The Wonder of Entropy

I find entropy fascinating—especially the relationship between it and information. I just read this book about Claude Shannon, who invented information theory, and it basically unified everything I’d known about it previously. Here’s how I’d capture my current understanding: Entropy is basically a measure of disorder For the universe, the ultimate disorder is heat death, meaning there are no patterns at all in the atoms of the universe. It’s cold…

December 8, 2019
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The Difference Between System V and SystemD

One of the most fundamental distinctions in modern Linux systems is whether they use SystemV or Systemd. Here are the main differences between the two. SystemV is older, and goes all the way back to original Unix. SystemD is the new system that many distros are moving to. SystemD was designed to provide faster booting, better dependency management, and much more. SystemD handles startup processes through .service files. SystemV handles…

December 6, 2019
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My Collection of Statistics About Americans

I spend 5-20 hours a week devouring books, RSS feeds, podcasts, and articles about what’s happening—and what’s coming—in security and technology. Then every Sunday I send the best of what I find to around 30,000 subscribers. “Your newsletter has become my most important source of news. It is the only newsletter I will NOT delete until I have perused it to the very end”. ~ Frank Hall Green

December 6, 2019
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Unsupervised Learning: No. 205

I spend 5-20 hours a week devouring books, RSS feeds, podcasts, and articles about what’s happening—and what’s coming—in security and technology. Then every Sunday I send the best of what I find to around 30,000 subscribers. “Your newsletter has become my most important source of news. It is the only newsletter I will NOT delete until I have perused it to the very end”. ~ Frank Hall Green

December 2, 2019
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Exploring Both Sides of the Free Speech and Cancelled Debate

With all the both-sided vitriol around free speech, cancelling, and deplaforming I thought it a good time to inject some equally both-sided common sense. Basically, one side thinks it’s wrong to deplatform people for having controversial—but not directly violence-inspiring—viewpoints. They often quote the first amendment about how nobody is supposed to ever be allowed to silence anyone on their platforms. Except, that’s not what the first amendment says. It says…

December 2, 2019
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Exploring Both Sides of the Free Speech and Cancelling Debate

With all the both-sided vitriol around free speech, cancelling, and de-plaforming I thought it a good time to inject some equally both-sided common sense. Basically, one side thinks it’s wrong to de-platform people for having controversial—but not directly violence-inspiring—viewpoints. They often quote the first amendment about how nobody is supposed to ever be allowed to silence anyone on their platforms. Except, that’s not what the first amendment says. It says…

December 2, 2019
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The Frustrating Potential of Eric Weinstein and The Portal

I’ve been following Eric Weinstein ever since seeing him live with Sam Harris in San Francisco a few years back. He has the trifecta of gifts in the form of kindness, intelligence, and honesty, and that’s seriously refreshing to have at the moment. Unfortunately he’s driving me insane right now. He just had Sam on his show, The Portal, and I seriously turned the epsisode off and back on again…

November 24, 2019
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Unsupervised Learning: No. 203

I spend 5-20 hours a week devouring books, RSS feeds, podcasts, and articles about what’s happening—and what’s coming—in security and technology. Then every Sunday I send the best of what I find to around 30,000 subscribers. “Your newsletter has become my most important source of news. It is the only newsletter I will NOT delete until I have perused it to the very end”. ~ Frank Hall Green

November 20, 2019
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A Beginner’s Notes on Meditation

I’ve wanted to get into meditation since I was in my late teens, but it just never materialized. Everything I did learn seemed too ephemeral and distant, and I lacked the time to go deep enough to get past that. I’ve tried multiple meditation apps and Sam’s is my clear favorite. This has finally changed with the benefits of technology—namely podcasts and meditation apps. I am particularly fond of Sam…

November 16, 2019
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Unsupervised Learning: No. 202 (Member Edition)

I spend 5-20 hours a week devouring books, RSS feeds, podcasts, and articles about what’s happening—and what’s coming—in security and technology. Then every Sunday I send the best of what I find to around 30,000 subscribers. “Your newsletter has become my most important source of news. It is the only newsletter I will NOT delete until I have perused it to the very end”. ~ Frank Hall Green

November 14, 2019
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