Day job subtooting/shade
Also great~? The new mandatory, always on VPN software seems to crash the Windows WiFi stack every so often. It's possible in it's defense that it is confused by all the virtual switches for Hyper-V VM work in my system's current stack and maybe I could untangle it, maybe. Work from Home is a "joy" with all these system restarts.
Day job subtooting/shade
I love~ how GitHub doesn't work correctly on our corporate network/corporate machines because who needs working CORS and subresource integrity checks when you can have the "security" (theater) of reading everything in flight? TLS Interception is a plague that needs to be eradicated for the health of the damn internet.
This is why we can't have nice things.
Debating if a blog post on the TechnoGnostic Eschatalogy of Westworld and Travelers is of much merit to anyone other than me getting it out of my own head. Falling into weird TechnoGnostic Eschatology rabbit holes is partly why I've got fascinating chapters attempting to expand my story Princesses for Planetary Peace to a novel I don't think I could actually sell.
Maybe this is why I hate most horror so much: there’s plenty anxiety without it.
Me: I don’t understand the appeal of horror.
Stacy: It’s just like getting your heart rate up for a sustained period of time like WHAT TERRIBLE THING’S GOING TO HAPPEN?!???!
Me: I’ve spent countless amounts of money and endless hours in therapy to not feel like that ALL THE TIME.
The afternoon rain today smelled so deeply of the angels share. It was an interesting mix of pleasant with the unpleasant damp soaking as I walked to a late lunch today. Old histories describe the smell of this city that way, that even on an ugly rainy day there's a weird sort of pleasant ring at the back of the nose. It's nice to have that back, I suppose.
EarthLink's deal to run cable modem services seems to have expired, so there went my backup plan from the Regional Cable Monopolist. The site claims I could get 75 Mbps DSL from them, but:
A) 12-month contract. Bah.
B) Contractual equipment fees. Humbug.
C) No I can't. Regional Phone Monopolist tells me quite clearly that the lines to the building aren't capable of high speed DSL ($40/mo 5Mbps lolsob).
When can we rise up and take the wires back from these monopolistic landlords?
I am pretty sure I'm the only person who took transit to Elon Musk's tunnel reveal. It's funny how quickly you realize it might not be a good idea when you're not in a car. Here's what I noticed. https://www.curbed.com/2018/12/20/18148754/elon-musk-tunnel-tesla-highway
Holiday Round of Hit Game Show: Crazy or Bluetooth
In today's round we have a person in UPS uniform muttering to themself in a Qdoba. Has the holiday season finally got to this driver and drove them off the deep end? Are they simply just still on the clock and have to deal with work over the phone while eating, because capitalism demands it? Crazy or Bluetooth?
Had to take tax documents to the Post Office. It was both better and worse than I expected for this time of year. Better because there was basically no line, which surprised me. Worse because I forgot how many "shopping opportunities" exist in the strip mall around this particular branch near work and the parking lot is a nightmare.
Instance admin thoughts
This seems an okay start:
background: rgba(255,255,255,0.05) !important; /* haunted ghost button; I don't like !important here because it breaks hover/focus but a smarter override is tough here */
I was also hoping to bump up the size of the Boost and Fave buttons, but those sizes are inline styles (in px!) and overriding that is painful. There are too many things sized in px.
Software security sigh
A person asked why a simple HTTP(S) PUT endpoint that took old password and new password to change a password might be susceptible to replay attacks.
What's to replay?! What's to replay?! This is like Remedial Web Security 101. This is why we can't have nice things and software security will forever be a sad joke.
Never could get the hang of Thursdays
Started the day off right with what seems to be a minor head cold or maybe ear infection. Made the construction outside my bedroom this morning that much louder sounding and "pleasant".
Also I forgot to put my watch on this morning due to all that. Nobody look at my left arm, it's more naked than usual, and I'm sorry and weirdly self-conscious about it.
I keep recommending this James Mickens talk to people because it is a lot funnier than me trying to explain to people why the software industry right now is scarily broken: https://www.usenix.org/conference/usenixsecurity18/presentation/mickens
Professional software developer. Unsuccessful nonfailure writer and game designer.
Smeap is the honk of a flamingo. Smeap was also at least once, a storybook land at the weird intersection of TV ads and the worlds they seem to inhabit. It was a place where wars were fought over sodas, and talking polar bears had very good reasons to guard soda machines. It was a place where rainbow color candies were harvested for electric power. It was a place where a prairie dog might move to big city inhabited mostly by Pink Flamingos to follow her dream to be private investigator, only to get slowly entangled in the seedy underbelly of crime and prohibited soda trading of the Neon Flamingos and their syndicate. Social media at times lately feels like it has become almost entirely seedy underbelly with very little upside. Maybe it needs more storybook worlds.