top Heml.is, New Encrypted Messaging Service From Brokep of the Pirate Bay
we definitely need something besides Cryptocat:
"Cryptocat is run by people that don't know crypto, make stupid mistakes, and not enough eyes are looking at their code to find the bugs. Cryptographers know the minimums or at least know you should look them up. Cryptocat tried PBKDF2, RSA, Diffie-Hellman, and ECC and managed to mess them all up because they used iterations or key sizes less than the minimums. There was a bug in the generation of ECC private keys that went unchecked for 347 days."
(As far as the competence of the people behind heml.is, I can't say one way or the other.)
about a year and a half ago
top Rushkoff Proposes We Fork the Internet
Time to bring back the BBSs!
top EFF Assails YouTube For Removing "Downfall" Parodies
Wait till Hitler finds out about this!!! woooooohhh boy!!
top Why Time Flies By As You Get Older
I visualized this idea
in a graph a few years ago.
top Phone and Text Bans On Drivers Shown Ineffective
"Civil rights" just means our rights to have
privileges offered in in a fair and equal way to all. So for example, they can turn you down for a driver's license (a privilege) if you fail the driver's test, but not simply because you're black. If I open my store doors for people to come on my property to transact business (their privilege, not their right) then I have to open the doors for everybody. Just because racial (e.g.) discrimination is prohibited doesn't mean it's not a privilege.
top Monkeys With Syntax
I guess they'll know they had a "syntax error" if the monkey fails to understand the warning and gets killed by the falling tree.
top Yet Another Premature Declaration of Email's Death
Because it doesn't require my instantaneous attention and I get to control when I reply.
Neither does Twitter. Nor will Google Wave.
The problem with email isn't its asynchronous nature and that's not what's being declared dead here. Everyone loves that part. The problem is how its oversimplified inbox/outbox/folder/reply-to-all format overcomplicates multi-person and multi-project conversations. Gmail made a lot of progress by ditching folders in favour of labels and powerful search, but the basic problems still remain. Google was right, a brand new open protocol is needed that doesn't try to remain compatible with IMAP, POP and SMTP.
Twitter, on the other hand, is an awesome option for stuff on the other end of the scale - very quick casual questions or comments. Because it removes the social overhead of initiating email contact -- makes it more like just a comment to someone on the street. Twitter makes it easy to make contact and interact with both friends and strangers on a very light level. I've asked questions of people on Twitter that I never would have if email was my only option.
top Large Hadron Collider Struggling
I don't blame it. If I were a Large Hadron Collider, I would probably struggle too.
top Analyzing Apple's iPhone Strategy
IIRC, the 100-phone limit is only for if you want to distribute your app privately (e.g., corporate in-house apps, etc). Anyone can distribute freeware to the world through the "App Store" for free (e.g. no cost to you as developer, and no cost to users if you set your price at zero dollars). Most of the apps demoed at wwdc were freeware.