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The tragicomedy of corporate dependence on free labor continues:

Here, we see $3.1T-market-cap Microsoft, who've built a dependency on ffmpeg into Teams, trying to convince an all-volunteer community to treat their bug as high priority.

https://twitter.com/FFmpeg/status/1775178803129602500

Will they pay for a support contract or anything? No, of course not. Instead, they'll try the advice of some rando calling themselves "Elon Musk".

https://twitter.com/FFmpeg/status/1775178805704888726

(Err: originally read $400B, not $3.1T; thanks @danielnazer)

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🤯 The level of sophistication of the XZ attack is very impressive! I tried to make sense of the analysis in a single page (which was quite complicated)!

I hope it helps to make sense of the information out there. Please treat the information "as is" while the analysis progresses! 🧐

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Jonathan Corbet

One of the things I have been doing to approve my language skills is reading science fiction in Italian. It's surprisingly hard to find books by Italian SF authors (even though there are many of them) rather than yet another Tolkien translation; this is especially true in Italian bookstores, sadly. Ebooks fill in nicely, though, once you discover who you're looking for.

I recently read WOHPE by Salvatore Sanfilippo. The story, which deals with fears of the AI apocalypse, was a fun read, and it was clear that the author actually had a clue about how systems like language models actually work. I definitely enjoyed it.

Meanwhile, I'm a kernel person, relatively ignorant of areas like databases. So as I was reviewing an upcoming article by another LWN author about the Redis mess, I learned a lot. One thing I picked up was that one of the creators of Redis was ... a certain Salvatore Sanfilippo (aka @antirez) Some searching establishes that it's indeed the same person; no wonder the book was as clueful as it was.

Small world...and people say hackers can't write :)
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today I again had occasion to refer to @danny's 2003 piece https://www.oblomovka.com/wp/2003/10/13/the-register/ on private communications

"...we have conversations in public, in private, and in secret. All three are quite separate. The public is what we say to a crowd; the private is what we chatter amongst ourselves, when free from the demands of the crowd; and the secret is what we keep from everyone but our confidant. Secrecy implies intrigue, implies you have something to hide. Being private doesn’t." [1/2]

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