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  • Bait and Switch | Irreal
    need it but here is another example of the iron law Australia is trying to pass a data retention law that will require ISPs to maintain connection logs The government vehemently denied that the law would allow the data to be used to prosecute say file sharers or offenses other than major crimes such as terrorism Now in an unusual act of candor what we in the U S have taken to calling a Gruberism the Minister of Communication has admitted that once the data is collected there is nothing to prevent a civil action from gaining access to it In other words a suit from a Movie Studio against an accused file sharer would be enough to get access to the accused s communication history The lesson is clear never believe the government s promises about limited use and demand that such data not be collected in the first place The only way to prevent data abuse is to insist that it not be collected This entry was posted in General and tagged Privacy Bookmark the permalink Help on Symbols with Info let alist Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Recent Comments Mike Zamansky on Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Phil on How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Sebastian Christ on European Quotation Marks NoonianAtall on A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard Kris on An Example of Why Reproducible Research Matters Links Useful Emacs Commands Archives April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=3521 (2016-04-25)
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  • The Iron Law of Data Collection Confirmed | Irreal
    had used the information to beat their employment polygraph tests Let s put aside for the moment that the diversion techniques let alone polygraphs themselves have yet to be proven effective or reliable Many of the 4 904 people on the list had nothing to do with the Federal Government so you would think their names would have been deleted and their personal information expunged Just kidding Of course you wouldn t think that and of course their information wasn t deleted Instead the government has decided to hold onto it just in case To understand how illegal this probably is consider the rationale for the Department of Defense s retention of the data the DOD Inspector General says that they can retain information on non DOD personnel when their activities have directly threatened the functions property or personnel of the Department of Defense When they have to stretch the facts this far you know you ve caught them with their hands in the cookie jar remember we re talking about purchasing a perfectly legal book There s little doubt that this data will be further abused and it s entirely likely that it will find new uses just as the iron law demands This entry was posted in General and tagged Privacy Bookmark the permalink What Does It Take GPG PGP Best Practices Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Recent Comments Mike Zamansky on Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Phil on How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Sebastian Christ on European Quotation Marks NoonianAtall on A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard Kris on An Example of Why Reproducible Research Matters

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=2295 (2016-04-25)
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  • The Iron Law of Data Collection Strikes the UK | Irreal
    time from the UK In a sense this is the worst betrayal of those I ve written about The government promises you that they have to collect your financial information in order to administer the income tax system but that that information is held in absolute confidence and will not be released outside the government 1 That promise is necessary to prevent large scale cheating and resistance to the HMRC The UK case is particularly troubling because the reason for breaking the promise is so venal The HMRC is proposing the sell the information to third parties including private companies As one of the commenters said it has proven there is still life in the 19th century adage the political classes would sell their own grandmothers for a shilling Sadly the Iron Law marches on Here s the next example of its application Footnotes 1 In the US at least the release of tax payer information is a serious felony I assume the same is true in the UK Of course even in the US there s been recent abuse for political reasons One more reason if you needed it not to trust their high sounding promises This entry was posted in General and tagged Privacy Bookmark the permalink Cyberterrorism More Password Field Silliness Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Recent Comments Mike Zamansky on Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Phil on How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Sebastian Christ on European Quotation Marks NoonianAtall on A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard Kris on An Example of Why Reproducible Research Matters Links Useful Emacs Commands Archives April 2016 March 2016 February

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=2628 (2016-04-25)
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  • Privacy | Irreal
    by jcs Back in 2000 PGP a mature and capable company with significant experience in encryption and security decided that it would be a good idea to provide key escrow for its corporate users August 2000 a bug in PGP Corp s corporate Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Security 2 Comments The FBI Begs Off Posted on March 21 2016 by jcs This is what you do when you think you re going to lose and set the wrong precedent Posted in General Tagged Privacy Security Leave a comment Matt Blaze on Adtech Posted on March 20 2016 by jcs Countless pixels have died in the battle over adtech I ve long held the view that I m happy to view the ads but I object strongly to being tracked and having arbitrary scripts run on my machine Some time ago I Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Security Leave a comment What Happens When You Give Law Enforcement a Backdoor Key Posted on March 16 2016 by jcs This The hackers who accessed celeb iCloud accounts in 2014 used a forensic tool designed for cops to download the data https t co grEzwuSaGJ Christopher Soghoian csoghoian March 13 2016 Posted in General Tagged Privacy Security Leave a comment John Oliver on Encryption Posted on March 15 2016 by jcs The other day I saw a hilarious John Oliver video on encryption He explains as only Oliver can why despite outward appearances the encryption question is not simple and one s immediate reaction of Of course Apple should help the government Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Security Leave a comment Steven Levy on the New Crypto Wars Posted on March 13 2016 by jcs I ve written about Steven Levy before 1 2 3 I

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?tag=privacy (2016-04-25)
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  • Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola | Irreal
    development environment on all his machines He doesn t use Ruby except for blogging with Jekyll so he started looking for another solution Since he s a Python programmer Nikola seemed like a good choice He says it s more complicated than Jekyll but also more powerful Being a Python programmer he felt comfortable with the additional complexity Zamansky is also an Org mode user and wrote his Jekyll posts with it In this post he describes how he leverages Org to blog with Nikola That turns out to be easier than it was with Jekyll Head on over to his site to get the details If you don t want the trouble of dealing with a CMS like WordPress his solution may meet your needs This entry was posted in Blogging and tagged Emacs Org mode Bookmark the permalink How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Mike Zamansky Thanks for sharing my blog an experience Full disclosure while I code mostly in Python I m really a full time long time high school CS Educator Personally I always get a lot out of the stuff posted here Thanks Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Recent Comments Mike Zamansky on Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Phil on How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Sebastian Christ on European Quotation Marks NoonianAtall on A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard Kris on An Example of Why Reproducible Research Matters Links Useful Emacs Commands Archives April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=5161 (2016-04-25)
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  • Blogging With Emacs—Another Method | Irreal
    uses Jekyll to generate a static site rather than using WordPress That means that he doesn t have the wonderful org2blog at his disposal but he solves that problem by using Org mode s project publishing facility I ve never used that part of Org mode but it seems to be pretty nice Bernt Hansen has a nice writeup on Publishing and Exporting with Org mode that you should read if you want to use this facility The Work In Progress post is interesting and shows how easily Emacs can handle different work flows to solve the same problem My only quibble with the post is in the first sentence where he says I don t want to waste time explaining why I use Emacs all day every day and eschew more traditional development environments I would argue that Emacs is the traditional editor or at least that Emacs shares that honor with Vi Yes yes I know all about ed but let s be serious By the way DJCB over at EMACS FU also has an old post on using Org mode to blog this time with Blogger As always there s a lot to learn at EMACS FU This entry was posted in Blogging and tagged Emacs Org mode Bookmark the permalink Working With Matching Lines In Emacs Safety And The Lisp Read Function Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Recent Comments Mike Zamansky on Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Phil on How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Sebastian Christ on European Quotation Marks NoonianAtall on A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard Kris on An Example of Why Reproducible

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=637 (2016-04-25)
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  • Blogging with Emacs, Jekyll, and Github | Irreal
    a nice solution and arguably gives you a bit more control Certainly you don t have to worry about a database and backing it up It turns out that it s not too difficult to set up a site in this manner Gopar over at pygopar com has a handy write up on how to configure your site It s a step by step guide so it s easy to follow and should have you up and running in no time at all Now all you have to do is write your blog posts in Org mode and publish them to the site Again Gopar gives you the details This entry was posted in General and tagged Emacs Org mode Bookmark the permalink C Reports of my Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated Org Bullets Mike Zamansky I ve been using org mode github pages for a while now and I basically love it The one thing that I haven t been able to figure out is how to get an org mode table to export nicely using org publish seems odd since plain old export works great Any clue jcs Short answer No Longer Answer It s almost certainly a CSS issue Check the exported HTML and make sure it looks like the HTML that works but I d be surprised if it doesn t Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Recent Comments Mike Zamansky on Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Phil on How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Sebastian Christ on European Quotation Marks NoonianAtall on A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard Kris on An Example of Why Reproducible Research

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=3934 (2016-04-25)
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  • Blogging | Irreal
    Org mode 4 Comments Maintenance Posted on December 24 2014 by jcs Irreal s hosting provider is planning some server maintenace from 2014 12 26 Fri to 2014 12 29 Mon Somewhere in that interval the server that Irreal runs on will be upgraded The hosting provider does not expect any outages during this process but warns Continue reading Posted in Blogging Tagged Administrivia Leave a comment Recent Outage Posted on October 1 2014 by jcs Irreal was offline for a few hours last night and early this morning The problem was that spammers and their bots had been hitting the site so much that Irreal s hosting provider suspended the site until we could get it Continue reading Posted in Blogging Tagged Spammers Leave a comment An Update to Mathematics in a Blog Post Posted on September 22 2014 by jcs Given that there was a bit more interest than usual in my Mathematics in a Blog Post post I want to update it with a couple of things I ve learned in the mean time This only applies to those using Continue reading Posted in Blogging Tagged Tech Leave a comment Mathematics in a Blog Post Posted on September 12 2014 by jcs As some of you know I was trained as a mathematician It s odd then that my posts don t have more mathematics in them The reason for that is that this blog is mostly about computers and development so there s not Continue reading Posted in Blogging Tagged Emacs Org mode 14 Comments Comments on Older Posts Posted on June 26 2014 by jcs I ve turned comments for older posts back on We ll see how things go If I start getting a lot a spam I ll have to turn them off

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?cat=6 (2016-04-25)
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