For perspective on where I'm coming from on this, I'm totally on board with primary/secondary for DBs and blocklist/allowlist for validation.

The git thing just sounds like pointless pattern-matching that does nothing but create stigma and stereotype threat where none existed before.

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I don't understand this thing where people are going around renaming git "master" branches to "main".

Unlike databases and disks, git's master doesn't refer to a master/slave metaphor. Git's "master" invokes a broader "official/comprehensive". The worst sin I see here is hierarchical thinking.

If you wanna take hierarchy out of computing, be my guest, but you can't do it by just renaming stuff.

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nintendo suggests that you forward udp ports 1-65535 on your router to the console. i wonder if their reasoning for that is "when another device / software breaks, people will contact its support and not ours, and figure something out".

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A good post on system dynamics, covid-19, and supply chains (especially in the US): siderea.dreamwidth.org/1617582

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Just spent 30 seconds wondering how I got a mouse cursor stuck in a tmux before realizing it wasn't the cursor, it was a stray "I" accidentally inserted into the file.
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A COM/OLE reverse engineering gotcha: GUIDs are stored in a mixed-endian format. The first three components are stored as individual numbers, in little-endian format. The last two are byte arrays, so using big-endian format. Hopefully next time I won't waste time on this...

"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? 

well first of all washing your hands regularly with warm water and soap is just good practice especially during flu season to limit the spread of disease. but there is an extra bit of virus science that makes handwashing particularly powerful against coronavirus.

Its considered an "enveloped virus" aka it has a lipid (fatty) membrane around it. Soap has the ability to dissolve that layer and kill the virus. good practice is 30+ seconds.

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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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