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interest-only, adjustable-rate, subprime mortgages on skyscraper favelas in code -- in earthquake zones
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:40 am EDT, Jul 14, 2015

Zeynep Tufekci:

We are building skyscraper favelas in code --  in earthquake zones.

Wes Felter:

We're getting into interest-only adjustable-rate subprime technical debt.

Zeynep Tufekci:

The big problem we face isn't coordinated cyber-terrorism, it's that software sucks. Software sucks for many reasons, all of which go deep, are entangled, and expensive to fix. (Or, everything is broken, eventually). This is a major headache, and a real worry as software eats more and more of the world.

Robert Graham:

SQLi, phishing, bad passwords, and lack of patches are the Four Horsemen of the cybersecurity apocalypse, not software quality.

Jeff Atwood:

A ransomware culture ... does not feel very far off ...

silence is a reply
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:37 am EDT, Jul 14, 2015

Christine Porath:

You are always in front of some jury.

Amanda Hess:

The modern revelation ["I can't even"] doubles as a warning: Reveal less.

Danny Yadron:

In an interview, he wouldn't say whether Moxie Marlinspike was his birth name.

Liliana Segura:

The truth is, yes, even "hello" can feel like an unwelcome demand.

Teddy Wayne:

Now, even people who don't work in film know what the 'L.A. no' is: that silence is a reply.

humility is endless
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:51 pm EDT, Jul 12, 2015

Donald Rumsfeld:

Simply because a problem is shown to exist doesn't necessarily follow that there is a solution.

James Comey:

We're trying to show humility to say we don't know what would be best.

Jenna McLaughlin:

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., thanked Comey for his display of "humility" in not presenting a solution.

T. S. Eliot:

The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.

sometimes the question itself cannot be answered
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:49 am EDT, Jul 12, 2015

Neal Stephenson:

Hackworth was a forger, Dr. X was a honer. The distinction was at least as old as the digital computer. Forgers created a new technology and then forged on to the next project, having explored only the outlines of its potential. Honers got less respect because they appeared to sit still technologically, playing around with systems that were no longer start, hacking them for all they were worth, getting them to do things the forgers had never envisioned.

The Local:

The missile system carried out "unexplained" orders. It was not immediately clear when these orders were carried out and what they were.

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai:

As part of Hacking Team's "crisis procedure," it could have killed their [customers'] operations remotely. The company, in fact, has "a backdoor" into every customer's software, giving it the ability to suspend it or shut it down -- something that even customers aren't told about.

Adriel Desautels:

HackingTeam is just one example of why the zero-day exploit market needs to be thoughtfully regulated.

Angela Simpson:

The multistakeholder process on vulnerability research and disclosure we announce today is a small, but important, piece of the puzzle.

Malcolm Gladwell:

If things go wrong with a puzzle, identifying the culprit is easy: it's the person who withheld information. Mysteries, though, are a lot murkier: sometimes the information we've been given is inadequate, and sometimes we aren't very smart about making sense of what we've been given, and sometimes the question itself cannot be answered. Puzzles come to satisfying conclusions. Mysteries often don't.

Freeman Dyson:

The truths of science are so profoundly concealed that the only thing we can really be sure of is that much of what we expect to happen won't come to pass.

begin with the end in mind
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:37 am EDT, Jul 12, 2015

Moxie Marlinspike:

I really started thinking about, 'How do I be more in touch with reality?'


If you've got the right perspective on things, the fact that you can wash dishes is totally amazing.

Colin Powell:

Be careful what you choose. You may get it.

T. S. Eliot:

Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.

before you even knew what you had
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:30 pm EDT, Jul 11, 2015

Ian Malcolm:

You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you're selling it, you want to sell it!

Peter G. Neumann:

There are more vulnerabilities than ever, more ways to exploit them than ever, and now the government wants to dumb everything down further.

Jen Ellis:

Export controls for intrusion technologies feel inevitable to me.


In mid-September, NTIA will convene the first multistakeholder meeting on security vulnerability research disclosure. The exact date and location are not yet set, but we expect to hold the meeting in the San Francisco Bay area.

Please complete the form below to express your interest in attending the September event in person or to participate remotely (the meeting will be webcast and we will provide a conference phone bridge). Your expression of intent will help us determine space requirements for the meeting and webcast technology requirements.

politically acceptable ponies
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:29 pm EDT, Jul 11, 2015

Trey Causey:

Data science is not simply a series of programs and tutorials that automatically make inferences from your data. Often times, what isn't in your data has significant implications for inference. Your software package isn't going to tell you what they are.

Chris Surdak:

Many "data scientists" are more "data manipulators," generating politically acceptable outputs that support a given agenda. Someone should do an analysis of the time and money being spent on trying to define what Big Data really means.

A contrarian's tweet:

Big Data, n.: the belief that any sufficiently large pile of s—-- contains a pony.

let me count the racks
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:28 pm EDT, Jul 11, 2015

Chris Surdak:

If you're a CFO beware; there is nothing in the world more expensive than a software architect suffering from cluster-envy!

Envious Architect:

It's like, five racks! And it's got that really cool icon ... I wish I had that, but I don't have enough data to require it.

Rebecca Brock:

People say to me, "Whatever it takes." I tell them, It's going to take everything.

Samantha Power:

There are great benefits to connectedness, but we haven't wrapped our minds around the costs.

all bugs bright and beautiful
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:02 am EDT, Jul  9, 2015

Austin Kleon:

I have always found that the key to a beautiful life is low overhead and no debt.

Graham Cluley:

Apparently, Ford has identified a software bug on a number of its car models that means drivers may not be able to turn off the engine, even if they remove the ignition key.

Tod Beardsley, research manager at Rapid7:

I'd pretend to be SwiftKey, and your phone would have no way of knowing the difference because your phone does no verification [before downloading the update].

Ryan Welton:

Unfortunately, the flawed keyboard app can't be uninstalled or disabled.

Daniel Genkin et al:

The setup is compact and can operate untethered; it can be easily concealed, e.g., inside pita bread.

Peter Pi:

One of the Flash exploits is described by Hacking Team as "the most beautiful Flash bug for the last four years."

Michael Hayden:

The next sound you hear will not be a digital bugle signaling the arrival of the digital cavalry to come save the day. The government ain't coming.

the stimulation of interesting hallway conversation
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:41 am EDT, Jul  8, 2015

George Lucas:

Look around you. Ideas are everywhere.

Richard Florida:

Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi told me that the great physicist Freeman Dyson would often just sit in his office with his door open. To the casual observer, it appeared that he was doing nothing. But in fact Dyson was searching for the stimulation of interesting hallway conversation. After a week or two of absorbing the buzz, he would retreat behind closed doors to work alone on a new discovery.

Liz Danzico:

I need idle time in equal proportion to planned time; leaving time for the unplanned, and making sure there's enough time for a bit of nothing. It's this space that makes the planned more worthwhile.

David Lynch:

Ideas are like fish. Originality is just the ideas you caught.

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