Book Review: The Power of Privilege - How White People can Challenge Racism by June Sarpong

by @edent | , | 450 words

Book cover.

The death of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests have made clear to everyone the vicious reality of racism that persists today. Many of those privileged enough to be distanced from racism are now having to come to terms with the fact that they continue to prosper at the detriment of others. Having…

Book Review: Alien 3 - The Unproduced Screenplay

by @edent | , , | 500 words | Read ~133 times.

A grim alien menace.

The first-draft Alien screenplay by William Gibson, the founder of cyberpunk, turned into a novel by Pat Cadigan, the Hugo Award-Winning “Queen of Cyberpunk.” William Gibson’s never-before-adapted screenplay for the direct sequel to Aliens, revealing the fates of Ripley, Newt, the synthetic Bishop, and Corporal Hicks. When the Colonial Marines vessel Sulaco docks with space…

MSc Assignment 2 - Data Analytics Principles

by @edent | , , , | 2 comments | 6,400 words | Read ~186 times.

A map where square relating to a specific group all have the same colour.

I'm doing an apprenticeship MSc in Digital Technology. In the spirit of openness, I'm blogging my research and my assignments. This is my paper from the Data Analytics module. I enjoyed it far more than the previous module. This was my second assignment, and I was amazed to score 72%. In the English system 50%…

Book Review: Clockwork River by J.S. Emery

by @edent | | 600 words

Book cover featuring interlocking clockwork.

A sister searches for her missing brother as a new power rises amid the splendour and the squalor of a once great city. Lower Rhumbsford is a city far removed from its glory days. On the banks of the great river Rhumb, its founding fathers channelled the river's mighty flow into a subterranean labyrinth of…

Full Disclosure: XSS in Getty Images

by @edent | , , , | 3 comments | 300 words | Read ~573 times.

Javascript popup on the Getty Images website.

I've spent two months trying to report this issue to Getty images. They haven't responded to my emails, phone calls, Tweets, or LinkedIn messages. I've tried escalating through OpenBugBounty and HackerOne - but still no response. I've taken the decision to fully disclose this XSS because the Getty Images sites accept payments from users -…

Adding a language tag to image elements

by @edent | , , , | 2 comments | 350 words | Read ~241 times.

Text in a mixture of Chinese and English.

(You may already know this, but I didn't. Every day is a school day.) HTML has the concept of the lang attribute. It allows you to say that a specific element contains text in a specific human language. For example, this page starts with: <html lang="en-GB"> That says the entire page is written in English,…

Porn Spam on Google Maps

by @edent | , , | 6 comments | 250 words | Read ~21,948 times.

Screenshot of Loch Ness on Google Maps.

User Generated Content is great, innit? As a company, I want users to submit photos, so I don't have to do any content curation. Moderation? Nah mate, stick some AI on there to filter out anything offensive and we're golden. *sigh* Searching for Loch Ness on Google Maps is certainly an eye opener if you…

Should browsers remember 2FA codes?

by @edent | , , , | 5 comments | 400 words | Read ~245 times.

In HTML, the autocomplete attribute is pretty handy. The HTML autocomplete attribute is available on <input> elements that take a text or numeric value as input, <textarea> elements, <select> elements, and <form> elements. autocomplete lets web developers specify what if any permission the user agent has to provide automated assistance in filling out form field…

Book Review: The Man Who Died Twice - Richard Osman

by @edent | , | 300 words

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It's the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists…

Three Things I Wish I'd Known About NHS Technology

by @edent | , | 15 comments | 700 words | Read ~1,094 times.

It has been a year since I stopped working for NHSX. A few weeks ago, someone reached out to me inquiring about a job there. They wanted to know what they needed to know before joining. As well as the normal moaning about the quality of vending machine coffee, I told them about three things…