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Excited about the upcoming 15.0 release?
Why not end the year by sending Patrick Volkerding a token of appreciation for a quarter century of work and commitment on Slackware Linux.

paypal.me/volkerdi

Sleep safely at night while knowing Microsoft will work diligently to find your sensitive data 🕵️

Every word you type, Every file you make, Every step you take, They'll be watching you.

A CIA employee is asking me to transfer exactly $10,000 USD in bitcoins to avoid getting arrested in an upcoming international operation.

These scammers are getting way too greedy 😵

This Monday I received a sextortion scam email from winfred89@c.y0uw3r3h4ck3d.ml
I'm amazed that somebody actually thought picking up a domain name like y0uw3r3h4ck3d.ml would serve their purpose.

Free TLDs from

I just spent half an hour trying to figure out why I couldn't access my USB storage from a VirtualBox guest machine. It turns out that my account was not a member of the vboxusers group.

Sad, very sad.

This week we faced network attacks originating from an omnipotent adversary.
It has begun 😨

route: 188.242.192.0/18
descr: SkyNet Networks

Rise of the Machines

recently launched their new VPS service.
exit nodes are welcome - or, at least, so I believe.

Check them out at njal.la/

Apparently, digital signatures are too complicated to get right even if you're working for a certificate authority like DigiCert 🤔

I just came across the following post from team member Eric Hammelers (alienBOB) over at LinuxQuestions regarding KDE Plasma 5:

Despite the fact that in the past I said that I would keep maintaining Plasma5 in the case where Pat would decide that it does not get added to Slackware, but would be willing to add all the required dependencies (not just qt5 but a lot more) into Slackware, I now feel that I will not be able to do this in future.

Food for thought 😟

A salesperson from a commercial SSL provider recently contacted me to learn why I had stopped renewing certificates with them, so I let him know that I had decided to go with Let's Encrypt instead.

Upon learning this, the guy felt compelled to tell me that had a bad track record and should not be used for e-commerce.

Good times!

Apparently, the Mastodon v2.7.0 upgrade went according to plan. We'll live to see another toot 🐘

FireEye's story about an ongoing global DNS hijacking campaign has gotten people everywhere screaming for . Not surprising as the purpose of DNSSEC is to protect DNS lookups against hijacking attempts.

However, DNSSEC won't protect you from an attacker who compromises your login credentials with your DNS provider. Attackers are not hijacking DNS lookups, they are compromising DNS provider accounts and modifying DNS records.

Too bad Google is killing off HPKP..

fireeye.com/blog/threat-resear

I'm really grateful for the new XFCE edition. Great performance and easy on the resources. Privacy and freedom for all users 👍

Excited about the upcoming 15.0 release?
Why not end the year by sending Patrick Volkerding a token of appreciation for a quarter century of work and commitment on Slackware Linux.

paypal.me/volkerdi

So I was reading this blog where the author talked in great lengths about his ongoing journey to de-Google his life. In short, he wanted to stop Google from collecting and selling his personal data to third party advertisers.

However, he did not seem to object to collecting my personal data on behalf of Google as his blog was happily running Google Analytics.

The double standards boggle my mind 🤔

The first toot of a new Mastodon instance should not be "Hello, World!".

ParanoidPengu.in

Long live the revolution!
Have a nice day.