A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Tag: cybersecurity

Read : 2020-03-23

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The coder and the dictator” by Nathaniel Popper & Ana Vanessa Herrero (NY Times, 2020-03-20).
  2. Cryptography pioneer seeks secure elections the low-tech way” by ().
  3. I read the 1936 book that launched Warren Buffet’s career and it’s truly inspiring” by Bill Murphy Jr. (Inc, 2018-08-02). The author points out the following five lessons: (1) Act now, not tomorrow. (2) Do what you know. (3) There’s no time like right now. (Similar in spirit to point 1.) (4) Ordinary people can become extraordinary. (5) Every generation thinks they have it harder.
  4. Does running a marathon suppress your immune system?” by James Turner & John P Campbell (Medical Express, 2018-04-18). An article pointing out reasons to be skeptical of earlier evidence that endurance athletics suppresses the immune system.
  5. Immune to it all” by Jayme Moye (Runner’s World, 2011-09-29). Tips for staying healthy.

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 : 2020-02-10

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A dark web tycoon pleads guilty. But how was he caught?” by Patrick Howell O’Neill (MIT Technology Review, 2020-02-08). Law-enforcement triumph and cybersecurity nightmare.
  2. The surprising science behind friendship” by Andrea Petersen (Wall Street Journal, 2020-02-09).
  3. Scientists say your ‘mind’ isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body” by Olivia Goldhill (Quartz, 2016-12-24).
  4. A legacy of incoherence” by Amira Rose Davis (The New Republic, 2020-02-01). “A full portrait of a life is jagged and messy. It’s incoherent. Made more so when mythmaking attempts to smooth it out, and when memorials seek to absolve instead of reckon with. These pieces of a person may seem disjointed and distant, but in reality they are interwoven and overlapping. Disentangling that is a shared responsibility, something we owe to each other to get right.” What does it mean to “get [it] right”? Is it even “right” to “disentangle” the “interwoven” threads of people, rather than accepting them as multifaceted, complex contradictions? Is our drive to disentangle a drive to neatly compartmentalize others, to label them as “superstar” or “rapist”?
  5. How Margot Robbie changed her Hollywood destiny” by Anne Helen Petersen (BuzzFeed, 2020-02-07). An empowering piece about exerting control of your direction and narrative, even in the face of contrary expectations.

Read : 2020-02-02

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The real trick to staying young forever” by Jenny Anderson (Quartz, 2018-11-08). Connecting the young and old.
  2. Hackers stole $13,103.91 from me. Learn from my mistakes.” by Sara Morrison (Vox, 2020-01-28). Don’t resuse passwords. Do use multi-factor authentication (MFA). Don’t save payment information.
  3. Religion is about emotion regulation, and it’s very good at it” by Stephen T Asma (Aeon, 2019-06-05).
  4. Kahlil Gibran on the courage to weather the uncertainties of love” by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings, 2018-07-13). The article is a (welcome) excuse to (re)read a chapter from Gibran’s “The Prophet”.
  5. Why an internet that never forgets is especially bad for young people” by Kate Eichhorn (MIT Technology Review, 2019-12-27). The author ends the article by asking, “Should one’s past define one’s future?” Implicit in many accusations today is the answer, “Heck yes!” In fact, it’s a “heck yes” to the following question: Should one interpretation — founded or unfounded, right or wrong — of one’s past define one’s future?

Read : 2020-01-09

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The economy is expanding. Why are economists so glum?” by Jim Tankersley & Jeanna Smialek (NY Times, 2020-01-08). Economics is called “the dismal science” for a reason…
  2. Major TikTok security flaws found” by Ronen Bergman, Sheera Frenkel, & Raymond Zhong (NY Times, 2020-01-08). Israel-based cybersecurity firm Check Point uncovered vulnerabilities “core to TikTok’s systems” that could allow hackers to “take control of their accounts” and “retrieve personal information from TikTok user accounts”. TikTok claims to have fixed these vulnerabilities as of 2019-12-15. The article does not make clear to what extent similar vulnerabilities are found in other apps.
  3. PBS’s sexy ‘Sanditon’ finishes what Jane Austen started” by Roslyn Sulcas (NY Times, 2020-01-08).
  4. Before the ‘final solution’ there was a ‘test killing’” by Kenny Fries (NY Times, 2020-01-08). A reminder of the Nazi’s mass killing of 70,000 disabled people in Aktion T4, and of 230,000 disabled people after. The “test killing” was followed by the systematic extermination of millions of “undesirables” in the Holocaust. Beware dehumanizing language and behavior.
  5. The World War II ‘wonder drug’ that never left Japan” by Peter Andreas (Zocalo, 2020-01-08). On the origins and outbreak of amphetamines.
  6. I tried ‘kakeibo’ — the Japanese art of saving money — and it completely changed how I spend my money” by Sarah Harvey (CNBC, 2020-01-08). Mindfulness in money and life.
  7. The danger of absolute thinking is absolutely clear” by Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi (Aeon, 2018-05-02).

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).

Read : 2019-07-19

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. House approves bill that would more than double minimum wage to $15“, by Jesse Naranjo (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-18). Two aspects of this bill smack one rudely in the face. (1) “more than double” : Has the cost of living more than doubled these past few months? more generously, this past year? or even this past decade? If the answer is no, then this push by politicians amounts to them admitting that workers have been struggling with inadequate wages for years, i.e. politicians haven’t been doing the very job they now broadcast is important and suddenly want attention and accolades for doing. Should politicians pat themselves on the back for addressing a serious, real-life problem decades late? (2) “Senate unlikely to vote on it” : If (1) doesn’t convince you this bill is political theater, perhaps this quote will. Should politicians pat themselves on the back for pretending to address a serious, real-life problem (decades late)? Related : See the CBO’s July 2019 report on the minimum wage.
  2. Quantum supremacy is coming: here’s what you should know“, by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-07-18).
  3. Tired of procrastinating? To overcome it, take the time to understand it“, by Daryl Chen (TED, 2019-07-15).
  4. What is the difference between IT security and cybersecurity“, by James Stanger (CompTIA, 2019-07-17).
  5. The economist who connected across politics“, by Liz Mineo (Harvard Gazette, 2019-06-13).

Read : 2019-07-18

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. China’s state-driven growth model is running out of gas“, by Greg Ip (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-18).
  2. Netflix reports first drop in U.S. users in nearly a decade“, by Joe Flint & Patrick Thomas (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-17).
  3. Why mom and pop businesses are a danger to your data“, by Sophia Akram (OZY, 2019-03-17).

Read : 2019-07-01

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The worm that nearly ate the internet“, by Mark Bowden (NY Times, 2019-06-29). The story of Conficker and “the vulnerability of not just our computers, but the internet itself”.
  2. The downside of 5G: Overwhelmed cities, torn-up streets, a decade until completion“, by Christopher Mims (Wall Street Journal, 2019-06-29).
  3. One thing to change: think more like children” (Harvard Gazette, 2019-06-28). An interview with Avi Loeb.
  4. Reefer madness or pot paradise? The surprising legacy of the place where legal weed began“, by Jack Healy (NY Times, 2019-06-30).