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Phoning It In–Even When You Don’t Want To 0

Zandar explains.

I only turn on “Location Services” when I have a positive need, which is hardly ever, but, after reading Zandar’s comments at the end of his post, I explored my “smart” phone and found and changed some privacy settings I was previously unaware of.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Old style frolics. From El Reg:

Facebook has lost a copy of the personal details of 29,000 of its employees after hard drives containing unencrypted payroll information were stolen from an employee’s car.

The antisocial network said it is in the process of informing those who were exposed, though so far there is no indication of the purloined details being used for fraud, it is claimed.

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A Christmas wallpaper.

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Uber-Pinnings 0

On this week’s episode of Le Show, Harry Shearer interviews Hubert Horan, a long-time consultant in the transportation field, about Uber and Uber’s business model.

You can listen to the interview here. It is well worth your while.

Here’s an excerpt:

Shearer: The future that is sometimes sketched out by supporters of Uber is, “Well, but wait until driverless cars.”

(snip)

Horan: All the people who talk about driverless cars are people who watched the Jetsons too much when they were children.

Spoiler Alert.

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No Place To Hide 0

The EFF has issued a report on how Big Data is all up in your business. Here’s a bit from the press release:

“Behind the One-Way Mirror” focuses on third-party tracking, which is often not obvious or visible to users. Webpages contain embedded images and invisible codes that come from entities other than the website owner. Most websites contain dozens of these bugs that go on to record and track your browsing, activity, purchases, and clicks. Mobile apps are equally rife with tracking code which can relay app activity, physical location, and financial data to unknown entities.

If you use the inner webs, you need to follow the link.

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Make TWUUG Your LUG 0

Learn about the wonderful world of free and open source. Use computers to do what you want, not what someone else wants you to do. Learn how to use GNU/Linux and its plethora of free and open source software to get stuff done with computers.

It’s not hard; it’s just different.

Tidewater Unix Users Group

When: Monthly TWUUG meeting at 7:30 p. m. on the first Thursday of the month (December 5, 2019). Pre-meeting dinner at Chicago Uno, JANAF shopping center, 6:00 p. m. (map)

Who: Everyone in TideWater/Hampton Roads with interest in any/all flavors of Unix/Linux. There are no dues or signup requirements. All are welcome.

Where: Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk Training Room (map). (Wireless and wired internet connection available.) Turn right upon entering, then left at the last corridor and look for the open meeting room.

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The Watchers 0

Zandar cautions against the spy on the shelf.

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Geeking Out 0

Listening to The Silver Bullet by Fergus Hume on the QMMP media player using the “Memory of the Fall” skin on Ubuntu MATE with the Plasma desktop. The wallpaper is from my collection.

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It’s All about the Algorithm 0

Hector says,

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The Bully’s Pulpit 0

Sue Scheff reports that cyber-bullying is much more common than persons of good will might think and offers some hints for dealing with and avoiding it.

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