Google are wrong about the root cause of online trolling and other forms of
sociopathic behaviour. It's nothing to do with anonymity. Rather, it's to
do with the evanescence of online identity. People who have long term
online identities (regardless of whether they're pseudonymous or not) tend
to protect their reputations. Trolls, in contrast, use throw-away
identities because it's not a real identity to them: it's a sock puppet
they wave in the face of their victim to torment them. Forcing people to
use their real name online won't magically induce civility: the trolls
don't care. Identity, to them, is something that exists in the room with
the big blue ceiling, away from the keyboard. Stuff in the glowing screen
is imaginary and of no consequence.
looks at technical and social problems with the Google+ name
Researchers from UCSD pointed thermal cameras towards plastic ATM PIN pads
and metal ATM PIN pads to test how effective they were at stealing PIN
numbers. The thermal cams didn't work against metal pads but on plastic
pads the success rate of detecting all the digits was 80% after 10 seconds
and 60% after 45 seconds. If you think about your average ATM trip, that's
a pretty wide window and an embarrassingly high success rate for thieves to
take advantage of.
It's basically like having root on the device, and that's like having root
on the chemistry of the human body.
in a Dark Reading report of attacking a wireless insulin pump
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