I am working on pulling all of my websites into one place. It will have a name that makes more sense than chipheadmike.com. The only reason that anyone knows what that means is because I told them.
This new website is more like a journal for me and less about someone reading about me on the web.
The new site will be based on my name. I have a database issue to contend with but once that is complete, I plan on having the new site up and running this weekend. If the database doesn’t cooperate, it could be a bit longer.
I am NOT transferring all of my books over to the new site manually.
My kitty cat Fester loves Vienna Sausages. He comes up to my bedroom and stands in the door and stares at me until I relent and give in. No words or meows are spoken. The whole evolution has a dark alley feel to it. Cats. Just. Cats.
NGC 3576 is a region of glowing gas in our Milky Way galaxy. If you look closely, you can see why it’s called the Statue of Liberty Nebula. The shapes are created by various stages of star formations and death. #IndependenceDay ✨
Summer heat is upon us. Remember, the effects of heat are more severe on children and pets because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults. Never leave children or pets in a car. #notevenforaminutepic.twitter.com/uoEYcXlO0T
I’m posting this one because it is funny. Not sure how true it is because I hate politics of any kind. How angry the party that is not in the White House gets during the term is hilarious. Both parties do the exact same thing.
Sad. But true. I can’t believe this is still happening in 2020. This article mentions that Microsoft had a bad experience with forcing users to use their product before. It is shocking that they would try to do this again. Especially when Apple is now doing the exact opposite.
And I’m not surprised that some angry Windows users are already railing against the fact that this came as part of a forced Windows update, which Microsoft has already had a damn hard time justifying without invading people’s desktops as well. It’s going to be harder to buy the argument that forced updates are necessary for security when they’re pulling double-duty as an intrusive marketing tool.
I’m fairly certain that Apple will be around a lot longer than The New York Times. Legacy newspapers are dying. Having said that, I don’t think snubbing your nose at Apple is helping your brand stay afloat.
Subscriptions are down. They will continue to do so.
I found this on slashdot. If you don’t read slashdot, you are missing out. The comments have been known to make my coffee flow out of my nose. The original article was posted on reddit.
So I can personally weigh in on this. I reverse-engineered the app, and feel confident in stating that I have a very strong understanding for how the app operates (or at least operated as of a few months ago).
TikTok is a data collection service that is thinly-veiled as a social network. If there is an API to get information on you, your contacts, or your device… well, they’re using it.
Phone hardware (cpu type, number of course, hardware ids, screen dimensions, dpi, memory usage, disk space, etc)
Other apps you have installed (I’ve even seen some I’ve deleted show up in their analytics payload – maybe using as cached value?)
Everything network-related (ip, local ip, router mac, your mac, wifi access point name)
Whether or not you’re rooted/jailbroken
Some variants of the app had GPS pinging enabled at the time, roughly once every 30 seconds – this is enabled by default if you ever location-tag a post IIRC
They set up a local proxy server on your device for “transcoding media”, but that can be abused very easily as it has zero authentication
If true, this is damning evidence.
Using Chinese applications can be dangerous. Android users have it worse than Apple users. Apple is actively working on security. They also care about it. In Android’s case, having a platform that is more open to do what you want on it may sound great. You also leave yourself wide open for security breaches.