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Memorial Day

Memorial Day.

 

This day should honor current and past veterans.  As the culture in the United States diversified, so too the meaning of Memorial Day.  It’s not a day that gives everyone a 3 day pass to party.  Although many will party and celebrate, make no bones about it there is no celebration when we still have ongoing conflicts across the globe. Our young men and women are in harm’s way and it seems the carnage from the Civil War hasn’t taught us any lessons. Approximately 620,000 soldiers died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease during the Civil War. Death, conflict and fighting for causes that are still a mystery to many will continue unabated until we truly remember the carnage and disruption that is caused by such acts.

I came across this site and the statistics are staggering.  I’ve looked at and researched some of the links. You should do the same. http://necrometrics.com/warsusa.htm. It’s a worldwide issue let’s hope humanity gets a clue.

War and carnage caused should be everyone’s issue.  We’ve trivialized the meaning and remembrances into what kind of sales, how big the BBQ will be and damn, I’m glad I’m out of school for the summer. I’m not even sure anymore if the wars fought abroad has made us any safer.  NOPE.

This quote talks about taking our fight to the aggressors. But what about the aggressors from home spun terrorism that has overshadowed and darkened many casual events that we’ve all seen in the news.

“What the American people want to do is fight a war without getting hurt. You can’t do that anymore than you can get into a barroom fight without getting hurt… Unless the American people are willing to send their sons out to fight an aggressor, there just isn’t going to be any United States.” Chesty Puller

Once a Marine always a Marine. I was and still am a Marine. I will defend and protect my family as we all should. I will remember my fallen brothers and family with the grace they deserve by keeping alive the also memory of the carnage and destruction caused by everyone’s war.   We’re not playing a game of “Risk”.

SECURITY and PRIVACY :- Twitters Privacy Update Policy

SECURITY and PRIVACY :- Twitters Privacy Update Policy

Security and privacy should be important for everyone.  Just now I noticed that the privacy policy for tacking on twitter has changed.  I would encourage you
to edit your values and turn off all tracking.  When I first looked all values were checked!
Giving up your right to privacy I think is a security risk.  But, discern for yourself what you wish to do. 🙂

What are your thoughts on data tracking?

Joseph

CYBER-ATTACKS :- We’re too late! Engage clocking device then notify the fleet and return to base.

May 17, 2017 2 comments

CYBER-ATTACKS

We’re too late! Engage clocking device then notify the fleet and return to base.

Future cyber-attacks won’t be done by man. Cyber-attacks will be performed by AI.  Various AI trained by machine learning will vulnerability check and then drop helper bots on vulnerable networks and computers along the way.  Undetected, these additional bots will further the attack by increasing the depth and breadth that gives worldwide impact to such attacks. Quite possibly it will run on one of the major cloud platforms where global staging of bits that do the damage are housed and can go undetected for a long time.  Not only are they asking for ransom but the biggest ransomed users will start demanding global ID’s in hopes of stopping these types of attacks. In fact I believe that the attacks will increase until that nefarious plan succeeds.  Granted, personal activities that are initiated by you either via an email link, or some other source of link, or do some kind of application install causes most of the issues.  But not all.  More education in this area would help.

Not only will these attacks continue, but the online games that millions of kids of varying ages use every day, have live chat rooms.

Why is that important? And, how does that relate to cyber-attacks?

Chat rooms are being used in games to organize others as groups in the games and to make trades for items gathered during game play. That’s easy enough. But, with young kids for the thought of getting extra game items or items for free, will click on, download and install some application only to find out their password was stolen, game assets drained and have been locked out of their account. Not quite the same as recent cyber-attacks that have struck around the world, but a personal attack nevertheless and ones that often go unreported. And, just maybe a yet to be detected bot?  (Parental setup and security control of a kid’s computer is another topic)

Most online games and platforms for game play state that those under certain age should not have access unless they have their legal guardian’s permission.  I wonder how many pass up reading the access rules!  Kids seem to have more computer knowledge than parents and many don’t bother following up after setting up a kid on a platform.  A lot use Facebook whom are under the age of 18. The smart kids will gain access quite easily.

This should bother everyone.   Kids really don’t know how old or who the person’s on the other end of the chat are. Their susceptible to screen chatter and are not on the guard when someone might be asking probing questions such as do you have pets. What’s your school’s mascot name? Etc, add your own and it can be scary indeed. The social engineering aspect that kids face can be challenging.  They exist and everyone has vulnerabilities.

Kids are now playing augmented reality games on smart devices and as the games move to 3d glasses, uncontrolled augmented reality games could be a catalyst for cyberattacks.  Couldn’t it? Meet me at the cemetery our job is to grave rob.  The prize is located 6 feet down and looks like a sack of shingles If found will be worth 20,000 bit coins.  Hey we’re having a 100 person march tonight in support of macaroni and cheese school lunch Thursdays. Meet us at the school with a can of orange paint for a chance for a secret Santa surprise.

Perhaps none of this will be like that if we’re aware and teach our kids. But what if things like that have happened and are continuing to happen?

I mean parents can’t sit and watch everything a kid does online or can they?  Are you a parent with school age kids?  Kids that use the internet that play games such as ROBLOX.COM? And, other free online games?  They are fun but I would be very concerned if you did not check into and understand what these online games are.   As mentioned most have chat rooms to communicate with others in a game. But, kids really don’t know how old the persons on the other end of the chat are. Maybe an AI Trained chat bot that we help train!! Nice. And, that has recently happened.

Some possible solutions.

  1. Create automatic sandboxes for running games either on desktop or place browser functionality into a sandbox no matter who the vendor of the browser.
  2. Deliver all email with links and active content turned off by default.
  3. Allow easier access to mail headers and provide mail header tracing for validation and research.
  4. Remove cross site cookie tracking and web beacons. Less tracking would eliminate targeted threats.
  5. Allow 3d glasses to work only within 20 feet of a matched base station.
  6. A drive for personal photos and documents that could never be used or locked by unauthorized sources. Cloud as backup perhaps?
  7. Two factor authentication where the parent receives the code to login. Could be too much but is a good idea if it would work.
  8. And, while not mentioned above fix IoT security. This will help as well.

However, removing tracking will be difficult as it generates millions of dollars for advertisers. Media watching and usage changes are taking the industry by storm. Many have given up cable and are doing so at a rapid pace.  Desktop usage has gone down as users become more mobile.  Advertisers large and small still need a way to push advertisements to consumers.

Just a few years ago bandwidth was more expensive and users did not want all the extra ads being displayed.  Application availability was sparse and not many that good. Bubble popper was my favorite and could be heard in many restrooms.  Now at the speed of thought and light our devices via tracking, application usage, site participation with voice activation and weather are presenting the prepared “Just For You” items that tracks across owned devices.  The metrics!!! Damn, the metrics.

We all need knowledge of how to protect ourselves and our families in the digital age from current and future cyber-attacks.   The rapidly changing false headlines this past year could have been a cyber attack. Couldn’t it?  Makes us all Wanna Cry.

Perspective is what it is.

3D ART :- Porcelain I’m Fragile

3D ART :- Porcelain I’m Fragile

If we’re so fragile we’ll never know or have the opportunity to expand and grow. Using downtime for quite reflection can help
achieve many wondrous things. The ability to understand and work on our frailties is something we all need.  I’m learning
that it’s OK to make mistakes, learn from it and move on. Wishing the same for you as well.

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”
Leonardo da Vinci

TOPIC :- Don’t Fear The Shadows

TOPIC :- Don’t Fear The Shadows

Sometimes the things that seem to hold you back are your own fears.  If you bring those fears out of the shadows you stand a better chance of accomplishing many goals. You can’t let persons, places or things dictate how you deal with issues.  Don’t let petty people occupy your thoughts they are not worth the effort. Self-esteem comes from within and you don’t need external sources telling you otherwise.

If others talk about you behind your back, let them. They most likely are insecure around you and feel the need to bolster their own egos.  Most importantly be grateful and humble for everyone has shadows to overcome.

Joseph Kravis

Don’t Fear The Shadows

 

TOPIC :- Fake News What If?

TOPIC :- Fake News What If?

I had orginally published this on LinkedIn.

According to ancient astronaut theorists 🙂 what if:

Facebook, Google, and the rest of the sites that allowed for the display of said “FAKE NEWS” were most likely RECEIVING TONS of click dough. Each time you clicked on one of those news stories they received some form of payment. They only mentioned that they would investigate this fake news when some folks said it might have swayed the election. If the sites that they say originated the “FAKE NEWS” were receiving between 5k – 20k a month the amount Facebook, Google and others must have received could be millions. So, why give up the easy money?

If you think for a moment that companies with huge budgets and large analytics teams pouring over the logs and results of those clicks didn’t take notice that would be a misnomer. Facebook has already been called out on faking or tweaking the trending’s listed.

Here is another way to look at it. If you’ve ever played some type of video game then you know that obstacles are created to enhance and challenge game play. They are placed at certain points in a game. Some obstacles are in the same place every time allowing for you to practice and get past the difficult parts. Others are random and hopefully that will keep you on your toes.

Think of game play on your personal feeds with Facebook, in particular you can adjust based on “Top Stories” and “Most Recent”. Adjusting these settings organize the feed stream you see based on that. On your feed you see many items appearing along with some sponsored and others from the games you’ve played or are playing. You also might see items appear that you just looked at on Amazon or Ebay (Click income).

(How this could work). Let’s suppose that you have certain political views. You might get news that reflects left or right points of view. If your views were only left you might get an assortment of right laced views to continue fanning the flame. You know the obstacles as you encountered in games played. Further adjustment of your stream, are items that you click on (Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad & Angry) to help identify a post and give nonverbal feelings to the post. Those clicks also generate metrics and data that formats how your Facebook will eventually be viewed by you.

So, regardless of service Twitter, Facebook, Google etc.… In an instant opinions and views can be adjusted at the speed of a post. To intensify the scope you can link Facebook with Twitter. So, what you post on Facebook it will automatically post on Twitter. Then with that post have Twitter Post to LinkedIn. With one post you could have the potential to engage 1000’s by retweeting and reposting by others.

Feeds from most services are tailored to users based on many factors. It would be nice to have better filters that we could tailor. While even a free service requires some form of income other then selling our metrics to others, the tailoring is getting better at predicting which types of things you click on where they will make the most money. And, that’s the part we don’t have the ability to filter

Yes it could be malicious or lucrative if used for that intent so…What If?

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3D Art – Well Loving The Blue Eyes

Lighting in 3D is interesting. Not only are you trying to replicate real world scenarios there are limitations within the 3D world you have to overcome.  I used a large beauty desk behind the camera and key lights to left and right.  Background is of bacteria but looks cool. 🙂

Too much or too little PhotoShop?  I’ll keep working on rendering and edits.

Enjoy, Larger higher resolution images available.

Joseph