I don’t get why the @ sign is still not placed as a primary function on keyboards. Who on earth uses the $ more than the @??
Just finished Crypto by Steven Levy. A wonderful and very detailed description of the discoveries that led to public-key cryptography and the RSA encryption algorithm. Some parts are very US-centric (political issues like the ban on exporting encryption) and not that interesting if you live anywhere else in the world. The first few chapters, though, which detail the history of the Wiffie-Hellman public-key algorithm and the RSA Encryption Standard are real page turners and most certainly worth one’s while.
Just updated this site to now inclue a Json feed. If your reader supports Json feed you can subscribe here.
Troy Hunt about password security. Dear service providers, please take this article to heart. Everything in it is accurate and good advice. It’s incredible how many services and websites still use password policies that show, that they haven’t understood the matter at hand in the slightest.
Great piece about disruption theory by Jill Lepore:
Disruptive innovation is a theory about why businesses fail. It’s not more than that. It doesn’t explain change. It’s not a law of nature. It’s an artifact of history, an idea, forged in time; it’s the manufacture of a moment of upsetting and edgy uncertainty. Transfixed by change, it’s blind to continuity. It makes a very poor prophet.
Harvard Business Review about Online Privacy. Interestingly our worries about privacy do not seem to translate into more private behaviour.
Friday is music day!
What I dislike about the startup culture is that it incentivizes companies to pursue growth without ever thinking about a business model. (Twitter anyone?! )
Went looking for an Open Source iOS email client, but didn’t find anything. Anybody have any ideas?
This seems like an interesting idea. We are in desperate need of news that are independent and reliant on actual facts. So Wikitribune might be just that. Let’s hope so and support them!
A info security expert about our failings when it comes to IT security. Some of that stuff is almost unbelievable.
Sometimes I wonder why Linux isn’t more widely adopted. Then you hear about Dell’s new XPS 13 which is shipped with Ubuntu and how they aren’t even able to make that computer work great right out of the gate. Which makes me stop wondering.
If you speak german and are in need of some great reading try Reportagen, a really great publication.
This site is alive and back. It feels great to finally have been able to put this site together with a fully Open Source approach and enough knowlegde to start off with some templates but end up somewhere where you almost not recognize the original template anymore.
Might not be the most politically correct cartoonist but it shure as hell is a fun one.
Trying to read Dune by Frank Herbert. So far rather unsuccessful.
This great record has just been released today!
Using Jekyll and would like to post from iOS? Have a look at this article over at The Cave by Kirby Turner.
Another great article I came across. Wait But Why’s Tim Urban explaining Elon Musk’s new company and it’s goal. Took me two hours to read through the whole sucker but was totally worth it. If the brain and our future are of any kind of interest to you, go read that thing.
Do you know people that are sceptical when it comes to technology? Do you often wonder whether People have always been this way? I just discovered a wonderful, wonderful podcast called Pessimists Archive Podcast which talks about the adoption of new things (be that discoveries, technology etc.) and the initial skepticism coming the way of the early adopters.
Should there be a market for everything? Or are there limits to what we can and should sell? This article looks at the objection from corruption by Michael Sandel. Sandel argues that some goods are corrupted if we start to sell them. I'll argue, that however much I'd like Sandel to be wright, that market goods are not corrupted when they are for sale.
At least some parts of our lives are guided by personalization algorithms. Google does it, Facebook does it, Twitter does it. The question is how biased those algorithms are. This article examines how an algorithmic system can show bias and how bias is introduced into such a system.
Did you ever look at your smartphone and wonder whether it does really belong to you? If you have, this article tries to examine exactly that question. If I own a device with software on it that is controlled by other entities, am I really the owner of the device? If you've never wondered, you should start wondering and this article will tell you why.