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Literary Technology: Phone Phreaking in Hell

cross posted from Coffeefied, Operafied, Fluffified, Beglittered In Lord Dunsany’s “Three Infernal Jokes”, published in 1917, a dictionary salesman makes a deal with the devil.  That is not important.  The important thing is that to do so, his intermediary has to hack the phones and splice into some bizarre telephone exchange. …

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Trust the Rich People on the Internet

There is a lot of sensitive data on the internet, and we rely on that to do commerce globally and post pictures of cute animals.   This brings up, or should, the issue of how we trust websites to protect our credit card numbers and animal pictures. As with most …

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Ashley Madison: Protecting Those We Dislike

Recently, the site Ashley Madison was hacked and users’ personal data posted publicly (though much of this has been removed due to Ashley Madison’s use of DMCA claims to take the content down.)  Because the site caters to married people seeking extra marital sex (probably) without communicating this desire to …

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Science Sunday: With Liberty and Internet Access for All

I believe in the internet.  I mean, obviously it exists, that’s not the issue.  I believe that unfettered access to different people and ideas is the best defense against tyranny, whether governmental or the thought policing that religions engage in.  I believe that access to a global commerce network allows …

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Science Sunday: Bleeding Hearts and the Tribulations of Initializing Variables in C

These are troubled times indeed.  The Heartbleed bug is causing wailing and gnashing of teeth among all administrators of servers, and Bruce Schneier, the man who taught Chuck Norris to divide by zero, has declared this an emergency of 11, on a scale of 1-10. Internet protocols do not have …

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On the Uselessness of Mathematics and Resultant Magical Oracular Godness of Computers

I’ve been thinking about mathematical education a lot recently.  Mostly because my sister is professing math at a college at which many students believe and state that they do not need math because all they are going to do in life is work at the mines.  I find this sad …

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Science Sunday: Denial of Service Attacks and the Cost of Security

Last week, Skepchick, Freethoughtblogs, and Feminist Frequency all went offline due to distributed denial of service attacks.  Those are nasty.  It’s an easy attack to launch while being difficult to impossible to defend against without adding lots of costly time-consuming security measures to victimized servers. The internet, as we know …

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Fleshspace and Internet Space: Integration and Variation

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away there was a conference call Skeptech. And at Skeptech I was on a panel about meatspace and cyberspace activism. And since that time there have been thoughts percolating in the back of my mind about the pros and cons of …

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