We worked hard, we nearly made it but Microsoft seems to have won this battle.
We, at the NHoS team, worked hard to create an Ubuntu based replacement for Windows for the National Health Service in UK:
But unfortunately it has been used only as an excuse to get a discount from Microsoft:
Talks to get permission to use a brand similar to NHS were there but now they got the discount we are not useful anymore apparently.
We'll fight on.
What happened to just plain old quoting other people's statements in an article?
Journalists should understand that linked and embedded content is not under their control and could change at any time on any (or all) of their reader's computer screens...
I love #BBC News, on account of it being the least biased and most reliable. But a couple of trends are worrying me:
1. Experiments with clickbait headlines
2. Embedding tweets in articles as sources
The tweets bother me more, I think the Beeb will grow out of the clickbait stuff. But the tweets are so many bad things:
- lazy reporting
- web page bloat
- anti-privacy (I assume twitter cards are loaded to hell with trackers right)
- making Twitter seem like a public service
Not cool, Beeb
Still slowly working through WAHH. Chapter 11 was on logic flaws, and was basically a collection of interesting anecdotes. Some of the suggestions for preventing logic flaws strike me as unpractical though, such as comments describing all the clients of a piece of code. Comments are one of the first things to get neglected in a living codebase.
Oof this post gets to the very heart of breadth vs depth. I like the idea of a Depth Year 🤔 http://www.raptitude.com/2017/12/go-deeper-not-wider/
As an end user, you can mitigate any of this by not running arbitrary JS, but this is somehow an unpopular opinion in the tech mainstream. Only privacy/security nuts (such as most of us here on Mastodon) seem to consider that. 😕
Sorry, that i.e. should be an e.g., I am ashamed.
This is a good read on the inherent security problems of distributing third-party dependencies in your application, i.e. how much you implicitly trust the million #NPM packages included with React.
The mitigation for the scenario in this blog is a strict CSP but if you’re running untrusted code the attacker has all the cards and will surely think of something else devious to do.
“2016-2017 tax return progress: 1% complete”
Very motivating, thanks HMRC.
Not just in terms of potential flaws in the patches, but the teams implementing patches are surely going to screw up because let’s face it the majority of ops is a shitshow. For all the progress that’s been made at the top end of the spectrum, there’s still a majority of teams that fail to test backups or have a proper staging environment.
> A fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug.
> Crucially, these updates to both Linux and Windows will incur a performance hit on Intel products. The effects are still being benchmarked, however we're looking at a ballpark figure of five to 30 per cent slow down.
> A spokesperson for Intel was not available for comment
Weren't they now.
UK TV (Blue Planet) 🌏 Show more
If you can access BBC iPlayer, do check out The Blue Planet II highlights episode. I find nature docs a bit hard to get into, but if you put it on in the background while you’re doing the dishes or making breakfast, you will get sucked in. Just beautiful.
Blue Planet II, Oceans of Wonder: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09l2fgr via @bbciplayer
That feeling when you have written a good implementation, but know there’s a more elegant one hiding in there somewhere and you just can’t find it 😬
Whew, that’s over with. Ticked all the Christmas boxes:
✅ Family argument
✅ Politics discussion that changes no one’s mind
✅ Organising people like herding cats
✅ Non-stop Christmas tunes
✅ Still a lovely time
On the upside, the ancient rotating-cube virtual desktop switcher still makes me disproportionately happy.