That’s not how 2FA works

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List of tweeters advocating for 2FA.

Another day, another high-profile website cloned to phish credentials. Is this a phishing attempt? Goes to "" and asks for username and pw (if so, it nearly got me!) /cc @github — Tess Rinearson (@_tessr) January 16, 2021 In the replies, you’ll see lots of techbros saying “this is why you should switch on…

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£25 GDPR Compensation – why it’s always worth complaining

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A tiny lego Storm Trooper eats a chocolate coin.

Back in 2011, I sold all of my shares in my former employer and used the money to buy solar panels. I closed my account at the same time. Or so I thought Fast-forward 9 years, and I was surprised to receive an unwanted email from the corporate shareholding service. It was some nonsense about…

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WordPress Stories – a quick review

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In product screenshot. You've got early access to Story Posts and we'd love for you to give it a try. Now stories are for everyoneCombine photos, videos, and text to create engaging and tappable story posts that your visitors will love.Story posts don't disappearThey're published as a new blog post on your site, so your audience never misses out on a thing.

The WordPress app for Android prompted me to add a story! This is a new and experimental feature. Sadly, it isn’t very good. Here’s how it works. There’s a brief description and some aspirational screenshots. There’s a basic image picker. Then you get some basic tools to add text on top of your image. I…

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Movie Review: Wonder Woman 1984

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A guady superhero poster.

There’s nothing wrong with this movie. It’s just so… ordinary. Partly, that’s a failure of the superhero genre. They’re all identical movies. I am strong enough to defeat common thieves! Here is a baddie who is somehow stronger than you! I will defeat you due to really believing in myself! Fan service post-credits scene. WW1984…

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Book Review: Radical Help – Hillary Cottam

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Book cover for Radical Help.

How should we live: how should we care for one another; grow our capabilities to work, to learn, to love and fully realise our potential? This exciting and ambitious book shows how we can re-design the welfare state for this century. A challenging read for civil servants and policy makers. When old institutions and systems…

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How to preserve deleted Tweets in WordPress?

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HTML code of an iFrame.

I like quoting people’s Tweets in my blog posts. But, sometimes, people delete their Tweets. This blog post examines two questions. How to preserve Tweets in blog posts that they are still readable even after the user deletes them. Whether this is morally acceptable behaviour. Let’s tackle the easy question first. Preserving Tweets Using the…

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Book Review: Signal to Noise – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Book cover featuring an unspooled cassette tape.

A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City, finalist for the British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst and Aurora awards. The only way I can describe this book is that it’s the movie “The Craft” crossed with Nick Hornby’s novel “High Fidelity”. At times it gets bogged down in the…

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MSc Notes – 0th Week

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I’m doing an MSc Apprenticeship! As part of my desire to work in the open, these are (semi-regular) weeknotes about what I’ve done / learned / achieved. I tend to be grumpy and curmudgeonly when faced with something I don’t understand – or when I suspect I won’t be good at an activity. So read…

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Falsehoods programmers believe about… Biometrics

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A fingerprint being scanned.

(For the new reader, there is a famous essay called Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names. It has since spawned a long list of Falsehoods Programmers Believe About….) Everyone has fingerprints! The BBC has a grim tale of a family with a genetic mutation which means they have no fingerprints. It details the issues they have…

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Book Review: Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors by Matt Parker

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Book cover with an aeroplane with backwards wings mistakenly fixed to it.

What makes a bridge wobble when it’s not meant to? Billions of dollars mysteriously vanish into thin air? A building rock when its resonant frequency matches a gym class leaping to Snap’s 1990 hit I’ve Got The Power? The answer is maths. Or, to be precise, what happens when maths goes wrong in the real…

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