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

a troubling amount of emotional remove
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:53 pm EDT, May 25, 2015

Akli Adjaoute, founder and CEO of Brighterion:

AI has become 'like wow,' in Silicon Valley today.

Virginia Eubanks:

Like drones, decision-making algorithms are a form of politics played out at a distance, generating a troubling amount of emotional remove.

Sam Altman:

As valuable as planning is, if a great opportunity comes along you should take it. One of the benefits of working hard is that good opportunities will come along, but it's still up to you to jump on them when they do.

J.P. Morgan:

To begin, conduct by certain individuals has fallen short of the Firm's expectations.

Ellen Chisa:

It turns out there isn't much difference between how financial debt works and how technical debt works.

J. Alex Halderman:

There's just too much dead wood that's accumulated over the years.

Evan Gilman:

We've discovered we can tip over an entire ZooKeeper cluster with a single poison packet.

Stuart Russell:

Is it necessary to worry about undecidability for AI systems that rewrite themselves?

less than one-half of one percent
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:51 pm EDT, May 25, 2015

Nick Turse:

Killers are often ordinary. They often live next door, especially when they've killed in the service of their government.

David Zucchino:

While the U.S. waged a war in Vietnam 50 years ago with 2.7 million men conscripted from every segment of society, less than one-half of 1% of the U.S. population is in the armed services today -- the lowest rate since World War II.

Martha Raddatz:

As you choose opportunities and ideas, the people you work with, and those you choose to love, those who animate, inspire and energize you will define the quality of your life's experience. Do not waste your time with people who do not help bring out the best in you.

Vikram Dodd:

Mak Chishty, the most senior Muslim officer in Britain's police service, said friends and family were best placed to intervene. Questions should be asked, he said, if someone stops shopping at Marks & Spencer ... "We are in unchartered water ... We are facing a risk, a threat which is global, which is powerfully driven by social media, reaching you on your own through your mobile phone."

The PLA Daily:

The use of wearables with Internet access, location information and voice-calling functions should be considered a violation of confidentiality regulations when used by military personnel.

James Comey:

The Internet is the most dangerous parking lot imaginable.

did not once participate
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:51 pm EDT, May 25, 2015

Aseem Malhotra:

Nearly one in three people alive today is overweight or obese -- two out of three adults in the United States -- and no country has lowered its obesity rate since 1980.

Sara Germano:

Roughly 83 million Americans age 6 and over, or about 28% of the population, reported that they did not once participate in any of 104 specific physical activities in the last calendar year.

Rafil Kroll-Zaidi:

Most lost body weight is exhaled as carbon dioxide.

this failed approach
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:36 am EDT, May 20, 2015

Dan Froomkin:

Why was Mitch McConnell fighting so hard to extend the Patriot Act as is?

Maybe because if the hardliners gave up without a fight, it wouldn't look like the reformers had prevailed.

Joel Brenner:

Of course the dough of outrage rose higher and higher when leavened with the yeast of hypocrisy.

Mark Buchanan:

Sure it looks as if things are getting more peaceful. But, looking at the mathematics, that's exactly what we should expect to see, even if we're most likely due for a much more violent future.

Pamela Cobb:

It's estimated that 80 percent of cyberattacks are driven by crime rings -- that has put digital crime on the map as one of the largest illegal economies in the world, with global profits reaching $445 billion annually.

Brian Krebs:

Consumers who re-use passwords for sites holding their payment data are asking for trouble, and will get it eventually.

Brendan Hannigan:

Just this month, a series of cyberthefts at more than 100 banks in 30 countries resulted in the loss of $1 billion.

John Kerry:

Every country should mitigate malicious cyber activity emanating from its soil, and they should do so in a transparent, accountable and cooperative way.

David Koh, chief executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore:

Cyber security is a critical issue in an increasingly borderless world and we look forward to working alongside France to better prevent and respond to evolving cyber threats.

Kevin Bankston:

It's time for America to lead the world toward a more secure future rather than a digital ecosystem riddled with vulnerabilities of our own making.

David Cameron:

For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone ... This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach.

anything can happen
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:11 am EDT, May 19, 2015

Chuck Canterbury, the national president of the Fraternal Order of Police:

The fact is, a riot can happen in any city in America.

Douglasville Deputy Chief Gary E. Sparks:

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

Former FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes:

Keep Fear Alive. Keep it alive.

Bug bounty program rules:

The researcher submitting the bug must not be the author of the vulnerable code.

Jose Pagliery:

To scare potential clients, Tiversa would typically make up fake data breaches, Richard Wallace said. Then it pressured firms to pay up.

Jeff Atwood:

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

fear is the result of imagined consequences
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:35 am EDT, May 18, 2015

danah boyd:

I feel like I am at constant war with my own brain over the dynamics of fear.


They say you shouldn't be allowed to repair your own car because you might not do it right.

Guy Haselmann:

Pricing these heightened [cyber] risks into markets is impossible. 'Event risk' always exists, but handicapping it appropriately is a futile exercise.

Ryan Schlunz:

Ask the person in charge of technology security at your firm if your systems were breached the previous night. Then ask them to prove it to you. Do this daily until you get better answers.

Peter-Paul Koch:

Tools don't solve problems any more, they have become the problem.

Mike Elgan:

State-sponsored cyber-war is here to stay.

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai:

Sen. Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-Iowa), sent a letter with a list of detailed questions to the Department of Justice on Wednesday, roughly two weeks after Motherboard revealed that the DEA had signed a contract in 2012 for $2.4 million worth of spyware from Hacking Team. Grassley's letter could potentially be the beginning of a more in-depth investigation into the use of malware by law enforcement in the United States.

Tim Starks:

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), is among those contemplating taking action; he is weighing an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would spell out what the Defense Department's cyber offensive and defensive capabilities should be.

Bruce Schneier:

I'm ... worried ... about a multination cyber arms race that stockpiles capabilities ... and prioritizes attack over defense in an effort to gain relative advantage.

Brandon Valeriano and Ryan C. Maness:

In both [terrorism and cyber attacks], fear is the result of imagined consequences. Terrorism has given birth to an industry built to combat threats, and a similar process is now under way with regard to cyberattacks. The general response to terrorism has been counterproductive and damaging, lending itself to hyperbole and overreaction. It is troubling to see the same path repeated with cyberwarfare, as an industry has sprung up within the private sector and military to meet the threat.

Paul Goodman:

As a professional in a community of learned professionals, a technologist must have a different kind of training and develop a different character than we see at present among technicians and engineers.

Steven Bellovin:

We don't even have the right words.

is not
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:03 pm EDT, May 16, 2015

Freeman Dyson:

The purpose of thinking about the future is not to predict it but to raise people's hopes.

Arthur L. Costa:

The future is not some place we are going to but one we are creating.

Frank Rich:

The point of the warnings is not to save lives so much as political hides.

Robert C. Merton:

The question to ask is not, Are we safer? The question to ask is, Are we better off?

Freeman Dyson:

Amnesty is not easy and not fair, but it is a moral necessity.

Tony Dokoupil:

The Internet is not "just" another delivery system.

Bill Marczak:

The Great Cannon is not simply an extension of the Great Firewall.

William Whyte:

The fault is not in organization, in short; it is in our worship of it.

not that kind of building
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:29 am EDT, May 16, 2015

Lauren Smiley:

Outside my building there's always a phalanx of befuddled delivery guys who seem relieved when you walk out, so they can get in. Inside, the place is stuffed with the goodies they bring: Amazon Prime boxes sitting outside doors, evidence of the tangible, quotidian needs that are being serviced by the web. The humans who live there, though, I mostly never see. And even when I do, there seems to be a tacit agreement among residents to not talk to one another. I floated a few "hi's" in the elevator when I first moved in, but in return I got the monosyllabic, no-eye-contact mumble. It was clear: Lady, this is not that kind of building.

Liliana Segura:

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

Jesse Hicks:

Wherever there's a system, an established order, someone will have an incentive to uphold it. And someone else will have equal incentive to break it.

Elizabeth Dunn And Michael Norton:

Simply acknowledging strangers on the street may alleviate their existential angst; and being acknowledged by others might do the same for us.

When we walk down the street, we can refuse to accept a world where people look at one another as though through air. When we talk to strangers, we stand to gain much more than the "me time" we might lose.

Andrew Bosworth:

Being kind turns out to be a long term strategy for maximizing impact.

Paul Graham:

Don't just not be evil. Be good.

the character of our country
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:28 am EDT, May 16, 2015

Nathan Freed Wessler, a Staff Attorney with ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project:

The border is not a constitution-free zone.

NYT Editorial Board:

The Constitution is not Candy Crush.

Mark Rasch:

If you're looking everywhere for spies, you will find spies everywhere, even where they don't exist.

Paul Goodman:

As a moral philosopher, a technician should be able to criticize the programs given him to implement.

David Cole:

As a result of the digital revolution and the third-party doctrine, the face of privacy has changed, and it will continue to change dramatically. Unless we respond appropriately, we are in danger of seeing privacy go the way of the eight-track player. And that has immense consequences not only for our personal lives, but for the character of our country.

danah boyd:

There was something about how our society socialized parents into parenting that produced the culture of fear.

Former FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes:

You know, it's my opposite of Jesse Jackson's 'Keep Hope Alive' -- it's 'Keep Fear Alive.' Keep it alive.

Douglasville Deputy Chief Gary E. Sparks:

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

an endless parade of cyber moments, each more dangerous than the last
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:27 am EDT, May 16, 2015

Michael McCaul, the Republican chair of the House homeland security committee:

Terrorism has gone viral.

Jason Healey, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative:

[This is] the most dangerous cyber moment that I can remember [in two decades].

James Comey:

The Internet is the most dangerous parking lot imaginable.

Stan Stahl, president of of the Los Angeles chapter of the Information Systems Security Association:

It's staggering, the number of people who will click on a link to get the free Amazon gift card. It's kind of scary.

Former FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes:

You know, it's my opposite of Jesse Jackson's 'Keep Hope Alive' -- it's 'Keep Fear Alive.' Keep it alive.

Iain Thomson:

Advanced Threat Analytics constantly scrutinizes your office network, and uses basic machine learning techniques to identify suspicious behavior by devices and users, and raise the alarm if necessary.

Barack Obama:

I ... hereby declare a national emergency ...

Ben Thompson:

Wouldn't it be better if we never got to the moment of crisis at all?

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