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Why isn't HTTPS everywhere yet?
Why isn't HTTPS everywhere yet? Encryption. We all like it and want more of it. Why isn't HTTPS everywhere yet? Is it certificates? The first and most commonly cited barrier to HTTPS everywhere is the cost (both time and effort) of obtaining, configuring, presenting and maintaining a valid ...
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"Why do almost no films ever show civilization functioning, institutions doing their jobs, democracy working? The answer is simple: laziness. A storyteller’s job is to keep his or her characters in pulse-pounding jeopardy for 90 minutes of film, or 600 pages of a novel. It’s hard to do that if they can dial 911 and get skilled professionals to come to their aid. So you see a panoply of tricks used by directors and authors to deny their characters useful aid. That’s fine, but when the trick is to simply spread the assumption that there are no decent civil servants, there are no smart cops, there are no loyal first responders out there, then that spreads a propaganda message that such things are impossible in our real world. It takes real writing to come up with a way of keeping your characters in jeopardy, despite there being skilled professionals who want to help them."
 
Unafraid of provoking 100 million Star Wars fans, I do it again in this interview on Nautilus where I -- um -- "poke" a little.  Enjoy!

http://nautil.us/blog/yoda-is-dead-but-star-wars-dubious-lessons-live-on
Universal History Archive/Getty Images We didn’t say “break the Internet” back in 1999, but if we did we could certainly say…
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Dirt-cheap client-encrypted online backups with Raspberry Pi
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We wonder if she gives lessons.
Alright, so I can barely remember any of my early childhood activities, but I'm pretty sure they didn't mirror anything remotely as hardcore as the musical pursuits of Eduarda Henklein, a Brazilian 5-year-old who is an insane drummer. Having appeared on talk shows and talent shows back home, Henklein now has worldwide attention from her YouTube videos. She can drum complicated tunes by AC/DC, Metallica, Pearl Jam, The Beatles, you name it. Jealou...
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Do and I won't fight you. I've seen girls fight.
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WTF PayPal! Wake-up and make Two-Factor Authentication via an easy to use "Soft Token" available now. #almost2016right?
My PayPal account was hacked on Christmas Eve. The perpetrator tried to further stir up trouble by sending my PayPal funds to a hacker gang tied to the jihadist militant group ISIS. Although the intruder failed to siphon any funds, the successful takeover of the account speaks volumes about why ...
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I hope one day to be able to buy something like this for my next laptop.
Imagine an laptop you could pass down to your kids. Kurt Mottweiler walks us through the design considerations in making an heirloom laptop.
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Why Bitcoin is broken.
I’ve spent more than 5 years being a Bitcoin developer. The software I’ve written has been used by millions of users, hu…
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I know the link is potentially a tl;dr article (however, very well written), but it does highlight some really salient points why you should be using an ad blocker ASAP. Many web developers and content creators have been digging their own digital graves for quite some time and there is no valid reason why they should be bullying you into complying with their bad decisions.
 
Maciej, excellent as usual

Interface elements you haven't seen since middle school call you unexpectedly in the middle of the night.

Why Webpages are fat. Why it matters. How to fix it. Polish humour.
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btw the recent trend which I can't stand is the new "modal subscribe/fblike popup" which are virtually undetectable by blockers.. grr
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Open Source Security Tool of the Day
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python-vipaccess

python-vipaccess is a free and open source software (FOSS) implementation of Symantec's VIP Access client. It is able to generate OATH URIs and their corresponding QR codes so any TOTP-generating application can be used as a VIP OTP token.



python-vipaccess - A free software implementation of Symantec's VIP Access application and protocol
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Just found a perfect match for my Chromebook. Now I can run an alternative OS right in my browser. It's still quite a limited alpha release, but it certainly look promising. 
JavaScript Cloud/Web Desktop Platform
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This is so cool. Did you have to install a server component too or all in one?
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*SUPER STAR WARS SPOILER ALERT*

I completely agree 100% with the esteemed Kevin Smith about "The Force Awakens". Is it a perfect film? No. Is it the best thing since the original trilogy?

HELL YES!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lfocnclUFQ
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