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'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption

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Can those who need lookup privacy afford architectural purism?

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has formally adopted DNS-over-HTTPS as a standard, and reignited a debate over whether it's a danger to the web's infrastructure.…

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jepler
14 hours ago
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I think Vixie is wrong on this one. From a certain "purity" point of view, he's absolutely right. But pull the loose end -- which he does himself! -- and you discover that DNS over HTTP (DoH) "removes a discriminator that can be used to distinguish DNS from other traffic, and that's a problem for anyone wanting to interfere with DNS traffic." Vixie lives in a world of well-meaning local network administrators who will sniff and tamper with DNS for good reasons, but the rest of us go to coffee shops and hotels and it's delusional not to think that the immediate network we're connected to is adversarial; at a minimum, it will be looking for any way to monetize our use of that network by sniffing/tracking our activities. That's why DoH is a good thing, as long as you trust your DoH provider. (but point me at one worth trusting not to monetize your DNS searches; google's not it. Is cloudflare?)
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JayM
15 hours ago
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:)
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Why the hell would you want to rent a middle-aged man?

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Do you need some advice about adulting? Do you need to move something heavy? Short on fans at your gigs? No problem, Japan has you covered. If you have these problems, and if no-one else can help, and if you can find one, maybe you too, can hire an ossan!

Bonus

- renting an ossan and interviewing him! [SLYT 10m16s, subtitles available]
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jepler
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[Someone else's] Uncle
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2019-03-01: 170 Russell (Melbourne, Australia)

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Date:2019-03-01
Venue:170 Russell
City:Melbourne, Australia
Time:8:00pm
Ages:18+
Opener:N/A
Tickets:Click here to buy tickets!
Notes:

1980s vs 2010s

Other Links: Tell a friend!
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jepler
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Australia, just give them back when you're done with 'em.
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Google News App Bug Is Using Up Gigabytes of Background Data Without Users' Knowledge

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A bug in the Google News app for Android is reportedly causing the app to use up excessive amounts of background data, leading to overage charges. "According to dozens of posts on the Google News Help Forum, users have been experiencing this issue as early as June," reports The Verge. "The issue was verified and addressed by a Google News community manager in September, stating that the company was investigating and working toward a fix, but the issue is still ongoing." From the report: Verge reader Zach Dowdle emailed in with his experience, and screenshots of his app and Wi-Fi data usage: "The Google News app is randomly using a ridiculous amount of background data without users' knowledge. The app burned through over 12 gigs of data on my phone while I slept and my Wi-Fi had disconnected. It lead to $75 in overage charges."

According to several users, the app burned through mobile data despite having "Download via Wi-Fi" turned on in the settings. In some extreme cases, the Google News app used up to 24GB of data, leading to overage charges of up to $385, users reported. So far, the only solutions seem to be disabling background data, and deleting the app altogether.

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jepler
14 hours ago
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oh geez. It seems like one of these comes up every couple months, and I'm on a very metered cellular plan. Newish versions of android *DO* let you set bandwidth limits so you can avoid overage charges -- assuming they don't put a bug in :that: feature, like zero-rating their own apps -- so if you are on metered, make sure you have this set.

(And the limiting could stand to be improved. For instance, start me with a limit of 10% of my monthly budget on day 1 of a billing cycle, and increase it by 3% per day in the month until I get to 100% on the 30th)
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mingos-commodorepage: Android App SidAMP - Commodore 64 SID...

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mingos-commodorepage:

Android App SidAMP - Commodore 64 SID Player

Download: play.google.com

THIS IS SO GOOD

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jepler
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that looks beautiful
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Hackaday Links: October 21, 2018

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A few weeks ago, we got word [Fran] was being kicked out of her workshop. You might remember [Fran] from her exploits in reverse engineering the launch computer for the Saturn V, her work on replicating the DSKY from an AGC, her visit to the Air & Space Museum annex (so jealous), and her other musical adventures. Why is she getting kicked out? Philly’s getting gentrified, ya jabroinis. Now, there’s a GoFundMe for a new Fran Lab. Go on and ring that bell.

Everyone needs a Sharpie sitting around, so how about one that weighs a pound or so? [MakingStuff] created a new body for a big ‘ol Sharpie marker, complete with knurling. Oh, man, the knurling.

A Powerball ticket costs $2. Last Friday, the expected return on a single Powerball ticket was more than $2. This doesn’t happen often, but last Friday the most logical course of action for everyone was to buy all the Powerball tickets they could.

Boston Dynamics built another dog robot and made it dance to Uptown Funk because we haven’t heard that song enough. No one has listened to Uptown Funk enough times in their life. It’s a great song that never gets old or overplayed.

[Wintergatan] is building a drum machine. You might remember this artisan of plywood from various marble machine builds that also play music. This build goes deep into the techniques of building gigantic mechanical contraptions out of plywood and steel.

Speaking of plywood, Rockler had a contest a while back to build something out of a single sheet of plywood. [OSO DIY] came up with the most interesting table I’ve ever seen. A lot of the entries into this plywood contest turned the plywood on its end, resulting in something that looks like it’s made out of skateboard decks. [OSO DIY]’s coffee table is no exception; it’s basically just a panel of edge-grain plywood made into a table. Where this gets really good is the actual design of the table. It’s clearly a mid-century modern piece, with threaded inserts holding the legs on. However, instead of something that was pressed out of a factory, this table just exudes an immense amount of manual labor. It’s a counterpoint between craftsmanship and minimalist design rendered in plywood and by far one of the most interesting pieces of furniture made in the last few years. Here are some more entries that also capitalize on edge-grain plywood





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jepler
2 days ago
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Argh the old line that since a lottery ticket has a postive expected return you "should by lottery tickets". Not true, at least not unless you're already a multimillionaire (and that's neglecting the chance of splitting the winnings). My favorite put down of this idea: http://r6.ca/blog/20090522T015739Z.html
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Tukaro
1 day ago
Eh, I'm willing to lose $2 in exchange for whimsical daydreams that aren't cut short by realism. It's at least as good as a single movie stub.
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