Stanislav Petrov Day

Stanislav Petrov Day:

I was going to get you an alarm clock that occasionally goes off randomly in the middle of the night, but you can ignore it and go back to sleep and it's fine.

(Via xkcd)

Here’s the link you’re looking for: Stanislav Petrov.

Tl;dr: He’s the guy who didn’t launch the Soviet missiles in September 1983.

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TIL: orotund


The Latin roots of orotund are related to two more common English words—oral and rotund. Latin or- means “mouth,” and rotundus means “round” or “circular.” The Roman poet Horace joined forms of those Latin terms to create the phrase ore rotundo, literally meaning “with round mouth,” and figuratively meaning “with well-turned speech.” Ore rotundo was modified to orotund and adopted into English in the late 18th century. It can indicate either strength of delivery or inflated wording.

(Via Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day)

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Listening: Pretty Prizes by Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts feat. Karen O

Leave it to the Too Beautiful To Live (TBTL) team to get me on to Milano by Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts.

“Pretty Prizes (feat. Karen O)” is Andrew’s Music for your Weekend pick (around the 60 minute mark). It is a bit like Talking Heads (as Andrew and Luke agreed), but I argue it’s more Roxy Music (or just Bryan Ferry) meets Siouxie and the Banshees (or just Siouxie Sioux).

The album as it is has other moments that speak to me. The opener, “Soul and Cigarette”, lyrically is reminiscent of Syd Barrett though the actual singing lacks Syd’s etherial quality. “Talisa (feat. Karen O)” has a sixties feel as well, but more as if in the The Italian Job.

Many reviewers think this should have been an EP, and I tend to agree. I would take this from nine to five tracks, losing “Mount Napoleon”, “Memphis Blues Again” (although there is something about the song I quite like but cannot pinpoint), and the last two songs. I would not mind them letting Karen O lose on “Soul and Cigarette”.

Then again, maybe just let her sing lead on all the songs?

I read somewhere that this album is supposed to be a page out of 80’s Italy. Maybe they were in a 60’s renaissance?

(Image: By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use,

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ICYMI: Facebook Is Allowing Ad Targeting Based on Contact Information You Have No Control Over

Facebook Is Allowing Ad Targeting Based on Contact Information You Have No Control Over:

Even for Facebook’s low standards, this is exceptionally unethical: you haven’t given them permission to use this information; someone you know or someone you purchased products from has done that for you, probably with consent buried in an opaque privacy policy. There’s no way to opt out. And there are few-to-no regulations governing this.

(Via Pixel Envy)

This is a disaster from the security perspective. Users should enable 2FA to protect themselves with an expectation that this data is restricted for only this use.

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New Iot Botnet Torii Uses Six Methods for Persistence, Has No Clear Purpose

New Iot Botnet Torii Uses Six Methods for Persistence, Has No Clear Purpose:

Security researchers discovered a new IoT botnet that is in a league superior to the Mirai variants that rise and fall on a daily basis.

The developers of the botnet seek wide coverage and for this purpose they created binaries for multiple CPU architectures, tailoring the malware for stealth and persistence. Communication with the command and control (C2) servers is  encrypted and capabilities include exfiltration and, command execution.

According to research from Avast, the malware has been active since at least December 2017 and it targets devices on several CPU architectures: like MIPS, ARM, x86, x64, PowerPC, and SuperH.

Although multi-platform support is common among Mirai-based threats, the researchers say Torii supports one of the largest sets of architectures they’ve seen so far.

(Via BleepingComputer)

Not unlike a twenty-something child living in your basement, really.

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