Category Archives: Web and computing

Charges pressed for the hackers of 500 million Yahoo passwords

They were Russian agents, according to the US Department of JusticeĀ (NYT). The Russian government used the information obtained by the intelligence officers and two other men to spy on a range of targets, from White House and military officials to … Continue reading

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Winning by regression to toddlerhood. A “would do” and not a “skilled player” sort of situation

When basically everything you do to try to control people is more or less the same as things that children do at the age of 3 or 5 or maybe 8, but which we teach them not to do … … Continue reading

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Highly effective ways to promote the diffusion of good ideas

For fear that people who you disagree with will steal your ideas, make sure never to share ideas that you think are better.   (A question to be considered separately from questions of IP rights, patent rights, etc., which underlie … Continue reading

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Winning logic: Do not take advice from people unless you know they have blackmailable information on you

Why would I ever take a lead from someone who’s not trying to blackmail me? I mean, they don’t even have power over me? Why would I want to have anything to do with people who are not trying to … Continue reading

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Protestations of innocence that would not go over well in court

“I’m innocent. Someone else told me to do it and I did it.”   (About a minute after posting this, a “They protest me” comes from the other side of a wall.)

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Sound waves can be used to hack phones, fitness devices and cars that have accelerometers

NYT reports how sound waves can affect accelerometers in phones, fitness monitoring devices and cars. This provides a pathway to hacking the devices by use of sound waves. The term “musical virus” is suggested. The researchers did not actually compromise … Continue reading

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MIT establishes $250,000 prize for disobedience

Via Quartz, CNN reports that MIT is establishing a $250,000 prize for disobedience. CNN quotes the director of the MIT Media Lab, who says “You don’t change the world by doing what you’re told”. The MIT Media Lab homepage states: … Continue reading

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Dual meaning of “I pay taxes”

“I pay taxes.” Implicitly, if you don’t pay a lot of taxes, you don’t deserve a say. (Also, then, implicitly, “work harder”, i.e., it’s the government or entrenched business interests ‘doing it’ because they want more taxes or people who … Continue reading

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The relevant part of Trump’s claims that Obama was wiretapping him

Trump doesn’t know the difference between a microwave oven and a “microwave” (generally defined as about 300 MHz to 100GHz or so frequency band of photons. The first of these is used to cook food. The second of these includes … Continue reading

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Who wants me on my own side?

The completely fictional and imaginary situation is the following. Two groups are promoting the view that one or the other is the one that actually acts (more so) in MY interest. Group 1 suggests that to help myself (things that … Continue reading

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