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  • @pmoncho said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

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    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Facebook ad campaign helped Donald Trump win election, claims executive

    A Facebook executive has claimed the company was "responsible" for Donald Trump being elected as US president.
    Andrew Bosworth, a close friend of the firm's chief Mark Zuckerberg, made the remark in an internal memo last week. Mr Bosworth said Mr Trump was not elected because of "misinformation", but "because he ran the single best digital ad campaign I've ever seen from any advertiser. Period". The memo was leaked to The New York Times before he made it public. Mr Bosworth's note discussed many of Facebook's high-profile scandals, including alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mr Bosworth told staff that it was not foreign interference that helped Mr Trump get elected, but his well-planned campaign.

    Hmmmm... I thought voters were responsible for politicians becoming elected. Who knew??

    Your attempt a sarcasm highlights how stupid most people actually are. You might know the reality, but so many people think this is true when it has never been true for Presidential elections.

    For other offices, those are majority elected for the most part.

    Yeah, I know the reality. Just like @RojoLoco stated, the EC takes care of the process and the delegates can cast their vote for anyone they like. Although, in such situations, a delegate who went against the populist vote under there jurisdiction can be replaced directly on the floor after placing their vote.

    So many darn rules to be manipulated.....

    Problem is, their replacement also plays the self-serving political game, so there is literally no hope of the next person being any different. Thanks a bunch, founding fathers, your blueprint for a new nation really worked out well for you and nobody else.



  • Does this have anything to do with Tech News? Can we put a fork in it?



  • @RojoLoco said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @pmoncho said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @JaredBusch said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @pmoncho said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Facebook ad campaign helped Donald Trump win election, claims executive

    A Facebook executive has claimed the company was "responsible" for Donald Trump being elected as US president.
    Andrew Bosworth, a close friend of the firm's chief Mark Zuckerberg, made the remark in an internal memo last week. Mr Bosworth said Mr Trump was not elected because of "misinformation", but "because he ran the single best digital ad campaign I've ever seen from any advertiser. Period". The memo was leaked to The New York Times before he made it public. Mr Bosworth's note discussed many of Facebook's high-profile scandals, including alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mr Bosworth told staff that it was not foreign interference that helped Mr Trump get elected, but his well-planned campaign.

    Hmmmm... I thought voters were responsible for politicians becoming elected. Who knew??

    Your attempt a sarcasm highlights how stupid most people actually are. You might know the reality, but so many people think this is true when it has never been true for Presidential elections.

    For other offices, those are majority elected for the most part.

    Yeah, I know the reality. Just like @RojoLoco stated, the EC takes care of the process and the delegates can cast their vote for anyone they like. Although, in such situations, a delegate who went against the populist vote under there jurisdiction can be replaced directly on the floor after placing their vote.

    So many darn rules to be manipulated.....

    Problem is, their replacement also plays the self-serving political game, so there is literally no hope of the next person being any different. Thanks a bunch, founding fathers, your blueprint for a new nation really worked out well for you and nobody else.

    You are correct on the "Next, step right up!"

    Overall, I think the founding fathers did alright job considering the circumstances. Sometimes, its not the setup but the players.

    With the current setup, the EC is a decent equalizer. Make sure a single "group think" in isolated parts of the country cannot overtake the rest.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

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    @Kelly said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

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    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Facebook ad campaign helped Donald Trump win election, claims executive

    A Facebook executive has claimed the company was "responsible" for Donald Trump being elected as US president.
    Andrew Bosworth, a close friend of the firm's chief Mark Zuckerberg, made the remark in an internal memo last week. Mr Bosworth said Mr Trump was not elected because of "misinformation", but "because he ran the single best digital ad campaign I've ever seen from any advertiser. Period". The memo was leaked to The New York Times before he made it public. Mr Bosworth's note discussed many of Facebook's high-profile scandals, including alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mr Bosworth told staff that it was not foreign interference that helped Mr Trump get elected, but his well-planned campaign.

    Hmmmm... I thought voters were responsible for politicians becoming elected. Who knew??

    Nope, your vote means nothing because of the electoral college.

    That isn't 100% true. 29 states require that the elector vote for the candidate of the party they were selected to represent and (to varying degrees) do not have an option to change from that. https://www.nass.org/node/131.

    the electors are still loose cannons able to do whatever they want.

    Just like cops and all politicians.

    Right, it's a completely dangerous component that should not exist. It's like a dying man with a noose around his neck. He's dying anyway, that's the problem. The noose is an additional risk, though.

    Everyone is dying. . . it just might take some of us 90 years to do it. Whereas if you have the noose it might take 15 seconds. . .



  • SHA1 is dead

    Who is honestly using SHA1



  • @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    [SHA1 is dead[(https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/01/pgp-keys-software-security-and-much-more-threatened-by-new-sha1-exploit/)

    Who is honestly using SHA1

    Tons of people...

    "Git, the world's most widely used system for managing software development among multiple people, still relies on SHA1 to ensure data integrity. And many non-Web applications that rely on HTTPS encryption still accept SHA1 certificates. SHA1 is also still allowed for in-protocol signatures in the Transport Layer Security and Secure Shell protocols."



  • Amazon Ring workers fired for accessing user video

    The Amazon-owned company Ring, which makes home-security devices, has admitted firing four employees for accessing users' videos.
    It was revealed in a letter sent to US senators, in response to questions about the company's security practices. In each case, the employees were authorised to view videos but access "exceeded what was necessary for their job functions". Ring faces questions about the security and privacy of its devices. In November, five Democratic senators sent a letter to Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos with a range of questions about security, including why employees in Ring's Ukrainian office, where it conducts research and development, had access to customer video data.



  • https://www.darkreading.com/cloud/aws-issues-urgent-warning-for-database-users-to-update-certs/d/d-id/1336766
    AWS Issues 'Urgent' Warning for Database Users to Update Certs
    *Users of AWS Aurora, DocumentDB, and RDS databases must download and install a fresh certificate and rotate the certificate authority.

    Amazon Web Services has issued an "important" warning to users of its Amazon Aurora, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), and Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) databases, urging them to update their certificates by January 14, 2020.*



  • @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    SHA1 is dead

    Who is honestly using SHA1

    What do we need to use instead? AES?



  • @hobbit666 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    SHA1 is dead

    Who is honestly using SHA1

    What do we need to use instead? AES?

    AES, SHA256 or literally anything else that is modern. SHA1 is old and dead like windows 2000.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @hobbit666 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    SHA1 is dead

    Who is honestly using SHA1

    What do we need to use instead? AES?

    AES, SHA256 or literally anything else that is modern. SHA1 is old and dead like windows 2000.

    XTS-AES 128 is all you need.



  • CES 2020: Segway’s prototype wheelchair crashes at tech show

    Segway's prototype wheelchair crashed during a demonstration at the CES tech show.
    The S-Pod - a self-balancing electric wheelchair - was being tested by a journalist at the time. The rider had accelerated the vehicle before accidently crashing into a wall. Its maximum speed is 24mph (38km/h). The company said no one was injured. The crash made the S-Pod unavailable for further demos, but analysts say the company should not face lasting damage. "In no way is a [malfunction] a total loss. It is still a sign to the public that the company is close to the finished product," said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research. The S-Pod is designed to be driven in enclosed spaces such as airports, theme parks and work campuses.



  • @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    CES 2020: Segway’s prototype wheelchair crashes at tech show

    Segway's prototype wheelchair crashed during a demonstration at the CES tech show.
    The S-Pod - a self-balancing electric wheelchair - was being tested by a journalist at the time. The rider had accelerated the vehicle before accidently crashing into a wall. Its maximum speed is 24mph (38km/h). The company said no one was injured. The crash made the S-Pod unavailable for further demos, but analysts say the company should not face lasting damage. "In no way is a [malfunction] a total loss. It is still a sign to the public that the company is close to the finished product," said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research. The S-Pod is designed to be driven in enclosed spaces such as airports, theme parks and work campuses.

    Now we are 1 step closer to the vision of the future presented by the movie Wall-E.



  • @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    CES 2020: Segway’s prototype wheelchair crashes at tech show

    Segway's prototype wheelchair crashed during a demonstration at the CES tech show.
    The S-Pod - a self-balancing electric wheelchair - was being tested by a journalist at the time. The rider had accelerated the vehicle before accidently crashing into a wall. Its maximum speed is 24mph (38km/h). The company said no one was injured. The crash made the S-Pod unavailable for further demos, but analysts say the company should not face lasting damage. "In no way is a [malfunction] a total loss. It is still a sign to the public that the company is close to the finished product," said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research. The S-Pod is designed to be driven in enclosed spaces such as airports, theme parks and work campuses.

    So it works just like all of their other products. Smashing people into walls is like a hallmark of using those things.



  • Microsoft ends Windows 7 support: What should you do?

    Cyber-security experts are urging Windows 7 users to upgrade their operating system.
    Microsoft is going to stop supporting Windows 7 from Tuesday so that it can focus on "newer technologies". As a result, Windows 7 users will no longer receive the all-important security updates and patches that keep their machines safe. One in four Windows users is running Windows 7, according to statistics website StatCounter. It means that Microsoft is ending the cat-and-mouse game with hackers seeking to exploit software bugs in the Windows 7 operating system. If perpetrators find a flaw in Windows 7, Microsoft will not fix it. Without continued software and security updates, Windows 7 machines are more likely to be infected with viruses and malware, Microsoft wrote on its website.



  • Grindr and Twitter face 'out of control' complaint

    Dating app Grindr and a Twitter-owned advertising-tech firm have been accused of unlawfully sharing users' data.
    It is part of a wider investigation by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) into the "out of control" advertising industry and profiling of customers. Along with four other ad-tech companies, they face huge fines if found to be in breach of EU data laws. Grindr has yet to respond but Twitter said it had temporarily disabled the relevant account. "We are currently investigating this issue to understand the sufficiency of Grindr's consent mechanism. In the meantime, we have disabled Grindr's MoPub account," it told BBC News.



  • Trump launches fresh attack on Apple over privacy

    US President Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on Apple.
    He tweeted that the company was refusing to unlock iPhones "used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements". On Monday US Attorney General William Barr accused Apple of not being helpful in an inquiry into a shooting that is being treated as a terrorist act. It is the latest in a series of clashes between the White House and technology giants over access to data. Mr Trump accused Apple of refusing to co-operate with investigators despite his administration helping the company on trade and other issues.



  • @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Trump launches fresh attack on Apple over privacy

    US President Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on Apple.
    He tweeted that the company was refusing to unlock iPhones "used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements". On Monday US Attorney General William Barr accused Apple of not being helpful in an inquiry into a shooting that is being treated as a terrorist act. It is the latest in a series of clashes between the White House and technology giants over access to data. Mr Trump accused Apple of refusing to co-operate with investigators despite his administration helping the company on trade and other issues.

    Does anyone actually expect the President of the US or William Barr to understand how encryption works? Trump doesn't understand how umbrella's work. . .

    Youtube Video



  • @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Trump launches fresh attack on Apple over privacy

    US President Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on Apple.
    He tweeted that the company was refusing to unlock iPhones "used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements". On Monday US Attorney General William Barr accused Apple of not being helpful in an inquiry into a shooting that is being treated as a terrorist act. It is the latest in a series of clashes between the White House and technology giants over access to data. Mr Trump accused Apple of refusing to co-operate with investigators despite his administration helping the company on trade and other issues.

    Does anyone actually expect the President of the US or William Barr to understand how encryption works? Trump doesn't understand how umbrella's work. . .

    Youtube Video

    fail - lol - I was fully expecting to see him fail at trying to close it - in this case, he was simply lazy, or smart enough to know he doesn't know how to close it - and therefore instead of looking a fool, it was better to simply look lazy.



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Trump launches fresh attack on Apple over privacy

    US President Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on Apple.
    He tweeted that the company was refusing to unlock iPhones "used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements". On Monday US Attorney General William Barr accused Apple of not being helpful in an inquiry into a shooting that is being treated as a terrorist act. It is the latest in a series of clashes between the White House and technology giants over access to data. Mr Trump accused Apple of refusing to co-operate with investigators despite his administration helping the company on trade and other issues.

    Does anyone actually expect the President of the US or William Barr to understand how encryption works? Trump doesn't understand how umbrella's work. . .

    Youtube Video

    fail - lol - I was fully expecting to see him fail at trying to close it - in this case, he was simply lazy, or smart enough to know he doesn't know how to close it - and therefore instead of looking a fool, it was better to simply look lazy.

    That would be one thing if he acted like a boss and just dropped it and kept on walking, instead he stands there holding onto it for a bit too long like "Should I really just leave this here as I have no clue how it works?"



  • Did anyone else notice the little hand-rail tapping thing he did there as he was walking up the stairs too. What was that about?



  • @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Did anyone else notice the little hand-rail tapping thing he did there as he was walking up the stairs too. What was that about?

    singing hail to the chief to himself..



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Did anyone else notice the little hand-rail tapping thing he did there as he was walking up the stairs too. What was that about?

    singing hail to the chief to himself..

    haha



  • Turkey's Wikipedia ban ends after almost three years

    Turkey is restoring access to Wikipedia after a ban that lasted almost three years.
    The country's Constitutional Court ruled that the ban violated freedom of expression, the pro-government newspaper Milliyet reported. The online encyclopaedia was blocked in Turkey in April 2017, after it refused to delete articles critical of the country's government. The ban lasted 991 days, said internet-monitoring organisation NetBlocks.org.The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the service, had refused to remove articles that said Turkey's government had cooperated with the so-called Islamic State (IS) group and al-Qaeda in Syria.









  • @Obsolesce said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Patch your WordPress sites, now!

    It says it is a plugin. I know it said 80K sites have it, but it isn't installed by default, right?



  • @wrx7m said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Obsolesce said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Patch your WordPress sites, now!

    It says it is a plugin. I know it said 80K sites have it, but it isn't installed by default, right?

    Correct.



  • @JaredBusch said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @wrx7m said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Obsolesce said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Patch your WordPress sites, now!

    It says it is a plugin. I know it said 80K sites have it, but it isn't installed by default, right?

    Correct.

    Cool. thanks for confirming.


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