Community Relations

1997-ish "Why aren't you ever on IRC?" 1999-ish "...is... is that a girl on our party line?" 2001-ish "That's a pretentious handle." 2003-ish "Pfft. Phone Phreaking is dead." 2005-ish "Come on man, don't let drama get to you." 2007-ish "You're not really gone. No one ever really leaves. It's like Hotel California." 2009-ish "If they're trans and in the military, they pretty much deserve what they're getting. What did they expect?" 2010-ish "You think you're helping these people, but you're not." 2011-ish "Prove that you're not up to anything bad. No, that isn't enough." 2012-ish "I really like your work, but there's no budget right now." 2013-ish "Why don't you come to events more often? People would trust you more…

ICANN Advisory on ClipboardSec

Note: emails to ICANN's security-ops team on this issue bounced. Yes, really. Keen observers of last night's Horizon: Inside the Dark Web special may have noticed a split-second shot of this clipboard: This clipboard contains instructions on accessing the high-security restricted areas of ICANN's Virginia doom fortress office, as well as information on the devices used to update critical backbone infrastructure. As televisions improve clarity and resolution, the threat posed by invited camera crews will only increase over time. Threat Mitigation However, advances in technology that help mitigate the threats posed by ClipboardSec vulnerabilities: As you can see, this clipboard is equipped with an opaque metal cover which protects the contents from cameras, curious interns, and the intense bleaching effects…

Nomenclature

Note: This blog post started off many months ago, but for various reasons was scrapped. After revisiting it, I've decided to edit it to hide the subject's operating pseudonym. Samantha Dee is an interesting lady, who like many people in the netfreedom community has a more layered identity. She started off with a pseudonym, and when asked for her real name, gave Samantha Dee (which is another pseudonym). This is kind of cool for a few reasons. She's a journalist who goes to lots of, er, "interesting" places to meet with interesting people and write interesting stuff. This has the expected side effect of making her life very interesting. ;P But while lots of people get followed and surveilled and…

Pond - expectations vs reality

Expectations Flirting with cryptographers Plotting to take over the world Reading unreleased scientific papers Reality Talking to a guy about Latex formatting for my FOCI submission Eh, close enough. ;-) It's just funny to me that this is what finally caused me to set up Pond on this machine.…

You don't know shit about heroin

Now that a few days have passed since the untimely death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, it feels fairly safe to broach this topic. In all likelihood, you don't know shit about heroin. Now, take a breath. It's gonna be okay. Most people don't know shit about heroin. Over the past week, my social media feeds have been littered with expressions of sadness at the loss of a great actor, and on that we are in agreement. But people have also been reluctant to educate themselves about the realities of addiction, the emotions around it, the reasons why people can (and do) relapse after twenty years of sobriety. Both of my parents were drug addicts.* So when people say things like…

Cupcake Early February Update

January was less productive than I'd hoped due to extended illness, but there were several key wins, including: Amazing hackathon experience with OpenITP, with excellent feedback on both usability and features Better-integrated with Chrome API Was granted a Tor Project LDAP account, which will allow me to push changes to their gitweb Lots of discussions with at-risk activists whose networks use flash proxy Discussions with Cupcake users (the other side of the at-risk activist flash proxy equation) Removed the iframe from Chrome extension, opting instead to bundle flashproxy.js within. This obviates certain possible issues with network interference and sudden failures in coffee shops. After user feedback and developer feedback, new design wireframing has begun, to better incorporate suggested features…

New Year's Resolution

I don't really believe in the efficacy of New Year's Resolutions (and the research community seems inclined to agree), but it's hard not to get swept up in these things. In late 2012, I came up with some interesting resolutions that worked out really well. The best one was to complete an open-source project every month. While I didn't quite succeed in completing 13 projects, the ones I did put out were rather fun and make me really happy when I look back on them. ^_^ So, without further ado, here are some resolutions for 2014 Focus on the positive Lots of great stuff happens, but it's easy to dwell on things that suck. The key for this year is going…