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2018-05-24 13:50 by Karl Denninger
in Technology , 82 references
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I told you so.

A Portland family contacted Amazon to investigate after they say a private conversation in their home was recorded by Amazon's Alexa -- the voice-controlled smart speaker -- and that the recorded audio was sent to the phone of a random person in Seattle, who was in the family’s contact list.

Or, for the reading-impaired:


Look folks, I get it.  Home control and monitoring is both cool and powerful.

And useful.

Putting that data, ever, in the "cloud" is not only a supremely bad idea even if everything works 100% bug-free because the designers could intend to screw you with the information the facts are that there is no such thing as bug-free software, ever, period.

I get it.  You want the capability.  Good.  You can have it -- without giving up any vestige of privacy in your home.

I've got the package to do exactly that; does anyone want to buy, own, distribute and make a ton of money selling it?


1. It never talks to the cloud.

2. It does not store authentication data (e.g. login and password) anywhere off your premise, including on your phone.  It gets a token with a validity time you choose on the phone (or browser, if you're talking to it over a browser) but never saves the authentication data anywhere except where it must, on the gateway itself, and there it is stored hashed.

3. It can do real-time video and images secured as well from common and insecure commodity-priced IP cameras; essentially all current such video cameras stream using unencrypted data streams, which means not only can anyone pick them off companies like Amazon, if you let them have "cloud" storage access to said data, can and must be presumed to be using visual recognition technology (e.g. facial recognition, etc) on that data.

Oh, and it has a licensing and security model based on SSL using a private CA (which the buyer of course would own and be able to customize to suit) so there's no ongoing demand to buy a public certificate either.

I know someone's out there who wants to cut the crap in this regard.  No, it won't take voice commands because there is no way to do that without severely compromising your privacy.  Yes, you must tap your phone screen. And?  You do that now every day -- right?

The asking price isn't a billion dollars, such as what Amazon paid for "Ring" either -- it's much, much more reasonable.  In fact if you're running a real business (or intend to) it's definitely within reach.

Come and get it -- first come, only served.

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2018-05-24 10:32 by Karl Denninger
in Flash , 84 references
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No summit, I see.

Was there ever really a possibility of this working out?  Probably not, given the actual intent of the US, which is to "de-nuclearize" the Korean peninsula.  Of course we're not going to remove our nukes from the world, and since we have ships and planes that can and do carry them, never mind subs, well......


"You can't have 'em but we're going to keep ours, and point them at you."

Doesn't that sound an awful lot like the left's "gun control"?

Yeah, it does, because it is.

IMHO this is the proper response to it in both cases:


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2018-05-24 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Technology , 99 references
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Whadda 'ya mean a car in "self-driving" mode ramming the rear of a stopped truck isn't considered "acceptable performance"?

The travel group found that 73% of American drivers say they would be “too afraid” to ride in a fully autonomous vehicle, up from 63% in late 2017. Also, nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults would feel less safe sharing the road with a self-driving car while walking or riding a bicycle.

“Despite their potential to make our roads safer in the long run, consumers have high expectations for safety,” Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of automotive engineering and industry relations, said in a statement.

I have the potential to screw a Dallas Cowboys' cheerleader too.

Of course what's not disclosed is the odds of such potential working out for me.

Or for the AAA screamers.

Or for you, for that matter.

Oh, and if your car of choice is a Tesla it appears they come with a built-in crematorium pre-loaded with fuel for you too, if you happen to crash them the wrong way and can't get out of immediately (like, for instance, because you're unconscious!)

I don't suppose ramming another vehicle at highway speeds would be considered "operating as designed", and anyone who tries to tell me that a fire truck is not "reasonably visible" in front of the vehicle...... well, pull the other one eh?

Reality is that "out-of-scope" processing, otherwise known as sentience, is an inherent part of safe vehicle operation and no computer has ever demonstrated that.  So-called "AI" is nothing of the sort as no machine has ever demonstrated out-of-scope deduction.

Why?  Because both human and non-human hazards on the roads are non-deterministic, that's why.  To get rid of one (the human hazards) you'd have to prevent non-automated, non-100% communicating (that is, spying on you all the time) vehicles from the roads entirely which includes pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles and to prevent non-human hazards you'd have to ban rocks, deer, bears and other things that can and do intrude on roadways - including things like "gators" (tire casings from trucks.)

Good luck with that.

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2018-05-23 13:00 by Karl Denninger
in POTD , 65 references


Email now to hang this original piece on your wall!

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2018-05-23 12:59 by Karl Denninger
in Technology , 73 references
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Might want to read this Ticker again....

As of now this problem is, generally-speaking, solved.

Your IP camera does not need to be visible from the outside.  At all.

You also never need to store its password anywhere outside -- not even on your phone.

The HomeDaemon app also never stores the password to either the camera or the HomeDaemon controller; it authenticates using a key that it maintains while running (and can be set to run in the background), and the controller, on demand, negotiates with the camera, gets the unencrypted stream, encrypts it using SSL and a private-CA secured certificate (that is essentially unbreakable), and displays it.

There remain some issues with bandwidth consumption and for that reason I'm not currently using the highest resolution stream capacity available (especially on the 2k+ cameras!) but I have managed to get the latency down to roughly 1 second, which isn't bad at all.

All this on a Pi2, which has about a quarter of the power of the newer Pi3 series.

Encapsulating with the higher resolution and lower bandwidth consumption options is being worked on, as is the ability to move the camera both to presets and arbitrarily, along with setting the camera's presets.  Those latter capabilities are, since I have the camera interface worked out, simply a matter of adding the buttons to the screen.

Are you in the business of providing home automation solutions or selling houses with so-called "smart" features?  This is the one you want.

You can not only control and monitor everything in your house with real time notifications, zero cloud storage or use (therefore nothing to steal!) but the system also integrates fully with any of the Amcrest camera family.

Look to the right for contact info; it's available right here, right now.  Buy it all and make a fortune.

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