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I was a panelist unveiling a new organization of barely noticed WikiLeaks documents on the panel for Project PM, a decentralized research organization started by jailed journalist Barrett Brown. Our panel was apparently surveilled -- they used a telephoto lens to get each panelist's face and filmed our slides, paying particular interest to the one with all the contractor logos and to the one demonstrating the Transparency Toolkit which graphed out the contractors' LinkedIn profiles. They also laughed knowingly when I discussed my interactions with a former Stratfor analyst, who muttered "fuck you motherfucker" at me. The intelligence documents I unveiled were the basis for my most recent WikiLeaks partnership article.
Software can be thought of as a system for encapsulating the expertise of skilled practitioners; translate the hard-won expertise of a machinist or a dental technician or a bookkeeper into code, and people with little expertise in those fields can recreate many of the feats of the greatest virtuosos, just by hitting Enter.
In 2012, Google rolled out Certificate Transparency, a clever system to spot corrupt “Certificate Authorities,” the entities who hand out the cryptographic certificates that secure the web. If Certificate Authorities fail to do their jobs, they put the entire electronic realm in danger — bad certificates could allow anything from eavesdropping on financial transactions to […]
When you can’t wait for the world’s longest meeting to end, the mindless leg bouncing makes your boredom obvious and just annoys everybody else. Everyone knows the TPS reports need the damn cover sheet, but some sadistic colleague keeps forgetting, probably on purpose just to eat into your lunch hour. Enough is enough!While serving a […]
What could be more fun than a slingshot that shoots tiny airplanes? A slingshot that shoots tiny glowing airplanes of course! These toy planes are outfitted with ultra-bright LEDs, so you can fly all night without losing them in the trees.Whether you are a regular-sized child, or an overgrown adult one, these light-up flyers offer […]
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]