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New Mac Trojan Installs Silently, No Password Required

the JoshMeister Re:but what about mountain lion (300 comments)

From Intego, the company who first blogged about this malware (emphasis mine):

This threat may run on Leopard 10.5, but it has a tendency to crash. It does not run on the new Mountain Lion 10.8.

Also...

This threat has not yet been found in the wild, and so far there is no indication that this Trojan has infected users

You're right to imply that Mountain Lion users shouldn't get too cocky, but in this particular case, according to this antivirus vendor, the malware hasn't even been found in the wild—and even if it had, it doesn't run on Mountain Lion.

more than 2 years ago
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HP TouchPad To Be Liquidated At Fire Sale Prices

the JoshMeister Well, actually... Re: Best Buy Discounts/Refunds (368 comments)

According to Engadget, Best Buy won't offer discounts in U.S. stores. However, HP is supposedly offering refunds to those who paid the full $400. From the Engadget piece:

Well, it looks like American Best Buys won't be enjoying the same liquidation sale as our neighbors to the north. A couple of tipsters have reported that the big box electronics retailer has pulled the webOS tablets from its shelves and is shipping them back to HP. The slates have also disappeared from Best Buy's website...
Don't get upset if you already plunked down $400 for 10-inches of webOS goodness -- HP will refund you the difference. Call up the company or the retail partner you purchased it from, and ask. Just be prepared to sit on hold with all the rest of the folks trying to get their cash back.

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Account Suspensions Over ToS Drawing Fire

the JoshMeister Re:So this is "The freedom to be who you want to b (560 comments)

Some people such as "Soulja Boy" (a recording artist) and "Violet Blue" (the author of the linked ZDNet article) get special treatment and have not been suspended for using their pseudonyms on Google+

It turns out that Violet Blue is her real name (my mistake; sorry, Violet!). Reference: https://plus.google.com/111091089527727420853/posts/YnzXfbpe9Nj

That actually brings up another problem: people with real names that are unusual or creative who have to live in fear of Google employees mistakenly suspending their accounts!

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Account Suspensions Over ToS Drawing Fire

the JoshMeister So this is "The freedom to be who you want to be"? (560 comments)

So much for Google's blog post in February, "The freedom to be who you want to be..." which extolled the "great benefits" of pseudonymity. http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2011/02/freedom-to-be-who-you-want-to-be.html

Other recent suspensions:

  • * A guy who used a pseudonym on Google+ ("Thomas Monopoly") claims to have lost his entire account including "approximately 7 years of correspondence, over 4,800 photographs and videos, my Google Voice messages, over 500 articles saved to my Google Reader account for scholarship purposes all of my bookmarks, having used Google bookmarks my Docs account with shared documents and backups of inventory files my own personal calendar of doctors appointments, meetings, and various other dates collaborative calendars, of which I was the creator and of which several man hours were put into creating, community calendars my saved maps and travel history medical records and a variety of very important notes [and] My website, a blogger account for which I purchased the domain through Google and designed myself": http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/why-you-shouldnt-trust-google-or-any-cloud-service-with-your-data/13860
  • * Daynah (a Senior Editor at Beatweek Magazine and a blogger at Cali Lewis' GeekBeat.TV) was suspended from Google+ on Saturday, presumably because her Google+ name was "Daynah .net" (she never shares her last name online due to privacy and safety concerns). I believe it was just her Google+ account that got suspended, not her e-mail or access to other services. Her profile is still suspended as of when I'm posting this.
  • * I was suspended from Google+ on Friday, June 15th through Wednesday, June 20th, presumably because my Google+ name was "the JoshMeister" (which is how I'm known to almost all of my friends and followers online, on my podcasts which have been downloaded over a million times, including at my employment at MacTech Magazine as the Podcast Producer and Host). I tried changing my name to my first and last name with the JoshMeister in parenthesis after it, but that was also rejected, so ultimately I had to settle for using just my real first and last name. Unfortunately, my name is fairly common, and there are already several people with that name on Google+, making it significantly more difficult for people to find and recognize me or + mention me. I did not lose access to Google services other than Google+ and Google Buzz, although I did have to log in again to my e-mail and other services because Google claimed there had been "suspicious activity" (although I confirmed that nobody had accessed my account other than me). More of my story: https://plus.google.com/114936727752666468558/posts/5nHEHFsWCTx

Lists of suspensions:

Examples of Google's double standard and inconsistency:

  • * Some people such as "Soulja Boy" (a recording artist) and "Violet Blue" (the author of the linked ZDNet article) get special treatment and have not been suspended for using their pseudonyms on Google+
  • * "Die Ennomane" (die means "the" in German) was suspended but then was allowed to keep the pseudonym after German media coverage
  • * Google has turned a blind eye to several Lady Gaga impersonators (as the linked ZDNet article also points out)
  • * You can type various words into the "Find people" search bar and get results that are obviously not people's real names; start typing any of the following or think of other things to try: "the joker", "idiot", "stupid", "loser", "crap", "doctor", "rapper", "city", "google", "twitter", "facebook", "coca cola" (as mentioned in the ZDNet article), etc.
  • * Several people have gotten away with violating Google's policy against including a title (e.g. "Dr.") at the beginning of one's name (including but not limited to "Dr. Kiki Sanford" aka Kirsten Sanford)

more than 3 years ago
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Thawte Will End "Web of Trust" On November 16

the JoshMeister *NOT* Related to "Web of Trust" Web Safety Add-on (127 comments)

Although I'm familiar with Thawte, I hadn't heard of its "Web of Trust" prior to this article. However, there's a popular browser add-on with the same name, so I thought I should point that out to avoid any confusion, especially since both products are related to Internet security in some way.

Web of Trust is also the name of a Firefox and Internet Explorer plug-in from a company called WOT Services Ltd. (until recently known as Against Intuition Inc.). It helps protect users from harmful Web sites and puts safety rating badges in search results on Google, Bing, Yahoo!, and other search engines, similar to McAfee SiteAdvisor and Symantec's Norton Safe Web (although in my experience, WOT is much more effective). This completely unrelated Web of Trust is not being killed off.

I hope that clears up any potential confusion.

about 5 years ago
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Firefox 4.0 Goes Chrome, New UI In Q4 2010

the JoshMeister OmniWeb - Re:Tabs on top, do it NOW! (556 comments)

Tabs should be down the side. [...] I don't understand how this basic mistake can have stayed with us for what, 10 years+ of tabbed browsing...

OmniWeb has been doing preview tabs on the side since 2004. Unfortunately, it's a Mac-only browser and has never really caught on.

more than 5 years ago
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UK's FSA Finds No Health Benefits To Organic Food

the JoshMeister Re:World improves (921 comments)

It would appear that the parent poster has never heard of meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS). Apparently, in 5 to 20 percent of all births, meconium passes into the amniotic fluid (meconium is the tar-like, sterile stool that an infant passes prior to passing feces). So neither the grandparent poster nor the parent poster were entirely correct; non-sterile feces doesn't float around in the womb for 3 months, but sterile meconium does often pass in utero and can be harmful to the infant if inhaled (or even fatal, in one case I'm aware of).

And now back to my usual role of computer geek.

more than 5 years ago
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Has Google Broken JavaScript Spam Munging?

the JoshMeister Re:Mung (288 comments)

Thanks for the grammar lesson, but in this case your argument is moot. Munging has reference to the word mung while mungeing has reference to the very different word munge.

See the correct usage at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munge and, if you wish, take a look at the article's history and note that the usage portion was written a long time before this Slashdot article.

more than 5 years ago
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Finding Better Tech Broadcasts?

the JoshMeister Security Now, MacBreak Tech, Security Bites, etc. (205 comments)

There are several TWiT podcasts, and some of them only partially meet the criteria of the person who submitted the question. Let's review the criteria: "entertaining, informative, and, most importantly, thorough," not dumbed down, "dive deep into projects and discussions instead of simply skimming the surface."

The two TWiT podcasts that meet all the criteria that come immediately to mind are Security Now and the (unfortunately now defunct) MacBreak Tech. Security Now is very technical and educational, and it doesn't dumb things down, but instead it manages to explain very technical topics in ways that make them easy to comprehend. It's mostly about computer and information security (naturally) but it also gets into networking and other related topics as well. MacBreak Tech was mainly focused on Macs as the name implies, but I learned a lot of things from the podcast that don't just apply to Macs specifically. I think all the old episodes are still available, so browse through the titles and descriptions and download anything that looks remotely interesting.

Other TWiT podcasts that the asker might enjoy: This Week in Law and FLOSS Weekly. This Week in Law gets in depth about the legal aspects of computer technology and the computer industry. FLOSS Weekly is all about Free (Libre) Open Source Software and consists largely of interviews with lead developers of major open source software projects.

Another decent computer security podcast is Security Bites from CNET. Security Bites is not nearly as in-depth as Security Now as the episodes are very short and more focused, but the show is worth listening to as well.

If you don't mind the shameless self-promotion, I'm one of the hosts of MacMod Live, which deals with Mac modding and peripherally-related topics. MacMod Live doesn't always get super technical, but MacMod.com has a lot of interesting stuff too if you're interested in computer modding.

All of the above are audio shows (sorry if you're looking for video content specifically). Occasionally we do videos on MacMod Live, and those get posted in the same podcast feed as our audio shows.

more than 5 years ago

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Apple Ends Security Updates for 5-Year-Old Macs

the JoshMeister the JoshMeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the JoshMeister writes "On Friday, Apple released Security Update 2011-005 for only Mac OS X v10.7 Lion and v10.6 Snow Leopard, both of which can only run on Intel-based Macs. This officially and quietly cuts off all users of G4 and G5-based Macs (some of which Apple was still selling less than 5 years ago) from ever receiving OS security updates again. Many Mac users are now left stranded with perfectly good hardware and an insecure operating system, and since Apple has neglected to warn users of Leopard and previous versions of Mac OS about the lack of updates, most of them will never know there is a problem."
Link to Original Source

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A Little Blurb About Me

the JoshMeister the JoshMeister writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I'm the JoshMeister, a self-professed computer geek and Network Specialist by trade. I have three degrees including a Master of Information Technology concentrating in Internet Security. Not that that makes me special in and of itself, but it's something fairly unique and interesting about me.

I host a few podcasts, one all about computer technology called Tech Pulse, the official MacMod.com podcast called MacMod Live, and one about the television show LOST. My primary blog is here, and many of my entries are of a technical nature.

Oh yeah, and I'm on a whole bunch of social networks like Twitter, Pownce, MySpace, etc. Feel free to add me.

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