ceo in the middle

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We've made fun in the past of Cloudflare's useless man-in-the-middle pages.
The website "CloudFlare Watch" AKA Crimeflare sees something more sinister in Cloudflare's activities, such as protecting people from denial-of-service attacks by offering its services to shady actors who launch denial-of-service attacks. Crimeflare notes that Cloudflare's attorney-turned-CEO got his start in the "honeypot" business, which should make anyone's Spider sense tingle, post-Snowden.
At best, Cloudflare seems like one of those Silicon Valley bandwagons people jump on. In recent years Mozilla Firefox and Dreamhost both partnered with it (Firefox actually opts you into some dubious Cloudflare DNS-checker service, at least on Windows, which you have to go into settings to opt out of).

The graphic above is from the Crimeflare site -- someone sure doesn't like our brave new world of barely-examined major platforms.

Update: It's not just Crimeflare: the "controversy" section of Cloudflare's Wikipeedia, or rather, Wikipedia page is, let's just say, unusually long. Cloudflare's CEO supports freedom of speech, he says, but defines that elastically depending on who is screaming the loudest for a takedown.

(hat tip JR)

"iiscla," by disconnector

"iiscla" is a track from disconnector's new release, muitvl.

Thumbnail review: Trashcan-style beats with reverb; more electro than sample-driven, with some glitch and drill-n-bass elements. Full- and crisp-sounding production.

Antecedents:

Funkstörung - "A Bottle, A Box And A Mic" [hooktube]

Phoenecia - "Suite D256" [youtube because for some reason the hooktube link was causing crimeflare to "check your browser"]

more disconnector

diversity cartoons

Lately we've noticed a decline in the number of those poorly-drawn, schmaltzy "diversity" cartoons on the search page of Eric Schmidt's company, the ones showing an endless parade of cultural others inventing nuclear fusion and breaking world sports records. The problem wasn't the others but the hypocrisy or redwashing since the company is a surveillance Satan dominated by white (and Asian) males. Possibly even the redwashing has grown untenable, with NBC reporting that the company is scaling back its diversity and inclusion efforts. In any case, good riddance to those drawings (if they have in fact gone away).

"Harpsichord Solo (Poulenc Remix)"

"Harpsichord Solo (Poulenc Remix)" [2.9 MB .mp3]

Made these harpsichord samples a few years ago, from a vinyl version of Francis Poulenc's Concert champêtre. This remix includes some passages "straight" except for tempo changes and a middle section where the sampler does its thing. I don't own the rights, fair use, etc. (Poulenc himself was a known "borrower.") This hybrid exists as a thought-experiment-hopefully-with-entertainment-value.

reading list

The End of the Story (Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith Vol 1)
Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
The Faded Sun Trilogy Omnibus, C.J. Cherryh (good, but the ebook is riddled with typos)
Resurgence, C.J. Cherryh (am sticking with her Foreigner series even though nothing happens in this or the previous installment)
The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy, Mervyn Peake (not what I expected -- these books have been described as a "fantasy of manners")
The Last Good Kiss, James Crumley
Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock
The Eye of the Heron, Ursula K. Le Guin
The Beginning Place, Ursula K. Le Guin
Worlds of Exile and Illusion, Ursula K. Le Guin (three early sf books by her)
The Genocides, Thomas M. Disch
Stalingrad, Anthony Beevor
Shōgun, James Clavell
C.S. Forester's Hornblower books (never read these)
Various series novels by Alastair Reynolds, Linda Nagata, Tony Hillerman, Arthur Upfield, Ngaio Marsh, Georges Simenon, Colin Dexter, etc etc