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Spam is back | The Outline
it’s 2017, and spam has clawed itself back from the grave. It shows up on social media and dating sites as bots hoping to lure you into downloading malware or clicking an affiliate link. It creeps onto your phone as text messages and robocalls that ring you five times a day about luxury cruises and fictitious tax bills. Networks associated with the buzzy new cryptocurrency system Ethereum have been plagued with spam. Facebook recently fought a six-month battle against a spam operation that was administering fake accounts in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and other countries. Last year, a Chicago resident sued the Trump campaign for allegedly sending unsolicited text message spam; this past November, ZDNet reported that voters were being inundated with political text messages they never signed up for. Apps can be horrid spam vectors, too — TechCrunch writer Jordan Crook wrote in April about how she idly downloaded an app called Gather that promptly spammed everyone in her contact list. Repeated mass data breaches that include contact information, such as the Yahoo breach in which 3 billion user accounts were exposed, surely haven’t helped. Meanwhile, you, me, and everyone we know is being plagued by robocalls. “There is no recourse for me,” lamented Troy Doliner, a student in Boston who gets robocalls every day. “I am harassed by a faceless entity that I cannot track down.”
“I think we had a really unique set of circumstances that created this temporary window where spam was in remission,” said Finn Brunton, an assistant professor at NYU who wrote Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet, “and now we’re on the other side of that, with no end in sight.”


(via Boing Boing)
spam  privacy  email  social-media  web  robocalls  phone  ethereum  texts  abuse 
18 days ago by jm
Sign up for Privacy International's anti-surveillance campaign
Have you ever made a phone call, sent an email, or, you know, used the internet? Of course you have!

Chances are, at some point over the past decade, your communications were swept up by the U.S. National Security Agency. The NSA then shares information with the UK Government's intelligence agency GCHQ by default. A recent court ruling found that this sharing was unlawful. But no one could find out if their records were collected and then illegally shared between these two agencies… until now!

Because of our recent victory against the UK intelligence agency in court, now anyone in the world — yes, ANYONE, including you — can find out if GCHQ illegally received information about you from the NSA. Join our campaign by entering your details below to find out if GCHQ illegally spied on you, and confirm via the email we send you. We'll then go to court demanding that they finally come clean on unlawful surveillance.
gchq  nsa  spying  surveillance  internet  phone  uk  law  campaign  privacy-international 
february 2015 by jm
Aerial Wallpapers
Hello! I love satellite imagery and topographic maps so I made several wallpapers with those gorgeous pictures. All wallpapers are iPhone 6 Plus optimized with 1242×2208 pixels, but you can resize for any device you have. The original sources are listed below.


(Via This Is Colossal)
mapping  aerial  wallpapers  phone  desktop  satellite  maps 
december 2014 by jm
NSA surveillance recording every single voice call in at least 1 country
Storing them in a 30-day rolling buffer, allowing retrospective targeting weeks after the call. 100% of all voice calls in that country, although it's unclear which country that is
nsa  surveillance  gchq  telephones  phone  bugging 
march 2014 by jm
BBC News - How one man turns annoying cold calls into cash
This is hilarious. Quid pro quo!
Once he had set up the 0871 line, every time a bank, gas or electricity supplier asked him for his details online, he submitted it as his contact number. He added he was "very honest" and the companies did ask why he had a premium number. He told the programme he replied: "Because I'm getting annoyed with PPI phone calls when I'm trying to watch Coronation Street so I'd rather make 10p a minute." He said almost all of the companies he dealt with were happy to use it and if they refused he asked them to email.
spam  cold-calls  phone  ads  uk  funny  0871  premium-rate  ppi 
august 2013 by jm
The $12 Gongkai Phone
Welcome to the Galapagos of Chinese “open” source. I call it “gongkai” (公开). Gongkai is the transliteration of “open” as applied to “open source”. I feel it deserves a term of its own, as the phenomenon has grown beyond the so-called “shanzhai” (山寨) and is becoming a self-sustaining innovation ecosystem of its own.

Just as the Galapagos Islands is a unique biological ecosystem evolved in the absence of continental species, gongkai is a unique innovation ecosystem evolved with little western influence, thanks to political, language, and cultural isolation.

Of course, just as the Galapagos was seeded by hardy species that found their way to the islands, gongkai was also seeded by hardy ideas that came from the west. These ideas fell on the fertile minds of the Pearl River delta, took root, and are evolving. Significantly, gongkai isn’t a totally lawless free-for-all. It’s a network of ideas, spread peer-to-peer, with certain rules to enforce sharing and to prevent leeching. It’s very different from Western IP concepts, but I’m trying to have an open mind about it.
gongkai  bunnie-huang  china  phone  mobile  hardware  devices  open-source 
may 2013 by jm
Don't discount the value of price comparison sites - The Irish Times
Conor Pope recommends home-saver.ie and bonkers.ie for insurance and utilities price comparison. I've used the latter, with great results
price-comparison  ireland  shopping  utilities  competition  phone  irish-times  consumer 
april 2012 by jm
Dave Grady on "the conference call"
painfully accurate sketch about the crappy conference call UI. "hi, who just joined?"
hi-who-just-joined  conference-calls  phone  funny  ui  dave-grady  comedy  sketches  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
How to get Google Voice working in Ireland
hacky, but I'm very tempted -- GV looks nifty and there's no indication they're bothering to roll it out on this side of the pond
google  google-voice  phone  ireland  hacks  skype  from delicious
march 2010 by jm
the MagicJack
a GSM femtocell for the home -- USB-driven, the size of a pack of cards, $40. this won't last long
femtocells  gsm  phone  home  voip  telephone  from delicious
january 2010 by jm

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