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Mr. Robot remains the only show delivering cantennas and card readers

Ars Technica - February 23, 2018 - 1:10pm

Tech on TV episode 3: Mr. Robot, captions available.

We were always going to be interested in Mr. Robot. After years of l33t TV hackers aimlessly pounding away at keyboards from a parent’s basement on your Law & Order of choice, USA’s unexpected hit series clearly stood out as different from its very first scene. Elliot, a quiet, enigmatic, and savvy IT pro, sits in a cafe talking about gigabit Internet speeds, Tor networking, and the downfalls of onion-routing protocols due to exit nodes. Frankly, it may have become the best television hacker portrayal on the merits of that opening sequence alone.

Of course, Mr. Robot didn’t stop there. Over its three seasons, the show’s creative team has demonstrated time and again that they follow the infosec community as closely as any respectable tech journalist—there has been PwnPhones and cantennas, Kali Linux and crypto-ransomware. And with the show boasting former FBI agents, IT pros, tech journalists, and infosec analysts among its advisors and writers, we shouldn’t be surprised.

It all makes Mr. Robot a natural fit, whether you’re talking about the halls of Def Con, annual best of TV lists (for S1 and S3, at least), or our ongoing Tech on TV series. So as we continue to look at the tech powering our favorite shows both on screen and off, it’s finally time to don a black hoodie and get wrist deep in a terminal.

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Trump says violent video games 'shape' young minds

BBC Technology News - February 23, 2018 - 1:08pm
The president said violence in video games had a big influence on how youths view the world

This Startup Is Challenging Mechanical Turk—on the Blockchain

Wired - February 23, 2018 - 1:00pm
Amazon's Mechanical Turk dominates the market for on-demand microtasks. Gems is using cryptocurrency to appeal to workers and task-requesters.

'Annihilation' Review: A Thrilling, Terrifying Surrealist Trip

Wired - February 23, 2018 - 1:00pm
Alex Garland’s adaptation is as monstrous as it is masterful—even more soul-shaking than the original.

The Security Command Center Protecting the Winter Olympics

Wired - February 23, 2018 - 1:00pm
In a windowless room in Seoul, dozens of security experts train—and watch—for the worst.

Perusing pr0nz at work? Here's a protip: Save it in a file marked 'private'

The Register - February 23, 2018 - 12:58pm
No, your snooping boss did not breach your human rights, Euro court tells sacked Frenchman

A Frenchman who was fired after his bosses discovered porn stored on his work computer has been told his human rights were not violated by his employers' snooping.…

Veritas insiders: Job cuts? There will be blood

The Register - February 23, 2018 - 12:23pm
Drafts in corp restructuring biz Alix Partners to cut costs, improve margins

Veritas Technologies has hired a corporate restructuring specialist in the face of business difficulties.…

Kylie Jenner 'sooo over' Snapchat - and shares tumble

BBC Technology News - February 23, 2018 - 12:03pm
Shares in Snapchat's owner sink after the reality TV star tweets her criticism of the messaging app.

A bit of intel on AMD's embedded Epyc and Ryzen processors

The Register - February 23, 2018 - 11:59am
Dips Zen toes into embedded world with hot new SoCs

The "other" X86 mill-maker, AMD, has unveiled its efforts to position its Zen architecture kit as an embedded solution for networking, storage, edge and industrial devices: a brace of Epyc and Ryzen processors.…

Flappy Friday for Stack Overflow as outage woes run on

The Register - February 23, 2018 - 11:32am
Well, guess it's nearly the weekend

Updated The keys Control, C and V are gathering dust around the world as Stack Overflow went for an uscheduled nap last night before going into full blown TITSUP* mode today.…

Wot, no signal?

BBC Technology News - February 23, 2018 - 11:28am
Billions of people still have no access to mobile services, but nano-satellites could change this.

BT told to share poles for ultrafast fibre internet

BBC Technology News - February 23, 2018 - 11:10am
BT must make it easier for rivals to install fibre broadband on telegraph poles, Ofcom says.

Why isn't digital fixing the productivity puzzle?

The Register - February 23, 2018 - 11:01am
Paying people better matters just as much. Maybe more so

Analysis Oh dear. If all this new technology is so amazing, why isn’t it translating into productivity gains?…

The trouble knowing how much screen time is 'too much'

BBC Technology News - February 23, 2018 - 10:43am
Concerns about time spent online are widespread, but knowing how much is 'healthy' is difficult.

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit

The Register - February 23, 2018 - 10:34am
Rolling out (and scraping) the barrel of computing history

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Telephone operator, please put me through to… What's that? You want me to address you by your first name? Well, that's jolly friendly. I'm (thinks quickly, decides to use Starbucks name) "Alex". And how should I call you? Right.…

Software shortcuts: Pay down your tech debt. It's time to fix a price

The Register - February 23, 2018 - 10:12am
Rushing to ship won't get you to the other side

Technical debt: we probably create it every day. It happens when you do things that might get you closer to goal now, but which create problems that you’ll have to pay for later.…

Intel didn't tell CERTS, govs, about Meltdown and Spectre because they couldn't help fix it

The Register - February 23, 2018 - 9:30am
Letters to Congress detail the plan to keep CPU flaws secret

Letters sent to the United States Congress by Intel and the other six companies in the Meltdown/Spectre disclosure cabal have revealed how and why they didn't inform the wider world about the dangerous chip design flaws.…

Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron

The Register - February 23, 2018 - 9:04am
Everyone's using this framework – now you can, too. Source is open

Code corner Keeping up with the endless torrent of stuff happening online is a losing battle. In the absence of omniscience, there's just no way to catch every bug, cockup, blowup, and scandal as it breaks.…

Intel's announced PCs packing 5G, and that's just plain wrong

The Register - February 23, 2018 - 8:28am
Chipzilla needs more than its old PC-making pals to win 5G

Intel's breathlessly announced that Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft will deploy its 5G modems in their portable PCs sometime in the second half of 2019, and that it will show off prototypes of said laptops at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week.…

Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

The Register - February 23, 2018 - 8:00am
Flip phones - and their users - were both evolutionary dead ends (but the phones had awesome ads)

On-Call + video Welcome again to On-Call, The Register's support group for tech support pros, in which we share readers' tales of being asked to do unreasonable things for inexcusable people.…

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