Firefox and Tor security tweak

Look-Alike Domains and Visual Confusion

The suggested fix for Tor and Firefox: “If you’re a Firefox user and would like Firefox to always render IDNs as their punycode equivalent when displayed in the browser address bar, type ‘about:config’ without the quotes into a Firefox address bar. Then in the ‘search:’ box type ‘punycode,’ and you should see one or two options there. The one you want is called ‘network.IDN_show_punycode.’ By default, it is set to ‘false’; double-clicking that entry should change that setting to ‘true.'”

The same fix worked for Palemoon, which I’m using right now.

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And one more

It seems there are sanctions we have not yet imposed on North Korea; indeed, “the largest package of sanctions yet.” (Trump administration to target North Korea with new sanctions on Friday) These will work for sure.

Is it time to give our guns to Hitler? Not for those who have “been trained since kindergarten to avoid correlating the contents of their minds”. You can find a video if you search for “time to give our guns to Hitler,” but it’s just okay; the best thing about it is the title.

Dilbert’s boss gives good advice?

UPDATE 24 February 2018: Wisconsin High School student invents classroom door stop. Nice!

Charity

“It is now common for the simplest autonomous act – feeding the homeless – to be banned. Instead, the nascent virtue-consumer hurries home to slot some coins into the moral Laundromat of the charity sector. Their moral impulse is safely pooled, its messy implementation genteelly hidden. Yet this is a placebo that cannot take the place of human contact.” — Oxfam and the Fall of the Moral Monopoly, by Toby Guise

Aesthetics and story

Why Everything Must be CGI

Did Thulsa Doom lie to Conan, or did he tell him the truth?

UPDATE 9 February 2018: Zen Conan

The riddle of steel is like the sound of one hand clapping. Thulsa Doom learns it by direct experience. It’s the only thing Thulsa Doom will believe: it takes an Atlantean blade from an old king’s horde in the side of his neck to tell him.

Conan faces his own challenge. Having killed Thulsa Doom, does he take his place? No. He remains Coana. I don’t say he’s right, just that he’s Conan.

Things coming to a point

“Have you ever noticed,” said Dimble, “that the universe, and every bit of the universe is always hardening and narrowing and coming to a point?”

His wife waited as those wait who know by long experience the mental processes of the person who is talking to them.

“I mean this,” said Dimble in answer to the question she had not asked. “If you dip into any college, or school, or parish, or family – anything you like – at a given point in its history, you always find that there was a time before that point when there was more elbow room and contrasts weren’t quite so sharp; and that there’s going to be a time after that point when there is even less room for indecision and choices are even more momentous. Good is always getting better and bad is always getting worse: the possibilities of even apparent neutrality are always diminishing. The whole thing is sorting itself out all the time, coming to a point, getting sharper and harder.” — C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength, quoted at Goodreads

Speaking of criminals

In this paragraph from The Trivium, the topic is ambiguity:

“Telephone books add addresses, empirical descriptions, to proper names in an effort to make them unambiguous in their reference. The identification cards of criminals are attempts to make a proper name unambiguous by supplementing it with an empirical description, a photograph, and fingerprints, which are regarded as unique in the truest sense of the word, because no two are exactly alike.”

Would anyone today assume identification cards were for criminals?

It reminds me of King David’s census, in chapter 21 of First Chronicles.