Pinned toot

Hello new folks! 👋 Since everyone is doing it, I'll post another . I am relatively new to Mastodon myself, but I've found a community here that is welcoming, tolerant and friendly. Hope you'll have the same experience.

I toot about , and general related topics.

I regularly look through the tag for new people with similar interests, but if I miss you, give me a follow or send me a message, and I'll follow you back. 🙂

Finished watching season 4—the final one—of Mr Robot yesterday (after re-watching seasons 1-3 from the beginning) and I think it may be the best TV series I've ever seen. (Don't worry; no spoilers follow.)

The last season is quite different from the previous ones but allows you to connect with the characters in a whole new way. And the conclusion to the whole saga is so beautiful and encouraging especially in the times we currently find ourselves in

Many thanks to everyone that took part in our music habits survey a couple of weeks ago. :teal_heart: In the end, we had 119 participants! Here are some of the more interesting results :blobcat:

I'm conducting a short survey on the people's habits and how these may be affected by the weather (along with other students as part of a project). Would appreciate if you could spare 5 minutes to complete it 😁

bit.ly/music-habits-survey

Is the old advice that you cannot trust that an email originates from the sender address shown by your email client still true? Surely with SPF and DKIM, for the most part, this is no longer the case? At least anecdotally, it seems GMail and Outlook will move messages that fail authentication checks to spam and show a warning

In case you haven’t seen this yet, you can get lifetime Shodan membership for just $1. The promo is still running for the next 10 hours. shodan.io/store/member

hey fedizens (and especially niusers)! i built something!

it's a tool that can open a mastodon export archive and show you all of your toots and favorites (if they're available). it's still not perfect and needs substantial improvements, but i decided to publish it now, as niusers were asking questions about how to view export.

purr.neocities.org

also i'll post updates at @meowViewer (report bugs there if you encounter them!). please boost! :boost_ok:

I know many on the fediverse are concerned with privacy, demanding that their activities not be collected. The 9th circuit court in the US recently ruled that it’s not a crime to scrape web sites, even if the terms of use for a site prohibit it.
Also, it’s recently come to light that twitter employees abused their access to help foreign governments.

The fediverse is small and “nichey”, but we should be cognizant that our activity is most likely being collect and analyzed for various purposes.

The psychometric tests employers love to use in hiring strike me as... problematic. I wonder how many of them are actually backed by rigorous research because it often seems like the conclusions drawn are plucked out of thin air.

Of course, even if they do accurately measure a candidate's personality (a big if), it is unclear whether that can be used to determine their suitability for the role and organization.

While it seems Google has let you turn off history (for search, location, YouTube, etc) entirely for a while now, they are now providing a middle-ground option: keep history for recommendations but auto-delete after 3 months or 18 months. You can check your settings here: myactivity.google.com/more-act

How is it possible that Outlook (for Mac) doesn't support the basic feature of email aliases?!

Wrote the Security+ exam this morning. Passed (but only barely)! Word to wise: “entry level” doesn’t necessarily mean “not difficult”; the exam is more challenging than you might think.

There were many questions that were deliberately vague or had options that only had a loose connection to the question. The way one of the interactive “performance based” questions was structured made absolutely no sense (and I feel like I had pretty good grasp of the material for that one but idk).

Update: Chef has changed their mind: they won't be renewing their contracts with CBP/ICE after they expire and will be donating the proceeds from these contracts to some yet unnamed charities. blog.chef.io/2019/09/23/an-imp

Show thread

The reality is that this (mostly false) narrative of polarization actually begets more polarization. We need to stop identifying as “liberals” or “conservatives” (or whatever other group) but recognize that we are complex individuals with multifaceted views. The more we can see this complexity in ourselves, the more we are able to recognize the same in others

Show thread

This article gives me hope about the upcoming election in Canada and has lessons that can be applied regardless of where you live in the world

The TL;DR is that polarization in politics is—to a large degree—a lie. The (perhaps surprising) truth is that people on the opposite side of the aisle have more in common with you than you think. Even in the US, where everything has become a partisan issue, people overall agree on most issues

thewalrus.ca/democracy-is-cana

This story is nuts. Chef signed a $95k contract with ICE, did some shady shit to cover it up and when that didn’t work, published a blog post claiming they did nothing wrong

theregister.co.uk/2019/09/20/c

Firefox is getting a new privacy protection report that shows you how much ick it has blocked over the last week. I /think/ it should ship as part of FF70 which comes out on 22 Oct. Also, it looks like the new logo is part of this release as well ✨

If you're going to make me lease a gateway/modem, don't give me a piece of shit

And also, at minimum, IT SHOULD NOT START ON FIRE

Show thread
Show more
Infosec Exchange

A Mastodon instance for info/cyber security-minded people.