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Eastern European Banks Were Attacked Via Backdoors Directly Connected To Local Networks, Report Finds - Slashdot
After the cybercriminals entered a organization's building, connected a device to the local network and scanned the local network seeking to gain access to the resources, they proceeded to stage three. "Here they logged into the target system and used remote access software to retain access,"
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3 days ago by bwiese
Long-running technology news site.
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4 weeks ago by rcade
Whiney Mac Fanboy - Slashdot User
A rare voice of reason still posting on Slashdot.
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6 weeks ago by rubenerd
Some iPhone XS, XS Max Devices Are Experiencing Charging Issues - Slashdot
Every new iPhone that is released has weird bugs like this...glad to see Apple is still having their customers beta-test their products.
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9 weeks ago by PCjabber
Google is Killing Its 4-Yr-Old Inbox Email App - Slashdot
I use Airsonic as a self-hosted streaming music server:
Alternatively, Koel is pretty nice:

I replaced Google Drive & Evernote with Paperwork:

I replaced Google Play Books with Calibre and Calibre-web on the server side, and FBReader on the client side (Android): (FBReader lets you browse ebook repositories, Calibre + Calibre-web lets you host your own)

I use Nextcloud in place of Google Drive, though mostly I use it for it's Calendar:
i sync my nextcloud calendar to Android with CalDAV-Sync:

i run all of these simultaneously from an 8-year-old laptop running Ubuntu Server (Intel i5, 6GB RAM). I keep them all blocked off from the wider world, accessing them only via a VPN.

I also self-host Wallabag in place of Instapaper or Pocket. Of all the self-hosted apps I've mentioned, I like Wallabag the best. Fairly easy to setup and maintain, looks nice, works great. And of course, like the others, it's free.
12 weeks ago by PCjabber
Why Boing Boing's editors never wanted it to be the next BuzzFeed | Simon Owens | Pulse | LinkedIn
For as long as I’ve been reading it, Boing Boing’s tagline has been “a directory of wonderful things,”

“Don’t send in stuff without links. If you saw something cool on TV or received something interesting in email, you need to either find it on the Web or publish it on the Web before suggesting it. Boing Boing publishes links — so if there’s no link, there’s not much chance we’ll link to it.”

During that first year posts were authored almost exclusively by Frauenfelder, but he would soon be joined by a coterie of co-editors who are now all partial owners in the site: Cory Doctorow, a Wired contributor turned novelist and digital rights activist; Xeni Jardin, a journalist and NPR correspondent; and David Pescovitz, a researcher at the Institute for the Future (a fourth editor, Rob Beschizza, joined much later).

Nearly all of these curation blogs — from Boing Boing to Slashdot to Laughing Squid — had some sort of submission form for artists and writers to submit their content.

Where RSS failed to catch on, social media succeeded. Now, anyone could be a curator of content.

In 2014, on Boing Boing’s 25th anniversary, Rob Beschizza published a commemorating post on the site. In addition to promising a “renewed focus on original features,”...This new Boing Boing, at least on the homepage, looked more like a magazine than what we would traditionally consider a blog.

Other examples of link blogs: Metafilter and Laughing Squid
august 2018 by thotw
Inside the Wild, Wacky, Profitable World of Boing Boing
In time, three friends who shared a similar appetite for curious information filtered through a nonmainstream worldview -- Cory Doctorow, Xeni Jardin, and David Pescovitz -- joined him. And by the mid-2000s, Boing Boing had become one of the most-read and linked-to blogs in the world.

Yet [1] remains among the most popular 10 or 20 blogs around. According to Quantcast data, it gets about 2.5 million unique visitors a month, racking up 9.8 million page views, a traffic increase of around 20% over 2009. It attracts blue-chip advertisers such as American Express and Verizon. It makes a nice living for its founders and a handful of contract employees.

Even if you don't follow the site, you may have encountered one of its editors elsewhere. Frauenfelder is the editor-in-chief of Make Magazine, a quarterly focused on hackerish technology projects. Doctorow, who used to work for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is now a prolific science-fiction novelist. Jardin pops up on NPR and MSNBC to talk about new technology, politics, and the intersection of the two. Pescovitz is a researcher for the Institute for the Future, a not-for-profit think tank.

Technically, nobody is "on staff"; the editors are partners, and the other regulars work on extended contracts. Most communication happens electronically; conference calls are only for dealing with urgent problems or opportunities; in-person gatherings happen, at most, once a year.

Long before it was a blog, Boing Boing was a print zine, focused on such fare as weird science, fringe techno-culture, and the emerging concept of cyberpunk. Founded in 1988 by Frauenfelder and his wife, Carla Sinclair, it was part of a boomlet in amateur-made publications. Its circulation peaked at around 17,500. That sounds piddly in today's world, but the basic zine ethos -- if you don't like what you're reading, make your own alternative -- has a lot in common with the tech-guru rhetoric that greeted, and goosed, the rise of online self-expression.

As it happens, Frauenfelder was working there, and Sinclair was still producing their zine out of a shared office downstairs. The three hit it off [+Pescovitz]

By 1996, the zine had become a web-only publication that took a backseat to other career opportunities

And that's where things stood when Frauenfelder researched his piece on the blogging "fad." For a year or so, he used the Blogger software he'd learned about to post short items on, attracting an audience of a few hundred people a day

He posted a link, CNN picked up on it, and racked up 5,000 visits in a day.

He asked another Wired contributor, Doctorow, to pinch-hit. Traffic momentum seemed good, so Frauenfelder asked him to stay on. By March, they'd added Pescovitz. Next, they threw in occasional guest bloggers, including, in July 2002, Jardin. That October, she joined "the main Boing Boing team" -- which meant, in monetary terms, chipping in to cover hosting costs.

By 2004, Boing Boing was a blog powerhouse, and its hosting costs were approaching $1,000 a month. The editors still enjoyed blogging, but it was becoming an expensive hobby. Frauenfelder put in a call to John Battelle.

Apple begged off, but the other three agreed. "So all of a sudden, these guys had $27,000 of income for the quarter." Boing Boing was in business.

Jardin says it was early in her Boing Boing life, while she was still hustling other jobs, that she realized the blog had become "this low-level hum in my operating system," as she puts it. "Whenever something has a certain set of characteristics -- interestingness, weirdness, colorfulness -- some magical algorithm, it has to go on Boing Boing."

The material on the sub-blogs overlapped with Boing Boing proper; the commitment to creating new video content daily quickly turned into a treadmill. The ad market cinched up, and the partners reduced their draws. In 2009, Boing Boing experienced its first decline in annual revenue.

Instead of verticals, the partners have added more voices and content to -- that same page of reverse-chronological items that Frauenfelder started nearly 11 years ago. Instead of figuring out how to push their brand beyond the plain old blog, they are doing what they can with the form they know best -- hence the new contributors, the increasingly ambitious "special features" with higher design standards and more ambitious content
august 2018 by thotw
Boing Boing - Wikipedia
Boing Boing (originally bOING bOING) started as a zine in 1988 by married duo Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair

Boing Boing was established as a Web site in 1995[9] and one year later was a web-only publication.[8] While researching for an article about blogs in 1999, Frauenfelder became acquainted with the Blogger software. He relaunched Boing Boing as a weblog on 21 January 2000, describing it as a "directory of wonderful things.

In August 2007, Boing Boing staff launched a redesigned site, which included a restored comment facility, moderated by Teresa Nielsen Hayden. In 2013, Boing Boing switched from the proprietary Disqus comment system to Discourse, an open-source internet forum developed by Jeff Atwood, Robin Ward and Sam Saffron

The site's own original content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license, as of August 2008.[17]
august 2018 by thotw
Slashdot's 20th Anniversary: History of Slashdot - Slashdot
Slashdot introduced user accounts in the summer of 1998. "Ask Slashdot" debuted on May 13 of that year, with a question on potential ways to convince hardware manufacturers to be more compatible with Linux.

In 1999, moderation broadened from 25 editors to a rotating pool of more than 400 users. It was followed by metamoderation in September, which let the older user accounts on the site rate moderations as fair or unfair.

In June of 2006, Alex Bendiken won the Slashdot CSS Redesign Contest, prompting Slashdot's first permanent layout change since 1998. The second site redesign happened in January of 2011.

On August 25, 2011, Malda dropped a bomb on the community by announcing his resignation from Slashdot. He had posted more than 15,000 stories to Slashdot in his 14-year tenure. "For me," he wrote in his final post, "Slashdot of today is fused to the Slashdot of the past. This makes it really hard to objectively consider the future of the site." He did not list any plans for the future, but in March of 2012, he found a new home as Chief Strategist and Editor-at-Large for WaPo Labs at the Washington Post.

n 1998, the editors formed Blockstackers to become the "corporate shell" for Slashdot, said Malda. The site began selling advertisements. The first few, with Herman Miller and Penguin Mints, were barter ads that resulted in furniture and caffeinated mints for the, according to Slashdot editor Rob "samzenpus" Rozeboom.

On June 29, 1999, Slashdot was sold to, with the stipulation that creative control remained with the Slashdot editors.

In January of 2016, Slashdot was acquired by BIZX, and new editors included msmash, BeauHD, and EditorDavid, along with whipslash overseeing operations.

Slashdot's 10,000th article was published on February 24, 2000 and the 100,000th story was published on December 11, 2009.
august 2018 by thotw
A Pre-History of Slashdot on its 20th Birthday – freeCodeCamp
I originally used the name ‘slashdot’ on my desktop a year earlier when I got my first static IP in the Voorhees Hall dorm room I shared with Dave. Back in 1996, our floor was the first in all of Hope College to be granted 24/7 high speed internet access.

I took a rejected template from a project at work and retooled it into something more in keeping with my personal aesthetic: lots of high contrast black, white, and teal. A drop shadow on almost everything. A sweet torn paper edge down the right hand side of the page. And of course that slogan.

The machine itself was no faster than a typical 486, but it ran Linux. I was excited to have a new architecture to play on besides my 486 and the CompSci SparcStations. My employer (The Image Group) let me host it on their network: they needed an email server and this machine would serve double duty.

While he suffered the results of these polls, I would tail -f on the access_log and the residents of the so-called Geek House would boggle as names like ‘’ and ‘’ streamed forward faster than we could read.

The code was in constant flux: adding user accounts, moderation, the submissions bin. And of course performance improvements to deal with the unyielding traffic growth. All the while I posted story after story, and our readers matched us with more comments than we thought possible.

Two sites bound by the belief that the web is, at its core, open
august 2018 by thotw
Mechanisms of an Online Public Sphere: the Website Slashdot | Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication | Oxford Academic
Unlike offline social movements that use the Internet for organization, however, Slashdot started online, and as the Internet and computer technology have spread, Slashdot's user base has grown and the areas it covers have expanded. Despite this growth, no one offline group or coalition claims Slashdot as its online forum. The main cultural force behind Slashdot is open source software, which permeates many of Slashdot's stories, its norms, and the code that runs it.

his new space of discussion also allowed those who had been excluded from issues of governance to have a voice, much as Slashdot itself is a space that allows many who could not have done so easily before to discuss political (and other) issues.

With regard to the second criterion, Slashdot was originally a space where previously disparate computer users could come together in large numbers and discuss issues they felt were relevant.

In early 1997, Rob Malda, then at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, started a website called “Chips & Dips,” using his college account

However, if a visitor clicks on a link to read more about a story, one of the main differences about Slashdot becomes apparent. The story page is not written by a reporter or staff editor; in fact, it is not written in a traditional offline manner at all. It is instead constructed, over time, by Slashdot users who post ideas and responses about the story and about each other's posts, similar to threaded discussion forums such as BBS and Usenet newsgroups.

According to the Slashdot press kit, the number of page views is 43 million, although according to Slashdot's Bates more recent estimate, is it 55 million [in 2002]
august 2018 by thotw

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