Month: June 2013



  • Migrating from Google Reader

    I’m getting reports that member feeds (and only member feeds) are not migrating to some RSS services properly. This seems to happen when you go to migrate, with some having success manually adding the member feed after the migration. Please let me know if you are having any troubles.

  • ‘U.S. Bugged EU Offices, Computer Networks’

    [Reuters][1]: > Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, said that if the report was correct, it would have a “severe impact” on relations between the EU and the United States. > “On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the U.S. authorities with regard to […]

  • ‘NSA Slides Explain the PRISM Data-Collection Program’

    [From The Washington Post on new information about how PRISM works][1]: > The FBI uses government equipment on private company property to retrieve matching information from a participating company, such as Microsoft or Yahoo and pass it without further review to the NSA. This sounds a lot like “direct access” to me. [1]:

  • ‘U.S. Army Restricts Access to ‘The Guardian’ Website’

    [Eyder Peralta][1]: > A Defense Department spokesman tells us that the DoD is “not blocking any websites.” > Instead, it is blocking offending content. That content which is being blocked is anything that is classified — but once something is published publicly how can it still be classified? Additionally, wouldn’t this make those whom we trust […]

  • ‘Where Will Google Reader Traffic Go?’

    Dalton Caldwell [has written up some likely scenarios on the Google Reader shut down][1], as it pertains to publishers on the web. The scenarios he offers are mostly ‘meh’ situations, but I have a completely different take. ((*Shocking.*)) I actually think this shut down parallels well with implementing a paywall on your site, because both […]

  • ‘Phoenix Jones – a Real Life Superhero’

    I’ll be honest, he needs a more badass voice, but still worth [watching this short video on Seattle’s Phoenix Jones][1]. [1]:

  • ‘Packing the Smart Alec for a Hike’

    One of my bigger complaints with the Tom Bihn Smart Alec is that I have a bit of friction getting the strap on and off my body. That’s good in that it means the strap fits well and comfortably when on, but it’s cumbersome. I received a response from Tom Bihn about this that detailed […]

  • ‘iOS 7 as Defense’

    [Marco Arment][1]: > Since WWDC, every iOS-imitating UI looks ancient. Soon, they’ll start to feel obsolete. Most imitating efforts will need to be redone or abandoned to look current. And what will happen if people try to imitate iOS 7? This is a great post from Marco, well worth a read as it is going […]

  • ‘Feed Wrangler’s Smart Streams’

    Speaking of Shawn Blanc, [he has a great overview of how to use Smart Streams in Feed Wrangler][1]. I think that’s one of the neatest features of all the new RSS readers and likely to be very powerful in the long run. [1]:

  • ‘NetNewsWire: Just What You Wanted’

    [Shawn Blanc on his assumed departure from NetNewsWire][1]: > And I know I’m not the only one. This weekend a lot of us will say goodbye to an old friend. You’ll forgive me if I’m a little sentimental, but if you’ve been reading this site for longer than a day you know I’ve got an […]

  • Quote of the Day: Jennifer Stisa Granick and Christopher Jon Sprigman

    “It’s time to call the N.S.A.’s mass surveillance programs what they are: criminal.” — Jennifer Stisa Granick and Christopher Jon Sprigman

  • ‘Snowden, Through the Eyes of a Spy Novelist’

    [Alex Berenson][1]: > We have treated a whistle-blower like a traitor — and thus made him a traitor. Great job. Did anyone in the White House or the N.S.A or the C.I.A. consider flying to Hong Kong and treating Mr. Snowden like a human being, offering him a chance to testify before Congress and a […]

  • ‘Can Apple Read Your iMessages?’

    When I was [writing about Apple’s privacy statement][1] regarding PRISM, I noted that wording around iMessage was rather vague and that I wanted to know more. I really didn’t get more information, but cryptographer [Matthew Green was also interested and did a little poking around iMessage][2]. His post is a fantastic read about what Apple […]

  • Quote of the Day: Brian Merchant

    “So, essentially, the NSA is deeply compromising our privacy so that it can do an extremely shitty job of looking for terrorists. Nice.” — Brian Merchant

  • More on NSA/PRISM and “Freedom”

    Let’s start off with Conor Friedersdorf, [with a closing statement that *might* have been shocking only a month ago][1]: > To sum up, America, the privacy protections you’re afforded are much weaker than you’re being led to believe, and when it comes to destroying communications that concern U.S. citizens, the NSA is either lying to […]

  • ‘Still Trust DuckDuckGo?’ Yep.

    A few days ago I was sent [this link to Alexander Hanff’s blog post about DuckDuckGo][1]. In that post he is claiming that DuckDuckGo is a bit hypocritical about their actions versus words in their Privacy Policy. The bottom line is that a few things seem to have come out of this: 1. DuckDuckGo does […]

  • ‘Use of Tor and E-Mail Crypto Could Increase Chances That NSA Keeps Your Data’

    [Dan Goodin for Ars Technica reported][1]: > And that leeway seems to work to the disadvantage of people who take steps to protect their Internet communications from prying eyes. For instance, a person whose physical location is unknown—which more often than not is the case when someone uses anonymity software from the [Tor Project][2]—”will not […]

  • Encrypting Stuff Against Starbucks Hacker Bob

    Reader Jonathan P. wrote in to ask about getting started with encryption: Specifically he wanted to know what data one should consider encrypting first. The answer depends on who you are. For the purpose of this post, I will assume you are a typical Mac geek with a job that does not deal with highly […]

  • ‘Kickstarter’s Apology’

    [Jonathan Poritsky,][1] responding to [my Kickstarter post][2], quotes this section from the Kickstarter [apology][3]: > …we are prohibiting “seduction guides,” or anything similar, effective immediately. This material encourages misogynistic behavior and is inconsistent with our mission of funding creative works. These things do not belong on Kickstarter. Poritsky follows up with: > This is not […]

  • Why the Kickstarter Apology Isn’t Good Enough

    Today Kickstarter offered a [full apology]( for helping fund a manual on sexual assault, saying: > Let us be 100% clear: Content promoting or glorifying violence against women or anyone else has always been prohibited from Kickstarter. If a project page contains hateful or abusive material we don’t approve it in the first place. If […]