hi all its only been 3 wks since posting on the fake news and election integrity topic, and its turned into a fast firestorm in a small amt of time, and various bombshells are reverberating. hard to keep up! am unloading this batch of links.
obama is releasing CIA intelligence report to congress/ public[d] which implicates russia/putin[c] as intentionally attempting to push election to Trump.[e]
congress is making loud noises about a bipartisan investigation. that is a rare occurrence. but one wonders if the partisans have some kind of secret agenda. in washington, increasingly the only thing that isnt bipartisan is the actual physical infrastructure, say the statues, and even then one wonders. (oops, even inanimate objects like statues have a bipartisan slant!) which reminds me of that old expr “reality has a liberal bias” and that in turn reminds me of old quote “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”[x]
which leads nicely/ quickly into the next subj of “fake news”.[a] the technical term for this ofc is misinformation, disinformation, or propaganda. not exactly sure why those terms are not being used. guess we need a nice new buzzword in this 21st cyber century eh?
some media is already declaring jill steins recount effort over.[b] it looks like 2/3 states rejected it via judicial review. but probably the litigation will go on for months at least it seems like. conspiracy sites are even calling out outright fraud/ hacking.[b3][b12]
clearly we are right smack dab in the middle of a major cyber/infowar with massive domestic and intl implications.
facebook has done a 180 from zuckerbergs claims “theres nothing to see here folks” and is already agreeing to work on the issue with various near-term and long-term approaches.
hi all the chinese curse “may you live in interesting times” is out in full force these days. have tried to avoid blogging much on the election here but it has some interesting/ intense cyber/ tech angles. the media is reporting a few dribbles of the possibility of a recount in critical “swing” states michigan, pennsylvania, wisconsin by jill stein who has already raised a few million dollars on her web site.[a]
it is with a heavy heart this info/ pov/ angle is passed on here. one would think in 2016 we’d have it figured out how to hold secure elections/ voting (and woe unto us in this world where that phrase is not a tautology!). but the tragedy of democracy is that the apparently simple act of counting votes seems to be a very, very difficult problem and that our highly advanced information technology is a double-edged-sword and/or pandoras box added to the problem.
my feeling is that if we could get a national/ bipartisan consensus/ initiative on secure voting built up in congress, maybe some real progress is possible. DREAM ON right? but what could be more important for democracy? (as an old troll expr on the internet goes, not sure where it originated, “humans are stupid!”)
hi all cybersecurity has huge daily headlines but it gets few hits on my blog, and dont know where to advertise it either, it seems not to fit in well either on reddit or google+. nevertheless, just cant avoid/ give up tracking it. it seems to sometimes have near-earthshaking implications.
its been a feverish few months in the area with many fast-changing developments, can barely keep up.
hi all. have been collecting mountains of cybersecurity links over the past ~½ year after posting heavily on the Apple vs FBI crypto/ terrorism investigation controversy/ showdown/ faceoff/ staredown. have not seen such a intensely fiery headliner match in many years. astonishingly it looks like the govt/ FBI blinked/ backed down possibly partly in the face of intense/ spreading corporate pressure but not before even Obama weighed in with his opinion against “fetishizing phones”. this, from the 1st guy who years ago had a blackberry/ smartphone as president after pushing for it personally (supplied by the NSA!). it seems we have come full circle in his presidency.
some near shocking/ stunning headlines that even govt insiders eg ex NSA officials supported Apples stance! anyway for now the govt has backed down and new battle lines are drawn with silicon valleys ire roused eg with google taking it somewhat personally so to speak. it looks like a newly established widespread corporate priority/ consensus/ race to increase encryption and make govt surveillance more difficult. this appears to me to be a rare case where corporate power is working against/ checking govt power (overreach!) in favor of citizen/ constitutional rights… thanks Tim Cook, a CEO who has not been corrupted by his multimilliondollar yearly pay and still has a bit of spine )( left in him after not being fully flushed out after the decades of “shrewd” politicking reqd for climbing the corporate ladder.[a][b][c] (on 2nd thought, more cynically as pointed out by some, maybe its just that cyber corporations want a monopoly on the vast private data that can be better monetized that way and “privacy rights” is a mere smokescreen….)
😮 💡 ❗ 😎 😀 ❤ hi all. big news in number theory last few months and years. this is a tribute to a few years of top breakthroughs and exciting developments. the general theme is “primes” but there are a few detours.
in a breakthru/ rare event, a new statistical property of primes was discovered related to frequency of occurrence digits in base-n expansions. it was discovered by Oliver/ Soundararajan and has led to a huge amount of media attention and notice by top scientists. some of it was uncovered with dear-to-my-heart computer empirical/ experimental approaches.[e]
yet its somewhat reminiscent of another similar discovery only ~7yrs ago in 2009 by Luque/ Lacasa.[e6]
big discoveries like this sometimes make one think that maybe we havent even “scratched the surface” of theory of primes. [a2], a long-held/featured link on this site (on main sidebar) points out connections with quantum mechanics by Sautoy, an authority on the Riemann hypothesis (Dyson/ Montgomery 1972).
speaking of Riemann, and apropos/ befitting/ in observation/ reverence of todays date, it was claimed to be proven by a Nigerian recently. and it turns out not surprisingly Nigerian mathematics is not all so different than illustrious Nigerian business ventures advertised on the internet.[g]