Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dark Side of Life: a way of noticing and preserving

“sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me”

… As we grow older
The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated
Of dead and living. … 
“In my end is my beginning.” Going Home ...

“Depending on who you ask, the ‘Dark Web’ – the Internet’s mysterious undercurrent accessible only through specialized software – is either a libertarian utopia or a criminal hellscape run by cryptoanarchists trading stolen bitcoins. Now it’s more than either.” A Q&A with the founders of the new literary magazine The ToristLiterary Hub Dark Web gets its first literary Media Dragon magazine

How a statue of Satan reduced Lord Jeffrey Archer's tax bill

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani compares cybersecurity to cancer. As a prostate cancer  survivor, Giuliani says he doubts anyone will ever find a “perfect solution” to the disease, and that cybercrime presents a similar challenge. And for both maladies, detecting them early on can reduce the damage. After completing his second term as New York’s mayor in 2001, he founded a security consulting company, Giuliani Partners, in 2002. In the years since, he paused business to run for president, and then returned to his company and also joined the law firm Bracewell, which then changed its name to Bracewell & Giuliani. Last week, Giuliani joined Greenberg Traurig to chair its cybersecurity and crisis management practice Rudy Giuliani compares cyber security to cancer and hackers to the Mafia

Documents obtained by Fairfax reveal the extent of the Commonwealth Bank’s involvement, revealing the bank knew about the alleged fraud in 2007 but did not report the pair to police until 2011 Read more here

International Business Times – A New York Times Op-Ed today by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was coordinated with the release by her office of a 12 page investigative report titled, Rigged Justice: How Weak Enforcement Let Corporate Offenders Off Easy, “that documents 20 civil and criminal cases that in her opinion lacked adequate accountability. Those cases include the foreign-currency case as well as others, including the alleged years long General Motors cover-up for an ignition switch defect that reportedly led to 124 deaths and 275 injuries, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and others.” 

FBI’s war on encryption is unnecessary because the Internet of Things will spy on us just fine Boing Boing. Here is the underlying report, courtesy guurst: Don’t Panic: Making Progress on the “Going Dark” Debate 

The toll of technology. We're engaged in “a race to the bottom of the brain stem.” Rewards go to those companies that keep us mindlessly attentive  Join the Club 

Ships’ noise is serious problem for killer whales and dolphins, report finds Guardian 
Dark Side of Terrorism

Uber Drivers and Others in the Gig Economy Take a Stand New York Times

Living Out of a Van is the New American Dream Vice

A beautiful suicide – 23 year-old Evelyn McHale jumped from the 83rd floor of the Empire State Building and landed on a United Nations limousine, 1947

Number of Female Genital Mutilation victims found to be 70 million higher than thought Guardian

Psychologists set out to provide moral guidance for society, but they have proven morally suspect themselves. It’s not easy to outsource ethical reflection - Reflections on Latitude East Social Club 

NSA Hacker Chief Explains How to Keep Him Out of Your System

DHS $6 Billion Firewall May Not Be Effective In Keeping Hackers Out of Government, Audit Says

Ads for dangerous drug ice multiply on craigslist 

Focus On Identity Theft & Tax Fraud Remains High At IRS Despite ...

Raconteur's special report on Digital Economy in The Times  2016

With a smartphone in almost every pocket, it’s time more businesses joined the digital race or else risk being left behind. This report explores how to stay ahead of the ever-evolving digitisation curve, from building an API software strategy for success, to extracting meaningful data from the cloud and putting customers at the centre of digital strategy. It also charts the disruptive startups on track to make billions and the top five digital marketing techniques to counter ad-blocking Digital

2016 Media Dragon marketing prediction trends

As tech firms and law enforcement experiment with radio jammers and net-wielding interceptor drones to take down rogue quadcopters, police in the Netherlands are trialling a simpler solution: eagles. The country’s law enforcement has teamed up with a raptor training company named Guard From Above to see if birds of prey can be used to safely intercept quadcopters.
In the video demonstration above, an eagle is seen easily plucking what looks like a DJI Phantom out of the air. However, it’s not clear how dangerous this is for the bird.

Successful Comcare claimants are entitled to be paid their full salaries for their first 45 weeks off work and 75 per cent of their salary, plus medical and pharmacological expenses, until they either return to work or reach retirement age Glass jawed public servants entitled to compo tribunal rules

Amazon is hiring on-demand drivers to implement its Amazon Flex same-day-delivery service. Given the confused state of federal wage-hour FLSA law as inherited from the 1930s, and the ever intensifying legal pressure from class action lawyers and various levels of government, will this arrangement eventually be upheld as legal? Who knows? “By the time courts and Congress take a decade to reshape labor law, the companies will have moved on to the next thing.” [Ira Stoll, Future of Capitalism]

News from the Profession. Lying About Your Financial Statements Being Audited Still Frowned Upon (Caleb Newquist, Going Concern

An Australian mother and blogger has written a powerful post about the 'dumb-a**' things she believes we need to stop saying to dads. 
Writer Rosie Devereux is a Brisbane-based mother who published the post on her blog, Rosie Writes Media Dragon

There's a rumour swirling from the Australian Taxation Office that its employees like to go to weekend footy – not to watch the game but the cars parking outside the ground. Lattituders