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October 26 2014

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August 15 2014

The problem with moving phones from copper to fiber: power

“If you can’t contact your loved ones, or government agencies and relief organizations can’t coordinate, you can’t get anything done. […] A communications system is only useful if you can connect to every other endpoint on the network. If you have power but no one else does, you have a well powered and expensive paperweight (assuming you still have paper). To that point, if your phone has power but the switching station does not, or the cell towers in half the city are down, you still aren’t able to communicate with anyone else.” —emtcharlie on ArsTechnica

August 10 2014

August 09 2014

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

A secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” …

“Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future,” says Hina Shamsi, the head of the ACLU’s National Security Project. “On that dangerous theory, the government is secretly blacklisting people as suspected terrorists and giving them the impossible task of proving themselves innocent of a threat they haven’t carried out.”

August 03 2014

July 27 2014

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July 20 2014

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July 13 2014

July 07 2014

virtualenv-burrito 2.7

Yesterday, virtualenv-burrito 2.7 was released. There are two significant changes:

  1. All Python packages in the .venvburrito directory are now inside a versioned site-packages directory. For example, if you are running Python 2.7 during the install or upgrade, all packages will now live in lib/python2.7/site-packages.
  2. The pip program is no longer user accessible (i.e., in the PATH). You could easily figure out where it’s been moved, but that’s discouraged (and unsupported).

These changes should help reduce some confusion and incompatibilities reported on the GitHub project.

To upgrade to the latest version, run: virtualenv-burrito upgrade

If you are installing for the first time, run:

curl -sL | $SHELL

July 03 2014

GPG Key Transition

After 14 years, it’s time for a new GPG key adhering to modern standards. You can find my transition statement here. The full-text follows.

Hash: SHA1,SHA512

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:54:03 -0700

I am transitioning GPG keys from an old 1024-bit DSA key to a new
4096-bit RSA key. The old key will continue to be valid for some time,
but I prefer all new correspondance to be encrypted with the new key.
All future signatures will be made with the new key.

This transition document is signed with both keys to validate the

If you have signed my old key, I would appreciate signatures on my new
key as well.

The old key:

pub 1024D/C771DF0B 2000-08-24
Key fingerprint = 6846 E600 739F 3DB5 DB02 B670 FDDE 4167 C771 DF0B

The new key:

pub 4096R/4FE98E13 2014-07-03
Key fingerprint = 5D80 FC62 9CEF 8FAE 737C DDED 19A1 D142 4FE9 8E13

To fetch my new key from a public key server:

gpg --keyserver --recv-key 4FE98E13

If you've already validated my old key, you can validate the new key is
signed by my old key:

gpg --check-sigs 4FE98E13

If you are satisfied you've got the right key, I'd appreciate your
signature and upload:

gpg --sign-key 4FE98E13
gpg --keyserver --send-key 4FE98E13

- -- jeremy avnet .:. @brainsik

Version: GnuPG v1


June 29 2014

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x.pose’d data

x.pose is a wearable data-driven sculpture that exposes a person’s skin as a real-time reflection of the data that the wearer is producing.

x.pose – xuedi.chen

x.pose x.pose

She decided to aggregate this data collected on her everyday, building a mobile app to do the job using Node.js and PhoneGap. X.pose is the result of those data points, which have been translated into an abstract geometric representation using 3D printing software Rhino. Under the mesh is an array of displays that can change in opacity according to which location you are in (mapped out into the design) and how much data you are giving up at any given minute, in real time. They are made from electrochromic film, which becomes transparent when a current is passed through at a specific frequency. The app doing the data calculations is driving that current, with the panels controlled by an Arduino and linked to the app by Bluetooth. Give too much away and you will be bare for the world to see.

This top turns see-through if you leave personal data exposed | Ars Technica

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