Vaccinating IoT worm possibly uncovered

A bad idea comes back around, this time applied to the Internet of Things. The notion of a bit of self propagating code that defends instead of attacks is arguably as old as the Internet. It is never a good idea given the huge space of unintended consequences from unpredictable interactions with existing software to simple bugs exposing affected devices even more so than untouched ones. It is always better for devices owners to be aware of updates to their devices, ideally through a known and trusted mechanism.

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2017-04-23 The Command Line Podcast

This is an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

I share some thoughts on why it is remains important to be engaged as a digital citizen.

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Fingerprinting TCP/IP headers may reveal browsing activity despite encryption

I submit that this trend of revealing private online activity through second and third order effects, like fingerprinting network packet headers as described in this research, is why we still need to push for better privacy norms and regulations. There is never likely to be a perfect privacy solution, we’ll always need some reasonable expectations and legal protections as well.

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Mozilla will add performance settings to Firefox

I guess I enjoy being in the tech minority: a Linux user in a Mac/Windows world, a Firefox user in a Chrome/Edge world. Detractors often cite Firefox as being a memory hog. Nice to see Mozilla taking that seriously although projects like Electrolysis and Servo which aim to thoroughly modernize the aging browser will do far more to address that complaint in the long run. In the short term being able to tweak the browser in this way isn’t a bad stepping stone.

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