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Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States - Remote-access software and modems on election equipment 'is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.'

Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States - ...

Who the fuck works at these companies and why are they so stupid?

Edit: "In 2006, the same period when ES&S says it was still installing pcAnywhere on election systems, hackers stole the source code for the pcAnyhere software, though the public didn’t learn of this until years later in 2012 when a hacker posted some of the source code online, forcing Symantec, the distributor of pcAnywhere, to admit that it had been stolen years earlier. Source code is invaluable to hackers because it allows them to examine the code to find security flaws they can exploit. When Symantec admitted to the theft in 2012, it took the unprecedented step of warning users to disable or uninstall the software until it could make sure that any security flaws in the software had been patched."

laughable

Edit 2: Thanks for breaking my 1k virginity, but fuck this voting nonsense.

Edit 3: I'm calling these people stupid until I hear that this is what was used to commit voter fraud. Until then in my eyes this is just stupidity.

This is why we should always have paper ballots.

You can count them electronically, but those machines should be 100% air-gapped (no inter-network connectivity). I'd go so far as to say no network card at all.

The machines can print out vote totals or display them for official reporting purposes. The vault inside them will have the paper ballots for re-count / auditing purposes.

“It’s not the voters who decides who wins in a democracy, it’s whoever counts the votes”- Josef Stalin

If you were of a conspiratorial frame of mind you might imagine these are the sorts of things that are done deliberately with plausible deniability in mind.

Congress may soon vote on a new bill that would set net neutrality down as a matter of law rather than a set of rules to be changed every few years by the FCC.

Congress may soon vote on a new bill that would set net neutrality down as a matter of law rather...

Which is the way it is supposed to work. When we push things that should be laws to the regulatory side, or worse, the judiciary, we break the system. That has led to some of the most divisive political situations we are experiencing right now.

Except ISPs and their lobbies are 100% likely to write the actual language of the bill.

Americans lose.

The public gets network neutrality, the ISPs get freed from their Title II Common Carrier designation and Congress gets to look like heroes. Win all around. . .until poor Americans in rural areas realize they just got fucked out of their chance to get decent connectivity. Meanwhile, the ISPs put the money that should go into rural networks (less profitable) into urban high-speed networking (more profitable).

This whole thing has been a grift.

Winner: Ajit Pat ($$$$)

Loser: poor America

We should push for it to be apart of the constitution honestly, the internet is the most important aspect of society atm. The FCC shouldn't be able to mess with it.

FFTF Calls For Net Neutrality Reversal Due To Fake Comments

FFTF Calls For Net Neutrality Reversal Due To Fake Comments
FFTF Calls For Net Neutrality Reversal Due To Fake Comments

a database containing millions of stolen names and addresses was used to create a massive number of fake comments

Along those lines and just curious: where is the investigation and subsequent charges against whoever orchestrated all that? It being a felony and all...

They have investigated themselves and cleared themselves of any wrongdoing.

The Bots were not the problem. The FCC was the problem.

There are/were three ways to submit entries into the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS):

Individualized HTTP entry via the FCC website. Direct tokenized API access, so that websites could submit entries on behalf of their "Sign the Petition" visitors. Flat-file ASCII comma-delimited or Excel spreadsheet "Batch" processing.

The first was Bot-able but self-limiting as it, combined with real people, bogged the ECFS down.

The second involved signing up with the FCC and obtaining a token you could use to submit entries from your website into the ECFS system. This should have effectively water-marked all submissions by each entity that signed up and received a token and it would be trivial for an FCC DBA to find tokens that were being misused. Submissions should show progressive Date and Time stamps indicating large volumes of entries over relatively short periods of time.

Batch processing is where thousands upon thousands of submissions could be submitted to the FCC in a batch and the FCC would themselves import them into the ECFS, all in one go, on behalf of the submitters. Batched submissions would likely all have the same Date & Time stamps.

Batch processing is where I suspect most of the malicious entries made it into the system. Why?

I conducted a review of my own using my own relatively common but-not-too-common Anglo [Firstname] [Lastname] and found hundreds of entries.

All of the entries with my [F/L] name I reviewed listed different addresses in different cities and states. Middle names were different.

All entries but a few professing ANTI-Net Neutrality views submitted one of two EXACT SAME BOILERPLATE comments.

ALL of those entries were tied (clumped) together with identical Date and Time stamps. Not progressive time stamps, showing individual entry over a relatively short period of time as one might expect if it were the work of bots and malicious tokenized API use. Identical time stamps. I didn't count how many submission groups there were, but it was extremely obvious they were processed in batches.

The very, very few ANTI-Net Neutrality submissions that were NOT boilerplate had completely random Date & Time stamps. As one would expect if individuals were making submissions via the FCC web site. All the comments were different and typical brain-dead "drank the flavoraid" anti-NN, anti-Obama nonsense.

The relatively few submissions professing PRO-Net Neutrality views bore completely random Date and Time stamps. As one would expect if individuals were making submissions via the FCC website. All the comments were different and personalized.

It is my belief that Ajit Pai's FCC was FULLY COMPLICIT in stuffing the ECFS with bogus anti-Net Neutrality entries.

And I'll say that to his face.

Furthermore, give me the data and I'll fucking prove it.

Just remember these people are all smarter and better than us. They've worked for everything they've ever done fairly and there is no way we could possibly understand what they do because we are all dumb dumbs that just don't understand the super high level stuff they are doing and thinking. What appears to us as blatant corruption is really doubleplus good.

Digital Exile: How I Got Banned for Life from AirBnB

Digital Exile: How I Got Banned for Life from AirBnB

In my experience, AirBnb needs to put A LOT of effort into their customer support experience. This article is one of many examples of areas where they do not provide adequate support.

Another is a personal experience of mine, where someone hacked my account, posted a fake listing, and then collected over $5k off of it. I only found out by trying to book a stay, receiving some kind of message along the lines of "you are unable to book a stay currently" and then contacting customer service.

It was at that time that I realized my account was suspended and I saw that I had a fake listing on my account and someone else's banking information and payment history.

After at least two weeks of back and forth, the best they would do was remove the listing. They refused to remove the banking information and said that it was physically impossible to remove the payment information. They made no effort to investigate the fraud, and when I mentioned the potential for IRS issues around the payment history they simply said "we don't report income under 20k to the IRS so you'll be fine".

They denied multiple requests for a supervisor, refused to connect with me by phone, and seemed confused that I was so concerned about having bad banking information and false payments tied to my account history.

I'm sure that these things are rampant with them.

I just had Airbnb support calling me late last night. My review of my recent Airbnb stay wasn't "glowing" or "appreciative" enough, and the host wanted Airbnb to delete my "oppressive" review. She insisted that Airbnb support talk to me RIGHT AWAY to get this sorted out, so a little after 10pm, they started calling me roughly every 20 minutes until I finally answered the phone.

I have never had this kind of experience with a hotel. Not even close.

We’re becoming increasingly dependent on a handful of major tech giants to get through our basic daily routine. Imagine waking up one day and no longer being able to check your Gmail, buy things on Amazon, or book an Uber.

I like how people hail these companies when they're being "disruptive" with current regulations (meaning they wouldn't respect them) and as soon there's the smallest hickup, they're complaining that there's no oversight.

Imagine an airline company refusing a client because of other clients' reviews. Or the local public transport company. That would be immensely illegal and allowing it would open the door to all sorts of segregation. But for some reason, if Uber or AirBnB or Google start picking their customers based on opaque policies, it's cool and hype... until it happens to you. And then you realize that the invisible hand doesn't give a f* about your case and the only thing that could help you is... regulations...

"Airbnb doesn't censor reviews" yet they had no problem removing one of my reviews describing the experience of getting robbed by one of my hosts. Pathetic

FCC Retracts a Plan to Discourage Consumer Complaints

FCC Retracts a Plan to Discourage Consumer Complaints

Probably so they can figure out how to do it quietly next time.

Update: Ajit Pai lied and they passed the new rule wording anyway.

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/396711-fcc-passes-controversial-rule-to-revise-complaint-pro...

Don’t get complacent.

They floated a truly evil policy and withdrew it, this doesn’t make them any better, this was pure strategy (or incompetence turned into strategy). Don’t let this distract you!

These fuckers took away net neutrality. They are treating a utility like a content provider.

Go loud, fail on purpose, lull the public into a false sense of security / having won, pass that shit at midnight on New Year's Eve or similar time.

Welcome to unrepresentative politics.

It's the double tap propaganda technique

Elon Musk Pledges to Pay for Clean Water to Homes in Flint, Michigan

Elon Musk Pledges to Pay for Clean Water to Homes in Flint, Michigan
Elon Musk Pledges to Pay for Clean Water to Homes in Flint, Michigan
Elon Musk Pledges to Pay for Clean Water to Homes in Flint, Michigan
Elon Musk Pledges to Pay for Clean Water to Homes in Flint, Michigan

Wait until he finds out they won't let him.

I remember after Katrina when Karl Malone (ex-basketball player) volunteered his entire construction company to clean up debris.

He got fined for doing it for free because there was already someone contracted to do it (though they were taking they're sweet time starting).

Musk simply won't be allowed to do it.

I mean.. I feel like Musk is the kinda guy to show up with all the supplies, install them, then yell, "I'll expect the fines in the mail!" before flying off via jetpack.

Quick: everyone bash him for trying to help.

Internet to remain free and fair in India: Govt approves Net Neutrality

Internet to remain free and fair in India: Govt approves Net Neutrality

Indian more progressive than the US

Edit: Indian, hehe.

How long will this referendum come up. Everyone’s all excited, but is this going to be yearly vote or every few years?

Edit: Whoa! Almost 1k updoots. Thanks to all. I can’t wait until cake day and I will share with all of you.

Thank God that "Free Basics" for Facebook didn't kick off in India. Mark Zuckerberg deserves to be in prison.

This is such a huge relief.

As a nation it's a step backwards to stifle internet for the people.

The FCC wants to charge you $225 to review your complaints

The FCC wants to charge you $225 to review your complaints

We already pay them to read our comments via taxes.

Political microtransactions do not need to be a thing.

So basically a company could put a <$225 fee on your account, refuse to refund it, and your only options would be to pay the fee or pay more to the FCC to challenge it.

No, this won't be abused at all!

That’s what taxes are for. Fuck this fee

Welcome to EA- I mean the FCC

Trump’s Supreme Court pick: ISPs have 1st Amendment right to block websites. ISPs have right to exercise "editorial control" over the Internet, judge wrote.

Trump’s Supreme Court pick: ISPs have 1st Amendment right to block websites. ISPs have right to e...

Vote in the Midterms and 2020 elections.

If they have “editorial control” then they should be able to be sued for any illegal content they deliver. I’d love to see every ISP get charged with distribution of child porn at once.

ISPs have the freedom of expression to block websites' freedom of expression. Wow.

Welp time to find a VPN provider i trust with strong encryption

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee opposes net neutrality, supports NSA bulk collection

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee opposes net neutrality, supports NSA bulk collection

Call your senators

Call your house rep

And most importantly, vote this November and in every election. Both sides are not the same.

Fuck all this. This country is letting the entire world down.

Oh look, he thinks NN violates free speech rights of corporations.

They want the Voting Rights Act destroyed. They've just about got there too. The goal is to restrict the franchise to white males as much as possible. They have long term goals that are now in reach.

Try one of these subthreads