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From IRC - a short introduction on BGP on the Internet... And with that in mind: Using BGP communities as transport for a game of battleships.

...and a selection of today's blossoms.

The big office #cleanup is unearthing many treasures of days gone by.


@galaxis @jerry @Aaron been doing privacy activism in an EU country for about a decade and I can tell you one thing: the fact that breaking certain encryption is impossible makes it helluva lot easier to argue in defense of legal protections of privacy of correspondence.

Plus, legal protections in places like Belarus are not a thing.

We need both. Legal and tech.

@jerry @Aaron @rysiek People have sent sensitive stuff in the mail for ages. The security problems with that - especially between nation states and individuals - have mostly been mitigated by legal frameworks (privacy of correspondence), and not with technology. In that regard, the mindset of the Declaration of the Independence of the Cyberspace has probably been quite harmful - solving similar problems using tech turns out way more expensive.

@starbreaker I'm a long time BSD user. That's not the problem. The problem is knowledge I need or would want to acquire to do my job, and I'm blocked by a relatively irrational aversion (in job context, at least) against the design of modern Linux systems.

@rage I'm perfectly happy using Devuan for myself.

The point of my ranting is that I should get up to speed with the current state of things like RHEL / OpenStack / Ansible for work, and I feel an incredible internal resistance despite all that being much more in my traditional line of interests than the technology I'm currently working with all day.

@rage That just helps me keep my status quo, not move forward.

The part that really gets me though is that I had no real problems getting up to speed with VMware infrastructure know-how more or less from scratch about two years ago - but trying to deal with modern Linux (which wouldn't require nearly as much investment) just puts me off.

@0x3F Part of the problem, I guess? Stayed on Debian wheezy until Devuan showed up - but that just means I've had this problem for years, and couldn't be arsed to deal with systemd, firewalld, nmcli, whatever...
I also like using OpenBSD, but it's never been an option for systems at work. They're moving towards RHEL/CentOS.

Trying to rationalize my disdain for this stuff has been leading nowhere either. Just frustrated venting, really.

Failing again at trying get accustomed to a modern Linux system. All this indirection with command line tools where I could just edit a few simple config files before makes me want to puke.

I think I need to get some counseling... I know this aversion isn't sustainable - and I'll need to deal with this stuff for many years to come.

At the same time I'm really too tired to fight the state of the Linux universe after fighting against the Windows mainstream for decades...

@steckerhalter Never mind that - I wasn't aware that the git wire protocol design is so broken that it doesn't include a version indicator, and signaling an upgraded protocol relies on exploiting implementation bugs.

Screaming fast serial connection between the p3 lappy and the Kaypro

So, according to the Securus / LocationSmart stories (see, US mobile phone providers are routinely selling personalized location data based on network cell information of their customers to third parties.

Does anyone have information on the situation in Europe? In Germany, Telefónica is the only network provider I know of that has an opt-out for their location data analysis service (since it's the only one who admits to actively using customer location data).

@paul I wasn't even aware of iZat up to now, but conceptually, it seems to be quite a good fit to what's being described on the HN thread.

"I am sorry to bring this up," said the alien, "but I've been on your planet for fifty years."
"So why am I still called 'the alien'?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

@paul Difficult to see through that marketing fog. Since it needs to be enabled on the Android side, I assume it needs OS support too. iZat seems to have its own privacy policy, but that's not very specific either in that regard:

@paul I don't know - but up until LTE the baseband can only talk to the (non-IP) provider network by itself, so I assume it would need network operator consent in order to be able to exfiltrate data on its own. I think LTE uses IP in the backend too, but again that's the network provider's domain.

Now that I'm curious I'll try to find out if there's any baseband with GPS included on the SoC that claims to be able to do assisted GPS without operating system support.

@saxnot @paul Actually people in the HN thread say that the system vendors forward information provided by the installed OS to various hardware providers in exchange for discounts.