PSA: How to block Facebook event invitations

I thought the only way to prevent people from spamming you on Facebook was to unfriend them, but at some point they made it possible to block invites from people without unfriending them! I don't know when they added this feature, but it's about fucking time.

Privacy Settings → Block Lists (at the bottom) → Block Event Invites

And there was much rejoicing.

After you've blocked all of your promoter friends who spam the living shit out of you three times a week, it's safe to turn Event Invitation emails back on.

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Breaking SSL on Embedded Devices

Hey, here's an idea: maybe don't bake the same private key into every piece of hardware you ship!

(Of course, for SSL the alternative is to either use self-signed keys, meaning "terrify and irritate users with a repeating security alert", or increase the price of your product by $400 per unit in order to pay the Verisign Tax.)

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That's where the LittleBlackBox project comes in. [...] She can feed it a network capture file of Alice and Bob's router traffic and it will find the public certificate exchange and automatically look up the corresponding private key for her. She can give it the host name or IP address of Alice and Bob's router, and it will retrieve the public certificate from the router and look up the corresponding private key for her. She can... well, you get the picture.
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In praise of iamamiwhoami

It has come to my attention that not all of you have been obsessing over "iamamiwhoami" as much as I have, so let's fix that. Some background:

At the beginning of the year, these weird, short, high-production-value videos began appearing on Youtube with no explanation of what they were or who made them, straight out of Pattern Recognition. They featured a heavily distorted woman licking trees and doing other bizarre things in the woods with music that sounded like The Knife or Fever Ray. Cult following ensued. The videos got longer, revealing more of the singer and the songs.

Then in November they posted a short video saying, "We need one volunteer, call this number"!

The next six videos posted show their volunteer getting on a plane to Sweden, arriving at a hotel, and being silently fucked with by faceless weirdos, eventually getting a supporting role in their "live concert".

The concert went out streaming only, and immediately after it ended, the "volunteer's travels" videos were deleted. (The internet does not allow deletion, of course, so these videos, as well as the full concert, are in the playlist below.)

The concert itself was less a concert and more a realtime version of their earlier clips: after a ten minute nearly-silent car trip, it appeared to be (nearly) one continuous take, with the players wandering through the woods doing... the kinds of things that one does in the world that they come from.

This project is absolutely the best, weirdest thing that the internets have brought us in years.

After the concert, the audio of the various video clips, as well as the audio of the concert itself went on sale on Amazon and iTunes. Shortly before the concert, the Internet Hive Mind figured out the identities of the artists behind it, and all of the secrets are now spread wide on Wikipedia.

Even though the internet doesn't allow secrets or deletions, they had a pretty nice mystery going on for a while there. I'm impressed that they kept it under cover for so long, and I hope they keep the weirdness coming.

Previously, previously.

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