June 2013 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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A book I’m searching for

1 June 2013, 11:45 am
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(I may have some details wrong)
* probably targeted for what we’d now call the “tween” market (middle grade)
* published mid-late 70s
* book jacket copy mentions people suddenly finding large quantities of dead spiders
* I think jacket copy included rhetorical questions (e.g., “what is killing all the spiders?”)
* plot point: spiders we know here on Earth […]

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