RT @bascule
Bitcoin is currently using 56% as much energy as all other datacenters worldwide to provide what is effectively a global 14.4kbps modem's worth of consensus bandwidth with 10 minute latency

RT @ciphergoth
We could all be using OCB now, instead of the inferior GCM, if this had been the decision twenty years ago. The ratio of value destroyed to profit pocketed must be truly eye-watering. twitter.com/jedisct1/status/13

RT @internetofshit
these fuckers throwing the intern under the bus when their entire organization failed to have proper policies or review in place to catch them.

if the intern could make an innocent mistake like this, it is *the executives failure* twitter.com/CNN/status/1365445

RT @KimZetter
I think you all gave me a homework assignment. I'll watch and livetweet tonight at 8pm PST. twitter.com/KimZetter/status/1

RT @laparisa
"Someone once told me that working in software is 90% collaborating with the smartest and best humans around, 10% realizing something Very Critically Important that you assumed was solid is in fact built out of toothpicks and guarded by angry raccoons" --@arrkay

Dear Mastodon, we're ~60 followers away from 12K! Can you help us get there?

Help by spreading the word that:

🔵 Privacy is a human right.

🔵 Tracking & surveillance are widespread on the internet.

🔵 Tor is a nonprofit that can help you take back your privacy online.

RT @kees_cook
Hurray! GCC is working on automatic variable initialization! I'm so glad to see this; it will get the entire ecosystem on the same footing as far as killing the entire class of "uninitialized variable" flaws. ttps://gcc.gnu.org/pipermail/gcc-patches/2021-February/565514.html

At @insjku, we believe that biometric authentication can be done in a privacy-first manner, but we don't yet know exactly how to. This is active research - in 5 years we may have a good answer.

But for the time being, we must not rush into naively deploying face recognition.

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reclaimyourface.eu/ - @ReclaimYourFace

This is why we do digidow.eu, because we are afraid of a world of ubiquitous biometric sensors continuously pushing events into central databases with limited control over privacy and highly personal data.

This is good design for a transition period, and we can learn from such cases. Only a little compromise for 2 extreme positions can find a way for them to be unified.
RT @johndmcmaster
So you can USB while you USB

RT @nathanchance
Clang LTO support for arm64 has been merged into the mainline Linux kernel for 5.12!


Congrats to @samitolvanen for all the hard work developing it and thanks to @kees_cook for shuffling it along :)

RT @davey_burke
Google Pixel phones have an inbuilt car-crash detection system that will automatically call emergency services on your behalf if your are in an accident. Also, if you're wondering how we trained the ML models, I'll leave you with an image ;) twitter.com/stshank/status/136

I completely refuse to force any such proctoring or "secure browser" malware on my students. It would counter any notions of user privacy and client device security that we try so hard to teach in our courses and achieve in our research projects.
RT @MathProfPeter
In my in-person sessions with students today (for m hybrid courses), they were telling me about their experience using proctoring software and lockdown browsers for OTH…

RT @sundarpichai
Password Checkup is coming to @Android, alerting you if a password you entered into an app has been compromised. We’re also launching a new version of our screen reader with the features most requested by the blind and low vision communities, and more

If I spend more time on - and create more pages for - project grant proposals than actual research papers or other results reports, something in our current academic system feels deeply broken.

RT @micahflee
The new OnionShare is out!

It adds a bunch of great features like tabs, anonymous chat that never logs anything, and better command line support micahflee.com/2021/02/onionsha

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