Facebook gathers data for data mining operations used by data brokers

When it comes to mass spying, the best game in town is not CIA or any of the alphabet soup agencies. Private companies and data brokers have been doing data collection on a massive scale, and given their advanced statistical methods, this information can say a lot about a person. In fact, I’d say that what they have is better than what the alphabet soup has, and their data has a lot of implications.


This started when companies like Amazon realized that they can make a profit every step of the way: sell items to customers, sell customers’ data to data brokers. Data brokering has since become much bigger, and so the data collection methods have also become much more extensive. There are many ways to gather mass data, and these are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head: first, many websites straight up sell their data to brokers. This includes many online vendors, all kinds of popular sites (not all of them, but some of them), adult entertainment sites, you name it. If those sites do not sell data, dishonest brokers can and do embed tracking ads on sites that accept them, revealing a user’s entire browsing history. Then of course there are companies like Google, that sell user search histories.

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How to Block those nasty Ads on Spotify app in Windows, Linux and OSX.

Today I will show you how to easily block the servers hosting Spotify ads on your Linux/Mac or Windows machine. This will allow you to listen all day long on a free account without hearing a single ad.  This trick is very simple, legal and works great.  Spotify may catch on and find some way to stop this from working but, as of today (10/03/2018) it works swimmingly.


Blocking Ad Server

In order to remove those pesky ads, all we need to do is setup out hosts file to override the DNS for Spotify’s ad servers and redirect that traffic to our local machine.  When the traffic hits out local machine the call will fail and the ad will be skipped.  Follow the steps below to add the entries needed.

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Make your AdBlock invisible to most sites that require you to disable AdBlock.

The Anti-Adblock Killer Script has not been updated for quite a while now. Most sites can sniff it.


Fortunately, there are a few alternatives. I have been using the uBlock Protector Extension (Chrome only) for the past month and it works flawlessly. It is also updated frequently.

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AMD USB 3.X with kernel/IOMMU issue fix

The MSI/Gigabyte AMD motherboards are well known having several issue with USB 3.X front port in combination with Linux for long time now. and here’s how to fix that.

The workaround that works is to enable IOMMU in the BIOS and then change the following line in /etc/default/grub:
Change GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=”” to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=”iommu=soft” ( As seen in screenshot below)

Also in BIOS make sure these options are enabled: xHCI handoff, EHCI handoff, IOMMU controller.

This should fix issues not able to use USB 3.x on mobo to front case in Linux.

Linux Speed Up! Get a faster boot-up, a swifter desktop and more responsive apps.

Everyone loves a speedy computer. In this section we’ll look at some essential tricks to speed up your computer. You don’t have to be an experienced campaigner to get more mileage out of your Linux box. There are some techniques that even new users can employ to trick their Linux distro to boot faster.

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Today’s the 24th first anniversary of 1st Linux kernel release.

Today’s the 24th first anniversary of 1st Linux kernel release. October 5th is the day when Linus Torvalds released the 1st Linux kernel.
If you remember, back in August, we celebrated the birthday of Linux. August 25th is the day when Linus Torvalds first told the world that he was working on a project named Linux. However, the Linux community celebrates October 5th as another anniversary of Linux.
So, is Linux confused about its birthday just like Google? Well, October 5th is the day when Linus released the first kernel.
Today, Linux is running the world and more companies are adopting it to run their systems.
On the occasion of Linux kernel birthday, The Linux Foundation shared some interesting facts about the same. Let’s take a look at them:
  • Version 0.01 of the Linux kernel had 10,239 lines of code.
  • Version 4.1, released in July 2015, has more than 19 million lines of code.
  • The current Linux kernel is the result of one of the largest collaborative projects ever attempted.
  • Nearly 12,000 developers from more than 1,200 companies have contributed to the Linux kernel since tracking began 10 years ago.
  • The rate of Linux development is unmatched. The average number of changes accepted into the kernel per hour is 7.71, which translates to 185 changes every day and nearly 1,300 per week.
  • As of last month, 115,013,302 total lines of source code were present in The Linux Foundation’s Collaborative Projects.
  • It would take a team of 1,356 developers over 30 years to recreate the code base in these projects.
  • The total economic value of this work is estimated at more than $5 billion.
These facts are taken from The Linux Foundation‘s anniversary post.