Exclusive: Snowden Tried to Tell NSA About Surveillance Concerns, Documents Reveal | VICE News
More than 800 pages of formerly classified NSA documents, including emails sent from the highest levels of government, give unprecedented insight into both Edward Snowden's final weeks at the agency and its response to his historic leaks.
24 days ago
Racism is the bogeyman — Medium
America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there wai…
Humanity  politics 
6 weeks ago
My Father, Woody Allen, and the Danger of Questions Unasked (Guest Column)
Despite Dylan Farrow's damning allegations of sexual abuse, the director of Cannes' opening film today remains beloved by stars, paid by Amazon and rarely interrogated by media as his son, Ronan Farrow, writes about the culture of acquiescence surrounding his father.
6 weeks ago
Guy Who Didn't Invent Email Sues Gawker For Pointing Out He Didn't Invent Email | Techdirt
Oh boy. Remember Shiva Ayyadurai? The guy who has gone to great lengths to claim that he "invented email," when the reality is that he appears to have (likely independently) written an early implementation of email long after others had...
legal 
6 weeks ago
Adventures in the Trump Twittersphere
Donald Trump’s rise shows just how powerless media gatekeepers are.
12 weeks ago
Laughter Doesn’t Scale — Track Changes — Medium
It’s April Fools’ Day on the Internet! Once, years ago, this was a fun day when people made stupid, nerdy jokes. Take, f…
12 weeks ago
Sketch App 3.7 Symbols [Link]
Sketch App 3.7 Symbols [Link]

Wow, this new Sketch version looks like it will be dyn-o-mite. The symbols will save so much time prototyping apps and websites.
blog  Mac  Link 
march 2016
Killing Pinboard and IFTTT Integration
Killing Pinboard and IFTTT Integration

I'm probably done with IFTTT. I've waited for a business model and instead I get crazy service integrations I've never heard of. Now it looks like IFTTT integration with Pinboard will end in the near future and it's ending for bad reasons. Browse through the amusing Twitter feed of @pinboard and you'll see tweets like this:

Tweet Link

I am invited to join their private Developer Platform and feast on the rich analytics therein, which isn’t really my cup of tea

Tweet Link

Final word from IFTTT: do a bunch of unpaid custom API work on your site, or we will break our site for your users. A chilling threat indeed

So I'm moving my Feedbin integration to Zapier. I only integrate my Feedbin favorites and Macdrifter posts into Pinboard. Both of those can be accomplished by Zapier based on RSS feeds. None of it needs to be real-time or even frequent.

Is it better? Probably not. Does it have a business model that's obvious? Yes.
blog  Pinboard 
march 2016
Interesting Lottery Terminal Hack
It was a manipulation of the terminals.

The 5 Card Cash game was suspended in November after Connecticut Lottery and state Department of Consumer Protection officials noticed there were more winning tickets than the game's parameters should have allowed. The game remains suspended.

An investigation determined that some lottery retailers were manipulating lottery machines to print more instant winner tickets and fewer losers....

[...]

An investigator for the Connecticut Lottery determined that terminal operators could slow down their lottery machines by requesting a number of database reports or by entering several requests for lottery game tickets. While those reports were being processed, the operator could enter sales for 5 Card Cash tickets. Before the tickets would print, however, the operator could see on a screen if the tickets were instant winners. If tickets were not winners, the operator could cancel the sale before the tickets printed.
Starred 
march 2016
Disney Infinity Compatibility | 1.0 / 2.0 & 3.0 Covered
Answers to all of your Disney Infinity Compatibility questions regarding Disney Infinity 1.0, Disney Infinity 2.0 & Disney Infinity 3.0 compatibility.
march 2016
Oregon collects $3.48 million in revenue from first month of taxed recreational marijuana sales
Oregon's dispensaries sold at least $14 million worth of recreational cannabis in January alone. That figure doesn't take into account medical marijuana sales, which remain untaxed.
march 2016
ProtonMail Encrypted eMail
ProtonMail Encrypted eMail

ProtonMail is a secure email service and app with end-to-end message encryption. I'm not using it but I think security is rapidly becoming a business model. I expect to see the government versus citizen arms race to generate a lot of new commercial options.

Even if you're not important or scummy secure messages are valuable.1 I'm always frustrated when dealing with attorneys or accountants. They rarely have a secure file transfer service. Even when they do, it's not something I have much control over. Services like ProtonMail could be a nice, simple alternative.

ProtonMail says that their HQ is in Geneva Switzerland and that they have "zero access to user data."

By way of App Advice

Journalists aren't necessarily either of those things and hopefully know they need secure email. ↩
blog  Security 
march 2016
The FBI's Alternative Method [Link]
The FBI's Alternative Method [Link]

I found this article to be a good summary of what's going on with the FBI and their inept bungling. If true, it'd be pretty funny that Issa was more technically savy than the FBI.

But even with all of this, it's still dependent on human frailty:

More importantly, this technique wouldn’t work at all had Farook used a complex alphanumeric passcode. The weak link in all of this has been Farook and his poor choice of security.
blog  Security  iOS  Apple 
march 2016
Calca for iOS Now with Graphing and Patronage
Calca for iOS Now with Graphing and Patronage

Calca is one of my favorite calculators for iOS, Mac, and Windows. Calca for iOS just updated with function graphing. Just like the desktop versions (see this link for more info), the graphs on iOS are pretty and functional. Calca is like the Markdown of math. I just type notes, numbers and equations. Calca does the hard stuff.

The iOS version is currently free but has a new patronage option through in-app purchase. I think it's totally worth another purchase. I keep calculation templates and financial summaries in Calca. If I ever need to convert U.S. dollars to Oku Yen, Calca is where I go. Just try that as a Google or Wolfram Alpha query.
blog  iOS 
march 2016
The NRA Gave These Senators Millions To Block Gun Laws
How can our GOP-run congress remain so cruelly indifferent to our grief and outrage? The NRA has a lot to do with it.
march 2016
Valeant Implodes | In the Pipeline
Couldn't happen to more deserving people ::: Valeant Implodes
gstar 
march 2016
AI and Food Poisoning [Link]
AI and Food Poisoning [Link]

Finally, A.I. is doing some real work.

Computer science researchers from the University of Rochester have developed an app for health departments that uses natural language processing and artificial intelligence to identify food poisoning-related tweets, connect them to restaurants using geotagging and identify likely hot spots.

A secondary benefit is that you'll also know exactly where a Chipotle is without opening Yelp or Foursquare. In all seriousness, I'd love to see either of those services adopt this sort of metric. It might provide a better metric than randos writing reviews.
blog  Link  iOS 
march 2016
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