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

they did not fear
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:30 pm EDT, Jun 17, 2015

Nicole Perlroth:

There is little question that law enforcement is facing new pressure to pursue any lead that could be related to trade-secret theft.

David Sanger:

Authorities arrested a Chinese professor as he landed Saturday at Los Angeles International Airport on his way to a conference, a move clearly meant to signal to China that the United States would now aim to capture and try those accused of perpetrating what the former head of the National Security Agency, Keith B. Alexander, often called "the greatest transfer of wealth in history."

Craig Murray:

In past mass expulsions, the British government has expelled 20 or 30 spies from the Russian Embassy in London. The Russians retaliated by expelling the same number of British diplomats from Moscow, all of whom were not spies! As a third of our "diplomats" in Russia are spies, this was not coincidence. This was deliberate to send the message that they knew precisely who the spies were, and they did not fear them.

The Economist:

Ross Ulbricht's harsh sentence is intended to serve as a warning to others. Don't expect it to have much effect.

replacement cost
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:05 am EDT, Jun 17, 2015

Mikhail Dmitriev, an economist and sociologist in Moscow:

Fear about external threats has replaced economic concerns as the main driver of public sentiment.

Lee McIntyre:

The real enemy is not ignorance, doubt, or even disbelief. It is false knowledge. When we profess to know something even in the face of absent or contradicting evidence, that is when we stop looking for the truth.

Nathan Marz:

After enough time, a way of life becomes the way of life. You forget that things can work differently, that things have worked differently in the past.

Abdellatif Laabi:

Death has grown weary / Even peace is ugly
The fear of living / has replaced / the fear of dying.

the troves of giants
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:01 am EDT, Jun 15, 2015

Chris Sacca:

Twitter can afford to build the wrong things. However, Twitter cannot afford to build the right things too slowly.

Mat Johnson:

The problem isn't Twitter, the problem is humans.

Susie Cagle:

Why won't users on Twitter, Facebook, and other private platforms see that they're hanging out in a business, not in a public square? Why don't they want to?

We can complain. We can tell Twitter it is doing the wrong thing. We do this a lot. Maybe it will listen. But ultimately it'll do the best thing for business. Enforcement in the walled gardens is capricious, but mostly it is capitalist.

Maciej Ceglowski:

Surveillance as a business model is the only thing that makes a site like Facebook possible.

Astra Taylor:

In May, Facebook and IBM announced a partnership that will result in the two tech giants combining their vast data troves and analytics in order to achieve "personalization at scale."

this new digital age
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:00 am EDT, Jun 15, 2015

Martin C. Libicki, Lillian Ablon, Tim Webb:

Cybersecurity experts are at least as focused on preserving their organizations' reputations as protecting actual property.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:

In this new digital age, it's important for everyone to know -- all Americans to know -- that information's just not safe out there running on the superhighway.

Kim Zetter and Andy Greenberg:

The OPM had no IT security staff until 2013, and it showed.

Ben Wolfgang:

The administration has yet to officially assign blame.

you can say that about almost anything
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:59 am EDT, Jun 15, 2015

Francine Prose:

How can a society weigh its belief in free expression against its anxiety about the possible consequences of that freedom?

John Oliver:

No one cares. [Americans] don't give a shit.

Azar Nafisi:

The real reason for government surveillance is fear, in this case the state's fear of its citizens. Governments that spy on their people want to gain information and thus control not only over their enemies but over everyone, keeping them perpetually suspicious. What begins as a political action quickly permeates every aspect of life, including our most private spaces. What originates in fear of an enemy, sometimes founded in reality, quickly attaches to the familiar and mundane.

In Iran surveillance and violence against citizens are naked and obvious. Here it is insidious. Here we are threatened by indifference.

I don't fear the ordeal of freedom. I fear the moment when we stop thinking of freedom as an ordeal.

Dale Cooper:

All things considered, being shot is not as bad as I always thought it might be. As long as you can keep the fear from your mind. But I guess you can say that about almost anything in life. It's not so bad as long as you can keep the fear from your mind.

an organizing principle
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:58 am EDT, Jun 15, 2015

Austin Kleon:

If you just dive a little bit deeper than the average Joe or the average person in your field, it's amazing what you can dig up.

Hans Pitsch, 85:

I am not sure if I want to be framed by an organizing principle, but if there is one thing that keeps me focused, it's the garden.

Rachel Lauden:

That we can talk about "A cake made from scratch" when the butter, sugar, and flour that go into it are are highly processed shows how we have lost awareness of the energy that formerly went into food preparation.

the right perspective
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:57 am EDT, Jun 15, 2015

Arthur C. Brooks:

Princeton psychologist Daniel Kahneman and his colleagues ... found that the No. 1 unhappiness-provoking event in a typical day is spending time with one's boss.

Roger Cohen:

Want to be happy? Mow the lawn.


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

Oh ok
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:18 am EDT, Jun 13, 2015

John Bennett:

Remain humble and compassionate; be professional and courteous -- and have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

Eddy Cue:

We don't have to, and we shouldn't try to kill the iTunes Store or kill people that are buying music.

Douglas MacMillan:

On the day of Apple's announcement, Spotify chief Daniel Ek tweeted the two words, "Oh ok," then later deleted the tweet, according to multiple reports.

the fear-industrial complex
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:17 am EDT, Jun 13, 2015

Timothy Egan:

Life is full of risk. [And] the fear-industrial complex continues to dominate national priorities.

Thomas Fuentes:

Keep Fear Alive. Keep it alive.

Seth Stoughton:

Law enforcement has developed a "warrior" problem.

Under this warrior worldview, officers are locked in intermittent and unpredictable combat with unknown but highly lethal enemies. As a result, officers learn to be afraid. That isn't the word used in law enforcement circles, of course. Vigilant, attentive, cautious, alert, or observant are the terms that appear most often in police publications. But make no mistake, officers don't learn to be vigilant, attentive, cautious, alert, and observant just because it's fun. They do so because they are afraid. Fear is ubiquitous in law enforcement.

Douglasville Deputy Chief Gary E. Sparks:

It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

out of our league, in our own game
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:16 am EDT, Jun 13, 2015

TrapX Security:

Our scientists believe that a large majority of hospitals are currently infected with malware that has remained undetected for months and in many cases years.

Sebastian Thrun:

You could do almost anything at Carnegie Mellon and get away with it.

Tom Cheshire:

Sky News has found evidence that rogue mobile phone towers, which can listen in on people's calls without their knowledge, are being operated in the UK. Over three weeks, Sky News discovered more than 20 instances in London.

Paul Vigna:

About $77 billion will be spent on cybersecurity this year, Gartner has projected.

Zulfikar Ramzan:

Naively throwing money at the problem won't keep the bad guys at bay.

Mikko Hypponen:

We were out of our league, in our own game.

Paul Krugman:

47 percent said that they would not have the resources to meet an unexpected expense of $400.

Kara Swisher:

It's not a secret that being a smaller fish is really hard.

Cheryl Strayed:

Don't quit just because you're miserable. Remember, something is to be gained from suffering.

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