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  • A little more background on that security disaster that almost was.  (Substack)

    It looks like it started with "social engineering" - a confidence scam - two years ago, with one person attacking the maintainer of the xz utility and another one offering to help, and then actually helping.  That warped over time into slipping more and more suspect code into the package, until they got caught.

    It's a bit of an odd one because it took a lot of care and planning but was guaranteed to get caught and removed if it ever went mainstream.  So it's not a targeted attack on particular groups, and not subtle enough to pass unnoticed long-term.

    If you infect one server you're likely to get away with it, but if you infect every server in the world, there are literally hundreds of honeypot servers set up by security researchers specifically to detect weird stuff like this.

    Purely speculation but I'm wondering if this was North Korea rather than China or Russia.  It looks like the kind of miscalculation they would make.

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Sasaki and Peeps Opening Credits Video of the Day


Not sure what I expected going into this, but this show goes in every direction at once.  It's no Frieren but it's not objectionable either, and it just got a second season so we won't be left hanging for too long.

I really like the quiet competence of the main character.  He's not out to save the world; he's just trying to do his job, no matter how weird things get.



Disclaimer: I think "Don't care, didn't ask" would make a great state motto.

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1 I don't think we should ban tiktard or the smellies who inhabit it, but we could decriminalise ass-whoopin' of those who have tiktok accounts.

Posted by: normal at Monday, April 01 2024 02:57 AM (bg2DR)

2 Sasaki started off with so many disparate elements it left you wondering where it was going to go.  After several episodes it left me wonder if it was even going to go anywhere, but I pushed on through.  Was the first season mostly background development for the second season?  It did have some understated humor moments I appreciated.

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?




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