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Hi federated social web, I’m Carey from 🇳🇿 . I’m a mythical full stack web developer 🦄 in Java on Windows and Linux.

In my spare time, I read, play Euro Truck Simulator and Skyrim, listen to not-quite-mainstream pop music, despair about the waste inherent in Bitcoin, and try to think of something to use for.

I’m no good at social media, and I don’t expect Mastodon to change that.

It feels like 2020 has been much more of a 😬 year, compared to 2019's 🤔.

Presenting the short-ish summary I wrote of for my kids, who want to play :dnd: with me (OneDrive link):!Al3mnWHXOW85ln-cNG

A better perspective on speculation execution and C

"Creating a new thread is a library operation known to be expensive, so processors wishing to keep their execution units busy running C code rely on ILP (instruction-level parallelism). They inspect adjacent operations and issue independent ones in parallel. This adds a significant amount of complexity (and power consumption) to allow programmers to write mostly sequential code"

"The quest for high ILP was the direct cause of Spectre and Meltdown."


Guess who found out today what Bell’s Palsy is? reminds me that it’s too easy to spend time on Reddit, and find yourself going along with the loudest voices

We have computed the very first chosen-prefix collision for SHA-1. To put it in another way: all attacks that are practical on MD5 are now also practical on SHA-1.

We have reduced the cost of a collision attack from 2^64.7 to 2^61.2, and the cost of a chosen-prefix collision attack from 2^67.1 to 2^63.4.

Demo: The legacy branch of GnuPG (version 1.4) is vulnerable. We have created two PGP keys with different UserIDs and colliding certificates.

I’m reading the new :dnd: book that I got for Christmas, and the I’m enoying the descriptions of characters that suggest different kinds of TV shows:

The espionage agency which, if you get yourself in trouble, will disavow any knowledge of your adventuring.

The consulting inquisitive who writes crime fiction for a living, and whose relationships with the party can be a source of drama, or comedy.

I wonder what I’ve missed, or if I’m reading too much into it.

today is boxing day. celebrate by casting to Object

I want a solstice with a short day and a loooooooong night

2000s hackers: My dream is to connect all of my devices to the internet.
2020s hackers: My dream is to disconnect all of my devices from the internet.

"Once again, the setup resembles a casino—you win some and you lose some, but the longer you stay in the casino, the more likely you are to lose. The free market is essentially a casino that you can never leave."

Reading about while my wife watched TV, I thought about the tavern at the edge of Underlook run by the halfling Han d'Ghallandra, with two human waitresses from Lower Dura and Korranath who are trying to save money to start their business selling Aundarian tarts.

Yeah, sure, there's no problem playing "baby it's cold outside" every christmas because "it was a product of its time" but if I go around singing "let's get a few people tied up in trees and sacrifice them to odin this midwinter solstice" which was an incredibly popular song at the time (if a lot more pithy in the original ancient norse) then I get chucked out of lidl

if you do nothing else, live in a way that defies easy summary

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