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'the error occurred on TastSelv Borger, the Danish tax administration's official self-service portal where Danish citizens go to file and pay taxes online.'

https://www.zdnet.com/article/software-error-exposes-the-id-numbers-for-1-26-million-danish-citizens/

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Water Cooler / It's the end of the road for the Frankfurt Motor Show
« on: February 10, 2020, 11:06:24 PM »
Car culture is dying.

'Frankfurt isn’t alone. The New York International Auto Show this coming April will go on without such familiar brand names as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. And the North American International Auto Show, or NAIAS, in June is expected to lose at least one-third of the brands that once turned out for the yearly event. Indeed, some observers question whether there is much of a future for auto shows, in general.'

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/it-s-end-road-frankfurt-motor-show-n1134181

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Traffic / Web traffic increases in 2019 were driven by mobile
« on: February 10, 2020, 04:02:06 PM »
Caught my eye...

'mobile web traffic has jumped 30.6% since 2017, while desktop traffic dropped 3.3%. But it’s not just the numbers that are changing. Mobile visitors also behave differently from their desktop web counterparts, staying on pages for shorter periods of time, for example, which is impacting core metrics web publishers today track.'


https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/10/web-traffic-increases-in-2019-were-driven-by-mobile-top-100-sites-saw-average-of-223b-monthly-visits/

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Hardware & Technology / Helluva latency
« on: February 09, 2020, 03:20:28 AM »
NASA brings Voyager 2 fully back online, 11.5 billion miles from Earth

https://www.inverse.com/science/nasa-brings-voyager-2-fully-back-online-11.5-billion-miles-from-earth

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Hardware & Technology / List of sites collecting user data
« on: February 08, 2020, 06:39:39 PM »
'companies have responded to CCPA by making requests “as confusing and difficult as possible in new and worse ways.”'

'Some have made it near-impossible to find these “data portals,” which companies set up so users can request a copy of their data or delete it altogether. For now, California companies are still in a grace period — but have until July when the CCPA’s enforcement provisions kick in. Until then, users are finding ways around it — by collating and sharing links to data portals to help others access their data.'

While many of us are not in California (thankfully, hhh), this hive-compiled suspect list is a good starting place for anyone.

List:
https://caprivacy.github.io/caprivacy/full/

Article:
Here’s where California residents can stop companies selling their data | TechCrunch
https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/02/california-privacy-opt-out-data/




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"The data is gathered from smartphone apps in which the users have granted permission for location tracking. Though anonymized, a recent report from The New York Times showed how easy it is to connect this data to identities of people in the real world."

"The report says that the DHS agencies have been buying the location data from a company called Venntel, which also declined to comment. But the fact that the government is purchasing this data from a commercial provider — just like any company could — makes it easy to circumvent court-set limitations for this type of surveillance."

https://mashable.com/article/dhs-tracking-cellphone-location/

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Water Cooler / TEXAS. Might as well be Australia.
« on: February 06, 2020, 04:06:16 PM »
https://gfycat.com/spectacularwhiteleafhopper

"Texas Man Discovers Dozens Of Rattlesnakes Living Under His Shed. A Texas man made a bone-chilling discovery when he stumbled upon a den of slithering rattlesnakes on his property. The ranch owner Bobby Cowan and his friends, Matt Stanley and Levi Kirkland, planned to do work on a windmill on Tuesday when a small rattlesnake slithering underneath an abandoned hunting cabin on the property caught their attention, the San Antonio Express-News reports. When the trio followed the reptile to the building, they decided to lift the floor of the structure with a skid loader. They were immediately confronted by the rattling of over three dozen venomous snakes. 'We were definitely — what's the right word — freaked out, maybe,' Bobby Cowan said about the encounter. 'Very, very surprised. As soon as we lifted up the building, we slammed it right back down because there were so many of them.' Matt Stanley took a video of the slithering nest of vipers once they lifted the floor a second time. This time the men noticed the snakes were slower due to the cooling temperatures. 'We knew we weren't in that much danger if we didn't get too close, and so then we were able to look at them,' Cowan ventured. The video was posted to Facebook by Bobby's wife, Jessica, who captioned the uncovered mass of rattlers. 'Welp... look what Bobby just found at our place in Gorman!!!!!!!!! #jesusforrealtakethewheel #nope,' she described the video. The rancher and his friends eventually relocated the pile of snakes using long sticks and trash cans, grabbing them by the back of their heads. Cowan said they were moved 'quite a ways' away to keep them far from livestock. The snake-handling buddies said there could have been as many as 50 of the rattlesnakes despite them only counting about 36."

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Web Development / Magecart e-skimming software
« on: February 03, 2020, 04:45:32 PM »
FBI warns consumers about new levels of e-skimming
https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/fbi-warns-consumers-about-new-levels-of-e-skimming-013120.html

A virtual credit card would be great, but not available at my bank. Silo-ing purchases is my top defense.  I recently started using an old, unused credit card for gas pumps and cashier swipe-pads at restaurants.  I plan to have the credit limit on that card reduced to $3k.

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—and algorithms are primed to pounce.

How algorithms make cancel culture worse
https://www.fastcompany.com/90458174/hate-outrage-and-cancel-culture-are-snowballing-thanks-to-this

We know this to be true of ALL major media, not just social. MSNBC and Fox traffic in outrage. Still a good read.

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Monetization / Ad-blocker detected
« on: February 03, 2020, 12:38:26 PM »
I'm seeing a good number of sites begging or blocking users with ad-block.

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This shows the other websites that are feeding info to FB. Worth a look. Be prepared to have to click through several pages in order to turn it off.

https://www.vox.com/2020/1/28/21112380/facebook-activity-tool-data

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