A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Tag: espionage

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 : 2019-09-12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Exclusive: US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017“, by Jim Sciutto (CNN, 2019-09-10). The article states that “a person directly involved in the discussions” alleges that the exfiltration “was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump…could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy”. The CIA director of public affairs is quoted as saying “CNN’s narrative…is inaccurate”. The article concludes with “the whereabouts of the asset [i.e. the spy] today are unknown to CNN”. No duh.
  2. California Assembly passes bill that brings state to verge of rules showdown with NCAA“, by Steve Berkowitz (USA Today, 2019-09-09). The pass was unanimous. Remarks by NCAA president Mark Emmert and bill sponsor Sydney Kamlager-Dove suggest the issue has become a power struggle, with the student-athletes as pawns. Sad.
  3. A new reason to buy Amazon and no one noticed“, by The European View (Seeking Alpha, 2019-09-09). A philosophical (i.e. little data) analysis of network effects. This article argues that a ruling by Düsseldorf’s Higher Regional Court (concerning Facebook’s use of user data) suggests that “competition authorities are no longer able to regulate…companies on consumer protection grounds alone”.

Read : 2019-08-28

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How China uses LinkedIn to recruit spies abroad“, by Edward Wong (NY Times, 2019-08-28).
  2. “, by Tangotiger (Game theory: SaberSeminar presentation by Straight Arrow reader Vicente). Video of the presentation (9m18s) on YouTube.

Read — 2014/07/11

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. U.S.-German relations fray over espionage allegations“, by Anton Troianovksi & Bertrand Benoit (Wall Street Journal).
  2. In U.S. data, a baffling contradiction“, by Floyd Norris (NY Times). How to reconcile a significantly contracting GDP with strong hiring.
  3. Google to tour Europe to discuss privacy“, by Mark Scott (NY Times). Starting as early as September 2014, “a group of executives and legal experts” will hold public meetings in “France, Spain, Germany, Poland, Britain and Italy”.
  4. Crack down on scientific fraudsters“, by Adam Marcus & Ivan Oransky (NY Times). A clarion for heavy penalties for fabrication.
  5. World Cup: soccer goes into attack mode“, by Matthew Futterman (Wall Street Journal). Better athletes and a relocation of action to the wings.
  6. Eating an apple a day improves women’s sex lives, study shows“, by Alice Philipson (The Telegraph).