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I'm a computer security wonk with a particular interest in computational trust, machine learning and Bayesian statistics. And a wonky guitar player.
I'm a computer security wonk with a particular interest in computational trust, machine learning and Bayesian statistics. And a wonky guitar player.

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A question for the community - is Google Home helpful for the memory-impaired?

I have an old friend/colleague who has been diagnosed with a form of Alzheimers and is losing his memory. He searches to find the right word, as his long-term memory is rapidly eroding (rather sad to see, but that's another conversation), and his short-term memory is probably pretty dodgy, too. I was wondering whether a Home might be useful to him as a way of getting reminders, facts he can't recall, etc. I'm going to do a little experimenting, myself ("Hey, Google, what do you call that thing that chases mice?", etc.) but would be interested in hearing people's experiences.

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I posted a short note about this the other day, but thought it was worth expanding into a full blog post.
Another Chromebook Use Case
Recent restrictions on traveling with laptops have caused difficulties for business travelers. My better half recently booked airline tickets to visit family in the UK, traveling with a codesharing combination of Qantas (Sydney - Dubai) and Emirates (Dubai ...

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Another Chromebook Use Case
Recent restrictions on traveling with laptops have caused difficulties for business travelers. My better half recently booked airline tickets to visit family in the UK, traveling with a codesharing combination of Qantas (Sydney - Dubai) and Emirates (Dubai ...
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Another use case for Chromebooks: my wife booked a flight to the UK with Emirates, via Dubai, to visit her mother. Then the UK issued a rule that passengers flying to the UK from Dubai would not be allowed to have a laptop in their hand luggage - and we're not prepared to put a laptop, with a lithium battery, in checked luggage for safety reasons.

So we bought an Acer 14 from amazon.co.uk for delivery before her arrival, and she's been using for work, email, video calls, etc. It's the perfect fit because:

* low cost, especially important for a device that will only be used for a few weeks each year
* low maintenance - no need to waste time updating and patching on arrival
* everything is stored in the cloud, so no risk of leaving important work behind on return
* good security - nothing on the local hard drive and anyone else can borrow it to work as a guest

A Windows laptop would have been a major pain by comparison - not to mention the cost of another MS Office licence to make it useful. Of course, this is our second Chromebook and we have Chromebox as well, so it was an easy decision, and it's worked out well.

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"How do you determine what passes the pub test?"

"Well, Malcolm Turnbull and I went to a pub, Brian, and we sought people's views. We said, 'What is your view of these proposed company tax cuts?'."

"Well, who did you ask?"

"Myself, personally?"

"Yup."

"I asked Malcolm."

"And who did Malcolm ask?"

"He asked me."
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An Infosec View of Privacy
Information security professionals, and especially cryptographers, tend to think in terms of preserving the security properties associated with information assets, and CISSP's in particular tend to start with the CIA Triad. Clearly, privacy relates to the f...
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"We face real problems in this country - we face real problems."

"Like what?"

"Well, like reforming section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act."

"But George Brandis said this week that the Anzacs were essentially fighting for the repeal of 18C!"

"As I understand it, on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915, Brian, the Diggers spoke of little else." #auspol #auspolitics
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"Now, we hear a lot about fake news ."

"We do, yes, indeed."

"What is fake news?"

"Well, as distinct from what, Brian? Compare it with . . ."

"Well, real news."

Well, there's an interesting distinction. Who would decide what was fake news and what was real news?" #auspol #auspolitics
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"Yes, Brian - to support your statement of the obvious the polls are a little bit confused at the moment - I mean, they've obviously got the Labor Party well ahead of the Government ... "

"By ten points"

"Yes, Brian - but they've got me well ahead of Bill Shorten as leader."

"Perhaps you should join the Labor Party. . ."

"Brian, I disagree with everything the Labor Party believes."

"Yeah - a bit like leading the Liberal Party, I suppose, isn't it?" #auspol #auspolitics
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It's 39.4 deg C outside. Sydney is experiencing the hottest summer in at least 120 years (http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/sydney-sweats-through-a-sweltering-sunday-on-way-to-smashing-120year-record-20170205-gu5ruh.html) . I'd say this is impossible to ignore - at least, for any intelligent and sincere person.
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