* Posts by deep_enigma

6 posts • joined 18 Jul 2019

Net neutrality lives... in Europe, anyway: Top court supports open internet rules, snubs telcos and ISPs

deep_enigma

"If I pay more, I SHOULD get better service. Right?"

Sure, because YOU have decided that you want this or that service to work better FOR YOU. The problem comes when it's the ISP and/or content provider who pays extra for priority, giving that specific content provider (or in many cases in the US, the content division of the ISP/telco) a "free" ride into YOUR home - and leaving you stuck with shoddy service from the content providers you DO have an account with, because despite paying your ISP for the top-tier multi-gigabit-symmetrical connection, they're prioritizing someone else's traffic leaving you no better off than if you switched to the entry-level tin-can-and-string 1.5Mbps DSL.

Firefox 72: Floating videos, blocking fingerprints, and defeating notification pop-ups

deep_enigma

Re: Nope ...

> which broke all many useful plugins for about 2 days permanently.

FTFY.

A History of (Computer) Violence: Wait. Before you whack it again, try caressing the mouse

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Re: The tine of a forklift wielded like a scalpel

"...in a packing crate suitable for international shipping being dropped off the fork lift... The rack itself was bent..."

Then it was not in a packing crate suitable for international shipping...

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

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Re: Interesting phrasing

(Fair disclosure - I work for a medium-sized Canadian ISP, and I have a couple of fingers in our DNS pie.)

"Your IP maybe dynamic but your ISP provides a hostname to that IP. That hostname is not dynamic, it's yours,"

Umm..... No. This is techically possible, but I'd be very surprised if many ISPs anywhere did this, and even more surprised if they're larger ones. Managing reverse DNS is turning into an arcane art, and all too many providers can't even get simple static names based on the IP right. Handling dynamic changes based on user logins requires more automation and processing to manage things, and it's easier to statically assign an IP to someone who wants a static connection for a server, and set the reverse DNS once, than to set up all that automation and provision the DNS platform to handle dynamic updates.

Anatomy of an attack: How Coinbase was targeted with emails booby-trapped with Firefox zero-days

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Re: Just an idea

I've seen (small(ish)) businesses that *printed their business cards* before registering the domain they wanted. Which they ended up having to change, because the domain they wanted was already registered and Not For Sale. I've seen others who managed to score the domain, but only as a "premium" domain for a ridiculous price. (Think $5-10K for a .com, of no obvious significant value. No idea if these continue to cost huge bucks on renewal.)

Never underestimate the ability of business to totally not get this Internet thingy.

For pity's sake, groans Mimecast, teach your workforce not to open obviously dodgy emails

deep_enigma

Re: Point of detail please....

Unfortunately, yes, depending on the specific phish it is possible that just opening the message is enough to cause trouble.

The problem is what I consider a design defect in most mail clients - the fact that they execute Javascript in the HTML part of the message. It's one of the very first things I do on the occasional new install of Thundebird or Seamonkey - go into the settings, and turn off Javascript support in the email handling. I can't imagine any valid use case for it - if anything really needs that degree of complexity, it should be hosted on a normal web site, and handled by a full web browser.

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