Tim May was one of the founders of the cypherpunk movement, whose seminal Crypto Anarchist Manifesto is still startling relevant today, a quarter century after it was written.
May's work was critical to the fight to legalize civilian access to strong cryptography, and to resist the Clinton administration's doomed and absurd attempt to ban working cryptography (this campaign is still alive and well, and gaining ground in Australia).
May was featured in Steven Levey's Wired cover story Crypto Rebels, which was the issue I picked up a couple of weeks before dropping out of university to work in the tech industry (these are not unrelated facts).
May has died of natural causes, at the age of 67. The famous cryptographer Lucky Green has written quite a remembrance of May that gives a very good sense of the man and his life.
Twice nominated for Golden Globe awards but remembered mostly for his role in 1980s action show Airwolf, Jan-Michael Vincent is dead at 74. He died Feb 10 at a North Carolina hospital, reports the BBC. He is survived by his third wife, Patricia Ann Christ. TMZ adds that he suffered cardiac arrest. His CBS hit, […]
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is dead at 85, reports the BBC. The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the industry’s most prolific figures, and worked up until his death. Lagerfeld also designed collections for his own brand and collaborated with high street brand H&M. “I am like […]
Author Carol Emshwiller has died at the age of 97, after a long and distinguished career in science fiction, fantasy and other genres.
Despite government legislation and improving caller ID technology, robocalls and scam artists are rampant on the phone lines – up to 35 billion a year in the US alone. They can be annoying at best and a financial threat at worst, but there’s a way to take security into your own hands. One good example […]
If you’re a Mac user, you thrive on simplicity. Everything in its place and a place for everything. Unsurprisingly, there’s a ton of great organizational apps out there for Mac, and now someone’s had the great idea to bundle them all together. Whether you’re running a demanding business or just getting through the day to […]
Seems like drones are doing a lot of jobs these days, from reconnaissance to delivery. Now, we can add “keeping the Death Star safe” to that list. Whether you’re a drone enthusiast or a Star Wars fan, these Star Wars Propel Drones are undeniably the coolest toy around. Yes, that’s a fully functional drone replica […]