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Feb. 26th, 2017 07:46 pm
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"I think a Syrah would feel thicker in my mouth. ...Will you feel thicker in my mouth, sirrah?"

[tech] Host in which country?

Feb. 26th, 2017 08:22 pm
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In which country should one host a website, for maximal privacy and free-speech rights?

Obviously, there are different pros and cons – one country may have very free speech but the government reads everything, another country may have no government censorship but a civil law that makes it trivial for randos to intimidate your hosting company into dropping your site – so it would be interesting to hear in more detail what precise social/legal advantages different countries have for website owners. (I'm ignoring for the moment, "Great sociolegal environment, but the whole country's internet connection is a T1 with a kink in it.")

Is there some handy reference for concerned prospective site owners, shopping jurisdictions to plant their servers in?
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Unlocked.

I haven't actually been trained for the job but I am somewhat better qualified than the other choice, because it was her first day.

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Feb. 26th, 2017 12:50 pm
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LiveJournal has unblocked and whitelisted our webserver IP addresses, so importing, crossposting, and feed accounts should work properly again! Thanks for the quick fix, LJ.

Interesting Links for 26-02-2017

Feb. 26th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Ghost

Feb. 26th, 2017 02:47 am
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Ghost in the Shell (1995 version).

Cool opening sound effects/music.

The opening sequence of the naked female body seemed to go on way too long. I suppose they made the anime movie for teenage boys?

I started out watching it with the English dialogue. But that was hard to follow. So I switched to Japanese with English subtitles, and started it back from the beginning.

In the English dialogue, her answer to "What's with all the noise in your brain today?" was "Must be a loose wire".
In the English subtitles, her answer was "It's that time of the month." I wonder if that matches the Japanese version, even though it makes less sense.

The sequence of her disrobing and letting herself fall backwards over the edge of the building... I've seen that before, haven't I? Ah... right, there is a live-action version of this movie coming out, the one with that cool trailer. I wonder how long I've had this item in my Netflix queue.

"The Puppet Master. That phantom hacker, right?" .. "Internationally wanted on dozens of charges of stock manipulation, spying, political engineering, terrorism, and violation of cyber-brain privacy. "

Hmm. "Political engineering". That reference sure doesn't sound like the Wikipedia definition of political engineering. It sounds more like this: The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine. That's not the first article I've read about Cambridge Analytica. I already posted a link to another article about them back in November. This one is even more disturbing than the last one though.

When I searched Google on "political engineering", the ad shown at the top of the page was "How Liberal Are You? - theadvocates.org‎. Take the World's Smallest Political Quiz and find out in minutes." Mmm, no. I don't need to take a quiz to know how liberal I am. Someone *else* wants to know how liberal I am. So that they can build their profile on me, and feed me personalized ads as mentioned in the above article.

The Google results also had 3 other ads, at the *bottom* of the page. Having ads at the bottom seems new. Or maybe not? Maybe they've been there before.

..

"Hope? In the darkness of the sea?"

..

Oh well. It's too late now to watch the whole movie tonight.

..

Two Saturdays in a row that I've worked from home, after working extra hours on Friday too. At least it is enjoyable work, debugging and researching issues. That's why I did it... nobody specifically requested me to, but I have the feeling that I should, as we are near the planned release date and still having all these problems.

Nyriad, Hobbiton, and Cricket

Feb. 26th, 2017 06:32 pm
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One of the most common errors in computer science is an off-by-one error, and I did just that on my journey from Wellington to Cambridge, having everything booked (flight, shuttle, departure) one day out-of-sync. All was resolved quite quickly, and I was absolutely astounded by the Nyrid staff who caught my email at 6am and managed to collect me at the Hamilton airport. Thus began the beginning of four days in the company of this extraordinay company led by Matthew Simmons and Alex St. John. In my considered option they are following very good start-up logic and are developing some rather impressive disruptive technologies, and I have found need to comment on length on both of these features. It is a constant and powerful working environment there, dedicated on their goal, and the mostly young staff are very sharp. It must be immediately noted that the company really looks after its staff, with two evenings in succession at The Good George, and a recruiting BBQ today which is all worthy of note.

I've been hosted at the remarkable Earthstead villa, which appropriately includes Ian McKellen's name (aka Gandalf) in the guestbook. Yesterday was a day off from my usual schedule and Nyriad took me and Andreas Wicenec to Hobbiton. It was, of course, a wonderful location and great to have the set kept in place and obviously enough I took a few photos. The Green Dragon Inn was a particularly nice touch. The tour, however, is guided and is all over within a couple of hours - we were fortunate to arrive early as the queues later on were quite substantial. I am somewhat conflicted between the obvious need to explain the filming and set and how the very same destroys the magic of the film, and downright mocking of the apparent need to slap a trademark on everything ("Hobbit Holes (TM)", really?). I couldn't help but be a little disappointed by the sheer indifference of the tour guide when I pointed out that Bilbo's door lacked Gandalf's rune.

Later in the afternoon wandered around the small town of Cambridge which continued its very English style (town name, nearby Hobbiton) by distracting me with a regional game of cricket. Seriously, I can imagine hobbits playing cricket. The local team was quite successful bowling out the opposition with a lead over one hundred runs. I must confess a conflicted relationship with sport. I love the pace and skill involved in Australian Rules Football, and enjoyed playing in my youth as a defensive half-back line player and occasional ruck-rover. With cricket I enjoy the narrative, the gradual unfolding over summer's day to five. It was another game of my youth, and played the role of an unorthodox opening bowler who would bowl spin as well as the typical pace (opening batsmen were often very confused as a result). In both cases however, as much as I could enjoy watching and playing such sports it was aggressive competitiveness and boorishness common in both players and especially fans that put me off. I suspect I am not alone in this assessment.

that moment when...

Feb. 25th, 2017 11:56 pm
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you had inserted a DVD into the DVD player, but still had the TV source set to a TV channel which you were momentarily watching.

And then you hear a strange noise like muffled music... where did that come from? Must be a car driving by outside with their radio on very loud? Then a moment later you hear a roaring noise like a gigantic aircraft, so you run to the window and look outside, somewhat nervous... until finally realizing that the sound isn't coming from that direction after all.

Two quick things

Feb. 25th, 2017 09:42 pm
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Cloudflare


We've had people ask us about the Cloudflare leak reported a few days ago. We are Cloudflare customers, and it is possible that login cookies or passwords may have been exposed as part of the incident. We believe the risk to you is relatively low -- it was a small percentage of Cloudflare's requests that were involved over a relatively short period of time, and we haven't found any evidence that anything from us was among them. This is not an absolute guarantee that none of your accounts were affected, but we don't think the likelihood is very high.

Because we believe the risk to be low, we aren't automatically expiring everyone's session cookies and requiring you to log back in and change your password -- whenever we do that, it does lock some people who they can't remember their passwords and no longer have access to their confirmed email addresses out of their accounts, and we believe that will affect more people in this case.

Still, it's always a good idea to change your passwords regularly, and now would be a good time to do it, especially if you want peace of mind. We have a FAQ on how to change your password. If your browser logs you in automatically and you don't remember your password, you can reset it. If you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to your most recent confirmed email address, you can have the password reset email sent to any email address you've confirmed on your account by entering both your username and your old email address at the Lost Info page.

Unfortunately, if you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to any email address you've confirmed on your account, you probably won't be able to reset your password. In some cases, if you've previously paid for your account, we can validate your payment details to confirm your identity and reset your password. If you can't reset your password, but think you may have paid for your account in the past, you can open a support request in the Account Payments category and I'll check into it for you.


LiveJournal imports/crossposts/feeds


LiveJournal has temporarily blocked about 2/3rds of our webservers from contacting their site, presumably because they feel that we're requesting data from them too often. This affects the ability to import your journal, the ability to crosspost entries from your Dreamwidth account to your LiveJournal account, and whether syndicated feeds of accounts on LiveJournal will update on Dreamwidth. Those features will fail when they're unable to contact LJ because of the block.

It isn't every one of our webservers, so things will work intermittently -- if you crosspost two entries one right after the other, one might succeed while the other fails. Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do to resolve this other than contacting them and asking them to unblock us (which I'll be doing right after I hit 'post' on this entry).

EDIT 2249 EST 25 Feb: We appear to be down to zero unblocked webservers, so imports, crossposts, and feeds will all fail until LJ unblocks us.

EDIT 26 Feb noon EST: LJ unblocked and whitelisted us this morning, so all is working again!

Other Winter-Tide-Related Plans

Feb. 25th, 2017 10:30 am
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In addition to the book launch, I've got a few more appearances scheduled:

May 26-29, Madison WI: Wiscon! I've put in for a Lovecraftian Girl Cooties party and a reading, along with Anne Pillsworth and any other posse members who come too close happen to be in the vicinity and want to join us.  

July 13: Pandemonium Books in Boston.

July 13-16, Boston: Readercon

August 17-20, Providence: Necronomicon. My cover artist, John Jude Palencar, is also going to be there, along with Anne and several other Tor.com Neolovecraftians. What happens when our schedules align, no one can say.

Still working out a couple of other possible book store appearances, and figuring out cons for the Fall. Also to do before April 4th: Hand in Deep Roots, write about a million guest blog posts, get proper Enochian pronunciations to my audiobook reader, check with the Yith to see if they'll loan me a time turner.
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The Cloudbleed security bug, that was much in the news today, afflicts a behind-the-scenes service (the Cloudflare CDN) that both Dreamwidth and Patreon use, which means there may have been a privacy breech.

At this point, all you can (and should) do is change your passwords on both, and on any other sites that use Cloudflare. Oh, and using Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) where available may help mitigate the damage.

The bug was this: Cloudflare's customers (such as Patreon and Dreamwidth) entrust web pages and web page requests to Cloudflare for expedited delivery to/from end users. For a period of time, small random chunks of web pages and web page requests that had been entrusted to Cloudflare were being randomly included in completely other web pages that had been entrusted to Cloudflare. So there's a tiny but non-zero possibility that anything you entrust either Patreon or Dreamwidth with – private content, passwords – might have gotten accidentally cut-n-pasted (not really, but effectively) into some random other, potentially public, webpage out there on the internet.

Worse, because private stuff was being included in completely random public web pages, out there on the internet, apparently some of it got indexed and cached by search engines. Now, Cloudflare has worked with the big search engines to find and delete the caches of leaked stuff; they found 770 such pages that have been removed. They're still working on it.

No, there's not really anything you can do about this.

The earliest date this could have started happening was 2016-09-22; the bug was fixed by 2017-02-18.

Also, there's a whole bunch of other websites, on which if you have accounts, you should change your passwords there, too, most horribly 1password.com, a password-management service, though it is claimed they weren't affected, and authy.com, a 2-factor authentication service for websites. Other big names impacted with particularly nauseating security ramifications include 23andme.com, uber.com, okcupid.com, and a variety of financial sites. List available here, though be aware the full list is a 22mb text file with, as of this moment, 4,287,625 possibly afflicted domains (i.e. all the domains that have been detected to be using Cloudflare at all).

Winter Tide Launch

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:42 pm
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Winter Tide comes out April 4th!  I'm so excited to share it, and also feel a bit like hiding under the bed.

If you're in the DC area, I'll be holding a launch party at East City Books the night of April 5th. There will be a reading, traditional Innsmouth feast food, and an assortment of knitted and stuffed eldritch abominations. If I'm nervous you may catch me hugging a shoggoth.


Poll

Feb. 24th, 2017 06:49 pm
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Poll, please answer before March 9: I put my NSFW art in my Patreon; do you prefer that I keep it there, or not?

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Feb. 24th, 2017 11:29 am
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(opportunity to test the DW images interface here! ah, ok, looks like it's auto-thumbnailing. handy. click to embiggen.)

weird googly-eyed lobster dish

...IT'S LOOKING AT ME.

Must be one of those regrettable foods from a Sunset cookbook, right?

Nope. Larousse Gastronomique, Crown Publishers' 1961 English edition. I guess sad food photography was just endemic to the 1960s.
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