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How algorithms written by coders on Wall Street rule your financial world (yes yours)

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How algorithms written by coders on Wall Street rule your financial world (yes yours)

 

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High frequency trading has changed the investing world, fundamentally. If you do not write algorithms, if you do not benefit from the super dark high frequency trading system, you are on the outs.

Having learned about high frequency trading a few years ago my faith in the stock market was rattled. Then the the Crash hit. Then the Fed started pouring money into the world markets. My faith in the stock market, even as it rose was completely shaken. When I realized what all the new fiat money, coupled with the power of quants meant for the economy I became (and remain) very concerned about the razor edge the world lives on and how far our stock markets have detached from actual real live investing.

It’s not even close to fair for most people in the market. There is a quiet war going on in the ribbons of fiber optics which stretch between Wall Street, Greenwich Connecticut, and beyond.

The new masters of the universe write code. They are programmers.

Below is an amazing documentary. If you have any money in the market you owe it to yourself to watch it.

11-8-2013 6-55-39 PM

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About Nick Sorrentino

Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

 

Think Your Password is Secure From the NSA? Try This.

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I am glad that I did not lose track of this post from Robert on EPJ from July 31st.  Informative as expected with a bit of fun thrown in when testing how creative you can be creating your own password and testing it.  Since my password said it would take centuries to break I guess I could pass it on to future generations, j/k :)

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Think Your Password is Secure From the NSA? Try This.

By Simon Black

Seven minutes.

That’s how long it would take to crack one of the passwords I had been using for more than ten years, according to the crypto experts at Silent Circle.

Let’s be honest. A lot of people use the same password over and over again across multiple websites, like email, bank accounts, and social media.

Sometimes these passwords can be a bit elementary. The dog’s name.

Daughter’s nickname plus her birth year. A favorite chocolate syrup.

These types of passwords won’t typically thwart government agencies that are keen to spy on their citizens. They can easily be cracked in a matter of minutes.

I’ve been using eight or ten different passwords for several years, some of them going back to my days as an intelligence officer. I had always thought they were secure– letters and numbers that I’ve been typing so long, they’re committed to muscle memory.

But a few months ago when I signed up for my Silent Circle account, I was surprised to see the results when I tested one of my passwords against their crypto analysis tool.

It turns out that the password wasn’t so secure after all. You can try it for yourself here:

(You don’t have to sign up, you can just type in a password and see for yourself…)

I was never a crypto specialist while in the intelligence business, so I studied the issue for the last few months to find out about the latest password cracking algorithms.

It turns out that most things we think about password security are completely wrong.

For example, you know how it seems like every website these days has a particular password format they REQUIRE you to use?

For example, they’ll require at LEAST one upper case character, one lower case, one number, one ‘special character’, and that the password must be at least seven characters.

Most of these web sites are incredibly annoying, and it can take three or four tries to come up with the right password.

iTunes, Facebook… they all do this to cover their own butts in case your account gets hacked, so they can say that they advised you to use the industry ‘best practices’ for a secure password.

It turns out this isn’t very secure at all.

Most password cracking algorithms have adapted, particularly as a lot of people use ‘dictionary’ words in their passwords.

For example, instead of “sunshine”, one may use “5unshinE!”, substituting a 5 for the s, capitalizing the E, and adding an exclamation point.

The first password, “sunshine”, is considered to be highly vulnerable based on industry convention, but “5unshinE!” is considered to be much more secure.

It turns out that both passwords can be cracked by modern algorithms almost instantly. Neither is secure.

Since cracking algorithms succeed by picking up patterns in human behavior, the key to a secure password is randomness and disorder. In the security business, this is known as entropy.

It’s difficult for a human being to fake randomness and disorder. So one easy way to achieve this is to use a password generator tool that incorporates entropy.

Try, for example, going to https://entima.net/random/

On this website, you move your mouse around randomly, and the website’s software incorporates these random mouse movements into its password generation code.

The passwords that it generates are far more secure, taking centuries to crack instead of mere seconds.

It may be a good idea to take a few minutes out of your life to check your own password vulnerability, and come up with an alternative that’s far more secure.

Simon Black writes and is Senor Editor  at SovereignMan.com. Follow Sovereign Man on FacebookTwitterGoogle+

UPDATE:

I just found a password that will be easy for me to remember but will take 94 years to crack. -RW

RFID Monitoring and DNA Profiles Work Together to Manifest Our Brave New World

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RFID Monitoring and DNA Profiles Work Together to Manifest Our Brave New WorldIn Texas, children attending school in the Northside Independent School District will be required to carry RFID chipped cards while on campus. The 6,000 student’s movements will be monitored by faculty, in a pilot program that hopes to expand to tracking all students in the 12 districts.

Principal Wendy Reyes of Jones Middle School, explains: “It’s going to give us the opportunity to track our students in the building. They may have been in the nurse’s office, or the counselor’s office, or vice principal’s office, but they were markedly absent from the classroom because they weren’t sitting in the class. It will help us have a more accurate account of our attendance.”

Schools being the intended beta-test ground for social conditioning, is using RFID chips to track students as cattle is monitored on a ranch; impeding on their privacy and dignity.

RFID technology is furthered by corporations like Proteus Biomedical that have developed the microchip that is activated by human stomach acids, embeds into the lining of the stomach and remotely sends information collected through sensors about the environment. These transmission can be syphoned to the internet, a doctor’s office via computer or any intercepting entity.

Called “smart pills”, the bio-tech corporations Novartis are creating microchipping that will assist in organ transplants and anti-rejection drugs as well as using human clinical trials to test safety measures. How will the pharmaceutical corporations explain away the fact that electronic capacitors are toxic to the human body and swallowing them on a regular basis will cause serious complications?

Continuous data broadcasting impedes on privacy which could be used for nefarious use. Being a human reception tower to be interceded by anyone with a WiFi connection or “pharmecurticals microchipping scanners”.

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Guess What? SC Primary Results in Question!

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Source: http://www.dailypaul.com

Submitted by SC Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

I received an e-mail from our meet-up which I’m editing but for to include this statement:

I have some significant information that I need to share with all of you regarding vote fraud in the SCGOP Primary. I have met with SCGOP Chairman already and am meeting again next Wednesday in Columbia. You will want to hear what I have discovered.

I’ve have uploaded the SCGOP Primary Vote Analysis to Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B_wWkfsJPShUMWQxMTc2NzgtM2M…

and would like commentary any of you analytical gurus might like to add here or additional insights. This is very important to us in South Carolina! Thanks!

****Analyst Adds Update****

Hey guys. I just want you all to know that I have graphed in detail all of the counties in NH, SC and Fla that have the precinct information available on the Election Commissions’ website. I have amassed a couple of hundred graphs probably. The most difficult part of this is getting this information into a form that is brief but easy to understand. Please appreciate this.

There are surely exceptions to the following observations, but here are some generalities:

1. In any county where Ron Paul has more votes than Mitt Romney using the low vote total precincts, you get a ridiculous- looking curve like the one in Anderson County. (Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Oconee Counties). Mitt ends up at a vote total that could have been Paul’s projected total and Paul crashes to the ground.

2. In the counties where Romney has more votes than Paul in the low vote total precincts, There is no ridiculous anomaly like the one in Anderson County.

3. In any race where Newt is ahead of Romney and Romney is anywhere close to Gingrich in vote total, Newt gets flipped by Romney (Richland, Charleston, and Beaufort Counties in SC) much like the maneuver in Anderson County where Mitt flips Paul. It appears to me that Newt actually won these counties as well as Polk and Duval Counties in Florida.

4. As I have laid out in my brief, fluctuations should occur in honest elections; however, these “flips” look to me like one candidate is suddenly losing his slope (established vote percentage) and another (Romney) is gaining at precisely the same percentage. My personal constitution screams to me “this phenomenon is not a normal occurrence!”

5. In almost all Counties, Mitt Romney gains hundreds- even more than a thousand- in the very largest precinct(s). Many instances this tail end gain appears to serve the purpose of draining Ron Paul just enough to be last place. (example: Charleston County SC). I’m not saying there isn’t an honest explanation, but I want to hear one… that makes sense. Maybe in every single county Romney supporters turned out in “droves” at the very largest precinct(s)?

6. Most graphs follow a disturbing trend: Mitt Romney’s vote percentage “line” looks more like a parabola curving upward and the other 3 candidates’ lines like a parabola curving in the negative. This might could be explained in some honest way, but it looks like algorithms in voting machines to me. I invite intelligent discussion.

7. Yes- demographics can play a part, of course. I am NOT a Demographics expert. I do like math though.

8. I will release a procedure that will show all of you math analysts how to do this on your own. You will see the same anomalies as I see.

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