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  • @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @travisdh1 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    The two are the same thing. He's to much of a control freak to run a company larger than he can control everything at. Gibson Research Corporation consists of less than 5 people (I don't remember the exact count.)

    That really means nothing good. Two main things...

    1. Control Freak doesn't make someone good at anything, it makes one unable to scale.
    2. No amount of your perception of him as being a bad businessman or manager really means that the code of his people reflects his ability to code, that's a misconception of coding.

    So basically, we have no reason to feel he is good or bad at programming, and likely no reason to believe that he is or isn't actively programming. Basically we know nothing about the situation, just like any normal programmer, and shouldn't assign him great credit purely based on being famous.

    I'll grant you that I went back and edited a previous post... I have looked at his code, and his code is good. I agree that everything else he has done is all trading on being well known, I'd argue it's well short of being famous tho.



  • @travisdh1 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @travisdh1 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @travisdh1 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @dafyre said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Hackers breach Quora.com and steal password data for 100 million users

    Other stolen personal data includes names, email addresses, and direct messages.

    Brace yourself for yet another massive data breach. Quora.com, a site where people ask and answer questions on a range of topics, said hackers breached its computer network and accessed a variety of potentially sensitive personal data for about 100 million users.

    Man - we really need to move to a system that doesn't require websites to have any private data on them, or at least very little.

    I really hope SQRL takes hold - getting rid of at least the password would be a great start.

    I've heard of SQRL before. It's an interesting concept if nothing else...
    https://www.grc.com/sqrl/sqrl.htm has a good explanation of it.

    Steve Gibson has been working on it for I don't know how many years now. While he's not the greatest person to take security advice from, he's an excellent programmer with a large support base which should eventually release a great tool in SQRL.

    Purely out of curiosity, what makes us feel he is a great programmer? That's pretty hard to judge even when a programmer works for you, let alone from the outside. Have you been to his website? Doesn't give a "real programmer" feel to it.

    He's had lots of code freely available for longer than I can remember, go review it.

    Did YOU review it? If not, what's the basis for the claim?

    Some of it, yes. Been years ago now, when I actually knew enough about assembly to know what I was doing.

    And you are sure it's his, not his company's?

    The two are the same thing. He's to much of a control freak to run a company larger than he can control everything at. Gibson Research Corporation consists of less than 5 people (I don't remember the exact count.)

    I think today it's 3 - Steve and two people who handle support for SpinRite (mostly through email). I'm also guessing these two are likely part time.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @travisdh1 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    The two are the same thing. He's to much of a control freak to run a company larger than he can control everything at. Gibson Research Corporation consists of less than 5 people (I don't remember the exact count.)

    That really means nothing good. Two main things...

    1. Control Freak doesn't make someone good at anything, it makes one unable to scale.
    2. No amount of your perception of him as being a bad businessman or manager really means that the code of his people reflects his ability to code, that's a misconception of coding.

    So basically, we have no reason to feel he is good or bad at programming, and likely no reason to believe that he is or isn't actively programming. Basically we know nothing about the situation, just like any normal programmer, and shouldn't assign him great credit purely based on being famous.

    I can't comment on how good or bad he is at programming - though I've had zero issues with any of his utilities.
    His website - yep, he sucks at web design, and doesn't care enough to hire someone to make something nice. That said - so many sites today I think are just shit - so much crap out there in WP-land.

    As for - does he program - well, he claims he's the one doing in on his show, so assuming he's not lieing, we have that.



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    That said - so many sites today I think are just shit - so much crap out there in WP-land.
    .

    You aren't seriously comparing random WP sites to that, though. C'mon, it's ridiculous. Not casual "I just used a WP template" ridiculous, it's astoundingly bad. To the point, I'm not convinced he's in business. I think, from looking at the products on the site, that he gave up years ago on the company and just does podcasts and stuff.



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    As for - does he program - well, he claims he's the one doing in on his show, so assuming he's not lieing, we have that.

    I'm not looking for more than that. But needed at least him to have stated that he programs, rather than it being purely an assumption.

    So many people call Steve Jobs a great programmer - but he never claimed to be and didn't have the first clue how to program.





  • @dafyre said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Hackers breach Quora.com and steal password data for 100 million users

    Other stolen personal data includes names, email addresses, and direct messages.

    Brace yourself for yet another massive data breach. Quora.com, a site where people ask and answer questions on a range of topics, said hackers breached its computer network and accessed a variety of potentially sensitive personal data for about 100 million users.

    Man - we really need to move to a system that doesn't require websites to have any private data on them, or at least very little.

    I really hope SQRL takes hold - getting rid of at least the password would be a great start.

    I've heard of SQRL before. It's an interesting concept if nothing else...
    https://www.grc.com/sqrl/sqrl.htm has a good explanation of it.

    The idea is awesome - but does have one huge drawback - making the end user ultimately responsible for their credentials. i.e. if you lose the top most key in the chain (think of it like a root CA's top most private key) then that identity is also lost.

    From the tidbits he's talked about on the show - it seems like SRQL will make an original key - that will be used to make a child key, the original key will be printed/written down/etc, then deleted from the device.

    In the case where you lose control of your child key, you use the original key to make a new child key, and because they share the same parent key, previously authenticated sites can follow the chain and setup the new public key for you at their site based on the new child key.

    And on and on and on...

    Steve's biggest issue in my opinion (with regards to SQRL) is that he's not releasing it until he thinks it's perfect - that whole 'first impression' thing. I guess I can see that a bit, I guess only time will tell if that was worth waiting for.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    That said - so many sites today I think are just shit - so much crap out there in WP-land.
    .

    You aren't seriously comparing random WP sites to that, though. C'mon, it's ridiculous. Not casual "I just used a WP template" ridiculous, it's astoundingly bad. To the point, I'm not convinced he's in business. I think, from looking at the products on the site, that he gave up years ago on the company and just does podcasts and stuff.

    I think he stopped caring what the site looked like back in the 90's sure. I think nothing more than that. Frankly - I am surprised that Leo, his cohost, hasn't said something about the old style of the site.

    Steve also hates JavaScript (is that the write way to type that?) His current site is done in all CSS, which he believes (or at least did in the past) was more secure and safe for end users. JavaScript itself isn't unsafe - it's just so fraking powerful, etc, etc... so don't read to much into my comment here - it's mostly my interpretation, and I leave plenty of room to not be representing him correctly.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    As for - does he program - well, he claims he's the one doing in on his show, so assuming he's not lieing, we have that.

    I'm not looking for more than that. But needed at least him to have stated that he programs, rather than it being purely an assumption.

    So many people call Steve Jobs a great programmer - but he never claimed to be and didn't have the first clue how to program.

    Awww - yeah, Steve Gibson claims to be coding regularly, specifically on SQRL - and eventually on SpinRite again.



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    The idea is awesome - but does have one huge drawback - making the end user ultimately responsible for their credentials. i.e. if you lose the top most key in the chain (think of it like a root CA's top most private key) then that identity is also lost.

    I will have to 100% agree with you here. We all know users are wonderful about backing things up and keeping them in secure places, right?



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Steve's biggest issue in my opinion (with regards to SQRL) is that he's not releasing it until he thinks it's perfect - that whole 'first impression' thing. I guess I can see that a bit, I guess only time will tell if that was worth waiting for.

    There are some test implementations out there. I checked the Play store and there's a couple of SQRL apps that supposedly will work in that manner.

    I think eventually, it's a good way to go. For IT folks -- or users that are comfortable with making good backups and keeping important things securely, it has potential now, if it would get some adoption behind it.





  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 is official, coming to Android flagships in 2019

    Qualcomm is promising a 45-percent faster CPU and a 20-percent faster GPU.

    Qualcomm has announced its flagship System on a Chip (SoC) for 2019: the Snapdragon 855. As Qualcomm has basically no competition at the high-end SoC market—especially in the US—the Snapdragon 855 will be headed to almost every flagship Android phone that ships in 2019. Compared to 2018's chip, the Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm is promising a 45-percent faster CPU, a 20-percent faster GPU, and a platform that will usher in the era of 5G connectivity.

    So how is the Snapdragon 855 different from its predecessor, the Snapdragon 845? First, we're getting smaller transistors. The Snapdragon 845 was built on Samsung's 10nm semiconductor manufacturing process, but the 855 is moving to TSMC's 7nm process. A smaller manufacturing process comes with the benefit of lower power consumption and smaller chips, and the 7nm node puts the Snapdragon 855 on par with Apple, which shipped the 7nm A12 Bionic SoC in the iPhone XS earlier this year.

    The Snapdragon 845 CPU was branded "Kryo 385" and had four 2.7Ghz Cortex A75-based cores and four 1.8GHz Cortex A55-based cores. These two CPU clusters split the CPU into "big" and "little" workloads, where four bigger, more power-hungry cores handled heavier processing duties like foreground apps (the A75 cores) and four slower, lower-power cores handled background tasks and idle processing (the A55 cores).

    The Snapdragon 855 is still kind of built with this 4+4 core layout, but now one of the big cores has a boosted clock rate. So the new Snapdragon 855 CPU is branded "Kryo 485" and changes to four newer Cortex A76-based cores for the "big" cluster, with three cores clocked at 2.42GHz and one clocked at 2.84GHz. Qualcomm is calling this boosted core the "Prime Core." The smaller core cluster uses the same four 1.8GHz Cortex A55-based cores as the older chip.





  • @black3dynamite said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/12/microsoft-edge-for-linux-possible

    Yeah, but Edge is Chrome now. And there is already Chrome for Linux. So... whatevs.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @black3dynamite said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/12/microsoft-edge-for-linux-possible

    Yeah, but Edge is Chrome now. And there is already Chrome for Linux. So... whatevs.

    Well the same could be said for any of the Chromium offshoots - if you like something other than Google Chrome, it's still worthwhile.

    The main thing Edge's version could have over Chrome is much less tracking.



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    The main thing Edge's version could have over Chrome is much less tracking.

    What proof do you have that Edge is doing any less tracking?



  • @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    The main thing Edge's version could have over Chrome is much less tracking.

    What proof do you have that Edge is doing any less tracking?

    I said 'could' - and what proof do you have the aren't?

    MS isn't an advertising company - sure they are tracking things, but I tend to believe that it's more for their own use on their products - but of course seeing the state of the products and the lack of overall improvement - that seems to be hard to believe. so /meh

    And besides, it's pretty hard to compete with how hard Google is tracking you.



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    I said 'could' - and what proof do you have the aren't?

    I don't need to present proof, the proof is right on the setup screen for their opt-in tracking and Cortana functions.

    MS isn't an advertising company - sure they are tracking things, but I tend to believe that it's more for their own use on their products - but of course seeing the state of the products and the lack of overall improvement - that seems to be hard to believe. so /meh

    And besides, it's pretty hard to compete with how hard Google is tracking you.

    It's not hard to compete with Google, when you're using their tools!

    Edit: Microsoft certainly is getting into the Advertising space, have you not ever looked at their opt-in screen?

    https://goo.gl/images/J6fCd9



  • @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    I said 'could' - and what proof do you have the aren't?

    I don't need to present proof, the proof is right on the setup screen for their opt-in tracking and Cortana functions.

    MS isn't an advertising company - sure they are tracking things, but I tend to believe that it's more for their own use on their products - but of course seeing the state of the products and the lack of overall improvement - that seems to be hard to believe. so /meh

    And besides, it's pretty hard to compete with how hard Google is tracking you.

    It's not hard to compete with Google, when you're using their tools!

    Edit: Microsoft certainly is getting into the Advertising space, have you not ever looked at their opt-in screen?

    https://goo.gl/images/J6fCd9

    Yeah they do advertising... I use them on my website - media.net, and it's actually quite nice. I like it way more than Google advertising.



  • @Obsolesce said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    I said 'could' - and what proof do you have the aren't?

    I don't need to present proof, the proof is right on the setup screen for their opt-in tracking and Cortana functions.

    MS isn't an advertising company - sure they are tracking things, but I tend to believe that it's more for their own use on their products - but of course seeing the state of the products and the lack of overall improvement - that seems to be hard to believe. so /meh

    And besides, it's pretty hard to compete with how hard Google is tracking you.

    It's not hard to compete with Google, when you're using their tools!

    Edit: Microsoft certainly is getting into the Advertising space, have you not ever looked at their opt-in screen?

    https://goo.gl/images/J6fCd9

    Yeah they do advertising... I use them on my website - media.net, and it's actually quite nice. I like it way more than Google advertising.

    haha, you're entire website gets blocked by uBlock Origin. . . hahah



  • Unless I am mistaken (and that usually does happen a lot with me), Linux.org is down. Unsure as to why. Somebody in the Telegram forums said that the organization let the registration lapse and somebody else has exploited it and isn't doing anything with it yet.

    Can anybody find a headline on this yet?



  • @Obsolesce said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    I said 'could' - and what proof do you have the aren't?

    I don't need to present proof, the proof is right on the setup screen for their opt-in tracking and Cortana functions.

    MS isn't an advertising company - sure they are tracking things, but I tend to believe that it's more for their own use on their products - but of course seeing the state of the products and the lack of overall improvement - that seems to be hard to believe. so /meh

    And besides, it's pretty hard to compete with how hard Google is tracking you.

    It's not hard to compete with Google, when you're using their tools!

    Edit: Microsoft certainly is getting into the Advertising space, have you not ever looked at their opt-in screen?

    https://goo.gl/images/J6fCd9

    Yeah they do advertising... I use them on my website - media.net, and it's actually quite nice. I like it way more than Google advertising.

    is your site broken?

    552c5af7-db09-46f1-9d2a-034778bbac36-image.png

    It currently looks worse than GRC.com.



  • @NerdyDad said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Unless I am mistaken (and that usually does happen a lot with me), Linux.org is down. Unsure as to why. Somebody in the Telegram forums said that the organization let the registration lapse and somebody else has exploited it and isn't doing anything with it yet.

    Can anybody find a headline on this yet?

    It's redirecting me to a twitter page... Not as big as I thought. Linux.org is a fan run linux forum. kernel.org is the official site.



  • @NerdyDad said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Unless I am mistaken (and that usually does happen a lot with me), Linux.org is down. Unsure as to why. Somebody in the Telegram forums said that the organization let the registration lapse and somebody else has exploited it and isn't doing anything with it yet.

    Can anybody find a headline on this yet?

    It took me to a twitter feed.



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    The main thing Edge's version could have over Chrome is much less tracking.

    What proof do you have that Edge is doing any less tracking?

    I said 'could' - and what proof do you have the aren't?

    MS isn't an advertising company - sure they are tracking things, but I tend to believe that it's more for their own use on their products - but of course seeing the state of the products and the lack of overall improvement - that seems to be hard to believe. so /meh

    And besides, it's pretty hard to compete with how hard Google is tracking you.

    Define tracking? A lot of it is tracking on behalf of yourself... for example, if you want a notification of an upcoming appointment, Win10 will need access to your calendar. Or, if you want automatic tracking and notification of a package delivery, Cortana will need access to your email so it can automatically get, process, and track it for you. (it works, and is nice actually)

    Some of it isn't tracking YOU, but it's tracking your activity anonymously... for example, if you're going to get ads shown to you anyways, why not let them at least be relevant to your activity? It's all automated, it's not like someone is sitting outside in a bread truck interested in what you are doing, to use it against you later or whatever.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Obsolesce said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    I said 'could' - and what proof do you have the aren't?

    I don't need to present proof, the proof is right on the setup screen for their opt-in tracking and Cortana functions.

    MS isn't an advertising company - sure they are tracking things, but I tend to believe that it's more for their own use on their products - but of course seeing the state of the products and the lack of overall improvement - that seems to be hard to believe. so /meh

    And besides, it's pretty hard to compete with how hard Google is tracking you.

    It's not hard to compete with Google, when you're using their tools!

    Edit: Microsoft certainly is getting into the Advertising space, have you not ever looked at their opt-in screen?

    https://goo.gl/images/J6fCd9

    Yeah they do advertising... I use them on my website - media.net, and it's actually quite nice. I like it way more than Google advertising.

    haha, you're entire website gets blocked by uBlock Origin. . . hahah

    95% of my website traffic is from search engines, which shows a really good outline of the content. This gets people to click in because it shows exactly what they are looking for moreso than anywhere else. Adblockers simply block the ads, no issue there. If the whole website is being blocked because of ads, I'm willing to bet it's such a small percentage it has no bearing, and is probably not genuine traffic anyways.



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Obsolesce said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    I said 'could' - and what proof do you have the aren't?

    I don't need to present proof, the proof is right on the setup screen for their opt-in tracking and Cortana functions.

    MS isn't an advertising company - sure they are tracking things, but I tend to believe that it's more for their own use on their products - but of course seeing the state of the products and the lack of overall improvement - that seems to be hard to believe. so /meh

    And besides, it's pretty hard to compete with how hard Google is tracking you.

    It's not hard to compete with Google, when you're using their tools!

    Edit: Microsoft certainly is getting into the Advertising space, have you not ever looked at their opt-in screen?

    https://goo.gl/images/J6fCd9

    Yeah they do advertising... I use them on my website - media.net, and it's actually quite nice. I like it way more than Google advertising.

    is your site broken?

    552c5af7-db09-46f1-9d2a-034778bbac36-image.png

    It currently looks worse than GRC.com.

    That's not my site... I didn't mean it like that. I meant I use them (media.net) on my website (my blog).

    And no, media.net is not broken for me. Looks like whatever junk you're running is killing it.



  • @Obsolesce said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Some of it isn't tracking YOU, but it's tracking your activity anonymously... for example, if you're going to get ads shown to you anyways, why not let them at least be relevant to your activity? It's all automated, it's not like someone is sitting outside in a bread truck interested in what you are doing, to use it against you later or whatever.

    The complaint, as I understand it, is that it's frequently not that anonymous. While it might not have your exact name on it, it's you in all the ways that matter. And if someone really did want to associate it with your name, it likely wouldn't be that hard to do.

    Personally - I hate the personalized ad situation. I searched for Mitel PBX stuff a few years ago - then on every website I visited for the next week, the only thing I saw was the same 3 ads for different Mitel PBX providers. it was irksome.



  • @coliver said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @NerdyDad said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Unless I am mistaken (and that usually does happen a lot with me), Linux.org is down. Unsure as to why. Somebody in the Telegram forums said that the organization let the registration lapse and somebody else has exploited it and isn't doing anything with it yet.

    Can anybody find a headline on this yet?

    It's redirecting me to a twitter page... Not as big as I thought. Linux.org is a fan run linux forum. kernel.org is the official site.

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @NerdyDad said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Unless I am mistaken (and that usually does happen a lot with me), Linux.org is down. Unsure as to why. Somebody in the Telegram forums said that the organization let the registration lapse and somebody else has exploited it and isn't doing anything with it yet.

    Can anybody find a headline on this yet?

    It took me to a twitter feed.

    That twitter feed reminds me of TayBot. Yeah, it was just a fanboy forum site. I thought the Linux Foundation owned it as a way of spreading generalized information. Guess not.