A quick #intro:
~ I’m a #geek, #Christian, #husband, #father
~ I love #gadgets & #tech
~ Concerned about individual #privacy & #security
~ I enjoy the #outdoors & #hiking & love visiting #nationalparks
~ Fav TV show is #StarTrek #TNG & also love #DS9 & #Voyager
~ I love #retro things, especially from the #80s & #90s
~ In #politics, I err on the side of #liberty
~ #BusinessIntelligence professional by trade
~ Recovering #gamer
~ Currently trapped in the #Apple ecosystem
YouTube auto-deletes comments with phrases critical of Chinese government
Comments with 共匪 (“communist bandit”) or 五毛 (“50-cent party”) disappear in seconds.
I have much respect for John Krasinski and believe he started #SomeGoodNews with the best of intentions. But I think selling the show to #CBS, putting it behind a paywall, and changing the host will make it LESS accessible to people. And much less authentic. I'm sure he wasn't intending to keep it going by himself long-term. But at least keep it on #YouTube. Or better yet, on a platform like #LBRY that is truly more accessible to everyone.
Today we drove nearly an hour to the nearest In-N-Out Burger for lunch. We ate in our car, then drove home. So worth it. #PandemicLife
Thunderbolt flaws affect millions of computers – even locking unattended devices won't help
"While all Thunderbolt-equipped computers are vulnerable to Thunderspy, Intel, which develops Thunderbolt technology, says the attacks were mitigated at the operating-system level with Kernel Direct Memory Access (DMA) protection, but this technology is limited to computers sold since 2019."
We have a status page! https://status.librem.one
Every time you hit F5, a sysadmin gets their coffee.
Managers who could only measure productivity by butts-in-seats are turning to surveillance software and always-on webcams to measure butts-in-seats at home. If you don't trust your employees and can't measure their productivity, maybe you are the problem. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/04/30/work-from-home-surveillance/
Here's an interesting read making the case for why technology (alone) will not save us from the #COVID19 #Coronavirus #Pandemic https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/29/technology/coronavirus-contact-tracing-technology.html
"I’ve written before about assessing both the effectiveness and creepiness of technology. What if location-tracking technologies like these are creepy AND don’t work?
"Endless focus on the merits and drawbacks of technology to fight the coronavirus isn’t going to solve our problems. Less technology, please, and more competent humans."
Fairphone 3 can now be bought with a ‘de-googled’ OS
"Fairphone is teaming up with /e/OS to launch a “de-googled” version of its flagship smartphone, the Fairphone 3. This new handset has the same hardware features as the regular Fairphone, but without Google’s online services. The idea is to create a privacy-first device that, should people require, removes the more invasive elements of surveillance capitalism from your devices."
Well that's pretty encouraging. It looks like when people are better informed about #privacy trade-offs and must opt-in, instead of being forced to opt-out, many prefer the privacy-preserving option. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/04/half-of-americans-wont-trust-contact-tracing-apps-new-poll-finds/
I want this pandemic to end. I want people to stop dying of this terrible illness. But many of us are concerned about the surveillance apparatus being developed to track and trace the infected. Once the pandemic done - and it will be done sooner or later - this surveillance technology will remain. How will it be used?
The State of Utah just announced a mobile app designed to help with testing referrals and contact tracing for #COVID19. The app was developed by a private company called Twenty. Claims have been made about data privacy and security, but we'll have to take their word for it unless they release the source code of the app. And even then, once the data is collected, there's no way they can 100% guarantee what will or will not happen with it.
Flaw in iPhone, iPads may have allowed hackers to steal data for years
"Avraham said he found evidence that a malicious program was taking advantage of the vulnerability in Apple's iOS mobile operating system as far back as January 2018."
TIL: There is a big data analytics company called #Palantir that is helping to developing a #coronavirus tracking tool. Fans of The Lord of the Rings will no doubt wonder why the company is named after the Dark Lord's instruments of #surveillance and be instantly skeptical.
Fan vibrations can be used transmit data from air-gapped machines
"Malware running on the computer changes the speed of the fan, which makes the table vibrate at different frequencies. A device that could pick up those vibrations could interpret them as data, he deduced. He also figured out the perfect device to make this work: a smartphone."
Me: I need a haircut.
Friend: I live with someone who knows how to cut hair.