Bitcoin’s reality — savior or enslaver?

Bitcoin has always represented the irrepressibly optimistic side of libertarianism, the voice whispering in our ears that true freedom can be grasped simply by circumventing a few tenets of society with bold new ideas. And let’s be honest, the notion of unregulated currency created with nothing more than mathematics has the same appeal as does Read More …

Equifax: Zero Fax Given

Even the most disinterested Americans are probably aware by now of what a giant bungling mess the Equifax hack was. Not only did the company fail with respect to basic security and intrusion detection measures, the way they handled the situation after they discovered or suspected what had happened was even more despicable. The good Read More …

The Key to Encryption

Yesterday NYT published an article about tech companies vs. the government on the issue of encryption, and I immediately saw Twitter blowing up with people freaking out that iMessages are stored unencrypted in iCloud. Except they aren’t. First off, iCloud is a term that covers a lot of technologies. NYT isn’t sophisticated enough to explain Read More …

1984

Amazingly enough, I’d never actually read 1984 prior to this week. Someone at work suggested during a general discussion about current events that I do so. I figured it was about time, so I purchased a copy from the iBookstore. Don’t worry — I don’t have any deep political point to make, and I’m not Read More …

We have met the enemy, and he is us

This week, America was treated to the spectacle of a small army roaming through the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, teargassing people in their own yards and arresting members of the press for doing their jobs. It was a bit out of hand. The militarization of police in America is real and it’s not new. What Read More …