AltSciFi’s Dystopian Daily: Read-Only Memories, Device Addiction and Palm-Sized DNA Sequencing

Dystopian Daily

+ Read Only Memories Review. If Philip K. Dick had mixed his novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, with LGBT rights, the result might resemble Read Only Memories — the new cyberpunk point-and-click adventure from indie developer MidBoss. […]

Comment: Steph Carmichael reviews Read Only Memories, a progressive cyberpunk point-and-click adventure.

+ Encryption is Not Enough. There’s a special Murphy’s Law for budding cryptographers: somewhere else in the naive coder’s encryption process – key generation, random number generation, hash processes, etc. – there will almost certainly be one or more fatal flaws. A skilled hacker can often find and break process vulnerabilities without much effort.

Do-it-yourself encryption is much like thinking you could be competitive with Bobby Fischer or Garry Kasparov. Just because an encryption program works doesn’t mean it is secure. […]

+ artist eric pickersgill removes smartphones to show our extreme device addiction. The use of technology for interaction in exchange for not interacting: this has never happened before… I doubt we’ve scratched the surface of the social impact of this new experience. […]

+ The Practice of Android Reverse Engineering. This talk introduces how to do Android application reverse engineering by real example. And, it covers the advanced topics like optimized DEX and JNI. […]

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+ Cops are asking and 23andMe for their customers’ DNA. The FBI maintains a national genetic database with samples from convicts and arrestees, but this was the most public example of cops turning to private genetic databases to find a suspect… people who submitted genetic samples for reasons of health, curiosity, or to advance science could now end up in a genetic line-up of criminal suspects. […]

Comment: look up on google scholar ‘surname inference’ sometime.

+ Will palm-sized DNA sequencers be a staple of the future? The 10cm-long, 90g device, named MinION by its British developers, Oxford Nanopore, has already been used by some scientists. In April, a team in Guinea read the genomes of 14 Ebola samples within 48 hours of them being taken from patients. Early next year, astronauts are due to use the gadget to read DNA for the first time on the International Space Station. […]

+ Russian Hackers of Dow Jones Said to Have Sought Trading Tips. The hack investigation shows how quickly law enforcers are shifting to a new front in insider trading: cyberspace. Market-moving, nonpublic information used to trade hands in secret meetings. Hackers are now stealing sensitive information and selling it to traders. This new vulnerability in the financial markets is challenging law-enforcement officials who are trying to keep pace with cyber-criminals’ rapidly evolving moneymaking schemes.

For would-be inside traders, business journalists and data providers are a rich target. […]

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