Entries by Rayne

Stuxnet and the Poisons that Open Your Eyes

Playwright August Strindberg wrote, “…There are poisons that blind you, and poisons that open your eyes.” We’ve been blinded for decades by complacency and stupidity, as well as our trust. Most Americans still naively believe that our government acts responsibly and effectively as a whole (though not necessarily its individual parts). By effectively, I mean […]

You Were Warned: Cybersecurity Expert Edition — Now with Space Stations

Over the last handful of days breathless reports may have crossed your media streams about Stuxnet infecting the International Space Station. The reports were conflations or misinterpretations of cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky’s recent comments before the Australian Press Club in Canberra. Here’s an excerpt from his remarks, which you can enjoy in full in the […]

Science in the ‘National Interest’: What About Everything Else? [UPDATE]

The Republican-led House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21), wants the National Science Foundation’s grants to be evaluated based on the “national interest.” Bring it, boneheads. By all means let’s try that standard against EVERYTHING on which we spend federal money. How many television and radio stations, licensing publicly-owned […]

Last Week’s Blizzard, This Week’s Hell

Did you know there was a blizzard last week? I’ll admit I didn’t. Never saw a peep about it across several Twitter and internet news feeds until today. Between 28 and 60 inches of snow fell across parts of South Dakota late last week in a freakishly early snow storm, the white stuff accumulating rapidly […]

Stupid Smartphones and Their Lying Lies

If you value emptywheel’s insights, donate the equivalent of a couple beers—and thanks for your readership and support. My Twitter timelines across multiple accounts are buzzing with Apple iPhone 5s announcement news. Pardon me if I can’t get excited about the marvel that is iPhone’s new fingerprint-based biometric security. Let’s reset all the hype: There is […]

Not-So-Trusted Computing: German Government Worried About Windows 8 Risks

Microsoft’s “trusted computing platform.” Microsoft’s “secure boot” technology. The doublespeak almost writes itself these days. Whose “trusted computing”? Whose “platform”? And whose “secure boot”? At least one government has expressed concerns in internal documents, buttressed by an unusual public statement in response to reports about the leaked documents. According to German news outlet Die Zeit, […]

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