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HTTPS isn't a magic bullet for security, but ignoring it for other security is like concentrating on a safe's door when the safe doesn't have walls.

(For the uninitiated: HSTS is how to make sure you're always running in HTTPS)

Via +Lea Kissner  who says:

"HSTS: get it. I wish I could tell you half the stories of really interesting things we found while working on this..."
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The Cred Bureau - A Gentlemen's Auxillary

Folks,
I've gotten enough messages asking about a dude counterpart/compliment/brethern project to The Cred Bureau - folks who are invested in supporting women and nb/genderfluid/queer folks who verb games.

The truth is that a: I don't have the resources to support such a creature. b: the idea of adjudicating such a space and enforcing the various social contracts sounds exhausting and frankly a little terrifying. c: that sort of thing needs to come from the folks who think it needs to exist.

We are willing to work with somebody who wants to hear how we've handled various processes on the IGMCRHB side of things, but we can't coordinate or take responsibility.
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Error messages 101 for helpdesks:

Step 1: Google it.
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+mary Zeman, my pleasure. :D
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This is a work of fiction set in a comic book style world.

This is currently a work in progress.

How does one know that they're a mad scientist?

Take Phil. He toiled away in secret because all of his colleagues laughed at his work. He believed he was helping the world, and really wasn't hoping for monetary gain or power; just a bit of fame (what little fame the unwashed masses would give to a biologist), and a chance at immortality.

He couldn't make money off of his work, anyways, unless he won a Nobel Prize or some other award that came with a cash prize. Once released, there would be no way to contain his experiment; it couldn't be bottled and sold. The first person who gets the treatment will be contagious in a day, and continue to be contagious for the rest of their life.

And that's why we're asking how someone knows if they're a mad scientist.

Phil clearly remembered the look in his labmates' eyes when they realized what he was working on... A mix of wonder at first, giving away to terror as the full implications hit. A week later, after a rather long talk with the lab's director, Phil was painstakingly taking notes of his processes as he ceremoniously destroyed the initial fruits of his labor, tears streaming down his face, teeth held tightly closed.

His labmates didn't notice an unmarked styrofoam cooler near Phil's desk, and didn't think twice about leaving that day promptly at 5pm as they always did, despite Phil still pouring over his notes, slowly erasing the physical results of his experiments. He didn't get to save much, but he saved enough and had just enough equipment at home to finish his experiments, thanks to his colleagues trusting a charismatic, promising young man and having their own habits and own concerns to distract them.

The work was slow. Phil no longer had a supply of human stem cells to work with, as he did at the company lab. He couldn't buy the specialty growth mediums, either, and relied on agar for most experiments, and brewed his own when the experiments called for it.

After the first couple of weeks of depression, the only change in Phil at work was his insistence on wearing long sleeved shirts under his lab coat. These hid the needle marks, what junkies and narcotics officers call "tracks," that marked where he had been getting samples for his experiments.

Nobody outside the lab learned about Phil's transgression. It was enough for the researchers to keep their heads down and stay out of headquarters' way, as the corporate level managers were far more focused on the founder's pet project, a man-portable radiolytic thermal generator (RTG) that worked on fusion. The fear was that if word of such an experiment leaked out, funding would be cut to make way for more research into the fusion RTG.

Did Phil know that the world would consider him a mad scientist? Perhaps. He certainly had the sense to keep quiet, and he had the dogged determination to finish his project no matter what the costs. At the same time, though, Phil honestly believed that he was doing real good in the world.

After Phil's sacrifice, though, we may never know what he truly thought of himself.
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I'm intentionally being vague about the specific goal that Phil is doing. Biological research including human cells.

Maybe it wouldn't be track marks specifically in the sense of a heroin addict's markings. He'd certainly make sure to use sterile equipment and disposable needles for his blood draws, and wouldn't be injecting a toxic substance, but botched needle sticks leave bruises, and even good blood draws leave marks. I'm trying to emphasize that, where there are signs of his continued experimenting, he's being very careful to cover them up.

I want to move from this exposition (with heavy foreshadowing) to a couple of conflicts, and a big reveal that steps off the main story... Not sure how to trigger that first conflict, though, but what this person is working on is the big reveal, so sorry for the vagueness.
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I can't say I'm alone in wanting new in-person friends.

As for my limiting factors, well, I don't go out to drink, don't go out on weekdays, have 4 small children (which means weekend plans will always include them), and living in a suburb of Phoenix, if we're not meeting inside (and it's a kid-friendly inside), then we're probably not meeting.

And, being the dad that trucks the kids around has other issues... I like sitting around and chatting, but that's not a "manly" trait. About the most stereotypically manly thing I can am willing to do that's indoors that at least partially involves socializing is going to maker spaces... Poor places to bring 5 and 4 year old girls, much less 2 year old twins, due to the sheer chaos they'll introduce, the high probability of injury, and the off chance of another maker making misogynist remarks.

So, instead, I'll do my socializing vicariously through my wife, let her set up the visits with friends and acquaintances, I'll hang around under the guise of helping to manage the kids (diapers, bruised knees, cleaning messes, lifting kids up to slides). On the plus side, I won't have to act all macho or have to deal with others posturing and preening.
Absent a Tinder for platonic friends, BFFs become scarce commodities as people grow apart and priorities diverge
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We made friends with other parents when we enrolled our little girls in soccer and softball. Also through school things like Odyssey of the Mind and PTA. Scouting also. And school causes. Over the next 16 years some of those people left town. And then we did too. Now we need to look for some more! I just enrolled in a class. Earlier, as my girls were getting older, I met friends in camera clubs. It can be done! 
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Dear internet brain:

Sci-fi/high fantasy/mythology/comic book (or nerd culture in general) reference for something that watches networks (tunnels, interconnecting webs, etc), please! Preferably the name of a class of things, rather than the name of one entity that does the watching.

I'm working on a pet name for a server monitor system, especially the links between key servers (i.e., the web server to the DB server, the servers for one service to the servers for a related service, etc.). Nothing complicated, just periodic pings, HTTP requests, etc., but our small team is drawing a blank for a name.

Millions of thanks and internet points in advance!
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That observer guy from Serenity. He probably had a name.
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Need to experiment with gloves that can tell where fingers are in a 3d space (9dof sensors on index, thumb, and middle), and micro motors that drive reaction wheels.

I think it should be possible to partially emulate touch within a VR/AR space by minor changes to a finger's attitude. Sure beats squeezing the finger, at least.
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The Credit Bureau - A Thing That Might Matter To You Today

Folks,

At Metatopia, a group of us launched The Credit Bureau, an initiative to support and advocate for women and non-binary folks who verb games. Play, design, write, copyedit, admire - we don't care what the verb is.

With Gen Con fast approaching, it seems like a good time to invite people to join us. If you're interested drop us a line at igmcrhb@gmail.com.

What we do -
* form care-teams for designers/industry pros who are at a systemic, socially reinforced disadvantage.
* support each other at industry events and gatherings

What we don't do -
* arbitrate what qualifies as "lady" or "non-binary trans". if you self-identify as either, you're welcome to join us and the invitation includes you. Yes, that includes various flavors of genderqueer and genderfluid. Look, we don't care, as long as you join us in good faith and honor the fact that we are specifically looking to create a women and non-binary space.
* check your credentials at the door or making you justify your existence. In fact, we will be making it clear to you how very valued you are, instead of you telling us why we should value you.

Yes, we really mean that if you are a woman creator, contributor, den mother, editor, tweaker, retailer, verber of any sort of games in any form, we'd like you to join us.

To express interest, email us at IGMCRHB@gmail.com.(it's an acronym that we'll explain later.)
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Short version: If a website is sending you a text message with a code to use while logging in, you need to write a strongly worded message in their contact form, vulgarly questioning the intelligence of their developers, managers, and any officers involved in the decision making process that drove the implementation of their authentication scheme. (I prefer the term "fucking morons").
The government wants tech companies to rely on authenticating apps and hardware instead.
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I think that MMS, like SMS, would suffer the same major flaw, of malicious parties social engineering the cell network providers into assigning a number to a different SIM card.

Also, GSM based phones have a base processor that can arbitrarily preempt the CPU that the OS uses, and the security on those GSM processors is so laughably poor that academic researchers always get threatened with prosecution under the CFAA if they even so much as apply for a grant... (Plus sting-rays, plus the default insecurity of cell encryption (but it's against the law to snoop on a cell conversation, why would anyone even try breaking the tissue thin encryption?</sarcasm>))... and on and on and on...

Well, it's my job to be paranoid... but bottom line, text messages are something that the general public should, rightly, be truly paranoid about.
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Professional production studios really should run their series names by a few trolls first.

Star Trek: Discovery? STD? Really?
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Nachtmusik or nichtmusik? ;-)

(Because I can't pun reliably in German without falling back on Peter Schickele's old schticks, replacing "night music" with "not music"...)
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Friend's daughter is looking to help the homeless.

While I'm not completely convinced about the details of this project as a long term solution, I can see that it will clearly and directly help the homeless, and give her experience that she can take and drive towards more long term efforts.

She is a fierce and determined fighter for people's rights, and I know that she's a good investment.
My name's Corrina and I'm 18 years old. I've had this idea for a while and am finally ready to put it into action. I want to build a nonprofit shop for the homeless to be able to get basic goods and services such as clothes, food, showers etc. To get these they can either pay a minimal amount of...
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I am a nerd, but the good kind of nerd.
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Tripled a company's productivity with 3000 lines of PHP code. Put up with $11/hour wages for 2 years afterwards.
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Software Engineer at Newtek
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OOP programming, especially PHP. Relational databases. WebSockets and other HTTP related technologies.
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  • Newtek
    Software developer, 2015 - present
  • SelectShops.com
    Software Engineer, 2014 - 2015
    Launching new version of Bedding.com
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    Software Engineer, 2012 - 2013
    Create and maintain sites for major hospitals and educational institutions using Drupal, Symfony2 and other content management systems
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    Software Developer, 2009 - 2013
    Design, create and maintain tools to allow moderators and content managers to more quickly, completely and accurately respond to social media content using various APIs, and simplify engagement report creation for the clients of ICUC Moderation.
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They have gotten my drive-through orders wrong 6 times in a row. Today, they couldn't get "4 bacon egg and cheese McGriddles" right, and instead gave me 4 bacon egg and cheese biscuits. Last time, I asked for no ketchup on a burger and got extra ketchup. I don't expect much, since it's fast food... but it's not too much to ask for the guy taking my order to hit the right buttons on his screen, and confirm that the right options pop up, especially when it happens at different times of day with different people taking the order.
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