Devan Desai has a really interesting post, Baffled By Community Organizing: First, it appears that hardcore left-wing and hardcore right-wing folks don’t process new data. An fMRI study found that confirmation bias — “whereby we seek and find confirmatory evidence in support of already existing beliefs and ignore or reinterpret disconfirmatory evidence” — is real.…Read More More on Confirmation Bias
There are a couple of blog posts that I’ve read lately that link together for me, and I’m still working through the reasons why. I’d love your feedback or thoughts. A blogger by the name of Lhooqtius ov Borg has a long screed on why he doesn’t like the “Social Futilities.” Tyler Cowan has a…Read More Lessons for security from "Social Networks"
Aero News Network has a fascinating story, “ANN Special Report: TSA Memo Suggests That Agency ‘Encourages’ Damaging Behavior.” It covers how a TSA goon climbed up a plane using equipment marked “not a handhold,” damaging it and putting the flying public at risk. It continues: While this may be terrifying on a number of levels,…Read More TSA Breaks Planes (and a link to infosec)
There’s a huge amount of interesting stuff from a recent workshop on “Security & Human Behavior.” Matt Blaze has audio, and Ross Anderson has text summaries in the comments on his blog post. Also, see Bob Sullivan, “How magic might finally fix your computer”Read More Security & Human Behavior
There’s a fascinating article at The Long Now Foundation, “Richard Feynman and The Connection Machine,” by Danny Hillis. It’s a fun look into the interactions of two of the most interesting scientist/engineers of the last 40 years.Read More Richard Feynman and The Connection Machine
Over at Zero in a Bit, Chris Eng has a post, “Art vs. Science“: A client chastised me once for making a statement that penetration testing is a mixture of art and science. He wanted to believe that it was completely scientific and could be distilled down to a checklist type approach. I explained that…Read More Science isn't about Checklists
The TSA apparently is issuing itself badges in its continuing search for authority. The attire aims to convey an image of authority to passengers, who have harassed, pushed and in a few instances punched screeners. “Some of our officers aren’t respected,” TSA spokeswoman Ellen Howe said. … A.J. Castilla, a screener at Boston’s Logan Airport…Read More R-E-S-E-P-C-T! Find out what it means to me
Can Sips at Home Prevent Binges? is a fascinating article in the New York Times. It turns out there’s very solid evidence about this: “The best evidence shows that teaching kids to drink responsibly is better than shutting them off entirely from it,” he told me. “You want to introduce your kids to it, and…Read More Let's not ask the experts?
There’s an article in the New York Times, “‘Mad Pride’ Fights a Stigma” “It used to be you were labeled with your diagnosis and that was it; you were marginalized,” said Molly Sprengelmeyer, an organizer for the Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective, a mad pride group in North Carolina. “If people found out, it was…Read More Call me crazy?
“Let’s play ‘airport security’,” says Foriegn Policy. It’s like playing Doctor, only with latex gloves and inappropriate touching. In an effort to help children understand and be comfortable and confident in the need and process of higher security protocols we’ve developed a new play and learning toy and resource web site to promote and educate…Read More More airport security toys