1. American Sour and Daddybot [Link]

    December 08, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    This week’s Nerds on Draft welcomes our first guest and of course that person is my old Technical Difficulties co-host Erik Hess. Erik talks about how he built a daddy-bot as a way to connect with his family while deployed overseas for a year. We all had a few ...

  2. How to Encrypt in Less Than an Hour [Link]

    December 06, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Quincy Larson has a pretty reasonable approach to encrypting your data:

    And when I use the terms “private” or “secure”, I mean reasonably so. The reality is that — as long as humans are involved — no system will ever be 100% private or 100% secure.

    His list is short and pretty ...

  3. San Francisco Rail System Hacker Hacked [Link]

    December 01, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I know many people that are fascinated by the hack of San Francisco's MUNI. I'm far more fascinated by the white-hat battles against the hacker, which may have resulted in breaching the miscreant's email accounts. From Brian Krebs:

    On Monday, KrebsOnSecurity was contacted by a security researcher ...

  4. Mirai Botnet Pushes Many Germans Offline [Link]

    December 01, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Brian Krebs continues to follow the analysis of the biggest Botnet attacks the world has ever seen.

    Tell me this doesn't sound like a William Gibson plot writing itself:

    “This is an interesting development because a lot of the response to Mirai lately has been to find a Mirai ...

  5. The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence [Link]

    November 30, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Sam Harris has an excellent and deeply intellectual podcast. This week's episode features an interview with Professor Stuart Russell about the current and future state of A.I. and it's potential impact on society.

  6. Education VS. Nonsense [Link]

    November 29, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Derek Lowe writing at Science:

    One way to deal with such nonsense is to go after it head-on, pulling up evidence to show that no, these things don’t appear to be true, and here are a bunch of quite plausible reasons why they’re not. If someone is wavering ...

  7. Akamai on the Krebs DDoS Attack [Link]

    November 25, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Akamai was the DDoS protection service used by security researcher Brian Krebs. At least until last September when they couldn’t offer pro-bono protection under the weight of new massive attacks.

    Their latest report details the specific attack on Krebs.

    As detailed here in several previous posts, KrebsOnSecurity.com was ...

  8. Automated Expense Reports [Link]

    November 25, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    One of my biggest concerns about Apple reducing their commitment to Mac automation is that we will no longer get these fabulous posts by Dr. Drang.

  9. iCloud Calendar Spam

    November 25, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I recently enjoyed a new form of spam: iCloud calendar spam. No, it wasn’t a calendar invitation attached to an email. It appears to be from a source other than email.

    Here’s the fact pattern:

    A new event alarm was created in my primary iCloud calendar without my ...

  10. Timeline and Hardbound for Anti-News

    November 23, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I’ve been enjoying my free time quite a bit while I workout a new framework for understanding other humans. I’ve made specific efforts to avoid “news” in all of its grotesque forms. It’s a challenge partially alleviated by finding other mental outlets.

    Two outlets I’ve enjoyed ...