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Cake day: May 15, 2019


And making sure that inhabitants can escape in an emergency (egress). That’s doubly difficult if you want more than one level to the house.

I know this doesn’t answer your question, but Brave is based on Chromium, not Firefox.

Unless you wanted to make a strategic strike on the US’s urban planning & policy capabilities, I’m afraid it wouldn’t do much. We’re a fairly large university, but we don’t have a whole lot of mind share among the general population.

I’m not sure that I should say (though it’s not exactly a secret if you do some work).

It’s just retribution and harassment. From what I understand, the way it works is that the Russian state harbors criminals as long as they don’t attack Russian targets. So in some cases, the malware they used literally checked for a Russian language pack on Windows and left the computer alone if it found that. They are essentially modern day privateers, harassing soft targets of an adversary.

I mod a subreddit where that’s a big point of the subreddit, so I would hope I’m willing to put my ego aside in favor of accuracy.

The university I work for had a flood of phishing right after Russia started attacking Ukraine. It’s hard to know who was behind the attacks, but our best guess was criminals harbored and directed by the Russian state. We are a university, we’re not out to hurt anyone. This is just yet more innocent civilians getting hurt because Russia got angry that Ukraine turned out to be a tougher pill to swallow than it thought.

Looks like I was under a mistaken impression, thank you.

I’ve tended to use “female” when talking about both girls (children) and women. Calling a grown woman a girl always felt a little infantalizing, especially when that isn’t done much to men. At the same time, girls are not women, and I try to be precise in my wording. Female (and male) just make the most sense.

That charge of hacking is a very real charge. Journalists are supposed to not get their hands dirty. Sources give them documents, end of story. Assange was helping Manning attempt a privilege escalation attack on a system so that she could gain access to more documents. He crossed the red line, so I have no qualms with him getting bitten there. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

The other charges are definitely more concerning in that they could erode press freedom. But then again, actual journalists would know how to aim for the powerful while redacting information that will get innocent people killed. So concerning, but I don’t see an actual journalist running afoul of this. Certainly not someone who reacts to getting people killed with essentially “not my problem”.

Reading through the indictment, I think a lot of the fury is because Assange didn’t redact vulnerable sources, and when confronted had a very callous attitude about threats to the life or liberty of people who were mentioned. A responsible journalist would redact information like that to protect them from reprisals. Like, there are plenty of journalists that criticize the government in the West and receive leaks, but they’re not having the US government chasing them across the Atlantic.

I’m scratching my head over most of the charges. There is one charge where he was attempting to help Chelsea Manning break a password hash (unsuccessfully). Based on their conversation, that seems like a slam dunk case of intrusion that crosses the line from journalist to hacker.

But when I was reading through the expanded indictment with 18 counts, I was… unimpressed. I got a massive cringe out of this:

The portion of the password hash Manning gave to ASSANGE to crack was stored as a “hash value” in a computer file that was accessible only by users with adminstrative-level privileges. Manning did not have administrative-level privileges, and used special software, namely a Linux operating system, to access the computer file and obtain the portion of the password provided to ASSANGE.

Linux is special software? That’s… news.

The are a couple of things I will say in favor of this indictment. The first is that it managed to not misgender Chelsea Manning. It should be a minimum standard of acceptable human behavior, but I’ve seen plenty of people not manage that. The second is that they make a pretty good case that Assange was careless in handling extremely sensitive material. Whereas a responsible journalist would have redacted things like the names of local sources in dangerous or repressive regions, Assange did not, painting a target on their back. Translation: he got people killed or hurt. He acknowledged this and basically said he didn’t care.

The expanded indictment is troublesome because of its potential to affect press freedom, which is why the Obama administration originally only included the hacking charges. Still, the deeper I dig the harder I find it to defend Assange and his callous disregard for human life.

I wonder how the Mexican government would handle that potential influx of money. It already struggles with corruption. I fear that they would succumbed to increased corruption and other problems that often come with mineral wealth.

This isn’t freedom as in actual freedom. It’s freedom as in Freedom Fries.

When you read Menchen or Twain, you know vaguely where their sympathies lies. On the Internet, you usually don’t know who is behind that looney comment.

Honestly, I much prefer this. If they didn’t have the Iron Dome, Israel would have even more excuses to roll tanks into the last vestiges of Palestinian land. Not that the current situation is anything but a shitshow, but without the Iron Dome it would be so much more of a shit show.

Regardless, the claim is still true. Also, the US media has been plenty critical of the US government for civilian casualties in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

You’re completely missing my point. China is talking out both sides of its mouth. When it does press releases for an international audience, it presents itself as this holier-than-the-West neutral party that respects territorial integrity of all countries. When it comes to its own citizens, they make it clear that China has sided with Russia and doesn’t give a hen’s tooth about Ukraine.

It looks like their point is that censors are perfectly happy to censor the hell out of more liberal voices, but these posts are left up. It also notable that China’s state media has been far from neutral about the Russo-Ukrainian War, even as China has tried to curate a more neutral stance for an international audience.

I take it you’re referencing that leaked call that totally doesn’t say anything about a coup except by an extraordinarily bad faith reading of it?

Blocking on instance level?
Is there a way to block posts from an instance from showing up on my post feed? Lemmygrad has gotten to be a bit much over the past week or so. I know I can block communities, but I would rather not play wack a mole there.

This thread does a good rundown of why the whole pathogen biolab allegation is just a bunch disinformation. Like with many such claims, it's appealing at first blush, but someone with more knowledge can spot that it's misleading.

As the White House previously predicted based on intelligence sources, there has been what appears to be a false flag operation in the Donbass region of Ukraine. It was conveniently immediately followed by a letter to the Kremlin asking to be recognized as independent. Also conveniently on hand was [a camera](https://twitter.com/michaelh992/status/1493590163024400389) as circulated by Russian backed separatist groups. Note also that the Russian Duma just presented a draft appeal to recognize them as independent. Whatever the overarching plan is, it's currently falling into place.