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Yeah that's one of the things that I don't fully understand.

Pravda was one of the state media outlets in the USSR. Its name means "truth" in Russian, but there was a saying in Russia under Communism that v pravdye nyet pravdy ("in Truth there's no truth").

"Gets smacked down in the comments" apparently means "someone responds with numbers they say they pulled from Wikipedia but don't link to." Good to know.

Local news should acknowledge that it happened, and then move on. National news should make it a footnote. 50 people die in a suicide bombing in Iraq or Afghanistan, and it gets mentioned and then on to the next thing.

It's not about the victims; they'll be remembered by the people who matter to them (and to whom they mattered) whether it's on the news or not. But we've seen time and again that when you give someone a mass shooter a scorecard, it invites someone else to say "I'm going to get me some of that."

Some of the commenters here would rather feel like their dicks are big and ignore reality. But the thing is, the real world doesn't give two shits about what we want. So for those of us who don't think "cowardice" is a good tool of public policy, we have to figure out what to do.

Consistently, I've seen someone willing to step up and refuse to give notoriety to a mass shooter. The sheriff after the community college shooting in WA did this, but the media ignored him and released the shooter's name anyway.

So the media has to grow up and take some responsibility (either their reporting matters or it doesn't), and we have to stop giving them pageviews. Journalism is ultimately market-driven, and it's up to us to vote with our wallets. It's simple, which is not to say it's easy.

Doubtless you can see the hypocrisy in dismissing what I said with cliche while simultaneouly accusing me of cliche?

Granted it's easier to do that than actually engage with someone.

I wish we could stop glorifying these people.

    Kevin Bankston, director of New America's Open Technology Institute, explained in a phone call that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act only restricts telecom companies from disclosing data to the government. It doesn't restrict disclosure to other companies, who then may disclose that same data to the government.

This is always the kicker.

There was a talking head (voice?) on NPR this morning, who said that it's not just a "return to form," but that this also was a response to the U.S. taking such a one-sided posture. That always seems to be Trump's strategy, thanks to his small hands.

I'd be down.

Regardless, those are both great books.

And if you liked Thirteen, check out the Takashi Kovacs series, beginning with Altered Carbon (by the same author).

    The victim's email client decrypts the email and loads any external content, thus exfiltrating the plaintext to the attacker.

This is the part that makes this much less serious. I would hope that anyone capable enough to use PGP to begin with would also know not to have their client pull in anything external. I'm gradually moving to Protonmail as my e-mail provider, and it defaults to not downloading any external images (a setting that I have, needless to say, left alone).

I watched The Post the other day, and it's pretty amazing to me just how many similarities there are between Nixon and Trump.

I will always share MONO.

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