If you’re not threatened with rape, you’re told you’re not qualified, you’re not good enough, you’re not welcome here.
I wrote a piece for xoJane about the business of being a woman in comics. Trigger warning (and a warning that some of the threats are included in the article).
Let’s give some attention to the woman actually dealing with these threats of violence and not just all the men writing about it, hey?
It is important that men in our industry have taken a stand about this issue, and I appreciative and am thrilled about it, make no mistake. I just want to make sure we’re listening to the women dealing with sexism every single day, too.
“The mayor of Nashville had secured plans to create a $175 million BRT system to increase citizen mobility and help thwart congestion as the city’s population swelled. That might sound expensive, but for a transit project in a major city, it’s a bargain—especially since BRT has repeatedly shown it stimulates economies and reduces pollution. But even this relatively elegant transit solution attracted the ire of powerful interests that find public transit distasteful. Spurred on by the Koch brothers’ influential political organization, Americans for Prosperity, Tennessee’s state legislature has succeeded in passing an extraordinary new law that actually bans BRT.”—
It’s not a matter of faith breaking down in crises, or some magical moment where I saw the universe anew from a scientific perspective. I’ve talked about my problems with the worldview of evangelical and conservative Christians, and it’s more a desire to never, ever be like that.
But I realized as I drove back to the hospital today that it was Good Friday, the day marked as the crucifixion of Christ, and that I was going back to a situation I could not control, to sit bedside with Charlie while we wait for him to get better.
Having to watch as your child is sick or suffering is pretty much the worst thing ever.
Just a weird thing that goes through my now-largely-agnostic mind.
about this photo Tom posted… Charlie is prone to bronchiolitis, which is like bronchitis, but since baby lungs are so underdeveloped it leads to a lot of wheezing and concern about blood oxygen levels. It’s the kind of thing that tends to resolve itself if the symptoms can be managed.
“In brief: The software on the Gear Fit is so completely, fundamentally broken, that it takes the most promising piece of hardware we’ve yet seen in the wearable space and makes it pretty darn useless. And even the hardware has its share of irritating quirks. The display is beautiful, but because there’s no ambient light sensor it seems to always be too bright or too dark. If you leave the wake-up gesture on (the “checking your watch” gesture) you will wake yourself up with a blast of light every time you roll over in your sleep. On the plus side, I got a solid four days of usage on a single charge, and it survived multiple showers.”—
“The life of the solo sysadmin is a difficult one. You probably support dozens to hundreds of users. How do you keep your installs clean? Your workstations up to date? Your self out of the loony bin? This sessions is designed to be part technical, covering the world of lifecycle management in a sane way, and it’s also designed to be part humanities, covering good user management (not the server side, the human side), good time management, and a method to keeping the madness at bay.”—
I didn’t know I was lonely ‘til I saw your face
I wanna get better, better, better, better,
I wanna get better
I didn’t know I was broken ‘til i wanted to change
I wanna get better, better, better, better,
I wanna get better
Recently, Apple asked us to get our Mobile Technical Competency certification, and, well, when Apple asks, you do that shit, so I started to get current with Apple in other ways and looked at training dates, since MTC is one you have to do the training for.
Turns out there’s one in Chicago. On April 28-29. Which is right after CHSH. And it’s at 225 West Wacker. Which is literally across the bridge from the Holiday Inn. So we’re staying for a couple extra days at ye olde Holiday Inn and Tiff and Charlie are going to explore the great grand world while I learn about how to support iOS 7 devices.
It is certainly possible that they are telling the truth, but this is an agency whose head has testified before Congress and denied that the agency was doing things that we now know for a fact they were doing. So grains of salt and whatnot.
The grain of salt you need to take this with is larger than the whole of this winter’s road salt quota for all of the US.
These people think they’re above the law and need to be reminded.
If an organized hacker ring sabotaged security standards and major tech infrastructure for years, compromising the security of hundreds of millions of people and many governments including our own (and potentially causing billions of dollars in damages when these exploits were found by others), and exploited any flaws they found or created to spy on millions of people in the world including our own citizens, what should they be charged with?
Mass criminal sabotage, cybercrime, cyberwarfare, and computer fraud? Obviously.
Terrorism? Maybe, but not quite.
At what point do the NSA’s actions qualify as treason?
Today is the 13th anniversary of the founding of Cloudmakers, the Yahoo discussion board that served as the hub for players of The Beast, widely considered to be the first Alternate Reality Game and the beginning of the journey that would bring me to the world of Transmedia.
In honor of that anniversary, here’s a piece I wrote a few years ago; a memoir of the Cloudmaker experience.
Before I was a creator, I was a fan. And one of the most precious things about my experience on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries was the ability to make something that inspired an audience in the same way the A.I. Game inspired me.
The list of things that members of Cloudmakers have gone on to do would astound and amaze if anyone ever put together a survey and did a Where Are They Now thing. Maybe for the fifteenth anniversary.
Late yesterday, a flaw in a very important piece of the secure Internet, secure sockets layer or SSL, was announced to the public.
The bug, called Heartbleed affects Internet servers that use certain versions of the OpenSSL libraries. An attacker could see small portions of server memory, including data that would normally be encrypted, including password data and SSL private keys.
We have been rolling out fixes to affected machines we control over the last 24 hours, and believe we have completed patching of all critical systems by 4pm yesterday.
News stories on the issue range from urging you to change important passwords to imminent armageddon. As usual the truth is somewhere in the middle.
Unless a provider tells you that their servers were affected you really have no idea of knowing if they were compromised.
What we recommend in this case is caution and selective corrective action. Some high profile websites that were affected in some part include Dropbox, Yahoo, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft, and credentials for some of those could be revealed through a buffer overflow. The ability to perform this attack was out in the wild from Monday morning, and fixes were deployed as late as 3pm yesterday. If you accessed one of those services in that timeframe, it is possible, but not necessarily likely, that your username and password for those services was recoverable by third parties. We would recommend changing your password for that service.
Over the next week, we will be re-issuing SSL certificates for a few servers as a precautionary measure.
Welcome to another explainer of the technical variety!
You may have heart of Heartbleed by now, it’s a security bug that affects a some versions of a code library (OpenSSL) that is used by many, many websites on the internet. That security bug can potentially make what would normally be encrypted data into something that can be read by a malicious party.
Think of it like this. You open your browser and go to your bank’s website. The reason you trust that not just anyone can read your bank details is that SSL certificate that your bank spent beaucoup bucks on.
Except that, now, because of this heartbeat issue, an attacker can force your web server to reveal 64 kilobytes of data from its memory in an unencrypted fashion.
Suffice it to say: this is really bad. And it can be done very, very often.
While it’s fishing for something good - and you don’t always know what you’re going to get from that 64 kb - it could be good, it could be garbage - it still shouldn’t be happening.
So! What should you do?
There’s not a lot that you can do, unless you’re an IT professional. If you’re just a user, the most you can do is check out this website tester which will let you check out any website on the internet and make sure it’s safe for you to use. If it says it’s not safe, then don’t login until they fix it.
We didn’t have a ton of sites affected by this, but for those that were, we’re counseling password firedrills on admin level passwords, recreating any salts that are used for hashing, and if you’re really paranoid, reissue & revocation of any SSL certificates used on the box.
This bug is super scary, but there’s not much users can do to protect themselves. That, in and of itself, is the scariest part of it.
“It’s a seductive model. It suggests our fellow countrymen aren’t wrong so much as they’re misguided, or ignorant, or — most appealingly — misled by scoundrels from the other party. It holds that our debates are tractable and that the answers to our toughest problems aren’t very controversial at all. The theory is particularly prevalent in Washington, where partisans devote enormous amounts of energy to persuading each other that there’s really a right answer to the difficult questions in American politics — and that they have it.”—How politics makes us stupid - Vox