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Submission + - Piwik 3.0.0 released

MyFirstNameIsPaul writes: Piwik, a PHP-based free and open source web analytics application, announced a major update today with the release of version 3.0.0. With 287 tickets closed by 27 contributors, the new release includes a much improved and faster UI, API changes (if you're a developer using Piwik, be sure to check out the API changelog), security improvements and enhancements, MySQL 5.5+ and PHP 5.5.9+ are now required, and much more. If you're still using Google Analytics, happily feeding that beast with all of your user's browsing habits, consider testing out and migrating over to Piwik. The vast majority of webmasters will find all of the tools they need, and depending on use-case, even more with the built-in Marketplace feature (formerly called 'Plugins', but redubbed to indicate support for paid plugins).

Comment Re:Maybe TCL will make an Android Bold? (Score 1) 48

I realize I'm getting really nit-picky here, but I also want the trackpad. That is another invaluable tool, especially when used for editing. I have yet to see an interface that is as effective at manually editing. I find most people who try to debate me on this topic have never had a job where actually had to respond, in a professional manner, to a high volume of emails. Everyone else I've discussed this with who has such work experience is in agreement that the touchscreen keyboards are a step backwards in productivity.

Comment Re:Maybe TCL will make an Android Bold? (Score 2) 48

Right, which is why it takes considerably longer to type the same email, as I was indicating with the word "quickly". By my estimate, it takes up to five times longer to send a reply on touchscreen than on BlackBerry keyboard, with the biggest time waster coming from the pathetic editing interface that's used for, you know, corrections from proofreading. The sig entry coming because there are still problems. Nothing sloppy about it - respond to 100 emails a day on your touch screen and guess what happens despite proofreading? Stupid spelling errors, and I long ago turned off autocorrect because it never seems to know what word I'm actually trying to type.

Comment Maybe TCL will make an Android Bold? (Score 3, Insightful) 48

As a salesman, I sorely miss the physical keyboard. For those of us who need to quickly bang out good looking, professional emails, I have not found a single touch-screen keyboard that holds a candle to the physical keyboards of the classic BlackBerry phones, especially the Bold 9900. I had to add back in to my sig "sent from my phone" because of the persistent typos.

Submission + - Prenda Copyright Lawyers Arrested and Charged (nbcnews.com) 1

the simurgh writes: Prenda Law extracted millions of dollars from alleged BitTorrent pirates, through threats of embarrassment and leaving misery and poor defendants made poorer in its wake, and authorities asking how to stop their flagrant abuse of the system. FINALLY, The duo of Paul Hansmeier and John Steele finally have been charged with the crimes of conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering, and perjury. Today, this and other evidence was presented in a criminal indictment filed in the Minnesota District Court.

Submission + - Firefox Zero-Day Can Be Used To Unmask Tor Browser Users (computerworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A Firefox zero-day being used in the wild to target Tor users is using code that is nearly identical to what the FBI used in 2013 to unmask Tor-users. A Tor browser user notified the Tor mailing list of the newly discovered exploit, posting the exploit code to the mailing list via a Sigaint darknet email address. A short time later, Roger Dingledine, co-founder of the Tor Project Team, confirmed that the Firefox team had been notified, had “found the bug” and were “working on a patch.” On Monday, Mozilla released a security update to close off a different critical vulnerability in Firefox. Dan Guido, CEO of TrailofBits, noted on Twitter, that “it’s a garden variety use-after-free, not a heap overflow” and it’s “not an advanced exploit.” He added that the vulnerability is also present on the Mac OS, “but the exploit does not include support for targeting any operating system but Windows.” Security researcher Joshua Yabut told Ars Technica that the exploit code is “100% effective for remote code execution on Windows systems.” “The shellcode used is almost exactly the shellcode of the 2013 one,” tweeted a security researcher going by TheWack0lian. He added, “When I first noticed the old shellcode was so similar, I had to double-check the dates to make sure I wasn't looking at a 3-year-old post.” He’s referring to the 2013 payload used by the FBI to deanonymize Tor-users visiting a child porn site. The attack allowed the FBI to tag Tor browser users who believed they were anonymous while visiting a “hidden” child porn site on Freedom Hosting; the exploit code forced the browser to send information such as MAC address, hostname and IP address to a third-party server with a public IP address; the feds could use that data to obtain users’ identities via their ISPs.

Submission + - Reddit To Crack Down on Abuse By Punishing Hundreds of 'Toxic Users' (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Social media website Reddit, known for its commitment to free speech, will crack down on online harassment by banning or suspending users who target others, starting with those who have directed abuse at Chief Executive Steve Huffman. Huffman said in an interview with Reuters that Reddit's content policy prohibits harassment, but that it had not been adequately enforced. "Personal message harassment is the most cut and dry," he said. "Right now we are in an interesting position where my inbox is full of them, it's easy to start with me." As well as combing through Huffman's inbox, Reddit will monitor user reports, add greater filtering capacity, and take a more proactive role in policing its platform rather than relying on community moderators. Reddit said it had identified hundreds of the "most toxic users" and will warn, ban or suspend them. It also plans to increase staff on its "trust and safety" team. On Reddit, a channel supporting the U.S. Republican party's presidential candidate Donald Trump, called r/The_Donald, featured racist and misogynistic comments, fake news and conspiracy theories about his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton, along with more mainstream expressions of support for Trump. Many of those supporting Trump were very active, voting up the r/The_Donald conversations so that they became prominent across Reddit, which is the 7th-most-visited U.S. internet site, according to web data firm Alexa. Last week, Reddit banned Pizzagate, a community devoted to a conspiracy theory, with no evidence to back it up, that links Clinton to a pedophile ring at a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor, after it posted personal information in violation of Reddit policy. Huffman then used his administrative privileges to redirect abuse he was receiving on a thread on r/The_Donald to the community's moderators — making it look as if it was intended for them. Huffman said it was a prank, and that many Reddit users, including some Trump supporters, told him they thought it was funny, but it inflamed the situation.

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