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You can’t make this stuff up. (And you wouldn’t want to.)
I’ve attended two Zoom meetings.
Both were private, by invitation only, and neither was Zoombombed. And, I must say, Zoom seemed to work quite nicely on my Android devices.
I think part of the security problems Zoom had was because, four months ago, hardly anyone had heard of Zoom. Then all of a sudden everyone was trying to use it. And, per security maven Bruce Schneier, Zoom is making progress on the security front.
El Reg reports on the con (more at the link).
Fed up with the DRM in a General Electric refrigerator that pushed the owner to buy expensive manufacturer-approved replacement water filters, an anonymous hacker went to the trouble of buying a domain name and setting up a website at gefiltergate.com to pen a screed about appliance digital rights restriction management (DRM) and how to bypass it.
The fridge in question required a GE RPWFE refrigerator water filter. It has an RFID chip, which the fridge uses to verify the authenticity of the part. The RPWFE filter costs much more than unapproved filters: about $50 compared to $13.
The “smart home” trade off is a simple one.
You no longer have to walk across the room to turn on the lights. In return, big data strips you nekkid.
After examining what percentage of tweets about the coronavirus contain misinformation and downright falsehoods (hint: far too much), Phil Reed, writing at Psychology Today Blogs, moves on to examine why others pick them up and spread them. His answer will not bolster your faith in humans as rational creatures (but, these days, what does?). Here’s the nub; follow the link for the evidence and citations (emphasis added):
So the question is – why do people do it? Why do they spread misinformation, stress, and anxiety through the community, and bring more danger to all, including themselves? Clearly, some of this is malicious, and some political, but most is probably generated by people with no particular thought or purpose. In fact, a clear candidate for why they unthinkingly spread misinformation is, unsurprisingly, that they do not think about what they are doing.
This article may make you grumpy, but don’t sneezy at it, because it makes a singularity point.
I’ve removed a post that I mistakenly posted earlier today because it was out of sequence (hard as it may be to believe, sometimes a little planning–not much, but some–goes into this thing). It will reappear later in sequence.
El Reg reports on Microsoft’s relabeling its Office 360 (that’s the one
in the cloud on somebody else’s computer) update routines. It’s like American cars in the 1950s and 1960s–rearranging the chrome on the same old same old.
The original “Monthly Channel” will now be known as the “Current Channel,” and will lob out updates as and when (at least monthly, and probably more frequently). The “Semi-Annual Channel” becomes the “Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel” and will drop feature updates twice a year, in January and February.
Follow the link for the full box of brand aids.
If you are a regular visitor, you have probably noticed that Fluxbox is my preferred GUI interface. It is capable of all the eye candy you could want, without the overhead of a desktop environment.