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MIT Technology Review has an interesting article about Google Project Zero shutting down a “western” intelligence operation [1].

There’s an Internet trend of people eating rotten meat they call “high meat” (rotten meat) [2]. This is up there with people setting themselves on fire and “nut shot” videos.

A young female who was making popular Twitter posts about motorbikes turned out to be a 50yo man using deep fake technology [3]. He has long hair IRL and just needed to replace his face. After coming out of the closet he has continued making such videos and remains popular.

FYHTECH has an informative blog post about using sgdisk to backup and restore GPT partition tables [4]. This is in the Debian package gdisk along with several other tools for managing partition tables. One interesting thing to note is that you can backup a partition table and restore to a smaller device (with a bunch of warnings that you can ignore if you know what you are doing). This is the only way I’ve discovered to cleanly truncate a GPT partitioned disk, which is sometimes necessary when running VMs.

Insightful blog post about PCIe bifurcation and how PCIe lanes are assigned to sockets [5]. This explains why many motherboards have sockets with unused PCIe lanes, EG *8 sockets that are wired for *4. The PCIe slots all go back to the CPU which has a limited number of *16 PCIe connections that are bifurcated to make the larger number of PCIe slots on the motherboard.

New Republic has an interesting article on the infamous transphobe Jordan Peterson’s battle with tranquiliser dependency [6].

Wired has an interesting article about the hack of RSA infrastructure related to the SecureID keys 10 years ago [7]. Apparently some 10 year NDAs had delayed it.

There are many posts about the situation with Freenode, I think that this one best captures the problems in the shortest amount of text [8]. You could spend a few hours reading about it as I have just done, but just reading this gives you the basics that you need to know to avoid Freenode. That blog post has links to articles about Andrew Lee’s involvement with Mt Gox and claims to be the heir to the throne of Korea (which is not a monarchy).

Nicholas Wade wrote an insightful and informative article about the origin of Covid19, which leads to the conclusion that it was made in a Chinese laboratory [9]. I first saw this in David Brin’s Facebook feed. I would be hesitant to share this sort of thing if it wasn’t reviewed by a reliable source, I think David Brin has the skill to analyse this sort of article and the contacts to allow him to seek verification of any scientific issues that are outside his field. I believe that this article is reliable and it’s conclusion is most likely to be correct.

Interesting Wired article about an art project using display computers at Apple stores to photograph people [10]. Ends with a visit from the FBI.

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