Been thinking about how cryptography is transient and history-bound, because every cipher today will eventually be declared insufficient, deprecated, and throw warnings or errors if you decide to use it in the future -- or machines of the future will refuse to use it. And future cryptographies will be incompatible with today's machines.
And then somebody goes and writes an excellent article about it and what to do about it. https://jcs.org/2021/01/06/plaintext
I liked Alex a lot. For quite a few Gen Cons in a row I played at least one after hours game with him. He was creative and always let a game take him wherever it wanted. I liked gaming with him a lot.
My friend @unwyn died recently. I published one his RPGs in 2014. I think the best way to send him off is to put a copy of that game into out into the ether. Here's a PDF of Snowball (inspired by @jvwest's The Pool)…
Pre-Google web: you get places by following links. This builds up a network of places leading to places in your mind. Post-Google web: You get places by throwing words into a magic hole and out comes the thing you wanted, via black magic.
Was something lost here?
How far could you get in a day if you were limited to bookmarks, memorized urls, and links? No search engines? No site search?
covid family update
90+ days since my youngest sister was diagnosed with COVID. Last week she had three good days in a row where she could get out of bed, which was a record, but crashed hard again this weekend. Her doctor says her lungs (which were perfectly healthy before) look like she has emphysema.
Stay home stay home stay home stay home stay home stay home stay home stay home stay home stay home stay home stay home stay home stay home stay home stay home stay home stay the fuck home.
"The browser has turned out to be a compelling development environment for end users, because it's a virtual machine where they can provision a new one with Control-T." -- Jeremy Rustion, developer of Tiddlywiki https://talk.fission.codes/t/video-chat-with-jeremy-ruston-creator-of-tiddlywiki/1097
COVID vaccine, mostly + but a few downsides and caveats
Alright, I finally got around to summarizing the three good articles on this I've read for Facebook and thought I would also post it hear for anyone that has been avoiding the news, and I've not seen all these details in any one article before.
I'll be basing this on the following sources:
https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2020/11/09/vaccine-efficacy-data (Some of the best information, reasonably easy to read)
https://cen.acs.org/pharmaceuticals/vaccines/Pfizer-BioNTech-say-COVID-19/98/web/2020/11 (Mostly just confirms other data, industry preservative)
and a little from https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1310613702476017666.html
> Russian cosmonauts trace air leak aboard orbital outpost with tea bag
> The tea bag’s sway in zero gravity conditions towards the air leak was registered by cameras
Difficult/dangerous issue? ✅
Space exploration involved? ✅
Simple, effective solution? ✅ ✅
Tea involved? ✅ ✅
(two check marks for 🍵 because you can bet your бабушка they had celebratory tea afterwards)
#introduction Hi mastodonians(?) I'm Renato, I'm an Italian living and working in Switzerland, I'm a sysadmin/devop by trade, I dabble in game design and like to think and talk about games. And hobby models. And food. And language and languages. And tech.
And a boatload of other stuff.
Check out my game A Scoundrel in the Deep that I wrote with my friend Flavio where you tell stories and play with (literal) fire:
and get it PWYW at PayHip