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In observation of Veterans Day this week, I've unearthed two letters I sent home to my parents from the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will. Enjoy the 23-year old me.
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That is so cool.  Thank you for sharing it.
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James Comey, Mike Rogers, and John Brennan were right, sort of. People are angry at them, particularly in the tech world. They don't understand why, because they have an entirely different mindset from the people who are angry at them. It's not cynicism that they face, it's a total cognitive gap.  The Intelligence Community sees social media as "open source" intel, but they have no understanding of how it really works. They want encryption they can back-door, but think it's "venom" when people question whether back-doorable crypto can be trusted at all. They want to shove the genie back into the bottle, or at least train it to do tricks for them, instead of being a wild, open, unregulated space. It scares them, because it cannot be controlled, yet they have become just as dependent on that chaos to conduct their work.
FBI Director Comey hinted at the problem when he said that people were "cynical" about "authority". Either he and the rest of the IC leadership are totally out of touch about how the abuse of intelligence powers in this country has alienated a substantial number of people, or they are trying to marginalize those people and dismiss them as venomous, irrational, and just plain angry anarchists who are a threat to reasonable people and reasonable debate. 
Admit tough questions about things like backdoors have no easy answers.
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Well said.  I honestly hadn't considered the marginalization possibility.  It also certainly seems possible.
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For those of you who missed it (or haven't had a chance to get access to a turntable), here's both sides A and B of the DEF CON 23 "badge". Side A is the crypto challenge clue (plus "Hacker Manifesto"); side B is "Hack all the Things".
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$9.1M contract extension includes support for Office and Exchange 2003 as well.
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It appears that +SourceForge took over the control of the 'GIMP for Windows' account and is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP. They also locked out original owner of the account, Jernej Simončič, who has been building the Windows versions of GIMP for our project for years.

So far they haven't replied to provide explanations. Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for WIndows via its official Downloads page.
Source for version 2.8 (Stable). GIMP releases available from gimp.org and its mirrors contain the source code and have to be compiled in order to be installed on your system. For instructions, how to build GIMP from source code, please see this page.
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Latest patch fixed one test case, but more vulnerabilities remain, say experts.
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Papercasting is back, thanks to Blogger.
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Yes.
 
Shut up and take my money!
How do you feel about the idea of running an up-to-date Lenovo ThinkPad with the look of a classic IBM ThinkPad? If you want it, Lenovo might just build it.
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Looks like +YouTube  is doing a bang-up job of copyright protection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSOuCwI_wbQ

The entire Mad Max movie in Russian, apparently recorded on a smart phone.
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I really don't know how to feel about this.
 
White House: Yeah, copyright those APIs.
Google v. Oracle: Unlicensed use of APIs might be a fair use, US says.
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I know exactly how to feel about this. WTF, Obama.
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So, is open source really "inherently more secure"? Maybe someone should start paying people to review and patch code like bash.
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Isn't the big G paying for the bug bounty of open source projects?
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I'm IT editor of Ars Technica. I've written a bunch of other places. You can see some of my clips here

I've been a telecommuter since 1994, and have been a blogger since 1996. I've been a smart-ass for a lot longer than that.




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Rode in an Expedition with Ice T, Richard Belzer, and Steve Gillmor once.
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  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • University of Baltimore
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