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Since we're pretty much surrounded by it on a daily basis and we've got a community of people using it I figure a general tech section bodes well for stuff we can't categorize. 

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/10/hackers-steal-secret-crypto-keys-for-nordvpn-heres-what-we-know-so-far/

If you're using NordVPN I'd seriously consider switching. 19 months to report an issue? I'd have asked my boss to tell them to stop services immediately and request a refund. 

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-50258948

Whenever I read news like this I always wonder what the liabilities for those companies are. WhatsApp has a user-base of over 400 million people in India and now we're all supposed to just believe that the issue was fixed? How many people were hacked, what was hacked, etc. If I made a blunder like that at work I'd have my head on the chopping block and here we have a company who can't reveal all the numbers and help people know they got hacked. Odd, just odd.

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On 22/10/2019 at 12:03, Mel81x said:

Since we're pretty much surrounded by it on a daily basis and we've got a community of people using it I figure a general tech section bodes well for stuff we can't categorize. 

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/10/hackers-steal-secret-crypto-keys-for-nordvpn-heres-what-we-know-so-far/

If you're using NordVPN I'd seriously consider switching. 19 months to report an issue? I'd have asked my boss to tell them to stop services immediately and request a refund. 

Which one are you using now? 

I had tried NordVPN briefly in the past but found it buggy and the UI of its app felt kind of unresponsive and it offered limited advanced options. The speeds left a lot to be desired too. And now this... 
I've been using ExpressVPN now for a while after trying most of the popular ones. 

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32 minutes ago, nudge said:

Which one are you using now? 

I had tried NordVPN briefly in the past but found it buggy and the UI of its app felt kind of unresponsive and it offered limited advanced options. The speeds left a lot to be desired too. And now this... 
I've been using ExpressVPN now for a while after trying most of the popular ones. 

I use TunnelBear but Express isn't so bad either.

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https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/would-you-trust-google-with-your-medical-records-it-might-already-have-them/

I'm not even going to ask what else project "Nightingale" has in terms of data stored for people all around the world but my guess is that its a substantial amount of information too. I am sure they're also tracking stuff via fitness apps, etc so this will just tie back into their plans to make healthcare better (whatever that looks like) but the reality is that its just another way of making money. Can't wait to see what Europe does when they find out their users may also have data on Google's servers and the ensuing GDPR enforcement that comes with it too.

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https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/12/us-ethereum-developer-arrested-for-violating-north-korea-sanctions/?comments=1

What a nutter. He first goes against a direct denial to travel, then keeps records on his phone about things he was going to do and even shows DPKR how to send money? I don't know what he was expecting to happen here but its good that he got arrested and spends time in a cell to contemplate the stupidity of his actions. This isn't the first offense either. 

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https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/01/report-bezos-phone-uploaded-gbs-of-personal-data-after-getting-saudi-princes-whatsapp-message/

On one hand this is funny about how the exploit went about its business. On the other hand its scary for an entire user population that could potentially have scores of information stolen off their phones due to an exploit as well. I know that WhatsApp addressed this by saying it was a small number but keep in mind this is Facebook we're talking about so its not all that its cracked up to be.

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https://arstechnica.com/cars/2020/05/musk-dares-county-officials-to-arrest-him-as-he-re-opens-fremont-factory/?comments=1

This started a little while ago and is now turning into an Elon vs Government battle. This little statement is even more hilarious.

"Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules," Musk tweeted. "I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me."

I don't know whats more hilarious, that this guy is supposedly smart or that he thinks that Tesla manufacturing is an essential service so he can break the rules whenever he feels like it. I hope they jail him and everyone at that plant to drive the point home when he does reopen and they deny him bail as well.

 

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https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/law-firm-madonna-lady-gaga-bruce-springsteen-cyberattack-997863/

I always laugh when something like this happens and in this case its even more laughable because 700+ gigabytes of sensitive data was stolen. Then I start to ask how this happened and I remember that the tools you give a fool all depend on the fool's usage of such tools. 

How a law firm representing people with this data ever let this leak is beyond me but then again so is Man City's SNAFU with emails and the political merry-go-round with Hillary's emails. In the better interest of making things easier for people folks who work in security generally end up pulling their hair out because the one with the money decides what should be done not the "expert" until shit breaks loose and then its the "expert" whose neck is on the line. 

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https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/06/chinese-bank-requires-foreign-firm-to-install-app-with-covert-backdoor/

I love reading these kinds of stories. It reminds me that even if you know a country is basically installing and stealing stuff from you that one thing trumps it all ... greed. I have zero sympathy for companies who dont have any third party software scanned and checked before installation. 

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https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/the-rise-and-fall-of-adobe-flash/

In December this year we will see Adobe pull the plug on Flash. This is a nice short read about how it shaped so much of the web we know today. If you read the comments and why Apple finally decided to ditch Flash it also teaches you a valuable lesson "When a partner calls you to discuss a technical issue pick up the phone". To think about what might have happened had Adobe actually answered those calls from Apple, ridiculous.

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https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/07/heads-roll-at-intel-after-7nm-delay/

As a person that has built a career in technology watching Intel fail to AMD is a bit weird in the sense that I love the fact that someone finally got the better of them but at the same time the market is so reliant on certain CPU instruction sets it may take maybe 4 yrs for this to change. On the horizon, Apple, ARM and Amazon are also trying to get into this domain and Apple specifically worries me because they tend to fuck everyone over when they do something hardware related unless you follow their rules. I hope Intel gets their shit together because I like choice and I like choice that doesn't compromise performance and security.

In another interesting development, China has also put an interesting card on the table.

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/309187-meet-the-zhaoxin-kx-u6780a-chinas-first-homegrown-x86-cpu

Now, with all the shit that they've done over the years in backdoors, mid-ground hacks, network hacking, etc I would be very wary putting something like this in a data-center just because you don't want to wake up one day and find out you've got hardware doing illegal things. But, I also like to give things a fair shake and I'd like to see where this goes. For now, AMD would get my money if I was building a new workstation (which coincidentally I will be come January next year)

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https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/07/florida-teen-arrested-charged-with-being-mastermind-of-twitter-hack/

Whenever I hear that a teenager hacked someone I am reminded of how fickle prosecuting laws are when it comes to minors. Yes, hes a minor (17) but he also conspired with some adults to do this so anything those guys get should apply to him as well (assuming they actually charge him). In cases like these I also think its imperative that whoever gets caught can no longer operate a computer and be forced to follow this rule with no kind of leniency of any kind. As harsh as that sounds the reasoning is simple, would you let an adult get away with no repercussions when the fiscal scam was this size? Absolutely not. So, it shouldn't matter if you're 14 or 12 or even 9. These kids aren't dumb and they know what they are doing, its the stupid laws that protect their fake-ignorance and sometimes arrogance as well.

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I saw this on LinkedIn today and laughed my ass off.

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25 Years ago Microsoft put on a show to unveil Windows 95. 

#InstantClassic

 

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2 hours ago, Eco said:

25 Years ago Microsoft put on a show to unveil Windows 95. 

#InstantClassic

 

This comment made me laugh "When you work in IT and you kissed a girl for the first time at 40". Totally apt for that crowd on stage.

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What fascinates me most about this video (yeah it a bit long) is the fact that Intel only said its product name ONCE in the entire presentation. Keep in mind that its a deck spanning 100s of pages and they consistently called out their competitor (yes AMD is a real competitor in the space now) more times. I hope someone lost their job over this and more importantly I hope Intel finally bucks up and gets it pricing act together.

They could obliterate AMD just by market-share of instruction-set space and send Apple a clear message to fuck off back to the lab for all eternity. But no, lets talk about what everyone else is doing versus doing it ourselves. AMD doesn't really win this round because it wasn't ever really participating but watch this space because in a few years from now laptops are going to get a lot cheaper and when they do we can all thank AMD and ARM for not pulling their punches and doing something innovative as compared to their competitor. 

P.S. I also like how the benchmark discussions went and of course theres a bit of BS there because you need a common denominator workload to test products irrespective of the instruction set being used.

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https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/09/wayback-machine-and-cloudflare-team-up-to-archive-more-of-the-web/

I like WBM, I've used it a lot when it comes to finding older stuff from dates I remember and its also great for scrubbing content. Nice to see Cloudflare is adding its services here and they are archiving more of the internet. 

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@nudge

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2020/09/how-tesla-plans-to-make-batteries-cheap-enough-for-a-25000-car/

Great to see from Tesla and the tech usage could even bleed down to other electronic tech from a usage standpoint. I'd love to see them integrate it into a 25K car one day but I think we're about two to three years away from a road-ready model.

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10 minutes ago, Mel81x said:

@nudge

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2020/09/how-tesla-plans-to-make-batteries-cheap-enough-for-a-25000-car/

Great to see from Tesla and the tech usage could even bleed down to other electronic tech from a usage standpoint. I'd love to see them integrate it into a 25K car one day but I think we're about two to three years away from a road-ready model.

2 to 3 years in normal time or in Elon Time? :ph34r:

In all seriousness, it's good to see progress in battery tech. If I'm reading this correctly, then this tabless cell design will not only increase range and be cheaper to produce but will also allow for tighter packaging without separate cooling system, so that's definitely good news.  

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28 minutes ago, nudge said:

2 to 3 years in normal time or in Elon Time? :ph34r:

This is like asking me if Windows will 'really' finishing copying those files in 1 min. We can both be surprised when it doesnt.

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https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/11/what-using-atts-768kbps-dsl-is-like-in-2020-yes-its-awful/

Good read on how some internet is actually quite poor. I'd imagine that its because companies have taken large sums of money for expansion but really dont jack with it all. I kinda wish other companies were allowed to step in and say "here is a better service for cheaper" but the cycle would repeat eventually.

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