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steely_glint

@steely_glint@chaos.social

I write secure opensource niche realtime social apps
and provide End-to-End IoT security for +2bn endpoints using #webRTC.
I read sci-fi, watch films and try to learn new things.
I Co-host of the “Distributed Future” podcast where we try and figure out what the future at the intersection of tech and society looks like by asking people who might know and listening to what they say.
I play the flute badly.
Find me in Berlin, Manchester, Nowhere
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mcc, to random
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Hm.

So my cell provider has no good plan for roaming to Europe. So the last time I was in France, I got a local phone number and a SIM card so I could use Internet while I was there. It was a bit of a pain to get the SIM so I put it somewhere I'd be able to find it* when I next needed it.

Now I can't find it.

Can anyone think of a way to get a French cell phone SIM either without leaving Toronto, or without leaving Charles De Gaulle?

  • Probably in that one purse I threw away a few years ago.
steely_glint,
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@mcc If your phone supports it, e-sims are a good way to get data for short term travel these days.

Viss, to random
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https://www.theregister.com/2024/06/08/uber_cso_joe_sullivan/

hold the board accountable for hiring the right security people, then.

and the punishment/fines should be .eu style, a percentage of gross profits, not .us style, the corporate equivalent of a cup of coffee

steely_glint,
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@Viss Yep, but also accountable for not empowering them. I often think about Meta's CISO who can only report to the board via in-house council - ensuring deniability/non-discoverability of any advice/warnings given to the board.

steely_glint,
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@Viss It is such a red flag for candidates, it says -> BE THE FALL GUY <-

steely_glint, to random
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I spent the day at a fun tech conference. However I seem to be the only person there who doubts the future of AI - and specifically of large language models. Sigh, I'm off to my pillar/cave in the desert.

steely_glint, to random
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I'm back from a fun few days at #emf2024 - great vibe, ran into old friends, made new ones, and learned some random stuff (like the previous retoot about timezones on the London underground) .

Most of (all?) the hacks were funny and had a physical manifestation - not purely software. Also quite a retro feel to a lot of it - Fax machines etc but also robots/droids everywhere!

steely_glint,
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#EMF is a festival with power, ethernet and phone connections to the tent if you want it. Full coverage of the site with wifi, DECT (!?!) and GSM.

I decided to travel relatively light this time, bringing a foldable 30w solar panel an iPad + android phone. It worked (just).

I did bring a self winding watch and a paper train ticket so I could get home even if I had failed!

mw1cgg, to random
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Grr. I love my laptop but I wish it had real left and right buttons instead of the trackpad thing.

steely_glint,
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@mw1cgg pretty sure you could make the emf badge act as a keyboard :-) it certainly has an inscrutable number of buttons!

steely_glint,
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@mw1cgg I would be surprised if it couldn’t do hid. I had a pi zero doing that a while back.

evan, to random
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Our voice phone systems are seamlessly federated. You can call people across carriers, over national boundaries, instantaneously, and the only friction is slightly more numbers to dial.

steely_glint,
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@evan oh, ho, but just you try and join that club now...

You'll need spectrum, and an operating license from a member state of the ITU - which only accepts membership from full UN members.

Good luck...

steely_glint, to random
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Google's adoption of hallucinating LLMs isn't as surprising to them as it is to us.

Sure, Google started out trying to be accurate and factual, but pretty rapidly the ad side took over so internally they have been living with statistics (at best), half truths and lies for long enough to be comfortable with them.

mrchrisadams, to random
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Dear Mac nerds: What’s everyone using for site specific browsers these days, if that's still a thing? I have a few sites I'd like to have as not in my normal browser, so it's easy cmd+tab to them

steely_glint,
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@ewjoachim @mrchrisadams I'm using safari for Facebook, Mastodon and a couple of others. - it is pretty easy to do and works ok.
(Click the Share button in the toolbar, then choose Add to Dock.
Click Add.)

steely_glint,
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@ewjoachim @mrchrisadams If the link is to the same site it stays in the mastodon window, if it is a different site it opens in my default browser (which is safari but doesn't have to be).

Which is kinda what I want almost all the time.

I don't find myself copying links about, but your expectations might be different from mine.

steely_glint,
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@ewjoachim @mrchrisadams my mental model is that this is a mastodon app that happens to be a website - anything outside the app should open in the browser (or whatever the opener is for that URI scheme). Which I guess is different from your model ?

PeterEbenezer, to random

Ok. So. First post on Mastadon so bear with me…first time at , also first time camping with a 6 year old… I’ve read the info on the site, can anyone weigh in with random one-liner bits of advice? It may also be helpful other emf newbies?

steely_glint, (edited )
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@pikesley @PeterEbenezer

Pace yourselves.

Don't stress if you miss something, you were probably having fun elsewhere (or having a much needed rest).

Have fun and keep your eyes open for (edit) mechanical oddities

(perhaps bring an old DECT phone and sharpie the number on the 6 year old ? Mobiles don't work that well and it is easy to get lost).

steely_glint, to random
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We were so successful that the FTC had to make a ruling dividing up access to our software to ensure a competitive market.

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/929940/000110465904019821/a04-7907_1ex99d1.htm

  • yep the FTC ruled on something we wrote! -

6/n

steely_glint,
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Time passed and we drifted apart, I worked on other stuff, some of which I'm quite proud of, with other great teams, but I think that project is the best thing I did (so far at least).

Graham emailed me last week to pass on the sad news that Eli died.

Eli - you were a great mentor, manager and friend. At the time I didn’t know how lucky I was that you took a chance on me. I do now. Thanks and rest in peace.

7/7

steely_glint, to random
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Hopefully someone has already dubbed 'tears in the rain' onto the soggy Sunak video. If so I'd like to see it.

mw1cgg, to random
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Hair Stage 1: Done.

Just got to look like more of a fuckwit than I normally do until Stage 2 tomorrow.

Just glad I have a mate who's an ex-hairdresser. Couldn't be arsed trying to do that all by myself.

steely_glint,
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@mw1cgg @M0KHR That was a very long time ago. High time for a beer - at EMF perhaps.

steely_glint, to random
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Sithcoin!

....

Listening to @annaleen and @charliejane 's "our opinions are correct" podcast

https://www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com

And wondering if they have read https://www.annecurrie.com 's panopticon series.

steely_glint, to random
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“Language is not so transparent, but we are sometimes known, even so. If we are lucky.” - A Desolation Called Peace.

What incomparable writing…. It would take 2 books to set the context fully but I think it says what it means standing alone..

penwing, to random
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Given up on Cries of Alaere (the #mcrsf book) and finally found the time to finish The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi which I thoroughly enjoyed...

Maybe I should move on with Earthsea again - I'm onto The Farthest Shore 8-)

steely_glint,
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@penwing given up on, as in taking a break from, or not going to pick up again?

steely_glint,
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@penwing 53% currently and taking a break.

steely_glint, to random
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I am rather surprised to find @AnnLeckie ‘s short fiction book “the lake of souls” contains a Wooster-ish story where the Jeeves role is played by a god in the form of a sparrow.

danjenkins, to random
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https://openai.com/careers/real-time-communications-engineer/

310-465k usd for an rtc engineer position at OpenAI.

That’s 244k gbp a year…

steely_glint,
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@danjenkins funny thing is I had a really good idea for how to do non-text media driven AI.

steely_glint, to random
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I'm proud to have played a small part in @sundogplanets 's campaign on the space junk pollution (both light and actual) that starlink and it's ilk produce .

https://distributedfutu.re/episode83.html

(We had a good track record of predicting future hot issues on that podcast - reality hasn't caught up with us yet)

steely_glint,
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@danyork Unlikely - We both got busy for different reasons - but never say never.

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