“So packed with lushly designed poetry, fiction, and essays is Ninth Letter, the biannual literary magazine published by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, readers flipping through its two-hundred-plus pages could be excused for asking, “How would I even know if something in here was an error?” […] A couple of mistakes, however, did come to light after the issue went to press. Most notably, Travis Kurowski’s essay “Basquiat and Six Uses of Space,” which was painted Basquiat-style on mounted panels and then photographed, was published with two pages of text missing. Instead of just offering the corrected essay on its Web site (which editor Jodee Stanley did as well), Kurowski’s work was reprinted in its entirety as a chapbook—a chapbook that is, it’s worth noting, much easier to carry around and read than a fat catalogue of a literary magazine—and mailed to subscribers in early March. With a corrections policy as generous as this one, more contributors may start hoping for slipups of their own.”—Literary MagNet | Poets & Writers
At the end of the day, however, we are facing a much bigger, more metaphysical question than the ones I have so far posed. That I can pose many others is of no consequence; either you are sick of them by now or you are scribbling down your own as I speak. The bigger question is this — how much security do we want? […]
A world without failure is a world without freedom. A world without the possibility of sin is a world without the possibility of righteousness. A world without the possibility of crime is a world where you cannot prove you are not a criminal. A technology that can give you everything you want is a technology that can take away everything that you have. At some point, real soon now, some of us security geeks will have to say that there comes a point at which safety is not safe.
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“Many people whose recommendations I would value don’t blog much any more. They put the links to articles they’ve read, or books they liked, in their Twitter feeds. If I’m not reading Twitter at that time, I miss those links. No, I don’t like blogs that are solely link feeds, there does have to be a balance, but if something’s worth recommending, why not recommend it somewhere it might live longer than a couple of hours? And somewhere I have a hope of finding again if I have a mental bookmark that you wrote about something interesting while I was busy doing something else?”—Twitter Musings. I feel the same way. There are plenty of people who’s blogs I subscribe to but who’s twitter streams I won’t follow, and I regret that I’m missing some things (e.g. Tim’s tab sweeps) because of it.
“This is a HARDWARE problem! After playing around with removing the battery and noticing that this often returned functionality to the keyboard I surmised that this had some sort of physical aspect.
Sure enough, there is a section of copper colored tape/wiring exposed in the batter slot that is slightly bowed where it’s smallest.
When I depressed this with my finger tip on this portion to basically flatten it out flush against the housing; I found that all functionality was restored!”—Apple - Support - Discussions - Unresponsive Keyboard and Trackpad …. This just happened to me last night. Given all the software problems that there have been with MacBook Pro keyboards under Leopard, it was hard to track down this information on hardware problems with the keyboard. Sigh. I’m starting to regret not sticking to my guns regarding Apple hardware. Since there’s no way to run OS X on non-Apple hardware, I guess that since my next laptop will not be Apple hardware it will also not run Apple software. Sigh. I miss running Linux on my desktop anyway. Compatibility with Adobe Creative Suite, Lightoom, and MS Office just aren’t worth the frequent disruption I suffer on this platform. Perhaps I’ll buy a “real” computer for doing “real” work, and will keep a shiny one on the side of my desk for the occasional need to run the shiny softwares.
On May 13th, 2008 the Debian project announced that Luciano Bello found an interesting vulnerability in the OpenSSL package they were distributing. The bug in question was caused by the removal of the following line of code from md_rand.c
These lines were removed because they caused the Valgrind and Purify tools to produce warnings about the use of uninitialized data in any code that was linked to OpenSSL. You can see one such report to the OpenSSL team here. Removing this code has the side effect of crippling the seeding process for the OpenSSL PRNG. Instead of mixing in random data for the initial seed, the only “random” value that was used was the current process ID. On the Linux platform, the default maximum process ID is 32,768, resulting in a very small number of seed values being used for all PRNG operations.
”—Debian OpenSSL Predictable PRNG Toys. Wow, this is huge, both in terms of level of embarrassment for affected Linux vendors and (more importantly) potential impact to their customers. Even I’m a little embarrassed about only having learned of this so long after the announcement, but that’s (partly) because I don’t personally run any Linux boxes these days.
The other day, I got an email from Edd, an OpenBSD user, claiming that Samba would crash when serving files off an MS-DOS filesystem. This was Samba built from sources and not the one from ports. Since I use myself Samba a lot and for a quite large user base, I got interested in the issue and started investigating it.
What I found out in the end is a surprise and was not expected: A bug that has been there in all BSDs for almost all the time, since the 4.2BSD times or for roughly 25 years…
“In the interim, I’m sure I’ll eventually get used to life without autofocus. BLONK! My 30-inch screen helps, as does Spaces, since it’s easier to give windows their own non-overlapping real estate.”—Stevey’s Blog Rants: Settling the OS X focus-follows-mouse debate (FWIW after six months I still haven’t gotten used to it, but the 30-inch screen really does help. Maybe this is all just a plot to sell more display hardware?)
“Desperate Housewives essentially functioned as a kind of cognitive heat sink, dissipating thinking that might otherwise have built up and caused society to overheat.”—Gin, Television, and Social Surplus