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[#] Mon Nov 20 2017 17:13:26 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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India Business Machines, the former technology company?

[#] Mon Nov 20 2017 17:52:15 EST from Ladyhawke

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<laughs>  In this case, it's that small business unit that is still International Business Machines.  It's hard to find these days, but there is still a bit of it lingering around.  :-)

[#] Wed Nov 29 2017 23:09:26 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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...aaaaaaaaand just like that, the year-end layoffs are being distributed as badly chosen Christmas presents at India Business Machines.

Seriously, there's very little left of IBM anymore. It's now just an accounting firm that dabbles in technology. 30 years ago I wouldn't have dreamed of ever saying this, but I miss the Incongruous Blue Monoliths.

[#] Mon Feb 11 2019 20:42:12 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I've been suspect of Docker when it comes to security since I first learned of containers....

[#] Tue Feb 12 2019 08:43:08 EST from LoanShark

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"Doomsday" is absurd. First an attacker has to break into the container from the app before they can break out of the container.

Most people running containers are hosting all the same organization's assets on that shared kernel, and we're using containers as much for management and fault tolerance as for security.

There's always another privilege escalation bug.

[#] Thu Feb 14 2019 16:22:01 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Containers seem to make sense as the ultimate package management tool ... but there are also service providers who like to treat them as lightweight virtual machines ... particularly the ones like Google who suck at virtual machines.

But considering the tight kernel integration, it seems that there will be a lot of privilege escalation bugs on the way.

I want to understand more about containers in a service provider environment, because I work for a service provider and we don't currently have a container strategy.

[#] Fri Feb 15 2019 14:48:35 EST from LoanShark

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Maybe it actually was doomsday in a sense - this issue impacted Fargate, meaning it could have allowed one AWS customer to compromise another AWS customer:

[#] Fri Feb 15 2019 14:48:50 EST from LoanShark

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(Didn't impact us to that degree because we don't use Fargate)

[#] Wed May 01 2019 00:19:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Feh. Some of these spyware, er, I mean "endpoint security" tools really slow down your browser.

[#] Mon May 13 2019 21:22:56 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Indian Business Machines. Heh. That made me think that Intel's new logo should be Indians Inside. Seriously, look up Folsom Intel Diversity Day on Youtube. By diversity they mean, "we replaced all the old white men with Indians."

[#] Wed May 29 2019 20:22:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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"diversity" when spoken by anyone other than a radio engineer means "racism and sexism is ok as long as you're oppressing white males". This isn't anything Intel-specific.

[#] Thu May 30 2019 02:00:06 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Intel has really... really become good at it, though. 

They like to lead. 


[#] Fri Jun 21 2019 14:13:59 EDT from LoanShark

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Nice article from Bruce Schneier on the intersection of pandemics, medical tinfoil-hatters, and other disinformation.

[#] Fri Jun 21 2019 17:36:58 EDT from wizard of aahz

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That looks disfortunate.

[#] Thu Jun 27 2019 15:16:40 EDT from LoanShark

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I reconcur? ;-p

[#] Sun Jun 30 2019 17:51:48 EDT from wizard of aahz

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[#] Mon Jul 01 2019 09:47:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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This could have been good if he hadn't woven a discredited political narrative throughout the whole article. So let's take apart the legitimate concerns and unpack this a bit.

* Panic spreads fast. Panic spreads even faster on social media. In the event of a highly contagious, potentially lethal, and difficult to treat outbreak ... would it make sense to shut down Twitter? Is such a suppression of information even possible? And if it is, can that technique be abused by bad actors for non-lethal reasons?

* For a subject like this, who *IS* a credible source? No one trusts anyone anymore.

* No one wants to see their own family and friends die, and most people aren't ready to die early (except for me, I want to die on 2023-mar-10) ... BUT ... it could be argued that we're overdue for a mass die-off. Losing a few hundred million people, particularly from the more populous societies, would ease the strain humanity places on the global environment.

[#] Mon Jul 01 2019 10:54:13 EDT from LoanShark

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I would have thought you'd have gone for 2038-01-19

[#] Mon Jul 01 2019 12:09:00 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I'll be 67 years old then. Gosh, I hope I don't live that long.

[#] Thu Aug 08 2019 10:50:48 EDT from darknetuser

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I concur with your assessment regarding diversity and racism.


You know, somebody in th I2P official irc network brought the subject up. It turns out the Chinese already knew that language deformation (for example, inclusive language) serves the purpose of identifying your enemies and allies. It works like follows.


You and your lobby create a stupid languageism. For example, you decide to stop calling encryption tools encryption tools, and call them "tools for obfuscating terrorist activity". After a while, you check who has adopted the term. Anybody who still uses "encryption tool" is not one of yours. Anybody who says that openssl is a terrorism activity obfuscation tool is one of yours. Notice that you don't have to openly ask people which side of the fence they are standing at... you only have to listen to their regular talk in order to know who to befriend and how to mark for annihilation.


Things like modern codes of conduct and inclusive language are just this. A means to mark developer teams as friends o foes. If you don't have a code of conduct you are a fascist bastard and must be destroyed. When a development team adopts one of these, they are not just adopting. They are publicly declaring who they are siding with.

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