The Defenders trailer includes "We're not so different". This does not bode well.

"You just don't get it, do you?"

Posted Tue Jul 25 17:44:37 2017 Tags:

Indonesia has followed the Philippines in shooting alleged drug dealers on the street.

People will be killed for all sorts of reasons, and lumped in with the drug dealers.

Posted Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

"Enjoy cod's revival, but the extent of our ruination of the sea remains unknown."

Posted Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

Studying the culture of jihadism, which is what attracts many of its recruits.

The resemblance between jihadi culture and Salafist culture confirms that Salafism fuels jihadism. Spreading Salafism around the world, which Salafi Arabia spends millions doing, contributes to terrorism.

Posted Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

A US appeals court upheld the secrecy of PAT RIOT Act massive data collection.

This puts everyone in the US in danger.

Posted Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

Privatizing public housing, like privatizing almost anything else governments do, leads to unaccountability.

Posted Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

A California bill that would have aided prosecution of murderous thugs was defeated.

Posted Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

The US government seeks to ban mention in Reality Winner's trial of all leaked material that newspapers have published.

This would eliminate any chance of her contesting government claims about the significance of material that she is accused of leaking.

Posted Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

Some social networks regularly help government agencies track people that use the networks.

Posted Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

US citizens: call on the NOAA Fisheries department to protect whales and sea turtles from drift gillnets.

Posted Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

US citizens: save the US funds for saving African wildlife.

Posted Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 2017 Tags:
An effort to clean up several messes simultaneously. #rng #forwardsecrecy #urandom #cascade #hmac #rekeying #proofs
Posted Sun Jul 23 13:37:46 2017 Tags:

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 185.

Posted Fri Jul 21 19:20:11 2017 Tags:
I'm sure you've seen the article about how T. Rex probably couldn't run. Every video of the simulation on Youtube has some talking head narrating the paper's outline at you, along with 25 year old graphics from Jurassic Park. Who wants to see that shit? So I did the only right thing: I looped the original video to ten minutes and added Carl Stalling musical cues. You're welcome.

It's the little jazz hands that really sell it.

Also, if you were looking for a 3D model of this adorable little guy, I think it's at Animal Simulation Laboratory.

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Posted Thu Jul 20 16:16:25 2017 Tags:

Mitch O'Connell:

So before nuclear war ends all life on Earth, for shits 'n giggles, why not have this artwork displayed on billboards right where much of this world altering nuttiness occurs, Washington DC? The people must be alerted, and they won't even need the glasses!

It turned out to be a little more difficult than I imagined.. The first billboard company, 'Clear Channel', was good to go. I had it all planned out with them before I started the crowd funding. They had seen the "Make America Great Again/They Live' art and didn't voice any objections. When I was ready to give them the money to actually install the Washington billboard they got cold feet and changed their minds.

'Outfront Media' was the next company that respond to my inquiries. Again, I showed them the art first. They explained the no way in hell was this going to fly in Washington, so I went with a Chicago billboard that was around 25 by 30' for $2800. I redesigned the art to fit but just as I finished they also emailed with second thoughts and backed out.

I went to 'Interstate Outdoor Advertising' and sent them the art. Again, no problem. What I could get for our $3000 was a 14 by 48' billboard outside of Chicago on I-55. I again redrew the art to fit, signed the contracts and sent them my payment information. Then they came to their senses and said no-go.

I went back to 'JCDecaux' a company I had sounded out earlier that only offered those 5' high panels on the side of bus stops in Chicago. At this point, I'm open to most anything. For $3000 I could have one on Michigan Ave for a month, but a day later this was waiting in my inbox "I'm afraid that since this is political in nature, especially with the bad press Kathy Griffin gave recently, the City will turn down your ad copy" was their thanks but no thanks response.

In all I think I contacted over thirty billboard companies, some that had thousands of ones for rent, and many that had only a few regional offerings. Most didn't even respond to multiple inquiries. The ones that did, started to realize that this is a President that, in all likelihood, will make it a personal vendetta to destroy whatever company dares mock him. Others were more upfront with their reasoning, "Thanks for your e-mail. I will discuss your artwork and idea with the owner of our company on Monday. However, I need to let you know that we are all huge Trump supporters and we would not post anything on our billboards that would appear to disparage the President in any way. Love Donald Trump!!!!"

Yes, I don't think much of Donald Trump, but I soft-selled this as much as humanly possible when making the pitch to anyone I could find, but it was a no-go TO EVERY SINGLE BILLBOARD COMPANY IN THE UNITED STATES! I thought that was the end of it. But then, cue music, the brave folks across the border, the upstanding heroic citizens of Mexico that Trump based his campaign on objectifying as rapists and criminals, had the cojones to give Trump the FU.

God Bless Mexico, the only country left that has the freedom to display the The Trump / They Live Billboard!

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Posted Wed Jul 19 21:49:20 2017 Tags:
News regarding the SUPERCOP benchmarking system, and more recommendations to NIST. #benchmarking #supercop #nist #pqcrypto
Posted Wed Jul 19 18:15:13 2017 Tags:

This might become a new major section in Things Every Hacker Once Knew, but before I merge it I’m putting it out for comment and criticism.

Nowadays we take for granted a public infrastructure of distributed version control and a lot of practices for distributed teamwork that go with it – including development teams that never physically have to meet. But these tools, and awareness of how to use them, were a long time developing. They replace whole layers of earlier practices that were once general but are now half- or entirely forgotten.

The earliest practice I can identify that was directly ancestral was the DECUS tapes. DECUS was the Digital Equipment Corporation User Group, chartered in 1961. One of its principal activities was circulating magnetic tapes of public-domain software shared by DEC users. The early history of these tapes is not well-documented, but the habit was well in place by 1976.

One trace of the DECUS tapes seems to be the README convention. While it entered the Unix world through USENET in the early 1980s, it seems to have spread there from DECUS tapes. The DECUS tapes begat the USENET source-code groups, which were the incubator of the practices that later became “open source”. Unix hackers used to watch for interesting new stuff on comp.sources.unix as automatically as they drank their morning coffee.

The DECUS tapes and the USENET sources groups were more of a publishing channel than a collaboration medium, though. Three pieces were missing to fully support that: version control, patching, and forges.

Version control was born in 1972, though SCCS (Source Code Control System) didn’t escape Bell Labs until 1977. The proprietary licensing of SCCS slowed its uptake; one response was the freely reusable RCS (Revision Control System) in 1982.

The first real step towards across-network collaboration was the patch(1) utility in 1984. The concept seems so obvious now that even hackers who predate patch(1) have trouble remembering what it was like when we only knew how to pass around source-code changes as entire altered files. But that’s how it was.

Even with SCCS/RCS/patch the friction costs of distributed development over the Internet were still so high that some years passed before anyone thought to try it seriously. I have looked for, but not found, examples earlier than nethack. This was a roguelike game launched in 1987. Nethack developers passed around whole files – and later patches – by email, sometimes using SCCS or RCS to manage local copies. footnote[I was an early nethack devteam member. I did not at the time understand how groundbreaking what we were doing actually was.].

Distributed development could not really get going until the third major step in version control. That was CVS (Concurrent Version System) in 1990, the oldest VCS still in wide use at time of writing in 2017. Though obsolete and now half-forgotten, CVS was the first version-control system to become so ubiquitous that every hacker once knew it. CVS, however, had significant design flaws; it fell out of use rapidly when better alternatives became available.

Between around 1989 and the breakout of mass-market Internet in 1993-1994, fast Internet became available enough to hackers that distributed development in the modern style began to become thinkable. The next major steps were not technical changes but cultural ones.

In 1991 Linus Torvalds announced Linux as a distributed collaborative effort. It is now easy to forget that early Linux development used the same patch-by-email method as nethack – there were no public Linux repositories yet. The idea that there ought to be public repositories as a normal practice for major projects wouldn’t really take hold until after I published “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” in 1997. While CatB was influential in promoting distributed development via shared public repositories, the technical weaknesses of CVS were in hindsight probably an important reason this practice did not become established sooner and faster.

The first dedicated software forge was not spun up until 1999. That was SourceForge, still extant today. At first it supported only CVS, but it sped up the adoption of the (greatly superior) Subversion, launched in 2000 by a group of former CVS developers.

Between 2000 and 2005 Subversion became ubiquitous common knowledge. But in 2005 Linus Torvalds invented git, which would fairly rapidly obsolesce all previous version-control systems and is a thing every hacker now knows.

Questions for reviewers:

(1) Can anyone identify a conscious attempt to organize a distributed development team before nethack (1987)?

(2) Can anyone tell me more about the early history of the DECUS tapes?

(3) What other questions should I be asking?

Posted Wed Jul 19 12:02:10 2017 Tags:
When the machines are taggers:

I have been walking by this mysterious sidewalk sigil for a few years, and I keep thinking that it would have made an excellent early 90s industrial album cover. The band would have been awful but with nice design.

Posted Wed Jul 19 03:21:54 2017 Tags:

Planet Debian upstream is hosted by Branchable.