December 18, 2020

Scary hacker dude in a black hoodie with data pouring into him and building him up.

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Hackers used SolarWinds' dominance against it in sprawling spy campaign - See, the biggest problem with a huge company and monopolistic practices in the tech industry, is that the attack surface is so damned big. When everyone is using a given thing, then there's only one thing you need to hack to get to everyone.

GitHub is removing those goddamn cookie banners - Turns out, maybe they don't need that much information after all.

Astronaut meme - one asks if browser cookies were the problem and the other astronaut holding the gun says they always have been.

RIAA: Twitter does nothing to stop the industrial scale piracy on its service - Because yeah, the hot new thing is to download MP3s from Twitter... I guess? In other news, the RIAA can't take a shit without smelling piracy. It's absolutely everywhere. You're probably pirating music right now, just by reading this post.

Dark storm on Neptune reverses direction, possibly shedding a fragment - If you think it's hard to figure out the weather on Earth, check out the weather on another planet. Because sometimes, a single storm can be larger than North America. 

So some scientists at Cornell have found radio signals coming from an exoplanet - No, it's not ETI, but we'll learn a helluva lot more about planetary magnetospheres.

Israeli Researcher Turns RAM into Wi-Fi Card to Steal Data from Air-Gapped Computers - Article contains obligatory image of a hacker portrayed as a  faceless person wearing a black hoodie with "bits and code" flying behind them.

A "hacker" portrayed as a faceless person in a black hoodie.
They're in yer computer... lookin' at yer bits.

January 1, 2021 is PUBLIC DOMAIN DAY! - Hey! We're finally getting back some of that culture that Disney and Sony Bono legislated away from us! Tasty bits include Earnest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Buster Keaton, Jelly Roll Morton, and the Harlem Globetrotters music. 

After Searching for a Decade, Legendary Hollywood Research Library Finds a New Home - The Internet Archive is taking on the Michelson Cinema Research Library, a massive trove of information used by film-makers, built and curated by librarian extraordinaire, Lillian Michelson.

James ❤️ Nora - James Joyce's letters to his wife... and they're down to bang. Literally, and literary, NSFW.

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No one could do poetry as comedy quite like Benny Hill.

And now... sea shanties.

 

This article was updated on December 18, 2020

Dan is a systems librarian, technologist, podcaster, blogger, historian, coder, digital creative, author, and cyberpunk. He's the creator and host of Cyberpunk Librarian, a podcast exploring public libraries and open source. He's written five or six books, depending on how you want to count them. And he's typically working on some kinda musical project involving ambient and space genres.

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