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In defense of Mass Effect: Andromeda and other messy games
What we lose when we dismiss games this quickly
https://www.polygon.com/2017/9/20/16332958/mass-effect-andromeda-defense-messy-games

Steam implements histogram to identify review bombings following Firewatch incident (update)
EFF Resigns From W3C After DRM In HTML Is Approved In Secret Vote
The Department Of Education Cuts Off A Student Loan Watchdog
Who is more popular? Oj Simpson or Dwight Howard
Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump’s Actions as President
Senate Republicans Embrace Plan for $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut
Gas Pump Skimmers
Iranian president rips into Trump as a ‘rogue newcomer’ to world politics
China to Trump: That speech on North Korea was really unhelpful

New plus-sized Pacific Division preview with @corneezy – “Jamal Crawford is the Michael Jordan of Lou Williamses” https://t.co/O1GQg5GWCz
https://twitter.com/RoundRockPod/status/910511518877343745

Houston: A Global Warning
The devastation of Hurricane Harvey marks a turning point and raises the terrible possibility that we’ve entered the age of climate chaos
The 21st-Century Bank Robbery
Cryptocurrency is revolutionizing the world of finance. It’s also shockingly easy to steal. Here’s how Coinbase, the world’s biggest cryptoexchange, is fighting to repair blockchain’s most dangerous flaw.
In March, he sold all his stocks, including Apple and Amazon, and used a chunk of the proceeds to buy Bitcoin and Ethereum on a site called Coinbase. The decision made Everett, the CEO of artificial intelligence startup Prome, almost instantly richer, as the blockchain-based currencies’ value rocketed up exponentially over the next several weeks. But then, while he was out walking the dog after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, Everett got the call. It was T-Mobile, ringing him to confirm that it was switching his phone number to a different device.
Using security cameras and infrared light to extract data from air-gapped networks https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2017/09/20/extract-data-from-air-gapped-networks/
Meatball eating contest, KISS, B-52’s headline 2017 Gretna Fest http://blog.nola.com/westbank/2017/09/meatball_eating_contest_kiss_a.html
Non-avian dinosaur found to have laid blue eggs  https://m.phys.org/news/2017-09-non-avian-dinosaur-laid-blue-eggs.html
The importance of self-care in parenthood
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Stanislav Petrov, Soviet Officer Who Helped Avert Nuclear War, Is Dead at 77

Politically ReActive‏ @PoliticReActive.@bellhooks wants you to leave behind colonial beauty aesthetics

Tabletop Scenarios‏ @badthingsdaily A network change has just occurred, exposing your internal instance of struts to the internet.

@TMcSweenyFTC Terrell McSweeny Retweeted Terrell McSweeny Failure to stop further concentration btwn major pharmacy chains is a mistake for which consumers & communities will bear the cost.

@brianklaas Love or hate the Iran deal, scrapping it now directly undermines the credibility of a prospective diplomatic solution in North Korea.

@EFF There’s no reason police can’t put their policy and training materials online. @JerryBrownGov, please sign SB 345

 @briankrebs Media outlets are rediscovering an earlier breach at Equifax that I wrote about in May. Hardly anyone cared before

@stevekovach Medium, which fired its editorial team earlier this year, is hiring an editorial team

@JuliaAngwin Just noticed a former Facebook exec told Wired that our story about the Jew-hater ad category was a “stupid lark”

Apache Releases Security Updates for Apache Tomcat | US-CERT

Avast’s Piriform Releases Security Update for CCleaner

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CCleaner backdoored

Feudalism from the wealthy as “charity” instead of taxes to pay for equitable schools and infrastructure

Opioid addiction thanks to insurers not covering alternatives

How to Tell If You Should Hire an InfoSec Person With a Music Degree

Leveraging frequency analysis for intrusion detection in Office 365

Rhode Island Legislator introduces data breach notification bill thanks to Equifax failing to actually tell anyone if they are affected

 

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Jazzfest

Jazzfest was nice. It was good for about half an afternoon. There were way too many to see Stevie. We heard him from afar. Instead…

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So your government will not protect your web history

The house passed a bill allowing ISPs to sell your Internet activity without restriction.

Thanks to my house rep for voting against this, ProPublica has how your Rep voted here.

To protect yourself these are useful:

VPN: privateinternetaccess.com
Privacy browser extensions:

privacy badger
Https-everywhere

Sometimes you’ll need to disable privacy badger on websites that you login to because authentication might be through a technically third party website. This is generally fine for your bank or forum, just know that Amazon, Facebook, Google, and your isp make their living on ads based on these cookies that you are enabling on these websites.

 

Questions? Get at me on twitter or something @gdwallasign. 

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