Archive for May 30th, 2018

Erlang: Eventually Things Will Change

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

I finally got a few days to really dedicate to the whole Zomp/ZX thing and wrote some docs.

If you actually click this link soon you’ll see an incomplete pile of poo, but it is a firm enough batch of poo that I can show it now, and you can get a very basic idea what this system is supposed to do:

Zomp/ZX docs

Some pages are missing and things are still a bit self-conflicted. The problem is that until you really use a system like this a bit it is hard to know what the actual requirements need to be. So that’s been a long internal journey.

If my luck holds I’ll have something useful out in short order, though. Here’s to keeping fingers crossed and creating useful on-ramps for new programmers in desperate need of easy-to-use power tools. While we can all only hope the gods will help them when it comes to tackling their actual human-relevant problems, the environment in which they render their solutions should not be actively hostile.

New Privacy Notices: Nothing Changes

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

My anti-comment-spam plugin called Akimset, which has saved me the trouble of reviewing about two-million spam comments over the last several months, now requires me to display a privacy notice at the bottom of all my comment-enabled posts.

The People are now Protected. Sort of like how ancestral British are now protected from the likes of Tommy Robinson. Lovely.

But in the real world, none of this matters. The TLS certificate scheme in which users of nearly every allegedly secure bit of the web base their trust is itself a sham of epic proportions. Branch prediction causes amazing things to happen if you’re running on a physical system with any code on it you don’t trust also running (oh, haha, sounds like using browsers or, especially, using the “cloud”). Don’t even get me started on what the not-as-bad “they” are going to find when they dig into out-of-order execution.

And none of this is new. It has been that way since the beginning, people are only just now finding out. Somewhat hilarious.

As always: “possession is 90% of the law”. This applies in an absolute way. Keep your important bits close, physically. Be able to point to them. Be able to point to the man who is responsible for backing it up, keeping your off-site backups, etc.