Mongoose: Security flaw gave researcher the power to erase every video on YouTube

Mongoose

Mongoose

Security flaw gave researcher the power to erase every video on YouTube

Today’s tale of apocalyptic internet near-misses comes from software developer Kamil Hismatullin, who discovered a security flaw in YouTube that allowed him to delete any video he wanted—or all of them, if he so desired. Fortunately, he did not so desire (although he apparently had some thoughts about doing a number on Justin Bieber’s channel), and instead he reported the bug to Google and collected a $5000 reward.

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Apr 5

Stephen E. Arnold: Google in Three-Front War

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Google: Three Elephants Preparing to Fight Among Themselves

I love the Google. I found two unrelated articles interesting for one simple reason: Google is getting ready for its own version of Wrestlemania. Read more.

Phi Beta Iota: Google, like Microsoft and Standard Oil, needs to die. It is only corruption that keep subsidies for fossil fuel and tolerance for the information-era equivalents of fossil fuel, alive.

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Apr 4

Antechinus: TPP Legal Attrocity — Parallel Legal System Joins Existing 1% versus 99% “Divide” to Further Screw the Public

Antechinus

Antechinus

TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation

Unveiling of Parallel Legal System for Foreign Corporations Will Fuel TPP Controversy, Further Complicate Obama’s Push for Fast Track

The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) Investment Chapter, leaked today, reveals how the pact would make it easier for U.S. firms to offshore American jobs to low-wage countries while newly empowering thousands of foreign firms to seek cash compensation from U.S. taxpayers by challenging U.S. government actions, laws and court rulings before unaccountable foreign tribunals. After five years of secretive TPP negotiations, the text – leaked by WikiLeaks –proves that growing concerns about the controversial “investor-state dispute settlement” (ISDS) system that the TPP would extend are well justified.

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Apr 3

SchwartzReport: Peter Thiel on the Death of American Democracy – Where He Is Right — And Wrong

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This is about as clear a statement of the noncarbon generation high tech mogul perspective as I have read.  The article also gives an accurate, I believe, critique as to where he is in error. Most fundamentally I think Thiel has confused process and specific circumstances. I think democratic government can work very well. It certainly does so in many other countries. There is a reason why Danes are happy, and Americans are not. It is not working well here because of corruption, unlimited money in politics, and the Republican gridlock that has produced, and the compromised nature of our regulatory agencies. There is nothing wrong with the Founders’ vision, and everything wrong with its execution. American politics is to the Founders’ democratic republic as Fundamentalist Pre-millennial Dispensationlist Christianity is to Jesus’ teachings.

Why PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel thinks American democracy is dead

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Apr 2