This cool article about how software engineer Thanassis Tsiodras rooted his Android tablet reminded me of some things I’ve been thinking about for a while. We have spent decades learning how to minimize collateral damage in technology. For example, on Thanassis’s tablet, getting shell access wasn’t enough because the SELinux configuration provided another line of defense. Why haven’t we applied what we have learned in the tech space to the wider world?
The US elections are tomorrow. No matter who wins, hundred of millions of people are going to be unhappy. Let’s revisit how we can apply technological structures and design patterns (not technology itself, for once!) to minimize the collateral damage our leaders do.
I write this now so you’ll know it’s not sour grapes. No matter who wins tomorrow, I will be working on this series. Continue reading
The “Type Theory” bookmarks at @party 2016
I watched the stream of the compos at @party 2016 and enjoyed the video of Type Theory by nom de nom and Tymbeusz (YouTube). Until now, though, I had no idea what the bookmarks looked like! Thanks to jmph and the @party folks for putting a scan on scene.org. In case you don’t want to download the >20MB archive including the video, here’s the scan. The NFO file is below. The hand-written serial number on the bookmark is out of 64 they printed.
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nom de nom
We printed @Party bookmarks on a c. 1895 letterpress with a 3" x 5"
chaise: The Kelsey Excelsior. We used a well-known font, Goudy
Old School. We did an edition of 1000000 bookmarks (in binary).
The type was composed and set by hand, printed by hand, and the
printed cards were cut into bookmark shape by hand.
Why no @ on the card? We didn't have that piece of type.
The Demosplash demoparty in Pittsburgh, PA has been announced — Nov. 4–5, 2016. Be there! Demosplash is a combination retrocomputing festival and computer-art competition. I went last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. The organizers will be posting more at demosplash.org soon.
Via Slashdot and worth reading. A magistrate judge’s take on a decades-long trend towards removing judicial proceedings from public scrutiny.