Un naufragio personal

Ángel Ortega

PGP Word List

"The PGP Word List [...] is a list of words for conveying data bytes in a clear unambiguous way via a voice channel. They are analogous in purpose to the NATO phonetic alphabet used by pilots[...]"


Do the Real Thing

Scott H. Young:

"Consider one person who wrote to me saying she turned down a job working in French. She didn’t feel her French was good enough yet. So instead, she planned to listen to podcasts at home every day until she was ready. You know what would have helped her get good at French? Working at the job in French."


Gopherspace in the Year 2020

Just in case you were wondering, there are plenty of Gophers out there (I'm not talking about the animal). There is even a thing called a phlog (people sharing their logs using the #gopher protocol). Not kidding.


Announcing Perl 7


  • Perl 6 went long ago to be Raku,
  • Perl 7 will be Perl 5.32+ with more modern defaults.


How To Create An IndieWeb Profile

Kev Quirk gives a primer on h-card creation:


Introducing Web3Torrent

A Bittorrent-like platform for Web pages that uses Ethereum micropayments... Is this, finally, an ORA:CLE?


50 Ideas That Changed My Life

I think "life-changing" is saying too much, but there are some useful remarks in this David Perell post:


9. Competition is for Losers: Avoid competition. Stop copying what everybody else is doing. If you work at a for-profit company, work on problems that would not otherwise be solved. If you’re at a non-profit, fix unpopular problems. Life is easier when you don’t compete. (Hint: don’t start another bottled water company).


14. The Wisdom of Paradox: Logic is the key to scientific truths, but paradoxes are the key to psychological ones. When it comes to the human condition, the deepest truths are often counter-intuitive. When you find two opposites that are both true, start exploring.


22. Goodhart’s Law: When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure. One hospital took too long to admit patients so a penalty was given for 4+ hour wait times. In response, ambulance drivers were asked to slow down so they could shorten wait times.


23. Gall’s Law: A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system.


30. Hickam’s Dictum: The opposite of Occam’s Razor. In a complex system, problems usually have more than one cause. For example, in medicine, people can have many diseases at the same time.


37. The Copernican Principle: The more we learn about astronomy, the less it seems that earth is special. It's a small part of the universe, and each human is a small part of the earth. We are all spinning through the solar system — nowhere near the beginning or end of time.


If Zoom Is Wrong, So Is Apple

Jeffrey Paul on sleazy lies Zoom and Apple try to make us swallow:

Apple (and the FBI and US military intelligence, by extension) can easily look at your photos, see the genitals of yourself and your loved ones, read your private notes, and read all of your message history, including iMessages and SMSes!


Apple, like Zoom, has danced around this, saying that your chat histories in your device backups and private notes and photos are “encrypt[ed] in transit” and “encrypt[ed] on server”.

In both cases, they’re encrypted with Apple’s keys, not yours. This is exactly the same situation as Zoom’s current encryption, and it’s exactly as unacceptable, for exactly the same reasons.

As it's said there, If Zoom is wrong for doing this, then so is Apple, and they should be subject to the same criticism, but people is always unexplainably indulgent with Apple's bullshit.


(Very) Basic Intro To Elliptic Curve Cryptography

Lane Wagner gives a brief description on how Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) works:


The radix 2^51 trick

Tim McLean on Faster addition and subtraction on modern CPUs: