So, I did some looking on eBay following the Nexus 5 order.

Thinkpads for $45ish. Similar mass to the Macbook Pro, with replaceable batteries. And should be x64, so Arch/Manjaro will work.

I think it's a steal for my use case (something light to take to class), esp. if I can sell the Mac.



Nextcloud has a Linux client!


I might not even have to bother with a dedicated git server! (I'm hoping that nextcloud doesn't mangle repos.)

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Quick question.

Does anyone here use Ubuntu touch?

If so, is it any good as a daily driver phone OS? Considering getting a cheapo Nexus 5 or something and installing it.

Quick question.

Does anyone here use Ubuntu touch?

If so, is it any good as a daily driver phone OS? Considering getting a cheapo Nexus 5 or something and installing it.

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CVE 2019-1337: computers stop seeming secure when we remember they run on quantum shenanigans.


RAMBleed Attack โ€“ Reading Bits in Memory Without Accessing Them


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I think hardware OEMs are wasting way too much money on "unhackable security." Why don't they try doing the obvious thing: giving their customers what they want

Some parts of the world have incentive to crack security because they're being charged too much (so they pirate). Other parts want extra features the OEMs refuse to include.

Instead, people like me are forgoing buying encumbered hardware and getting what we want elsewhere. It's a reason I've never owned any Xbox, for instance.

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Just discovered CryptPad via the FLOSS Weekly podcast. Basically, Google docs without privacy concerns.

CryptPad in their own words:

"CryptPad is a private-by-design alternative to popular office tools and cloud services. All the content stored on CryptPad is encrypted before being sent, which means nobody can access your data unless you give them the keys (not even us)."

It's also Free software.

Better still CryptPad is on the Fediverse:



Anyone know of any good ways to automatically test if an e-mail server goes down?

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No ๐Ÿ‘ corporations ๐Ÿ‘ at ๐Ÿ‘ pride!


San Francisco Pride is considering excluding Google from their parade because of's failure to enforce their anti-abuse policies:


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Nmap, a common network penetration testing tool, has this helpful tip in its official manual.

Anyone know any good non-megacorporations from where to get books digitally? (Specifically, The Expanse book 2, Caliban's War.)

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Does FreeBSD not come with BASH?!

Whatever, it's only 9 megs.

"570 MB" -FreeBSD PKG utility, regarding VIM


So, is it just me, or is dualbooting FreeBSD (currently on Manjaro) right before finals week a bad idea?

According to this site I'm reading about Linux bootup, Windows needs multiple DLLs (and sometimes drivers) BEFORE calling its protected-mode section.

Do I need to talk to Epstein or Cochrane about the type of propulsion I'm gonna need to escape this?

"/* ...
* The Bourne shell can be used instead of init if we are
* trying to recover a really broken machine.
"... */

- some person who wrote the Linux kernel.

Why you'd end up with sh and vmlinuz, but not init, IDK. But apparently it happens enough (in places where you don't have 3 liveUSB's lying around) that it's special-cased into the kernel itself.

So, I'm still reading the Linux src, and I discovered something.

The first thing the Kernel does on entering protected mode (which is disturbing in its own right) is to decompress itself (RUN!).

Our tech is built on a foundation of sand. Not even mechanically stabilized, just regular sand.

So, I was reading the architectures section of the Linux src ('cuz why not), and I discovered something disturbing.

There's a section for Altera Nios II. As in, the CPU that you bake into FPGA's.

Someone made a CPU specifically designed for use in FPGA's. That runs Linux.

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