Items for April 2022

SELinux is unmanageable; just turn it off if it gets in your way

An object lesson in why policing must be transparent, accountable and flexible. Wait, what were we talking about?

Tags: computers, security

The revival of a forgotten American fruit

Thumbs up for remembering the paw-paw. Thumbs down for trying to make it easier to sell in supermarkets rather than you know, to grow in backyards.

Tags: america, food

The Technocrat’s Dilemma

(Via the No Tech Magazine.) Even true things shouted from loudspeakers start to sound like lies.

Tags: science, politics

Inventing Postscript, The Tech That Took The Pain Out Of Printing

Tags: computers, books

Oracle already wins 'crypto bug of the year' with Java digital signature bypass

Whole new meaning for zero consequences

Tags: computers, security

What is it with programmers and their tools? You don't hear carpenters pontificating over the art of the drill, or learning hammer-fu.

Tags: programming, updates

GitHub suspending Russian accounts deleted project history and pull requests

Tags: programming, free speech

Rumble Strip

Every year in the spring, small towns throughout New England host their annual town meeting. Town meetings take place in high school gyms or town halls, and anyone can come. In fact, in Vermont, Town Meeting Day is a public holiday. Everyone gets the day off work to make sure they have the chance to participate. It’s a moment when everyone who lives there can come together to talk out the issues facing the town and decide how they want to spend their money.

Tags: america, politics

When a vampire not called Dracula bested the copyright system, and what it tells us about derivative works

Tags: media, law

Car rams Russian Embassy gate in Romania, driver dead

Tags: romania, politics

The Problem With Disfigured Villains In Pop Culture

Tags: media, society

Horrible edge cases to consider when dealing with music

Tags: music, programming

Please Stop Using Grey Text

Tags: web, design

Looney Tunes Without Looney Tunes

Existential, Surreal, And Creepy Backgrounds

Tags: cool, movies