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21 XMPP use-cases and the best ways to achieve them | Erlang Solution blog

If you're considering XMPP for your project but you are unsure if it can provide the functionality you need, you'll eventually end up here:

I'm pretty sure you'll be quite intimidated by such a long list of features and extensions. Fear not, help is here!


Big Sur to remain cut off for at least 6 months

(AP) — Almost all the hotels, restaurants and state parks cut off when a bridge on the Central California coast crumbled last month remain closed, but Kurt Mayer chose to keep his deli and taproom open — even though it's costing him. Heavy rains this winter damaged the span on iconic Highway 1 beyond repair, splitting the touristy Big Sur area in two and stranding more than 400 residents on one side. Visitors have been blocked from reaching part of the community known for its luxury spas, posh hotels and scenic retreats. For Mayer, the bridge closure means a six-hour, round-trip route several times a week to buy goods to stock the shelves. East of the bridge, a 2-foot-wide trail is under construction to allow people who live south of the damaged span to bypass it by walking about 30 minutes each way through steep terrain. An online fundraiser has generated about $245,000 of at least $500,000 needed to recover from the lost income and repair an entrance road damaged by walloping rains.


Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez allegedly handcuffed at ICE office - ABC News

Congressman allegedly handcuffed at ICE office

A U.S. congressman said he was briefly handcuffed after refusing to leave a meeting at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Chicago.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said he participated in a sit-in at the Chicago ICE headquarters after attending a meeting there.
"Federal police giving us...


Not Florida!

Man steals street sweeper in Hillsboro, leads police on 10-mile chase that reaches 65 mph

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A man was arrested early Sunday morning after leading police on a 10-mile chase in a stolen street sweeper that reached speeds of 65 miles per hour.

Watching Nature on PBS today and I learned about this animal.

Coywolf - Wikipedia

Coywolf Captive-bred F1 gray wolf-coyote hybrids, Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minnesota Conservation status Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1) Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Canidae Genus: Canis Species: C. latrans × C. lupus Coywolf (sometimes called woyote) is an informal...


BBC Tells Facebook About Child Porn on the Network, Facebook Reports BBC to Police

Facebook has come under fire for not doing enough to police secret groups that trade child porn on the network. And in a disturbing twist, Facebook seems to be making the problem worse. When BBC journalists discovered child porn on the network and sent those images to Facebook last week, the company reported the BBC to police in the UK for the distribution of illegal images.

Hypolite Petovan 3 weeks ago
Yeah, I felt it was kind of a bold and unwarranted move to claim not to have ever ordered spying on anyone while Obama just had to deny it ordered to spy on Trump specifically. WikiLeaks Vault 7: Encrypted Apps Like Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp Not So Secure (Stephanie Dube Dwilson)

WikiLeaks' Vault 7 revealed that the CIA found a way around the encryption of popular apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and…
Hypolite Petovan 3 weeks ago
Application security doesn't have anything to do with an OS-based hack. Basically, no app can ever be secure if the OS is compromised. If your phone isn't compromised at its core, secure apps still work.

Thomas Willingham 3 weeks ago
It begs the question who are you defending yourself from?

If you're facing a determined hacker, you're screwed. We know this. If you're fighting your government, you've already lost. Given what we've learnt over the last few years (and strongly suspected for years before that), there are vulnerabilities in everything. If your government can get in, so can any determined hacker. You haven't already lost if they're not state sponsored, but your days are numbered.

But in the real world, there aren't many determined hackers, and there are lots of potential targets for determined hackers. The chances of being targeted by a determined hacker are very low indeed for any randomly selected member of society. Probably slightly more if you happened to be active in open source communities - because you're likely to know sufficiently technically skilled people, and the best way to become a victim of a determined hacker is to upset them personally.

In the real world, you probably don't have to worry about that at all.

For most people, in most cases, app security is way more important. Most hackers just want a credit card number or whatever, they don't care whose it is. Way easier to get those by scanning millions of machines for app vulnerabilities that have been unpatched for a decade than it is to search one machine for a bug that was only present in Linux kernel 2.4.234 for three weeks.

So yeah, app security is locking your doors and closing your windows. If you're looking at OS security, it's pointless, they'll just put the window through - your only real option is to install some CCTV so you can find out who did it.

Hypolite Petovan 3 weeks ago
And even then, you better install the camera on your neighbor's wall because anything you install on your walls can be teared down the same way your windows were.


A Call To Let’s Encrypt: Stop Issuing “PayPal” Certificates

The issue of Let's Encrypt PayPal certificates being used for phishing can be easily addressed without impacting the CA or its mission.
Thomas Willingham 3 weeks ago
I completely with LetsEncrypt. It is not their job to block malicious websites. Doing so is a slippery slope for them, and for us. The "slippery slope" is a logical fallacy, but in this case governments and organisations are already trying to perform this kind of censorship, and the only reason the CAs haven't been called in is that nobody has thought of it yet.

As we move towards encrypted everything, any CA that moderates any content becomes a gatekeeper of the web. They become a single point of failure for the entire internet, and they will cause it to fail.

The place for this kind of activity is in voluntarily installed software in the client. It's not in the CA infrastructure.

I was at a Radio Shack on Friday, I can see why they are going bankrupt.

RadioShack's Successor Preparing to File for Bankruptcy, Sources Say

General Wireless Operations, the RadioShack successor created by a partnership between Sprint Corp. and the defunct retailer’s owners, is preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to people familiar with the matter.