Sleeping Cyborg

Jonathan David Page talks about whatever he happens to be thinking about. Sometimes other people join in.

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Hunkering Down (Until the Spam Blows Over)

by on 25 November 2014
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In which the author talks about dogs, guitars, and off-brand prescription drugs, while explaining how email security sucks and keeps ruining his day.

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A Layperson's Guide to the Heartbleed Bug

by on 9 April 2014
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At this point, a lot of you have probably heard about the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug, which has come into the public eye to the point where the BBC reported on it. The implications have been fairly well-covered in the media: disclosure of passwords, disclosure of private keys, etc. In other words, Bad Stuff. This article aims to cover the technical details of the bug in a manner suitable to non-technical people. It may get dry. However, no previous knowledge of computers should be required.

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Tool Values Followup

by on 19 February 2014
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Before I continue, I’d like to credit the inestimable Ishan Raval as the “Mr. Salviati” from my previous post. During further discussion via email directly afterwards he asked:

If you think tools indeed aren’t value-neutral, then how can you justify that the loop could be broken on our end? Implicit in your making that claim is that people, through sheer will, can alter or disentangle themselves from the inherent value of a tool. Or that though tools aren’t value-neutral, the value isn’t inherent to the tool. Where do you stand?

My response at the time was:

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Some Finals Week Thoughts

by on 12 December 2013
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It’s finals week, a magical time of stress and brain death. The irresistible draw of the blogosphere calls to me, however, so here I am, writing a lazy list post consisting of some thoughts I’ve been having lately. You’ve probably already seen most of these if you follow me on Twitter. Oh well.

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Tool Values

by on 24 November 2013
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Simplicio: The problem is not the tool, it's the monkey.

Salviati: No, the problem is the tool too. Tools are never value-neutral.

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