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"When he reached the New World, Cortezh burned hish ships. Ash a reshult hish men were well motivated." —Capt. Ramius, played by Sean Connery in The Hunt for Red October

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But I'm not bisexual, horny or...well, just those two.

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Great article. Also pretty sad to see what we've ended up with in the name of business. Maybe if humanity survived another few hundred years we will look back on this time of corporations with disgust.

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Mint is a good recommendation. I've used it for most of a decade because I just want my system to work.

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Right? Like someone is going to put a chair or bench in a public space like a park. Ha! Call it a "park bench" or something... and let people sit on it for free?? Ludicrous! It'll never happen! /s

That'll be £1.00 for reading this response. Please advise where to send the invoice.

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wntd t rspnd prprly bt my vwl sbscrptn xprd. Ds nyn hv $5?

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Yy! \o/

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This only applies if you're not extremely wealthy, though.

So there's that.

Sigh

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Nobody is both that bored and that motivated. Unless paid.

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True. It is plausible. At the same time I have to think that if the human race hasn't evolved to factor cooperation in tribes in most cases, we wouldn't be here discussing this.

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The whole "woke" buzzword thing is just dumb. It's just the latest bigotry dogwhistle / Fox "News" Pavlovian Response Training, where chuds are trained to react with visceral disgust at any word.

They made the chuds flip about WelFaRe QuEeN, HilLaRy, bEnGaZi, SoCiaLiSM and LIbRuLS and now WoKe. Fox could train these people to hate the word TURNIP.

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Oof real. I love taking the 4Runner places off the beaten path (but still on a proper trail ofc). Get far enough out on a hard enough trail and it becomes zero to slight peopley

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"if you want to tell me what to do put me on the fucking payroll!"

Great clip.

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This feels very "just found out about politics and damn" tbh.

Ok.

I think this would be of value for sharing with people that aren't aware (my kid when she was younger).

Or is there a better resource to do this?

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You sure made no bones about your opinion there.

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Yeah it sounds pretty wild already with some kind of, like, door knock mechanism using certificates? So you can't scan for it. And some reverse engineering countermeasures.

Like everyone else, I have to wonder what libraries have been compromised in a way that nobody has noticed yet.

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I have a feeling there are a lot of busy people trying to answer that question, now. Yikes.

XZ Hack - "If this timeline is correct, it’s not the modus operandi of a hobbyist. [...] It wouldn’t be surprising if it was paid for by a state actor." ( lcamtuf.substack.com )

Thought this was a good read exploring some how the "how and why" including several apparent sock puppet accounts that convinced the original dev (Lasse Collin) to hand over the baton.

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Some of the trust comes from eyes on the project thanks to it being open source. This thing got discovered, after all. Not right away, sure, but before it spread everywhere. Same question of trust applies to commercial software too.

Ideally, PR reviews help with this but smaller projects esp with few contributors may not do much of that. I doubt anyone has spent time understanding the software supply chain (SSC) attack surface of their product but that seems like a good next step. Someone needs to write a tool that scans the SSC repos and flags certain measures like the # of maintainers.

PS: I have the worst allergies I've had in ages today and my brain is in a histamine fog so maybe I shouldn't be trying to think about this stuff right now lol cough uuugh blows nose

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Very annoying - the apparent author of the backdoor was in communication with me over several weeks trying to get xz 5.6.x added to Fedora 40 & 41 because of it's "great new features". We even worked with him to fix the valgrind issue (which it turns out now was caused by the backdoor he had added). We had to race last night to fix the problem after an inadvertent break of the embargo.

He has been part of the xz project for 2 years, adding all sorts of binary test files, and to be honest with this level of sophistication I would be suspicious of even older versions of xz until proven otherwise.

Damn. I would love to see a full post mortem on this compromise.

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I have no idea what's going on here. I'm dumb aren't I?

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What the saying is trying to convey:

Sometimes people focus on a few small details of some problem to such a great degree that they completely fail to consider the larger context and purpose.

It isn't trying to say details are unimportant. Only that the larger context matters and should be considered while investigating the details of a problem.

I am trying to think of a good example. The one I found online is something like, "the senator was so focused on the wording of one subsection of the bill he didn't stop to consider the bill was too unpopular to ever pass regardless of the wording".

Ok how about this. Let's say a company is to unify access control across disparate systems. The overarching goal is to be able to set policy in one place not in each individual application.

A team is in the process of evaluating a candidate product. They want to complete the evaluation in a set time frame and focus on a particular scenario (web app, specific tech stack) for a proof of concept that isn't representative of many of the typical scenarios in the company (web, database, API, etc).

The team spends their time focused on getting the evaluation done and discovers the product doesn't integrate as well as originally expected with a key system. They focus on coming up with a solution so they can complete the proof of concept.

They consider their efforts a success when they finish up the eval on time.

But the evaluation wasn't useful because it didn't really consider the overarching project goals and in the end the solution didn't even meet those goals!

Hope this helps.

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We need to change our mindset in regards to anti-competitive practices.

It shouldn't be so much about monopoly.

What we need is to focus on anti-competitive behavior. Just because a company doesn't have a monopoly doesn't mean it isn't extremely anto-competitive.

We need to fight against that and against consolidation leading to oligopolies.

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I got ya, totally agree

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Oh wow that is amazing. Thank you!

I forgot how much I love this kind of choral music.

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Dvorak Symphony No 9, Largo

God I am getting crazy goosebumps just listening to this again. I love the 9th symphony so much.

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I think you win.

If you haven't yet, give Lief Ove Andsnes' rendition a try.

Everyone has their favorite interpretations, I guess. This is one of mine. From a pianist that impressed the hell out of me when I first heard him.

(The album Horizons if the link doesn't work or you're boycotting Spotify or whatever)

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Yup. Always. They can't see that everyone doesn't think and act like them.

I guess deflecting/projecting is a common manipulation technique that slimebags learn.

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Who cares. Let's focus on what's actually important here: racist shitbags.

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Right? I guess by saying the hard N word. I'm so fucking fed up with bigots, I tell ya.

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If the first one didn't convince 'em, I am not sure anything will, including a 20 year dictatorship complete with death squads and final solutions.

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I get where you're coming from but is he managing his risk or not?

Does he understand the risk? If yes, good. No? Bad.

Is he ignoring the risk? If yes, bad. No? Good.

Is he weighing the risks against the benefits he receives of using these apps and taking appropriate steps to mitigate those risks? If yes, then good. No? Bad.

Cyber security isn't "lock everything down at all costs". Otherwise I would insist you throw your phone in an incinerator along with all your computers, live in a bunker reinforced against nuclear attack with a small army to guard you, never leave it, never talk to anyone... Etc.

It is enabling one to achieve their goals with a tolerable amount of risk. That level of tolerable risk is different for everyone.

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Well maybe they aren't info security professionals :)

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Best I have ever had was this, but on cibatta with a spicy Cajun mayo type spread. From a local deli chain in Denver.

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I bet it will be in the $10 range in a year.

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According to World History Encyclopedia, the story is adapted from non-Israelite, near eastern myths.

... the concept of a “garden” of a god(s) was a very common metaphor in the ancient Near East of where the god(s) resided. For the narrator of Genesis, the “Garden in Eden” was imaginatively constructed for an etiological (origin or cause of things) purpose, not as a divine residence, but of the first man and woman on earth – Adam and Eve. As generally accepted in modern scholarship, Genesis 1-11 is labeled as the “Primeval History,” which includes mythologies and legends that were very common not just in Israel, but throughout the ancient Near East. These myths and legends are not Israelite in origin but were adapted by the biblical writers for either polemical or rhetorical purposes.

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It isn't rude to examine religious texts, myths, and traditions from an academic viewpoint, however.

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And sure bears uncanny resemblance to the antichrist (who IIRC was based on some asshole Roman Caesar or something... Who was probably a crooked, narcissistic piece of shit like DT)

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It won't be hard when all oversight is gutted or populated with members of Trump's Mafia. Once they have enough control they can ensure they always win future elections. Sort of like Putin does.

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