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Mike Macgirvin

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Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Because "Aussie gets pissed drinking and falls over" is such a boring and predictable headline.

Australian diplomat dies after falling from NYC balcony 'during trust game'

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Australian diplomat Julian Simpson has died after accidentally falling from his balcony in New York City while drinking with friends.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
OK, I'll bite. Why ferfluxsake does a vibrator contain a microphone and connects/syncs to your personal tracking device? A "minor software bug" and "no information or data is sent to our servers"? :facepalm  

Sex toy company admits it ‘secretly recorded intimate sessions’

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A sex toy company has admitted its vibrators have been secretly recording users' intimate sessions. Lovense blamed a "minor software bug" after users discovered its remote-controlled vibrator app was recording sound files and storing them on their phones. The issue first came to light in a post on Reddit.
Andrew Manning
  
The real question is whether you are supposed to drink ferflux sake warm or cold.
Marshall Sutherland
  
I think the phone app was recording the audio, not the vibrator. And it isn't clear if this is the case for this device, but I have heard of things where your app connects to your partner's app allowing you to control the device when you are away from each other. I guess that adds a whole new dimension to "phone sex".
h.ear.t | tobias
  
And that after the We-Vibe debakle?

Someone made a smart vibrator, so of course it got hacked

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The We-Vibe 4 Plus is a vibrator with a computer inside it – but hackers say it also phones home, telling its makers when it’s being used
Vibrator maker ordered to pay out C$4m for tracking users' sexual activity

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Canadian manufacturer We-Vibe collected data about temperature and vibration intensity, revealing intimate information without customers’ knowledge
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 


Flies Australia
by cyclingdutchgirl on Vimeo
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Maria Karlsen
  
How would this help? If I understand it right, you are supposed to upload photos that you've taken yourself. What about pictures taken - maybe secretly - by someone else? They won't have the same digital footprint...right?
Mike Macgirvin
  
The footprint isn't relevant. They're going to set a learning algorithm to recognise your body bits in the same way they can (already) pick your face out of a random stranger's photograph.

I'm just not convinced that we're being told the correct underlying reason for making this request and it can lead to some pretty awesome power. Imagine a politician snapped in bed with somebody but the face was obliterated or obscured. Facebook can tell you who it was. From a marketing viewpoint, they can present ads for swimming costumes using somebody who's a close match to your body style and avoid the "I'll never fit in and look good in something like that" response. They can also determine with a high degree of accuracy what colour or shade of hair you were born with (the areolas hold important clues). I see it as just a power grab for information they don't already have and probably shouldn't have. What do your private bits look like? If it is extended to men (and it probably will be), they can now trace all the anonymous dickpics and tick the 'circumcised' or "ooh, that's long" bits on their hidden advertising profile.

What's really scary is the number of people that will volunteer this information without question. We know the narcissists will. But so will hundreds of millions of other people just because "everybody else is doing it" ...
Maria Karlsen
  
Brrr.... That's one of those "I don't want to hear it because I don't want it to be true" moments.
Oliver
  
... add some tomato sauce ...
JRandal
  
When seeing something like this, I often think what could the original "Star Trek" series have been if they'd had today's computing power of a laptop.
Andrew Manning
  
That video makes me uncomfortable. I bet Stephen Hawking would like it.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
I sort of knew there was a piano involved - and they're leaning on the sustain pedal a bit. The decay over time of a guitar chord (even with two or three guitars) doesn't have nearly the same characteristics.

How mathematics revealed a Beatles secret

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It's probably the most famous chord in popular music — but for decades, no-one could figure out exactly how to play the opening chord of A Hard Day's Night.
Erik Lundin
  
That crucial chapter introduced Dr Brown to Fourier transforms: a mathematical technique that lets you take a signal, like a musical a chord, and break it down into its component parts.

I was surprised to hear that you can become a maths professor without knowing of the Fourier transform.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Notice how the description of "good design" involves authentication and access control.

Blockchains Considered Harmful: Is Brute-Force Processing Replacing Good Design?

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Emerging cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have reached market capitalizations in the billions of U.S. dollars and transactions volumes in the hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars per …
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
In case you missed or didn't watch the entire video first time around. This is getting old now, but it's still relevant.



NOTHING TO HIDE - The documentary about surveillance and you
by NOTHING TO HIDE - documentary on Vimeo
Klaus
 
An excellent documentary. But still having family member who is not convinced it is a real problem.
Waitman Gobble
  last edited: Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:37:13 +1100  
I've known cowboys who break into bank buildings to get Internet. Rent back-hoes and dig up public streets to get internet. I used to teach engineering stuff in the 1990's, a student who was employed by JPL told me that whatever I could imagine 'science fiction over-the-top' computer technology, take that crazy imagination times 100 and that's the technology they actually have, and it's all classified. There is nothing in any news channel about it. I believed him, and it's probably much 'worse' (or better?) now. :) I have thought at least since 2002 that the only true 'security' we would have is if everything was freely available, credit cards, bank accounts, etc. The value of the personal information would be zero. Like a futuristic utopia universe right? Then we can all just do yoga and peace out and shit. If they even want to watch me go take a pee, then whatever, have a go at it. Even zoom in on the gory details. lol. The problem is that some humans make their life goal to control people, and we really don't want these guys sitting in an office watching, pressing a red button and zapping people from space satellites.

So, I travel with multiple laptops. I have multiple cell phones from different countries, I use various VPN servers I've set up myself. I use multiple computers on a daily basis. I pay for four different ISP services. I use a couple of dozen email addresses and sign up for alot of news groups and love lots of SPAM. It's noise. I have at least 20 phone numbers and I never answer the phone unless I'm expecting the call. 'In my imagination' it would be probably a full time job for someone to keep up with me. I imagine I appear suspicious lol. But actually there is not a point to it, i'm just kinda crazy I guess. It's fun. I'm a good guy for sure and even an Eagle Scout. :) But still I have people show up and steal my shit, or blatant agents in suits (like they really, really didn't fit in the whole town, Americans in a different country) show up and look to see what's up with me.

I primarily use my own software for most things (i'm not a quickbooks guy) or at least try to use something I can see the source and build or run myself. But there are issues. I don't feel comfortable driving without Google maps, especially in foreign countries and especially where I cannot read the street signs. *they are not always right, by the way, but decent IMHO* I use some sites because I need to reach people I could not otherwise reach.

You can run, but you cannot hide. :)

When I saw Richard Stallman in person, he said that he does not visit any web sites which use javascript code that is not open source. But he said he has no problem having friends go to those sites on his behalf, or using their computers to visit those sites. I'm wondering how he decides which sites have open source javascript code? When I was there, I met some chick in a bar who was his 'volunteer' and took her back to my room and fucked her brains out. One of my laptops was stolen that night, I've always wondered about what the story was behind that.
Klaus
  
Interesting article.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Grrr. Bloody firebug. I don't use it any more since it has been incorporated into Firefox - but it was still installed.

Long story short, a dozen times now over the last several months I would be composing a long text and my fat fingers slip reaching for the backspace and instead hit F12, which opens firebug. Annoying but no big deal. I close firebug. Then hit the backspace I meant to hit before. But since Firebug was launched the text window no longer has focus. The page does, and a backspace takes you to the previous page - instantly losing all your carefully composed text.

I've just uninstalled Firebug. I'm also seriously considering creating an auto-save or save draft function.
Mike Macgirvin
  
I also was curious as to why this most often happens with my home desktop and only rarely with other systems. It seems that on that particular keyboard there is no space between the backspace and the function keys above. Most of my desktop/laptops have some kind of empty space in between. So another solution is to get rid of that keyboard. It's not like I don't have any extra keyboards floating around.

I still think some kind of optional autosave would be useful. But it would have to be opt-in. Facebook for instance saves every keystroke and mines important personal data from you started to type and then decided against. Those are your real primal desires, hopes and fears and is a gold mine for advertisers. What ends up on the page ultimately is what you've sanitised for public consumption after careful consideration.
Raymond Monret
  
When composing long texts I "ctrl+A/ctrl+C" regularly, in case something goes wrong.
Andrew Manning
  
What ends up on the page ultimately is what you've sanitised for public consumption after careful consideration.

Based on the preponderance of inane and offensive garbage I've read online, that is a frightening statement.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
The specification for OpenWebAuth has just been updated to encrypt generated tokens in transit. Anybody interested in or following this specification is urged to review the updated document.

https://macgirvin.com/wiki/mike/OpenWebAuth/Home

Hubzilla 2.8 uses the older plaintext token (should still be fine assuming you're using SSL). These are still supported currently, but going forward unencryped tokens will eventually be deprecated.
Klaus
  
So this happens when you enable to send unknown samples? Often saw new offers who sell complete security as a service where everything is going through a hosted service first. Will this stop pirated software copies by NSA staffers? :-O
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
thanks for all the memories


Detroit City Blues - Fats Domino
by MrDt1946 on YouTube
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
How it was.



The Sixties - The Years That Shaped a Generation (TV) [2005]
by Arthritix Asterix on YouTube
Manuel
  
:-)
Maria Karlsen
  
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Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Happy Birthday @Olivier M.
Maria Karlsen
  
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Olivier M.
 
Oh, thank you all, guys. It's been too long since I spent some time on Hubzilla.
Jake Moomaw
  
Happy belated birthday, @Olivier M. !  I've been gone for a few weeks, and I'm sorry I missed it!
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
This is long (about an hour) but worth the time.



Born From Urgency - Faces from the Frontline Against ISIS
by Joey L on Vimeo
Mike Macgirvin
  
paulfree14
 
thanks for sharing.
He seems to have made 3 videos

Here you'll can see the other 2
BornFromUrgency.com


...and today move, yeah is really bad when it comes to fighting terrorism but just dedicated to maintain power. ...to much oil in the region to miss out on that.
And an idipendent kurdish state, with forces of PKK, Perschmerga, YPG...would mean loosing all control once it's settled.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
What a bloody nightmare...

Mike MacgirvinMike Macgirvin wrote the following card Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:05:59 +1100
Federated Groups/Forums
Creating groups/forums which federate across all the metaverse protocols is quite a challenge. Some of the issues are

- non-standardised group tag indication
- very few projects support groups/forums
- most protocols do not support comments from members of other services, requiring us to forge comments by the forum channel owner when delivering to a different network

Action items/deliverables:


  • Allow both zot (@group+) and ostatus (!group) tagging methods
  • support tagged groups from zot
  • support tagged groups from diaspora
  • support tagged groups from ostatus
  • support tagged groups from activitypub
  • make zot forums discoverable via ostatus (initial tests indicate ostatus group information may not be available via webfinger)
  • discover all protocols available to all connected channels so that we know which protocol combinations will require comment/like forgery for any given author
  • discover all protocols available for zot channels
  • forge comments from ostatus/activitypub so they will be accepted by and seen on diaspora
  • forge likes from ostatus/activitypub so they will be accepted by and seen on diaspora
  • forge comments from diaspora/ostatus so they will be accepted by and seen on activitypub
  • forge likes from diaspora/ostatus so they will be accepted by and seen on activitypub
  • activitypub (destination) forgeries will not be able to correctly display inline profile photos of the forged author due to Mastodon's aggressive HTML filtering, so restrict forgery atttribution to name only
  • forge comments from diaspora/activitypub so they will be accepted by and seen on ostatus
  • forge likes from diaspora/activitypub so they will be accepted by and seen on ostatus
  • ostatus forgeries MAY not be able to correctly display inline profile photos of the forged author, so restrict forgery atttribution to name only
Mike Macgirvin
  
Update: This is either madness or genius... I'll let you make that call.  


- an alternative to comment forgery is to provide 'relay identities' which are essentially proxy identities on the forum system which can participate as equals on the walled networks. This will provide a more seamless member and content experience (across all of the federated protocols) but there will be difficulties in social interaction (making friends, etc.). Granted these interaction problems will exist no matter how it is architected since the walled networks do not recognise or know how to communicate with networks outside of their own.

In this model a Diaspora forum member (for instance) can post on a red/hubzilla forum which also contains ActivityPub members. Comments/likes which are sent to the ActivityPub network will be sent by a pseudo-identity which appears to originate on the red/hubzilla site. The profile photo and profile URL and name will be that of their Diaspora identity. The 'actor' object and signing keys however will point to a faked entry on the Hubzilla site. The same would happen going the other way from the ActivityPub walled network to the Diaspora walled network. In this case a webfinger request would respond with the proxy key and a fake hcard.

Care would have to be taken for each protocol to provide the bare essential information that would allow comments/likes to validate successfully on the (target) walled network and where possible redirect to the original site for making connections if the destination site was multi-protocol enabled.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Regular strolls through the Mountains of Madness with a whistle and a song - who is bringing lunch?
Maria Karlsen
  
Madness or genius? How about both... mad amount of work (I assume) but to create something amazing lightyears before everyone else:-)
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
I have to admit, at first, I thought it was an American trying to say German "schöen" before I realized it was Yiddish "schoen". :facepalm :laughing: