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I've been hacking unix systems since the mid-80s in a good way, and I try to stay in the unix/free software/open source software world as much as possible.

I build far too many workflows that mix bash, python, awk, sed and golang together to drag data from odd places, polish it up, and put the results somewhere where the sun does shine. With possibly less input safety than is needed ...

For money, I do infosec. For fun, I play Elite:Dangerous and help run the in-universe radio station

I also live somewhere that isn't in your timezone, have a family that just wants their tech to work, and look forward to owning electric vehicles.

New blog post: Ken Thompson Really Did Launch His "Trusting Trust" Trojan Attack in Real Life

Ken Thompson's "Trusting Trust" compiler Trojan attack was not just a thought experiment. In fact, Usenet poster Jay Ashworth stated that, from personal communications, Thompson really did launch this attack in real life and successfully compromised the Unix Support Group at Bell Labs. In 2021, I've rediscovered this original message with full message headers in a search effort using various Usenet archives, showing the authenticity of the post.

I already posted it to Fedi in 2021 on my old account, now I think a full blog post is better as a matter of record.

Even better, I can see three different valid ways to pronounce that name ...

  • as the number, "won"
  • as the last part of the old name vodafone, "own"
  • in NZ's official spoken language, te reo Māori, "oh-nay"

I wonder which one will annoy them the most?

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Corporate re-branding is difficult.
Vodafone NZ used to be part of the global Vodafone, but was separated out a few years ago. Now they are finally rebranding.

In early 2023 Vodafone will change to One NZ. From global to local, from red to green, from eight letters to three.

Sadly I count 5 letters in "One NZ". And 6 characters.

And their logotype is a green ring next to the name, so it looks like ""

The dog has come to sit next to my office chair. She thinks its time she had lunch, and doesn't realise that daylight savings time meant I could have been fooled into feeding her an hour ago ...

TIL ... no, hang on ... Today I Realised that I didn't know how tides worked because I couldn't explain them to my child properly.

Now I have educated myself, thanks to so much great content being online in this modern world. The bit "everyone knows" (Equilibrium Theory) is correct-ish, but all the high-school-level descriptions are lacking the details I wanted, leading to "Dynamic Theory" which provided the extra level of detail that I needed ...

The image in this post displays its own MD5 hash.

You can download and hash it yourself, and it should still match - 1337e2ef42b9bee8de06a4d223a51337

I think this is the first PNG/MD5 hashquine.

This is one hell of a Tolkien Ebook Bundle from Humble!

I'll add it to the Bundle list tomorrow, but take a look at it today - dozens of scholarly books on aspects of mythology, world-building, language... the only thing it's missing is the Mabinogion.

#Tolkien #ebooks #DRMfree #books #bundle

"An email" is singular.
"Some email" is plural.
"Some emails" is also plural.

I love this local tradition of ringing bells to celebrate the return of the first toroa/albatross to the colony for the breeding season 😍 #Ōtepoti #wildlife


Comfycon challenges If we can assemble a quality, 100% female or non binary conference, for the weekend after the 18th November, that's the weekend after PerthSec, you make a donation to to the Project Friedman initiative for female first time speakers.


@jerry sidenote: I am actually revolted by Big Tech talking big about how secure their crap is and actually badmouthing FLOSS as "hobbyist projects at best" and such... and then then falling flat on their faces on Log4shell.

Turns out they all use FLOSS components, and of course they don't pay the devs, and of course they don't even know where and how they use these FLOSS components.

The problem is not wording around "supply chains". The problem is the entitlement.

If you ride a bike and have reason to distrust the spokes in your wheel ... beware!

I just had a rear wheel spoke pop out, and apparently get stuck in the chain somehow, while I was stationary at traffic lights. When I started up, the unresolved torque (good name for a band, that) ripped the derailleur cage open and the wheel didn't turn at all.

That's pretty inconvenient, and beyond me to fix. I left the bike at a decent repair shop, I suspect they'll just build a complete new wheel for me, and of course replace the whole derailleur ...

RT @the_transit_guy
I want to stress that Kyiv’s off peak frequency while being invaded is better than nearly all of America’s transit systems during peak. I’m genuinely at a loss of words.

Just watched the original 1960 Little Shop of Horrors. It's public domain because the director didn't bother with the registration of copyright.

I know the 1986 movie version well, although I haven't seen the 1982 musical - all three are the same essential story with the same main characters, but each treats them differently and plays with supporting plot elements.

It's interesting to see how a story gets re-told into different settings like this :-)

There had been a potential remake project around 2020, but it didn't proceed. My initial thought had been "oh no, another remake would be terrible" but now I realise it's been 35 years since the Frank Oz movie, and only 25 years between that and the original, they could have achieved something really good - perhaps by not being a musical, to ensure that differences get a chance to stand out.

An hour ago I was going to reboot so my macOS could upgrade ... but while I was shutting down apps I got caught in the web, and now there's only 10 minutes before the first meeting of the day.

Most of that time will be spent restarting #$%^ excel ...

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.