Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-03-26

  • This Is Almost Certainly James Comey’s Twitter Account

    Click through to the linked photo, and you’ll find that a well-wisher has left a comment in which none other than Brien Comey is tagged. Now, our FBI Director has trained his son well. His Instagram account is locked down. Instagram itself, however, offers a little loophole that is terrible for user privacy but wonderfully helpful for our purposes today.

  • Are you searching for stolen US University email credentials? Search on the Dark WebSecurity Affairs

    Virginia Tech makes the list . . .

    “I’ve been scraping the Dark Web since 2009. There were 2.2 million .edu [emails] there back in 2015, 2.8 million in 2016, and now almost 14 million a year later. That’s a significant spike,” explained Brian Dunn, managing partner at ID Agent.

  • There are people who spend their time yelling at the Mars Curiosity rover on Twitter | The Outline

    Despite all this, not everyone believes that Curiosity is actually on Mars. There is a not-insignificant number of people who yell at the Mars Curiosity rover on Twitter, accusing it of perpetuating a hoax.

  • Education secretary criticizes professors as telling students ‘what to think’

    “The faculty, from adjunct professors to deans, tell you what to do, what to say, and more ominously, what to think.”

  • COTSBot – Robotics@QUT – Confluence

    The COTSbot (Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish robot) aims to be a revolutionary advancement in robotic environmental monitoring and management, specifically to increase the efficiency of Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) eradication. Integrating state-of-the-art robotic vision and classification algorithms with experience in, and technologies for, shallow coastal water robotic monitoring, COTSbot also aims to provide a flexible tool that empowers a range of stakeholders to scale current eradication programs and protection of reefs such as the Great Barrier Reef.


  • “the unsensational doings of a quite commonplace young man”

  • Artificial Intelligence: The Park Rangers of the Anthropocene – The Atlantic

    In Australia, autonomous killer robots are set to invade the Great Barrier Reef. Their target is the crown-of-thorns starfish—a malevolent pincushion with a voracious appetite for corals. To protect ailing reefs, divers often cull the starfish by injecting them with bile or vinegar. But a team of Australian scientists has developed intelligent underwater robots called COTSBots that can do the same thing. The yellow bots have learned to identify the starfish among the coral, and can execute them by lethal injection.

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