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Too many zeros

Srly, Microsoft? LinkedIn for $26B? These things never end well. Remember Dynamics? And Nokia? This is worse. Somebody needs to take the checkbook away from the team at Microsoft that comes up with these merger ideas. Put them off in … Continue reading

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Dianne Feinstein should resign

Here’s a nice opinion piece. By the Christian Science Monitor, no less. I concur. Dianne Feinstein has a history of getting policy around cryptography and security utterly and disastrously wrong. She backed the regressive ITAR regulations banning export of strong … Continue reading

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Attending a modern political debate

Don’t use pine for your sign handle. Instead, find some good ash or hickory, the kind they use to turn out good quality baseball bats and axe handles. For the sign itself, a thicker gauge of sheet steel is best. … Continue reading

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Feinstein wants to ban crypto again

Senator Dianne Feinstein is introducing a bill that attempts to ban the use of strong cryptography in the US. Link. She supported crypto bans in the 1990s. I was a constituent of hers then, wrote her with my concerns, and … Continue reading

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Yeah, pretty much done with GoDaddy

While I’m sure y’all are nice folks at GoDaddy, I think you get what you pay for in this industry. And I’m willing to pay a little more to get better service. Like, a web server infrastructure that doesn’t randomly … Continue reading

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Documentation is for the weak

I spent several hours reading some “documentation” today for a certain component of an enterprise product. Actually what I was doing was a repeated loop of the following: Go to a page with a promising-looking title (e.g., The Fuckwidget Survival … Continue reading

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Author Jim Harrison, RIP

“Habit is what destroys art.” —Jim Harrison. Harrison died yesterday at the age of 78. https://t.co/qe0Mx0e2ud pic.twitter.com/H2wRRSk4Tm — The Paris Review (@parisreview) March 27, 2016 One of my favorite authors. I don’t quite have all his books, but it’s close.

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No brainer

“If I didn’t do that, I oughta be fired,” Comey [current director of the FBI] told the panel during his live testimony. [He was talking about asking the courts for crypto backdoor powers, when Congress has explicitly considered and then … Continue reading

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Precedence

Thought experiment: The US Government definitely has the technical ability to take an older iPhone, decap the chips in it and extract whatever keys they need. This capability is just too juicy for a government agency to have left undeveloped. … Continue reading

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The Force Awakens [spoiler-free]

A friend of mine remarks, “Worth waiting 32 years for.” Shame we had to wait that long for the 4th movie, though. Ultimately they’ll make more money by having done a good movie than by selling plushies of things, or cups … Continue reading

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