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General Discussion / Re: Internet Security Fails (or "Someone knows my password!")
« Last post by MrBogosity on December 11, 2017, 10:44:45 AM »
Long shot, but: look at the certificate and make sure it's signed by Google's root authority.
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General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« Last post by evensgrey on December 11, 2017, 09:58:22 AM »
Since we're close to the 40th anniversary of it as I write this, here's a little something Carl Sagan did before Cosmos:


And shame on the Royal Institution for, as far as I can tell, not having these on their own channel, AND not having playlists for the Christmas Lectures series that they do have up on their own channel.
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The Podcast / Podcast for 10 December 2017
« Last post by MrBogosity on December 10, 2017, 05:59:59 PM »


News of the Bogus:
11:08 - Biggest Bogon Emitter: Epic Games, Inc. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171127/14360838686/epic-sues-14-year-old-it-accuses-cheating-videogames-after-he-counternotices-dmca-his-youtube-video.shtml

14:57 - Idiot Extraordinaire: UK Politicians https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/12/05/politicians-boast-about-sharing-passwords-bask-in-blissful-ignorance/

This Week's Quote: "The strange American ardor for passing laws, the insane belief in regulation and punishment, plays into the hands of the reformers, most of them quacks themselves. Their efforts, even when honest, seldom accomplish any appreciable good."

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General Discussion / Re: Internet Security Fails (or "Someone knows my password!")
« Last post by Altimadark on December 08, 2017, 08:48:33 PM »
I'll go ahead and try another malware scanner, but that aside...

Phishing seems highly improbable; I've used the secondary email for all of two things: picarto and linking it to my primary gmail account (which didn't report any such problem). And the only times I so much as glanced at the password were when I had LastPass rangen it and its replacement.
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General Discussion / Re: Internet Security Fails (or "Someone knows my password!")
« Last post by MrBogosity on December 08, 2017, 07:04:57 PM »
Phishing? Did you click on any links and then type in the email? Scanned your computer for malware or keyloggers?
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General Discussion / Internet Security Fails (or "Someone knows my password!")
« Last post by Altimadark on December 07, 2017, 11:49:29 AM »
Yesterday I got a notice from Google that someone had discovered my password for my secondary email, and tried to use it to log in. Thankfully, Google denied them as they were trying to log in with an unfamiliar/unverified device.

The password was randomly generated and saved via Last Pass, and the email address itself is less than two months old (as of this post) so needless to say, I'm a bit surprised by all of this. I've already changed the password, but I'm wondering what else, if anything, I could do to prevent this in the future. Any idea how anyone even could have gotten it?
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Article: "Barrier windows in Philly beer delis: Symbols of safety or distrust?"

From the article, "[Cindy Bass] has proposed legislation that would force beer deli owners to remove thick plexiglass counter windows," claiming that 1) said windows are a symbol of distrust (suggesting the clientele is dangerous) and 2) too many of these establishments are merely "masquerading" as delis when their main source of income is alcohol.

I mean, I like to joke that politics makes people stupid, but my goodness -- it took me about two seconds to see the flaws in Bass's logic.

I don't go to bars and I can come up with a more mundane guess: you don't want the patrons to smash windows too easily...
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General Discussion / Re: vid.me packs it in
« Last post by evensgrey on December 05, 2017, 10:06:50 AM »
Well, starting about 3 1/2 years ago...







It seems, BTW, that the second attempt at the pilot installation in Sand Point actually went considerably worse than the first.  The first was delivered with ALL panels broken (none produced any electricity, and about 2/3 of them did nothing at all, and the LEDs on the remaining panels gradually failed).  This may have had something to do with the panels having been hastily made over the course of a couple of weeks with untried methods and/or equipment when they suddenly realized they were supposed to install it in the near future, and there being no real attempt to keep water out of the installation, and it being installed into pooled water.  However, the second try went rather worse.  While all panels lit up this time, about a third of them gradually failed, then the installation CAUGHT FIRE.  This may have to do with it again not being weather-tight, but also they apparently used ordinary consumer-grade extension cords internally, despite this thing producing much higher currents at much smaller voltages than these are rated for.

Apparently, the THIRD try actually works.  And produces 55% of the output per unit area of a sanely designed and properly installed ROOFTOP installation, just like the similar prototype installation in the Netherlands does.  And the only firm cost estimate is for the French system, which is 6 times the cost of rooftop solar.  So, six times the cost, half the output, IF IT WORKS.  (Result:  It cannot pay the extra cost over using proper pavement.)  That's not dealing with the problems of paving a road with GLASS TILES glued down to extremely brittle silicon wafers.

This foolishness has been kicking around since at least 2009 when it was in Wired, and all the way back then they were talking about needing to spend $50 million to determine if there was a material that would make this physically possible.  This rather important phase of the research has not been done.  In fact, one of the characteristics of this outfit is a general lack of numbers, and using numbers deceptively when they do have them.
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Article: "Barrier windows in Philly beer delis: Symbols of safety or distrust?"

From the article, "[Cindy Bass] has proposed legislation that would force beer deli owners to remove thick plexiglass counter windows," claiming that 1) said windows are a symbol of distrust (suggesting the clientele is dangerous) and 2) too many of these establishments are merely "masquerading" as delis when their main source of income is alcohol.

I mean, I like to joke that politics makes people stupid, but my goodness -- it took me about two seconds to see the flaws in Bass's logic.
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General Discussion / Re: vid.me packs it in
« Last post by MrBogosity on December 04, 2017, 07:53:59 PM »
Why don't I like this guy? I don't recognize him.
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