Even if it were practical for implementers never to provoke an error and thus to provide an idyllic world from which error had been banished, that design would still have a major drawback because the goal of a program is not so much to avoid committing errors but rather to fulfil its duty. – Christian Queinnec "Lisp in Small Pieces"
Bitcoin's principle value is social. From a technological standpoint it is simply a repackaging of existing ideas into a system that everyone knows cannot scale without simply replicating the structures embedded in the state-based economy. It's boring, and worse than that it gives a lot of complete idiots a platform (e.g., Craig S. Wright, professional at not knowing basic statistics).
But: it reminds people that currencies are collaborative and consensual things. That's powerful.
Please *contact me*. All I need is the domain name, which EU Member State it's located in, and the rough topic of the instance. Approximate user count welcome, but not necessary.
Please help. This is important.
@MutoShack that was a ridiculously fast favouriting you did there. Did you even have time to read it? 🙂
So I was listening to Defensive Security Podcast today, and they were talking about the problem of Enterprise wanting to MitM traffic, which can be problematic sometimes.
Isn't the root cause that end-users have access to the corporate network in the first place. Shouldn't users be outside, and always assumed to be compromised?
Or let users access the Internet via secured VM's (a bit like what Qubes does).
Speaking which, I didn't realise that infosec.exchange was managed by @jerry
I really, really am honored to announce what I'm about to announce.
So when I started thinking about what hackers.town:2600 would be, I had a dream for some spoken word shows to be in the mix as well.
We are going to be doing our own podcast soon that will be broadcast as well... but I reached out to some old heroes of mine and asked permission.
Sometimes all you have to do is ask.
@HackerRadioShow has granted permission for us to rebroadcast their show. These guy are awesome and have a weekly show about hackers/hacking/making on WBAI in NYC... and we will be rebroadcasting their shows in our mix soon...
Go follow @HackerRadioShow for the love of god, show them numbers to get them excited about the fediverse, because they have a bullhorn.
@Rob_T_Firefly rob is one of their co-hosts, and plugs mastodon regularly on the air.
Let's return the favor.
I love you fediverse.
Now let's get out there and restore the future.
I think moving overseas was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Not necessarily because of the company, but because moving to another country changes one's perspective on things.
Whenever go visit my home country, things feel so small. Everything is still the same, of course, but one's own mind have expanded.
This is kinda subtoot, although I'll be happy to reference @hellojed who made me think about this topic.
I guess this is why I encourage others to do the same.
It suddenly occurred to me that many people on here may have never seen the masterpiece that is "Don't Copy That Floppy" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up863eQKGUI
Should I go to Black Hat Asia?
Interesting description of a buffer overrun in Chrome: https://googleprojectzero.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-curious-case-of-convexity-confusion.html
You know what would have prevented this? The use of a memory safe language. Arguing in favour of C or C++ because "it's fast" hasn't been a valid argument for decades.
I've always had the opinion that Twitter has been given far too much relevance. It's basically always been a way for "influencers" to, well, influence.
I find the 500 characters of Mastodon limiting at times. The 140 characters of original Twitter meant that you'd have to compress your statements down into single sentences, which loses nuance and encourages people spread soundbites that helps fuel the fire of what makes Twitter such a disaster.
It's becoming more common for web pages to have dark backgrounds, which is a problem for me since I cannot read such pages. Within seconds I'm unable to read it clearly, and switching back to normal white background is very annoying.
Is there a Firefox plugin that can make the background white and text black? I found several plugins that do the opposite, but nothing that can help me.
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@frostotron @linkskywalker if you’re using a Chromium-based browser, I definitely recommend also using the companion extension, uBlock Origin Extra (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin-extra/pgdnlhfefecpicbbihgmbmffkjpaplco?hl=en).
Blocks Instart Logic which is used to “disguise 3rd-party requests as 1st-party requests, thus bypassing content blockers, and even the ability of browsers to block 3rd-party cookies (because they are stored as 1st-party cookies).” 🚫 https://github.com/gorhill/uBO-Extra/wiki/Sites-on-which-uBO-Extra-is-useful
Lisp, Emacs, APL and a bunch of other stuff.
My Mastodon client in Common Lisp: https://github.com/lokedhs/mastodon
functional.cafe is an instance for people interested in functional programming and languages.