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Lauren Weinstein has been at 7 events

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Lauren Weinstein379,000*Hangout On Air to discuss the EU "Right To Be Forgotten" (RTBF).* // Good? Bad? Savior? Slippery slope toward disaster? A tool for individual fairness? A path toward dictatorial control over Internet content? Should it be applied globally? How would Vladimir Putin use such a tool? Or Chinese leaders? Or rulers in other countries where speaking out against political leaders is a crime? Can RTBF be constrained without exploding into a nightmare? // This HOA is currently scheduled for noon PDT on Friday 15 May. It is subject to rescheduling or cancellation as necessary. *Please indicate if you are potentially interested in participating or viewing as soon as possible.* Thanks!Discussing the EU "Right To Be Forgotten" (RTBF)2015-05-15 21:00:001  
Lauren Weinstein379,000*Hangout On Air to discuss the EU "Right To Be Forgotten" (RTBF).* // Good? Bad? Savior? Slippery slope toward disaster? A tool for individual fairness? A path toward dictatorial control over Internet content? Should it be applied globally? How would Vladimir Putin use such a tool? Or Chinese leaders? Or rulers in other countries where speaking out against political leaders is a crime? Can RTBF be constrained without exploding into a nightmare? // This HOA is currently scheduled for noon PDT on Friday 15 May. It is subject to rescheduling or cancellation as necessary. *Please indicate if you are potentially interested in participating or viewing as soon as possible.* Thanks!Discussing the EU "Right To Be Forgotten" (RTBF)2015-05-15 21:00:008  
Google+13,801,869The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033508  
Lauren Weinstein379,000*Hangout On Air: Discussing Congress Without Obscenities* - As of 1 PM PDT, the U.S. Senate leadership has supposedly reached a very short term deal to end the federal government shutdown and temporarily raise the debt ceiling. The fate of this package in the House is still decidedly unclear. Regardless of what Congress does right now, we're going to be in the same mess again likely in a matter of weeks or months. Let's _Discuss Congress Without Obscenities_ this evening. What's _really_ going on?  Is the GOP still even really a _political party_ any more? If not, _what are they?_  And _can we even discuss this without the constant use of invectives?_  Let's at least try. This HOA is currently scheduled for 7:30 PM PDT this evening. It is subject to change or cancellation as events warrant.  Thanks!Hangout On Air: Discussing Congress Without Obscenities2013-10-17 04:30:0012  
Lauren Weinstein379,000*Discussion of controversy surrounding new +1 automatic "highlighted posting" sharing on Google+.* Positives, negatives, benefits, problems, suggestions. Specific use case examples encouraged. Rescheduled to earlier in day per requests. Now scheduled for 1 PM PDT. Subject to change or cancellation if necessary. Thanks. - LaurenDiscuss Issues re New +1 Automatic Sharing on Google+ (Hangout On Air)2013-07-12 22:00:0011  
Google AdSense2,012,618Join the live Hangout on Air with Susan Wojcicki, SVP of Advertising and Commerce, and three AdSense publishers to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We'll share stories from the early days and discuss the future for publishers and online advertising. We'll add the Hangout On Air link to this event page when the session begins on June 18th at 10am PDT (5pm GMT). Hope to see you there!  Submit a live question about AdSense to Susan using the hashtag #adsense10onair. Please note that she won't be able to address individual account questions.Celebrate AdSense 10 with Susan Wojcicki2013-06-18 19:00:005041  
Lauren Weinstein379,000*Hangout On Air* - Rational discussion of the NSA/PRISM story: Likely realities vs. fantasies, etc. By popular demand, expanded to discussion of today's leak regarding administration cyberwar planning. [Subject to change or cancellation.]NSA Surveillance and PRISM (and today's Cyberwar leak)2013-06-08 05:30:0013  

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2017-02-25 22:11:51 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

I don't like shopping at Walmart -- I don't like dealing with them at all for obvious reasons -- but sometimes there's just no practical obvious alternative. I finally broke down and bought one of these babies, because I figured having gotten this far in life without suffering an embarrassing light bulb-changing death ("How many Laurens does it take to change a light bulb?"), I didn't want it happening now and having that be the last entry on my Wikipedia page. I must say, this was possibly among the best $17 I've spent in a long time.

Most reshares: 20

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2017-02-25 02:20:07 (0 comments; 20 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

Since when is ARE YOU MUSLIM? a question we ask Americans at airports? Stop this racist, fascist bullshit. Stop it NOW. // Immigration officials let Camacho-Ali go after she showed them a photo of herself with her ex-husband, but her son did not have such a photo and wasn't as lucky. Mancini said officials held and questioned Ali Jr. for nearly two hours, repeatedly asking him, "Where did you get your name from?" and "Are you Muslim?" When Ali Jr. responded that yes, he is a Muslim, the officers kept questioning him about his religion and where he was born. Ali Jr. was born in Philadelphia in 1972 and holds a U.S. passport. //

Most plusones: 65

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2017-02-25 02:20:07 (0 comments; 20 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

Since when is ARE YOU MUSLIM? a question we ask Americans at airports? Stop this racist, fascist bullshit. Stop it NOW. // Immigration officials let Camacho-Ali go after she showed them a photo of herself with her ex-husband, but her son did not have such a photo and wasn't as lucky. Mancini said officials held and questioned Ali Jr. for nearly two hours, repeatedly asking him, "Where did you get your name from?" and "Are you Muslim?" When Ali Jr. responded that yes, he is a Muslim, the officers kept questioning him about his religion and where he was born. Ali Jr. was born in Philadelphia in 1972 and holds a U.S. passport. //

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2017-02-27 05:16:26 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Wrong film initially announced as best picture at the Oscars. La La Land didn't win, Moonlight did. Colossal screwup. Details still unclear.

Wrong film initially announced as best picture at the Oscars. La La Land didn't win, Moonlight did. Colossal screwup. Details still unclear.___

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2017-02-27 03:04:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Hogan and Brothers.

___Hogan and Brothers.

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2017-02-27 03:04:10 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

A win for Iran. And a great in absentia acceptance speech. Congratulations!

A win for Iran. And a great in absentia acceptance speech. Congratulations!___

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2017-02-27 01:11:35 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

How YouTube Serves As The Content Engine Of The Internet’s Dark Side

How YouTube Serves As The Content Engine Of The Internet’s Dark Side___

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2017-02-27 01:10:43 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-27 00:58:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Good.

Good.___

2017-02-26 20:04:19 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

The drip-drip-drip about Donald Dump and Russia is starting to become a stream. This is how it usually happens with cover-ups of evil that are exposed. In time it will be a torrent, which with any luck will ultimately wash the White House clean of Donald Dump's vile, lying filth.

The drip-drip-drip about Donald Dump and Russia is starting to become a stream. This is how it usually happens with cover-ups of evil that are exposed. In time it will be a torrent, which with any luck will ultimately wash the White House clean of Donald Dump's vile, lying filth.___

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2017-02-26 20:02:30 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-26 20:00:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-26 19:17:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

A fact that is often forgotten or glossed over, is that during the "Middle Ages" it was basically the actions of the Catholic Church (motives aren't the issue here) that preserved vast numbers of documents that otherwise would have been lost to war and time.

something something the world's information.___A fact that is often forgotten or glossed over, is that during the "Middle Ages" it was basically the actions of the Catholic Church (motives aren't the issue here) that preserved vast numbers of documents that otherwise would have been lost to war and time.

2017-02-26 17:31:28 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-26 17:22:23 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Dripping with vile Donald Dump irony. Dump continues his march toward the Trump Reich.

"The United States is no longer quite the United States." Fellow historians took to social media after news of Rousso's experience, many pointing out what they considered the uncomfortable irony of the arbitrary detention of a Holocaust historian.___Dripping with vile Donald Dump irony. Dump continues his march toward the Trump Reich.

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2017-02-26 17:04:48 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Rescued Puppy, Vietnam, 1968

Rescued Puppy, Vietnam, 1968___

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2017-02-26 16:53:04 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

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#bizarre #signs

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#bizarre #signs___

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2017-02-26 16:51:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Six years and one world war after the release of The Wizard of Oz.

Judy Garland in 1945 ___Six years and one world war after the release of The Wizard of Oz.

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2017-02-26 16:28:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Walking through all the different tracks that went in to Bohemian Rhapsody, just fascinating.

Walking through all the different tracks that went in to Bohemian Rhapsody, just fascinating.___

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2017-02-26 05:08:11 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Dig the crown.

Miss Atomic Bomb, 1957 ___Dig the crown.

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2017-02-26 00:54:19 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

GOP, Donald Dump supporter.

GOP, Donald Dump supporter.___

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2017-02-26 00:17:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

WIMP IN CHIEF!

WIMP IN CHIEF!___

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2017-02-25 23:59:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Please Tell Me Your Google Experiences for “Google 2017” Report

https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/02/25/please-tell-me-your-google-experiences-for-google-2017-report

I believe that it’s obvious to pretty much everyone that we’ve now entered a new era of major Internet-related companies directly and indirectly impacting political processes and other aspects of our lives in ways that — frankly, to say the least — were not widely anticipated by most observers. So understanding where things stand these days with these firms is paramount, in terms of their own operations, and their impacts on their users and the world in general.

For many years the most common category of questions and comments that I receive relate one way or another to Google (while I have consulted to Google in the past, I am not currently doing so). So I’ve now begun work on what I’mtentatively cal... more »

Please Tell Me Your Google Experiences for “Google 2017” Report

https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/02/25/please-tell-me-your-google-experiences-for-google-2017-report

I believe that it’s obvious to pretty much everyone that we’ve now entered a new era of major Internet-related companies directly and indirectly impacting political processes and other aspects of our lives in ways that — frankly, to say the least — were not widely anticipated by most observers. So understanding where things stand these days with these firms is paramount, in terms of their own operations, and their impacts on their users and the world in general.

For many years the most common category of questions and comments that I receive relate one way or another to Google (while I have consulted to Google in the past, I am not currently doing so). So I’ve now begun work on what I’m tentatively calling “Google 2017” — a report (or “white paper” if you prefer) discussing the perceived overall state of Google (and its parent corporation Alphabet, Inc.) in relation to the sorts of issues that I noted above and other relevant related topics.

As part of this effort, I’d very much appreciate your emailing me your own noteworthy experiences with Google (and Alphabet). Good — bad — exemplary — abysmal — confused — resolved — pending — fantastic — or otherwise rising to the level that you feel could usefully contribute to a better understanding of Google and Alphabet overall.

Whether involving specific Google services (including everything from Search to Gmail to YouTube and beyond), accounts, privacy, security, interactions, legal or copyright issues — essentially anything positive, negative, or neutral that you are free to impart to me, that you believe might be of interest.

I would like to keep this report focused on relatively recent experiences and observations, so events that took place years ago that aren’t any longer particularly relevant are frankly of lesser use to me right now.

Your identity will be considered confidential, and any information that you send to me will also be considered confidential in the details — unless you specifically indicate otherwise. That is, I will use your information toward the effort’s reported aggregate analysis, and any of your specific examples or other data that you provide — that I might include in the report as illustrative examples — will be carefully anonymized, unless you give me permission to do otherwise. If you don’t want me to use your examples at all even anonymized, please let me know and that will be respected of course.

Please send anything meeting the criteria above that you feel comfortable sharing with me to:

google@vortex.com

I’ll keep you informed of my progress. Thanks very much!

Be seeing you.

– Lauren –___

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2017-02-25 23:57:47 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Please Tell Me Your Google Experiences for “Google 2017” Report

https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/02/25/please-tell-me-your-google-experiences-for-google-2017-report

I believe that it’s obvious to pretty much everyone that we’ve now entered a new era of major Internet-related companies directly and indirectly impacting political processes and other aspects of our lives in ways that — frankly, to say the least — were not widely anticipated by most observers. So understanding where things stand these days with these firms is paramount, in terms of their own operations, and their impacts on their users and the world in general.

For many years the most common category of questions and comments that I receive relate one way or another to Google (while I have consulted to Google in the past, I am not currently doing so). So I’ve now begun work on what I’mtentatively cal... more »

Please Tell Me Your Google Experiences for “Google 2017” Report

https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/02/25/please-tell-me-your-google-experiences-for-google-2017-report

I believe that it’s obvious to pretty much everyone that we’ve now entered a new era of major Internet-related companies directly and indirectly impacting political processes and other aspects of our lives in ways that — frankly, to say the least — were not widely anticipated by most observers. So understanding where things stand these days with these firms is paramount, in terms of their own operations, and their impacts on their users and the world in general.

For many years the most common category of questions and comments that I receive relate one way or another to Google (while I have consulted to Google in the past, I am not currently doing so). So I’ve now begun work on what I’m tentatively calling “Google 2017” — a report (or “white paper” if you prefer) discussing the perceived overall state of Google (and its parent corporation Alphabet, Inc.) in relation to the sorts of issues that I noted above and other relevant related topics.

As part of this effort, I’d very much appreciate your emailing me your own noteworthy experiences with Google (and Alphabet). Good — bad — exemplary — abysmal — confused — resolved — pending — fantastic — or otherwise rising to the level that you feel could usefully contribute to a better understanding of Google and Alphabet overall.

Whether involving specific Google services (including everything from Search to Gmail to YouTube and beyond), accounts, privacy, security, interactions, legal or copyright issues — essentially anything positive, negative, or neutral that you are free to impart to me, that you believe might be of interest.

I would like to keep this report focused on relatively recent experiences and observations, so events that took place years ago that aren’t any longer particularly relevant are frankly of lesser use to me right now.

Your identity will be considered confidential, and any information that you send to me will also be considered confidential in the details — unless you specifically indicate otherwise. That is, I will use your information toward the effort’s reported aggregate analysis, and any of your specific examples or other data that you provide — that I might include in the report as illustrative examples — will be carefully anonymized, unless you give me permission to do otherwise. If you don’t want me to use your examples at all even anonymized, please let me know and that will be respected of course.

Please send anything meeting the criteria above that you feel comfortable sharing with me to:

google@vortex.com

I’ll keep you informed of my progress. Thanks very much!

Be seeing you.

– Lauren –___

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2017-02-25 22:18:20 (7 comments; 14 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Brilliant! - Thousands of furious Trump fans can’t stop visiting a website that pretends Clinton won.

Brilliant! - Thousands of furious Trump fans can’t stop visiting a website that pretends Clinton won.___

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2017-02-25 22:11:51 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

I don't like shopping at Walmart -- I don't like dealing with them at all for obvious reasons -- but sometimes there's just no practical obvious alternative. I finally broke down and bought one of these babies, because I figured having gotten this far in life without suffering an embarrassing light bulb-changing death ("How many Laurens does it take to change a light bulb?"), I didn't want it happening now and having that be the last entry on my Wikipedia page. I must say, this was possibly among the best $17 I've spent in a long time.

I don't like shopping at Walmart -- I don't like dealing with them at all for obvious reasons -- but sometimes there's just no practical obvious alternative. I finally broke down and bought one of these babies, because I figured having gotten this far in life without suffering an embarrassing light bulb-changing death ("How many Laurens does it take to change a light bulb?"), I didn't want it happening now and having that be the last entry on my Wikipedia page. I must say, this was possibly among the best $17 I've spent in a long time.___

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2017-02-25 19:55:21 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-25 19:42:09 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Hmm. Given that so much of what I'm asked about, write about, and speak about continues to be Google-related, I'm thinking it's time for me to pull together a comprehensive Google 2017 essay of some sort explaining where I feel that Google/Alphabet stands these days, and how they relate to the rest of the Internet and broader communities in the USA and around the globe.

Hmm. Given that so much of what I'm asked about, write about, and speak about continues to be Google-related, I'm thinking it's time for me to pull together a comprehensive Google 2017 essay of some sort explaining where I feel that Google/Alphabet stands these days, and how they relate to the rest of the Internet and broader communities in the USA and around the globe.___

2017-02-25 19:36:05 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

I thought I'd write an update on git and SHA1, since the SHA1 collision attack was so prominently in the news.

Quick overview first, with more in-depth explanation below:

(1) First off - the sky isn't falling. There's a big difference between using a cryptographic hash for things like security signing, and using one for generating a "content identifier" for a content-addressable system like git.

(2) Secondly, the nature of this particular SHA1 attack means that it's actually pretty easy to mitigate against, and there's already been two sets of patches posted for that mitigation.

(3) And finally, there's actually a reasonably straightforward transition to some other hash that won't break the world - or even old git repositories.

Anyway, that's the high-level overview, you can stop there... more »

I thought I'd write an update on git and SHA1, since the SHA1 collision attack was so prominently in the news.

Quick overview first, with more in-depth explanation below:

(1) First off - the sky isn't falling. There's a big difference between using a cryptographic hash for things like security signing, and using one for generating a "content identifier" for a content-addressable system like git.

(2) Secondly, the nature of this particular SHA1 attack means that it's actually pretty easy to mitigate against, and there's already been two sets of patches posted for that mitigation.

(3) And finally, there's actually a reasonably straightforward transition to some other hash that won't break the world - or even old git repositories.

Anyway, that's the high-level overview, you can stop there unless you are interested in some more details (keyword: "some". If you want more, you should participate in the git mailing list discussions - I'm posting this for the casual git users that might just want to see some random comments).

Anyway, on to the "details":

(1) What's the difference between using a hash for security vs using a hash for object identifiers in source control management?

Both want to use cryptographic hashes, but they want to use them for different reasons.

A hash that is used for security is basically a statement of trust: and if you can fool somebody, you can make them trust you when they really shouldn't. The point of a cryptographic hash there is to basically be the source of trust, so in many ways the hash is supposed to fundamentally protect against people you cannot trust other ways. When such a hash is broken, the whole point of the hash basically goes away.

In contrast, in a project like git, the hash isn't used for "trust". I don't pull on peoples trees because they have a hash of a4d442663580. Our trust is in people, and then we end up having lots of technology measures in place to secure the actual data.

The reason for using a cryptographic hash in a project like git is because it pretty much guarantees that there is no accidental clashes, and it's also a really really good error detection thing. Think of it like "parity on steroids": it's not able to correct for errors, but it's really really good at detecting corrupt data.

Other SCM's have used things like CRC's for error detection, although honestly the most common error handling method in most SCM's tends to be "tough luck, maybe your data is there, maybe it isn't, I don't care".

So in git, the hash is used for de-duplication and error detection, and the "cryptographic" nature is mainly because a cryptographic hash is really good at those things.

I say "mainly", because yes, in git we also end up using the SHA1 when we use "real" cryptography for signing the resulting trees, so the hash does end up being part of a certain chain of trust. So we do take advantage of some of the actual security features of a good cryptographic hash, and so breaking SHA1 does have real downsides for us.

Which gets us to ...

(2) Why is this particular attack fairly easy to mitigate against at least within the context of using SHA1 in git?

There's two parts to this one: one is simply that the attack is not a pre-image attack, but an identical-prefix collision attach. That, in turn, has two big effects on mitigation:

(a) the attacker can't just generate any random collision, but needs to be able to control and generate both the "good" (not really) and the "bad" object.

(b) you can actually detect the signs of the attack in both sides of the collision.

In particular, (a) means that it's really hard to hide the attack in data that is transparent. What do I mean by "transparent"? I mean that you actually see and react to all of the data, rather than having some "blob" of data that acts like a black box, and you only see the end results.

In the pdf examples, the pdf format acted as the "black box", and what you see is the printout which has only a very indirect relationship to the pdf encoding.

But if you use git for source control like in the kernel, the stuff you really care about is source code, which is very much a transparent medium. If somebody inserts random odd generated crud in the middle of your source code, you will absolutely notice.

Similarly, the git internal data structures are actually very transparent too, even if most users might not consider them so. There are places you could try to hide things in (in particular, things like commits that have a NUL character that ends printout in "git log"), but "git fsck" already warns about those kinds of shenanigans.

So fundamentally, if the data you primarily care about is that kind of transparent source code, the attack is pretty limited to begin with. You'll see the attack. It's not silently switching your data under from you.

"But I track pdf files in git, and I might not notice them being replaced under me?"

That's a very valid concern, and you'd want your SCM to help you even with that kind of opaque data where you might not see how people are doing odd things to it behind your back. Which is why the second part of mitigation is that (b): it's fairly trivial to detect the fingerprints of using this attack.

So we already have patches on the git mailing list which will detect when somebody has used this attack to bring down the cost of generating SHA1 collisions. They haven't been merged yet, but the good thing about those mitigation measures is that not everybody needs to even run them: if you host your project on something like http://github.com or kernel.org, it's already sufficient if the hosting place runs the checks every once in a while - you'll get notified if somebody poisoned your well.

And finally, the "yes, git will eventually transition away from SHA1". There's a plan, it doesn't look all that nasty, and you don't even have to convert your repository. There's a lot of details to this, and it will take time, but because of the issues above, it's not like this is a critical "it has to happen now thing".___

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2017-02-25 18:51:08 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

DONALD DUMP'S GESTAPO. DO NOT VOLUNTARILY COOPERATE WITH THESE VILE RACISTS IN ANY WAY OR MANNER.

DONALD DUMP'S GESTAPO. DO NOT VOLUNTARILY COOPERATE WITH THESE VILE RACISTS IN ANY WAY OR MANNER.___

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2017-02-25 16:42:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-25 16:21:27 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

I don't think marching is going to do a hell of a lot of good. But for many, many years I have strongly urged that scientists and techies be involved politically, and I was continually told by the higher-ups in these professional societies that "This isn't our role. We just do the science and let the data speak for us." I always knew that they were dangerously wrong about this, and now we have the proof. I take no pleasure from being right about the issue, however. Some years ago, I held a pair of conferences about the Future of the Internet. At one, there was a rather distinguished looking older attendee whom I didn't know. I've called him the man in black since he was always dressed entirely in black. He sat at the back of the room and listened attentively -- he rarely said anything. Then at one point, he pulled me aside privately and said words to this effect: "Lauren, I... more »

I don't think marching is going to do a hell of a lot of good. But for many, many years I have strongly urged that scientists and techies be involved politically, and I was continually told by the higher-ups in these professional societies that "This isn't our role. We just do the science and let the data speak for us." I always knew that they were dangerously wrong about this, and now we have the proof. I take no pleasure from being right about the issue, however. Some years ago, I held a pair of conferences about the Future of the Internet. At one, there was a rather distinguished looking older attendee whom I didn't know. I've called him the man in black since he was always dressed entirely in black. He sat at the back of the room and listened attentively -- he rarely said anything. Then at one point, he pulled me aside privately and said words to this effect: "Lauren, I spend all my time in Washington dealing with politicians. And I can guarantee you one thing. If you techies don't become politically aware and active and start pushing back, you're going to be crushed and steamrolled." Later I found out that he was apparently a top lobbyist for the tobacco industry. It was like getting advice from Darth Vader. But he was 100% correct.___

2017-02-25 04:30:35 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

So apparently Uber's self-driving cars have been running red lights in autonomous mode -- and Uber's been lying about it.

So apparently Uber's self-driving cars have been running red lights in autonomous mode -- and Uber's been lying about it.___

2017-02-25 04:29:10 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

A new car company, just like the old car companies:
Henry Ford Elon Musk: "UNIONS ARE BAD FOR US!"

A new car company, just like the old car companies:
Henry Ford Elon Musk: "UNIONS ARE BAD FOR US!"___

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2017-02-25 03:49:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

// Late last year, Uber, in defiance of California state regulators, went ahead with a self-driving car experiment on the streets of San Francisco under the leadership of Anthony Levandowski, a new company executive.

The experiment quickly ran into problems. In one case, an autonomous Volvo zoomed through a red light on a busy street in front of the city’s Museum of Modern Art.

Uber, a ride-hailing service, said the incident was because of human error. “This is why we believe so much in making the roads safer by building self-driving Ubers,” Chelsea Kohler, a company spokeswoman, said in December.

But even though Uber said it had suspended an employee riding in the Volvo, the self-driving car was, in fact, driving itself when it barreled through the red light, according to two Uber employees, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they signed nondisclosureagree... more »

// Late last year, Uber, in defiance of California state regulators, went ahead with a self-driving car experiment on the streets of San Francisco under the leadership of Anthony Levandowski, a new company executive.

The experiment quickly ran into problems. In one case, an autonomous Volvo zoomed through a red light on a busy street in front of the city’s Museum of Modern Art.

Uber, a ride-hailing service, said the incident was because of human error. “This is why we believe so much in making the roads safer by building self-driving Ubers,” Chelsea Kohler, a company spokeswoman, said in December.

But even though Uber said it had suspended an employee riding in the Volvo, the self-driving car was, in fact, driving itself when it barreled through the red light, according to two Uber employees, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they signed nondisclosure agreements with the company, and internal Uber documents viewed by The New York Times. All told, the mapping programs used by Uber’s cars failed to recognize six traffic lights in the San Francisco area. “In this case, the car went through a red light,” the documents said. //___

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2017-02-25 03:47:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-25 03:01:51 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

// President Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser has told his staff that Muslims who commit terrorist acts are perverting their religion, rejecting a key ideological view of other senior Trump advisers and signaling a potentially more moderate approach to the Islamic world.

The adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, told the staff of the National Security Council on Thursday, in his first “all hands” staff meeting, that the label “radical Islamic terrorism” was not helpful because terrorists are “un-Islamic,” according to people who were in the meeting.

That is a repudiation of the language regularly used by both the president and General McMaster’s predecessor, Michael T. Flynn, who resigned last week after admitting that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about a phone call with a Russian diplomat. //

// President Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser has told his staff that Muslims who commit terrorist acts are perverting their religion, rejecting a key ideological view of other senior Trump advisers and signaling a potentially more moderate approach to the Islamic world.

The adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, told the staff of the National Security Council on Thursday, in his first “all hands” staff meeting, that the label “radical Islamic terrorism” was not helpful because terrorists are “un-Islamic,” according to people who were in the meeting.

That is a repudiation of the language regularly used by both the president and General McMaster’s predecessor, Michael T. Flynn, who resigned last week after admitting that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about a phone call with a Russian diplomat. //___

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2017-02-25 02:59:03 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Really, really, really bad. In a bad way, not a good way.

Really, really, really bad. In a bad way, not a good way.___

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2017-02-25 02:20:07 (0 comments; 20 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

Since when is ARE YOU MUSLIM? a question we ask Americans at airports? Stop this racist, fascist bullshit. Stop it NOW. // Immigration officials let Camacho-Ali go after she showed them a photo of herself with her ex-husband, but her son did not have such a photo and wasn't as lucky. Mancini said officials held and questioned Ali Jr. for nearly two hours, repeatedly asking him, "Where did you get your name from?" and "Are you Muslim?" When Ali Jr. responded that yes, he is a Muslim, the officers kept questioning him about his religion and where he was born. Ali Jr. was born in Philadelphia in 1972 and holds a U.S. passport. //

Since when is ARE YOU MUSLIM? a question we ask Americans at airports? Stop this racist, fascist bullshit. Stop it NOW. // Immigration officials let Camacho-Ali go after she showed them a photo of herself with her ex-husband, but her son did not have such a photo and wasn't as lucky. Mancini said officials held and questioned Ali Jr. for nearly two hours, repeatedly asking him, "Where did you get your name from?" and "Are you Muslim?" When Ali Jr. responded that yes, he is a Muslim, the officers kept questioning him about his religion and where he was born. Ali Jr. was born in Philadelphia in 1972 and holds a U.S. passport. //___

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2017-02-25 02:01:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-25 01:29:19 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

A great site, by the way.

A great site, by the way.___

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2017-02-25 01:04:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Googlers Mark and Allison share exactly how our Safety & Security teams keep users safe online: https://goo.gl/n4fyJS #FridayReads

Googlers Mark and Allison share exactly how our Safety & Security teams keep users safe online: https://goo.gl/n4fyJS #FridayReads___

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2017-02-25 00:32:24 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

// The White House on Friday acknowledged those interactions with the FBI but did not disclose that it then turned to other officials who agreed to do what the FBI would not — participate in White House-arranged calls with news organizations, including The Washington Post. The White House insisted the officials speak on the condition of anonymity — a practice President Trump has condemned. //

// The White House on Friday acknowledged those interactions with the FBI but did not disclose that it then turned to other officials who agreed to do what the FBI would not — participate in White House-arranged calls with news organizations, including The Washington Post. The White House insisted the officials speak on the condition of anonymity — a practice President Trump has condemned. //___

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2017-02-24 23:49:06 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Uh huh.

Uh huh.___

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2017-02-24 23:20:31 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

That's Irwin Allen heard conducting the test with Guy ("Williams") Catalano. As it happens, I went to High School with his son in many of my classes.

That's Irwin Allen heard conducting the test with Guy ("Williams") Catalano. As it happens, I went to High School with his son in many of my classes.___

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2017-02-24 23:01:28 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Interesting experiment. It never took off, though. I don't think that even many experienced Google users could really figure out what it was particularly useful for. 

Interesting experiment. It never took off, though. I don't think that even many experienced Google users could really figure out what it was particularly useful for. ___

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2017-02-24 22:49:15 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Potentially very important, especially these days.

Potentially very important, especially these days.___

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2017-02-24 22:47:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Recorded July 18, 2016.

Recorded July 18, 2016.___

2017-02-24 22:30:10 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

The entire event should be cancelled. It has long since become a travesty.

The entire event should be cancelled. It has long since become a travesty.___

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2017-02-24 22:19:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The five parts of this fan-produced video need a lot more views! Great work.

The five parts of this fan-produced video need a lot more views! Great work.___

2017-02-24 22:14:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Hey Google, invoke the devil.

>> Sorry, I can't make calls yet. <<

Hey Google, invoke the devil.

>> Sorry, I can't make calls yet. <<___

2017-02-24 21:35:49 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Perhaps the single element that may ultimately protect us from Donald Dump's fascism is that he and his minions are so incredibly transparent, bungling, and inept. They make the Keystone Cops look genuinely proficient.

Perhaps the single element that may ultimately protect us from Donald Dump's fascism is that he and his minions are so incredibly transparent, bungling, and inept. They make the Keystone Cops look genuinely proficient.___

2017-02-24 21:31:05 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

I was just watching an old classic episode of Bewitched, when it suddenly occurred to me how much intoning commands to Google Home is like speaking magical incantations. Clarke was right.

I was just watching an old classic episode of Bewitched, when it suddenly occurred to me how much intoning commands to Google Home is like speaking magical incantations. Clarke was right.___

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