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CIA museum: Inside the world's most top secret museum

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It's filled with artefacts that have shaped history - but its doors are firmly shut to the public.
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tdknox
74 days ago
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But the NSA museum is pretty cool and worth visiting.
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Warp

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My thanks to Warp for sponsoring last week at DF. Warp is a blazingly fast, Rust-based terminal reimagined from the ground up to work like a modern app. Warp’s input area is a real text editor so users can use IDE keyboard shortcuts to write commands. It groups command input and output together so users can navigate easier and copy-and-paste each output quickly.

Warp also enables faster command entry through AI-assisted command search and shareable templated workflows for hard-to-remember commands.

Warp works with bash, zsh, and fish and requires zero config. It just works out of the box with the terminal command you already know and use. Warp is completely free and available today for the Mac.

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tdknox
74 days ago
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Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t want to use a terminal that I have to register for and provide my email address. I’ll stick with iTerm, thanks,
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July 8, 2022: Roe v. Wade

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I know I was not alone in my anger when the Supreme Court ignored precedent, decency, and the majority voice, and overturned Roe v. Wade.

From all indications, our other civil rights are in for an equally hard time under the theofascist minority in power. I'm worried. I mean, personally worried. I am white, male, reasonably well off, straight, and old, and I am threatened by this Supreme Court. I can only imagine how others less privileged must feel. What's next? A federal binary gender standard that just incidentally wipes out transgender treatment and gay marriage? Further criminalization of voter aid when the voters in question are minorities? A national tithe? Don't laugh. I've heard all these mooted by people far closer to power than they ought to be.

All I can do as a citizen is vote, encourage others to vote, and give money to honest politicians. I could write letters, but what's the use? I'm in Central Texas. My Congresscritter is doing the right thing already. My Governor, my Attorney General, and both my U.S. Senators are bought and paid for by the people who brought you Donald Trump and Fox News.

What I can do, with the support of the Board of Directors of Steve Jackson Games, is to try to help any of our staff who are affected by what is going down.

Note that this is NOT an announcement of a simplistic "we will pay to get abortion patients out of the state" policy. I think such policies are goodhearted but flawed. I don't believe that a woman's choices should be between herself, her doctor, and the personnel department.

What I am saying is that if and when our people or their families are hit by ANY manifestation of this new, bad, overreaching Supreme Court and the other power-grabbers that are threatening our country . . . we'll help. This might mean -
  • Making it as easy as possible for someone to move out of state, or out of the country, and keep their job here. We already telecommute a lot; we can do it more.
  • Helping someone affected by one of the mass shootings that the right, and the Court, seem to be fostering out of sheer vicious perversity.
  • Helping someone accused under a bounty-hunter law.
  • Helping someone accused of a "voting offense" just for trying to vote.
  • And yes, helping someone travel to a decently rights-respecting jurisdiction for a personal reason. And I don't have to know the details myself; if someone can bring themselves to chat with any member of the Board, those details can stop right there.
We are also making a donation to the Lilith Fund. And, because we are who we are, we're doing a T-shirt. Like the Ukraine shirt, it will be sold as a POD. All proceeds will go to the Lilith Fund. The shirt will feature Flower – she's our female face! – but it will not have Munchkin branding or a game rule. Details, like "how to buy it," will follow.

Wear it to demand freedom.

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: One Page Of Battle!

Can you survive the Battle of the Bulge? This game started as a challenge to see if we could design a wargame and keep the rules down to a single page! Years later, it has been reproduced in all its glory, and you can pick up a copy of One-Page Bulge Pocket Box today at Warehouse 23!
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tdknox
154 days ago
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I wish more companies would do this.
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April Fools' 2022

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For 18 years the Grumpy Gamer blog has been April Fools' day free because it's a stupid tradition.

So to mix things up a little I'm taking this opportunity to announce I've decided to make another Monkey Island.

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tdknox
251 days ago
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I can’t tell if this is real or a prank.
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More on T-Mobile Blocking iCloud Private Relay

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The T-Mo Report (who knew there was a site dedicated to T-Mobile news?):

According to internal documents shared with us here at The T-Mo Report, the blocking of Apple’s privacy-focused service is actually due to a conflict with existing content filtering services on T-Mobile. [...]

This seems to indicate that the blocking isn’t actually intentional by the carrier, but merely a necessary step to ensure their own services work properly. The blocking affects very few customers in practice, and it seems that there are currently no plans to expand the blocking of Apple’s service to standard customers.

Impacted customers will receive one of two error messages, shown below (sourced from the same internal document), stating that their plan isn’t compatible with the iCloud Private Relay service.

As I wrote in an update to my earlier post, if it’s true, this is fair and makes sense. If you actually want your carrier to filter your network traffic, you have to let them see your network traffic. There seem to be a lot of reports from T-Mobile customers running into this problem who claim not to be using T-Mobile’s content filtering features, though.

Another thing to check: in Settings → Cellular → Cellular Data Options, make sure “Limit IP Address Tracking” is turned on.

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tdknox
332 days ago
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I don't have content filtering enabled, but T-Mo is still blocking iCloud Private Relay for me.
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Deep Dive on Twin Pines/Lone Pine Mall

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Todd Vaziri:

Twin Pines Mall became Lone Pine Mall after Marty changed the future in “Back to the Future” (1985). Is that an Easter Egg or a Thing in the Movie? Let’s find out!

Great scott is this well-done.

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tdknox
603 days ago
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I can't believe people didn't notice this before. It always made me laugh when watching it.
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