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Juggling With Eggs mastodon (AP)

Last week it was where are the #butterflies, now it’s where are the #bats ?

The wet spring and summer are being blamed. That in itself is the result of climate change, but I can’t help but think there is something else impacting our insect populations which bats feed on.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jul/21/where-are-all-the-bats-alarm-as-numbers-fall-in-england

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Beverley mastodon (AP)

I commented on this very thing last week. Normally I'd see several bats over my back garden at dusk but I've not seen a single one this year. I wondered if it was something to do with a decline in the insect population.

You only have to think about how, years ago, your windscreen and registration plate used to be pebble-dashed after a car journey. Now? Nothing.

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Juggling With Eggs mastodon (AP)

@TalktoBeverley

It suddenly feels very Silent Spring…once populations decline to such a low level, can they recover?

Beverley mastodon (AP)

As I think someone else said in the thread, there is a definite change. It's very worrying.

Oh, I've noticed a sudden influx of spiders. Isn't it usually autumn when they seem more visible in homes. It's not just that it's a different time of year, but there's a different type of spider that I don't recall seeing in the past. Lots of 'em! They're invading my daughter's too.

Juggling With Eggs mastodon (AP)

@TalktoBeverley

We’ve definitely had just as many cobwebs in our house and along the railings out the front! But I haven’t seen so many of the spiders creating them.

David Phd mastodon (AP)
I haven't seen bats in our garden for 3-4 years. This year I've noticed a sharp decline in insects including bees and butterflies. At the same time there are far fewer apples and pears as the trees are being not pollinated.

Sharkie mastodon (AP)

The consequence of using microsoft in production or at scale means that you have to use third-party tools to reduce your exposure to harm.

The level of incompetence on the OS development level means that such tools have to have executive control over things no third-party utility should.

The whole concept of "whole OS patches" is stupid and broken. "OMG PATCH NAO" is also stupid. "Patch management" is not security, it is garbage.

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Sharkie mastodon (AP)

Increasing the frequency of patching, of updates, of releases, of deployments does not promote a healthy, secure ecosystem, but a tumultuous, chaotic mess where little to no QA, testing or staging is done.

Every single part of the absolute mess that people think of as "infosec" is basically trash-ass busywork that people think is "normal" because it's what they know.

And then people write "compliance" standards based on that mess that result in millions of meaningless compliance actions.

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Sharkie mastodon (AP)

It didn't have to be this way. It still doesn't.

Start with a secure platform, then reduce attack surface. Secure the ingress, reduce or eliminate interlayer trust. Centralize complexity, distribute work in as simple a form as possible, with as little power and surface area. Aggregate events centrally, eliminate node individuality. Enforce class compliance. Replace security theater with end-to-end individual auth and change management.

Deploy to Testing->QA->Staging before prod.

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Thib mastodon (AP)

Travelling by sleeper train beats travelling by plane. Hands down.

I’m travelling in a small hotel room with a view. It almost feels as soothing as sleeping in a boat. I got to the train by foot and I’ll arrive in the city centre.

Compare that to a cramped seat in a crowded plane and traffic jam before and after the trip.

Trains are the future of transportation.

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The Labour Govt. has launched an ongoing 'structured' set of meetings with the EU, aiming at re-establishing normal regular relations rather than the ad-hoc posturing on Europe that we experienced with our previous government(s).

This is explicating about building trust & reliability; so, I expect to see a number of tightly constrained sectoral deals made so each side can 'test' the other's commitment to rapprochement....

Its going to be slow, but in the right direction!

#politics #europe

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Ian Betteridge mastodon (AP)

The scary bit of this is that CrowdStrike only affected 1% of all Windows PCs, and yet had such an impact. What would a real cyberattack look like – one that, say, took out 5% of PCs?

https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2024/07/20/helping-our-customers-through-the-crowdstrike-outage/

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RevK :verified_r: mastodon (AP)
what if it randomly corrupted bytes in thousands of sectors on disk, just enough that you won’t realise until after more backups have already been done and not caused real havoc until weeks later…
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theblackdog mastodon (AP)
I don’t know who made this but it’s hilarious.
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Brad Mitchell mastodon (AP)
July 19, 2024- ".. the wearing of an N95 mask by an infected individual would reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus by 20 fold.” - https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2024/07/19/jykb-j19.html
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Nick Poole mastodon (AP)

I would like a key on my phone keyboard that says "sic" and it's just a space bar that doesn't apply auto correct.

Like a "I know I typed it wrong and also you don't need to learn it" button

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Foone🏳️‍⚧️ hometown (AP)

that'd be useful!

I've said before I'd like the opposite, too: something for desktop computers so I can hit a key that says "I know I misspelled that last word, but I basically got it. Go apply the first suggestion".

Because then I can just hit it instead of having to switch to my mouse and click it, and to be honest I can't actually remember how to spell "alienation" but I'm sure you can, spellchecker.

@foone Yes, spellchecker, of course I know how to spell occassionally- ocasionally- occccasssssionnnnaly-
...sometimes
Kuba Orlik mastodon (AP)
@foone i think you cam do it without a mouse, though - with the "context menu" keyboard button?

halcy​:icosahedron: mastodon (AP)
cleaning products come in like three variants:
* normal consumer product, snazzy branding, entirely useless
* “green” consumer product, branded as sustainable, even more useless
* the blandest branding you’ve ever seen, absolutely obliterates dirt instantly, used as a chemical weapon in ww1, marine wildlife dies from you even just looking at the bottle
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Sandi Toksvig - There are only two countries in the world where representatives of the state religion automatically get seats in Parliament. They are the UK and Iran. #BishopsOut
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Worldcon attendees, please note: UK is pronounced "uck" (rhymes with duck).

If you spell out the letters, everyone will know you're a tourist.

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in Welsh the letter U is pronounced the same way as I in English. So Welsh people pronounce UK as “ick”.
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There's no programming language that will force you to write the right code.

Your code can be type-safe, thread-safe and memory-safe, and still wrong.

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Don't push to prod on a Friday

To be safe, don't push to prod on a Thursday night.

Really, someone might be off so don't push on Thursday.

Consider not pushing to prod on Weds, as that's when everyone is running their security scans.

Don't push to prod on Tuesday for reasons I can't yet think of.

Don't push to prod on Monday, you're still getting over the weekend.

Consider just not pushing to prod.

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Secvalve mastodon (AP)

I am seeing so many incorrect reckons from people about patch management staging.

Modern EDR content updates don’t work the way old school patches do.

You have agent versions.

Policy versions.

Content versions.

This all work slightly differently.

Staging them old school ways is impossible if you want to get protection for threats updated in time.

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Delta Sierra mastodon (AP)

Wake up babe, new furry elevator stress test meta just dropped.

#furry #convention #AnthroWeekendUtah2024 #elevator

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Foone🏳️‍⚧️ hometown (AP)
we need to add furries to the list of ADA protected categories
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Delta Sierra mastodon (AP)

@foone "emotional support fursuit"

It's not even an exaggeration, honestly!

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Fi, infosec-aspected mastodon (AP)

Oh, so, spicy take -

I expect to see other failures of similar nature to the crowdstrike issue, in other companies and their products.

My expectation is informed by the massive number of layoffs in the past couple years, and a suspicion that many companies' internal infrastructure has been running in a degrading or possibly entirely unmaintained state since heavy layoffs occurred.

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GrumpSec Spottycat mastodon (AP)
weird how MS cloud crap has had a lot of issues since they laid a bunch of people off.. (and continue to do so)

Content warning: MH (mild neg)

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Content warning: re: MH (mild neg)


Seth "Twylo" Morabito mastodon (AP)

I just digitized a VHS tape produced by Yggdrasil Computing, Inc., titled "Linux - Installation and Beyond" that doesn't seem to be preserved anywhere. It's an interesting look back at what Linux installation was like in 1995, and hopefully should provide some historical context for those of you who weren't (un?-)lucky enough to live through this period of Linux.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/2IAa6MYVpVs

Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/linux_-_installation_and_beyond

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Av Husky 🎈 mastodon (AP)
For this #squeakysaturday, let's keep things squeaky clean, ok? 🧼🫧 with @vexit.bsky.social #rubberfur #latex
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Kay Ohtie mastodon (AP)
Very clean and cleaning! ❤

A squeaky hello for #internationaldayoflatex! #squeak #rubberfur #squeakysaturday📷 Starburst @karinKariwanz
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Ian Coldwater 📦💥 mastodon (AP)

PSA: delete your old Photobucket account now! Don’t put it off.

You know those emails you’ve been getting for a year from Photobucket threatening to delete your old account and you were like lol who cares and ignored them?

Turns out they didn’t delete them anyway, they repurposed the business as a broker of biometric data to AI companies and they’re using your old pictures for that. You have to actually go in and delete your account to opt out, and you only have until Monday, July 22 to do it.

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Microsoft Recovery Tool available now, with instructions to assist with the Crowdstrike issue impacting Windows endpoints.

This will require physical access & 1GB USB. You will need admin rights (+ access to the Bitlocker key, if Bitlocker is in place).

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/intune-customer-success/new-recovery-tool-to-help-with-crowdstrike-issue-impacting/ba-p/4196959

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mos_8502 :verified: mastodon (AP)

Them: “You’re not trans, why are you always defending them?”

Me: “I am also not a domestic cat, and if I see you abusing one of those I’ll kick your ass too.”

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Foone🏳️‍⚧️ hometown (AP)
I'm trans AND a cat, so thanks twice
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Tanzureir mastodon (AP)

Shiny yote meets fluffy proot! What kind of mischief are they planning 👀

Left: @datbluehusky.bsky.social
Right: me
📸: @Shinyraptor

#SqueakySaturday #latexfur #rubberfur #latex #rubber

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Folks, I just spoke to my MP and the main takeaway was that we have to mobilise people who aren't transphobic because MPs are inundated with cis women who are scared and angry about trans folks.

They are simply not hearing from people who aren't scared and angry.

If you haven't contacted your MP about this - please do it now! Especially if you're a cis woman.

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Normal folks hating on C++: it’s an old and memory unsafe programming language.

Me hating on C++: there is a convicted rapist and registered sex offender on the C++ committee and the committee leadership worked really hard to keep him there.

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Ninji mastodon (AP)

I got to be a dog at Glasgow Pride today 🐺

Was hectic and warm but it was fun!

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Tufty Indigo mastodon (AP)
but only until the end of June, right? uhhhhh... :blobfoxlaughsweat:
Ninji mastodon (AP)
@tuftyindigo nah, I'm gay all year round

elle mastodon (AP)
just heard someone call the people who can't resist looking at their bright little phones in a movie theatre "moth people" and I will be using this moving forward
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look at this timely meme
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A friend called me onto this photo my buddy Lingling did and I somehow missed. I really love this vibe!
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Pippin friendica

Apollo 17 launched from the moon to return to earth 51 years, 7 months and 6 days ago, and no one's been back since. I'm 50, and no one's been to the moon — or even outside low earth orbit — in my lifetime. The (manned) space age finished before I was born!

The idea that we should now attempt to colonise a planet or moon within the time it takes us to trash the earth into unlivability is fanciful, to say the least.


55 years ago today, Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface, cementing U.S. victory in the Space Race.

The crew named their landing site "Tranquillity Base".

Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin were on the surface for just over 21 hours before returning to Michael Collins in a rendezvous with the Command Module, Columbia, in lunar orbit.

21.5 kg of lunar material was collected and returned to Earth for study.

📸: NASA

#space #nasa #apollo #apollo11 #moon #eva #columbia #lunar #earth #otd #eagle



55 years ago today, Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface, cementing U.S. victory in the Space Race.

The crew named their landing site "Tranquillity Base".

Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin were on the surface for just over 21 hours before returning to Michael Collins in a rendezvous with the Command Module, Columbia, in lunar orbit.

21.5 kg of lunar material was collected and returned to Earth for study.

📸: NASA

#space #nasa #apollo #apollo11 #moon #eva #columbia #lunar #earth #otd #eagle

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"For a year and a half, #GOP lawmakers have been stealthily adding amendements to government appropriations bills, which are key to funding major government departments, to ban any federal money being used for gender transition procedures. This will dramatically curtail trans people’s access to medical care — just like the Hyde Amendment restricted abortion access"

#Trans #USPolitics #Healthcare #Transgender

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/republican-transgender-healthcare-tax-funding-b2582465.html

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This is a remarkable story.

A factory belonging to a Polish snack company Aksam burned down last weekend, restricting its production capacity to only about 35%.

However, the CEO announced that no employee will be fired.

"Employees will be employed in a two-week system. Then there will be a crew exchange. I want everyone to have a job. However, a two-week job does not mean a reduction in salary. It will be full. In our company, we always put the human being in the first place and this will not change" - said the president Adam Klęczar

Here is the story (in Polish) https://businessinsider.com.pl/biznes/fabryka-paluszkow-splonela-zwolnien-jednak-nie-bedzie/0je1txd

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I won't be using passkeys any time soon. https://me.micahrl.com/blog/concerns-about-passkeys/
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‘In this area of healthcare, like no other I know of, the professionals with the requisite expertise are positioned by their critics as having been “captured by ideology” and therefore lacking in credibility. Meanwhile, those without the expertise are positioned as “independent”, which critics argue makes them better able to evaluate the evidence – despite having never worked in the field and having no understanding of its complexities’

Dr Aiden Kelly, clinical psychologist

#Trans

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Juggling With Eggs mastodon (AP)

“the ban is not supported by the Cass review or the wider evidence, and the exceptional approach to transgender youth is discriminatory and unfair.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jul/19/transgender-children-ban-puberty-blockers-wes-streeting

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