Some things you get to, and some things you don’t, and some things you like to just keep hanging around.
This is November’s version of that.
A collaborative series of mixes designed for listening while programming (compatible with other activities)
music for work, productivity and flow.
Tycho Sunrise DJ Set on The Dusty Rhino at Burning Man Thursday, September 1, 2016 Thanks to everyone who made this morning so special. Thanks to Clarke and the Dusty Rhino crew for having me. Special thanks to my brother Dane for all the help. Enjoy!
On Friday, we posted our tribute to Leonard Cohen, calling him maybe the greatest gift to cover songs ever. Many musicians agreed over the weekend, covering his songs across the world in live shows. We’ve rounded up a bunch below, from Coldplay, Norah Jones, Okkervil River, The Avett Brothers, Car Seat Headrest, and more.
If Explosions In The Sky’s records are watershed moments for its fans, then the band’s live shows are a Biblical flood. The group recently released its sixth studio album, The Wilderness. On Thursday, Explosions In The Sky brought its epic, searching sound to a sold-out show at Washington, D.C.’s famed 9:30 Club.
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In the latest issue of The Economist, President Obama wrote a letter about the “four crucial areas of unfinished business in economic policy” that his successor will have to deal with. Wherever I go these days, at home or abroad, people ask me the same question: what is happening in the American political system?
All presidencies are historic. But no president since at least LBJ, and probably FDR, has arrived at a moment of greater historic urgency than Obama.
Over at GQ, Lincoln Michel shares 12 Books to Read After Binge-Watching Black Mirror. Among them: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin. Version Control by Dexter Palmer. Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the W
Kernel live patching enables runtime correction of critical security issues in running kernel without rebooting. How do I enable or patch my Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS server without rebooting the box? Ubuntu Linux version 16.04 LTS supports live patching for both enterprise and the Ubuntu community members.
On /r/programming is this post about byte-order/endianness. It gives the same information as most documents on the topic. It is wrong. It’s been wrong for over 30 years. Here’s how it should be taught. One of the major disciplines in computer science is parsing/formatting.
Recursion means “defining a problem in terms of itself”. This can be a very powerful tool in writing algorithms. Recursion comes directly from Mathematics, where there are many examples of expressions written in terms of themselves. For example, the Fibonacci sequence is defined as: F(i) = F(i-1) + F(i-2)
Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this fall for the latest term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Let’s get started.
Another election day in the US is rapidly approaching (Tuesday, Nov. 8-mark your calendars!). So for no reason in particular, we’re resurfacing our close examination of the Dunning-Kruger effect from May 25, 2012. In 1999 a pair of researchers published a paper called “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments (PDF).”
DiscoveryCard are giving human beings access to your PIN when they reset it. On top of this they actually call you and read you your new PIN *over the phone*.
In an age where SIM-swap banking fraud syndicates infiltrate mobile phone operators, I don’t believe this is a very prudent or secure thing for DiscoveryCard to do.
And the convoluted process also takes anything up to 48 hours. Welcome to the modern fast-paced world of technology.
I discovered this by having the misfortune of my PIN being blocked – something I’m not willing to take responsibility for either: VISA Online Secure/Verified by VISA was down on Tuesday as I attempted to make online purchases. This transaction failed a number of attempts before I gave up and called Discovery, to which I was redirected first to FNB and then back to another call centre agent who confirmed the stupid VISA verification service, which by the way only actually protects the bank – not the consumer, was down. It came back later in the day and I completed my online transaction.
Later that evening I may have mistyped the PIN once while paying my bill, and then used the correct PIN, but suddenly it was already blocked. I proceeded to try a few more times before I saw a flood of text messages about a blocked PIN – please contact Discovery during office hours. I know I used the correct PIN because it’s a new one and I had it written down. I suspect this is linked back to the Online Secure problems.
After trying the Discovery website and FNB online banking and getting shoved from link to useless link I became aware the PIN reset functionality that was previously available online was no longer there, although there were many stale and outdated links still suggesting the feature. So I called Discovery, gave them answers to the really basic security questions they use to verify one’s identity, and then was told a PIN reset had been requested, and would occur at midnight. I figured I could survive for an evening without this credit card, but the next thing I heard blew me away:
Within 48 hours someone from Discovery Card would phone me and read my new PIN to me over the phone!
But that’s my PIN! My PIN. MY PIN! The most personal 4 digits in my financial existence. How can they let some stranger see my PIN? And read it to me. What if I don’t change it? Then that PIN exists in someone’s memory. And what if the telephone line is not secure? Wait, I know the telephone line is not secure! Run that by me again: Someone will call and read you your new PIN. Haha, Get out!
This shocked me, so I asked Discovery about the insecurity of this process on Twitter:
So @Discovery_SA Card makes a person call you and read you your new PIN to reset it. That is an outrageous transgression of PIN security.
— Shaun Dewberry (@Shaun) November 3, 2016
and received this reply:
@Shaun Hi, this a very secure department which is highly regulated and the PIN’s are immediately destroyed after reading.
— Discovery (@Discovery_SA) November 3, 2016
This is crazy. This is a human element introduced into a system that third persons do not belong in. Anybody with devious intentions could get a PIN out of that department easily. Surely these people go to lunch? Or they go home at night? They leave the building at some stage at least, and remembering a 4 digit number for a short period is trivial. Or one could steal a document. Or they could just phone the “wrong number” and give the PIN out that way. Or there are so many ways to compromise this system. And even if all the staff are 100% honest, they’re still susceptible to blackmail.
Previously one could just manage one’s PIN online. It was a simple secure transaction between you and a cool patterned printed piece of paper that cleverly concealed the PIN. Or it was between you and the computer. Nobody else’s eyes were involved or could get involved.
I can’t believe Discovery have stepped so far backwards. Honestly, it’s a joke.
But still, I guess I’ll wait for my PIN, and then change it at an FNB ATM.
What’s that? Capitec have a credit card account now? Aha.