To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes
This is what we do in Canada with the federal GST (or HST in some provinces). People with lower incomes get a quarterly cheque, roughly equivalent to what someone would spend on the tax during a quarter.
Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors
This is kind of interesting... but they don't have a modern fab in Russia, do they? It'll take a lot of foreign parts to build a domestic fab...
OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks
To get your version, run:
Yes, I looked it up... in hindsight, I guess it was kind of obvious and I should have been able to figure it out. Anyway, it's done. Hope it saves someone a few seconds....
Elon Musk Talks Tesla, Apple, Model X
Nice rumour mongering on this one. I'll suggest it's battery related. It's no secret that Tesla is planning the worlds largest LiON cell plant. They're planning on being the largest user of LiON cells on the planet... I'm guessing that Apple is right up there too. Tesla will need partners... some with cash, some with tech. Apple fits the cash bill...
FileZilla Has an Evil Twin That Steals FTP Logins
Unfortunately, it's not that easy to remove "all" of those annoying, misleading, "download now" ads. My website shows ads through Google AdSense (i.e. the biggest ad network out there) and despite my going through every week or two to ban entire misleading advertiser accounts, there are always new "Download" ads waiting in the queue from new accounts. I've literally blocked hundreds of accounts by now - 5 or 10 every week for a year or two.
I feel bad for my random users that get caught by the adware (or worse) that is available on these sites; but, there's not much I can do about it.
I think it's time Google did some work on this - there must be hundreds of AdSense users like myself blocking off advertisers, they should be using their magic to disable accounts entirely from their system after a few people flag bad ads...
Power-Loss-Protected SSDs Tested: Only Intel S3500 Passes
Ditto to this. I work with some smaller retail stores... I used to recommend UPS's on the POS computers, but after discovering a model of Belkin entry level UPS's that would cease completely if the battery got too old... we stopped using them. Changing the battery on a scheduled basis is impractical, having remote staff successfully swap a UPS would cause more problems than the UPS's would save (most power outages don't break anything if you have write-back caches disabled).
Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use
I read the PDF (shock).
It sounds suspiciously like they just checked the logs to see who had visited Tor related websites and then went and interviewed the handful of people who happened to visit these sites within a few days. Maybe interview those who had exams in the 4 listed buildings at the designated time?
Or, possibly, they just checked who had used Tor in the last few days on their network - can you ID a Tor packet by looking at it?
It doesn't sound like they needed to crack Tor.
Google Updates ReCAPTCHA With Easier CAPTCHAs For Humans
This is embarrassing... but also terrible interface design. I once spent 10 minutes trying to solve a Microsoft captcha. It turned out that the page was designed such that pressing "enter" to finish the captcha actually triggered some other form option. I tried multiple browsers. And finally... decided to try clicking the submit button with the mouse.
I wasn't too impressed.
Nvidia CEO: We Are Working On Next Generation Surface
RIM launched their first (and only) tablet without their premier email product. That worked out super-well for sales too.
Seriously, I didn't know the RT had no Outlook! It really was useless for business.
Massive Email Crash Hits Canadian ISP Shaw
Oh, sorry, I meant that in a good way. I meant that a lot of people need a desktop email client, and in the past Hotmail and Yahoo didn't offer that, whereas Gmail has had it for years.
Massive Email Crash Hits Canadian ISP Shaw
I've been working with a Vancouver based retailer's email newsletter for years. Around here, Shaw is by far the worst of the bigger email domains on the list for deliverability - at least on any of the big webmail providers, recipients can white-list the email address we use to send out emails. Further, some emails will be completely deleted and not put into the junk folder at all. And emails that are suspected spam, will be deleted after only 7 days - don't go on a 10 day vacation.
I could go on, but suffice it to say that I if I notice an associate or friend or family member using a shaw.ca email address, I will often strongly suggest that they move to any of the big webmail providers.
BTW: Gmail provides IMAP and POP access, which is a stumbling block for those who want a desktop email client. I'm not sure about Yahoo or Hotmail.
Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine
This isn't a huge surprise to me. iOS is a real fraction of all web browsing now, Flash dependent web sites are a bad idea (now).
Revamped Google Maps Finally Available On iOS
Yay! A free upgrade for iPhone 4 users like me, who were left out of turn by turn navigation. Just in time for my first trip to a new client's office tomorrow.
ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?
A couple phones ago on a candy-bar format Nokia, more than once I butt dialed 911 by dialling 112. Even if I locked my phone, since it was an "emergency" call, it would make the call. After the second time, I swore I would stick to flip phones forever... that lasted until smart phones came around. I still haven't managed to butt dial on a locked iPhone, so I guess that's progress.
New Mac Trojan Installs Silently, No Password Required
But, unfortunately, so will two dozen different updates. Adobe Reader, Windows Live Mail, Adobe Flash, up until recently (maybe even currently) Firefox, and dozens of other apps that "automatically" update all require admin privileges. Most users just start clicking yes or entering their password for every dialog that pops up.
I'm responsible for a fair number of PC's used by "regular" staff... they get to use Limited user accounts in XP (or Win7) and giving them an admin password is very much frowned upon. Sooner or later they'll write it on a post-it note by the screen. The number of update requests is frustrating, to put it mildly. Google Chrome is looking better all the time.
Lessons Learned From Cracking 2M LinkedIn Passwords
Yeah, you're not alone. I was happily using PayPal's 2 factor authentication that used SMS, and then it stopped working months ago. I haven't had a chance to figure out who to blame, Fido or PayPal. It's too bad, it was a good system, I wish my banks would do something similar.
Where Are All the High-Resolution Desktop Displays?
I'm writing this on my 3 year old laptop w/15 inch 1440x900 screen. When I bought it, I believe the standard screen resolution was 1280x800. For the extra $100 or so, I've been very happy with the extra pixels. Unfortunately, this laptop is falling apart and I've been trying to figure out what to do screen wise on it's replacement.
Thanks to widescreen TV, almost all entry level laptops only come in 1366x768 screens, "HD". I've used other people's laptops, and I'm pretty sure I would miss the vertical pixels. (Why isn't more software optimized for widescreen use yet?)
Without going to a 17 inch laptop, it looks like I'm going to have to pay a huge premium (i.e. at least 50% more) to upgrade to a mid-range laptop from whatever entry level laptop is on sale at a bricks and mortar, or at Dell. Even then, there's not a lot of selection.
VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years
A few years ago, I hadn't dealt much w/DVI other than ordering a few matched PC+monitors for clients (matched, implying that I didn't really have to care about the various DVI versions). Then came the time I had to order a longer than normal DVI cable. I definitely did not look smart when I bought an incompatible cable. I can't recall the exact combination... I think the PC port had analog pins and the cable didn't, so they didn't fit together?
I'll be glad when DVI dies. I still recommend most VGA for most "regular" users. At least it's goof proof... and that's half the battle.
Social Media Bubble Pops Before It Fully Inflates
Typically the deal has tipped before I even open my email in the morning. It's in no-one's best interests to have the tipping point very high - Groupon doesn't want a deal to fail, they get no cash!
Ask Slashdot: Clever Cable Management?
I keep all twist ties from new equipment in a pile for re-use. I strongly prefer them over zip strips... you can undo them. And then re-use them. I can't count how many times I've needed to add "just one" new cable and didn't have a zip strip handy.
You can remove twist ties without tools. Further, half the time when I want to remove a zip strip I've only got a knife handy instead of diagonal cutters... that's just playing with fire...
The only downside that I can think of with twist ties is that they're metal. I suppose they could cause a short if they snapped and fell into the wrong place... however, considering how many staples and paper clips litter floor of the average office, I think the additional risk from my twist ties are minimal.
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