Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) email@example.com
Linux native since 1995. Working in Python, shell scripts, whatever gets the page up. Solving yesterday's problems tomorrow. https://quitter.se/clacke
- This PDF is a zip file. It is also a NES ROM.
The NES ROM, when run, displays the MD5 of the PDF, hard-coded.
The zip file contains various cracking tools, including an animated GIF that shows its own MD5 sum, and a PDF that also shows its own MD5 sum.
If you were wondering if MD5 was broken, the message is pretty clear.
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- Corruption is an interesting phenomenon. This article on the Swedish civil service culture and its journey from corrupt in the 1800s to reliable bureaucracy in the 2000s says (my translation):
"This for me is the most important lesson when it comes to fighting corruption in those countries it afflicts today: You can't just remedy it as an illness in isolation in an otherwise healthy societal body, with some miracle pill. Corruption, beyond individual scandal, stems from deeper deficiencies in the financial and political system."
http://fof.se/tidning/2015/10/artikel/sveriges-vag-ut-ur-korruptionens-grepp (Science and Progress magazine, article in Swedish)
Yet in the curious case of Hong Kong, the only story I hear is about just such a miracle pill: From the corrupt 1950s to the splendid 1990s, all thanks to the ICAC, founded in 1974. Was that really the case, or is there more to the story? What allowed the ICAC to be successful? Political will combined with prosperity? Or was there something more?
In particular, though it was probably a virtuous cycle, which influence was the driver: Did corruption mainly go down because the ICAC happened, or did the ICAC happen because the time was right for killing corruption?
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- Wow, this David Rockefeller person seems to have been such a genuinely nice person that even the Swedish neo-nazis are basically writing the same flattering obituary as everyone else, just adding some quotation marks around certain words and noting that he was an evil globalist and possibly slightly Jewish.
The anti-vaxxer industrial complex though, oh my.
Do you buy organic food?In the 90s, I was a big "organic" fan (or "ecologic" as we say in Northern Europe, and which actually makes sense) – who doesn't love the planet? I was aware that there was some naturalistic fallacy mumbo-jumbo in the label certifications, but I believed the overall outcome was good.
In the 00s I still felt that buying ecological-labeled goods was an important signal to the market, but I became more aware of the troubling issues, like:
- Lower crop yields leading to higher required land use
- The categorical anti-GMO stance of all ecologic labeling regardless of actual ecological effects
- The fact that animal welfare may get hurt by the strong anti-antibiotic stance in some labels (not talking about routine treatment with antibiotics to promote growth, I agree that's terrible and should even be legislated against)
- The fact that some labeled goods are so expensive that you really have to consider how much resources went into creating it, and whether just buying the cheapest thing you could find wouldn't mean more efficient use of the world's assets
- The fact that pesticides are actually super important, so important that ecological labels allow them, but only "natural" pesticides, not a selection based on ecological criteria
- Reports that labeled farming in Sweden probably leaks more fertilizer into the Baltic Sea than does conventional farming
- Swedish regulations being more based on scientific ecological fact than the popular ecological labels are
Apart from that, I buy cheap goods, but grown under Swedish government regulations if possible, because price is a signal of resource use – and when it isn't, we should fix that with regulation to internalize the externalities – don't buy more than I need, put surplus food in the freezer so it doesn't go to waste, and finish the things at home before I buy more. Also, I don't buy any meat for myself and ask for vegetarian food when others are buying for my use.
- Iran probably doesn't work the way you think it works. The Ayatollah and the President may hold political power, but the Revolutionary Guard is a parallel society inside society, controlling 1/3 to 2/3 of the economy.
Old article, still relevant. I haven't heard any of this before.
2017-03-10T14:53:56Z via AndStatus To: Public
What do you mean by "build system"?
- What happened in Munich:
I think you're right, in multiple meanings. :) To unpack your potential #vaguejoke (a useful heresy if there ever was one):
- It could be huge in terms of the size of executables! :) Many web pages now take 25 or more megabytes just to load these days, which is kinda obscene. That's probably going to get a lot harsher.
- It could be huge, as in terms of pushing for more of an "executable web" over the "document web". Sadly I think this may be more huge for proprietary software than free software, for reasons that are long to get into (but it doesn't, in theory, have to be.)
3 sucks, 4 might suck, but I think 1 & 2 are enough of a win that I'm pretty happy about it.
I tend to agree with these two comments https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13759903
I think the cause of computing freedom is likely better served by building high-quality wasm disassemblers (radare has an open ticket, for instance) and by making sure that wasm code is so tightly sandboxed that DRM can't work, i.e., that you have the equivalent of an "analog hole" because you can write a browser extension / patch that taps all the data and the inside code can't tell. Hoping that technologies won't get developed has historically not been a productive approach for software freedom; the folks who want to take our freedom have enough resources that they'll do it whether or not there's a standards process involved.
- "SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission."
If I go to https://datamost.com/jankusanagi/following I get a broken page. No page layout, no "Follow", "Stop Following" buttons.
If I go to https://datamost.com/jankusanagi and click "Following" I get a functional page. Any idea what could be causing this?It is probably a bug in the pump.io software itself (datamost.com always runs the very latest released version, as opposed to most other public nodes as you can see in https://sjoberg.fi/pumpcheck.txt.) So it should probably be reported to the pump.io developers because, aside from one customization to the footer of the page, datamost.com runs a 100% vanilla pump.io instance.
Hans Rosling RIP HOWTOhttp://www.hd.se/2017-02-13/this-is-how-we-let-hans-rosling-rest-in-peace
Remember the important things. Honor his goals. People are important, but he was not interested in being famous, it was a method toward goals.
As a side-note, the phrase "Hans would have loved reading this article after his death!" in the fb post makes me think of Hintjens' "Protocol for Dying"*, in particular the idea of "living obituaries". Hans could have read this when he was still alive, had he wanted to.
- Hi, aw, welcome to the Pump!
Do you happen to be https://github.com/aw ?
- https://cloudron.io/ looks like a relevant target for GNU Social, pump.io, Diaspora etc. I see no social network software on there now, except Ghost and Wordpress. Porting is less involved than Sandstorm, mostly just a Docker container.
Found it via the sad news that Sandstorm failed their enterprise business model. The project lives on!
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13582942 is the HN discussion of https://sandstorm.io/news/2017-02-06-sandstorm-returning-to-community-roots.
- Current Free #github alternatives (software, not hosting):
gogs.io / gitea.io
phabricator.comgna.org/p/savane (SourceForge fork) runs GNU Savannah.
Very idiomatic, but it is git hosting, and it has changes-as-issues:
Also posted at https://quitter.se/notice/9473091
Which ones did I miss?
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Generic vs custom (why doesn't Sandstorm use Docker?)
2017-02-06T07:36:50Z via Puma To: Public
Setting up a Sandstorm sandbox, based on raw Linux system calls, takes only a few hundred lines of code. Using Docker, it would probably be a few hundred lines of configuration instead, while adding a huge new dependency and all the maintenance issues that come with that.
If only more people understood this basic trade-off, in every software context. The “build vs buy” question is often seriously tilted, in my experience.
- When you hear about the "Sievert" unit, it's usually measured in millisieverts or microsieverts.
The radiation level in the containment vessel of reactor 2 at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant has reached a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour, the highest since the triple core meltdown in March 2011, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. said.
That means about seven minutes of unprotected exposure to the site would put you at risk of "infertility, loss of hair and cataracts". They are having difficulty assessing what's going on, because electronics break down under this kind of radiation. But it seems there's a gaping hole, previously unknown, in the containment vessel. And now everything is difficult again, again.
/via the indirect Putin propaganda organ http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-03/tepco-admits-fukushima-radiation-levels-reach-record-highs-...
Resources: object capabilities
2017-02-03T14:28:56Z via Puma To: Public
I think many people here, like e.g. cwebber, would be interested to follow some of these links if they haven't already.
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