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"Recently, tech companies have come to a troubling consensus: that they can change your computer, remotely (and often silently) without your knowledge or permission."

I ran into a new security measure the other day: my bank has added complexity requirements to *usernames* now, presumably to make them harder to guess and brute force attacks more difficult.

Satellites could soon track our movements from space, which would allow for surveillance on a mass scale that most people haven’t ever contemplated.

Looking forward to in a few minutes. Green Music Center is always such a nice venue. It's like being inside of a classical guitar.

I wrote a piece on the @purism blog on why consent is critical for , the tech industry's failure to get consent, and as a result how "Privacy has become the tattoo removal of the information age".

at means arriving/leaving when I want and avoiding invasive airport and hotel searches. Last year my DEFCON vanlife experiment was a failure. This year I'm hopefully learning from my mistakes:

1. New AC to replace original that 110F Vegas heat killed last year.

2. Camping on strip, so no 30-min commute from camp to venue.

3. Leaving van plugged in, AC on, taking cabs to venues, so no more parking unplugged in direct sun all day (limited high-clearance parking in garages).

“@DuckDuckGo is a poster child for a future in which companies stand with their users and still make money...They counter the assumption that we’ve all been socialized to accept: that it is normal to hand over all your information." - EFF's @jenuhhveev

Good: burning post-it notes containing secrets after use.
Bad: holding the post-it by the sticky side as you light it.

Whoever named this needs a lesson in modern malware branding. "eCh0raix" really? NASty NAP is the obvious choice:

I imagine many in will conclude the ends justify the means, and I imagine most Apple users won't care, but I still think silently pushing non-interactive 3rd-party app updates to consumer devices is creepy:

“If people saw a cop sitting in front of their church or their oncologist writing down license plates, people would be concerned."

But law enforcement are using automated license plate readers to effectively do just that, says EFF's @maassive

I'm on Mastodon again... Via :D

This sounds cool. I tried setting it up, but I can't reach the git repo (might be my corporate firewall having a good time with me). Has anybody else done this and what did you think? Thanks for the article @kyle!

"What Really IRCs Me: Mastodon | Linux Journal"

What Really IRCs Me: Mastodon
By @kyle
Learn how to use the Mastodon social network platform from the comfort of your regular #IRC client.

And we're back in California. What a difference a few states makes.

Lessons in Vendor Lock-in: Google and Huawei
by @kyle
What happens when you're locked in to a vendor that's too big to fail, but is on the opposite end of a trade war?

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