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  • 1000 | Irreal
    I wrote my first post for Irreal in April 2011 so it s taken me almost 3 years to get here I write Irreal mostly to amuse myself and as Daniel Boorstin famously said to learn what I think 1 Still I appreciate my readers and want to make Irreal valuable for you too so if there are some Irreal like topics you d like me to explore use the comments to let me know Footnotes 1 The actual quote is I write to learn what I think After all the bars aren t open that early This entry was posted in Blogging and tagged Administrivia Bookmark the permalink Breaking Up the NSA Open Space Offices Again 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=2506 (2016-04-25)
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  • Breaking Up the NSA | Irreal
    these operations is the bulk phone metadata collection Sabotaging of security by working to install vulnerabilities into crypto primitives and equipment The reported insertion of a backdoor into the NIST certified Dual EC DRBG random number generator is the most notorious example of this type of program Schneier proposes breaking up these three functions into different organizations Under his plan the first program would be transferred to the U S Cyber Command which would be separated from the NSA The second surveillance of Americans would be moved to the FBI which has traditionally performed this task and is subject to legal safeguards that the NSA routinely avoids or ignores Finally the NSA would no longer work to subvert security but would instead work to increase the security of our crypto and IT infrastructure its traditional function before 911 Schneier understands that none of this is apt to happen anytime soon but that something along these lines needs to be done to increase our security and reinstate trust in the NSA It s an interesting post and well worth a couple minutes of your time This entry was posted in General and tagged Privacy Bookmark the permalink A Hopeful Take on the Surveillance State 1000 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=2504 (2016-04-25)
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  • Parker Higgins Captures the Anti-Snowden Campaign Perfectly | Irreal
    reminds me of the customs agent who was sure he had a cybercriminal because the guy s laptop ran Linux and showed a terminal like hackers computers have 1 For extra fun you can read the whole tweet conversation Some of the replies are just as funny Footnotes 1 That s a story from a few years ago Sadly I can t find a link to it This entry was posted in General and tagged Privacy Bookmark the permalink The Intercept Calls Out Obama and the DOJ A Hopeful Take on the Surveillance State 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=2497 (2016-04-25)
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  • The//Intercept Calls Out Obama and the DOJ | Irreal
    Ibrahim s case by invoking that very privilege But how else would you characterize invoking the privilege to hide the fact that Ibrahim was placed on the no fly list by mistake when an FBI agent checked the wrong box on a form The Intercept Glenn Greenwald s new home is off to a good start leveraging the revelations of Edward Snowden and pointing out other areas where governments falls short Give this article a read it demonstrates starkly how the U S government s security industry is out of control and beyond being held responsible for its actions Update Removed superfluous that This entry was posted in General and tagged Privacy Bookmark the permalink Changing the Tires Parker Higgins Captures the Anti Snowden Campaign Perfectly 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=2495 (2016-04-25)
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  • Changing the Tires | Irreal
    goes by so quickly that I couldn t follow the action The car comes in and boom boom the car goes out Approximate elapsed time 2 seconds The second video shows a pit stop from several angles and you can see what s going on It s amazing Talk about a finely honed machine It s almost like a choreographed dance Watch the guy on the front jack and how he dumps the jack s elevation and pirouettes out of the way Read the text watch the videos and be amazed My mouth was hanging open as I watched If you aren t familiar with Formula 1 racing yours will be too Update to cars the car Update Phil points out in the comments that F1 racers no longer need to refuel because they carry enough for the entire race That doesn t make the videos any less astounding This entry was posted in General Bookmark the permalink The NSF Questions The Intercept Calls Out Obama and the DOJ Phil That s a pretty astounding tire change After watching the sequence about ten times over without ever figuring out where the refueling was happening I looked at the Youtube comments where someone points out that since 2010 there has been no refueling in F1 Apparently the cars now simply need to have enough fuel to drive the entire race 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=2493 (2016-04-25)
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  • The NSF Questions | Irreal
    t find anything showing the actual questions Now The Atlantic has an article that lists the questions As you ll see the questions are nothing special and I m sure the average score of Irreal readers would approach if not reach 10 of 10 The Atlantic has another bit of interesting information the scores of other developed nations It s a small very small consolation that the United States wasn t the worst performer on all the questions Take a look at the Atlantic Article It s an interesting read This entry was posted in General and tagged Stupidity Bookmark the permalink Prompting for Repository in Magit Status Changing the Tires 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=2491 (2016-04-25)
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  • January | 2014 | Irreal | Page 2
    Emacs Index Searching Posted on January 17 2014 by jcs Xah Lee has a blog post 2014 01 16 that reminded me of two useful functions that I can never seem to remember emacs index search and elisp index search They allow you to look up a topic in the Emacs or Elisp manuals by querying Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs Leave a comment Schneier on the NSA Threat Posted on January 16 2014 by jcs Yesterday I wrote about how there is little evidence that the NSA s mass surveillance is effective Bruce Schneier has an interesting article up that argues it s worse than that Schneier says that the NSA is a threat to our security Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment The Usefulness of Mass Surveillance Posted on January 15 2014 by jcs Remember those 50 plus terrorist plots that the NSA mass surveillance was instrumental in stopping You won t be surprised to learn that that was yet another lie Ars Technica is reporting on a New America Foundation study that examined 225 Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Privacy Leave a comment Emacs Byte Code Posted on January 14 2014 by jcs Over at null program Christopher Wellons has an excellent post on Emacs Byte Code Internals Most people won t care of course but we re nerds and we don t like black boxes As Wellons says the byte code internals are under documented or Continue reading Posted in Programming Tagged Emacs Emacs lisp Leave a comment Emacs Colors with OS X Posted on January 13 2014 by jcs Bozhidar Batsov has his third post on the features of the coming Emacs 24 4 up This time he discusses the addition of sRGB to the NextStep NS build

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?m=201401&paged=2 (2016-04-25)
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  • OS Security Appraisals | Irreal
    some concerns and no risk The summary is useful no matter what OS you re using Even more useful are links to a discussion for each OS of every aspect in the rating This allows you to understand what the vulnerabilities for your OS are and what you should do to address them Even if you re not the type of person who cares about the relative standing of the various OS s you ll want to know how your OS stands up and what you need to do to make it more secure This entry was posted in General and tagged Security Bookmark the permalink An Overview of C The Dangers of the Digital Life 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

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=2447 (2016-04-25)
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