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25th Aug 2020, 09:29 pm - Welcome to my blog
I'm Paul Wright, a software engineer based in Cambridge, England. You can now find my public blog on my own site: http://www.noctua.org.uk/blog/. I'll be crossposting from there to LJ but you'll only be able to comment on my site. See you over there.
Everything you need to know about the final weeks of Brexit in five minutes
Things are about to get interesting.
(tags: brexit politics europe doom)

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Voice Phishing Scams Are Getting More Clever — Krebs on Security
Never give your PIN to someone who called you.
(tags: phishing phone scam security)
Writing system software: code comments. –
A taxonomy of code comments.
(tags: code design programming comments)

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3rd Oct 2018, 12:13 am - Link blog: programming, editor, vim
10-Best-VIM-Cheat-Sheet-02.jpg (1979×1346)
A handy Vim / Vi cheatsheet
(tags: vim programming editor)

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27th Aug 2018, 12:13 am - Link blog: philosophy, hume
Hume is the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need today | Aeon Essays
Hume believed we were nothing more or less than human: that’s why he’s the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need now
(tags: philosophy hume)

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24th Jul 2018, 12:13 am - Link blog: interview, C, programming
Deep C (and C++)
The differences between shallow and deep understanding in C/C++ or how to ace the technical interview.
(tags: programming C interview)

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SF For Nothing, Stories For Free – Charlie’s Diary
A list of free SF.
(tags: reading books science-fiction)

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In Britain, Austerity Is Changing Everything – The New York Times
“Whatever the operative thinking, austerity’s manifestations are palpable and omnipresent. It has refashioned British society, making it less like the rest of Western Europe, with its generous social safety nets and egalitarian ethos, and more like the United States, where millions lack health care and job loss can set off a precipitous plunge in fortunes.”
(tags: money poverty austerity politics)

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Ask HN: Which books have made you introspect? | Hacker News
Someone does mention Jordan Peterson the woo-meister, but the rest sound interesting.
(tags: books introspection philosophy)
Doc Searls Weblog · GDPR will pop the adtech bubble
Interesting distinction between adtech and advertising.
(tags: gdpr advertising law privacy)

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11th May 2018, 12:13 am - Link blog: privacy, facebook, law, gdpr
Johnny Ryan on Twitter: “Facebook is confronting EU users a new “terms of service” dialogue that denies access until a user opt-ins to tracking for ad targeting, and various other data processing purposes…… https://t.co/Ymn0dvVTfO”
Facebook is breaking the GDPR: you can’t require people to consent to use of their personal data if it’s not required to perform whatever service you’re performing.
(tags: facebook gdpr privacy law)

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Delta Pointers: Buffer Overflow Checks Without the Checks
Using the top bytes of pointers to implement efficent out-of-bound detection.
(tags: security C pointer programming overflow)

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18th Apr 2018, 12:13 am - Link blog: bands, dancing, music, swing
Some notes to bands about playing for dancers – dogpossum.org
Good advice.
(tags: dancing music bands swing)

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Ask HN: Best way to learn modern C++? | Hacker News
Thread with book and video recommendations
(tags: c++ programming)
Epistemic extremism – UseOfReason
Contra Internet (“shoe”) atheism: I don’t need to be able to prove a thing to you before I can rationally believe it.
(tags: philosophy belief epistemology Atheism proof)
Compressing and enhancing hand-written notes
How Office Lens might do it, but open source. Introduces various colour spaces.
(tags: images python colour RGB HSV)

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Better Embedded System SW: Embedded System Safety Lecture Video Series
A serious of YouTube videos and slides on safety critical software.
(tags: software software-engineering safety programming)

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Talking to a Philosopher About ‘The Good Place’ – The Ringer
Contains spoilers for The Good Place: watch it first (it’s very good).
(tags: television philosophy the-good-place ethics trolley-problem)

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Unrolled thread from @patio11
“Some people really benefit from hearing advice that everyone knows, for the same reason we keep schools open despite every subject in them having been taught before.” Mostly related to the tech business.</p>

In that spirit, here’s some quick Things Many People Find Too Obvious To Have Told You Already.
(tags: programming business technology)


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Installing Ubuntu on VirtualBox How To

(tags: ubuntu linux virtualbox)

Exploiting modern microarchitectures: Meltdown, Spectre, and other attacks
Presentation from Redhat which goes into detail about the attacks.
(tags: cpu meltdown spectre security redhat hacking)
Don’t mistake the British public’s leftie economic views for liberalism
About half of us still support the death penalty, and about half of us think equality for women has achieved enough progress.
(tags: Politics survey opinion poll feminism)

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black holes – Why is information indestructible? – Physics Stack Exchange
Top answer has a nice model using coloured squares and cellular automata rules.
(tags: physics black-holes universe entropy)

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