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Niels Provos
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The Serpent in the Sword is a paper by Lee A Jones studying early medieval pattern-welded swords.   This video shows how to create a pattern-welded sword that actually has a serpent at its core.   The sword making process while using modern tools is similar to the ones employed by anglo-saxon or viking-age smiths.
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"END-TO-END ENCRYPTION BY default is quickly becoming the new standard for any communications app that claims to care about the privacy of those who use it. But not all encryption is created equal. And default doesn’t always mean default."
WhatsApp and Viber may have turned on "default" end-to-end encryption, but truly securing your messages requires a couple steps of your own.
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"Last year we helped launch USENIX Enigma, a conference focused on bringing together security and privacy experts from academia, industry, and public service. After a successful first run, we’re supporting Enigma again this year and looking forward to more great talks and an ever-engaging hallway track!"
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Color grading with a Sony BVM-X300 :-)
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It's a pretty sweet monitor. Still need to figure out for Youtube to recognize HDR.
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"But there was never anything quite like the 2016 election campaign, when a handful of Democratic House candidates became targets of a Russian influence operation that made thousands of pages of documents stolen by hackers from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington available to Florida reporters and bloggers."
The fallout for nearly a dozen congressional candidates underscores the effect of the Russian influence operation on the American electoral system.
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"Plants, according to Jack C Schultz, "are just very slow animals".
This is not a misunderstanding of basic biology. Schultz is a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and has spent four decades investigating the interactions between plants and insects. He knows his stuff."
Plants perceive the world without eyes, ears or brains. Understanding how can teach us a lot about them, and potentially a lot about us as well
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No, I think we'll have the Return of The Killer Tomato - with feeling...
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"Our goal is to evolve Key Transparency into an open-source, generic, scalable, and interoperable directory of public keys with an ecosystem of mutually auditing directories. We welcome your apps, input, and contributions to this new technology at KeyTransparency.org."
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"Remarkably for Washington, many reporters for competing news organizations had the salacious and damning memos, but they did not leak, because their contents could not be confirmed. That changed only this week, after the heads of the C.I.A., the F.B.I. and the National Security Agency added a summary of the memos, along with information gathered from other intelligence sources, to their report on the Russian cyberattack on the election."
The consequences of the dossier, put together by a former British spy named Christopher Steele, are incalculable and will play out long past Inauguration Day.
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Well done Niels!
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Yay! A new set of classes by Jim Austin!
Wrought Academy Oakland, California Blacksmithing and Silver Working January to May, 2017. An Open House and Mead Tasting / Saturday, January 28th / 10am to 6pm (mead tasting will start at 3pm). Come and see James Austin's top-notch smithy and school - Wrought Academy, and taste the beverage of ...
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"By last summer, Democrats watched in helpless fury as their private emails and confidential documents appeared online day after day — procured by Russian intelligence agents, posted on WikiLeaks and other websites, then eagerly reported on by the American media, including The Times. Mr. Trump gleefully cited many of the purloined emails on the campaign trail."
A Times investigation reveals missed signals, slow responses and a continuing underestimation of the seriousness of a campaign to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.
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Not being able to identify if the calls were from FBI for weeks? This is rather irresponsible.
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Niels Provos received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2003, where he studied experimental and theoretical aspects of computer and network security. He is one of the OpenSSH creators and known for his security work on OpenBSD. He developed Honeyd, a popular open source honeypot platform; SpyBye, a client honeypot that helps web masters to detect malware on their web pages; and many other tools such as Systrace and Stegdetect. He is a member of the Honeynet Project and an active contributor to open source projects. Provos is currently employed as distinguished engineer at Google, Inc. When not working with computers, he forges steel into swords.

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  • University of Michigan
    Computer Science, 1998 - 2003
  • Universität Hamburg
    Mathematik, 1992 - 1998