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lauren, to random
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AT&T can't even keep their cell phone network running, yet people want to permit mass voting over the Internet. Give me a break.

lauren,
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@koteisaev It's not even a question of foreign involvement. The entire concept of Internet voting has been demonstrated as being effectively unsolvable by the experts who have been studying this field for many years. I won't even try to get into the details here, though the literature is vast (and I've contributed to some of it).

lauren,
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@koteisaev As we've seen, it's always possible to postulate bizarre theoreticals, but paper ballots are always the safest give they represent the vote and the record of the vote. Internet voting is completely opposite that, and so at the very worst end of the continuum.

lauren,
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@not2b L.A. works pretty much the same way.

lauren, to random
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REPORT: Fake AI Biden robocall was created for consultant of Biden challenger Dean Phillips - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2024-election/biden-robocall-new-hampshire-strategist-rcna139760

lauren, (edited ) to random
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TURN: Protect Our Emergency & Phone Communications / Don't Let AT&T Abandon Landline Phone Service! -https://www.turn.org/protect-our-emergency-phone-communications

lauren, to random
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Cyberattacks that have health-related impacts should be subject to sentences like 20 years to life. - https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/22/tech/us-pharmacies-face-delays-filling-prescriptions-because-of-cyberattack/index.html

lauren, to random
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The way men are treating women these days, if parthenogenesis ever becomes a thing, we'll probably all be murdered in our beds.

lauren, to random
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I've never really like flying. It's not just the nightmare that the airports have turned into, but the flights themselves. I hate takeoffs. I hate landings. The part in between is sort of OK sometimes. Takeoffs in particular drive me nuts. I know too much about how many ways things could fail. Yeah.

lauren,
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@WolfIsMe Yeah, that's pretty bad.

lauren, to random
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Twitter/X seems to be the Alabama of the Internet these days.

lauren, to random
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Been trying to figure out where these new meteorological terms come from, seemingly out of thin air (no pun intended). Like:

Atmospheric River!
Hurriquake!
Sharknado!

lauren, to random
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[Russian monsters] Russia is blackmailing me, says Navalny's mother [about burial] - https://www.politico.eu/article/navalnys-mother-says-russia-blackmailing-burial-lyudmila-navalnaya/

ai6yr, to movies
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Watched the Sinatra version of Ocean's 11. Las Vegas is unrecognizable! #LasVegas #movies

lauren,
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@ai6yr The last time I was in Vegas, The Mint was still open.

lauren, (edited )
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@ai6yr Long gone. That entire downtown area is apparently some sort of covered light display show now. The Mint had a display of $1M in cash (at least supposedly, it looked real) at the entrance.

lauren, to random
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Below is the prepared script of my national radio report last night regarding the nationwide AT&T mobile services outage. There were a few very minor variances from this text during the actual presentation, as I adjusted on the fly for the breaking news that AT&T confirmed the cause was software related, etc. -L


This is one of the most spectacularly bad technological failures I've
seen in my entire career. The nationwide AT&T mobile wireless network
was down for numerous hours - voice, text, and data, and AT&T basically
communicated nothing of use as to what was actually going on. Finally
after about 11 hours (a bit after 3pm eastern) they said they'd restored
all service. We know that it apparently wasn't a cyberattack, it wasn't
solar activity related or anything exotic like that.

It appears most likely to have been caused by something far simpler,
gross incompetency by AT&T. Various government agencies are already
involved but AT&T apparently does not have comprehensive answers for
them yet. My top guess all day has been that they were rolling out a
software update or some such, and had cascade failures across the
country, and sources seem to now be confirming that was the cause. The
problems apparently started around 4am eastern standard time which is
right around when you'd expect software or other updates to be rolled
out to a network like AT&T's.

But major failures like this don't happen unless you're doing something
VERY wrong, and the negative impact on safety critical systems is
enormous. I've heard that even AT&T's FirstNet network for emergency
responders was also impacted in various ways, and ordinary subscribers
across the country were unable to even reach 911. Only AT&T's network
actually was out, though the other two major carriers may have become
congested as a result of the AT&T outage, and smaller cell firms that
use the AT&T network like Cricket would be out just like AT&T
subscribers.

Pretty much all AT&T had to suggest during all this was using Wi-fi
calling, which is useless without a compatible phone or if you don't
know how to set it up, or aren't near a working Wi-Fi access point that
itself doesn't depend on AT&T wireless, and so on. Or if you're one of
the many people whose only Internet is from their phone wirelessly. AND
people were being told to reach emergency services by using landlines!
And this, as we've discussed in the past, after AT&T has spent years
pushing people to often substandard wireless services. Meanwhile
they've been ripping out the copper landlines which have been the only
reliable communications during power failures and a broad range of
emergencies.

Landlines are still widely used for all sorts of critical services for
safety, security, health alert monitoring, elevators, on and on. Long,
long list. AND AT&T has been making promises to regulators and the
public for years about putting in fiber that they've never followed
through on, and in some cases even when they've put fiber into a few
areas, they refuse to let everyone nearby connect to it. Again, awful.
And this massive failure by AT&T occurs just when they've got
proceedings going here in California in which they're asking to end all
landline services, with hearings at the California Public Utilities
Commission both this month and next month.

This enormous breakdown today demonstrates with crystal clarity why the
CPUC should deny AT&T's requests to terminate landlines now, and leave
so many people (including some of the most vulnerable), in such
potentially dangerous situations, and if you're interested in learning
more about this I've put up links to the 2 CPUC proceedings about AT&T's
push to kill landlines. Those links are on my main homepage toward the
upper left, on VORTEX.COM -- V O R T E X.com -- and you can read any of
the thousands of comments there and also leave your own comments.

The nationwide ATT mobile wireless outage today has to be the most
serious possible warning we could have imagined about the dangers of
depending on mobile services, and why conventional landlines are still
so very important. This day is going to go down in history as one of the
most serious tech failures ever, and if we don't learn from it, we can
only expect things to get even worse in the future with even more lives
put at risk.

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lauren,
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@TonyJWells Thank you, sir.

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Qureensborough (59th Street) Bridge, NYC, 2019.

Enough pixels to make the morning last at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattblaze/48418025131

lauren,
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@mattblaze @SteveBellovin Yeah, try not to mess up the spacetime continuum any more than absolutely necessary. That's my rule, anyway.

lauren,
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@mattblaze @SteveBellovin My goal is to make the spacetime continuum last.

lauren,
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@SteveBellovin @mattblaze "That's what they want you to think." - Captain Chaos.

lauren,
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@oclsc @tomjennings Third base!

lauren, to random
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AT&T:

You don't want a landline!
You don't need a landline!
We're taking away your landline!
You can't have a landline!
Our wireless service is all you ever will need!


AT&T and 911 services during half-day long nationwide AT&T wireless outage:

If you have a health emergency, accident, or have any other need to call 911, just use your landline!

lauren,
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@lobingera It's all follow the money now. The tech realities hardly matter at all. Nor do people's lives to these firms.

lauren,
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@n1vux Wait until one day someone needs one of those and it turns out the wiring was pulled out and nobody even realized it.

lauren, to random
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AS PREDICTED! - Unofficial sources say AT&T outage caused by "network expansion" software update gone wrong.

lauren,
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@EugestShirley Yep. What a mess.

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I was excited until I realized these are three separate categories.

lauren,
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@MostlyHarmless However, this category DOES exist!

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