The FWiB could not call because the phone system in the nursing home was down. Hopefully they'll get it working tomorrow. We exchanged many e-mails instead.
A friend, Rae, the one I was visiting when the ex-husband moved out, lost her much loved parrot today. I am saddened by this, first because she is grieving, second because I will miss her posts about him, and third because it triggers my grief for Bjorn. I still miss him so much.
Roadkill did not have time last night to get me the info about the cats.
Nothing much else to say.
1. The FWiB.
5. Quiet day.
6. Warm bed waiting for me.
I first wrote the "Gun Rights Cake" analogy on this page in 2010. I re-posted it here three years later.
Later on, a Facebook group called "The Hypocrisy and Stupidity of Gun Control Advocates" put in cartoon form:
Note the proper attribution at the bottom of that cartoon.
With the events of Las Vegas, I'm seeing my own work coming across my Facebook feed and my e-mail -- only my name appears to have become "Bentley", or "Robert", or "Rupert".
Goodness, my parents would be startled.
One gentleman -- when gently corrected -- stated that I actually stole that analogy from "someone" on AK47.net.
Bedamned, I most assuredly did not steal that analogy from anyone else. I bloody well wrote the sodding thing.
And by-the-by: whomever added the extra language about the "Dick Act of 1902" in one of the versions that's going around -- if I'd've wanted that in my analogy, I would have added it. Keep your meat-hooks off of my work, if you please.
Gentle Readers, if someone sends you my analogy, uncredited -- or claimed by someone other than LawDog -- please gently correct that person. Likewise, if one of the cartoons comes by you with the attribution clipped off of the bottom.
You can point them to this post, if you'd like.
Since 2008, Chicago-based artist Stephen Eichhorn has been making surprising cat collages, drawing inspiration from his overflowing collection of houseplant guides and books about cats. Focusing his collages on flowers one week and succulents the next, over the past decade he has hand-crafted several hundred pieces, now collected in his debut book, Cats & Plants. Here are some we liked.
Seven years ago, a chance encounter with a bull terrier wearing a scarlet neckerchief in a pub gave London-based film-maker Abbie Lucas and journalist Paul Fleckney an idea. For their new book, Great British Pub Dogs, the pair travelled the country to document the biggest, smallest, cutest, funniest, sweetest, most-endearing resident dogs (and one pig) of around 70 UK pubs . They met old dogs and young dogs, horse-sized dogs and pint-sized dogs. One pub had three Jack Russells, another had four red setters. Many had been rescued, and given a fresh start in a loving home. One was blind in one eye, another had only three legs. The pub dogs were named after Italian footballers, French philosophers, Coronation Street stars and the Hungarian credit crunch. "Most pubs aspire to be a home from home and having a dog does that almost singlehandedly. They seem to bring people together. So many publicans said how the dog seems to make people friendlier and less likely to misbehave", they told the Guardian. Here are some of the bar's best friends. For more pub stories, "Great British Pub Dogs" on Amazon.
Mine's going pretty well (see previous post). *g*
Here's the list:
- Moments (LJ/IJ/DW) [Drabble (100), PG, Draco/Harry]
- Key to His Lock (LJ/IJ/DW( [Drabble (100 x 8), NC-17, Neville/Draco]
- Finding Azizi (LJ/IJ/DW) [Drabble (100 x 8), PG, Severus/Harry, Percy, Hermione.]
- Of Trust and Spice (LJ/IJ/DW) [Ficlet (670), PG, Severus/Harry]
- Going Home (LJ/IJ/DW) [Ficlet (365), PG, Severus/Harry]
- Broken Balls (LJ/IJ/DW) [Drabble (100 x 9), R, Severus/Kingsley]
- Afternoon Decadence (LJ/IJ/DW) [Drabble (100 x 2), PG-13, Harry/Draco]
And here's what's coming up:
1. Weekly Drabbles
2. Monthly fic(s) for enchanted_jae's MDC, hd_fluff,
3. daily_deviant October fic, due October 5th.
4. daily_deviant November fic, due November 5th.
5. hd_owlpost/hd_owlpost fic(s) due November 12th.
6. snape_potter's Secret Snarry Swap fic due November 13th.
7. mini_fest fic(s) due November 25th.
8. hoggywartyxmas fic due December 5th.
Mathy Vanhoef has just published a devastating attack against WPA2, the 14-year-old encryption protocol used by pretty much all wi-fi systems. Its an interesting attack, where the attacker forces the protocol to reuse a key. The authors call this attack KRACK, for Key Reinstallation Attacks
This is yet another of a series of marketed attacks; with a cool name, a website, and a logo. The Q&A on the website answers a lot of questions about the attack and its implications. And lots of good information in this ArsTechnica article.
There is an academic paper, too:
"Key Reinstallation Attacks: Forcing Nonce Reuse in WPA2," by Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens.
Abstract: We introduce the key reinstallation attack. This attack abuses design or implementation flaws in cryptographic protocols to reinstall an already-in-use key. This resets the key's associated parameters such as transmit nonces and receive replay counters. Several types of cryptographic Wi-Fi handshakes are affected by the attack. All protected Wi-Fi networks use the 4-way handshake to generate a fresh session key. So far, this 14-year-old handshake has remained free from attacks, and is even proven secure. However, we show that the 4-way handshake is vulnerable to a key reinstallation attack. Here, the adversary tricks a victim into reinstalling an already-in-use key. This is achieved by manipulating and replaying handshake messages. When reinstalling the key, associated parameters such as the incremental transmit packet number (nonce) and receive packet number (replay counter) are reset to their initial value. Our key reinstallation attack also breaks the PeerKey, group key, and Fast BSS Transition (FT) handshake. The impact depends on the handshake being attacked, and the data-confidentiality protocol in use. Simplified, against AES-CCMP an adversary can replay and decrypt (but not forge) packets. This makes it possible to hijack TCP streams and inject malicious data into them. Against WPA-TKIP and GCMP the impact is catastrophic: packets can be replayed, decrypted, and forged. Because GCMP uses the same authentication key in both communication directions, it is especially affected.
Finally, we confirmed our findings in practice, and found that every Wi-Fi device is vulnerable to some variant of our attacks. Notably, our attack is exceptionally devastating against Android 6.0: it forces the client into using a predictable all-zero encryption key.
I'm just reading about this now, and will post more information
as I learn it.
EDITED TO ADD: This meets my definition of brilliant. The attack is blindingly obvious once it's pointed out, but for over a decade no one noticed it.
EDITED TO ADD: Matthew Green has a blog post on what went wrong. The vulnerability is in the interaction between two protocols. At a meta level, he blames the opaque IEEE standards process:
One of the problems with IEEE is that the standards are highly complex and get made via a closed-door process of private meetings. More importantly, even after the fact, they're hard for ordinary security researchers to access. Go ahead and google for the IETF TLS or IPSec specifications -- you'll find detailed protocol documentation at the top of your Google results. Now go try to Google for the 802.11i standards. I wish you luck.
The IEEE has been making a few small steps to ease this problem, but they're hyper-timid incrementalist bullshit. There's an IEEE program called GET that allows researchers to access certain standards (including 802.11) for free, but only after they've been public for six months -- coincidentally, about the same time it takes for vendors to bake them irrevocably into their hardware and software.
This whole process is dumb and -- in this specific case -- probably just cost industry tens of millions of dollars. It should stop.
Nicholas Weaver explains why most people shouldn't worry about this:
So unless your Wi-Fi password looks something like a cat's hairball (e.g. ":SNEIufeli7rc" -- which is not guessable with a few million tries by a computer), a local attacker had the capability to determine the password, decrypt all the traffic, and join the network before KRACK.
KRACK is, however, relevant for enterprise Wi-Fi networks: networks where you needed to accept a cryptographic certificate to join initially and have to provide both a username and password. KRACK represents a new vulnerability for these networks. Depending on some esoteric details, the attacker can decrypt encrypted traffic and, in some cases, inject traffic onto the network.
But in none of these cases can the attacker join the network completely. And the most significant of these attacks affects Linux devices and Android phones, they don't affect Macs, iPhones, or Windows systems. Even when feasible, these attacks require physical proximity: An attacker on the other side of the planet can't exploit KRACK, only an attacker in the parking lot can.
"One week after Jeff Sessions changed DOJ policy by refusing to protect transgender people under Title VII and launched a sweeping license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, he's seeking credit for prosecuting a hate crime? We believe Americans deserve an Attorney General willing to address systemic discrimination and enforce policies and laws that prevent hate violence in the first plac
-- Sarah Warbelow, Human Rights Campaign Legal Director, 2017-10-15
Anyway, woke up early this morning and continued helping mashfanficchick and her mother with cleaning her place. We got it looking pretty darn good if I do say so myself. Then her father and his handyman came by and the handyman finished the work he had to do.
After they left, we went out to eat at a wonderful place called Witches Brew. It was delicious, I had a grilled cheese sandwich made with mozzarella, and a wonderful garden salad. Then for dessert I had a cinnamon bun with espresso chip ice cream. Yum.
After that we went to Bed Bath and Beyond and I got a rubber jar opener thing that I hope with get my living room light fixture unscrewed so I can finally put a new light bulb in it. I also got something small for The Kid for Christmas.
Then we went to Stop and Shop where I got a thing that you plug into an outlet to make itsix outlets instead of two.
The FWiB called while we were there and we talked for awhile.
After that we picked up my stuff at mashfanficchick's apartment, including a vacuum cleaner she's given me, and they brought me home, where I lay down to read and rest til time to feed Sybil.
I am sooooo tired.
2. Got work successfully done.
3. The FWiB.
4. Potential cats.
5. Yummy meal.
6. Bed soon!
Word count: 100 x 2
Characters/pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy.
Challenge: Written for dracoharry100/dracoharry100's prompt 501: Low.
This is part 83 of my H/D Auror Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
It starts at part one: The Beginning (LJ/IJ/DW).
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Beta(s): sevfan and emynn.
Authors Notes: Harry accomplished the impossible.
“I like how you think,” Draco murmured. “A decadent afternoon spent in bed is just what I need.”
They kissed, Harry feeling Draco’s cock filling against his own as he ground their hips together. “Speaking of decadence,” Harry whispered, dragging his mouth from Draco’s, “we also have cake to eat.”
Draco, eyes glazed, blinked. “What?”
Grinning mischievously, Harry reached for the box of cakes from Phillipe’s. “You ordered chocolate decadence, right?” he said, opening the box and plucking it out. Taking a bite, he let out a low moan as the rich, dark chocolate hit his tongue. “Damn, that’s good.”
Draco glared at him. “Potter, you brute! That was mine! You got the strawberry!” He shook his head. “That’s low.”
“What?” Harry said, feigning innocence. Placing the remaining chocolate cake back into the box, he leaned down. “Don’t be upset. I’ll share.”
He again kissed Draco, who moaned, sliding his tongue deep into Harry’s mouth, retrieving all traces of chocolate. When they separated, Draco was smiling. “You know, I think you accomplished the impossible, Harry.”
“I’m Harry again? Good.” Harry laughed softly as Draco rolled his eyes. “Sorry. Tell me.”
Draco’s expression softened. “You’ve somehow improved the taste of chocolate.”
Teacup kittens have gained popularity for been one of the cutest and adorable animals that can win the heart of anyone they come across by the way they look. They are small cats in form of dwarfs with miniature look. Here are some facts you probably didn't know about them.
Smiley was more than just a dog. The adorable and happy golden retriever has a remarkable story. Born without eyes, many believed that his life will be full of hardships and pain. But, that was not the case. Smiley had a permanent grin on his face. A smile that can turn anyones bad day upside down and out the door. Because when you saw him, you couldn't help but smiled back too.
When it comes to not knowing what your damn pet looks like, this is an absolute worst-case (comedy gold) kind of scenario. One New Zealand man found himself in a uniquely awkward situation when he had the realization that not only had he stolen his neighbor's cat, but he'd also drugged it. Let the hilarity ensue...
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- By the time I finished watching this Tonight Show excerpt, I was crying. OMG, America, I still can't believe Trump won. UGH! This is why we can't have nice things. :P
- From lilysea, How I Learned to Love Being a Hairy Lady.
- These gorgeous pie crusts are works of art!
- Quiz time! I got 30/33 in this history quiz, in which you had to name the event from the picture, and 100% in this grammar quiz. See how you do!
- This cool shipping container house is WAY COOL! I love how sci fi it looks. <3
- Some ads are clever, and some are...not. *rolls eyes*
- This twitter thread of church signs made me chuckle.
- For this week's weekly cute, have some highland calves! So floofy! Eeeee!
- I think we finally know why Trump is acting the way he is. It's all about revenge.
- I dare you to watch these Simon Cowell golden buzzer moments and not cry. :P
- Hilarious airport pickup signs are hilarious!
- Giant animals made of straw invade Japanese fields! Pretty amazing. :)
- I don't often see this, but I enjoyed it. Twelve scientists talk about how their faith relates to their work.
- Russian artist creates gorgeous insect jewelry with beads. Awesome!
- These clever visual animal puns are clever. <3
- These tiny creeptastic monster portraits are awesome! And the names are cool, too.
- The ten best places to be if you love books (and I do).
- Women flip the script on sexual assault just to show the absurdity of defending it.
- And finally, these bizarre animal drawing are bizarre yet beautiful.
Happy Sunday, dears! And never forget, love trumps hate. <3
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-02-26:
"The late John Greenwood, Q.C, who served as Ontario's Assistant Deputy Attorney General in the late 1970s, had a signature line he used to deliver with a straight face. "Anybody can convict the guilty,' he'd say to visitors to his office, "the trick is to convict the innocent.' People laughed uneasily, sensing it may not be entirely a joke."
-- George Jonas, writing about John Greenwood in the National Post.
(submitted to the mailing list by Z.D. Hora)
We ate breakfast at Denny's , then went out to Long Island for her mother to get an oil change on the car. Then we came back here and did a lot of work in her apartment.
The FWiB called and we talked but only briefly because I was with them.
And we went out for dessert at Martha's Country Kitchen before they took me to my place to pack for the night.
Exciting news! Roadkill called and asked me if I was interested in two cats that need homes. A coworker died suddenly and only six of her eight cats have been rehomed. I asked him to get me details on the cats, and told him I was absolutely interested. They are litter mates. It depends on their age and health if I go for it, but I have my fingers crossed.
2. National Dessert Day.
3. Getting stuff done for mashfanficchick
4. Maybe getting new cats.
5. The FWiB.
6. Oldest Brother's phone worked OK tonight.