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Gone In Six Characters: Short URLs Considered Harmful for Cloud Services

Wed, 4 May 2016 13:24:41 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/vitaly/gone-in-six-characters-short-urls-considered-harmful-for-cloud-services/>

"TL;DR: short URLs produced by bit.ly, goo.gl, and similar services are so
short that they can be scanned by brute force.  Our scan discovered a large
number of Microsoft OneDrive accounts with private documents."

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David MacKay

Wed, 4 May 2016 13:23:47 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/41948.html

"The world is already a less fascinating place without him."

Vale David MacKay, who made a real difference in the world.

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KING: The ‘Trump Effect’ is terrifying children across America — including my own 9-year-old son

Wed, 4 May 2016 13:22:34 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-trump-effect-terrifying-kids-u-s-article-1.2601049>

"A recent survey of school-age children showed that the rise of Donald Trump
and his bigotry is terrifying American kids."

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How the UK's biggest pharmacy chain went from family-run public service to debt-laden hedge-fund disaster

Tue, 3 May 2016 14:36:41 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2016/04/14/how-the-uks-biggest-pharmacy.html

"In 2007, Boots was acquired by the giant hedge fund Kohlberg Kravis Roberts,
who loaded up the company with debt, made massive cuts to staff, remade the
stores as retailers first and health providers second, and used a system of

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Lawyers who won Happy Birthday copyright case sue over “We Shall Overcome”

Tue, 3 May 2016 14:35:40 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/04/lawyers-who-won-happy-birthday-copyright-case-sue-over-we-shall-overcome/>

"Civil rights anthem never should have been copyrighted, plaintiffs say."

Excellent news.  Via Marius Piedallu van Wyk.

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The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women

Tue, 3 May 2016 14:34:14 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/10/the-unsafety-net-how-social-media-turned-against-women/381261/>

"Under the banner of free speech, companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
have been host to rape videos and revenge porn—which makes female users feel
anything but free."

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The Greenhouse Gamble wheels

Mon, 2 May 2016 12:35:50 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://globalchange.mit.edu/focus-areas/uncertainty/gamble

"The Greenhouse Gamble™ wheels were developed by the MIT Joint Program on the
Science and Policy of Global Change to better convey uncertainty in climate
change prediction."

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'We are the forgotten people': the anguish of Australia's 'invisible' asylum seekers

Mon, 2 May 2016 12:34:08 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/apr/13/we-are-the-forgotten-people-the-anguish-of-australias-invisible-asylum-seekers>

"Nearly 29,000 asylum seekers are in Australia on temporary ‘bridging visas’.
These people may be free from detention but – with many denied education,
healthcare and the right to work – they remain locked in desperate poverty and

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Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design

Mon, 2 May 2016 12:32:57 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jul/15/why-modern-bathroom-wasteful-unhealthy-design>

"Piped water may be the greatest convenience ever known but our sewage systems
and bathrooms are a disaster"

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You Won’t Believe...

Sun, 1 May 2016 14:28:06 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@fart/you-won-t-believe-the-19-ways-this-returning-servicemember-surprised-his-daughter-by-shutting-down-d39bc369cfea>

"these disney princess reimagined as plus-size disney princesses are
beautiful"

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