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Barnes & Noble databases hacked
#41  DNSB 10-20-2020, 06:51 PM
Quote DuckieTigger
It still doesn't solve the problem of making a copy of your fingerprint and sticking it on somebody else's live finger.
You would need to use a very thin translucent copy of the fingerprint which would have a poor chance of being recognized.
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#42  pwalker8 10-21-2020, 09:44 AM
Quote DNSB
You would need to use a very thin translucent copy of the fingerprint which would have a poor chance of being recognized.
But it works in the movies, certainly it should work in the real world.

I'm pretty sure that most of us don't have to worry about having our fingers hacked off so someone can look at what we have on our laptop. People like Warren Buffett have body guards following him around who make sure that no one hacks off his finger.
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#43  DiapDealer 10-21-2020, 09:48 AM
I fully admit that the possibility of having any of my digits removed/stolen does not factor at all into my online security considerations.
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#44  Uncle Robin 10-21-2020, 10:17 AM
Quote pwalker8
But it works in the movies, certainly it should work in the real world.

I'm pretty sure that most of us don't have to worry about having our fingers hacked off so someone can look at what we have on our laptop. People like Warren Buffett have body guards following him around who make sure that no one hacks off his finger.
An xkcd reference seems called for here: https://xkcd.com/538/ (mouseover text apt, too)
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#45  fjtorres 10-21-2020, 01:02 PM
Quote Uncle Robin
An xkcd reference seems called for here: https://xkcd.com/538/ (mouseover text apt, too)
More likely still:

"Laptop's encrypted."
"Sell it to the fence on fifth street. He'll give us twenty. It's not like the guy's in politics."
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#46  Quoth 10-21-2020, 01:43 PM
Quote Sarmat89
That seems pretty unlikely, given NT 4 was supported until 2001.
I think it was supported longer than that, but Supported <> Secure. You need security expertise and probably a firewall appliance too to EVER connect ANY OS direct to the Internet, even if it's not configured as a server.

It's totally true. We used firewalls and disabled a lot of services. We cleaned up a lot of other people's messes too.

It still true. IoT and Security cameras are notorious now. The uPNP should NEVER have been on any firewall. Plug and Play IoT and Cameras etc that automatically open inward ports on your firewall / router and have default passwords or are insecure are rife. Servers not so much as Public facing servers are either rented hosting or only now set up by IT experts, though there are exceptions.

No Windows SINCE NT 4.0 is really any better for Internet facing security out of the box and some were worse.
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#47  fjtorres 10-21-2020, 01:47 PM
Quote raindog89
Yep I actually went and bought my first Kindle. It's a pity because I've had virtually every Nook they made, and considered B&N the Avis, We Try Harder contender. (Or am I dating myself here?)

But Nook just couldn't keep up. It seems they were running on fumes for a while. But I think they still have a sentimental commitment to the business -- they can't be making any money on it.

And I really feel guilty to actually use a Kindle, but technically, they even beat Kobo (well at least for a few esoteric functions).
Anybody else looking to jump to the "dark side", BEST BUY has Prime day prices on the Paperwhite today/tomorrow. That's $80. The $50 discount might assuage the guilt.

Other models, too:

https://www.cnet.com/news/best-buy-has-kindle-e-readers-at-prime-day-prices-kindle-paperwhite-for-80-75-off-kindle-oasis-and-more/
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#48  DNSB 10-22-2020, 03:57 PM
If you happen to be an author, one of my acquaintance is still unable to upload a new book from the author dashboard since it is still unavailable. B&N has assured him that it will be fixed by the end of day on Friday (2020-Oct-23). He's wondering if it is worthwhile since B&N is far behind Kobo never mind Amazon in terms of his book sales.
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#49  Quoth 10-23-2020, 11:45 AM
Upload to Smashwords and they distribute to most sellers except Amazon and Google. I've had Apple, Tolino, Kobo and Barnes & Noble (Nook) sales via Smashwords. We sell about x2 as much on Amazon as Smashwords, so obviously using both makes sense, despite in general Amazon has about 90% of ebook sales.
Google Playstore/Google Books hardly seems worth uploading to, except it's free and more advertising? No Google Sales in 5 years!

But I think Barnes & Noble hasn't yet figured how to sell paper and ebooks, despite that Amazon has done so for years.
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#50  HLS 10-30-2020, 05:05 PM
B&N still not right. Took days for the books to show on my older nook
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