So I can't tweet this, but ... increasingly when I am in meetings that relate to security products and the security industry, I feel a bit alienated.

It is strange when one is considered a "security expert" and then needs to hide that one thinks that 90% of security spend and a lot of the research is bunk and those resources should better be deployed elsewhere.

Hey ladies and first timers :) If you are unsure about your research or how / what to submit to @hack_lu this year, my DMs are open waiting for you! This is going to be awesome and I want you being part of it too! For the Big heart ppl, if you want to be a mentor, poke over DM! twitter.com/hack_lu/status/126

More emergencies, Internet Archive 

The Internet Archive had been experimenting with a digital lending library, and when covid severely limited public libraries, the IA started allowing unlimited checkouts (which essentially mean they allowed piracy of their book scans)

This was probably a huge mistake, but now four of the biggest publishers are suing the IA

Losing this means archive.org goes down

arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20

I have a new steed and am looking forward to taking it out tomorrow.

abc7.com/6205236/

Long Beach replacing the vulture capitalist app-based food delivery services with a locally owned and operated bike delivery service that doesn’t wreck the local restaurant profits

Few things give me joy like working with well-designed powertools, often made by Japanese manufacturers.

My Hitachi cordless driver/drill is still awesome after 15+ years. Makita still makes beautiful kit.

And for no reason whatsoever, I am posting a sketch I made a few weeks ago.

Allright, in the good tradition of disappearing from Mastodon until the Birdsite gets on my nerves, and then re-appearing briefly: I am back here 🙂

in a strange way it is terrifically liberating to not earn my living with infosec any more.

Tech enthusiast: "I want smart lights, smart tv, everything, and connect them all to my digital assisstant!"

Tech worker: *looks wistfully into distance* "I should get a small place in a little town, with a garden, make my own furniture."

Honestly I love Toot!. It’s rapidly become my fave mastodon client and this just enforces it.

Look at the last option under timeline tweaks

diesel emissions fuckery, part 03L906022KS 

Rupert Stadler, Ex-Audi Chief, Is Charged With Fraud in Diesel Scandal: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/31/business/audi-diesel-emissions-rupert-stadler.html (New York Times)

(and no, that part number is not keysmash, unlike the previous editions of diesel emissions fuckery)

Oh, which reminds me - if you work for a company that spends a lot of money on cloud services for compute or storage (ideally 30k-50k+ per month), and you would like to save money on that, ping me :-) -- the new business is essentially helping people save money against a commission.

On a related note to my CW’d toot: I have never seen a task so ridiculously impossible as a woman trying to get a decent job, according to her skills and qualifications, after being out of work for several years.

It is honestly beyond disgusting: I have seen men with 1/10th the qualifications and skills being given jobs after six months unemployment without questioning their motivation, dedication or abilities.

So approximately 5 months into the entire "running your own startup again", I can say that there are a few upsides:

1) The technical challenges are absolutely fascinating, and I am learning a lot.
2) The business lessons are fascinating, and I enjoy learning them.
3) There is something to be said about being unambiguously happy with your employers decisions.

There is the nagging worry about ever matching my last salary ;), but that is more of an afterthought.

Allright, I am making another attempt at weaning myself off of Twitter :-). Happy to be back.

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