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Computing, Phones, & Tablets / Re: Web Browser Security
« Last post by jdaniele on November 08, 2019, 04:30:34 PM »
Awesome website to test if your web browser is prompting you properly for permissions.

https://permission.site
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United States / Re: Random text messages sent overnight 11072019
« Last post by jdaniele on November 08, 2019, 11:03:00 AM »
Just a thought but I wonder if this has anything to do with the new RCS Messaging that I've been hearing about.
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Computing, Phones, & Tablets / Re: Google Chrome ver 78 blocks the "www" and "https"
« Last post by jdaniele on November 08, 2019, 10:47:06 AM »
So I now have multiable confirmed ways (that work in v78 to get around this issue. I updated tools.techs.club to reflected this.

Google Chrome address bar fix (via an offical extension):
(Force Chrome to display the full address)
(This disables the flag 'Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Scheme')
(This disables the flag 'Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Trivial Subdomains')
Code: [Select]
Step 1: Copy and paste "https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/suspicious-site-reporter/jknemblkbdhdcpllfgbfekkdciegfboi" in Chrome address bar
Step 2: Confirm the publisher is "google.com" under the extension name. Step 3: Press the 'Add to Chrome' button.
Step 4: If prompt, press 'Add extension' and you'll now see a little flag near menu button.

Google Chrome address bar fix (via flags):
(Force Chrome to display the full address)
(This disables the flag 'Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Scheme')
(This disables the flag 'Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Trivial Subdomains')
Code: [Select]
Step 1: Copy and paste "chrome://flags/#temporary-unexpire-flags-m76" in Chrome address bar
Step 2: Look for 'Temporarily unexpire M76 flags.' and switch from 'Default' to 'Enabled'
Step 3: Press the 'Relaunch' button and wait for Chrome to reload.
Step 4: Copy and paste "chrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-hide-steady-state-url-scheme" in Chrome address bar
Step 5: Search for 'URL Scheme'
Step 6: Look for 'Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Scheme' and switch from 'Default' to 'Disabled'
Step 7: Copy and paste "chrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-hide-steady-state-url-trivial-subdomains" in Chrome address bar
Step 8: Search for 'Trivial Subdomains'
Step 9: Look for 'Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Trivial Subdomains' and switch from 'Default' to 'Disabled'
Step 10: Press the 'Relaunch' button and wait for Chrome to reload.

Google Chrome for Windows address bar fix (startup parameter):
(Force Chrome to display the full address in Windows)
(This disables the flag 'Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Scheme')
(This disables the flag 'Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Trivial Subdomains')
Code: [Select]
Step 1: Find Google Chrome desktop icon.
Step 2: Right-click on Google Chrome icon and select Properties.
Step 3: Look for the "Target:" field, place the curser after the file path, and after the quotes with a space between.
Step 4: Copy and paste "--disable-features=OmniboxUIExperimentHideSteadyStateUrlScheme,OmniboxUIExperimentHideSteadyStateUrlTrivialSubdomains" in the field.
Step 5: Press Apply then OK and now you will see full address.
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United States / Random text messages sent overnight 11072019
« Last post by jdaniele on November 08, 2019, 09:01:28 AM »
So I was hearing a few people had a bunch of random texts from people they have in their contacts randomly texting them overnight. I received one too from a buddy (aka Anthony lol). When I sent him a screen shot, he said it wasn't him. Anyone hear anything out there? It was all SMS texts and between 2:30a-4a EST.

This is all over the news now... something fishy was definitely going on.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/7/20953422/text-messages-delayed-received-overnight-valentines-day-delay
https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/valentines-day-texts-old-messages-random-phone-messaging-issue-explained-2019-11-1028670746
https://www.cnet.com/news/delayed-valentines-day-messages-were-sent-on-every-network-overnight/
https://qz.com/1744280/people-are-just-now-receiving-delayed-texts-from-february/
https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a29726341/texts-delayed-random/
https://www.androidauthority.com/strange-texts-november-2019-1051808/
https://www.abc15.com/national/weird-text-messages-overnight-sprint-says-update-caused-message-confusion
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/a-ton-of-people-received-text-messages-overnight-that-were-originally-sent-on-valentines-day/ar-BBWqhYn
https://www.engadget.com/2019/11/07/old-text-message-glitch/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/11/08/thousands-people-just-got-text-messages-sent-valentines-day/2527660001/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/11/07/forgot-you-not-valentines-day-ghost-texts-arrive-months-late/
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cell-phones-mysterious-text-messages_n_5dc4424fe4b0d8eb3c917dcf
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/wave-of-text-messages-delivered-months-late-leads-to-lots-of-confusion-and-quickly-changing-emotions/
https://www.fox5dc.com/news/months-later-thousands-of-people-reportedly-received-undelivered-text-messages-sent-around-valentines-day
https://nj1015.com/got-a-weird-text-message-overnight-heres-why/
https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/07/tech/text-messages-delayed-valentines-day/index.html
https://fox43.com/2019/11/07/people-received-text-messages-overnight-originally-sent-on-valentines-day/
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United States / Re: Marijuana Legalization
« Last post by jdaniele on November 06, 2019, 03:12:05 PM »
Gonna post then update my post with sited paragraphs.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeadams/2019/11/05/reasons-marijuana-legalization-seems-to-be-failing/

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One of the biggest arguments made by cannabis advocates when trying to sell their spiel to politicians and voters was that legal weed would eliminate the black market. This, they said, would make it more difficult for children to get their hands on pot than in decades past while also generating significant tax revenue for the states. But the underground pot trade hasnít really gone anywhere. In fact, it is only growing stronger now that criminal organizations have the luxury of being domestically based instead of running distribution from Mexico.

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Furthermore, the black market in legal states is carrying over to areas of prohibition, as well. It is part of the reason that the counterfeit vapes said to be making so many people severely ill (and even killing some) have become so prevalent. Law enforcement agencies all across the country have also been complaining that people trafficking pot in from legal states is making their jobs more difficult.

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Diehard cannabis advocates might argue that all of the black market madness exists because of conflicting federal and state law. There was even a point where I would have been inclined to agree that federal prohibition is the real monster behind all of this ruckus. But Iím not convinced at this juncture, at least not 100 percent. Why? Well, just take a look to the north in Canada, where marijuana has been legal nationwide for the past year. Itís black market pot trade is still way stronger than the legal sector.

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Marijuana legalization, at least as far as the United States is concerned, hasnít even accomplished the modest task of reducing the number of arrests made in this country for pot possession.

Believe it or not, in spite of more states bringing weed into the mainstream, the latest FBI crime data shows that police forces in America still busted more people for pot last year than they did in 2016 and 2017. Well over a half a million people went to jail for marijuana possession during that time.

Considering all of the insanity surrounding the cannabis trade, itís hard to argue that marijuana legalization is working. It should be, but the scene is just too convoluted. Whatís scary is some 2020 presidential candidates, like Bernie Sanders, have proposed ending federal prohibition using the same types of taxed and regulatory models where high taxes and increased spending are all part of the plan. Itís difficult to imagine, though, knowing what we know now, that the American people are ready to support such a high-dollar scheme. Sure, the polls show the majority of the U.S. population supports marijuana legalization. But that doesnít mean they will buy it legally once it happens.

EDIT: Ok cited what I was reading mostly. It's a chunk of the article itself but some info could've been left out which I did.
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Computing, Phones, & Tablets / Web Tracking
« Last post by jdaniele on October 31, 2019, 05:43:02 AM »
So I finding way to see what's being tracked while online. Firefox now gives a report about what's tracking you.
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2019/06/04/firefox-now-available-with-enhanced-tracking-protection-by-default/

This website tells you if your HTTP reference tracking is active. This one is one I think about a lot. Why does the website before and after need to know where I'm going.
https://www.whatismyreferer.com/
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Computing, Phones, & Tablets / Google Chrome Command-Line Flags
« Last post by jdaniele on October 31, 2019, 05:38:32 AM »
Not sure what version they'll work in or if they're still active but I found this list of features that work in command line or within the Chrome shortcuts. These are also features that you can't use any other way.

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/chrome-command-line-switches
https://kapeli.com/cheat_sheets/Chromium_Command_Line_Switches.docset/Contents/Resources/Documents/index
https://www.maketecheasier.com/useful-chrome-command-line-switches/
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Computing, Phones, & Tablets / Re: DoH (DNS-over-HTTPS)
« Last post by jdaniele on October 31, 2019, 05:34:40 AM »
So with Firefox this feature is fully integrated in the settings and Chrome 78 now has a flag for it. Once the flag is enabled it only activates when your host DNS is using the protocol. I've tested this and it works. Of course Comcast isn't using it. FYI it isn't easy to test this feature so it's hard to even know if it's working without doing a traceroute.
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