Three months ago, Harvard student Aran Khanna was preparing to start a coveted internship at Facebook when he launched a browser application from his dorm room that angered the social media behemoth.
Khanna exposed a frightening lack of security. Facebook messages contain geolocation data. Facebook Messenger has been out since 2011 and they only now told users and provided a way to turn it off. This is an appalling lack of concern for users’ privacy and security.
His firing seems petty and vindictive. But Khanna has a good perspective. He accepted a different internship and said he learned a lot from the Facebook experience. I think we all did.
[Lenovo] abused the Windows installer’s anti-theft mechanism, which reads the firmware for executables at install-time, embedding a ton of crappy, insecure shovelware that would be added to your computer every time you reinstalled the OS.
Don’t buy Lenovo; don’t use Windows.
Interesting video showing an odd assortment of gears that work.
Wired poses this question? The article over states the case. Yes, of course, the results google returns can influence a voters decision. But that is the case with all media. The implicit observation is that the influence is changing. Online or “new media” has a greater influence than traditional media. But that is not really news as it has been obvious for a while.
Gautam successfully defended his Master Thesis, “Improving memory reclamation techniques in Hypervisors using Persistent Memory,” this week. Great job!