Late night links September 10, 2014

The last week I've been stressing out over a Spanish project that was due this evening. As such, I was unable to get something up for this morning. I have since submitted my project for grading and I am now free to post some content on this website.

A couple things.

Home Depot confirms breach but stays mum as to size - Robert Lemos - ars technica

Monday Home Depot confirmed what we all suspected, they had their point-of-sale (PoS) terminals compromised. If you have shopped at a Home Depot in either the U.S. or Canada at some point in the last five months, all the way back to April, then your credit card was likely stolen by online criminals. Call your bank and have a new card issued.

Unfortunately, this is one of those situations where you did nothing wrong (other than shop at Home Depot, BAZINGA!) and you got your financial information compromised. However, there are some thing you can do to help protect your financial well-being, which I wrote about yesterday.

We're in the battle for the net - battleforthenet.com

The internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and AT&T are trying to have the FCC restructure regulations so that they can provide two lanes with differing speeds for sites on the internet. 

From Wikipedia:

Net neutrality (also network neutrality or Internet neutrality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.

If ISPs are allowed to regulate the internet, then we essentially lose our freedom on the internet. If you want to get a better understanding of the situation, here is John Oliver's take on the whole issue. It's 15 minutes long, but worth it.