The things that you’ve seen
A-flickerin’ on that screen,
They ain’t necessarily so.
The things that you’ve seen
The Add-to-Any plugin, which I’ve had installed almost since the beginning of this blog, threw a syntax error preventing the blog from loading.
I FTP’d into the server and deleted that plug-in’s sub-directory, and things seem to be working again absent that plugin. I shall wait a bit before reinstalling it, in case an update comes out.
We shall see.
Also, bloggery will be light today because reasons.
Elie Mystal explains that you can have no expectation of privacy from your Amazon echo. A snippet:
El Reg reports that Zuckerborg’s junior bird men don’t seem to be doing so well.
The United States’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) late last week published a report about the incident that says “On June 28, 2016, at 0743 mountain standard time, the Facebook Aquila unmanned aircraft, N565AQ, experienced an inflight structural failure on final approach near Yuma, Arizona. The aircraft was substantially damaged.”
In the snares of the snaring economy:
In a declaration in support of his suit, Ward Spangenberg, 45, states he reported to Uber higher-ups that the company’s “lack of security regarding its customer data was resulting in Uber employees being able to track high profile politicians, celebrities, and even personal acquaintances of Uber employees, including ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, and ex-spouses.”
Spangenberg, who was hired by Uber in March 2015 as a forensic investigator, goes on to say, “Uber collected data regarding every ride a user requested, their username, the location the ride was requested from, the amount they paid, the device used to request the ride, the name and email of the customer, and a myriad of other data that the user may or may not know they were even providing Uber by requesting a ride.”
And that’s just for starts.
Uber, natch, is shocked! just shocked! that anyone would think there is gambling in their establishment . . . .
Avoid forgotten passwords: Use a password vault.* I recommend KeePassX. It’s cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux and Unix, including the BSDs) and compatible with KeePassDroid on your Android phone. If you update the database on one machine, you can just copy it to the others to keep them all up-to-date.
It does not require you to sign up for some online service, trust your passwords to
the cloud somebody else’s server, or add a plugin to your browser or be restricted to a particular browser or GUI envirnoment. It just lies there on your own computer safeguarding your passwords; the only password you need to remember is the KeePassX password.
*The review at the link contains a factual error about KeePassX. The author states
. . . in order to sync your passwords across devices, you’ll have to upload your encrypted password file with an online storage service like DropBox or Google Drive.
No, you do not have to use DropBox or Google Drive. You can use an application such as AirDroid or ES File Explorer which allows you to connect to other computers in your home network via your local wireless connection to transfer your files.