Let's Encrypt

08 Dec 2014 | privacy

Mikko Hypponen, quoting Dilma Rousseff:

If there is no right to privacy, there can be no true freedom of expression and opinion, and therefore, there can be no effective democracy.

Defcon, “Breaking Bad” rocket scientist:

We are in a position to teach an incredibly valuable life skill for this buyer community: Always encrypt… we are doing this more for buyers’ sake than vendors’ sake. PGP encryption teaches users to never enter their address on ANY darknet site, which greatly decreases LE’s ability to set up honeypots.

Joe Mullin:

It was the strategy of the poor and the desperate, of thieves and thugs. He turned his head, and they reached out, and took his things.

Literally. Nothing.

06 Nov 2014 | burnout

Glynnis MacNicol:

I wasn’t sure anymore. And I was even less sure that I cared, which was actually both the strangest and most terrifying part of the whole ordeal.

Mumford & Sons:

If only I had an enemy bigger than my apathy I could have won


17 Oct 2014 | apple

John Siracusa’s 26,485 words OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review:

  • In Yosemite, as in life, think carefully before starting a family.

  • When Apple says Swift aims to be “as expressive and enjoyable as a scripting language,” it’s not joking. A text file containing the code below will run as expected.

    println("Are you not entertained!?")

Spot on, as always !

To put that in perspective.

09 Oct 2014 | physics

Cesare Boronio:

The Bible teaches us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go.

Grace Florrick:

Look, if I wanted you to remember that God created everything, I’d probably tell you a story about it happening in seven days. Like, that doesn’t actually mean that it happened in seven days. It just means that I wanted you to remember that God created everything.

So where is everybody?

[via TheTweetOfGod]


07 Jul 2014 | the stand

Titus Lucretius Carus:

It is pleasant to watch from the land the great struggle of someone else in a sea rendered great by turbulent winds.

Martin Niemöller:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Sam Biddle:

But in 2014 context means basically nil, anyway. Every time I say something online, there’s a significant chance it will either be interpreted by committee on Twitter, or stumbled over by post-lobotomy brand managers.

And the days come when we no longer feel.

Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived.

05 Jul 2014 | oatmeal

Marco Arment:

I was a C student because I was (and am) a slacker and lacked the self-discipline to do better, not because it’s the smartest path to take. Performing better opens more doors.

Fiona Gallagher:

Here’s the way life works. You suck it up, you do your work, you get your diploma, and that little piece of paper tells every other person who wanted to quit high school, that you can follow through and finish something.

Daniel Levitin:

Steel identifies what he calls two faulty beliefs: first, that life should be easy, and second, that our self-worth is dependent on our success.

Sadness is a blessing.

20 Jun 2014 | lykke li

Lindsay Zoladz:

It’s good to embrace your shadow, but you can’t paint a lifelike picture using only shades of grey.

Judith Newman:

Somewhere along the line, I am learning that what gives my guy happiness is not necessarily the same as what gives me happiness.

Veronica A. Shoffstall:

After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.

Never learned his name. Best friend I ever had.

15 Jun 2014 | parks and recreation, privacy

Mallory Ortberg:

What is true freedom? To demand nothing from others, and to have nothing demanded from you. Her panties were red. This is not information you require.

Ron Swanson:

The less I know about other people’s affairs, the happier I am.

Satisfice. I Dare You To Watch This Entire Video.

Everyone is just faking it until they figure it out.

11 Apr 2014 | parks and recreation

Tina Dickow, On The Run:

Everybody’s gotta end up somewhere
I’m just taking my time to get there
And it looks like freedom and it smells like fun
But it feels like being on the run

Ben Willis:

That’s your dream. Knowing what you want is half the battle. Most people go through their whole lives not knowing what they want. It’s easy to find if you know what you’re looking for.

Also, Anon works IT.

What If Punk Never Happened

08 Apr 2014 | the king blues

Ezra Klein, How politics makes us stupid:

The problem, of course, is that these people are also affecting, and in some cases controlling, the levers of government. And this, Kahan says, is where identity-protective cognition gets dangerous. What’s sensible for individuals can be deadly for groups. “Although it is effectively costless for any individual to form a perception of climate-change risk that is wrong but culturally congenial, it is very harmful to collective welfare for individuals in aggregate to form beliefs this way,” Kahan writes. The ice caps don’t care if it’s rational for us to worry about our friendships. If the world keeps warming, they’re going to melt regardless of how good our individual reasons for doing nothing are.

Allison Browning, This is how:

This is how cities are built empires made. Things done and undone and
This is how it is to be done, how I do it.
This is how maybe we
There are rules; ways of dealing, mechanisms.
This is how you choose and don’t apologise.
This, is how order happens: in the making of beds, the sorting of laundry, the pulling of weeds, the doing of things, in busyness. In not thinking.

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