable, beautiful and on canvas (no framing required.)

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2018-01-14 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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nowhere good enough.

A California man accused of making a hoax call in connection to an online quarrel between two “Call of Duty” gamers that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Kansas has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Tyler Barriss, 25, made his first court appearance in Kansas via video link from jail on Friday following his extradition from Los Angeles. The 25-year-old was also charged with giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer. Bond was set at $500,000.

Involuntary manslaughter is the correct charge for him.

However, we still haven't dealt with the "SWAT" team.  None of them have been indicted or charged and they need to be.

Let me remind you that despite the claim in a phone call that the caller had committed a homicide, was threatening to commit two more and had spread gas around the house there was no attempt made to confirm, nor was there any confirmation, that any of the claims were factual.

In fact there was no evidence that any of the claims were factual.  A bare phone call without verification of the caller's identity or location of any sort does not give rise to probable cause -- especially when it is known that caller ID information can be spoofed (if indeed it was.)

Again, not only was the man SWAT shot on his own property, in his own home, he was unarmed and in no way a party to the dispute.  He had absolutely no reason to believe that an armed cadre of cops was descending on his residence.

If the police can do this and get away with it then there is utterly no reason for anyone who answers a knock at the door and finds a police officer there to be believe that they will not be immediately shot without warning, and to act as is both appropriate and reasonable given such a set of facts.

The cops involved -- all of them -- must be indicted, tried and imprisoned for manslaughter as well.

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