This is an extremely good, straightforward writeup on the LLL basis reduction algorithm that I find myself reading for one reason or another a couple times a year and so now you’re reading it too. https://kel.bz/post/lll/
Perhaps it is a generational thing and because I started too young in this field but I cannot fathom the incompetence which permeates the industry as a whole.
It is clearly about profit and, before than, incumbents having no incentive to perform at any level but I believe there is a deeper underlying issue: there is simply no desire at any level to “do a good job”.
One wonders if this is not just a warning about the “End of the Empire” just like Rome before the barbarians.
deraadt@ changed lib/libc/sys: Document msyscall(2): ld.so can use this (once only) to tell the kernel where libc.so's text segment is, thereby allowing invocation of system calls from that region. An upcoming change will kill the process if a system call is invoked from addresses not explicitly permitted.
ok guenther kettenis mortimer
Just learned about a woman in computer science history: Elizabeth Fong. She spent her career at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, and is mentioned as attending data standardization meetings in RFC-316 (1972). She was heavily involved in the effort to standardize SQL in the 1980s.
Here's a 2014 interview with her:
And a brief autobiographical sketch on being awarded for 48 years of service at NIST:
taking care of business
(i love this song)
I've been spending the last few days writing a PDF parser (reasons) and it's beautiful, but this little example I just threw together to test some new pretty-printing is making me way happier.
Come and jump the fence with me, said the cyan lion.
I never thought I would hear anything so serious from Sacha Baron Cohen. I also never thought this would be the most sense I’ve heard all week. This is why I’m here, I’m sick of supporting exact what he is talking about.
One amazing sign that Signal is gaining more mainstream acceptance is that it’s now the sexting messenger of choice for normal, non-Infosec humans.
for those wondering how to establish trade relations with crows:
- feed crows food A regularly
- when crows decide to bring you gifts, feed them food B
- when crows bring you different categories of gifts, feed them a food-per-category, ex: food C for jewelry, food D for paper money, etc
- crows will recognize these exchange patterns and opt to bring you things in order to acquire desired treats
good luck! 🐦
some thoughts about "OK Boomer" from a GenX perspective
honestly, given the reactions that the phrase "OK, Boomer" have been getting in the media, you'd think packs of teens have been systematically targeting elderly people for brutal street muggings or something. but, no... it's just a phrase, and a mild one at that. why is it so upsetting?
because it's not rebellious or confrontational, which are things older people are used to getting from younger people. it's straight-up *dismissive*. and it's not something we, GenX, the first-generation children of the Boomers, ever had the chance to express.
our rebellion was taken away, repackaged, and sold back to us when we were too young to know what it was for or why it could be powerful. we grew up feeling helpless and hopeless, trapped in a world where we had nothing meaningful to say and nothing useful to do because Doom was Nigh--the ozone layer, nuclear war, the Y2K bug, politicians that hated us sending us off to wars for blatant lies. Boomers got to have their Swinging 60s--we grew up under the specter of AIDS. we were isolated from each other, so we never realized that we weren't alone. and when we were finally able to get our own voice out into the popular culture, we spoke obliquely of isolation, depression, inward-turned knives.
"Zwischen Engagement und Gewalt
Zivilgesellschaftlicher Einsatz, aber auch gewaltbereit, wichtige Quelle des Verfassungsschutzes, aber in Teilen auch „Beobachtungsobjekt“: Die sogenannte „Antifa“ hat viele Facetten. Auch wenn man selbst innerhalb der Szene das Image vom angriffsbereiten Antifaschisten pflegt, ist die Bewegung viel mehr."