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Mr. Robot eps3.3_metadata.par2 – the security review

byMaria VarmazisThis is going to be a brief review, folks, as Mr. Robot is diving in the deep end with the psychological intrigue and going much easier on the technological angle, at least for now.But first, a warning…WARNING:SPOILERS AHEAD – SCROLL DOWN TO READ ONSophos HomeFree home computer security software for all the familyLearn MoreThe thing about metadata…A throwaway line from Elliot’s metadata monologue caught my attention. He mentioned that metadata from photos posted on Facebook...

Robots Aren’t as Smart as You Think

A few years ago I met a robot in a Japanese-style café in Osaka. She wore a traditional kimono and greeted me from where she sat in the corner of the dim room. She took my order and called it out to the barista at the bar: “One tea!”But I knew she wasn’t doing it on her own—the robot understood nothing. Somewhere upstairs, I knew, must be the human controlling this hyper-realistic android. Researchers call it the “Wizard of Oz” technique—controlling a robot from a distance, perhaps fooling an...

Mr. Robot

Mr. Roboteps3.3metadata.par2Season 3 Episode 4 Editor's Rating 3 stars PrevNextComplete Series CoverageThis season, Mr. Robot has undergone some effective, deserved self-interrogation. Much of this has taken place on the macro structural level — narrowing the action, clarifying motives, removing unnecessary subplots and characters — but much of it trickles down to the characters...

‘Mr. Robot’ Review: ‘Frederick and Tanya’ is a Grim Portrait of the Fallout

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly discussion of USA’s Mr. Robot season 3 by answering one simple question: who had the biggest mental breakdown in this week’s episode?)Sobering reminders of reality go hand-in-hand with Mr. Robot, and “Frederick and Tanya” is no exception. The episode has the thankless job of dealing with the aftermath of the Dark Army’s shocking attack against 71 E Corp buildings, as well as tying up loose plot threads that have been forgotten...