'opinion' Archive

Why I’m Really Not That Bugged About PRISM

16 June 2013, 5:59 am
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I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and the conclusion I eventually came to really startled me.
TLDR: The more communications data is recorded, the less scrutiny any of it gets.
Disclaimer: I have a longstanding amateur interest in cryptography and cryptanalysis; I’ve read a few books. I’ve never held a security clearance nor worked in intelligence. […]

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Open letter to Senator-Elect Brown

21 January 2010, 5:46 am
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Dear Senator-Elect Brown,
I am writing to urge you to reconsider your support of the pending health care reform legislation.
My experience has afforded me some insights which you might find useful in considering this matter.
First, I’ve experienced directly how badly our current system fails us. I went several years without the benefit of regular health care. […]

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can haz liberry!

10 November 2009, 8:20 am
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I didn’t make it to the opening ceremonies of the newly-renovated Cambridge Main Library but I did join the slightly dazed after-work throng milling around the spacious and welcoming environment toward the end of the library’s first full day. (I left with 6 books, which seemed to make me a bit of a lightweight.) The […]

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How to get me to buy plastic

15 April 2009, 6:32 am
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I don’t buy nearly as much music on physical media as I used to. I’ve made my peace with MP3 sound quality. iTunes dropped the DRM , so I dropped my boycott. Amie Street has recently joined Emusic as a favored source for legit MP3 downloads.
So mostly I buy CDs and vinyl these days when […]

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parent sells toys to raise cash

6 February 2009, 11:08 am
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I know, the economic downturn is grim, no laughing matter, etc.. But the juxtaposition in this headline made me chuckle anyway.

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omg omg omg omg

22 November 2008, 11:38 am
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YES! DIE, DST, DIE!
I knew there was a reason I voted for that man.
Goodness knows, I have no problem with using energy consumption as the axe to grind DST away on. But I would also love to see more attention paid to accident rates in the month after each switch, and an assessment of […]

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well, duh

21 November 2008, 2:32 pm
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Ever wonder why so many metal band logos look alike? Stop wondering.

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broadway bicycle school

21 November 2008, 8:32 am
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Not the bike shop I usually go to, but when an out-of-true wheel swiftly devolved into a totally unridable state, Broadway Bicycle School was fortunately in carrying distance, so that’s where I went.
The parts and labor seemedto add up to a little more than I would have expected, but holy crap, they did such an […]

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