Jackson Pollock.org. [Update: Click the picture. It’s only funny if you click the picture with Flash enabled. The site requires Flash.]Read More But is it art?
I just wanted to draw attention to the comments in Michael Froomkin’s blog post on “Cabinet Confirmation Mechanics.” I am delighted to have had ‘Jim’ concur with my Constitutional analysis by quoting the closing lines of Ulysses. I’m in awe of your commenters, Michael.Read More That's some fine discourse, Professor Froomkin
(Or, the presentation of self in everyday donations) So I’ve had a series of fairly political posts about election finance, and in one of them, I said “I’d prefer that the rules avoidance be minimized, and I think transparency is the most promising approach there.” Well, in the interests of transparency, I need to comment…Read More Politics and Money: Transparency and Privacy
In the Cryptography mailing list, John Gilmore recently brought up and interesting point. One of the oft-debated ways to fight spam is to put a form of proof-of-work postage on it. Spam is an emergent property of the very low cost of email combined with the effect that most of the cost is pushed to…Read More Will Proof-of-Work Die a Green Death?
I just finished an interesting paper, K. Koscher, A. Juels, T. Kohno, and V. Brajkovic. “EPC RFID Tags in Security Applications: Passport Cards, Enhanced Drivers Licenses, and Beyond.” In the paper, they analyze issues of cloning (easy) read ranges (longer than the government would have you believe) and `design drift’ (a nice way of saying…Read More "EPC RFID Tags in Security Applications"
They’ve added a blotter to add news that isn’t quite breaches, and they’re looking for funds to help with their FOIA requests. Please join me in donating.Read More News and a Request from the DataLossDB folks
Speaking of how you’re presented and perceived…”How to request your travel records,” by Ed Hasbrouck. By popular demand, I’m posting updated forms to request your PNR’s and other records of your international travel that are being kept by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)… If you…Read More Request your travel records
Chris Hoff pointed to an interesting blog post from Peter Shankman. Someone* tweeted “True confession but I’m in one of those towns where I scratch my head and say ‘I would die if I had to live here!’” Well it turns out that… Not only did an employee find it, they were totally offended by…Read More The Presentation of Self in Everyday Tweeting
So what do you do with the million photos everyone took of the inauguration? Here at Emergent Chaos, we believe that we should throw them all in a massive blender, and see what emerges. A massive blender isn’t a very technical description of Photosynth, but it’s not a bad analogy. The project cleverly figures out…Read More Photosynth and the inauguration
I am surprised I hadn’t heard about the book Nudge, by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler. I haven’t read it yet, but from the web page it seems to be about how policymakers can take into account the heuristics and biases characteristic of human decision-makers and create a choice architecture which yields “proper” decision-making. I…Read More A nudge in the right direction?