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[#] Fri Aug 07 2020 21:05:56 EDT from zooer

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When the driveway sealer company, the pest control company comes to your door and says "Hey, I am doing a couple of other houses in the area and I will have some product left over, I could do your house real cheap."



[#] Sun Aug 09 2020 03:22:58 EDT from LoanShark

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2020-07-28 11:13 from zooer
Irregadrdless


I'm still waiting for "Bestregardsless" to become a thing. You can abbreviate it as

Brgrdless,
- LoanShark

[#] Mon Sep 14 2020 11:44:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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From the "why would they want do do that" department...

Oracle has outbid Microsoft to acquire the US operations of TikTok, the popular app that tethers teenagers to the Chinese Communist Party. What is the value proposition here? Microsoft is at least known to hunger for those tasty consumer eyeballs, but Oracle? I'm not seeing where TikTok fits into their portfolio.

[#] Mon Sep 14 2020 13:20:13 EDT from darknetuser

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2020-09-14 11:44 from IGnatius T Foobar

From the "why would they want do do that" department...

Oracle has outbid Microsoft to acquire the US operations of TikTok,

the popular app that tethers teenagers to the Chinese Communist Party.

What is the value proposition here? Microsoft is at least known to

hunger for those tasty consumer eyeballs, but Oracle? I'm not seeing

where TikTok fits into their portfolio.



Easy.

TikTok is a world domination tool.

Oracle wants to dominate the world.

Does it make any sense to you now?

[#] Mon Sep 21 2020 13:47:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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No. Oracle's normal game is to dominate from the enterprise software side of things. They've never done anything in the consumer space.

[#] Fri Oct 23 2020 17:22:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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geez. The noise about the new owners of .org was right.

I just renewed two domains. The .com renewal was $9. The .org renewal was $35.

[#] Wed Oct 28 2020 11:11:57 EDT from Freakdog

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I've run into the same thing...I might have to move my domain from .org to .com just to save a few bucks.

[#] Sun Nov 01 2020 14:06:28 EST from Nurb432

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Glad i'm not the only one that was confused about this.

Mon Sep 21 2020 13:47:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
No. Oracle's normal game is to dominate from the enterprise software side of things. They've never done anything in the consumer space.

 



[#] Fri Nov 20 2020 19:51:46 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Has anyone else noticed a sharp increase in spam the last couple of days?
This strain all seems to come from similar setups: domains registered earlier this year (way earlier - like in January) that have names which sound legit but are slightly misspelled (such as "allegistroupcareers.com") and seem to be correctly configured as mail servers -- DKIM signatures, reverse DNS, etc.

Not sure what to make of all this but I'm seeing it on both my personal and work email addresses, which use completely different spam filters, and this new strain seems to be getting past both of them.

[#] Mon Nov 23 2020 07:32:54 EST from Nurb432

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Ironically, the last week or so my spam has dropped..  Both home and office ( at least for my account, i dont have access to the overall picture at the office. That is a different team. I only manage our ITSM system. We have about 600 staff, supporting some 40k end users, so we all have our own little silos to work in )

 

Fri Nov 20 2020 19:51:46 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

Has anyone else noticed a sharp increase in spam the last couple of days?
This strain all seems to come from similar setups: domains registered earlier this year (way earlier - like in January) that have names which sound legit but are slightly misspelled (such as "allegistroupcareers.com") and seem to be correctly configured as mail servers -- DKIM signatures, reverse DNS, etc.

Not sure what to make of all this but I'm seeing it on both my personal and work email addresses, which use completely different spam filters, and this new strain seems to be getting past both of them.

 



[#] Wed Dec 09 2020 09:20:17 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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My spam has gone back down to normal levels. It was an interesting run. I think someone registered a bunch of burner domains back in January, intending to use them during the black friday week. My spam filtering setup is fairly aggressive, but the type of spam that normally gets through is from spammers registering domains in vanity TLDs. I block those when I get the first spam from any of them, but what I'd really like to do is block email from any domain that has been registered for less than a month or two. I don't think there's any way to teach that to SpamAssassin. I'd probably have to learn how to write a DNSRBL.

[#] Thu Dec 10 2020 10:31:58 EST from darknetuser

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2020-11-29 10:27 from Nurb432
Its trivial to move off their platforms. Both FB and Google even
offer a simple way to download all your data at once, before you
delete your account. Donno about others, like twitter.

There are still plenty of other viable options for social media,
mail, calendar, chat, video, etc. They dont really hold you hostage,

you can pack your toys up and go home.

Yes and no.

It has been determined that Facebook and company can generate a shadow profile of you, extrapolating your interests and activities from the addressboooks and posts of your friends.

[#] Thu Dec 10 2020 12:30:52 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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That is easy to game. 

Make friends - tons of them - with people you have nothing in common with. Interact with them tremendously. Make them think you're an avid member of the Knitting community. 

Fuck with them. 

Again, I had them convinced I was the married straight white father of an adolescent daughter who was having a torrid love affair with his Nephew. I know because they kept sending me gay cruise ads - and also to the guy who was listed as my Nephew in a serious relationship with me. 

The algorithms are fun to play with, once you figure them out. 

 

Thu Dec 10 2020 10:31:58 EST from darknetuser
2020-11-29 10:27 from Nurb432
Its trivial to move off their platforms. Both FB and Google even
offer a simple way to download all your data at once, before you
delete your account. Donno about others, like twitter.

There are still plenty of other viable options for social media,
mail, calendar, chat, video, etc. They dont really hold you hostage,

you can pack your toys up and go home.

Yes and no.

It has been determined that Facebook and company can generate a shadow profile of you, extrapolating your interests and activities from the addressboooks and posts of your friends.

 



[#] Sat Dec 12 2020 22:17:45 EST from zooer

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Or you can not sign up for Facebook.



[#] Sun Dec 13 2020 11:33:15 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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For most people, there are career and social impacts to not at least having a Facebook account. 

That alone should send up red-flags about their influence on society. 

 

Sat Dec 12 2020 22:17:45 EST from zooer

Or you can not sign up for Facebook.



 



[#] Sun Dec 13 2020 12:43:52 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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It has been determined that Facebook and company can generate a shadow profile of you, extrapolating your interests and activities from the addressboooks and posts of your friends.

And they will do so even if you don't have a Facebook account.  That's why it is important to block them at a lower layer.

At the very least, you can put the following rules in your Adblock list:

||facebook.com
||facebook.net
||fbcdn.com
||fbcdn.net

That'll get most of it, but you can also look for all the individual names and set them to 0.0.0.0 in your hosts file, or if there are no Facebook users in your home, you can block them at your DNS server.

For mere mortals, you can install DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials and/or the Brave or Dissenter browsers, which will do a lot of tracker-blocking for you.



[#] Wed Jan 20 2021 13:40:25 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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So, today I got a call from "US Custom and Border Patrol," saying I had an international package that had been confiscated because of contraband or illegal drugs. US Customs and Border Patrol automated calls now have an Indian voice, by the way. 

Interestingly, I *have* recently made a purchase from Germany. Of a FPGA computer. Maybe they just got lucky. 

So anyhow, growing up in California, when I learned Spanish in college - I had an instructor who threatened to fail me if I didn't improve my horrible white boy accent over the Christmas break. When I came back, she was blown away when it got to me in the round-robin conversation and my accent had done a complete 180. I have an accent so good that native speakers mistake me for fluent. 

She stopped the class, and insisted I tell the class what I had done to improve my accent so markedly. She had recommended watching telenovelas and listening to Spanish radio. "Is this how you improved, Donovan?" 

I really didn't want to tell her how I did it, but she kept insisting. So, finally, I said, 

"I think of Cheech Marin and Speedy Gonzalez and how they sound in English, and then I just put that accent on my Spanish." 

There was a Vato guy in the class that was taking it for an "easy A" (those guys almost always fail, even though they speak fluent Spanish)... and he just broke down laughing... I apologized to him, and he said, "No ese, don't stop - it sounds AWESOME and before you were horrible, you're totally working it, you sound like my tio now!" 

The instructor was mortified. Anyhow, suffice to say, my authentic Spanish accent is very "South Central LA Vato" authentic. 

So, I called back the number, and some Indian answers, "US Custom and Border Patrol," 

And I start in on my thickest accent, "Yeah, ese - I got a call that you got my package?" 

"Can I get the time of the call?" 

"The time, I dunno... maybe like ten-therty???" 

"Ok, let me look that u-"

"Do you have my package, ese? I don't have time for this shit. Did you open my shit up? You better pack that shit up and nuthin' better be missing from my stuff, youknowwhatumsayin', vato?" 

I love convincing Indian scammers that America is a nation full of murder-psychos. 





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