Tuesday, April 25, 2023

ANZAC Spirit: Most U.S. bank failures have come in a few big waves

When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

Valour and resilience': Anthony Albanese delivers first Anzac Day speech as Prime Minister at Canberra's Dawn Service

Politicians from across the board have woken up before dawn to honour fallen soldiers as tens of thousands of Australians commemorate Anzac Day

Gallipoli landings: Hundreds of Australians, New Zealanders attend dawn service in Türkiye Anadolu Agency

Susan Rice to step down as Biden’s domestic policy chief. “The move brings to a close Rice’s prolific, wide-ranging and at times controversial tenure overseeing Biden’s domestic agenda — including some of the thorniest political issues, such as immigration policy. During her more than two years in the role, Biden has signed executive and legislative actions on health care, gun safety, student loans, policing and other key priorities for Democrats.”

Is that the IRS with your refund? No, it’s a ChatGPT scam Politico

Gary Gordon on eclipse - 
A Rare Event Is About to Send Parts of Australia Into Darkness.

Most U.S. bank failures have come in a few big waves Pew – “The collapses in March of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank – two of the largest U.S. banks to fail since the Great Depression of the 1930s – have led some to wonder if the nation may be headed for a new widespread banking crisis.SVB, which catered to technology startups and venture capital firms, had more than $209 billion in assets at the end of 2022, making it the second-biggest bank to fail since the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) started keeping records in 1934.Signature – which counted many big New York law firms and real estate companies as customers and was one of the few mainstream banks to seek out cryptocurrency deposits – had nearly $110.4 billion in assets at the end of 2022, ranking it as the fourth-largest bank failure after adjusting for inflation.

MakeUseOf: “ChatGPT’s privacy policy tells us almost everything we need to know about its data retention habits. It gathers its information from three sources:

  • Account information that you enter when you sign up or pay for a premium plan.
  • Information that you type into the chatbot itself.
  • Identifying data it pulls from your device or browser, like your IP address and location.

Most of the data that it keeps isn’t particularly alarming. In fact, it’s pretty standard—you could expect almost any site you have an account with to know these things about you. The real risk is that it collects data from your conversations with ChatGPT. When you’re using the AI, it’s extremely easy to feed it your private information by mistake. All you need to do is forget to censor a document that you ask it to proofread, and you could be in real trouble.”

THE HIGH COST OF CHEAP PRISONS The Law and Political Economy Project

 PCMag: “An incomplete and unscientific explanation of why Mastodon is safe from Elon-style shenanigans. Several Twitter crises ago, my editor pitched me the idea for this story. 

The suggestion was to explain not just why I thought Mastodon—a decentralized social network for Twitter-style posts—was better than Twitter, but also how it could resist whatever Musk-inflicted wound was in the news at the time. I liked the idea, but I didn’t get around to writing it. 

A few weeks later there was another crisis at Twitter (there have been so many I honestly can’t remember which one) and this story came up again. And again. And again. 

And so now, I think it’s finally time to run down the list and explain why Mastodon is structurally and technically impervious to the madness that is plaguing Twitter…” Please join me on Mastotodon – updated daily with toots unique to this account.

FBI closes in on TWO DOZEN gamers in Pentagon leaker’s Discord group – including RUSSIANS – as it emerges disgraced airman, 21, ‘had been sharing files since Ukraine War started Daily Mail. Note the a new theory, per Scott Ritter on Judge Napolitano earlier this week, is that (I kid you not) doing the visuals for top top presentations had been tasked to Teixeira’s unit. This is so stupid as to almost be plausible but I will again run it by contacts. 

Note I have been getting unsolicited communiques from supposed intel types asserting that things are so loosely run that Teixeira could have gotten the records, ignoring that they are way way above clearances normally given to people w/o many years of experience, and most of the higher-level clearances are also compartmentalized. 

Given that network supervision was tightened in the DoD and three letter agencies, bad task allocation does seem more plausible than no one minding the store (when that store has lots of eyes and alerts).