Spooked by Trump, Internet Archive looks to make a copy of itself … in Canada

Spooked by Trump, Internet Archive looks to make a copy of itself … in Canada

The folks who run the indispensable Internet Archive Wayback Machine have seen the future of a Trump Administration and it scares them enough to spur the creation of the Internet Archive of Canada … just in case.

11/29/16

Advice for evading ATM skimmers

Advice for evading ATM skimmers

I cannot use an ATM these days without wondering if I am getting ripped off by a stealthy skimming device that has been placed inside the machine’s card slot.

11/28/16

‘Wireless security at its finest’

‘Wireless security at its finest’

The person who submitted the above photo to Reddit’s section devoted to IT rants presumably does not believe it depicts wireless security at its finest. In fact, the sarcasm oozes.

11/18/16

Need for ‘smart’ regulation of IoT security is as obvious as is it unlikely

Need for ‘smart’ regulation of IoT security is as obvious as is it unlikely

Security expert Bruce Schneier says government regulation of the internet of things is inevitable: Our choice is between smarter government involvement and stupider government involvement.”

11/10/16

$13 million: That’s an early termination fee

$13 million: That’s an early termination fee

Let’s call it a tiny little consolation prize for anyone who’s ever had to pay a carrier early-termination fee: U.S. Cellular had to pony up $13 million last quarter to buy its way out of a stadium naming rights agreement with the...

11/07/16

A spam-control issue unique to Australia?

A spam-control issue unique to Australia?

A user of Reddit’s section devoted to systems administration yesterday offered up for inspection an F-bomb-laden phishing email that had eluded his company’s spam filter despite the filter having been set to weed out such cursing.

10/27/16

Robocall Strike Force: Trial of one technique cut IRS scam complaints 90%

Robocall Strike Force: Trial of one technique cut IRS scam complaints 90%

An initial progress report by the Robocall Strike Force was highlighted by the claim that a trial of a single fraud-prevention technique resulted in a 90 percent reduction in complaints about scams involving automated phone calls...

10/26/16

Robocall Strike Force set to take wraps off battle plan

Robocall Strike Force set to take wraps off battle plan

Two months after accepting its marching orders, the federal Robocall Strike Force will tomorrow make public its plan for dramatically reducing the torrent of automated phone calls.

10/25/16

Does Southwest’s new ‘password’ commercial need to get away?

Does Southwest’s new ‘password’ commercial need to get away?

If you watched any football yesterday, chances are you saw the latest in Southwest Airlines’ “Wanna get away?” commercial series, this one featuring a military general and his comical willingness to surrender his network access...

10/24/16

T-Mobile reaches $48M settlement with FCC over ‘unlimited’ data claims

T-Mobile reaches $48M settlement with FCC over ‘unlimited’ data claims

The FCC this morning announced an agreement with T-Mobile that will see the carrier pay a fine and provide a basket of restitution benefits worth a total of $48 million for having failed to adequately disclose to its customers that...

10/19/16

Patriots coach ‘done with’ Microsoft Surface

Patriots coach ‘done with’ Microsoft Surface

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick this morning tore apart and then swore off using the Microsoft Surface tablets that are provided to teams by the National Football League.

10/18/16

Really, CNN? Trump and Obama?

Really, CNN? Trump and Obama?

My brother has the CNN app on his iPhone and tells me the network just sent him this news alert:

10/14/16

Possible ‘glitch’ summons woman for jury duty 9 times in 12 years

Possible ‘glitch’ summons woman for jury duty 9 times in 12 years

A woman from Ohio tells a Cleveland TV station that she has been summoned for jury nine times in the past 12 years.

10/13/16

CNN garbles Galaxy Note 7 fire warning

CNN garbles Galaxy Note 7 fire warning

Talk about closing the barn door after it’s already burned to the ground:

10/11/16

Spammers prefer Trump over Clinton, but are rapidly losing faith in Trump

Spammers prefer Trump over Clinton, but are rapidly losing faith in Trump

Donald Trump is far and away the favorite presidential candidate of at least one demographic group: spammers, though they are rapidly abandoning him.

10/06/16

Duct tape, modeling clay and a handgun are not standard computer parts

Duct tape, modeling clay and a handgun are not standard computer parts

The TSA may not be the most popular federal agency, but it does put out a blog post every week that is highly entertaining for the look it offers into the scary panoply of weaponry that passengers try to get on planes.

10/03/16

Was Trump bitten by Twitter time-stamp bug that stung Alec Baldwin’s wife?

Was Trump bitten by Twitter time-stamp bug that stung Alec Baldwin’s wife?

The answer is almost certainly no, although the Twitter time-stamp bug is (or maybe was) a real thing.

09/30/16

Federal court backs ballot selfies

Federal court backs ballot selfies

Just in time for the biggest election in the history of democracy, a three-judge federal appeals court has told the state of New Hampshire that it cannot prevent voters from taking a selfie with their completed ballot.

09/28/16

Mall takes no chances with Galaxy Note 7

Mall takes no chances with Galaxy Note 7

The picture was snapped in a mall by an eagle-eyed Reddit user who couldn’t help but notice that a kiosk set up to sell the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was being guarded.

09/28/16

Cisco: Yes, cosmic radiation could have caused router bug

Cisco: Yes, cosmic radiation could have caused router bug

Yesterday we reported on the reaction to a Cisco bug report that speculated “partial data traffic loss” its routers was possibly triggered by “cosmic radiation.” Today Cisco elaborates.

09/22/16

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