A couple of warnings. The first is to use a VPN. Particularly if you are doing anything outside the narrative. I use ProtonVPN, which is now bundled with Proton Mail. Well worth it.
For those who are of Christ are the new dissidents.
A fair amount of the weekend and most evenings I’m visually "challenged" — I have to use schleral contact lenses to see, and after 12 hours in they hurt. When I can’t see I make a hell of a lot of typos.
My current compromise is to continue to use markdown, and proofread when I can see the text. Preferably on a big screen. The alternative will be finding another markdown editor and using that. The swap to this markdown editor has made a difference: It has an internal spellchecker which should improve teh English around here.
A few more links have been added. The first is William Tychonievich, a Ukranian ex Mormon who tells me that he thinks the prophet’s message has been corrupted. Like Bruce Charlton, Mormonish. I’ve also added Frances Berger and William WIldblood: Both comment at Bruce Charlton’s place a lot and fit into the same speculative, semi mystical stream that is antisyncretical.
Microsoft is giving up.
Kea hates the fact I use Linux. I argue back that Windows is about as secure as a porsche left unlocked in the rough part of town with the keys in it. Except Windows 11 ain’t a Porsche.
So Microsoft have homebrewed their own distro for their servers.
CBL-Mariner is not a Linux desktop. Like Azure Sphere, Microsoft’s first specialized Linux distro, which is used for securing edge computing services, it’s a server-side Linux. This Microsoft-branded Linux is an internal Linux distribution. It’s meant for Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure and edge products and services. Its main job is to provide a consistent Linux platform for these devices and services. Just like Fedora is to Red Hat, it keeps Microsoft on Linux’s cutting edge. CBL-Mariner is built around the idea that you only need a small common core set of packages to address the needs of cloud and edge services. If you need more, CBL-Mariner also makes it easy to layer on additional packages on top of its common core.
State Sanctioned Hacking
While we are on Microsoft, it appears that the Chinese have exploited microsoft server to hack into organizations in NZ. It ain’t the Russians, it is the Middle Kingdom.
GCSB Minister Andrew Little said that the foreign intelligence agency has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand.
The GCSB had "worked through a robust technical attribution process" to establish its conclusions, Little said.
He said the government is joining other countries in strongly condemning what the Chinese Ministry of State Security has been doing both in New Zealand and globally.
"Separately, the GCSB has also confirmed Chinese state-sponsored actors were responsible for the exploitation of Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities in New Zealand in early 2021.
"We call for an end to this type of malicious activity, which undermines global stability and security, and we urge China to take appropriate action in relation to such activity emanating from its territory," Little said in a statement.
Microsoft email servers have been targeted and Little said the GCSB has helped the affected local organisations.
Not that state agencies have their hands clean on this. The Israelis are good at many things, including hacking. One cannot blame Microsoft for this: no one uses their phone software.
Rights activists, journalists and lawyers around the world have been targeted with phone malware sold to authoritarian governments by an Israeli surveillance firm, media reports say.
They are on a list of up to 50,000 phone numbers of people believed to be of interest to clients of the company, NSO, leaked to major news outlets.
It is not clear where the list came from – or whose phones had actually been hacked.
NSO denies any wrongdoing.
It says the software is intended for use against criminals and terrorists and is made available only to military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies from countries with good human rights records.
In a statement, it said the original investigation which led to the reports, by Paris-based NGO Forbidden Stories and the human rights group Amnesty International, was "full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories".
The allegations about use of the software, known as Pegasus, were carried on Sunday by the Washington Post, the Guardian, Le Monde and 14 other media organisations around the world.
Pegasus infects iPhones and Android devices to enable operators to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones.
Forensic tests on a few phones with numbers on the list indicated more than half had traces of the spyware.
The correct thing to do with your phone is leave it at home when you don’t need it. This morning I had time waiting — and those blank times are good for prayer, instead of being hunched over a distraction.