Yesterday there was a flurry of reports about five million hacked GMail accounts that were posted online. A large number of people were understandably alarmed. This is the type of breach that can expose a victim to identity theft.
The GMail credentials first appeared on btcsec.com, a bitcoin security forum. They were posted by someone named TVSkit. He was described as Russian, probably due to his penchant for funny characters since the forum is a Russian language site.
Soon after the initial wave of reports, Google weighed in on its security blog. The company harvested the posted login credentials and checked them against their internal records. According to the company, less than 2% were valid and even fewer could be used to access an account.
In the wake of this report, there was another round of breaking news. Google probably wasn’t hacked but you should probably change your password anyway, the media said as it turned its attention to the next shiny object. No. What you should do is setup two-step verification.
In all likelihood, this stir was caused by an adolescent copy-and-paste hacker who grabbed someone else’s credential sheet and used it to bolster a claim about a non-existent GMail breach.
A few months ago, Facebook changed its policy and began setting videos to auto-play. This is particularly annoying on phones and tablets where you can pay for data usage. But it’s also annoying on web browsers. Your JoeDog uses the Vimium plug-in for Chrome which gives him vi-bindings for navigation. He scrolls down with ‘j’ and up with ‘k’. Auto-play breaks vimium. Oh, noes!!1!!!1!
Here’s how to to stop videos from auto-playing on Facebook.
First navigate to Settings. On mobile, it should be an option on the left hand navigation menu. In your browser it’s a little more tricky to find. Look for the privacy menu on the top blue banner. It’s a small menu with a lock:
This will present a Privacy menu. Scroll down to the bottom to “See More Settings” Click that and it will take you to the Privacy and Tools page. On the left hand side you’ll see a navigation menu. Look for “Videos.” On my nav it’s the last item. That link will take you to Video Settings. From there you can turn off Auto-Play
What’s happening at Amazon isn’t suppose to happen in modern finance. Shares are rising as profits are falling:
Amazon shares are up around 150 percent since mid-2010, which perhaps not coincidentally was the last time the company had sizable profits. In other words, investors really decided they loved the company only when net income began to slide.
Any fool can run a profitable company but it takes a gutsy person to build the world’s largest retailer….
[New York Times - All Amazon Is Missing Is a Profit]
It used to be that everybody in America had their coffee cup filled to the same level: full. Now baristas ask if you need “room” for creme. Basically they’ve added a few seconds to each of the more than 100 million daily coffee transactions for the benefit of a few special snowflakes for whom a quarter inch clearance isn’t adequate for all the god damn creme they’re gonna pour into their cups. Just stop it.
A programmer’s wife sends him on an errand with the following instructions: “Run to the store and get a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen. He returned with 12 loaves of bread.
So she sends him back with revised instructions: “Go to the store and get some bread. While you’re there, pick up some eggs.” The programmer never returned….
Martin Gräßlin, a KDE Window Manager maintainer, posts an interesting article about his experiences inside the free software community. Those experiences would eventually cause him to alter his political views. Gräßlin initially viewed any infringement on freedom as problematic. Freedom of speech, he thought, was democracy’s most important right. Yet now he thinks some forms of censorship should be encouraged. This one-time orthodox liberal now finds himself occasionally deleting comments. What caused this change of heart? “The answer is simple: Fanboys and trolls.”
Of the two, he thinks fanboys are worse….
NOTE: for those unfamiliar with German, ß is shorthand for “ss” and ä can be represented as “ae” so we could Anglicize Martin’s last name as “Graesslin.” And now you know…