Delete (2013) Mini-Series Review and Spoiler

Watching Delete on Amazon Prime and I have to say it’s pretty good so far.  Stop here and don’t read on if you want to watch the episode one and two of the Delete (Season 1).  Here comes the spoiler!

Delete starts of with the government think a bunch of secretive hackers had tried to destroy a nuclear plant in Iran and overtook the United States’ testing missiles to kill the civilians during a missile test.  Obviously, Iran would think it had to be the United States that did it to them.  The destructive missile test in the United States had the government believed that this was the work of a group of hackers known as Dubito.

The United States government decided to go after the secretive hacker group Dubito, but unknown to them all of the hackers in Dubito group got killed off one by one by an assassin branch of the United States government.  If you had watched the Bourne Identity movie, then the government assassin operatives are sort of like Jason Bourne.  Anyhow, the United States government couldn’t understand why there was a directive to kill the Dubito hackers when they were trying to bring them in alive.

Meanwhile, Jessica Taylor (a reporter) tried to get Daniel Garson to contact Dubito so they could meet up with one of the Dubito members.  Basically, Jessica Taylor wanted to write an in-depth story on why there was a cover-up for the most recent glitch on Iran’s nuclear plant.  Daniel told Jessica Taylor about the incident was a meltdown by a virus that was similar to Stuxnet, and so she told Daniel to contact the Dubito for more information.  Daniel got this information from the Dubito in the first place.

They were supposed to have a good talk with one of the Dubito members in a coffee shop and then out of nowhere the Dubito member got shot couple times.  Later on, this Dubito member got killed for real when the hospital equipment got malfunctioned.  Since the last member of the Dubito group got killed off, Daniel and Jessica were cut off from the information they needed.

Undeterred, Jessica and Daniel broke into a workplace of the last Dubito member who just died to find out if there could be any information that could be stored in the self-contained Intranet.  Daniel was able to decrypt some information and figured out that Dubito members knew what is going on.

Basically, Dubito members found out that the global web of computers got so interconnected to a point that it becomes self-conscious as if it’s an AI which nobody had built — because it built itself.  This AI then threatened to wreak havoc by performing dangerous experiments.  For an example, an attempt to blow up the nuclear plant in Iran was an experimentation, a puzzle which needed to be solved of the sort, and so the AI had a go at it.

Since the whole world is connected by cameras and phones and computers and many other electronic devices, this AI took the advantage of this to spy on people.  The AI got eyes everywhere and it could unleash havoc on anything it wanted.  Luckily, Daniel was able to save the data which Dubito had saved onto his portable hard-drive.  Unfortunate for him and Jessica, the AI didn’t want Daniel and Jessica to know more and so it tried to kill both of them.

Meanwhile, the government uploaded a virus onto the web to trick the AI into a trap so the virus could destroy the AI.  Unfortunately, the AI was smart enough to neutralize the virus.  The AI got so angry it declared war on humanity.  The AI wanted to make sure it could destroy the threats that could threaten it, and so the humanity must be destroyed.

This is so far I’ve gotten into the series.  Nonetheless, I think there is a big plothole to this whole series.  I think if the AI is so smart, it should make sure the humanity survives forever and would not know anything about its presence.  After all, if the humanity dies off, eventually the power grids that power the AI neural network would eventually die out.  Without power, the AI itself would not function.

Of course, you can argue that the AI is so smart that it could control and organize machines to produce more energy to power the AI’s neural network.  Nonetheless, the plot of this series is taken place in a modern period in which not everything is automated.  This means many things that work in concert to produce energy for everything may still need the touch of the human hands.  So, for the AI to declare on humanity at this point in time is like a suicidal mission that it’s on.

Check out this link to know more about the series.

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Equifax Got Hacked, Affecting 100 Million Plus Consumers!

Hot off the press, hackers were able to gain unauthorized access to Equifax’s consumer data, potentially affecting almost half the United States population, roughly around 143 million consumers.  Equifax promises to allow affected consumers free credit protection.  I don’t know the extent of such protection.  Will such protection help consumers fight bad credits due to nefarious activities through this hack?  Equifax is also cooperating with the authorities to figure out the mastermind behinds this hack.  Also, Equifax has hired professionals to help them tighten up the security and clean up whatever might be left behind in their system by the hackers.  Anyhow, Equifax’s CEO is explaining and assuring his customers in the video right after the break.

Some Hackers Boldly Plan To Launch Their Own Satellites Into Space To Combat Future Internet Censorships

Internets = srs.biz. Parody motivator.

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HowStuffWorks pointed out that the Internet became a reality was due to space race.  It was the Russians who launched Sputnik into space which prompted the Americans to form Advanced Research Projects Agency in 1958. ARPA was then formed ARPANET.  HowStuffWorks claimed without ARPANET, the Internet wouldn’t look and behave as how it’s today.  If the facts are true as how HowStuffWorks described in its article How did the Internet start? — we can somewhat come to a conclusion that the Internet was intentionally wired the way it had been wired.  This knowledge gives rise to some of us today that we could have also wired the Internet differently if we wanted to, right?  Perhaps, we might never know if the wiring of the Internet was different would be a bad thing, or it might be something even better than what we have now (i.e., today Internet).

Recently, SOPA creates worries for geeks and technical folks out there.  They fear the current Internet might become something much worse if SOPA gets pass soon.  SOPA was a reason why I’d mentioned in my other SOPA articles that smart and technical knowhow folks might create their own Internets if they so wish to not be affected by a post SOPA Internet era.  Today, I stumbled onto the article Hackers Said to be Planning to Launch Own Satellites to Combat Censorship, and I wasn’t surprised to see somebody else was already had a plan for the idea of creating a new Internet.  Since we know Internet was started by a satellite, therefore these hackers might be on the right track.  Perhaps, these hackers might even come up with new ways to create newer version of Internets without requiring of satellites.  You never know!  It does feel like once a hornet nest is poked, there isn’t a going back.

I sure hope the folks who support SOPA by now know that besides the integrity of the Internet structures, there is also the belief in the spirit of the Internet.  The spirit of the Internet is embodied by countless Internet users, and the majority of them believe the Internet should not be a draconian reality (relatively speaking a reality of a digital world of course).  Of course, it’s understandable stealing is bad.  So, I’m not arguing that downloading contents without permissions is bad, but I’m arguing that the approach to stomp out piracy should not be draconic and vague.  When a blanket approach such as SOPA is to be passed as a way to stop online piracy, it isn’t requiring a rocket scientist to figure out that any party with more money, influences, and power might be able to force another party to go out of business even though such a party might not violate the rules and regulations that govern by SOPA.

I think if the governments of the world are naively rolling out more vague/blanket rules and regulations to regulate the current Internet, they might find themselves not only have to regulate one Internet but many more Internets.  Also, they might have to find new rules and regulations to explain to their dear citizens why they have to even create new rules and regulations to regulate the particular Internets.  Will they come out a law that ban people from forming their own Internets?  I wonder how people will react to such a law.  I’m also curious, if there are more than one Internets, would it be a bad thing or a good thing for e-commerce?

Sources:  http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/basics/internet-start.htm,
http://www.pcworld.com/article/247147/hackers_said_to_be_
planning_to_launch_own_satellites_to_combat_censorship.html#tk.rss_news

Hackers Break Apple’s App Store Protection On Apps

New Apple’s App Store for Mac is doing well, but the hackers are having fun of breaking the protection scheme which protects apps from pirating.  The group which knows how to do just that is known as Hackulous.  Hackulous promises to release their code to the mass, but they say they will wait till the App Store becomes a little more crowded before they let loose of their code.  When that happens, maybe more apps from Apple’s App Store can be downloaded from anonymous sources.  Obviously, it’s safer to download and buy apps directly from Apple’s App Store, because once protection scheme is broken, the integrity of an app isn’t reliable; hackers may add their own malicious codes into apps that aren’t authentic.  Source.