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Tag: Bruce Schneier

Read : 2020-02-16

Today’s selection of articles (lots of cybersecurity):

  1. EV battle: Rivian, Tesla, Lucid and Nikola” by Michael Wenner (EquityZen, 2020-02-14).
  2. Technical report of the Bezos phone hack” by Bruce Schneier (Schneier on Security, 2020-01-24).
  3. Modern mass surveillance: Identify, correlate, discriminate” by Bruce Schneier (Schneier on Security, 2020-01-27).
  4. Security in 2020: Revisited” by Bruce Schneier (Schneier on Security, 2020-02-07). A retrospective on an article Schneier wrote 10 years ago. Modulo a self-critique about explaining his use of “decentralization”, Schneier is “happy with what I wrote ten years ago.”

Read : 2020-02-12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The nuclear family was a mistake” by David Brooks (The Atlantic, 2020-03). An extended look at extended family.
  2. How Japan has almost eradicated gun crime” by Harry Low (BBC News, 2017-01-06). Restricted availability, strict ownership conditions, and intentional de-escalation during tense encounters by law enforcement.
  3. ‘The intelligence coup of the century’” by Greg Miller (Washington Post, 2020-02-11). As Bruce Schneier corrects on his blog, “this isn’t really news…What is new is the formerly classified documents describing the details”.
  4. Cybersecurity tips for international travelers” (US Federal Communications Commission).
  5. Airbnb swings to a loss as costs climb ahead of IPO” by Jean Eaglesham, Maureen Farrell, & Kirsten Grind (Wall Street Journal, 2020-02-11).

Read : 2019-12-17

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The threat of tribalism” by Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld (The Atlantic, 2018-10). The article, as I understand it, argues that Americans no longer support political principles but rather political parties — really, political teams — which have become deeply entwined with identity politics. I suspect this has been the case for most of America’s history (perhaps this is explored in the embedded video, which I did not watch).
    American democracy, as established by its founders in the late 1700s, entrenched race-based slavery and categorically disenfranchised women. It guaranteed religious freedom, separation of church and state, and (with the 14th Amendment 100 years later) jus soli (a.k.a. birthright citizenship). The authors quote John Adams and George Washington warning about political parties, especially powerful ones opposed to each other. (Ironic, when the system of law in the country was set up in this model. If politics attracts legal types, and legal types are reared in this framework, it seems natural that politics will revert to the existing legal model.)

    Americans on both the left and the right now view their political opponents not as fellow Americans with differing views, but as enemies to be vanquished. And they have come to view the Constitution not as an aspirational statement of shared principles and a bulwark against tribalism, but as a cudgel with which to attack those enemies.

  2. In impeachment, tribalization of politics becomes almost complete” by Gerald F. Seib (The Wall Street Journal, 2019-12-16).
  3. Merry and bright?” by Colleen Walsh (The Harvard Gazette, 2019-12-16). Expectation, mindset, and gratitude.
  4. Scaring people into supporting backdoors” by Bruce Schneier (2019-12-12).