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Discussions and information about technology - news, ideas, tech events in Wisconsin.

The Ongoing Pursuit Of Better Broadband Access In Rural Wisconsin

Limited access to reliable, high-speed internet services is an issue facing rural Wisconsin that generates a lot of attention and calls for action, yet may seem to be moving at a crawl. For many Wisconsinites, even for those who could afford it, lower-speed broadband options or lack of access entirely stifles individual economic opportunities and limits business development options for communities.

Cutting the cord - the continuing saga - Over the air and into the house

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I've brought you previous tales of woe on the great cord-cutting experiment out here at Cruiskeen Farm. I thought it was time for an update. 

Why do we stay on Facebook? It's complicated

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A protester wears a mask with the face of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, in between men wearing angry face emoji masks, during a protest against Facebook in London in April 2018.

Am I getting old, or is everything a mess?

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Internet security has always been hard, and requires vigilance. However, whether it's the effect of old age or just that life is getting completely out of hand, the last few months have been nuts.

State of Wisconsin Web Infrastructure Outage -- update

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Update --- the web sites have returned.

I have not seen it reported in the news anywhere, but it appears a large part of the State of Wisconsin web infrastructure has been down all morning, including the state web portal at https://wisconsin.gov .  It's not you, it's really down.

My cord-cutting story part 3

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More of the continuing tale of cord-cutting. I've gone through quite a few iterations so far of the Plex Media Server software and it looks like the behavior of the video recording has stabilized, at least to a large extent.

Wisconsin/Russia Voter Hacking - So what DID happen?

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On Friday Homeland Security notified the Wisconsin Elections Commission that a Russian entity attempted to hack the Wisconsin voter registration system during the 2016 election.

Bruce Schneier's Crypto-Gram Sept. 15, 2017

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            CRYPTO-GRAM

        September 15, 2017

         by Bruce Schneier
        CTO, IBM Resilient
       [email protected]
      https://www.schneier.com


A free monthly newsletter providing summaries, analyses, insights, and commentaries on security: computer and otherwise.

For back issues, or to subscribe, visit <https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram.html>.

You can read this issue on the web at <https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram/archives/2017/0915.html>. These same essays and news items appear in the "Schneier on Security" blog at <https://www.schneier.com/>, along with a lively and intelligent comment section. An RSS feed is available.


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In this issue:
     On the Equifax Data Breach
     News
     iPhone Changes to Frustrate the Police
     Schneier News
     My LinkedIn Account


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     On the Equifax Data Breach



Last Thursday, Equifax reported a data breach that affects 143 million US customers, about 44% of the population. It's an extremely serious breach; hackers got access to full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver's license numbers -- exactly the sort of information criminals can use to impersonate victims to banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, and other businesses vulnerable to fraud.

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