Month: March 2018

  • A feral cat IoT army for misdirection: the invisible hand and national defence

    A feral cat IoT army for misdirection: the invisible hand and national defence

    OK, we’ve talked about Outdoor Kitty before. His relationship with me is directly the inverse of the temperature. Colder temperature == friendlier cat. Lately we’ve above zero temperatures so he’s not around much. Now, one of the most frequent questions Sonya asks me is, ‘where does he go’, ‘can we attach a tracker to him’ […]

  • Radon & You. Yes, you.

    Radon & You. Yes, you.

    Live somewhere? Does it have a ground floor or basement? Then you are at risk for Radon and thus lung cancer. And I recommend you buy the Airthings Wave to find out. 380 people died of Carbon Monoxide poisoning from 2000 to 2009 in Canada, about 38/year. And 3200 died from Radon last year. It kills […]

  • Recognising popunder advertisements with machine learning: an implementation

    Recognising popunder advertisements with machine learning: an implementation

    Earlier I talked about crypto-malware spread via popads, an advertising network that does popunder advertisements, and uses a domain-generation-algorithm as a means of avoiding blocking by e.g. adblock. In that I postulated that one could use a neural network to detect the difference between ‘wwiqinsra.bid’ and ‘foobar.com’. Well, I decided to give it a try. […]