Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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April 9th, 2012

Failing to remember the code words.

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Backing up all the datas.

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And the podcast recording is finished. Thank you, @ChrisGatford and @jeamland. Methinks that shall all be edited in the morning.

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@jeamland I am incapable of humour after 4pm local time.

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@jeamland CUSeeMe? Is that still a thing? Nope, can’t use it. I don’t have a tested recording and production workflow for it. Can phone?

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Except @jeamland seems to have broken the internet.

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In the final focus-myself stage before the 8pm recording of “Patch Monday” with @ChrisGatford and @jeamland.

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@michaelneale @jonoabroad I have that aspect covered, thank you. I suspect. I think that’s how the chaos is going to work, anyway.

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Rearranging everything across a few continents.

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Plans change. Now recording “Patch Monday” in two pieces. One momentarily, one at 2000 AEST.

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@tom_worthington Ah, the annoying work was a long time ago, Sir! Some walking was done. But I don’t tweet everything. ;)

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Two hours until recording time. Thanks for your comments, @ForsakenDAemon @mpesce @michaelneale (and anyone I missed).

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Redacting documents.

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Frustrated by the inflexibility of bureaucracies.

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@iain_chalmers @mpesce I think deep personal rivalry is a much better explanation for most things, surely? ;)

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Apple just forked Java from SUN/Oracle, sure, @mpesce, but then they’re apparently significantly slower to patch. Or so I’m being told.

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What a lovely spring day. Oh wait.

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I’ve locked in the first “expert” for “Patch Monday” podcast recording at 8pm AEST. The pressure is now reduced. Thank God for media whores!

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Ah, the media mirage! You’re an expert on a topic because you know how to read up on it quickly and sound confident on radio or TV!

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RT @leslienassar: Is there some way you can segue from Flashback to Foxconn? [Sure. In other news, Apple still to blame for all the things.]

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@jdub @bleeters @chrisjrn Ta for your comments on the Apple/Java thing, they’re feeding into my preparations.

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@sgerrand Is this something you’re able to talk about on the podcast? I’m recording this evening some time, via phone or Skype.

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RT @sgerrand: It’s not specific to Java, all the language installations in Mac OS X are horrendously out of date.

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I’ll probably use Flashback as a jump-off to also talk current and future OS X security, Apple’s image, the rise and fall of botnets.

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RT @staticsan: It’s to do with Apple’s software packaging regime, not Java development. [Yes, but Apple won’t explain that on record.]

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RT @AUSFestivus: I’ve never met anyone who admits to being a java developer. [I might have to preserve their secret identities.]

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MT @kcarruthers: (amused that autocorrect thinks Trojan is a proper noun) [Well yes, it’s a brand of condom.]

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So, I’d like a Java developer who can explain the thing about Apple’s Java being separate and slow to be update. Any suggestions or takers?

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Turning the Macs on is fine, @kcarruthers, ‘cos you’d need to visit a booby-trapped website to get infected. It’s a trojan, not a worm.

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I’m reading and sketching out questions for now, then finding people who can join the podcast recording session later. Comments appreciated.

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MT @gikku: Q: OS profile of 500,000+ infected Macs? Apple patched Lion and SL. What of Leopard, Tiger? Infections? [Indeed. I shall seek.]

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My immediate question is that if the Flashback Java fix is for OS X Lion and Snow Leopard, what about Leopard and Tiger? Screwed?

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Apple’s announcement of the OS X update that fixes the flaw that allowed Flashback to attack. support.apple.com/kb/HT5228

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Original announcement of Flashback OS X botnet from Russian security firm Dr Web. news.drweb.com/show/?i=2341&l…

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Here’s @LiamT’s initial story about 600,000 Macs getting pwned by the Flashback botnet. cso.com.au/article/420692…

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Starting work on “Patch Monday” podcast on Flashback botnet that’s infected 600k Macs. cso.com.au/article/420816… Expect tweets and questions.

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@expectproblems That, Sir, is a serious bit of cutaway work!

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@expectproblems Sir, please remind me late in the week that I would like to discuss this idea over some sort of alcohol-based beverage.

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Relatedly, my own thoughts on the Space Age. Reality stilgherrian.com/50-to-50/09/ And the Real Reality stilgherrian.com/50-to-50/09a/

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“Remembering Project Gemini”: 41 photos via @in_focus. [Kids, Gemini was a US space project from 50 years ago.] theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/0…

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Pell and Dawkins on , @MikeStuchbery? That’s as ritualised a staged combat as “Rock N Roll Wrestling”.

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@PardusXY I wonder how many people realise how many people work on public holidays to keep the world running for those having the day off.

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There shall now be a brief period of unwinding before the actual, planned work of the day is begun. That shall be more leisurely.

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And so ends three hours of completely annoying work. And how was your day? Oh, a public holiday? And it’s only 0830? WELL FUCK OFF THEN!

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Calling Twitter “microblogging” is like calling the phone “synchronous voicemail”. @hollingsworth @paulesque @msbernst @kurtluther @sherro58

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Validating myself. Well, my web server. That, at least, can be done with a long random-looking number.

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Yay. Security Alert! I’ve just trolled my own MasterCard onto believing I’m a fraud.

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Mon plan: Escape from SSL Certificate Hell; deal with fallout from SSL Fail; produce “Patch Monday” podcast, to be posted tomorrow; TGIM.

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That’s the oddest thing. My mother was a parrot.

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And always remember to close the brackets, @alexkidman.]

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RT @alexkidman: @stilgherrian duelling pistols or pheasant gun, m’lord? [Alas, this day calls for something stronger. FN SCAR-H, please.

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Who invented the SSL certificate and associated workflows, and why haven’t they been assassinated?

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I don’t think I’m going to accept neurochemical advice from a cockatoo.

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One of life little pleasures is finding that Certain Things have Failed to Operate since 26 March because an SSL certificate has expired.

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Animal traps don’t provide the right action-reward timing needed for effective use of the brain’s dopamine system. Only a gun will do.

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Yes yes, Happy Monday. Now somebody bring me my gun.

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