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Today Tor is releasing THE ICE DRAGON back out into the wide world with brand new art by LUIS ROYO.


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Changelog Digest for Mon, Oct 20

Oct. 20th, 2014 03:14 pm
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6f135a2: Issue #961: Correct rename token email link format
Fix email message to use correct URL when buying a rename token.
6cccfdc: Issue #826: make admin tool to revoke and xfer rename tokens
Implement console command to revoke a rename token.
9da835c: Issue #665: Convert /entry/new to Foundation
Convert the beta New Entry page to use Foundation/SCSS.
fdb2098: Issue #977: Enable non-logged-in users to post from the new entry page
Open up /entry/new to logged out users.
10fe0fb: Issue #984: perldoc and DW::FormErrors don't play nice.
Whitespace changes to the DW::FormErrors module for the sake of perldoc.
57ff899: Issue #986: create errors component which accepts DW::FormErrors objects
Create an errors component for TT files that don't yet use Foundation.
61ff57c: Issue #986: create errors component which accepts DW::FormErrors objects
Add CSS styling for alert-box on non-Foundation pages.
8d7f3c1: Issue #963: Convert htdocs/support/submit.bml and associated widget to use TT and a controller
Convert support/submit from BML+widget to controller+TT.
34bc6f5: Issue #990: Finish stripping views/rename/swap.tt
English-strip text in /rename/swap.


257b13e: Issue #665: Convert /entry/new to Foundation
Remove code-color override in Tropo SCSS.
dd751e4: Issue #665: Convert /entry/new to Foundation
Fix top (masthead/navigation) bar in Tropo SCSS.
9424b07: Issue #84: Tweak the github bot labelling behavior
Let the bot set curated labels, and don't unlabel newly created issues.
8f7b76a: Issue #986: create errors component which accepts DW::FormErrors objects
Add CSS styling for alert-box on non-Foundation pages.

No Fun

Oct. 20th, 2014 04:28 pm
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

The NFL was certainly the No Fun League for me this week.

The Jets lost on Thursday to the despised New England Patriots.  The Giants lost yesterday to the hated Dallas Cowboys.  So not only did both of my teams go down, but they went down to their most bitter rivals, two teams I loathe.  Gak.

The Jets played a much better game than most expected, it must be said.  Rex Ryan is a terrific coach, but I fear he is going to be fired at the end of this season.  He shouldn't be.  The fault is not his.  The GM has simply not given him enough to work with.  Starting at the QB position.   The Jets are not going anywhere with Geno Smith or Michael Vick behind center.  Bring back Mark Sanchez.  Bring back Chad Pennington.  Bring back Vinnie Testaverde.  Hell, bring back Joe Willie Namath.  Or maybe give Matt Simms a chance...

The Giants... well, losing Victor Cruz was a crippling blow.  Though I do have high hopes for our new WR, Odell Beckham.

But I don't think this is playoff year for either of my teams.

The Jets did make big news over the weekend by trading for Percy Harvin.   He's an explosive player, and they only gave up a 6th round draft choice to get them, so that may help some.   Will it help enough to save Rex Ryan's job?  I fear not, but one can hope.
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Hi all,

Today another SSL vulnerability was announced. This one is named POODLE and is, while serious, much less serious than the Heartbleed event from some months ago.

Unfortunately, the only real way to fix the problem is to disable something called "SSLv3" entirely. Basically, this means that we instruct our servers that they are no longer allowed to speak version 3 of the SSL protocol (you can think of it as a language -- we ban this language from our servers). It turns out this is generally OK since most browsers don't actually speak using SSLv3 these days -- you actually use what's called TLS, which is a more modern, better way of protecting the stuff you send across the Internet.

The SSLv3 protocol is actually around 15 years old at this point, and TLS has been out so long that nearly every browser out there supports it. However, shutting off SSLv3 does mean that very old browsers -- IE6, for one -- can no longer talk to Dreamwidth using encryption. In this case, since the encryption wouldn't actually mean anything, we think it's better to not even pretend that it works.

I will be making this change sometime in the next hour or three. This really should impact almost none of you, but there might be one or two and, in that case, I'm sorry. We think it's better to do this so you know you're not actually secure than to let Dreamwidth pretend to be secure.

Edit: This has been deployed. SSLv3 is disabled on Dreamwidth.

Comments and questions welcome, as always!

More Interviews

Oct. 11th, 2014 06:18 am
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

Here are some more interviews, from my summer travels.

First, one more from San Diego Comicon, this one mainly about the Avengers and their profound influence on my work:

From the Edinburgh Book Festival:

Here's one from London, before worldcon.

More London, after worldcon:

And here's a big one, my post-con event with Jane Johnson and Robin Hobb at London's Freemason Hall:

Last, but definitely not least, is a radio interview I did with Mahvesh Murad, a charming young journalist / dj/ talk show host from Pakistan. What made this one fresh and different was that Mahvesh invited me to select ten favorite songs to play during the program. That was a lot of fun, and surprisingly hard: I could easily have come up with fifty songs. Anyway, check this one out, and you will also get to hear some great bands and singers, and some songs that, for one reason or another, have inspired and influenced me.


Happy listening.

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