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Interesting: you can fingerprint people based on their browser extensions, and LinkedIn has been doing so for years #privacy

This is not a joke. This was an actual progress bar on a web site I use. Microsoft has nothing on these folks. :)

I just disabled on my email server. I'm not sure that it detects anything of value, but it uses half the instance's RAM trying. I suspect the RAM-to-value ratio is not good enough.

If you're in and you're in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa, there's a great award to recognise an outstanding contributor: the ISLA (Information Security Leadership Award). Nominations close in 2 weeks:

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It's 2019.

We're now exactly halfway between y2k and the 32-bit Unix time overflow.

OMFG! I suck. I just did a classic rookie move. Terminated an EC2 instance that was precious. Checked Lifecycle Manager and it wasn't making backups. I feel like such a fool. Embarassing.

I have a love/hate relationship with Firefox's new TRR (trusted resolver) feature that does it's own DNS. (Link here:

At home, on my WiFi, I've got awesome control and I really DON'T want Firefox to subvert it. Everywhere else, I love the TRR feature.

Sadly, the folks at Nextcloud don’t understand that owning your data and owning your infrastructure are not the same thing. I love the software and have done for a long time. But they consistently contend (needlessly) that you don’t own your data unless you own the hardware storing it. That’s patently absurd and silly.

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I recommend iRedMail to people who want to self-host their email. It handles lots and lots of stuff. DKIM, mailing lists, database-backed addresses and domains, etc. But don’t kid yourself. It’s hard. So many things to manage:
• spam filtering
• email scanning/virus scanning
• a database server
• inbox protocols (e.g. imap and exchange)
• web mail (with a web server)
• TLS (maintaining the certificate and integrating it with all the various services)
• OS-level maintenance/backup, etc.


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We might help these refugees feel more welcome by leveraging the psychology. Comment, boost their stuff for a few weeks, so that the dopamine levels don't drop as low. After a while, ease off and condition them to the calmer way of Mastodon/Pleroma.

This way, their brain might tell them "This is more fun than XYZ" and start recommending!

I disable location services most of the time and disable background app execution all the time. Is it any wonder why?

Someone actually modified our internal ticketing system to offer the option of seeing random cats or dogs instead of staff members' employee photos. It's awesome.

Oh, man. The 2000s called and they want their integer overflow bugs back.

"unprivileged users with UID > INT_MAX can successfully execute any systemctl command"

When—in 2018—I find a CV written in , I think "here's a geek." Only a PhD considers doing a commercial CV in LaTeX.

I have to admit, once I got and running in my account, I just had to Log All The Things. Got some great ability to analyse out of it.

I’ll be honest: the value prop on CloudWatch is really poor. I was spending more per day on it that to run just an ELK instance sufficient to my needs. But I can also see the slippery slope. Once you get a bit of facility with Kibana you want to Log All The Things! And that gets expensive

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