How Defective Guns Became the Only Product That Can’t Be Recalled

28 February 2018

An enraging story from Michael Smith and Polly Mosendz, for Bloomberg: Taurus sold almost a million handguns that can potentially fire without anyone pulling the trigger. The government won’t fix the problem. The NRA is silent. Gun manufacturers have long held an unassailable position in American business and politics. They need to be reminded that […]

The Great Stink

23 February 2018

Laurie Penny has some advice for men in the current cultural moment, and it is good advice. This passage, near the end, caught me right where it was aimed: Suck it up and let go. Let go of your resentment at women’s lack of patience, let go of your wounded pride, let go of your […]

New Game: Haunted Floating Eye

20 February 2018

Created for LÖVE Jam 2018, my latest game is called Haunted Floating Eye. It’s something like a tower (lair) defense game, mixed with cruelty, base building and ennui. The jam has ended, but voting is open for the next 12 days. I’d really appreciate it you tried it out, and voted on the on the […]

KDE Bug Executes Arbitrary Code Based on Name of Thumb Drive

13 February 2018

This is one of the dumbest and most dangerous bugs I’ve ever heard of. From the KDE security list: When a vfat thumbdrive which contains “ or $() in its volume label is plugged and mounted trough the device notifier, it’s interpreted as a shell command, leaving a possibility of arbitrary commands execution. an example […]

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