Nothing to see here, move along!

A reminder, this blog has moved! If you’re seeing this in your RSS, you should take a second to update your feed. From now on, I’ll be posting at Adam Shostack and Friends/. If you read the site via RSS, please take a moment to update your feed to https://adam.shostack.org/blog/feed/. Oh, and everyone who’s been part of the jazz combo has an account over at the new blog, and I…

May 10, 2017
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More Chaos, New Site!

When I started blogging a dozen years ago, the world was different. Over time, I ended up with at least two main blogs (Emergent Chaos and New School), and guest posting at Dark Reading, IANS, various Microsoft blogs, and other places. It made less and less sense, even to me. I decided it’s time to bring all that under a single masthead, and move all the archives over. From now…

April 17, 2017
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Syria

So I’m curious: on what basis is the President of the United States able to issue orders to attack the armed forces of Syria? It is not on the basis of the 2001 “Authorization for Use of Military Force,” cited in many instances, because there has been no claim that Syria was involved in the 9/11 attacks. (Obama stretched this basis incredibly, and worryingly, far.) It is not on the…

April 7, 2017
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More Satellites Than You Can Shake a Stick At

This video is really amazingly inspiring: Not only does it show more satellites than I’ve ever seen in a single frame of video, but the rocket that took them up was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation, who managed to launch not only the largest satellite constellation ever, but had room for a few more birds in the launch. It’s an impressive achievement, and it (visually) crystalizes a shift…

March 9, 2017
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Groundrules on Complaining About Security

Groundrules on Complaining About Security In this article, I want to lead into some other articles I’m working on. In those, I’m going to complain about security. But I want those complaints to be thoughtful and within a proper context. You will hear many of us in security talk about threat models. Adam literally wrote the book on threat models and if you don’t have a copy, you should get…

February 19, 2017
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On Immigration and Refugees

The ban on refugees is illegal, immoral and un-American, and as an American, I want to add my voice. The ban is illegal. (“Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Illegal.”) I suspect that the United States also has legal obligations under treaties to accept refugees, but Google isn’t my lawyer, and I am no expert. The ban is immoral. Those who have gone through our immigration process and gotten green cards are…

January 29, 2017
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Kyber Crystal and the Death Star

This post has spoilers for Rogue One, and also Return of the Jedi. We learn in Rogue One that the Death Star’s main gun is powered by Kyber crystal. We know from various sources that it’s rare. Then the Death Star is tested, destroying Jedah, where they’re mining the crystals. Note that both times its fired, they give the order “single reactor ignition.” Are they testing the reactors and power…

January 6, 2017
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The Dope Cycle and the Two Minutes Hate

[Updated with extra links at the bottom.] There’s a cycle that happens as you engage on the internet. You post something, and wait, hoping, for the likes, the favorites, the shares, the kind comments to come in. You hit reload incessantly even though the site doesn’t need it, hoping to get that hit that jolt even a little sooner. That dopamine release. Site designers refer to this by benign names,…

January 4, 2017
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Rogue One: The Best Star Wars Yet?

Someone once asked me why I like Star Wars more than Star Trek. I was a bit taken aback, and he assumed that since I use it so much, I obviously prefer it. The real reason I use Star Wars is not that it’s better, but that there’s a small canon, and I don’t have to interrupt the flow of a talk to explain the scene where Darth Vader is…

December 23, 2016
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