Due to the influx of Tumblr refugees and spambots, I will not accept follow requests from people without profiles or a posting history that is interesting enough to make it clear you're not a bot.
If I've followed you and never authorized you to follow me, that's a mistake, so please let me know if you're in that situation. Not that you'll see this.
CWs Show more
FTR the only thing I get at all irritated about people not CWing is super long posts that require a bunch of reading for me to decide if I'm interested in reading it or not. Well, and super long posts generally, but I'll acknowledge that not auto-collapsing those is a misfeature in the various frontends.
I'll gladly CW stuff that triggers people who follow me because of past trauma or whatever. But if it's just stuff you don't want to read, this is why we get to choose whom to follow.
Tumblr post, my beliefs w.r.t (anti-)capitalism. Show more
I made a post that I can direct people at so they're not surprised when I say stuff they don't like, just because I happened to also say some stuff they did like.
Please fill out a profile and post some stuff before trying to follow me, or send me a DM introducing yourself.
Walking into Lush as a dude they're like "YOU LOOK LIKE YOU NEED HELP!"
And I did. So that's nice.
Present day authoritarians mirror rise of Fascism in 1930s Show more
#Amnesty: global rise of #authoritarian leaders "mirrors the rise of #fascism in the 1930s"; "bully tactics trying to demonise and persecute already marginalised and vulnerable communities" https://www.thejournal.ie/amnesty-human-rights-4382205-Dec2018/
Ugh. Claiming that we now live in the world of the 'Mother of All Demos' missed the entire point of the demo.
FCC Investigates Mystery Mobile Carrier Suspected of Lying About 4G Coverage. Classic cash grab scenario for funding to improve coverage in rural areas. https://gizmodo.com/fcc-investigates-mystery-mobile-carrier-suspected-of-ly-1830989648
I say this as a cis dude. Using another person's proper pronouns costs us _nothing_. It's just common courtesy.
Refusing to do so just makes you an asshole. The math isn't complicated on this one.
FreeBSD NFS vulnerability Show more
Apparently FreeBSD versions prior to 11.2-something could potentially allow unprivileged users that could talk to it over NFSv4 to execute arbitrary code. It seems unlikely that you're running FreeBSD with NFS open to the Internet, but I did recently say that was a perfectly valid thing to do.
High-temperature superconductivity Show more
Superconductivity at temperatures that are no longer in any sense cryogenic (250K), but at huge pressure (170 gigapascals). Cost is really what's important from a practicality standpoint, but this is still interesting because of the model that successfully predicted it, which could lead to more materials.
US OPM shady justification on trans rights Show more
US Office of Personnel Management (the government agency over the Federal workforce) offers a transparently bogus justification for removing guidance protecting #transgender workers, saying it was necessary to provide agencies with "autonomy" https://thinkprogress.org/opm-justifies-removal-trans-employee-language-protections-72c746043c45/
VA teacher fired, transphobia Show more
#VA school board fires a teacher for insubordination, who refused to use a student's pronouns, purportedly prevented from doing so by his "Christian beliefs" (a common euphemism for bigotry) https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/teacher-fired-refusing-use-transgender-student-s-pronouns-n946006
Anyone interested in a mastodon instance focused on India? I have seen that many Indian users on Twitter have to go through vicious trolling.
The philosophy is to have a hate-speech free version of Twitter for Indians, free of fake news and IT Cells. We'll have bots to follow Modi, Gandhi, Kejriwal, etc. and some news websites. The servers could be crowdfunded.
Boost to show support, comment to discuss.
Google managed to introduce YET ANOTHER SECURITY HOLE into G+, so they're shutting down the consumer version EVEN FASTER. This tells me that they're unwilling to put effort into software that doesn't make them money, so we should expect to see security holes and surprise shutdowns in everything except Search and Ads.
San Jose is about to unveil it's "Emergency Sleeping Cabin" prototype. Emergencies are by definition temporary, but the housing crisis in the SF Bay Area has no end in sight.
(Or realizes that their graphql queries become SQL queries on the backend.)
Oh, you wanted to limit your query, not LIMIT your query.
I need to remember that not everyone thinks in SQL.
If you think you're only scaling the need for human intervention linearly as you scale up your service, you're almost certainly scaling it superlinearly in reality, because by default it will scale not only with the number of servers, but with the number of different interdependencies as well. Scaling the need for human intervention linearly or below requires careful design.
It's only technical debt if you have a plan to pay it back. Otherwise it's just bad technical decisions.
Random reminder to use a password manager if you aren't already! It'll help you stay safe online by using long, unique passwords for each service you use.
While LastPass or 1Password are great choices, I prefer KeePassXC
Official site: https://keepassxc.org/
Official quick-start guide: https://keepassxc.org/quickstart/
My getting-started guide: https://sts10.github.io/2017/06/27/keepassxc-setup-guide.html
Just took NPM's interminably long survey. Only a couple questions even indirectly addressed security; the only way to say "I think NPM security is a trash fire" was to NOT check "Community code is safe" as an option in one of the questions.
Guess we aren't going to be seeing any security improvements anytime soon.
Turned off auto-renew on all my domain names and transferred the ones I want to keep from Google Domains to Gandi. Anyone want forktheweb.org?