Wouldn't hackers have bigger fish to fry? Yeah sure, they probably caught all those records, hook, line and sinker. But there's so many fish in the sea, you'd think they would be more interested in reeling those in.
I'll stop now.
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And of course, I can't find the book with the quote about the real proper breakfast, by Samuel Vimes.
Something about runny yolks, charcoal crunchy bits something something. Something "tricky order" ending with "you managed it yesterday".
Somebody help me out - or this will be stuck in the back of my brain all day.
...to actually get the concept of privacy into people's heads? Anyone?
Or is it bad marketing that makes Mozilla fail to drive this home better?
I simply don't get it. I'd use Lynx and XMosaic before I use Chrome or Edge. Even my Firefox is loaded with addons to block everything the browser isn't now kindly blocking by itself.
Now for some coffee...
I recently ended up watching Youtube on a browser without my general holy trinity of uBlock/Disconnect/Tampermonkey. It was appalling: more ads than a US sitcom. I didn't even *know* they injected them. Said trinity does such a good job that you simply watch on a clean ad-free stream, without pauses or anything.
Can someone who is more versed in US law explain why Oracle continuing to harp on with their statements doesn't constitute libel or slander now?
I mean, to me it seems the highest US court has said "no, Google did NOT break the law and what they did was legal under fair use". If Oracle continues to gripe and make statements that in essence say "Google broke the law because WE say so"... isn't that illegal? They're not saying "in our opinion the SCOTUS got it wrong", if I read this right? Meaning that would be free speech.
"The scheme aims to recruit new users, principally in developing nations. Google styles the quest as a mission to civilize"
Is that actually what they say? To.... *civilise* those users in developing nations?! If so, it's breathtaking. Like straight out of the handbook of colonialism.
And yes, I'm aware that with his name, Mr Sengupta is likely not "white" - but he probably didn't write that "mission statement" either.
I've been using an undocumented, unauthenticated endpoint for monitoring internals of some Netgear devices for years now. First time I found it, I facepalmed so hard I almost knocked out my own teeth, but then went "oh hey, this is convenient, just gotta keep it far, far away from the Internet".
(yes, I'm being facetious, but it's still true: it's treasure trove of info in there, so I thought I'd make use of it for my own devices)
Said game did it with dinosaurs, so what's not to like?
Well, what's not to like is that the makers were too busy just rolling out more and more subscription-based expansions, moving further and further away from the pre-historic setting into scifi. Oh, and ignoring game-breaking and gear-destroying bugs for years.
Let's hope Valheim does better. I still run my own private Ark server for fun (so I can rollback to a backup when yet another bug wipes out weeks of work). Wonder if Valheim allows that?
... but I'm honestly curious:
If he'd gone to Sweden, faced up to the rape charges, even been convicted, what would he have gotten under Swedish jurisdiction? He wouldn't have been extradited to the USA, I'm quite sure, not by Sweden. (I could be wrong, any Swedes here?)
Would he effectively have had his life back a long time ago?
Of course, he could have then come back to Australia and our government, ever ready to please the US, would have nabbed him for said extradition.
Many, many moons ago, I worked for the US Antarctic Program. Somehow Romanian hackers had managed to break into a number of science systems at the South Pole and download gigs of data. No mean feat seeing as the station had limited capacity via satellite links that were only up around 8-11 hours per day.
The fun part was that they were trying to blackmail the NSF with releasing that data as well! This was before ransomware as we now know it. Also, this was around the time of the X-Files movie, if anybody remembers that. You know the one with the secret alien base on the South Pole? From the communication it was clear the Romanians thought that we either pay or they would dump the files and publish The Truth (That Is Out There).
What it actually was, was hundreds of gigabytes of atmospheric and astrophysical data (google ICECUBE and AMANDA projects), which, like all science data, was merely embargoed for 2 years so that the principal investigators and their teams could publish findings first, seeing as it was *their* work. Afterwards it becomes public anyway. So yeah, hacking scientific institutes and threatening to ransom their data is not really a lucrative income stream - it's going to be published anyway!
Oh, and through cooperation of the FBI and Interpol, AFAIR, they arrested the guys.
The best part: it got me a 6 week sojourn to McMurdo and South Pole, the closest I'll ever get to space travel (speaking in terms of hostile environments where only few people have ever gone). Those memories will stick with me for life, so, mulțumesc, baieti!
Spent a fun couple of hours watching those guys in action. There's also a few that actually speak Hindi and throw some choice words at them once they manage to wipe their machines. Apparently a lot of those scammers have never heard of backups.
That said, one of those vids led to some interesting comments from Indians: apparently this scum has no hesitation to scam their own citizens, many who can afford it even less. The rewards are mind-boggling, where even the underlings live in luxury by local standards (and the bosses even by Western standards). But they bribe police and local politicians (of those aren't part of the scammer org in the first place) and are nearly untouchable.
Apologies for the over-used, tiresome meme, but I actually mean it in the sense that I'm curious: these are still labelled GPUs, but are they actually still usable as graphical processors or have they now become so specialised that despite their name there isn't much 'G' in there, it's all CUDA and AI/ML and TensorFlow and what-not?
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