Ethan Black

A slightly megalomaniacal computer enthusiast.

So... what *is* "Mastodon" and "the Fediverse"? See my website for an intro!

I am largely fine with boosting posts from people I disagree with even on significant, dividing issues. I usually don't, however, if they actively advocate for these ideas... so it goes :(

Note: doesn't support DMs

golemwire shared a status by jon
Jon Henshaw :coywolf:

Check out this best worst thing I found. It is my UX nightmare but also fun to play.

5 days ago
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May 24, 2023
golemwire shared a status by racheltobac
racheltobac :verified: :donor:

Here’s how I used AI to clone a 60 Minutes correspondent’s voice to trick a colleague into handing over Sharyn's passport number. I cloned Sharyn’s voice then manipulated the caller ID to show Sharyn’s name on the caller ID with a spoofing tool.
The hack took 5 minutes total for me to steal the sensitive information.

So, how do we protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our organizations?
1. Make sure the people around you know that caller ID is easily faked (spoofed) and that voices can also be easily impersonated.
2. If they receive a dire call from “you”, verify it’s really you with another method of communication (text, DM, FT, call, etc) before taking an action (like sending money). Kind of like human MFA.

Some suggest setting up a secret “verification word” with their folks ones so that if someone impersonates & demands money/access etc you can ask for the verification word to see if it’s a real crisis. This won’t work for all people but could work for some. If it’s a match, use it.

In general, I recommend keeping advice simple: if premise of call is dire use a 2nd method of communication to confirm a person is in trouble before taking action (like wiring money or sensitive data). Rapid text, email, DM, have others message repeatedly — before wiring money.

Bottom line is:
Scammers use urgency & fear to convince victims to take actions (like sending money, data, etc).
If premise of a call, text, email, or DM is too dire (or too good to be true), that’s a likely scam.
Use a 2nd method of communication to check it’s real before taking action!

May 23, 2023
golemwire shared a status by cassidy
Cassidy James :endless: :gg:

Friendly reminder of this dope share-on-mastodon button from my friend @micahilbery. It’s pretty, it’s simple, and it’s customizable. :)

May 22, 2023
Ethan Black

No, when you quit, you guarantee a 'You Lose'. When you continue, you guarantee a chance. And everyone is worth a chance.

May 20, 2023
Ethan Black

The amount of times I have to drop to a system console to fix my session is really getting to me. That, and the amount of glitches I have to deal with.
Does a Linux distribution exist that's isn't so buggy? It is grating to have to always deal with inconsistent, mediocre software. Nothing is perfect, I know, but I want to know which "just works" the most.
Any pointers?

May 18, 2023
golemwire shared a status by pixelfed

Anyone remember Vine?

Our next experiment is called Loops and we can't wait to release the beta.

May 26, 2019
golemwire shared a status by feditips

What is the Fediverse? What does federation mean?

📞 When you call a phone number, your phone provider will connect to other providers in order to put your call through. You're part of the worldwide phone network: hundreds of independent phone providers talking to each other.

:fediverse: When you publish a post on here, your server will connect to other servers to distribute your post. You're part of the worldwide Fediverse: thousands of independent social media servers talking to each other.

May 13, 2023
golemwire shared a status by carlrichell
Carl Richell

New COSMIC dev news is out. Notable progress:

1) Accessibility in the iced toolkit 2) COSMIC Panels designs completed. Most functionality complete. 3) 10-bit color in cosmic-comp 4) Working on Settings pages for wallpapers, panels, and keyboard input

May 11, 2023
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The Blind Archer

The countdown comes to an end! A brand new time-lapse featuring Revali and Teba is now available!

May 11, 2023