Monthly Archives: September 2013

gender differences

Interesting article on gender differences (written for general audience). The gist: very little is agreed upon, and many differences are nature rather than nature. Some differences are likely, including “physical aggression, motor skills, and measures of sexuality (such as the … Continue reading

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more NSA revelations to come

More NSA revelations to come, evidently regarding an assassination program. Snowden’s concerns of being assassinated while in Hong Kong were, I suspect, grounded in fact. NSA gathers social connections data of Americans and non-Americans alike. This includes both public and … Continue reading

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global warming non-solutions

The European Union will pay $250 billion for its current climate policies each and every year for 87 years. For almost $20 trillion, temperatures by the end of the century will be reduced by a negligible 0.05ºC. That’s a commentary … Continue reading

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coming soon: the police state

Bruce Schneier on the NSA: The NSA’s actions are making us all less safe. They’re not just spying on the bad guys, they’re deliberately weakening Internet security for everyone—including the good guys. It’s sheer folly to believe that only the … Continue reading

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new trial for draconian sentence handed down to woman for defending herself

She got a sentence of 20 years for firing a warning shot to scare off an (allegedly) abusive husband. Absurdly, this was a mandatory minimum sentence if found guilty of this particular crime (or non-crime, in this case). She’ll get … Continue reading

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the crypto backdoor

Best write-up I’ve seen so far on the cryptographic backdoor–assuming it was an intentional backdoor, which is probable but not proven. Note that it took six years to go from this: Dan Shumow and his Microsoft colleague Niels Ferguson titled … Continue reading

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setting record straight on US criminal justice system

Fifteen well written points from a former criminal defense lawyer. The entire commentary is worth reading, as it highlights our system of “justice” from a lawyer’s perspective who has worked in the courts for many years. Many myths are debunked; … Continue reading

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