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My cord-cutting story part 3

Roku Box
October 14, 2017

More of the continuing tale of cord-cutting. I've gone through quite a few iterations so far of the 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?

Voting
September 24, 2017

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. Although DHS announced in July that 21 states had been subject to attempted attacks, it was assumed that Wisconsin was not one of those states, since the Elections Commission had not been notified specifically. It turns out that DHS has been very quiet about details.

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

Bruce Schneier
September 15, 2017

            CRYPTO-GRAM

        September 15, 2017

         by Bruce Schneier         CTO, IBM Resilient             

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

Crypto-Gram - Aug. 15, 2017

Bruce Schneier
August 15, 2017

        CTO, IBM Resilient             

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

Justice Department demands user information on Trump inauguration protesters

August 14, 2017

This in from The Hill. The Justice Department is embroiled in a fight with Dreamhost (a West Coast large web hosting provider) over the private information of as many as 1.3 million people who were engaged on a website to plan protests of Trump's inauguration. On the face of it this appears to be a terrible invasion of privacy.  Protesting is not a crime, though it appears the Justice Department is working on that. Note that due to the completely irritating self-playing video you need to click on the title here to actually see the video in all its ad-laden glory.

Note that this suit seeks the IP addresses of everyone who has visited the http://www.disruptj20.org website. This very well may include you if you were interested in the protests at the Trump inauguration. A hearing on this is scheduled for Aug. 18 in Superior Court in Washington DC.

About Daily Stormer and their search for a domain registrar

August 14, 2017

Update - Aug. 15.  The site has disappeared. Surprisingly they still have a whois record with Google as the registrar, but DNS lookups fail.  They're gone.

UW and WARF awarded $500 million from Apple

July 27, 2017

WARF foundation was awarded a large settlement recently due to Apple appropriating a WARF patent on speculative instruction execution.  I'll let The Register carry it from here -

Another Massive Cyberattack hits

June 27, 2017

Reports are coming in of a massive cyberattack happening throughout the Ukraine and other countries. Recent reports indicate that it has spread to England and may well be ready to wander across the ocean to the US.  This is reportedly a new ransomware attack, and appears to be a variant of the previously-known Petya ransomware. Take care.

The Costs Of Taking Broadband The Extra Mile In Wisconsin

June 15, 2017

As Wisconsin struggles to grow private-sector jobs, there is potential to expand telecommuting work outside urbanized areas of the state by improving broadband connections.

Facebook is abusive - it's time to get a divorce

May 8, 2017

The Register is one of my favorite IT blogs. In an editorial today they have, I think, nailed PART of the reason I believe we should just start saying no to Facebook - there are others, but the question is, how much of your soul are you willing to let Facebook own?

It seemed innocuous, almost trivial: What are you doing? Who are you seeing? What are your favourite things? Sharing the trivia of life and was fun.

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