January has been a tough year for me. I hope it was better for you.
UK POLICE GET SERIOUS ABOUT SECURITY FORCING PEOPLE TO SUBMIT TO FACIALS
I was planning to be a little more cheery this week on FNO570, but I need to start with some Person of Interest-esque intrigue. We first reported on the UK facial recognition system before it went into operation last Spring. The system is now in operation and the UK has arrested at least one person who was trying to not be recognized by covering his face with his hoodie. Police stopped the man and questioned him, he told the cops to “piss off” a British cursing colloquialism and the police fined the man 90 pounds for public cursing. We are consistently deploying cameras everywhere and ultimately we’ll be surrounding public privacy in the name of safety. It’s only a matter time before we get this tech stateside.
PRIVACY MIGHT BE AN ILLUSION, BUT SECURITY IS NO JOKE
It’s cold up in Canada right now, and if you’re an investor of the QuadrigaCX, Canada’s largest cryptoechange, you’ve been iced out of your virtual funds. The exchange’s founder, Gerald Cotton, died last year and is the only known person who knew the password. The crypto funds are stored in something called, digital Cold Storage. These are virtual vaults with only one password. And in this case, Cotton had the stuff. It is true, crypto-currency thefts have increased dramatically and last year thefts hit $1.7 billion in thefts which is up 400% from the previous year. The moral of the story. You have to trust someone. Quadriga has hired a ringer to attempt to crack the code, but we’ll wait and see. Meanwhile, Quadriga has filed for creditor protection to keep them from getting sued. Also, meanwhile, some people suspect…that Gerald Cotton may not be dead. Despite the death certificate.
NOW THE DISABLED CAN COMMUNICATE IN SHORTHAND WITH APPROVED EMOJIS
A total of 230 new emojis have been added to the Unicode set of emojis people can use to communicate on their smartphones. The changes came after Apple complained that the current emoji set doesn’t speak to the experiences of the disabled. The new set of emojis include wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, canes, guide dogs, and yes, a drop of menstrual blood. The biggest or most controversial addition is the depiction of a woman on her period. The original drawing included a pair of pants marked by blood but was rejected, resulting in the drop of period of blood being used in the future. These updates should arrive in your tech this March.