Cindy Cohn (EFF) | US | Nine epic failures of regulating cryptography →
From the blog post:
"If the government howls of protest at the idea that people will be using encryption sound familiar, it’s because regulating and controlling consumer use of encryption was a monstrous proposal officially declared dead in 2001 after threatening Americans’ privacy, free speech rights, and innovation for nearly a decade. But like a zombie, it’s now rising from the grave, bringing the same disastrous flaws with it. For those who weren’t following digital civil liberties issues in 1995, or for those who have forgotten, here’s a refresher list of why forcing companies to break their own privacy and security measures by installing a back door was a bad idea 15 years ago: […]"
I <3 William Shatner on Twitter
I love how they respond to him, as if he is actually a captain, even more.
Nasa confirmed for huge fucking nerds
This is awesome and priceless and people that work on space stuff are the best people of all time.
*That red stuff is what people still think economic reality is and the gray stuff is the actual reality. Americans, not even in the contest
"Well, let me give an example. When I’m driving, I sometimes turn on the radio and I find very often that what I’m listening to is a discussion of sports. These are telephone conversations. People call in and have long and intricate discussions, and it’s plain that quite a high degree of thought and analysis is going into that. People know a tremendous amount. They know all sorts of complicated details and enter into far-reaching discussion about whether the coach made the right decision yesterday and so on. These are ordinary people, not professionals, who are applying their intelligence and analytic skills in these areas and accumulating quite a lot of knowledge and, for all I know, understanding. On the other hand, when I hear people talk about, say, international affairs or domestic problems, it’s at a level of superficiality that’s beyond belief."
Noam Chomsky, on people and seeing sports as an important factor rather than world issues, in a interview with Alternet.org. (via assangistan
(Source: alternet.org, via assangistan)
Matthew Green (A few thoughts on cryptographic engineering) | What's the matter with PGP? →
From the text:
"Last Thursday, Yahoo announced their plans to support end-to-end encryption using a fork of Google’s end-to-end email extension. This is a Big Deal. With providers like Google and Yahoo
onboard, email encryption is bound to get a big kick in the ass. This is something email badly needs. So great work by Google and Yahoo! Which is why following complaint is going to seem awfully
ungrateful. I realize this and I couldn’t feel worse about it. As transparent and user-friendly as the new email extensions are, they’re fundamentally just re-implementations of OpenPGP — and non-
legacy-compatible ones, too. The problem with this is that, for all the good PGP has done in the past, it’s a model of email encryption that’s fundamentally broken. It’s time for PGP to die."
"We will drown in sensors before we ever build a true internet of things" →
Stacey Higginbotham. I will note we could go a far way if (1) everyone who tracks data makes it easy to download programmatically, (2) the data is semantically marked.
As sensors get cheaper, and as we’re better able to gather and aggregate data through middlemen such as IFTTT or platforms from Apple or Google, the number of sensors should increase exponentially. That’s not because we really need five different sensors tracking different aspects of our movement, or five different automotive sensors telling us our miles per gallon. Rather, it’s because there are no standards, no real data marketplaces and no real reason yet for all the companies in these different elements of each ecosystem to work together.
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