Tuesday, August 06
Ooflets Everywhere Edition
- The EU continues to be a shining counterexample to the world when it comes to freedom of speech. (TechDirt)
- Intel really wants you to put their incredibly expensive FPGAs in your servers. (Tom's Hardware)
- Because they know that you're not going to be buying Xeon CPUs much longer. (Tom's Hardware)
- It's not a Fourth Amendment violation if the public carry out surveillance on each other and forward it to the police. (Vice)
It's just East Germany.
- CafePress spilled the beans on 23 million users. (Bleeping Computer)
I have a CafePress account.
- There's an open exploit in the KDE desktop and file viewer. (ZDNet)
If you click on a malicious file it can run code without your confirmation.
The vulnerability was reported straight to Twitter without the usual disclosure to the developers, because the researcher wanted a conference presentation.
- Everyone hates Facebook. (ZDNet)
Particularly with their Libra cryptocurrency platform, where governments are simultaneously demanding impossible guarantees of user privacy and full disclosure and tracking of transactions on demand.
Which is a shame because Libra actually looks like it's competently designed and implemented, unlike Ethereum, where the best that can be said is that it works some of the time, or Stellar, which works most of the time but doesn't actually do very much.
- PayPal permabanned the Straight Pride Parade because . (One Angry Gamer)
Yes, the parade organisers received an email from PayPal notifying them that their account had been terminated with the reason given being a single space character.
- Fifth-rate hosting provider Voxility blocked services to a reseller hosting 8chan after the Twitter mob descended. (One Angry Gamer)
I've never visited 8chan and would probably regard it as a dumpster fire, but I have visited Twitter and that is definitely a dumpster fire.
I haven't posted about progress on the new blogging / social media platform for a few months because (a) I've been horribly busy at work, (b) I'm rewriting it in Crystal because it's lightning fast and good at catching bugs at compile time, and (c) I realised that it has to be a true distributed platform.
Later this year, with a little luck.
Retrocomputing and Makery Stuff Journal
Want to screen capture your little SBC? Well, you could loop the digital video output back into the microcontroller's camera interface. Or if you have HDMI out, you can just shove it into an Orange Pi.
Or... Maybe not. That board looks pretty annoying actually. It does have a lot of different ports, the problem is getting them to work reliably. But if you want to record HDMI, the alternative is a full-scale PC with a separate HDMI capture card.
Video of the Day
Irresistible life with monster girls.
Picture of the Day
Disclaimer: There's no telling where the money went.
This sounds like one of Raymond Chen's "other side of the airlock" issues.
"If you click on a malicious .desktop file." How did that file get where you could click it?
...probably some other security hole, heh.
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, August 07 2019 12:39 AM (Iwkd4)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wednesday, August 07 2019 01:23 AM (YUAc9)
Voids are associated with Super Happy Fun America?
Fog is associated with Super Happy Fun America?
Ah! People who sniff white-out!
Well that explains everything.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wednesday, August 07 2019 01:30 AM (YUAc9)
Posted by: J Greely at Wednesday, August 07 2019 01:46 AM (ZlYZd)
Which is why were back to pointing cameras at TVs these days.
Posted by: Mauser at Wednesday, August 07 2019 01:53 PM (Ix1l6)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, August 07 2019 05:16 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Jay at Wednesday, August 07 2019 10:59 PM (mrlXS)
 admittedly, this could be some kind of malicious app installer...but then see the next sentence.
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, August 08 2019 12:32 AM (Iwkd4)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, August 08 2019 12:43 AM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, August 08 2019 12:57 AM (Iwkd4)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, August 08 2019 12:59 AM (PiXy!)
I had to scrub my drive very thoroughly when I discovered this, because I was on the "abuse" mailing list at WebTV, and customers often emailed us anything offensive they found on the Internet. Including images of the sort that attract attention from federal law enforcement...
I just tested Apple's Mail.app, and it unpacks attachments when a message arrives, then runs the Spotlight indexing tools on the text and all attachments in recognized formats. What could go wrong?
Posted by: J Greely at Thursday, August 08 2019 06:20 AM (ZlYZd)
Nothing. Apple computers don't get malware.
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, August 08 2019 07:30 AM (Iwkd4)
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