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This two-year-old X.org give-me-root hole is so trivial to exploit, you can fit it in a single tweet • The Register

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/11/02

If you run X.org, then patch now because of [WayBack] This two-year-old X.org give-me-root hole is so trivial to exploit, you can fit it in a single tweet • The Register

Overwrite arbitrary files? Load arbitrary code? As setuid root? Sure, why not!

This one got introduced in 2016, which is a lot more recent than an issue discovered in 2014 that was “ancient”: [WayBack] ‘Critical’ security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window • The Register:

27-year-old flaw and others slain in open-source patch batch

Via eXploit X: Give Me Root” – Computerphile

–jeroen

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Thread by @MaxFagin: “November is here, and that means a massive shift is coming. And by “massive” I am of course referring to the redefinition of the kilogram unit of mass […]”

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/11/02

Good read: Thread by @MaxFagin: “November is here, and that means a massive shift is coming. And by “massive” I am of course referring to the redefinitilogram unit of mass that the world has been building up to for more than 100 years. Let me explain: 1/ I’ve h […]” [WayBack]

via: [WayBack] Das Urkilogrann wird arbeitslos. Es wird durch eine Definition ersetzt, die auf physikalischen Effekten statt auf einem Sample basiert. – Kristian Köhntopp – Google+

–jeroen

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Hear Marvin Gaye Sing “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” A Capella: The Haunting Isolated Vocal Track | Open Culture

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/10/30

Because Marvin Gaye’s mega-hit single, ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine,’ turns 50 this today: [WayBack/Archive.is] Hear Marvin Gaye Sing “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” A Capella: The Haunting Isolated Vocal Track | Open Culture

Media below.

Via: [WayBack] Meredith Frost on Twitter: “Marvin Gaye’s isolated vocals for “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” Simply incredible.”

–jeroen

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xkcd: Free Speech

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/10/29

[WayBack] xkcd: Free Speech is worth repeating every now and then:

Title text: I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.

Transcript

Cueball: Public Service Announcement: The Right to Free Speech means the government can’t arrest you for what you say.
Cueball: It doesn’t mean that anyone else has to listen to your bullshit, or host you while you share it.
Cueball: The 1st Amendment doesn’t shield you from criticism or consequences.
Cueball: If you’re yelled at, boycotted, have your show canceled, or get banned from an Internet community, your free speech rights aren’t being violated.
Cueball: It’s just that the people listening think you’re an asshole,
[A picture of a partially open door is displayed.]
Cueball: And they’re showing you the door.

Be sure to read [WayBack] 1357: Free Speech – explain xkcd too.

–jeroen

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Map of the internet precursor ARPA network as of May 1973 – David Newbury

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/10/29

Today’s internet day anniversary only started in 2005. But the networks leading to the internet are a lot older and date as far back as the late 1960s. In fact [WayBackInternet Day, October 29th refers to the first ARPA network communication taking place in 1969.

About two years ago, David Newbury published this piece of history from 1973: a map of the ARPA network (later called ARPANET).

[WayBackDavid Newbury: “Going through old papers my dad gave me, I found his map of the internet as of May 1973. The entire internet. https://t.co/0krvYoRGav”

The resulting thread has loads of more interesting pictures which I tried to save in the Wayback Machine as not even Wikipedia seems to have them.

It also includes a discussion on the meaning of the zig-zag line to Hawaii, the connection to London (UK that is, not USA) later that year and even earlier state of the late 1960s.

Worth reading (:

Here are some references to messages and links from the Twitter thread:

via [WayBackWell, that’s changed quite a bit in the meantime https://twitter.com/workergn…

–jeroen

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