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Switzerland has committed to a decentralized proximity tracing app based on DP-3T by EPFL and ETHZ and other institutions.


Source code:

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cosign is my new program for cooperatively signing documents with RSA (PKCS#1 v1.5 + SHA256) in a way that requires all the parties to produce partial signatures on the document without any of them having access to the private key.

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the grass is always greener on the other side.. whenever I get paid for working on a project, it is immediately less interesting and I need to motivate myself much more to work on it... while at the same time, when I work on the same project without any stakeholders, it's so much fun... anyone has an explanation? or similar struggle/problems/observations?

if there'd only be basic income... then I wouldn't worry and could freely write some software ;)

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"The design principle that attention is scarce and must be preserved is very different from a principle of 'the more information the better.'" - Herbert Simon

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Our current foster #cat loves drinking from the faucet but she is not very good at it.

Somebody is creating virtual traffic jams on Google Maps by lugging around Android smartphones in a handcart.

„99 second hand smartphones are transported in a handcart to generate virtual traffic jam in Google Maps.Through this activity, it is possible to turn a green street red which has an impact in the physical world by navigating cars on another route to avoid being stuck in traffic. „

Bracing myself for some serious FOMO over the next couple of days...

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I've got 60 subscribers so far for my new newsletter The Dork Web, going out this Thursday.

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So apparently the embargo for the latest round of Intel CPU issues was „forced“ as the microcode patches are not released yet and Intel only discloses vulnerabilities when patches are available... :/

“Intel will release Intel® Processor microcode updates to our customers and partners as part of our regular Intel Platform Update (IPU) process.”

The operative word being “will” not “has released”...

Intel Advisory

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I'm running a (hopefully) fortnightly newsletter on Substack called The Dork Web. First issue is out on the 30th of Jan, featuring the <$200 Pinebook Pro, a Z80 SBC for running CP/M, China's social credit system in the west and more. Sign up here:

Looking at it again today and it’s such a well done device. It instantly creates a certain atmosphere.

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Also, you can get it as a kit an assemble/solder it yourself ;) Plus, all of it is open: schematics, software and even the enclosure step file.

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Got my NixieTap today and oh boy is the combination of Nixie Tubes and wooden, walnut case beautiful!

Watching the Nixie Tubes switch digits is akin to staring into a log fire, it’s so pleasing.

So Microsoft starts 2020 Patch Tuesday with a bang, or rather three:

1) CVE-2020-0601 is improper validation of X.509 ECC cert chains

The NSA advisory actually has more info than Microsoft:

2) CVE-2020-0609, CVE-2020-0610 are *unauthenticated* Remote Code Execution bugs in Windows Remote Desktop Gateway.

Note: It’s a server feature.

Yesterday I remembered the Olivetti TCV250. What a beautifully designed machine from ‘66! Italians know how to it :)

@cynicalsecurity pointed me to this article (in Italian) on Tchou and Olivetti:

Now I wish I knew more about the history of computers in Europe and why the industry here got swept away...

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