S1E21: "Seedy End"

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2016-11-24 04:04:05 2016-12-04 21:48:21 "Edita"
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We talk about CDNs for a bit (and the Mandela Effect), but mostly we argue about whether companies should be held responsible for compromises/leaks.


Starts at 4m33s.

  • Shitshow recording date/time: December 7, 2016 2100EST
  • Vic from our IRC channel won the challenge we presented in S1E18
  • A video is crashing iOS
  • Dyn was acquired by Oracle
  • A new end-to-end encrypted chat implementation using Matrix has come out, Riot
  • Microsoft does some weird things to GNU userspaces.
  • Crysis ransomware: ineffective. The keys are leaked!
  • Another variant of the “acoustic keylogger” concept, this one actually uses radio signal.
  • GNU/Linux is running on 498 of the 500 fastest supercomputers in the world (99.6%). Suck it, Microsoft, Apple, and BSDs.
  • Adult Friend Finder had a leak. Of course.


Starts at 19m33s.

Both myself and Jthan were drinking Knob Creek. Paden was drinking a Dr. Pepper.

  • CDNs (Content Delivery Networks)!
    • Handy for storing static files so you don’t need to serve the bandwidth yourself
    • Good for widespread distribution of files to many people, especially if those people are spread across a wide landscape
    • Amazon does indeed have their own CDN offering. But you can use S3 as well.
    • Cloudflare (what we commonly think of as “Cloudflare”) is not a CDN. It is a reverse caching proxy. They do offer CDN services, though.
    • Bandwidth is the biggest benefit, in my eyes- specifically, not needing to serve your content yourself.
    • Another benefit is the use of Anycast- your website visitors would automatically load the content from a location closer to them than your webserver is.
    • Remember, though- when you load content onto a CDN, you lose control over access to that data.
  • Around 30m in, however, we sort of morph into a discussion about legal recourse for company’s suffering digital attacks/compromises/etc.

Sysbadministration Award

In this segment, we highlight system administration mistakes. Think of them as the IT equivalent of the Darwin Awards. (47m46s)

A neglect of responsible disclosure reporting led to multiple Indian embassies being compromised.


  • None!


Music Credits
Track Title Artist Link Copyright/License
Intro Pollination Brother The Cow Goes Moo click CC-BY-NC 4.0
Outro A Ukulele for Christmas Lee Rosevere click CC-BY-NC 4.0
(All music is royalty-free, properly licensed for use, used under fair use, or public domain.)



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