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Hardware & Technology / Re: Welcome To Privacy Hell, Also Known As
« on: January 03, 2020, 11:29:23 PM »
And now my entire home network is forced through multiple PiHoles, whereas before only certain segments that I personally used had the PiHole love. And I tightened the PiHole down using internal DNS with Unbound. No more DNS calls to Google or Cloudflare. The PiHoles are really TV seems to be lonely as it appears desperate to call home.

I've read that the newer "smart" TVs know when they're being blocked and will send out gibberish domain calls when they realize they can't phone home. They know they're being blocked.

The thing we have to watch for now is encrypted DNS calls that bypass the PiHole. Some Google devices will do this already. They can bypass network DNS this way to make their precious call home.  Ever wonder why Google and the other big boys are pushing for this secure DNS?

Then there's malware that can run its own encrypted DNS that can use this same functionality to call home through your network protections... It's getting more difficult to keep up.

Water Cooler / Re: Damn earthquakes
« on: December 19, 2019, 07:02:24 AM »
Can't live without my quake apps. Depending on how far away the quake epicenter is you can have a few seconds to prepare. When in public and everyone's quake app goes off it's a bit scary.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Welcome To Privacy Hell, Also Known As
« on: January 19, 2019, 07:36:09 AM »
What's this Streisand stuff about?

A lot of people like to run a VPN with their PiHole, and then have the VPN use the PiHole for DNS queries as well. Probably a fun addition, but not necessary for the PiHole on your network.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Welcome To Privacy Hell, Also Known As
« on: January 16, 2019, 04:42:31 AM »
So in addition to putting your IoT stuff on its own network segment, I'd highly suggest you throw a PiHole into the mix. You can really tame and micromanage a 'smart TV' or other device with this.

Water Cooler / Re:
« on: October 03, 2018, 02:08:24 AM »
Problem here is that in order to be useful you'd have to get everyone to move from the Google/Microsoft/Amazon world and adopt this. I like the idea of controlling your info, but I don't see mass adoption in this project's near future. Would we just be putting our eggs into another seemingly altruistic basket? Why not? They seem to have a "don't be evil" philosophy...wait, I've heard that somewhere before...

Hardware & Technology / Re: Vivaldi 2.0 Released
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:57:41 AM »
Finally got this on all my Linux distros. Looks like mostly design improvements. The speed seems comparable, but I didn't run any sort of benchmarks. If I need to check something in Chrome this or Brave are usually the browser I go to.

Hardware & Technology / Why Iím done with Chrome
« on: September 24, 2018, 04:02:19 AM »
Why Iím done with Chrome

A few weeks ago Google shipped an update to Chrome that fundamentally changes the sign-in experience. From now on, every time you log into a Google property (for example, Gmail), Chrome will automatically sign the browser into your Google account for you. Itíll do this without asking, or even explicitly notifying you.

Hardware & Technology / Privacy Badger alternative Privacy Possum
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:37:52 AM »
Been testing Privacy Possum for a few weeks on Firefox, mostly on Linux, and haven't encountered issues. I'm thinking of expanding it to other browsers as well.

Web Development / Re: Run Mastodon Instance on Raspberry Pi
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:05:56 PM »
I was trying to use Pis for all sorts of applications, but I've found that although they're cheap and have a small footprint, they're just not powerful enough for a lot of home networking systems if they get any use. Been looking at Intel NUCs to handle some more demanding functions.

Water Cooler / Re: I am speaking Japanese
« on: September 09, 2018, 10:59:16 PM »
Not suggesting the rewards for successful outcomes should be done away with, but at some point societal cohesion breaks down.
I don't know if this is unique to Japan, but typically the board of directors, including CEOs and presidents will cut their own salaries and benefits during times of economic downturns (or scandals). They take responsibility for the performance of the companies and generally don't reap rewards far in excess of the average workers. The disproportionate wage gap seen in the West isn't a phenomenon I have witnessed in Japan, and this seems to have prevented a lot of general resentment between the have's and the have-not's.

Water Cooler / Re: I am speaking Japanese
« on: September 07, 2018, 06:22:45 AM »
Japan is an island nation, and they're relatively homogeneous, so this sort of reaction is fairly common. The idea of Japanese who are not ethnically Japanese is still quite new.  The whole concept of what it is to be Japanese is based on a centuries old mindset, and you really can't get most people to think otherwise. I gave up on that long ago.

Hardware & Technology / Re: 2FA Weakness
« on: August 30, 2018, 12:50:56 AM »
Yeah. That's probably the best feature and its Achilles heel.

Not being able to transfer 2FA tokens between devices certainly improves security, but setting up 100 or so accounts on multiple devices is unwieldy. Probably best to separate critical 2FA from my Authy profile and return to the more secure clients for those.

Hardware & Technology / Re: 2FA Weakness
« on: August 29, 2018, 01:56:50 AM »
Hmm. They were acquired by Cisco, and to get the 'free' version you have to provide them with a ton of private information so that you can run thru the 30 trial of the more advanced feature set...before it will revert to the simpler free version.

Might look into OpenOTP or other open source alternatives before I would go with Duo as there's no syncing feature on any of them that I can see.

Don't trust Privacy Badger? Try out Privacy Possum

According to one article, "Privacy Possum is Privacy Badger on Steroids". It's made by a former EFF guy who worked on PB.
We prioritize costing tracking companies money over protecting you. When considering some anti-tracking measure we do not ask "Is it possible to circumvent this?". Instead we ask "Is it cost-effective for a tracking company to circumvent this?". If the answer is "yes, no" we accept it.

No, I haven't tried this one as I've got my InoReader(paid) and Feedly(lifetime) readers. Just thought that it was interesting that this one claimed to make anything into a feed. That could help with those pesky no-feed sites.

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