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iMessage Purgatory

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Adam Pash:

I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone with an iPhone tried texting me, I’d receive nothing, and they’d get a “Delivered” receipt in their Messages app as though everything were working as expected.

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donw
1645 days ago
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Very interesting from an engineering standpoint. iMessages needs for the servers to know if a number if capable of iMessages even if that number is currently unavailable, so the fact that the number isn't logged it - or hasn't even done it all that recently - isn't necessarily cause for iMessage servers to stop "showing blue."
Arlington, VA
ravenel
1647 days ago
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I also recently switched from iPhone to Android (love it, BTW--Android may have been flaky and poorly designed years ago, but no longer), and had similar struggles. Not quite so bad, and luckily my work phone is an iPhone so I was able to resolve that way, but it was shockingly difficult.
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Old Files

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Wow, ANIMORPHS-NOVEL.RTF? Just gonna, uh, go through and delete that from all my archives real quick.
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mikejurney
1654 days ago
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My homedir contains s directory called "old_homedir", which contains a directory called "old_homedir", which contains a directory...
New York, New York
jcblitz
1661 days ago
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I have the same issue, but across about 10 backup drives over a 12 year period.
Limerick, PA
ravenel
1664 days ago
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Whoa. Yep.
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superiphi
1665 days ago
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living with this every day
Idle, Bradford, United Kingdom
Romanikque
1666 days ago
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Amazing
Baltimore, MD
dianaschnuth
1666 days ago
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Holy crap. This is my computer to a tee.
Toledo OH
fallinghawks
1666 days ago
Gawd, mine too.
mburch42
1666 days ago
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The second EV game is name-checked in an xkcd comic?!
nicreations
1665 days ago
You win the internet
Satri
1666 days ago
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Angband and EV Override were also in my digital wastelands... Ah... Our wonderful past... :-)
Montreal, Canada
JayM
1666 days ago
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Atlanta, GA
stavrosg
1666 days ago
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That's me (too...)
Rodos, Greece
Michdevilish
1666 days ago
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They get deeper by the year
Canada
ghling
1666 days ago
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Alt text: "Wow, ANIMORPHS-NOVEL.RTF? Just gonna, uh, go through and delete that from all my archives real quick."
egor83
1666 days ago
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I remember it well.
tdarby
1666 days ago
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EV Override. *Swoon*
Baltimore, MD
huckncatch
1666 days ago
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too true, I wish I could deny!
taglia
1666 days ago
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This is epic…
Singapore
angelchrys
1666 days ago
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Yep
Overland Park, KS
infini
1663 days ago
I resemble this image

The yurt compound of William Coperthwaite on the Blue Hill...

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The yurt compound of William Coperthwaite on the Blue Hill Peninsula of Maine

No one alive has done more to promote yurts than Bill Coperthwaite. Coming across the style in a 1962 National Geographic article, he recognized in the yurt a construction method so simple and durable, that almost anyone, regardless of skill or budget, could build their own home. He’s spent the last 4 decades living off-grid, lecturing, selling plans, and leading hundreds of yurt building workshops around the globe.

Read more on Bill’s life and philosophy in his book: A Handmade Life.

Photographs by the exceptional A. William Frederick.

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ravenel
1834 days ago
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Very, very cool.
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Funny

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Funny

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ravenel
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Awesome.
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NSA Eavesdropping on Google and Yahoo Networks

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The Washington Post reported that the NSA is eavesdropping on the Google and Yahoo private networks -- the code name for the program is MUSCULAR. I may write more about this later, but I have some initial comments:

  • It's a measure of how far off the rails the NSA has gone that it's taking its Cold War–era eavesdropping tactics -- surreptitiously eavesdropping on foreign networks -- and applying them to US corporations. It's skirting US law by targeting the portion of these corporate networks outside the US. It's the same sort of legal argument the NSA used to justify collecting address books and buddy lists worldwide.

  • Although the Washington Post article specifically talks about Google and Yahoo, you have to assume that all the other major -- and many of the minor -- cloud services are compromised this same way. That means Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Badoo, Dropbox, and on and on and on.

  • It is well worth re-reading all the government denials about bulk collection and direct access after PRISM was exposed. It seems that it's impossible to get the truth out of the NSA. Its carefully worded denials always seem to hide what's really going on.

  • In light of this, PRISM is really just insurance: a way for the NSA to get legal cover for information it already has. My guess is that the NSA collects the vast majority of its data surreptitiously, using programs such as these. Then, when it has to share the information with the FBI or other organizations, it gets it again through a more public program like PRISM.

  • What this really shows is how robust the surveillance state is, and how hard it will be to craft laws reining in the NSA. All the bills being discussed so far only address portions of the problem: specific programs or specific legal justifications. But the NSA's surveillance infrastructure is much more robust than that. It has many ways into our data, and all sorts of tricks to get around the law. Note this quote from yesterday's story:

    John Schindler, a former NSA chief analyst and frequent defender who teaches at the Naval War College, said it is obvious why the agency would prefer to avoid restrictions where it can.

    "Look, NSA has platoons of lawyers, and their entire job is figuring out how to stay within the law and maximize collection by exploiting every loophole," he said. "It's fair to say the rules are less restrictive under Executive Order 12333 than they are under FISA," the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

    No surprise, really. But it illustrates how difficult meaningful reform will be. I wrote this in September:

    It's time to start cleaning up this mess. We need a special prosecutor, one not tied to the military, the corporations complicit in these programs, or the current political leadership, whether Democrat or Republican. This prosecutor needs free rein to go through the NSA's files and discover the full extent of what the agency is doing, as well as enough technical staff who have the capability to understand it. He needs the power to subpoena government officials and take their sworn testimony. He needs the ability to bring criminal indictments where appropriate. And, of course, he needs the requisite security clearance to see it all.

    We also need something like South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where both government and corporate employees can come forward and tell their stories about NSA eavesdropping without fear of reprisal.

    Without this, crafting reform legislation will be impossible.

  • Finally, we need more encryption on the Internet. We have made surveillance too cheap, not just for the NSA but for all nation-state adversaries. We need to make it expensive again.

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ravenel
1842 days ago
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Per usual, great breakdown of the latest NSA revelations from Schneier. 100% agreed on the need for a special prosecutor at this point.
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The Broker Bodega

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Tumblr of the day: ads for bodega items if they were written by NYC real estate brokers.

Broker Bodega

*~TOTAL GUT RENOVATION~* (via @akuban)

Tags: advertising   real estate
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steingart
1843 days ago
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^bump
Princeton, NJ
cinebot
1843 days ago
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ACCURATE
toronto.
ksw
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ravenel
1843 days ago
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Oh my god, so true.
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