Quantum spying — In his latest novel, David Ignatius tackles the intersection of quantum computing and espionage. The Quantum Spy revolves around a central theme of spy literature: the race for a new technology, to discover something new that, even if only for a moment, will provide a geopolitical advantage.
But it didn’t take any kind of computer to hack the US military, because they didn’t even use passwords. [Makes you feel safe, doesn’t it? ]
Three quarters of Android apps track users with third party tools — A study by French research organization Exodus Privacy and Yale University’s Privacy Lab analysed the mobile apps for the signatures of 25 known trackers and found that more than three in four Android apps contain at least one third-party ‘tracker.’
US ‘orchestrated’ Russian spy scandal, claims Russian — Right, yeah, that makes sense.
Twitter-twatted Trump — In the last few days, President Donald Trump has used his infamous Twitter account to retweet British fascists’ anti-Islam videos and tag the wrong Theresa May in an angry rant. Trump’s very bad tweets translate into almost immediate real-life consequences for everyone but him. But undoubtedly one of the high points of Trump’s tenure on the site was when his account was mysteriously nuked after what Twitter described as a “human error by a Twitter employee”. Now, per TechCrunch, we know who that legendary employee was. He’s not concerned with legal consequences, telling TechCrunch, “I didn’t hack anyone. I didn’t do anything that I was not authorised to do. I didn’t go to any site I was not supposed to go to. I didn’t break any rules.” [Give that man a medal.]
The rise of sea level rise — The problem with coastal living is that while the food supply is relatively stable, sea levels are not. They’ve always risen and fallen as the climate changes over the millennia – and thanks to the hyper-productivity of the Industrial Age, they’re in the middle of a pretty significant uptick. In the coming decades, rising sea levels could jeopardize untold billions of dollars in real estate and infrastructure along the world’s coasts and displace millions of people.
Plants for after the apocalypse — In Geneva, New York, Cornell University scientists crossbreed domesticated crops with their wild ancestors to propagate superhardy strains that better withstand droughts, heat waves, and freezes. [But not seawater – see above.]
Dazzle ships for when the navy wasn’t just Battleship Grey — Dazzle patterns made ships really had to identify and calculate torpedo attacks upon. The British got all artsy with it, but the he US also adopted Dazzle painting as camouflage, but in a very American way. “Where the British saw this as a kind of large art project and each ship had a unique design, the Americans created a catalog of plans, then sent the plans to Eastman Kodak for testing” according to Claudia Covert, a special collections librarian at the Rhode Island School of Design. [And she has the best name ever for this job.]