Interesting article by SF writer Greg Egan on this question: "If you looked through a wormhole, what would you see?"
We're well past the first wave of "I hacked ur b0x3n, s3nd b1tc01n or I post ur n00dz" spam, and it is interesting to note that the passwords they are claiming to have stolen with their malware have been mangled.
Recently, I've been getting an incomplete password substring. This suggests that the password list got corrupted somehow, or the spam scripts have developed a bug.
Have some pride! Automated testing is the gold standard, but these folks could at least run manual integration tests.
Thanks to my wonderful spouse, I now have to come to terms with the fact that the document editing software I am working on, in which I recently implemented a drawing feature, will very likely be used by teenage boys to draw dicks on each others' schoolwork.
Compared with automated mass surveillance and weapons platforms, this seems like a less problematic application of a software product. But a responsible engineer should consider all the ramifications of what they build, regardless.
In the holy name of Cthulhu, stop doing video tutorials!
They are useless, do not allow you to go in depth on a subject, and, unless your production values are top notch (read professional sound and image crew) will probably be horrible and a pain to watch.
If you care about a technical subject, please take the time to *write* about it and publish it on the Internet.
This echoes @mako’s thoughts:
‘These decisions to embrace nonfree and private development tools undermine our credibility in advocating for software freedom and compromise our freedom, and that of our users, in ways that we should reject.’
— Free Software Needs Free Tools 👉🏻 https://mako.cc/writing/hill-free_tools.html
Mozilla is shutting down their IRC servers and moving to Discord, a proprietary chat service.
Hey Mozilla, aren't we forgetting something here? Our very own "Mozilla Pledge for a Healthy Internet” states:
> Principle 2 The internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.
> Principle 6 The effectiveness of the internet as a public resource depends upon interoperability (protocols, data formats, content), innovation and decentralized participation worldwide.
Exploring the space of auth on the WWW for a personal project, and I am disappointed at how it still seems nontrivial to set up user/password logins for an arbitrary independent Web service. HTTPS with Basic auth is always an option, but anything more complicated or secure quickly spirals out of control. Looks like there are a couple of attractors in the space of popular solutions, which really boil down to "shell out to someone else and hope they don't go under/change their TOS on you."
Anyone here on #sdf have some background with the #olpc #xo-1 that you can dust off? I'm trying to rehab a g1g1-era XO-1 for the daughter of a friend, and after trying to bulldoze my old custom Debian setup with the newest Sugar, I am left with a device that only boots into the OFW command prompt and seems to be missing some vital part of its boot-up chain. (The installation process *did* seem to set up a new root filesystem, though.)
@SDF Is the MetaArray in Bad Place right now?
For those who like a good, swift read which caters to contemporary concerns, this came up on my radar at work: https://ironholds.org/resources/papers/mulching.pdf
Also @naturaltonic on Twitter.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko