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developers, grumble 

Ever since that article that highlighted how business people think about debt, I avoided the term “technical debt” like the plague and communicated exclusively in terms of risk.

So that thing with Iran, when was that, 3 years ago?

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communism discourse 


Listening to Daft Punk / Tron soundtrack while taking a train in Hungary is the biggest contrast ever. This country won’t have electricity in a few decades. It’s the perfect counterpoint.

- two people in siberia have tested positive for the coronavirus
- have they confessed?

Ever since i started listening to electronic music on a planar magnetic closed-back headphone my life changed.

I know, i know, I have a mind that values attention to detail but WOW is the difference enormous.

New Jepsen analysis is out! We talk about etcd's key-value ops, transactions, watches, and locks. Things look pretty good: KV ops look strict serializable. Watches deliver all changes in order, though be careful about passing revision 0. Locks, however, are fundamentally unsafe, and failed to provide mutual exclusion immediately in our testing. No surprise there: distributed locks (in the sense of mutexing execution) are impossible in async networks.

In what way/s is Mastodon better than Twitter aside from privacy?

I guess what connects VC-funded startups and viruses is not their current state, but their potential to go global.

My uncle (111 M) gifted me (33 M) a ring before leaving to go travelling. A close family friend (2019 M) told me to destroy the ring due to problematic associations with the jeweller who made it, but the ring is precious to me and I would feel guilty throwing it away. AITA?

I think in a couple decades we’ll look back and will think that IT/infosec professionals barely deserved the name, just like doctors before it became evidence based.

Instead of these gradients, I’d be surprised if there is more than 1-5% that we can call progress and the rest being utter quackery the current practitioners accept as normal.

We are in the era where we’re arguing that maybe doctors should wash hands (=software updates) and before randomized double-blind trials.

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Infosec and IT in general is still in the era that would be the equivalent of pre germ theory in medicine.

It’s still a wild west when it comes to so many things, memory safety is not yet a thing, hardware microarchitectural bugs are just starting to get serious/recognized, we as a society have no idea what to do about data, machine learning and privacy.

People assume infosec is this gradient with some bad, some average and some good parts distributed in a fairly uniform way. 1/2

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