We put our own spin on the horseshoe pumpkin. Despite my initial feelings about making them they turned out great. @bekahdair I can admit when I’m wrong.
Which do you prefer the natural metal or the painted pumpkin?
#blacksmith #pumpkin #halloween #handcrafted #handforged #fabricated #macabeemetals
First, using impact drivers to sink bolts into the pavement to anchor the barriers that keep protesters safe from rushes from the out-of-control, ultraviolent police (the protesters have also started cleaning up after police violence to make it clear that they love their city, just not its Beijing-collaborator government and security forces).
Second, when Hong Kong protesters gather at businesses that are complicit in the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement, they plaster those businesses with signs explicitly calling them out for their complicity.
this guy: if i had lactose intolerance i would simply cure it
this guy, eating a block of cheese: rip to y’all but i’m different
The craving for Cheese unhindered is a powerful thing
To reiterate, this guy created a virus FROM SCRATCH to change all of the cells of his stomach lining. And then he SWALLOWED it!!. And it worked!!! Amsmzkdkejshdmxidkdhdjwjdodjfh I could never
Anyway we need more of these people
The balls on this guy
Thinking about that guy that created a cleanroom in his local makerspace and built an entire gene therapy from scratch, making a virus that supposedly delivered the ability to digest lactose and then SWALLOWED IT LIKE A MAD SCIENTIST AND CURED HIMSELF OF LACTOSE INTOLERANCE, EATING TWO CHEESE PIZZAS TO PROVE IT
The postwoman was telling me this morning that our little ritual of morning coffee & gossip might come to an end next year because of new regulations for rural post offices—postmen and women in the countryside are ‘less efficient’ than their colleagues in cities, so they will now have a tracking app on their phone monitoring their whereabouts and how long they spend in each house, and will be penalised (more postboxes added to their shift) if they spend more than X minutes per postbox, because if you have time to chat for 5 minutes you have time to deliver more post, which means employing less people and saving money. The postwoman said “The guidelines only talk in terms of postboxes, 800 postboxes per day, delivering post to postboxes—this whole time I thought I was delivering post to people!… A lot of people are waiting for me outside their door when they hear me arrive, am I supposed to throw the letters at them from behind the wheel and not even leave the car to kiss them hello and ask how they are? It’s not like I stay for an hour.”
She will also no longer be allowed to do any favours—there are elderly people living in isolated farms around here, and she (and other postmen) often offer to bring some groceries to them (which they don’t buy during their shift) in winter when the roads are bad, or meds from the pharmacy, and starting next year there will be inspectors doing surprise inspections of postmen’s cars to check for anything that is not post, with penalties if they find groceries or other stuff. I couldn’t think of why so she explained gloomily that the post company started a (paid) service to provide this kind of assistance so it is now wrong to offer the same help for free.
We joked about having secret subversive chats over coffee next year but yeah this is all pretty depressing. She said doing people little favours (like when she offered to ask around in farms to find me some kittens to adopt, and deliver the kittens to me) and exchanging a few words to check on people and their little stories every day is what she loves about her job, and these new rules seem to have been invented specifically to make her hate her job. Capitalism makes for a really joyless, loveless society.
NordVPN’s a popular tool that many people turn to for keeping their shit private while the plumb the depths of the Interwebz. It’s available to use with a number of different operating systems. While I’m not fond of what I found while writing about them a few years back (for the record, I rely on ProtonVPN for my online privacy needs) The service is good enough for a whole lot of people.
Or at least it was. Because it’s been hacked.
The admission comes following rumors that the company had been breached. It first emerged that NordVPN had an expired internal private key exposed, potentially allowing anyone to spin out their own servers imitating NordVPN.
…NordVPN told TechCrunch that one of its data centers was accessed in March 2018. “One of the data centers in Finland we are renting our servers from was accessed with no authorization,” said NordVPN spokesperson Laura Tyrell.
The attacker gained access to the server — which had been active for about a month — by exploiting an insecure remote management system left by the data center provider; NordVPN said it was unaware that such a system existed.
NordVPN did not name the data center provider.
So, that sucks.
According to TechCrunch, the infiltrated server didn’t contain any user activity logs, which is nice. Additionally, NordVPN’s spokesperson swears that there’s no way that a motivated attacker could have intercepted usernames or passwords. This of course, is like saying that you shit the bed, but the pillows are fine. NordVPN goes on to admit that the information snagged could, however, be used to initiate a man-in-the-middle attack.