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  1. Comment on Little V - Stay the F*@k Inside (Original Song) in ~music

  2. Comment on Telstra pauses job cuts for six months, will hire 1000 extra call centre staff in ~tech

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    As someone who works for one of the smaller ISPs here I was expecting this to come - we partner with one of the larger players for areas we don't service directly and their corporate support lines...

    As someone who works for one of the smaller ISPs here I was expecting this to come - we partner with one of the larger players for areas we don't service directly and their corporate support lines have been slowing down for the last week and dead for the last couple of days.

    I suspect the other larger ISP here to follow suite in the coming days (probably a lot of the other tech companies that have outsourced their phone support too) as many of them have messages like 'Our Customer Care Team's ability to respond is currently impacted. We're committed to keeping you connected.' adorning their home pages.

    It appears to be a combination of Manila going into lockdown, some call centers not pivoting to a work from home arrangement quick enough and those that managed to get some of their workforce home reallocating resources to more important clients.

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  3. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I'm still attending my gym; given their whole thing is small group classes even if a 'no more than 10 people gathered' rule gets put in place here it's not really going to effect them too much -...

    I'm still attending my gym; given their whole thing is small group classes even if a 'no more than 10 people gathered' rule gets put in place here it's not really going to effect them too much - IIRC my Wednesday session had 7 people there, 2 of them were physios doing free injury screenings that normally aren't there and everything was being wiped down with disinfectant after use and between classes.

    They've also started up a Facebook group with at home workouts, yoga and nutritional advice for the members and general public that are practicing social distancing which is pretty neat.

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  4. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

  5. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Retested my 5 rep max for deadlifts and reached my goal of 110kg.

    Retested my 5 rep max for deadlifts and reached my goal of 110kg.

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  6. Comment on Policy vs Technology in ~tech

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    There's a few tools/services out there that effectively work like a 'netflix DVR' and would say it's likely they're being used for most of the webrip torrents and would explain why it can take a...

    Maybe, but not really. New Netflix-exclusive series pop up on torrent sites within a few days of being released, at most. Since Netflix began producing original content to retain users, you would think they would try harder to lock it down.

    There's a few tools/services out there that effectively work like a 'netflix DVR' and would say it's likely they're being used for most of the webrip torrents and would explain why it can take a couple of days for them to pop up. That being said at the moment it seems they're more concerned with reducing account sharing in a way that doesn't cause cancellations rather that fighting the losing battle of trying to stop someone recording the show and sharing it.

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  7. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I did my back whilst squatting a few weeks back, turns out it was just muscular and was kind of a chain reaction from having short quads and tight hips. I've been given some stretches, exercises...

    I did my back whilst squatting a few weeks back, turns out it was just muscular and was kind of a chain reaction from having short quads and tight hips. I've been given some stretches, exercises and the instruction to keep doing everything gym wise by my physio and it's both feeling pretty good now and I'm still on track to set a new 5 rep max on deadlifts in a couple of weeks.

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  8. Comment on Jumpshot, a subsidiary of antivirus company Avast, is selling users' web browsing data to many of the world's biggest companies in ~tech

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    I think you define the scope of a rootkit much broader than most would - but I'll leave that as it is. You know they don't actually ship everything off to the cloud right? The data passed to the...

    Antivirus software rootkits your machine, to intercept system calls.

    They are rootkits.

    I think you define the scope of a rootkit much broader than most would - but I'll leave that as it is.

    So, you know all of your data is being shipped to the cloud? Ssh keys in memory, private keys for certs, password databases, etc etc.

    You know they don't actually ship everything off to the cloud right? The data passed to the cloud is what it requires to work (binaries written, binaries run, registry changes, dns requests, IP addresses, etc) - it amounts to a few MB per day at most.

    Oh, and Experian is PCI compliant, SOC2, GDPR compliant too. They leaked.

    Experian's bread and butter isn't threat hunting, incident response, etc though is it? Though the reason I brought up accreditation was to contrast with Avast which as far as I can see make no such claim.

    I don't trust any rootkit on my machine. Even if the next gen root kit uses less local processing than prev gen root kits.

    Then don't - my initial comment clearly wasn't aimed at your use case.

  9. Comment on Jumpshot, a subsidiary of antivirus company Avast, is selling users' web browsing data to many of the world's biggest companies in ~tech

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    I manage a deployment of Crowdstrike and know others that run Cylance (which I also tested whilst deciding on a solution) so I'm well aware of what data it gets, where it goes and how long it is...

    You do understand that "Next Gen AV" is really a root kit that ships your RAM contens off to the cloud, right?

    1. I manage a deployment of Crowdstrike and know others that run Cylance (which I also tested whilst deciding on a solution) so I'm well aware of what data it gets, where it goes and how long it is retained for - I also know that the products as a whole are accredited for PCI, HIPAA, GDPR, etc.
    2. I wouldn't call all antivirus solutions rootkits - The free tier of Avast in this case maybe, though their reason for doing so is likely due to not having enough paying customers to remain viable and seems more within 'if your not paying for it, you are the product' and less 'what do you expect it's a rootkit'

    I'm not really sure how that is better?

    1. The sensor using significantly less resources, the crowdstrike sensor for example uses <10% of the resources than the previous solution we had deployed.
    2. Better coverage than the 'old guard' solutions via exploit prevention, behavior/execution chain analysis, etc - I've watched it prevent emotet getting a hold on a device whilst the remote Victorian hospitals entire networks were getting hosed by it (who have now rolled out cylance to help prevent a repeat of this).

    I trust NGAV more than I trust the average user avoiding banking trojans and ransomware and I trust those users more than the groups spreading the aforementioned

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Jumpshot, a subsidiary of antivirus company Avast, is selling users' web browsing data to many of the world's biggest companies in ~tech

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    I would say for most consumer grade AV it wouldn't - maybe something like Cylance home would if it's using the same behaviour/execution chain analysis that the enterprise focused offering does....

    Isn’t a 0-day still nothing that an AV actually catches?

    I would say for most consumer grade AV it wouldn't - maybe something like Cylance home would if it's using the same behaviour/execution chain analysis that the enterprise focused offering does. I'm not aware of any of the other NGAV offerings filtering down to consumer grade products yet which is a shame as the sensors tend to be really resource light.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on China to bar 11 million residents from leaving Wuhan, the city at the centre of coronavirus outbreak in ~health.coronavirus

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    Some of the important bits:

    Some of the important bits:

    Chinese authorities will suspend all outbound transport from Wuhan, the city at the centre of an outbreak of the mysterious Sars-like coronavirus, which has so far killed 17 people.

    Bus, subway, ferry and long-distance passenger transportation networks from the city will be suspended from 10am local time on Thursday, state media reported. The city’s airport and train stations will also be closed to outgoing passengers.

    The government is also asking citizens not to leave the city of 11 million unless there are special circumstances, state media said.

    The local government has cancelled public activities during the holiday, including the annual prayer-giving at the city’s Guiyan Temple, which attracted 700,000 tourists last year.

    Fever scanners have been set up at the city’s train station and airport and officials check the temperatures of drivers at highway checkpoints, while outbound tour groups have been banned from leaving the city.

    The commission noted the virus is being treated as a class A disease, which means authorities can quarantine patients and put affected areas on lockdown.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on I'm planning to enable the "mark new comments" feature for everyone - any major concerns? in ~tildes.official

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    I'm not sure if anyone mentioned it in the original thread but at the current active user counts it could allow fingerprinting of which specific users are online. For example there tends to be a...

    I'm not sure if anyone mentioned it in the original thread but at the current active user counts it could allow fingerprinting of which specific users are online.

    For example there tends to be a lower level of activity over the weekend so if there was only a few online users at 5pm aedt (6am gmt) on a Friday you could kind of infer that it's likely a few Australian users and it was broken down into groups you could potentially figure out if a specific person is online.

    It's not that it's a bad idea, I just don't think it meshes well with the privacy ethos of tildes at this point in time.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Coronavirus spreads to Beijing as China confirms 139 new cases in ~news

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    We've got a suspected case in Australia now - which isn't too surprising. Seems testing for it outside of China is a bit disorganized at present though.

    We've got a suspected case in Australia now - which isn't too surprising. Seems testing for it outside of China is a bit disorganized at present though.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Why are drink coasters flat? in ~design

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    I imagine an upraised lip would contribute the knocking over of glasses and spilling of drink - having a 'moat' around the rim so to speak (or some kind of carved artwork that makes dips in the...

    I imagine an upraised lip would contribute the knocking over of glasses and spilling of drink - having a 'moat' around the rim so to speak (or some kind of carved artwork that makes dips in the surface) could be a better option.

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  15. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    I'll have to give this a whirl - sounds like it would be similar to Grumpy Old Geeks

    I'll have to give this a whirl - sounds like it would be similar to Grumpy Old Geeks

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Streaming TV is better in every possible way in ~tv

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    I had stared this is an separate comment but: Very few of these new services actually open their services in Australia so the licensing drops in and out and about - if it's not on one of them...

    I had stared this is an separate comment but:
    Very few of these new services actually open their services in Australia so the licensing drops in and out and about - if it's not on one of them then...

    Streaming is definitely better than TV/cable used to be; but streaming video in comparison to music is fucked - music wise it doesn't matter which service I'm using the bands I listen to new album will be on all of them at the same time; video streaming wise I have to use one of several 3rd party services to track what is where (if it is anyway) and have 3-5 active subscriptions.

    It's literally quicker for me to 'go to Sweden' and acquire the latest episode of X than to figure out where it is steaming here (hint 90% of the time it won't be for up to a year). Piracy is largely a solved issue - it's the reason TV/movies are pirated significantly more than music here and most folk would likely pay more for a single service if there was proper cross licensing.

    8 votes
  17. Comment on Ray tracing, VRS, and DLSS in id Tech 6 and Wolfenstein: Youngblood in ~games

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    I'll second this - it looks damn nice and I used it when playing the 'combined arms' co-op mode but it went off as soon as I jumped into the multiplayer because it was just too much.

    I'll second this - it looks damn nice and I used it when playing the 'combined arms' co-op mode but it went off as soon as I jumped into the multiplayer because it was just too much.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Many games are held together by duct tape. Looking behind the curtain can be eye-opening. in ~games.game_design

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    I quite enjoyed the hijinks of doing solo legendary runs under par time in the newer halo games - The number of areas you can kind of bypass by jumping up a tree and then over a branch in a...

    I quite enjoyed the hijinks of doing solo legendary runs under par time in the newer halo games - The number of areas you can kind of bypass by jumping up a tree and then over a branch in a certain way to prevent the enemies in the next area for spawning was interesting.

    3 votes