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Dave Atkins
I'm just a hoopy frood from Dallas, living in Colorado and working in Colorado (after years of 80% travel).
I'm just a hoopy frood from Dallas, living in Colorado and working in Colorado (after years of 80% travel).

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Like the author, I have committed all these presentation sins, and complained about them. Hopefully this well curated checklist will prevent me from repeating them.

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Isabelle Allende. I always liked her books, and now I've got a bit of a crush on her public speaking persona too.

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I talk a lot about using scientific thinking to make better decisions about risk management and now there's a book on the topic.
". . . explaining how to sensibly assess risks and trade-offs (for example, if you make air travel less convenient for "safety," you increase the number of miles driven and the number of road fatalities -- in the two years after 9/11, another WTC's worth of traffic fatalities were attributable to people who drove rather than flew)."

I think this applies in great measure to the threats to children playing publicly, the hew and cry about vaccines and gluten, and of course some of the more preposterous TSA and workplace "safety" rules.

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"Demanding passwords that will withstand offline attack is a defense-in-depth approach necessary only when a site has failed both to protect the password file, and to detect the leak and respond suitably,"

Again, it's the infrastructure that's the problem. Two-factor, espcially PKI, are the way to go.  I can't explain the commercial resistance.

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Richard Feynman was such an interesting and influential scientist both in and out of the academic setting.  Even though I probably won't be able to understand the math or the science in these lectures, I'm definitely putting them in my Chromecast queue.

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I think people get this so wrong . . .
Observe, in this context, the intellectual precision of the Founding Fathers: they spoke of the right to the pursuit of happiness — not of the right to happiness. It means that a man has the right to take the actions he deems necessary to achieve his happiness; it does not mean that others must make him happy.
— Ayn Rand

Thanks to +English Atkins for the OP.

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A podcast I listen to (link in comments) recently discussed how stories cause people to view life through the eyes of others. That, in fact, narrative seems to be far more effective at creating compassion in the audience than a persuasive argument. In the shadow of high-profile suicide, there have been a lot of unsympathetic voices about suicide and depression.

This is a "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" game that simulates what it's like to be depressed. You participate in a story written by a person who is depressed, and if you've never been clinically depressed, it can provide an inkling of what it's like to be in depressed shoes.

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Dan Geer has a brilliant mind. He is focused on freedom, security and privacy. He is also one of the instrumental figures of the internet and high-tech culture. This speech was presented at Black Hat, an international hacking convention. And it received a standing ovation from all the people trying to preserve privacy and security in the world and on the web.

Video of the speech:
Cybersecurity as Realpolitik by Dan Geer presented at Black Hat USA 2014

Text from his site:

This speech is a distressing and poignant analysis of the state of technology and policy.
. . .
In nothing else is it more apt to say that our choices
are Freedom, Security, Convenience -- Choose Two.
. . .

This man is one of the visionaries of the internet, and a technologist at heart, and he states the following warning:
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There are no people sadder but wiser about the scale and
scope of the attack surface you get when you connect everything to
everything and give up your prior ability to do without. Until
such people are available, I will busy myself with reducing my
dependence on, and thus my risk exposure to, the digital world even
though that will be mistaken for curmudgeonly nostalgia. Call that
misrepresentation, if you like.

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+English Atkins this is simple, great idea.
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