Surveillance is the business model of the Internet. We build systems that spy on people in exchange for services. Corporations call it marketing.
With revelations about mass surveillance in the news everywhere, an obscure feature of SSL/TLS called Forward Secrecy has suddenly become very interesting. So what is it, and why is it so interesting now?
These machines look monstrous!
Mark McLoughlin has a nice list of thoughts, ideas, and questions to reflect on in regards to the Heartbleed bug.
Being a developer myself, I’m of course also guilty of an occasional cryptic changelog message. But this one, from the latest update of the SEO Ultimate WordPress plugin, puzzled quite a few people I showed it to:
Version 18.104.22.168 (April 14, 2014)
- Bugfix: Rich Snippet Creator’s “Place” search result type address fields appearance fix
What is that all about? How many nouns can you use one after another in a single sentence?
- Log structured data in a readable format
- Add a dash of color
- Logs let your app communicate with you and your team
- Seriously though, don’t put exception stack traces in your logs!
- Log URLs for easy access to more context
- Add emotional context to your logs
Most of these are somewhat expected, but I emotional context in logs was definitely new to me. I wonder why I’ve never even thought of this.