A Techie on the East Coast

  • Avadiax at 2015-02-28T12:16:00Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Awesome ... a new Certificate Authority is in town, and you can get free certificates from them! Let's Encrypt!

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    If it's really as simple as this says , then even I might be able to use it.

    SombreKnave at 2015-02-28T12:59:27Z

    Not yet active. Mid-2015, perhaps. You cannot get certificates from them right now.

    Douglas Perkins at 2015-02-28T13:36:51Z

  • FSF Status at 2015-02-27T22:22:31Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Hey folks, need to send a correction our fingerprint for our jabber ssl. There was an error with the one we posted as it as not the correct fingerprint as some notified us with. Please verify with the fingerprint below

    happy jabbering

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  • Proyecto de comunidad Hispana de GNUsocial

    Fabián Bonetti at 2015-02-26T22:15:20Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Ya somos cuatro usuarios en la sala de chat xmpp

    Esperemos que se sumen los camaradas para hace offtopic y hablar sobre la bonita red social GNUsocial.

    Están invitados.

    sala: gnusocial server: conference. mamalibre.


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    Aunque está bien que haya variedad, mi recomendación sería que llamarais a la gente a redeslibres. Siempre hay gente, se trata de todo tipo de redes y hay muy buen ambiente.

    Adrián Perales at 2015-02-26T22:03:47Z

  • idoric at 2015-02-26T14:36:33Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Cannibalism A-OK But Gay Kiss Too Much For "Walking Dead" Fans

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  • Avadiax at 2015-02-26T01:34:50Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Fascinating ... the Sahara desert is what keeps the Amazon rainforest alive.

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  • Media

    at 2015-02-25T23:24:31Z via AndStatus To: Public

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  • 2015-02-25T14:57:43Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Just switched to tinfoil-sms since textsecure seem to be going in some bizzare directions first using GCM and now plans to do away with SMS. See:

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    It's not bizarre… but they're putting security and their extremely selective view of market reality first.

    Didn't moxie complain about GPG doing the same just a few days ago?

    uıɐɾ ʞ ʇɐɯɐs at 2015-02-27T01:57:31Z

  • idoric at 2015-02-22T01:51:23Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Sex redefined : “The idea of two sexes is simplistic. Biologists now think there is a wider spectrum than that.”

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    @Freemor and thanks for sharing and posting this. I haven't read the article yet but when I saw the note, I couldn't resist sharing this related article from 22 years ago. I think Dr. Fausto-Sterling may be a minor celebrity in Rhode Island.

    The article can be found in a format with more legible text, but I like sharing the original as I first encountered it (with images and columns) while browsing a bookstore in 01993. It was really an eye-opener (for me at least) then. What's interesting though is that I just completed a course in developmental biology (of all subjects) from a prestigious private university in Cambridge, MA in 02012 where the professor was dismally clueless about this subject (as shown in homework and exams where male and female were the only two possibilities for correct answers). Your note with linked article makes the professor's cluelessness all that much more vivid.

    Kevin Ford at 2015-02-22T03:34:04Z

  • Luis at 2015-02-21T12:16:40Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Lenovo Apologies for Superfish Scandal, Offers Uninstall Instructions

    Paul Lilly

    I have a better idea. Install Linux. No need to worry about crapware.

    World's top PC supplier admits it "messed up"
    Lenovo took to Twitter to issue an apology over Superfish, the visual search software it installed on consumer laptops and desktops without permission, and has posted instructions on how to remove it. Initially Lenovo issued a statement saying that it installed the software with good intentions and that there's nothing to be concerned about from a security perspective, though evidence points to the contrary.

    "We're sorry. We messed up. We're owning it. And we're making sure it never happens again," Lenovo posted to Twitter, along with a link instructing users how to remove the program and its digital certificate.

    The problem with Superfish is that it worked as adware by inserting ads into searches performed on Internet Explorer and Chrome (Firefox appears to be unaffected). Furthermore, it left a gaping security hole on users' systems that could allow for man-in-the-middle attacks.

    After news spread of the nefarious software, Lenovo tried to downplay the issue, saying that its relationship with the Superfish "is not financially significant" and its only goal was to "enhance the experience for users." In the same breath, Lenovo said it understood the concerns and had stopped preloading Superfish in January.

    One of our readers sent us an email to dispute Lenovo's claim, saying that "their statement that says they stopped pre-loading Superfish in January is false -- my laptop (a Y40-80) was manufactured on February 9, 2015, and included Superfish and its root certificate."

    It appears Lenovo got caught with its hand in the cookie jar, so to speak, and is now hoping that an apology and a bit of humility will win back the trust that helped it become the world's number one supplier of PCs.

    "We messed up badly here," Peter Hortensius, Lenovo’s chief technology officer, told Bloomberg in an interview. "We made a mistake. Our guys missed it. We’re not trying to hide from the issue -- we’re owning it."

    It's not enough to simply uninstall Superfish, as it leaves behind a root certificate that must also be removed (manually). Lenovo's instructions linked above detail how to perform both.


    #lenovo #superfish #fail #epicfail

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  • Danc at 2015-02-21T12:09:12Z via AndStatus To: Public

    What's new in FreedomBox 0.3 []
    By Nathan Willis
    January 28, 2015

    Although Bdale Garbee's only on-stage appearance at linux.conf.au2015 was as part of a panel Q-and-A session with Linus Torvalds, Rusty Russell, and Andrew Tridgell, he still managed to make news by announcing the release of FreedomBox version 0.3 during his remarks. For users, the new release adds support for another popular hardware platform, improves the integration of several software services with the Tor network, and sports a revamped user interface. Under the hood, there are additional changes to be found, including several security improvements and an update to the Debian base operating system.

    FreedomBox, for those unfamiliar with it, is a personal-server distribution designed to run on small, low-power hardware devices (such as plug computers) and provide a free-software alternative to many of the cloud-based services offered by popular web companies like Google. By running on small devices, it is hoped that users will keep their FreedomBoxes in their homes rather than at a hosting facility; that offers the user additional privacy protections (and helps guard against seizure by the authorities) in many legal jurisdictions. The project was announced in 2010, but development has been on the slow side.

    The previous release was version 0.2 in March 2014, which welooked at in May of that year. But FreedomBox's goals are ambitious: the project is designed to be an easy-to-use home server that can be configured and managed by the average non-programmer—since, the thinking goes, it is those members of the public without development experience who are most at risk to privacy violations. It is also true, of course, that non-developers make up the majority of the population: people with less technology experience are unlikely to set up and host their own email and web servers, even if they know it is a good idea.

    Consequently, a lot of work goes into making FreedomBox simple to set up and simple to manage. That starts with hardware support: the initial target was plug computer devices like the DreamPlug. Subsequently, the easy-to-find (and easy-to-get-help-with) Raspberry Pi was added to the supported hardware list. Version 0.3 expands the list further, adding support for the BeagleBone Black. Images built for the BeagleBone Black, Raspberry Pi, and DreamPlug are available for download, as are 32-bit and 64-bit VirtualBox images.

    FreedomBox is still based on Debian, but one important change in version 0.3 is that FreedomBox has switched over to using Debian unstable. The release announcement chalked this change up to a desire to ease development, although it also has the side effect of making newer versions of the various packages available. Another change worth pointing out is that previous releases allowed root logins with a well-known password. As of 0.3, root login has been disabled, and any customization on the user's part must be done through thesudo-capable user account "fbx."

    But, as was the case in version 0.2, configuration of FreedomBox is meant to be performed through the Plinth web interface, not through a terminal session. Plinth underwent an overhaul in the recent development cycle; it is now a Django application running on Python 3 and making use of the Bootstrap framework. It is hard to say definitively whether or not the redesigned Plinth is faster to any meaningful degree, but it certainly does work well and, in my estimation, is less buggy than the web interfaces found in DD-WRT or OpenWrt (both of which have been known to hang from time to time).

    Perhaps the best feature of Plinth in the new release is that it provides a straightforward way to check on the status of the various services running on the FreedomBox and to painlessly install new ones. Out of the box, for instance, the 0.3 release does not haveownCloud set up, but one click in Plinth will download and install all of the package dependencies and initialize ownCloud. The release announcement pointed out one known issue: users must manually remove (or rename) the /etc/owncloud/config.php file after installing ownCloud, but the remaining setup can be managed through Plinth. There are still several other applications that interested users must install from the command line (such as ikiwiki), but ownCloud is a large application, so making it painless to install is quite an achievement.

    ownCloud is one of the supported applications—and is perhaps the most important one for many users, since it offers such a diverse feature set (file storage, collaborative editing, calendar and address book synchronization, etc.). Chief among the other services, though, is Tor support. Out of the box, FreedomBox configures and starts a Tor bridge(i.e., an unlisted relay node). The bridge supportsobfsproxy, with the obfs3and ScrambleSuittransport plugins. This disguises Tor traffic to make it harder for intermediaries to detect (and block) Tor.

    Tor support has also been enhanced on the other end of FreedomBox connections. Many people use a Dynamic DNS service to connect to their FreedomBox from the Internet at large, but there is an inherent risk in doing so: the connections can be logged by any Internet Service Provider or backbone provider along the route, which discloses the existence of the FreedomBox and could lead to it being blocked. In FreedomBox 0.3, there is another option: the server can be configured to run as a Tor hidden service. One click in the Plinth UI is all that is required, after which the server can be accessed from any machine running Tor via a protected .onion hostname. Both ownCloud and theejabberd XMPP chat service have been tested to work with this new feature.

    There are several other minor updates to be found in the new release, such as automatically launching the FirewallDfirewall to block risky services and ports. But for the most part, 0.3 is an incremental update: more polish, more work on fundamental privacy and security issues. It is tricky to gauge FreedomBox's chances of becoming a runaway hit with the non-technical masses, though it is probably safe to say there are still some pieces missing (such as email and social networking). As it stands today, though, version 0.3 offers enough functionality that potential users who have been monitoring the project waiting for a stable release may wish to consider deploying it in their home.

    Yes, that will be an easier task for those who are already well-versed in using Tor, configuring ownCloud, and installing packages withapt-get. But the progress since 0.2 is clear; rebasing on Debian unstable ensures that packages like ownCloud and Bootstrap will be up-to-date, Plinth is easier to work with, and the privacy features are compelling. And the more people from the community to put it to the test, the better FreedomBox will get.
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  • 2015-02-18T19:40:38Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Playing around on my XO-1 that was looking lonely and forgotten.. up to the latest firmware from OLPC and now messing about with a few other distros. (namely tinycore and Puppy)

  • 2015-02-18T16:01:42Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Ok, we got snow.. you've seen the pics.. but this poor guys area got SNOW!!!
  • 2015-02-18T01:27:15Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Liking 'WIFI Privacy Police' that just showed up in #f-droid

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  • Hey, it was worth a try ;)

    at 2015-02-17T15:00:10Z via AndStatus To: Public

    sudo apt-get install spring

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    The installer got to 50% of the process before realizing 'spring' wasn't found?

    That's a pretty crappy installer xD

    JanKusanagi at 2015-02-17T14:11:30Z

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  • 2015-02-16T16:05:07Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Front Door (door is 3 feet above ground level)
  • 2015-02-16T15:59:38Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Same window as yesterday, other side

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  • 2015-02-16T15:58:05Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Finally partly dug out

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    I'd have to just move south. ;)

    jpope at 2015-02-16T16:19:33Z

    @jpope You'd have to dig out first :)

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2015-02-16T16:57:55Z

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  • 2015-02-16T12:41:42Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Thank-you #f-droid I now have a privacy respecting way to save pages to read later thanks to #'Save for Offline' which recently showed up n the repo

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    Thanks for mentioning this. Just installed it. Looking forward to using it. :)

    Kevin Ford at 2015-02-17T02:59:41Z

    I'm using Wallabag for that, so I can do this across platforms (app also in F-Droid).

    Olivier Mehani at 2015-02-17T23:26:56Z