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Somehow USB disks are still the easiest and most reliable way
  • It is alright, but SFTP transfer broke for me some time ago. I think it is related to changes in Android, but surprisingly there were not a lot of posts about this issue last I searched. Using Android 13 / Samsung One UI 5.1 with Windows 11.

  • Any recommendation on antivirus that isn't annoying and don't give false positive on cracks?
  • So what you are saying you want a shitty AV that would not recognize a potentially malicious executable? Any normal AV should flag crack as a potential threat due to what it does.

    Stick with Defender and whitelist executables you trust. This is computing 101.

  • Signal downplays encryption key flaw, fixes it after X drama
  • Here is a video demonstration. Snapshots contain window that is in focus not the whole desktop and for exclusions I assume it would just base it on process name + additional parameters (private browser windows have same process name so must be something additional). You can also add websites for exclusions. Here is an article that lists other things that are not being captured like DRM protected content and one time WhatsApp images.

    Also from support article:

    In two specific scenarios, Recall will capture snapshots that include InPrivate windows, blocked apps, and blocked websites. If Recall gets launched, or the Now option is selected in Recall, then a snapshot is taken even when InPrivate windows, blocked apps, and blocked websites are displayed. However, these snapshots are not saved by Recall. If you choose to send the information from this snaps

  • Comment on a YT video about Windows on ARM
  • Talking here about regular x64 OS install not ARM though, have not played with that myself.

    Not really, it is usually PowerShell scripts from trusted blogs or in case of local account creation, you run a batch file that is built in installer (oobe\bypassnro) that adds a single registry value. Not sure I would call this hacking. Then again I don't think Linux 10 years again had problems with account creation as well.

    Would be nicer if you could create local account out of the box? Sure. Do some prefer MS account? Also true.

  • Signal downplays encryption key flaw, fixes it after X drama
  • True that Recall collects more than Signal, but copying actual files, browser session cookies / passwords, mailbox content if desktop mail client is used makes more sense if you have access to device. Recall is also not supposed to collect data from private sessions from popular web browsers. I assume for that it uses some hard coded list of exceptions with an option to add your own.

    Both should have protected that kind of data with additional safeguards so that merely copying that data without authentication would have no value.

  • Unofficial Reddit API
  • Just to add my thoughts, it was not closing free API that made me stop using Reddit. It was their management response / actions / not providing a viable API thus killing 3rd party apps. If management would have changed I would probably go back.

  • Signal downplays encryption key flaw, fixes it after X drama
  • Could not find much info about that claim, but context probably was that data is not possible to be accessed without compromising device, e.g., not possible to get info over network or by compromising some central location on remote server because there is none and all that data is stored locally.

  • Unofficial Reddit API
  • Reddit cannot die unless their management does some insane thing that affects majority of user base. Killing 3rd party apps impacted a small minority so it was largely nothing. It is way too popular and useful to die at this point.

    As for Lemmy, will be interesting to see how eventual operational cost problems will be resolved. Lemmy (Activity Pub?) is also pretty inefficient and does a lot of data duplication due to being decentralized. Centralized systems like Reddit are much more efficient.

  • DVDs are dying right as streaming has made them appealing again
  • And customers. Almost everyone prefers to consume media in a simple way and that is streaming. Almost no one will go back to physical media. If streaming becomes absolutely unbearable, people would turn to digital downloads.

  • Sam Bankman-Fried sentenced to 25 years in prison Sam Bankman-Fried sentenced to 25 years in prison

    Sixteen months after the collapse of his FTX cryptocurrency exchange, Sam Bankman-Fried has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. He has also been ordered to pay an $11 billion monetary judgment.The sentence follows his conviction on all seven felony charges in November 2022 — a decision reache...

    Sam Bankman-Fried sentenced to 25 years in prison

    Hackers steal $112 million of XRP Ripple cryptocurrency Hackers steal $112 million of XRP Ripple cryptocurrency | TechCrunch

    A crypto wallet was hacked, but questions remain over who exactly owns and controls the wallet.

    Hackers steal $112 million of XRP Ripple cryptocurrency | TechCrunch
    8 Children as young as 10 demanding anti-ageing products, say UK dermatologists

    Experts say social media behind increased use of products unsuitable for young people’s skin

    Children as young as 10 demanding anti-ageing products, say UK dermatologists

    U.S. Spy Agency Dreams of Surveillance Underwear It’s Calling "SMART ePANTS" U.S. Spy Agency Dreams of Surveillance Underwear It’s Calling “SMART ePANTS”

    “SMART ePANTS” is the U.S. government’s $22 million program that seeks to make clothing that records audio, video, and location data.

    U.S. Spy Agency Dreams of Surveillance Underwear It’s Calling “SMART ePANTS”

    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is throwing $22 million in taxpayer money at developing clothing that records audio, video, and location data.

    The future of wearable technology, beyond now-standard accessories like smartwatches and fitness tracking rings, is ePANTS, according to the intelligence community. 

    The federal government has shelled out at least $22 million in an effort to develop “smart” clothing that spies on the wearer and its surroundings. Similar to previous moonshot projects funded by military and intelligence agencies, the inspiration may have come from science fiction and superpowers, but the basic applications are on brand for the government: surveillance and data collection.

    Billed as the “largest single investment to develop Active Smart Textiles,” the SMART ePANTS — Smart Electrically Powered and Networked Textile Systems — program aims to develop clothing capable of recording audio, video, and geolocation data, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced in an August 22 press release. Garments slated for production include shirts, pants, socks, and underwear, all of which are intended to be washable.

    The project is being undertaken by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, the intelligence community’s secretive counterpart to the military’s better-known Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. IARPA’s website says it “invests federal funding into high-risk, high reward projects to address challenges facing the intelligence community.” Its tolerance for risk has led to both impressive achievements, like a Nobel Prize awarded to physicist David Wineland for his research on quantum computing funded by IARPA, as well as costly failures.

    “A lot of the IARPA and DARPA programs are like throwing spaghetti against the refrigerator,” Annie Jacobsen, author of a book about DARPA, “The Pentagon’s Brain,” told The Intercept. “It may or may not stick.”

    According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s press release, “This eTextile technology could also assist personnel and first responders in dangerous, high-stress environments, such as crime scenes and arms control inspections without impeding their ability to swiftly and safely operate.”

    IARPA contracts for the SMART ePANTS program have gone to five entities. As the Pentagon disclosed this month along with other contracts it routinely announces, IARPA has awarded $11.6 million and $10.6 million to defense contractors Nautilus Defense and Leidos, respectively. The Pentagon did not disclose the value of the contracts with the other three: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SRI International, and Areté. “IARPA does not publicly disclose our funding numbers,” IARPA spokesperson Nicole de Haay told The Intercept.

    Dawson Cagle, a former Booz Allen Hamilton associate, serves as the IARPA program manager leading SMART ePANTS. Cagle invoked his time serving as a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq between 2002 and 2006 as important experience for his current role.

    “As a former weapons inspector myself, I know how much hand-carried electronics can interfere with my situational awareness at inspection sites,” Cagle recently told Homeland Security Today. “In unknown environments, I’d rather have my hands free to grab ladders and handrails more firmly and keep from hitting my head than holding some device.”

    SMART ePANTS is not the national security community’s first foray into high-tech wearables. In 2013, Adm. William McRaven, then-commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, presented the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit. Called TALOS for short, the proposal sought to develop a powered exoskeleton “supersuit” similar to that worn by Matt Damon’s character in “Elysium,” a sci-fi action movie released that year. The proposal also drew comparisons to the suit worn by Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr., in a string of blockbuster films released in the run-up to TALOS’s formation.

    “Science fiction has always played a role in DARPA,” Jacobsen said.

    The TALOS project ended in 2019 without a demonstrable prototype, but not before racking up $80 million in costs.

    As IARPA works to develop SMART ePANTS over the next three and a half years, Jacobsen stressed that the advent of smart wearables could usher in troubling new forms of government biometric surveillance.

    “They’re now in a position of serious authority over you. In TSA, they can swab your hands for explosives,” Jacobsen said. “Now suppose SMART ePANTS detects a chemical on your skin — imagine where that can lead.” With consumer wearables already capable of monitoring your heartbeat, further breakthroughs could give rise to more invasive biometrics.

    “IARPA programs are designed and executed in accordance with, and adhere to, strict civil liberties and privacy protection protocols. Further, IARPA performs civil liberties and privacy protection compliance reviews throughout our research efforts,” de Haay, the spokesperson, said.

    There is already evidence that private industry outside of the national security community are interested in smart clothing. Meta, Facebook’s parent company, is looking to hire a researcher “with broad knowledge in smart textiles and garment construction, integration of electronics into soft and flexible systems, and who can work with a team of researchers working in haptics, sensing, tracking, and materials science.”

    The spy world is no stranger to lavish investments in moonshot technology. The CIA’s venture capital arm, In-Q-Tel, recently invested in Colossal Biosciences, a wooly mammoth resurrection startup, as The Intercept reported last year.

    If SMART ePANTS succeeds, it’s likely to become a tool in IARPA’s arsenal to “create the vast intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems of the future,” said Jacobsen. “They want to know more about you than you.”


    A 13-Year-Old Girl Is Apparently the New Leader of the JFK-QAnon Cult

    19 Melbourne man charged with lighting fires had ducklings in his underwear, police allege

    The 31 year-old has been charged with animal cruelty and lighting of open-air fires

    Melbourne man charged with lighting fires had ducklings in his underwear, police allege

    NFT Platform Recur to Shut Down Despite $50M Raise and Big Name Backers NFT Platform Recur to Shut Down Despite $50M Raise and Big Name Backers - Decrypt

    Gary Vaynerchuk and Nickelodeon characters like Tommy Pickles from “Rugrats” weren’t enough to keep the business afloat.

    Another one bites the dust.

    The NFT startup Recur said on Friday that its Web3 platform is winding down—unable to weather the chills of crypto winter despite hosting the IP of several big brands like Hello Kitty and Nickelodeon.

    Over the next several months, Recur’s platform will steadily lose its core features, the firm said in a blog post. That includes the ability for users to withdraw NFTs from Recur, cash out stablecoin balances, and trade collectibles on Recur-hosted marketplaces.

    “​​This decision has not been an easy one,” the company said on Twitter, citing “unforeseen challenges and shifts in the business landscape.”

    Recur’s announcement captures recent headwinds in the NFT space as companies navigate a downturn in the popularity of digital collectibles. Last July, Recur embarked on a “jet-setting NFT experience” with Hello Kitty and Friends, only for its ambitions to be grounded a little more than a year later. 

    That same July, Recur noted there was “unprecedented demand” for its TV Packs that contained profile-picture (PFP) NFTs of Nickelodeon characters like Tommy Pickles from “Rugrats.” Pack openings will be disabled in November, Recur said on Friday.

    Founded in 2021, Recur billed itself as a company that offers other businesses Web3 “building blocks.” Its platform could be used for creating in-game assets, loyalty programs, and digital collectibles that leverage NFTs, according to its website.

    Recur’s move comes not long after Nifty’s, a social network turned Web3 creators portal, also said it was shutting down. Nifty’s had secured big-name media titles as partners too, such as “The Matrix” and “Game of Thrones.”

    With over 380,000 NFTs minted through Recur, the firm said it has changes in store to ensure that various digital collectibles will live on.

    Recur said metadata and media for its NFTs will be migrated to the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), a peer-to-peer file-sharing network built by Protocol Labs. Other assets will be hosted on Filecoin’s network, Recur added.

    In December 2021, Recur offered a Recur Pass during a limited, 24-hour sales window. Sold as an NFT for $300, the pass could be resold and offered holders early access to future NFT drops among other benefits. 

    Last February, a Recur Pass sold for $88,888, Recur said in a statement on Twitter. Today, the cheapest Recur Pass listed on OpenSea currently asks for 0.001 ETH (about $1.69).

    In late 2021, Recur said it was valued at $333 million after it announced a $50 million Series A funding round. The round was led by Digital, an investment fund backed by the family office of New York Mets majority owner and billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen.

    Other notable names had participated in a $5 million seed funding round earlier that year, such as investor and NFT creator Gary Vaynerchuk, Gemini’s Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, and Ethereum co-founder and ConsenSys founder Joe Lubin. (Disclosure: ConsenSys funds an editorially-independent Decrypt.)


    Ryanair - Physical gift card can be cheaper than virtual

    Ryanair will ship a physical gift card to your doorstep free of charge if it starts from 100 €, but ask 2 € for a virtual one that is sent via e-mail.

    From their ToS: > A €2/£2 (or local currency equivalent) admin fee applies to Digital Gift Cards. A €5/£5 admin and delivery fee apply to Physical Gift Cards. This fee is waived for purchases exceeding €/£100.

    Additionally the classic "Same number for differently valued currencies" making these fees approximate and not made based on the actual cost.

    That statement is also written in a way that can be ambiguous whether fee is removed for only physical or both types.

    And another thing is that it seems they are processing these virtual cards manually. You have to wait around 40 minutes between payment and e-mail. Guess that's why there is a fee, someone has to paste a code in mail and send it out.