Fun article about the author discovering a speculative execution bug on the Xbox360.
Also: the fact that Mastodon deletes image metadata and doesn't sell your data to advertisers is something we don't talk about nearly enough.
Besides the creepiness factor, there's also the fact that Twitter/Facebook are just one data breach away from all that info leaking somewhere. Better to never gather the data in the first place.
Maciej Ceglowski is relevant here: http://idlewords.com/talks/haunted_by_data.htm
"If you can get away with it, just don't collect it! Just like you don't worry about getting mugged if you don't have any money, your problems with data disappear if you stop collecting it."
#Meltdown is only really possible on a not-yet-on-the-market A75 CPU. Plans are being made to separate the page tables on arm64 anyways.
For #Spectre: Our implementation on armv7 flushes the BTB on every context switch, so that isn't a problem. arm64 should be safe for Cortex-A53 cores, which is the majority.
dlllon@ just committed a Meltdown mitigation to #DragonFlyBSD
That will set a signal to your old followers to move to your new instance.
You can also export your old following (friends) list, and re-import that into the new instance.
I'm not sure about importing your old toots/media though.
2017 me, emerging from DeLorean, to 1995 me:
So, this new 'Pentium' chip, turns out the whole 'speculative execution' road is a bit of a mistake. Yes it makes Doom faster but 22 years later all our computer systems are hacked each week by gangs of roaming cyber-criminals wearing vintage 80s micros as cosmetic jewellery on their leather jackets
1995 me (stuck in E1M2): Got it, Doom will get faster
2017 me: Did you even hear a word I said? I said the 80s are going to be fashionable again.
Just turned the last virtual page of Savaged by Systemd, by @mwlucas . Quite possibly the silliest book I've ever read, but against my better judgement, I couldn't not like it... Maybe there actually is such a thing as "Geek literature", after all? Just bought "git commit murder", to be sure.
Got #ssh2e off to copyeditor today. Feeling like a REAL pro writer again.
Yes, I wrote #af3e in q4 2017, and sent it in to No Starch. But I have no control on that book from here on out. It's almost all in their hands, barring editorial feedback.
#ssh2e will be back from copyedit on a set date, and I get to drag it through production myself. And get it into print, and people's hands. And figure out how to do hardcovers with dust jackets, which will be way cool.
#ssh2e is mine. It's ALL MINE.
Re that last boost: Mastodon is hard to get into without a guide and some focused usage.
The things that make it less toxic also make it harder to discover people to follow.
Without people, you just kind of feel like you're tooting into the void. It makes Mastodon a lonely place that you're less likely to return to. I mean, this is why Twitter and Facebook put so much energy into recommendations.
I don't think Mastodon should try to solve this problem. But let's acknowledge the hurdles.
If you want to find your Twitter friends, https://bridge.joinmastodon.org/ is a good service to help match them up in whatever federated universe they may be in.
It's like Star Wars sans laser swords.