Driverless

Oct. 21st, 2014 07:15 am
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Ex-fighter-pilot says drones are better than her kind. Also smart cars may work, if they can deal with the nut behind the wheel.

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker

Another good one gone

Oct. 19th, 2014 05:37 am
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Cellular life on its own terms has taken my friend Velma deSelby-Bowen aka Vijay aka [livejournal.com profile] roadnotes. My condolences to Soren and the many others who loved her.

It isn't always the players

Oct. 17th, 2014 06:11 pm
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Oklahoma's football chaplain was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly tricking a man into test driving a car and then stealing prescription drugs from the man's home.

Here we go again

Oct. 17th, 2014 06:39 am
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Republican outreach finds another stock shot of a black woman.

Real name policy

Oct. 17th, 2014 06:25 am
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Identity theft by the narcs. The thought of Facebook and the War on Some Drugs slugging it out amuses me.

The Watcher and the Watched

Oct. 16th, 2014 01:12 pm
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The latest kerfuffle is mega-seller John Grisham* getting indignant because a friend of his was arrested for trying to sign up for a porn site that promised "16-year-old hookers." As many people pointed out, looking at child or teen porn (or for that matter at stolen nude pix) is aiding in the commission of a crime, which is a good argument against doing it.

But I have to wonder how much good is done by dangling temptation and entrapping those who fall for it. I suppose that in theory if we could arrest everyone who wanted to look at the stuff, no one would make it, but that seems awfully indirect.
* Grisham's Law states that lawyer novels drive everything else off the bestseller list.

Makeup

Oct. 15th, 2014 07:49 am
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Our culture is full of men who are as insistent about women covering their faces with paint as the Wahhabis are about women covering their faces with cloth. Now other men (and, I am sure, some of the same ones) are saying that makeup is a form of fraud equivalent to men lying to get sex. [livejournal.com profile] bart_calendar has some sensible remarks. I also agree with [livejournal.com profile] firecat: "The notion of having to put on a clown face every day to come across as properly female is scary."
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[staff profile] mark posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance

Hi all,

Today another SSL vulnerability was announced. This one is named POODLE and is, while serious, much less serious than the Heartbleed event from some months ago.

Unfortunately, the only real way to fix the problem is to disable something called "SSLv3" entirely. Basically, this means that we instruct our servers that they are no longer allowed to speak version 3 of the SSL protocol (you can think of it as a language -- we ban this language from our servers). It turns out this is generally OK since most browsers don't actually speak using SSLv3 these days -- you actually use what's called TLS, which is a more modern, better way of protecting the stuff you send across the Internet.

The SSLv3 protocol is actually around 15 years old at this point, and TLS has been out so long that nearly every browser out there supports it. However, shutting off SSLv3 does mean that very old browsers -- IE6, for one -- can no longer talk to Dreamwidth using encryption. In this case, since the encryption wouldn't actually mean anything, we think it's better to not even pretend that it works.

I will be making this change sometime in the next hour or three. This really should impact almost none of you, but there might be one or two and, in that case, I'm sorry. We think it's better to do this so you know you're not actually secure than to let Dreamwidth pretend to be secure.

Edit: This has been deployed. SSLv3 is disabled on Dreamwidth.

Comments and questions welcome, as always!

Helping the drug importers

Oct. 14th, 2014 02:22 pm
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Treating Sudafed as a narcoterrorist weapon of mass destruction has surprisingly made more business for the Mexican drug cartels. It's a naïve domestic meth, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.

Thanx to Radley Balko

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