drwho

@drwho@beehaw.org

Living 20 minutes into the future. Eccentric weirdo. Virtual Adept. Time traveler. Thelemite. Technomage. Hacker on main. APT 3319. Not human. 30% software and implants. H+ - 0.4 on the Berram-7 scale. Furry adjacent. Pan/poly. Burnout.

I try to post as sincerely as possible.

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Still not fixed: Video playback temporarily disabling the screensaver.

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Exactly. It's still not working. At least, on Linux boxen. It's been broken for the last few releases.

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The only fix for that is for nobody to communicate, ever.

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If you look at it from the perspective of "we are not allowed to have nice things, power is the only thing that matters," it not only makes sense it's predictable.

Edit: "victus haze"

"defeated haze"

Somewhat misused Latin? On point.

Descriptive of what is likely to happen? Also on point. .gov never disappoints.

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That is why we took our time when designing the new Find My Device, which uses a crowdsourced device-locating network to help you find your lost or misplaced devices and belongings quickly – even when they’re offline.

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More like, already deployed, this is just the announcement.

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That is a very important lesson to learn early, because the same applies when you're grown up.

Don’t Be Fooled: Much “AI” is Just Outsourcing, Redux ( www.techpolicy.press )

The promise of AI, for corporations and investors, is that companies can increase profits and productivity by slashing their reliance upon a skilled human workforce. But as this story and many others show, AI is just today’s buzzword for “outsourcing,” and it comes with the same problems that have plagued outsourced...

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How much oil do you have?

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How expensive do we have to be for them to actually listen to us for a change? Or do you mean "expensive consultants?"

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Then, nah.

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Shit. I'm going on travel in a month or two.

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If anybody out there is looking for a new career, becoming a lobbyist might be the way to go.

Is xz 5.6.1-3+ still dangerous?

When the xz backdoor was discovered, I quickly uninstalled my Arch based setup with an infected version of the software and switched to a distro that shipped an older version (5.5 or 5.4 or something). I found an article which said that in 5.6.1-3 the backdoor was "fixed" by just not letting the malware part communicating with...

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It's already burned by being discovered.

And, never underestimate the utility of a large botnet.

Should You Pay For An Identity Theft Protection Service? ( blog.thenewoil.org )

Identity theft is a common cause of anxiety in modern society, and it's pretty justifiable. According to a recent survey from US News, almost three quarters of adults have experienced at least one case of identity theft, and 27% have experienced more than one. In 2022 there were more than 1.1 million reports of identity theft,...

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Data breaches are so common, and so many people have been caught in them, why bother paying for ID protection? It's granted a year at a time (for whatever that might be worth) for nothing to everybody caught in it. At this point, we may as well try to leave all those years of ID theft monitoring to our grandkids.

The Miseducation of Kara Swisher ( thebaffler.com )

Silicon Valley was supposed to be “different,” or so veteran tech journalist Kara Swisher wanted to believe. Facebook was going to bring people together, in the process strengthening our communities, our democracies, our world; Google was going to deliver the vast stores of human knowledge to our fingertips; Tesla was going...

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When somebody tells you things will be different, they're usually lying.

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New flash: Fast twitch games go to players with the fastest twitch.

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As someone who sucks at fighting games, no, not really. :D

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Maybe it's taken him this long to kick the tires and develop an opinion from daily use. There's nothing wrong with that.

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That's pretty much the entire Internet these days.

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I think it's because people are taking their frustrations out on whatever seems to make people think something might be on the upswing. Even better, because you can't necessarily see who upvoted nobody can call them on it.

It's like the folks who go to see a movie and gush about how awesome it was when you're sitting around shooting the shit, but the moment they get on the Net they trash it in as many ways as possible.

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We don't know what Cory does all day. We know he has a family, I think he has a kid, that means that he has responsibilities that don't involve blogging. For all we know, at the end of the day he curls up with a dead tree book and unplugs to relax. He might not be as online as his overall style might make him appear and we don't know what all circles of people he runs with, so it's entirely possible that he just heard about it.

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If you actually talk to some of those people as people (person to person, just shooting the shit, not questioning or obviously gathering intel or anything) and the subject comes up, they'll straight up tell you that.

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Ultimately, nothing, unless you built everything yourself from scratch, just about from the silicon up.

Everything is risk management.

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Yes, please. I've got plenty of popcorn for everybody.

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Oh, Internet - thank you for not disappointing me.

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"Conservatives seem more excited about change."

No, conservatives seem excited about changing as much back to the way it was before. Progressives are sad because un-doing progress is significantly easier and faster than making progress.

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If folks haven't yet, what's it going to take?

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How many scripts get re-used outside of the org, though?

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If it was that easy, I don't think the US government would have mandated a whole project to figure it out. NASA would have done it by now and been using it internally for a while before anybody noticed.

That's not sarcasm - that's kinda how NASA solves weird (to baselines) problems like this. They just sort of do it, it's done, and then somebody might get around to publishing a paper about it. At least in the years I worked there (GSFC, 2010-2013) it used to be a thing that engineers would chat about while waiting for the coffee maker to finish brewing a fresh pot, or maybe doodle on a bad while waiting for a run to finish.

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ISS operates under the assumption that it is in GMT.

https://greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/space/

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I have so much "free credit monitoring" from data breaches, I could leave it to my grandkids and they'd be set for life.

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If we ever do, it'll be 40 or 50 years from now.

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Somebody wrote a PoC for it: https://github.com/amlweems/xzbot#backdoor-demo

Basically, if you have a patched SSH client with the right ED448 key you can have the gigged sshd on the other side run whatever commands you want. The demo just does id > /tmp/.xz but it could be whatever command you want.

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Just because somebody picked a vaguely Chinese-sounding handle doesn't mean much about who or where.

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It was nice when it was limited to Usenet only. You knew what was coming and why, and generally speaking businesses stayed away from it.

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Deer season in Pennsylvania has entered the chat. :/

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They're spending a lot of money lobbying inside the Beltway to change that. So far it hasn't worked but it's only a matter of time.

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Looks like he wants to get the gaming community on his side. Clever.

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