Could a browser extension salt/scramble the id on the way out?
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We give up, Progressive Web Apps can track you, says W3C: After 5 years, it decides privacy is too much bother
Incredible artifact – or vital component after civilization ends? Rare Nazi Enigma M4 box sells for £350,000
It’s happened again: AT&T sued for allegedly transferring victim's number to thieves in $1.9m cryptocoin heist
I just transferred my number off VZW; they did everything to prevent me from generating the transfer PIN that they require. That generator has been moved around the customer portal, it's now at the bottom of a seemingly-unrelated page and requires scrolling to find., so my MVNO's navigation instructions were no help
When found it is easy to run out of attempts and be given a 24 hour hiatus before further attempts. None of the 2FA texts arrived, use the email option if you need to do this. Texts suddenly worked perfectly minutes later when I called CS and they wanted me to use their digital assistant instead, was practically bombarded with imprecations to talk with their AI.
Perhaps incidentally, after I made it known that I wanted to transfer, my calls to CS were routed to a long queue. yet when I put in another SIM and called their CS I was answered promptly until they associated that number with me. Eventually, after days of trying, I got a transfer PIN that worked, unlike the one given to me verbally by VZW CS that turned out to be "invalid".
Point being that things might be in place to prevent transfer, but they also might be used to prevent valid transfer if it so benefits the carrier.
If I had one of those currency accounts I'd use an MVNO SIM and keep that phone number generally out of circulation and not associated with me anywhere official. There are plenty of MVNO's, easy to have several and rotate every so often. If thieves went after my regular number it would have no effect on my accounts. Those prepay SIMs are cheap to buy and keep.
But I'm not a technology consultant, except to friends and family.
Things that happen every four years: Olympic Games, Presidential elections, and now new Mac ransomware
LS is expensive, also intrusive with its modal pop-ups. Hard to stomach paying that much for something that's such a PITA, keep hoping someone will come up with something that doesn't interrupt everything to fret about a connection issue that can wait.
Radio Silence is okay but not granular and not as useful as a tool. If only there were something in between...
Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea
Having lived in Pennsylvania, I commend the researchers attention to the nearby state legistlature, long known as a repository of grifters, the kind who hold unannounced Saturday evening sessions to annoint themselves with a pay raise.
Another advantage for the veracity of the project is their photos should be publicly and voluntarily available. The disadvantage being the high percentage of positives.
Worked for a large company in the 90's, now gone, they used fax a lot, 24/7, for mission-critical stufff. Happened to overhear a comment about how when someone would accidentally call the fax number for our location with a voice phone, the older machine in the manager's office would emit lots of screeching trying to connect, then go quiet. Quite possible to hear it from outside, the newly built field office had thin, cost-saving walls.
On one particular night, I stood out in the lot with my trusty StarTAC and dialed the fax machine, let it rest a bit, then did it again. Soon I heard the bumptious manager cursing in the office. He went to get up and complain to someone, so I dialed his office number, let it ring until he ran back and answered, then hung up.
Repeated until he almost went mad. He would be holding the phone saying "Hello? What!' plaintively and with futile surrender-diminuendo. No caller ID at this company, costs too much.
Went out to do some work, in the morning a company truck was there with a new fax machine, which was quieter. That particular brief treatment worked; the manager was far from perfect going forward, but now had a small reserve of empathy occasionally used, and newly acquired slight hesitation when winding up to blame someone.
Worked for the successor company briefly, they had a position in corporate whose primary function was to read the instructions to any fax machine on company property to any field worker who called him. I called him a few times, i would read off the model number and he merely read from the manual for that machine, which were not supplied with the machines, perhaps to prevent the kind of thing I did in the first part.
VMware and Office for Mac need patching, Microsoft can scan your firmware, and Anonymous takes credit for Atlanta police hacks
Living up to its 'un-carrier' slogan, T-Mobile US stops carrying incoming calls, data in nationwide outage
Re: Strange Curves
In the morning on Mint (T-Mo MVNO) on the 15th I had text messages not send, then things began to work within an hour, then early afternoon phone calling kept being interrupted. One person said they hit a blank when trying to call, nothing at all.
Swapped in a VZW SIM mid-afternoon and calling was fine, texting was fine.
Now back on Mint because better speed, VZW is getting lazy on my connection, I think it's because I'm a long-time customer, although that is about to end.
Anyone have a recommendation for a prepay VZW MVNO? I'd like a backup to rarely use when I need remote coverage.
BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report
Try looking at this from the other end, given that we're talking about pointlessly cheap and greedy people who lack any compassion being in power, people who spend more energy making up manipulative lies to save themselves pennies than actually fixing any issues.
The main point of this scheme is that the poor who pay taxes can chip in to help wealthy people buy a new electric car. And of course keep their friends who own dealerships busy.
Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen
Re: Never understood this
May I commend your attention to the Staber company in Ohio USA. Their washers come with a warranty which essentially is free replacement parts because they are so easy to work on, some households would have the needed tools in a kitchen drawer. Heavy gauge steel, very simple, and top-loading but horizontal drum.
They sell them to fire departments to wash their gear and also to off-gridders because they run on that level of power and use only 17 gallons of water for an entire cycle.
A different kind of smart, I think.
If this isn't implemented in the OSS version, could EFF simply offer their own browser?
We went through a phase where there weren't blockers, then the various plugins came along, now they are blocking those from working which is their right as owners of the code... so what's the next phase look like? Will it be like radar detector detectors and laser jammers for cars?
Or could someone make something that obviates the current escalation?
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Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace
Google: Hmm, this government regulation stuff looks important. Let's stick some more lobbyists on that
Are you aware of the gravity of the situation on Mars? Why yes, say boffins: We rejigged Curiosity to measure it
The Iceman cometh, his smartwatch told the cops: Hitman jailed after gizmo links him to Brit gangland slayings
Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers
IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project
Houston, we've had a problem: NASA fears internal server hacked, staff personal info swiped by miscreants
Re: Small issue
I let Zip have an ancient junkmail address to try their listings, it chose a query I didn't do on purpose, one it tried to get me to choose which had nothing to do with what I was actually looking to browse. Several other spammy recruiters sent me "offers" for that query immediately and constantly. I did get Zip to kill my "account" and it went away after a while.
Their offerings appear to me mostly atmosphere with some BTU's added.
"Small" only if you have extra email addresses and extra resources, which many unemployed do not.
Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning
Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know
I saw them for the bag of dicks they are back when free shipping was purposely delayed by waiting a week to ship. Since then rarely use them. I do maybe one order a year, stuff unavailable elsewhere and with no deadline, so they aren't twisting my arm with their delay game.
Corporate subsidies should be abolished. "Let the market decide" is like saying "let the drunk guy drive" but if that's what they want let's give it to them, especially when it hurts.