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This is the single greatest triumph of technology over itself, boost if you agree.

COVID adjacent 

For years, I had pre-tax money put into a transit spending account that I used to pay for all my subway fares. When I went WFH full time for COVID, I canceled the transfers and started to spend down the remaining balance. It took a long time (I'm rarely on a subway these days) but I am down to my last $24. That's eight trips left.

Folks, update your phones too... they are succeptible to the sudo CVE too.

I live in blissful ignorance of r/wallstreetbets and I'm going to keep it that way.

Some people think the global seed repository is banking seeds for Mars. Please try again. It's to preserve biodiversity and reseed Earth.

Wow: North Korea targets security researchers via Twitter DMs, a compromised Visual Studio Project and 0-days in Chrome/Windows: blog.google/threat-analysis-gr

#infosec

Trying to normalize Mastodon in the mainstream social media discourse by screaming.

You don’t need a new phone to experience a new camera. Our 48MP rear camera and 16MP selfie camera for the #Fairphone 3 deliver better quality photos and videos, making it easy to enjoy higher quality images, while keeping your phone. 📱 💚 .

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After the death of G+ , I tried out some, then new, social media network called MeWe. Despite the twee name, I was hoping that it could be a decent replacement to Google's offering. After many months of use, I discovered some rather dubious Libertarian and worrisome aspects to this new service. I finally decided that the platform wasn't for me and made the jump to Mastodon and never looked back.

Gotta say, I am glad that I did.

npr.org/2021/01/22/958877682/f

Selfie, COVID Adjacent 

Been working in the PCMag offices today and yesterday. No one on the streets, few people on the subways, and the office totally empty except for myself.
It's spooky. My workplace is frozen in pre-COVID and all its things seem so removed from reality.

Malwarebytes is one of those companies that I don't work with often but has always been shockingly honest when I talk with them.

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Malwarebytes hacked by the SolarWinds guys.
zdnet.com/article/malwarebytes

>"After an extensive investigation, we determined the attacker only gained access to a limited subset of internal company emails," said today Marcin Kleczynski, Malwarebytes co-founder and current CEO.
>"Our internal systems showed no evidence of unauthorized access or compromise in any on-premises and production environments.
"Our software remains safe to use," Kleczynski added.

Tech note: Flash is officially dead, so 100% of the notifications you're seeing about "updating your flash player" should be avoided. They are all scams, malware, phishing expeditions or worse.

It's a reminder that even straight-forward seemingly apps, like messaging services, are far more complex and hard to talk about.

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