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 126.96.36.199 (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?
When startled by predators, tiny fruit flies respond like fighter jets – employing screaming-fast banked turns to evade attacks. Researchers at the University of Washington used an array of high-speed video cameras operating at 7,500 frames a second to capture the wing and body motion of flies after they encountered a looming image of an approaching predator (abstract). ‘We discovered that fruit flies alter course in less than one one-hundredth of a second, 50 times faster than we blink our eyes, and which is faster than we ever imagined.’ In the midst of a banked turn, the flies can roll on their sides 90 degrees or more, almost flying upside down at times, said Florian Muijres, a UW postdoctoral researcher and lead author of the paper. ‘These flies normally flap their wings 200 times a second and, in almost a single wing beat, the animal can reorient its body to generate a force away from the threatening stimulus and then continues to accelerate,’ he said.
First there was the anternet, and now this? It almost sounds like humans a giant insects…