An Experiment

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Oct 262018
 

To all zero of my readers,

Actually writing things seems to be something I can’t muster up the will to do.

So I hacked up an rss plugin for wordpress last year to repost excepts from my tt-rss shared feed, but have left the posts it generates private. Since it’s OK if not ideal, I’m just gonna set the plugin to post publicly for now to see if it works out, and maybe as motivation to hurry up and finish tweaking the format, or writing a fresh plugin from scratch that only does what I need.

For now it will post every time I update my shared feed from tt-rss; I am leaning toward modifying it so that it collects all posts and makes a single daily entry, but I’ll see how this works first.

Jun 182019
 

Pick your metaphor: Slo-mo video of imminent car crash. Two cats circling, back fur up and claws ready. A tail vigorously wagging its growling dog (to distract from possible impeachment). Given recent events, any reasonable response to the current state of US-Iranian relations almost has to include a good measure of foreboding. The latest of those events is ominous, indeed, with Iran announcing on Monday that it would exceed the limits on its enriched uranium…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://thebulletin.org/2019/06/us-iran-standoff-almost-too-worrisome-for-words/

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Jun 172019
 

From water insecurity to offgrid, solar pumped, gravity flow 1000 gallons of running water. I enjoy hauling water by hand, which is why doing it for 8 years was not really a problem. But water insecurity is; the spring has been drying up for longer periods in the fall, and the cisterns have barely been large enough to get through. And if I’m going to add storage, it ought to be above the house, so…

External feed Read More at the Source: http://joeyh.name/blog/entry/hacking_water/

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Jun 172019
 

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ahead of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Islamic Summit in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on June 1, 2019. Photo: Amr Nabil/AP In 2011, as Arab Spring protests swept across the Middle East, demonstrations also kicked off in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. Members of the kingdom’s repressed Shiite minority took to the streets, calling for equal rights and a fairer distribution of oil revenues. The protesters included a group of around…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theintercept.com/2019/06/16/saudi-crown-prince-child-execution/

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Jun 172019
 

Capitalism has proven itself unable to provide us all with homes — the most basic human need after food and water. In ancient Rome, Marcus Licinius Crassus augmented his fortune by flipping fire-damaged properties. Crassus formed one of the first private fire brigades, and took advantage of his market domination by rushing to the scene of every blaze. Before fighting the fires, though, he would offer to buy the buildings from panicking owners, who often…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://jacobinmag.com/2019/06/brunch-bros-are-just-a-symptom/

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Jun 172019
 

The Democrat presidential candidates, other than Sanders and Warren, are eagerly asking rich people to buy policies that will suit them. The article gives specifics about Biden, Buttigieg, Harris, and Klobuchar, but they are not the only ones who do this. The effects of this can be seen in the not-very-progressive positions those candidates take. That, in turn, is the reason I will never vote for them.

External feed Read More at the Source: https://stallman.org/archives/2019-mar-jun.html#16_June_2019_%28Policies_for_sale%29

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Jun 172019
 

American children now have nightmares about lockdown drills in school. At most hundreds of children get shot in school in a year, but this is traumatizing tens of millions of children. I fear it will also distort their politics when they grow up, making them more susceptible to politicians that invite them to surrender their freedom for “security” against the nightmares that no level of “security” could possibly prevent.

External feed Read More at the Source: https://stallman.org/archives/2019-mar-jun.html#16_June_2019_%28Lockdown_drill_nightmares%29

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Jun 172019
 

Most readers of this site are familiar by now with the OpenSCAD 3D modeling software, where you can write code to create 3D models. You may have even used OpenSCAD to output some STL files for your 3D printer. But for years now, [nophead] has been pushing OpenSCAD further than most, creating some complex utility and parts libraries to help with modeling, and a suite of Python scripts that generate printable STLs, laser-ready DXFs, bills…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://hackaday.com/2019/06/15/try-nopscadlib-for-your-next-openscad-project/

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Jun 172019
 

Back in 2016 Russia introduced a new surveillance bill promising to deliver greater security to the country. Of course, as with so many similar efforts around the world the bill actually did the exact opposite — not only mandating new encryption backdoors, but also imposing harsh new data-retention requirements on ISPs and VPN providers. As a result, some VPN providers like Private Internet Access wound up leaving the country after finding their entire function eroded…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190610/11172042369/russia-to-ban-vpn-providers-that-refuse-to-aid-censorship.shtml

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Jun 172019
 

In April 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat before members of both houses of Congress and told them his company respected the privacy of the roughly two billion people who use it. “Privacy” remained largely undefined throughout Zuckerberg’s televised flagellations, but he mentioned the concept more than two dozen times, including when he told the Senate’s Judiciary and Commerce committees, “We have a broader responsibility to protect people’s privacy even beyond” a consent decree from…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theintercept.com/2019/06/14/facebook-privacy-policy-court/

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Jun 172019
 

From water insecurity to offgrid, solar pumped, gravity flow 1000 gallons of running water. I enjoy hauling water by hand, which is why doing it for 8 years was not really a problem. But water insecurity is; the spring has been drying up for longer periods in the fall, and the cisterns have barely been large enough to get through. And if I’m going to add storage, it ought to be above the house, so…

External feed Read More at the Source: http://joeyh.name/blog/entry/hacking_water/

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Jun 152019
 

Sad news for anyone who loves geeky goods and top-notch April Fools’ jokes: ThinkGeek.com, the 20-year-old online retailer known for selling more geek-centric gadgets and peripherals than you could fit in a TARDIS, is going away. According to an FAQ sitting at the top of its site, ThinkGeek isn’t “shutting down,” it just won’t continue on as the site we’ve come to know, instead living on as a shadow of its former self as a…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/14/thinkgeek-com-to-close-replaced-as-a-section-of-gamestop/

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Jun 152019
 

Welcome to the latest installation of “Public Access,” where CityLab shares its favorite videos—old and new, serious and nutty—that tell a story about place.Ah, the sultry promise of a new subway station in a Baltimore summer.It’s July 19, 1987, and there’s a brass band baking in the sun as Maryland dignitaries fan themselves at the grand opening of the latest extension of Baltimore’s Metro. This was to be the first of many additions to the…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/06/baltimore-subway-1987-mta-transit-maryland-history/591766/?utm_source=feed

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Jun 142019
 

This week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that hackers compromised traveler images and license plate photos from one of the agency’s contractors. In a statement, the agency said that “none of the image data has been identified on the Dark Web or internet.” But Motherboard found and downloaded thousands of driver and license plate images that were hacked from Perceptics, a government contractor believed to be the one affected in the incident CBP described.…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43j5wm/here-are-images-of-drivers-hacked-from-a-us-border-protection-contractor-on-the-dark-web-perceptics

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Jun 122019
 

Enlarge / A DDR3 DIMM with error-correcting code from Samsung. ECC is no longer an absolute defense against Rowhammer attacks. (credit: Samsung) The Rowhammer exploit that lets unprivileged attackers corrupt or change data stored in vulnerable memory chips has evolved over the past four years to take on a range of malicious capabilities, including elevating system rights and breaking out of security sandboxes, rooting Android phones, and taking control of supposedly impregnable virtual machines. Now,…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1520383

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Jun 122019
 

A common complaint about open hardware and software is that the aesthetic aspects of the projects often leave something to be desired. This isn’t wholly surprising, as the type of hackers who are building these things tend to be more concerned with how well they work than what they look like. But there’s certainly nothing wrong with putting a little polish on a well designed system, especially if you want “normal” people to get excited…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://hackaday.com/2019/06/11/hestiapi-a-stylish-open-hardware-thermostat/

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Jun 122019
 

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva should be released from prison and his conviction should be annulled, said Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, on Tuesday. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., meanwhile, is calling on the Trump administration to investigate the case that imprisoned the former president on corruption charges, following The Intercept’s exposé that showed Judge Sérgio Moro plotted with prosecutors to convict Lula and prevent the Workers’ Party from returning to power. “This…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theintercept.com/2019/06/11/brazil-lula-ro-khanna-operation-car-wash/

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