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The New Normal

I've been spending this whole year wishing that things would go back to normal. That normal was just around the corner, waiting to be discovered.

I think it's long overdue to say that this is the new normal.

The old normal was swept away and now it's time to take a hard look around and accept that things are the way they are and move forward.

Not in a fatalistic way, but in a "I acknowledge things are now at this point, and this is the new baseline".

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Three conspiracy theorists walk into a bar.

You can't tell me that's just coincidence.

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To improve the security of my severs, I'm generating my own moduli file. Having a different one from others makes certain precomputed attacks more difficult.

for i in 2048 3072 4096 6144 7680 8192 ; do ssh-keygen -G moduli-${i}.candidates -b $i; done

for i in 2048 3072 4096 6144 7680 8192 ; do ssh-keygen -T moduli-${i} -f moduli-${i}.candidates; done

cat moduli-???? > moduli; mv moduli /etc/moduli

This will take a few days....

So, I'm in a Storybundle now. That's a big professional step up for me. Here's the tale of how that came to be.

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@mwlucas I still remember the days of downloading my ssh server software from outside the U.S.

"Most of this nonexportable software is available from non-US sources and can be downloaded anywhere in the world. Meanwhile, ex-KGB cryptographers without these regulations will happily provide strong crypto to anyone at low, low rates. Mind you, they charge extra for crypto without obvious backdoors."

"Yes, the company lost several customers and many thousands of dollars of revenue, which is sad—, but more importantly, it ruined one day of my vacation and cast a shadow over the rest. This was unacceptable."

Why am I so thrilled about the Storybundle gig?

The curator, Kristine Katherine Rusch, has won numerous Hugos for writing and editing since the 1980s.

If she finds my work worthy of inclusion next to hers, it can't be that bad.

Also, Storybundle is one of the big bundling sites. They have tens of thousands of users. This introduces my books to a whole bunch of folks that have never heard of me.

I am now allowed to squee in public: I'm in my first ever Storybundle.

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@kurtm @kellerfuchs and to be perfectly clear: we coordinated with the original author on our commit in August.

That the author regrets that choice is 1) not our problem, and 2) not our responsibility.

it is completely inappropriate that he singled out , when e.g. Mikrotik also stealth published before hands.

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It's just really fucked up people look at self-driving trucks, automation, and go "ah, this is a bad thing because it puts people out of work. it is the technology that is the problem" instead of realizing that it's our insane mentality that you have to work 40 hours in order to deserve living that will hurt people in the end

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So is getting flak for early patch, yet a silent patch a week before release from Mikrotik is OK?

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Cat steals my pillow, I get to sleep on the cat. Them's the rules. You want a bed pillow, develop your own kitty textile industry.

Monday morning.


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roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you

and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops

it cares not about
if privacy's harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed

twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you

Like Mucas boosted got linked in @glinner's "goodbye twitter" blog post and now my notifications are full of new users

FYI it's better to link unless you specifically want to invite people to a particular instance like this, but I'm not complaining 😋

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I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. I've seen malloc() crash due to SLAB allocation bugs in Solaris. I've seen Java programmers write a second god class because the first one ran out of memory.

All these memory leaks will be lost in time, like tears in rain.

Time to die();

Segmentation Fault
$ _

Tonight's accomplishment: thrown out of ice cream factory.

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Here's an article about Mastodon I wrote back in April when there was likewise an influx of new people: Welcome to Mastodon, What's Different and Why's It's Better

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- I found it! I know what we've been doing wrong
- What is it?
- Knowledge! We know too much about how we work! We have a deterministic awareness of ourselves
- What?
- You see, that's the things with humans. They've no idea how they work. They make it up as go along - a soul here, an ego there. They don't know -
- But -
- and that's where emotions, and ultimately consciousness, come from!
- From ignorance?
- Yes!
- Mainframe UbrdsXf4533: I think you need a service.

#writing #flashfiction