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theoatmeal.com/comics/unhappy

i just read this and i identify with it so strongly. wow. just wow.

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data is code, and code is data. when you give data to large corporations, you are coding for them without being paid.

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Found a stack overflow in one of the webserver FastCGI binaries of an Epson projector firmware. In a file, that according to the lighttpd conf, is accessible without any authentication needed.

Not only that, but I've found an authentication bypass for accessing the firmware update endpoint, not that I know how to use it yet.

authbypass PoC:

GET /cgi-bin/./sender.exe?q=getProjectorInfo&/nwupdate/cgi-bin/nwdownload.dll HTTP/1.1

#rekt #infosec #iot

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Here's a fun typography fact for you: Old English and Middle English had a single character for the "th" sound, called thorn. It looked like Þ in the capital; the lowercase is þ.

(If you crossed the upper bar, like so: Ꝥ ꝥ , it was shorthand for "that". "I like ꝥ kitten.")

Thorn largely died out when printing presses were imported to England. Because the typefaces were from Germany or Italy, they didn't have thorn. So they replaced it with a letter ꝥ rarely occurred in the same place þ did: Y.

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Max #Schrems has been using #EU #privacy law to fight big US internet corps. He's setting up an NGO to use the new privacy law (#GDPR) to fight for privacy online. It's called #NOYB (None of your business). *But* they want to raise €250k by end of January.

Please consider donating money to them (if you can), or join as a member to provide regular income (if you can), which I did.

There's a lot wrong with privacy online, and EU privacy law can be a powerful weapon. This is a chance to use it. Many global US corps are gonna follow EU privacy law, so this benefits people globally.

noyb.eu/

Some good news on the world 😊.

Biometric ID vs. privacy: Tunisians win on privacy! But it's not over yet. - Access Now - accessnow.org/biometric-id-vs-

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LibreMonday = write about free software tools
FollowFriday = mention people who toot interesting things for others to follow

Where are the other weekday events? 🤔

#mastodon #question

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More good news from Intel

press.f-secure.com/2018/01/12/

“In practice, it can give an attacker complete control over an individual’s work laptop, despite even the most extensive security measures.”

“The essence of the security issue is that setting a BIOS password, which normally prevents an unauthorized user from booting up the device or making low-level changes to it, does not prevent unauthorized access to the AMT BIOS extension.“

Convenience is starting to look like a bad idea

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So I have 2000-3000 euro to spend on a new laptop/computer + screen + mouse + keyboard (for work).
I wanted to get a tower computer instead of a laptop to get more performance, but everyone's trying to convince me to take a laptop. I do plenty of number crunching but also have access to a compute cluster. So what do you people think?

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So I initiated the process to delete my account. I'm now in the 14 days of purgatory until the deletion is finalized. Oddly but not surprising, the wait period is considerably longer than the one needed to purchase a handgun in the U.S. 🤔
It already feels like some weight has been lifted. Like a piece of my brain is free again. I didn't rely on FB that much but maybe it festered in the back of my mind more than I realized.
Shwew.

mastodon.social/media/lQty8KFB

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Try an app for your phone and computer that reduces the blue light on your screens at night.

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City of Barcelona Kicks Out Microsoft in Favor of Linux and Open Source itsfoss.com/barcelona-open-sou