"Logistics" sounds like a fancy Greek word, but apparently some French military officer made it up in the 1800s, and the word is basically just "lodge-istics", as in food and lodging. :-D

(And apparently it also sounded that silly at the time, given some complaint about the etymology I saw recorded by a contemporary.)

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never say anything online that wouldn't be hilarious to hear the prosecution have to read back to you in court.

If you'd like to download all of the PSDS pages, this worked for me on Linux:

wget --page-requisites --convert-links --no-clobber --recursive --level=1 --random-wait --accept-regex '^https://www\.canada\.ca/en/public-health/services/laboratory-biosafety-biosecurity/pathogen-safety-data-sheets-risk-assessment.*' canada.ca/en/public-health/ser

(dunno if this will survive Mastodon's markup rendering, tho)

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I went to a Medical Reserve Corps training the other day, and learned that Canada has a fantastic set of "Pathogen Safety Data Sheets": canada.ca/en/public-health/ser

SARS-CoV-2 isn't on there yet, but I think for now we can assume it's similar to "SARS Classic" (based on preliminary study of the viral coat), which is useful for thinking about disinfectants, modes of transmission, and persistence in the environment.

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why are people focusing on handwashing re: Coronavirus? 

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headline: "we're not prepared for the end of moore's law"

buddy, we weren't prepared for the beginning of moore's law, we weren't prepared for the middle of moore's law, what made you think

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🧔 That task looks like it will be a bear, maybe we should start with a different one

👨 "Uh...?"

🧔 What?

👨 "So are bears good? Bad?"

🐻🐻🐻 😂

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Vulnerability in McAfee WebAdvisor: RCE from any website through the browser extension into the application, all the way to administrator privileges. Updates are finally available and should be installed ASAP.

palant.de/2020/02/25/mcafee-we

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So, Microsoft's HTML Applications are still a thing in year 2020? I accidentally came across some malicious code within in HTA file, running PowerShell and .NET code via ActiveX. The assumption is apparently that users won't recognize .hta as dangerous.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML_App

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I got my hands on a sample of Jumpshot data. My analysis confirms what everybody already suspected: Avast failed anonymizing the data they sold, leaving plenty of personal data untouched.

palant.de/2020/02/18/insights-

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Oh, so actually is actually a working process to get extensions removed from Chrome Web Store, other than having a contact on the inside. The Developer Data Protection Reward Program works apparently, at least if a privacy issue can be demonstrated. duo.com/labs/research/crxcavat

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Received an press release via email, apparently they are shutting down. Which is the right consequence if you look at their stock price. The reason is of course that "some users questioned our mission" which is as close to "we messed up" as it will probably get.

Reminder that the Y2038 problem is not 18 years away, but *already here* for some systems:

twitter.com/jxxf/status/121900

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So toots I *do* hashtag, generally (preceding is an exception) are made *Public*.

My view of the Zignani Affair is that it's far more about miscommunicated and misunderstood elements of Mastodon. Those who think that Mastodon is a private walled garden are, to my view, misguided. Possibly misled.

If I want to comment directly to a user or users on Mastodon, I'll use the "Direct" option, *and am very much aware that this remains viewable to others, especially administrators*.

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one time I left Waze open when I was walking into a Meijer and when i got to the front door my phone loudly said "YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT YOUR DESTINATION" and everyone around me looked at the sad bearded guy who needs directions from the parking lot to the front door

@sir Pushing commits to Sourcehut went from hella slow to hella fast some time in the last month. Did you fix some kind of perf bottleneck, or throw more resources at it, or what?

(Either way, it made me happy.)

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Yet another article from an ex-Googler highlighting the culture change at the company. Yes, "don't be evil" is a thing from the past.

medium.com/@rossformaine/i-was

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