Monday, September 12, 2016

I told you this wasn’t going to be easy.  Stop thinking of terrorist as a bunch of ignorant barbarians!
New Tricks Make ISIS, Once Easily Tracked, a Sophisticated Opponent
   Drawing from a growing bag of tricks, Islamic State accomplices located in Syria likely used phones and WhatsApp accounts belonging to Abaaoud and other attackers to mask the group’s travel to Europe, said a Western security official: “We relied too much on technology. And we lost track.”
   Islamic State is a militant group of the internet age, its followers steeped in Facebook, smartphones and text messaging.  These tools, which helped spread the terror group’s message around the world, also helped authorities foil plots, capture suspects and win convictions in the group’s early years.


So, you have to be there?  Could I send the search software to a local computer?  
From FourthAmendment.com:
There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in IP addresses, but planting software on a computer to cause it to transmit its address is “unquestionably a search.”  Recognizing the split of authority, Rule 41 was violated, but the court declines to suppress because of the good faith exception.  United States v. Torres\, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122086 (W.D.Tex. Sept. 9, 2016)
Read more on FourthAmendment.com.
[From ForthAmaedment:
This Court disagrees with the reasoning in Darby and Matish, and instead finds persuasive the reasoning in Michaud, a case from the Western District of Washington, addressing the NIT Warrant. 2016 WL 337263.  The court in Michaud reasoned that the installation of the NIT “occurred on the government-controlled computer, located in the Eastern District of Virginia,” because the activating computer in Michaud, like the “activating computer” at issue in the instant case, never physically entered the Eastern District of Virginia. Id. at *6.  The Michaud court concluded that “even applying flexibility to Rule 41(b) … the NIT Warrant technically violates the letter, but not the spirit, of Rule 41(b).” Id. at *6.  Likewise, this Court finds that the “activating computer” was never physically present within the Eastern District of Virginia, and that any digital presence of the “activating computer” was insufficient to convey jurisdiction under Rule 41(b)(4).


My IT Architecture students will be debating this. 
5 ways artificial intelligence will change enterprise IT
   you might have heard of Apple spending $200 million to acquire machine learning and A.I. startup Turi.  A smart drone defeated an experienced Air Force pilot in flight simulation tests.  IBM’s Watson diagnosed a 60-year-old woman’s rare form of leukemia within 10 minutes, after doctors had been stumped for months.
But believe it or not, enterprise IT is also a fertile ground for A.I.  In fact, some of the most immediate and profound use cases for A.I. will come as companies increasingly integrate it into their data centers and development organizations to automate processes that have been done manually for decades.
Here are five examples:

(Related) Artificially intelligent lawyers? 
New on LLRX – Mecha Justice: When Machines Think Like Lawyers
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Sep 11, 2016
Via LLRX.comMecha Justice: When Machines Think Like Lawyers – Most workplaces, whether public, private, academic – within the government, legal, education, news, or advocacy sectors – are increasingly focused on how to define, implement and position the use of ‘Big Data,’ data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and even robotics, into respective organizational missions that are under increasing pressure to innovate faster.  Ken Strutin’s comprehensive, insightful and expertly documented article is a critical read to assist all of us in the legal environment, regardless of our role, in understanding key cases, issues, science, technology and applications, and potential as well as actual outcomes.  As Strutin writes, the term “Mecha” envisions a futuristic artificial intelligence wrapped in human likeness and seamlessly woven into the activities of society.  It represents a time when the aggrandizement of our species will depend on technology that looks and thinks like us.  Today, the prototype of attorney mechas are emerging from advances in computer reasoning and big data.  The demands of increasingly complex legal transactions, sophisticated consumers, and the momentum of technology are putting pressures on the practice of law that only computer assistance can relieve.  This compilation of notable news articles, scientific studies and legal scholarship highlights the progress of rights, responsibilities and roles of legal professionals and thinking machines.


Incentive pay with no disincentive downside.  What could possibly go wrong?  (Is this a deal to keep the blame from going higher?)
Wells Fargo Exec Who Headed Phony Accounts Unit Collected $125 Million
Wells Fargo & Co’s “sandbagger”-in-chief is leaving the giant bank with an enormous pay day—$124.6 million.
In fact, despite beefed-up “clawback” provisions instituted by the bank shortly after the financial crisis, and the recent revelations of massive misconduct, it does not appear that Wells Fargo is requiring Carrie Tolstedt, the Wells Fargo executive who was in charge of the unit where employees opened more than 2 million largely unauthorized customer accounts—a seemingly routine practice that employees internally referred to as “sandbagging”—to give back any of her nine-figure pay.

(Related)  Most places don’t even ask this question.


For my Trekkies.
Star Trek ComBadge Replica Gives One-Touch Access To Cortana, Siri, Google Now
ThinkGeek’s website states, “We've had a screen-accurate prop replica ST:TNG badge in our closet for a while.  The only thing it was missing was the ability to emit the classic communicator chirp sound effect when we pressed it.  And then we found out an audio company is making a fully-functioning officially-licensed communicator badge.”
The Star Trek TNG ComBadge hooks up to smartphones through Bluetooth.  It has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling and users can touch it once to answer or finish calls; play or pause audio; or access Siri, Google Now, or Cortana.  One touch also plays the classic Star Trek communicator sound effect.  Users can also sign-off “[Their name] out,” like a Starfleet captain.

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