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A friend of mine asked me about the UK's mooted Cybersecurity "volunteer" force; this is approximately how I responded: The Cyber-Force thing is simultaneously scary, tragic and amusing; Iain Lobba...
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There's this paper by this guy at KCL. That he's posted it on Dropbox is both relevant and ironic. In it, and in his Twitter feed, he argues essentially that Tor is OK-ish, but promotes anonymity -...
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It was very similar to now, but also very very different... Bob Coe once told me he did not have to interview the candidates for his Administrative Assistant position. I should simply ask each cand...
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TIL about "Freedom of the Press" - my emboldening of a key point. My question to you, dear reader, is whether you can accept that every man, woman and (likely) child should be permitted to exercise...
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Igon Value Problems: so very, very applicable to politicians and cybernetwork-security... I will say this about Malcolm Gladwell: I like his writing, which oozes with intellect that enables him to ...
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So Googling for the relevant phrase yields this:   Mousing over the "Nick Clegg queries..." link at the top yields the link illustrated at the bottom; but when you click through to Nicholas Wa...
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It's mentioned in many places on the web, but it turns out that this fabulously Orwellian poster from several years ago: ...is available as a hi-res PDF at WhatDoTheyKnow, the result of a FOIA. My ...
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor The Holodomor (Ukrainian: - , "Extermination by hunger" or "Hunger-extermination";[2] derived from '-', "Starving someone" [3]) was a man-made famine in the ...
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So yesterday I was returning from Scotland - more of that later - and traffic alerts and GPS guided me around a major motorway closure; the M6 near Stoke-on-Trent was closed due to a fatal motorcyc...
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Surprised at Antinous, moderator of #BoingBoing forums, coming down as p...
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Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards. They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of l

la diagonale du fou: Singularity Chess – dropsafe
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Since the board layout is a “curved space,” straight moves and diagonal moves have to be defined locally instead of globally. A straight mov

Microsoft LYNCH – the future of instant messenger #microsoftlynch – drop...
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Samuel L. Jackson’s Wake The Fuck Up Ad – YouTube # maybe the #LibDems c...
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Nice counterpoint to (and presumably inspired by) his reading of “Go the Fuck to Sleep”. With a much larger campaign budget, it's going to b

44ton truck v Motorway lane hogger – YouTube # Exceedingly rude commenta...
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THIS IMAGE LICENSE HAS EXPIRED – dropsafe
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As one of our Presidential candidates said: “Corporations are people, too.” (I'll believe that when I see Texas put one to death.) Brad Blum

Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews – YouTube – dropsafe
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American School Rugby: Blood, Sweat, and Frequent Hospital Visits – drop...
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You can guess what happens. They're justifiably proud of scoring at all. Choice quotes: “Rugby is the International Sport of Wales”; “It's m

How to make a security geek feel very old: #Factorisation, #DKIM and @Dr...
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So [Zach Harris] wondered if the e-mail might have been spoofed – something sent from a scammer to appear to come from the search giant. But

Video: Cycle without lights in Amsterdam and the Cycle-Light Fairy may v...
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network security, digital rights and bicycles. Video: Cycle without lights in Amsterdam and the Cycle-Light Fairy may visit you… Do the same

Just tried playing Velvet Underground on top of Lemon Jelly. It doesn’t ...
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Ill teenager misses her family cat, so the internet builds her a virtual...
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Because of her weakened immune system, 16-year-old cancer patient Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem has spent many months over the past year recove

#Oracle and the SPARC T5 processor: Larry seems to have actually paid at...
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Q: What about the security features in the T5? A: The team takes security very seriously. Each core on T5 has an encryption engine that will

“Why does iTunes 10.7 try to contact the domain ” /ht @glynwintle – drop...
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Why does iTunes 10.7 try to contact the domain bogusapple.com?. My guess would be an Apple intranet-internal hostname that escaped into prod

Crack gets a bit-part in “#Underground, The Julian Assange Story” /cc @a...
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Bastards wiped my credit, though :-). I feel I should post these as 256-colour GIFs, but: I am pretty sure I never wired it to automatically

Rupert Murdoch backs down in war with ‘parasite’ Google – Telegraph # an...
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Rupert Murdoch has been forced to back down in his war with Google, amid fears that his newspapers are losing their influence because they d

A brief discourse regarding the @OpenRightsGroup London Pub Meetup in So...
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Hi everybody! I'd like to thank everyone who has signed up for the Open Rights Group London Pub Meeting on monday evening – and to everyone

“Log” by Graham Fitkin; Piano Circus on Spotify # Heard this on R3 wedne...
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Rowan Atkinson’s speech at Reform Section 5 Parliamentary reception – Yo...
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New word on the rise in the UK: “shonky” – dropsafe
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As a Pratchett fan I've known about it for years and it seems to be in common use down-under, but “shonky” is on the uptick over here: It'll