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[#] Mon Oct 27 2014 22:30:07 EDT from ax25

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Ah, now I see how this room is supposed to work.  Just can't quite come up with anything at the moment.  I will after I post this.

[#] Tue Oct 28 2014 00:03:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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"Bottom feeders" refers to that lowest of the lowest on the Internet ... spammers, scammers, phishers, people who run dubious pop-up ad campaigns, and of course the people who run Facebook.

[#] Thu Oct 30 2014 15:34:49 EDT from fleeb

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I am having serious questions about VMWare.

If you want to use a scripting language to work with vSphere (or... whatever weird name they want to use for this stuff), you may choose from 'Perl' or 'PowerShell'.


At a time when most developers are turning to Python and away from Perl, you're going to pull a dick move like that? You're effectively saying, 'Use PowerShell'... which is not exactly a great alternative, but it's probably better than Perl, in that it is at least legible.

WTF is wrong with those guys?

[#] Wed Nov 05 2014 11:42:40 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Speaking of the worst site on the Internet:

Facebook just announced that you can now reach them using Tor, via the address "facebookcorewwwi.onion"

So now you can use a tool that helps ensure your privacy, to reach a site that works overtime to violate your privacy. There's just something fundamentally wrong about that.

The only thing cool about it is that they managed to get something resembling a readable name. .onion names are generated automatically as hashes of the node's public key. They must have generated zillions of keys until they came up with a vanity hash.

[#] Wed Nov 19 2014 17:00:59 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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"You have no privacy. Get over it."

-- Scott McNealy

[#] Thu Nov 20 2014 02:18:30 EST from mo

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...not even in the heart of a citadel?   


How many people actually take their privacy seriously?

I don't know any of my friends using encryption on their mail or messaging for a start (including me :/).  Whenever i bring up the subject of personal privacy on the net, i just get funny looks, like i'm a crank or something. 


[#] Thu Nov 20 2014 03:47:24 EST from the_mgt

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Using Pidgin or Adium with OTR is fairly easy, wrt encryption. Both support quite a lot of chat protocols. There are tools like or RetroShare, which should be fairly easy to use.

I do not encrypt emails because most of them aren't worth it, none of them contain personal stuff, like in a real letter.

Unfortunately, my mobile phone uses this telepathy/empathy stack for sms, etc, and the coders of that ignore OTR. If android were a real linux, it should have gpg all over the place for inter-android communication. Unfortunately, android users are cheap app addicts, like a communist ios userland. ;)

The things I really would like to encrypt are mails which my stepmother and mother in law send unencrypted over the internet, containing family pictures. A bit like in this comic here:

[#] Thu Nov 20 2014 10:35:39 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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How many people actually take their privacy seriously?

Anyone smart enough to think about privacy ought to be smart enough to know how to obtain it. Drooling idiots who spend their day posting selfies to faecesbook neither have nor deserve privacy.

Compromised computers are a problem, of course. If your workplace gets a virus it is often appropriate to kill the president of the company's access to email so that no spams inadvertently go out using his or her email address.

Go out to lunch while you wait for the system-wide scan to complete. I like to eat Mexican dishes with ricin them. (I might have made a spelling error in that last sentence.)

[#] Fri Nov 21 2014 03:56:48 EST from the_mgt

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People are simply too farking lazy. Fifteen minutes ago, a colleague asked how she could get rid of the password she needs to enter, when she accesses NDA'd research material...

[#] Fri Nov 21 2014 06:56:56 EST from zooer

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You could have told her to threaten all her co-workers and then tear the office apart, she wouldn't have to
worry about typing her password in again.

[#] Fri Nov 21 2014 07:15:22 EST from the_mgt

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"It would only make the town office more frightened, but hardly make it a better place." to paraphrase Grace Mulligan here

The day continues to be fun, coworker2 managed to install filezilla from an unofficial domain (because she was told so by a project lead) and managed to get a nasty infection of assorted adware. While I am in the process of fixing this,  I get a call from another office, a client of mine. The boss managed to open an attachment in an email, causing the bureau to send spam via their mail accounts to various clients. Could people care less for privacy or security? Hardly.

[#] Fri Nov 21 2014 16:01:35 EST from mo

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You have a cast iron stomach for sure IG. :D


Email security-wise: the only thing that i nearly fell for, made me look twice anyway, is when i had a domain a few years back and it came up for renewal for the first time. I forget there name but the registrar who sends out letters of renewal targeting first time domains, to transfer over to them, must make a few bucks through that scam.

Always makes me wonder about the obvious spam/scam emails, who falls for them? I mean those letters from Africa with sob stories etc. It's easy to get caught by say an email that comes from a hijacked domain, like paypal etc, but some Nigerian banker wanting to transfer millions into your bank for safe-keeping :D Lol!


What is the future of email? Will a more secure form of internet messaging make iot obsolete in the near future?

[#] Fri Nov 21 2014 19:28:01 EST from zooer

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I wondered about an email I got from a friend... or someone claiming to be him. It was close to something he
would send me but what stood out was he said the document he wanted me to read was on at Google Docs...
something he doesn't use. The wording wasn't quite his style either. It arrive about the same time as his
usual email, but it just wasn't right. I texted him and asked if he had sent it. He told me know but someone
had sent a similar message to him, and because it was something he was interested in he followed the link.

[#] Sat Nov 22 2014 05:00:32 EST from zooer

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He told me know but someone

he told me no.

ugh, I can't multi-task.

[#] Sat Nov 22 2014 11:47:42 EST from mo

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First time (well second actually) i have ever thought someone hacked my email or gained my password, or was trying. Google informed me about 2 log in attempts to my gmail that it automatically stopped. They couldn't have been me - or maybe their location was wrong (so i might have been me, because i had been using a new (international) SIM for my mobile phone, whilst on holiday). Anyhow: i have a shiny new password now.  This brings me on to password management. I use a completely different password for everything, and they soon build up. I gotta get to grips with this, it's one thing i've been putting off for ages.

[#] Sat Nov 22 2014 12:06:50 EST from mo

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Any tips on a good password manager? As a complete newb, i have a mistrust (why i know not, it's better than jotting them down on a piece of paper somewhere, but i can hide a piece of paper somewhere with some confidence :) ) of a piece of software that stores all your passwords in one central location.



[#] Sat Nov 22 2014 12:21:25 EST from mo

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Btw, diaspora seems to have moved very slowly, but Friendica has  what Diaspora promised:

Does anyone here know someone running a Friendica installation ?

It's great if you have alot of friends who only use facebook, you can ditch facebook and still post and get posts from the people you really want, and you are in complete control of your online social life (Y).

Even most non tech-wise people know someone they trust 'in the know', so setting up one of these for you friends seems a great idea - along with the citadel you should already have set up for your real important stuff. :)



[#] Sun Nov 23 2014 03:55:22 EST from FigNewton

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Sat Nov 22 2014 12:06:50 EST from mo

Any tips on a good password manager? As a complete newb, i have a mistrust (why i know not, it's better than jotting them down on a piece of paper somewhere, but i can hide a piece of paper somewhere with some confidence :) ) of a piece of software that stores all your passwords in one central location.



I use Keepass. There is a linux, windows, mac, android, and ios version and they can all read the same db file. I have hundreds of machines at work I have to keep track of, and this is the only way I stay sane. All you have to remember basically is the main password to open your file.



[#] Sun Nov 23 2014 07:13:17 EST from mo

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Thanks! I will try keepass.

I saw the keepass and the cross platform version.  Also OpenID logins cann be used on many sites, that seems like a good idea. And some, important , personal passwords can be put to memory - it's easier having only a handful of important ones - i imagine. 

[#] Sun Nov 23 2014 18:35:11 EST from zooer

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I use keypass as well. If you keep your password file on a server accessable to any of your devices it makes it
handy keeping up with changes.

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