Verse of the Day: Good Worker - 2 Timothy 5:10

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

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Any form of generics needs some way to constrain what types can be used with your generic functions (or generic types with methods), so that you can do useful things with them. The Go team’s initial version of their generics proposal famously had a complicated method for this called “contracts”, which looked like function bodies with some expressions in them. I (and other people) thought that this was rather too clever. After a lot of feedback, the Go team’s revised second and third proposal took a more boring approach; the final design that was proposed and accepted used a version of Go interfaces for this purpose.

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The Sense of Sight (1744 to 1747) Philippe Mercier

Footprints found at White Sands National Park in New Mexico provide the earliest unequivocal evidence of human activity in the Americas and offer insight into life over 23,000 years ago.

The footprints were formed in soft mud on the margins of a shallow lake that now forms part of Alkali Flat, a large playa at White Sands. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey dated these tracks using radiocarbon dating of seed layers above and below the footprint horizons. The dates range in age and confirm human presence over at least two millennia with the oldest tracks dating from around 23,000 years ago, which corresponds to the height of the last glacial cycle—making them the oldest known human footprints in the Americas.

The research, published in Science on Sept. 24, was conducted by scientists from Cornell, Bournemouth University, the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Arizona. The tracks at White Sands were first discovered by David Bustos, resources manager at the park.

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Laocoön and His Sons, 1st century BC, is widely considered to be the greatest work of art created in Classical Antiquity. It was found buried in Rome in 1506.

Apollo And Two Muses (1741) Pompeo Batoni

Despite being physically secured to the ground, much of the architecture common throughout the Western world is defined, in part, by its distance from the earth. Skyscrapers that disrupt distant horizons compete for the title of tallest in existence, and even more sustainable designs, like the new timber structure in Skellefteå, Sweden, are lauded for towering over the landscape.

A forthcoming book from Taschen explores an inverse approach to architecture, though, one that literally unites buildings and other human-centric designs with the earth. Spanning a whopping 1,390 pages, Dig it! Building Bound to the Ground ventures around the globe and across generations to find the innovative, sustainable, and technically stunning methods that embed constructions into the existing landscape.

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God Complex - To Decay In A Deathless World.

Fillette Mangeant Des Cerises (1876) Jules Breton

The Library of Ashurbanipal from the 7th century BC, was found in the ruins of the ancient Assyrian capital Nineveh and contains 30,000 priceless cuneiform texts in clay tablets . H.G. Wells called it “the most precious source of historical material in the world.”

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, 2nd century BCE. Made of Parian marble, It depicts Nike, the Greek goddess of Victory. It is considered by many to be “the greatest masterpiece of Hellenistic sculpture”. Displayed at the Louvre.

Generic Linux distributions (i.e. Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, …) adopted Full Disk Encryption (FDE) more than 15 years ago, with the LUKS/cryptsetup infrastructure. It was a big step forward to a more secure environment. Almost ten years ago the big distributions started adding UEFI SecureBoot to their boot process. Support for Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) has been added to the distributions a long time ago as well — but even though many PCs/laptops these days have TPM chips on-board it’s generally not used in the default setup of generic Linux distributions.

How these technologies currently fit together on generic Linux distributions doesn’t really make too much sense to me — and falls short of what they could actually deliver. In this story I’d like to have a closer look at why I think that, and what I propose to do about it.

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Verse of the Day: Great Expectation - 1 Peter 1:3

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation

After using code coverage information and real-world files to improve an audio metadata parser I am writing in Zig, the next step was to fuzz test it in order to ensure that crashes, memory leaks, etc were ironed out as much as possible.

The problem was that I had no idea how to fuzz Zig code. While Zig uses LLVM and therefore in theory has access to libFuzzer, the necessary integration with SanitizerCoverage has yet to be implemented (see also this comment on a closed PR), so I figured I would try to to find another avenue in the meantime.

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Ayma, Anatole Henri de Beaulieu