• ‘I Am the Other’

    [Ken White][1]: > I am the other because I believe a free person needs no excuse whatsoever to keep communications secret from the government, whether those communications are weighty or frivolous. I am the other because I believe the mantra “what do you have to hide” is a contemptible and un-American sentiment that fundamentally misconstrues […]

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  • ‘Trials and Upgrades Are Still Dead’

    [Justin Williams responding to this year’s complaints about upgrades and free trials in the App Store(s)][1]: > I don’t have a solution to the problem, but I know that trials won’t transition customers who have grown up in the age of free into people willing to part with money for software. A martini may be […]

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  • Why Break Encryption, When You Can Build a Backdoor?

    New Snowden documents are out. [James Ball, Julian Borger and Glenn Greenwald report][1]: > It cautions analysts that two facts must remain top secret: that NSA makes modifications to commercial encryption software and devices “to make them exploitable”, and that NSA “obtains cryptographic details of commercial cryptographic information security systems through industry relationships”. And: > […]

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  • ‘Why should I host in a data center?’

    What it takes to get at your device inside a data center, good to know if you are hosting your own stuff. That’s for a normal person, while a governmental agency would obviously have a different route to take.

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  • ‘A Mockery of Whom?’

    [Daniel Jalkut on the new Yahoo! logo][1]: > This is not how any company, big or small, cherished or unknown should design a company identity. The more I read about Yahoo!’s process for this redesign, the less respect and confidence I have in them The only good thing I can say about the logo is: […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Trevor Timm

    “In other words, even the author of Section 215 thinks the government has twisted and distorted its language to justify something that the law was never supposed to allow.” — Trevor Timm

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  • ‘We’re unable to offer upgrade pricing for Mac App Store purchases’

    I hate that Apple plays this game, but my take is [the same as Stephen Hackett’s](http://512pixels.net/2013/09/omni-app-store/).

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  • ‘7 Billion Reasons to Say No’

    I certainly don’t like the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia, but this post from [Patrick Rhone strikes me as rather short-sighted][1]: > The smartphone war is over. It has been for a while. And, like a lot of wars, the two winners both claim victory and are likely both, through the view of each own’s prism, […]

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  • The HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color M251NW

    [Marco Arment was talking about printers][1] and mentioned the cheap color laser printer he has at home, the HP CP1525NW, and noted: > Since printer models change almost as often as GPUs, it looks like it’s been replaced in the lineup now by the [HP LaserJet Pro 200 color M251nw][2], which just rolls off the […]

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  • PayPal Freezes Mailpile Campaign Funds

    [Brennan on the Mailpile blog][1]: > Af[t]er 4 phone calls, the last of which I spoke to a supervisor, the understanding I have come to is, unless Mailpile provides PayPal with a detailed budgetary breakdown of how we plan to use the donations from our crowd funding campaign they will not release the block on […]

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  • Meet Perch on Vimeo

    > Perch is an always-on video communication app designed to bring you closer to the people you talk to everyday regardless of where you are. It connects two separate spaces together in a way that facilitates natural and spontaneous video conversation. My buddy Pat Dryburgh showed me this video a while ago, and I was […]

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  • A Well Constructed Opinion

    [Michael Lopp writing about his never-ending obsession with the long gone][1] Instagram `Gotham` filter: > In a world where we mindlessly repeat the loudest and most compelling tweets as fact, a well-constructed opinion is rare. It’s rare because a well-constructed opinion can defend itself. Through a combination of experience, facts, and, occasionally, passion, a well-constructed […]

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  • ‘Tor Is Less Anonymous Than You Think’

    [Meghan Neal][1]: > So, how bad is the security risk? The study found that even if an attacker had no control routers, 80 percent of Tor users could be de-anonymized within six months. With control of one AS, nearly 100 percent of users were likely to be uncovered, within three months. With two, it could take just […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Bruce Schneier

    “The more we expect technology to protect us from people in the same way it protects us from nature, the more we will sacrifice the very values of our society in futile attempts to achieve this security.” — Bruce Schneier

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  • How Shawn Blanc Sells His Old iPhones

    Among his other tips, this one probably works really well: > […] take some cool and professional-looking pictures that have super-shallow depth of field […] The crux of Shawn’s strategy is that he is selling a legally unlocked iPhone — good pictures or not — and there’s a market for unlocked iPhones (it seems to […]

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  • Meet: The Hemisphere Project

    [A DEA and AT&T program to search call records of Americans (records that date back to 1987)][1]. Scott Shane and Colin Moynihan for the New York Times: > The government pays AT&T to place its employees in drug-fighting units around the country. Those employees sit alongside [Drug Enforcement Administration][2] agents and local detectives and supply […]

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  • Microsoft’s Illusion

    *Editor’s Note: Don’t forget, I own Microsoft stock.* It was [announced today] that Microsoft would acquire Nokia. ((Finally.)) There’s only one point that I want to touch on in this “acquisition” and that is: Microsoft isn’t buying the brand or patents — instead Microsoft just gets to *use* the brand “Nokia” and the patents in […]

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  • Goodbye Dropbox

    Let me start by saying that I really love Dropbox. When I first saw the working beta video of Dropbox it was a rare moment in technology, where I was grinning from ear to ear, eager to get my hands on it, amazed at the simplicity and speed. Since signing up I have never had […]

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