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  1. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I'm taking a couple days before Christmas to visit my folks. I flew, just me, to check in and see if there's anything I can help with. I'm glad I did, but it's tough seeing them. Despite my Dad having two aneurysms years ago, plus an uncounted number of min-strokes, and one major stroke where he had to relearn movement and speech, he is still sharp-witted, and full of ridiculous war stories, literally. That part's fun, honestly. What's not fun is he's on oxygen, since he has emphysema, and in more or less constant pain from gallstones as no surgeon would dare try to operate on him to remove them. Leaving their apartment is an ordeal for him that they rarely try to surmount, with a rolling oxygen tank of limited supply. He also has Dupuytren's contracture, and they've amputated both his pinkies, but his remaining fingers are curling up. Mom doesn't get out much, because she worries. They're resting, so I went to the library to connect to the internet. They don't have internet. I'll help her put up the mini-tree today to bring a little Christmas cheer. After that, maybe I'll hear some war stories.
  2. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I'm doing my thread catch-up thing again (I'm still back on 340)... My skeletal dragon is a little smaller, but I still got a "Mwa-ha-haaa!" feeling when it arrived. BTW: My first Reaper order for my very own self (usu. better half takes care of our Reaper orders, not to mention our Kickstarter pledges, etc.). https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=35DCC67A73B27BD0&id=35DCC67A73B27BD0!329906&parId=35DCC67A73B27BD0!169&o=OneUp Do you have garlic in your soul? Weird. That would normally be a Tuesday. Second Tuesday is when major patches usually get release.... Oh, yes, Uber used to show up more often. He was all the rage for a while. Same-same. Always hated hail. Eyes like that are for herd animals to better notice movement of potential predators, but it requires the long part always stays level with the horizon. If you watch their eyes when they're cropping grass, the rectangle always stays level. Yeah, it's creepy looking. Orcus probably should just have circle pupils, though, as a top level predator. Likewise, dragons shouldn't have vertical slit "reptile" eyes, either, since they are high off the ground. Cf. Eyes of house cats vs. great cats. I know, I know... picky, picky.
  3. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    In other news, we went to teenaged daughter's all school holiday concert last night. She's in concert choir, and it was great, but phone video never works out, and I didn't end up recording, just enjoying. Stuff I hadn't heard before, and well executed. There was also the jazz band, multiple choirs, strings, percussion (with tubular bells), ensemble, and they had a big finish with all the bands/orchestras coming together to do their own rendition of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "A Mad Russian's Christmas", which I'd never heard before, complete with electric wind instruments (which I'd never heard live before). I was impressed. For everyone who hasn't heard what I'm talking about, found this on YouTube for reference:
  4. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Better half just explained recursion to our teenaged daughter, with examples of Tower of Hanoi and searching a binary tree. Daughter's response: "Oh, yeah, that makes sense." Proud papa. --Wise Kraken Thinker of the Deep
  5. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    NC what happened, here? Careful, or you could get band. http://pairadocsband.com/
  6. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    'Tis the season for Star Wars, Calvin & Hobbes snowmen, and Harry Potter marathons. Now, put them together: https://www.boredpanda.com/calvin-hobbes-star-wars-drawings-brian-kesinger/?utm_content=inf_10_2558_2&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=socialedge&tse_id=INF_4acb6540dabc11e7b926579f881108d6
  7. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Ah, yes, Clash of the Titans. I got kind of stoned for that picture, probably why I forgot.
  8. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    That is ... concerning. Are these are professional websites where the org has to do something on your behalf as a legitimate part of the job? Anything personal there? Even if nothing personal, and it's a legit business need, passwords themselves can be pretty personal. Before handing them over, I'd change the passwords to all those sites to something you don't use anywhere else, and avoids any password generating algorithms you normally use. Privacy is something you can't get back. The worst thing is that if they really need your password on an on-going basis, it means they have to store it somehow so it can be seen in plaintext somehow, and databases of passwords are a VERY valuable target for bad guys. Not just for the literal passwords, but to get more insights into how people make them, so they become easier to guess in general. Storing password proofs with reversible encryption hasn't been a decent practice since ... hrm, well, not sure it ever was. There are a number of better ways to do this, from federating through a trusted identity system, to giving you a new identity on the archaic systems (possibly copying over data), to delegating your authority to another identity on the system, to just moving to a more secure authentication system for these systems. That's off the top of my head, and I bet there are more. Bleah. Sorry you have to deal with that.
  9. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    This one gave me Titan. https://www.playbuzz.com/rebeccacampbell10/what-would-you-be-in-a-fantasy-world#eightieth A bit over the top, but I'll take it.
  10. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Sympathy like. Glad you're secure either way (wish I could say as much) and you'll be home for Christmas. Sounds like you got a good severance deal, and I hope you find a great gig soon.
  11. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    This is awesome. Letting kids make mistakes when the stakes are low is a great teaching tool. Kudos to the teacher and kids both. Now, just hope they use their powers for good.... Also, respect to your High Schooler. Common sense is remarkably uncommon.
  12. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I got hawk. Probably because they don't know how well kraken can see. Sounds paradoxical. Thus, you are up to the task. :)
  13. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I hear House Figmentius takes people like you in...
  14. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    True dat. The folks I know who actually use Linux are database jockeys who can build their own servers. Not regular users at all. Also, thanks to the laws of thermodynamics, developers must work with continuous purpose to avoid bad bugs, especially security bugs. Even on Linux. The "many eyes" theory of increased code quality doesn't work with specialized knowledge, like security and cryptography, either. I remember how one of the common Linux crypto libraries was "fixed" to ensure one of its variables was zeroed out on creation ... which is a good general coding practice but in this case that variable was intended to provide randomness from the system's memory state and zeroing it eliminated that source. Many web site certificates had to be revoked after that was discovered, since the reduced entropy meant all certificates issued by anyone using that patch could have their private key guessed / looked up in a table. You need the support of a good distribution and regular, trustworthy patching to be safe, same as anything. https://linux-audit.com/linux-security-myths/ Swimming in the chaos... and almost actually caught up! -Wise Kraken Full Disclosure: I work in security feature design for a certain, ahem, evil empire, but my opinions are my own. The crypto lib anecdote above was just an example of how software quality and security are hard to get right on every platform, and no-one is inherently immune to mistakes that can lead to vulnerabilities. So, choose a well supported version of whatever OS you want to run.
  15. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Ditto. I mainly use it for Thanks, though. Mainly because, that's what it says it means when you hover over it. Did it just yesterday for the recipe repost, in fact. :)