Saturday

Coinhive Ahoy! A Heavy-Handed Revenue Generator

Coinhive has been in the news recently, first when the Pirate Bay site was discovered to be using it, and more recently on a couple of sites owned by Showtime (yes, THAT Showtime).


Coinhive just recently launched, and is presenting itself as an alternative method of revenue generation for websites - it launches a cryptocurrency miner program from the browser.
Users weren't alerted that this was happening, and visitors reportedly found the mining software utilized up to 80% of a visiting user's CPU cycles. Such miners can also notably drain battery life for visitors on mobile devices. And as of this writing, Showtime has been completely unwilling to confirm that this occurred, much less explain how the code appeared.
The Pirate Bay site stopped using the software after complaints were made and issued an apology of sorts:
"As you may have noticed we are testing a Monero javascript miner. This is only a test. We really want to get rid of all the ads. But we also need enough money to keep the site running." 
Just what everyone needs - more crap to slow things down.

Techdirt

Sunday

Wow, Is ANYONE Paying Attention To Security?

Another day, another security screw-up. This time, it's not bad configuration or poor programming - just a good, old-fashioned dose of "human error" (from folks that should know better).
Adobe’s Product Security Incident Response Team accidentally posted the private PGP encryption key—necessary to decrypt encoded messages transmitted to them using their public PGP key—associated with their psirt@adobe.com email account this week, Ars Technica reported.
(emphasis mine)

Not the kind of information you want floating around...

Gizmodo


Thursday

Securing The Barn Door, etc.

Hear that sound? It's the barn door closing after the horse is l-o-n-g gone. I am describing the current state of computer security - more correctly, the apparent lack of same from people and corporations that should know better.

I'm not a computer security expert, I am a Support Desk guy of some 15 years who has taken security courses in the past - but it does not take a guru to see that currently, we are pretty much f*cked. The recent Equifax and CCleaner breaches just add insult to the injury of a persistent string of leaks, hacks and general apparent ineptitude that has been going on for years now.

Tuesday

Apple's iOS 11 Does Not Like 32-bit Apps

The latest version of Apple's iOS mobile operating system is dropping support for 32-bit apps, probably inevitable in the modern 64-bit computing environment.  iOS 11 will not run many apps more than a couple of years old - not that old even in "computer years", but not out of line with Apple Corporation's annual hardware refresh fetish.



While Microsoft may overdo their support for legacy apps and operating systems, Apple is almost the polar opposite in many regards. While one can understand the desire to streamline the codebase and strip out the old, funky 32-bit stuff, booting apps that have not been updated for a couple of years may perplex some users.
Apple has explained in the past that it is relatively easy for app-makers to reversion their products, and its App Store has rejected updates that lack 64-bit support since June 2015.
Even so, the move bucks a general trend for operating systems to support legacy software for longer periods of time.
Its just a fact that technology marches on and the the rest of us have to grab the railing and hang on as best we can (this from someone who is blogging tonight on an old white MacBook running Snow Leopard).

Zorin OS 12.2 Makes Amends? *updated*

As a bit of a Linux distro-hopper for several years, I have tried previous versions of Zorin OS and found it to be a pretty impressive choice if a Windows user wanted to try Linux, for instance. Most of the interface is good-looking and obvious as to how to use it, and the distro itself is reasonably quick.

Until version Zorin OS 12 that is.


Saturday

Linux Doubles Its Share Of The Desktop

Linux has doubled its Desktop share of the operating system hierarchy in the past couple of years, with the most recent "bump" this Summer possibly due to Chromebook sales (since Chrome OS uses the Linux kernel). 

Oddly enough, Windows share has remained pretty constant at 90%, whereas macOS lost a little to allow for the Linux increase. Linux still only has a little over 3% market share, but that's a noticeable increase nonetheless.