Author Archives: Mark Doliner

On the Shadow Brokers NSA leaks

The leaks published by The Shadow Brokers (Wikipedia, New York Times) are the perfect example of why we should minimize the sensitive information kept by the government. I posted about this in the context of encryption backdoors two years ago. … Continue reading

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Star Trek

I watched all episodes of the original Star Trek series over the last two years. It’s not amazing, but it has its moments. Some episodes are great, some are dumb, and some are boring. Episodes are almost entirely self-contained—no cross-episode … Continue reading

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Technology news briefs

There were three events last week that I thought didn’t get enough news coverage: 1. Good news: Proposed restrictions on warrantless electronic device border searches Bills were proposed in the Senate and House to require a probable cause warrant before … Continue reading

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Two years with a Retrospec Mantra

I commuted a few miles a day for two years on a black Retrospec Mantra single-speed bike. I bought it from Amazon for $256 in October 2014. (more photos) It’s nothing special. Fairly low quality, but appropriately priced. The steel … Continue reading

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USS Hornet

On Saturday, Emily, Ruby and I visited the USS Hornet, a decommissioned Essex Class Navy aircraft carrier moored in Alameda, California. You get free reign to wander the flight deck, hanger deck, and a deck or two below. The passageways … Continue reading

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Trump vs. Clinton

I voted for Clinton/Kaine. Clinton is the only qualified presidential candidate on the ballot. There are things I don’t like about Clinton, but… Donald Trump is a worthless piece of shit. A lying [1][2][3], impulsive, megalomaniac, garbage excuse for a … Continue reading

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Safari invalid certificate handling sucks

Update 2020-06-03: It’s been a long time since I first posted this. It’s quite possible these problems are all fixed. I haven’t tested—sorry! Update 2017-11-03: Some of these issues have been improved on macOS Safari (I didn’t check iOS). Original … Continue reading

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Nighttime music

When Ruby was a little younger, before we started sleep training, the three of us would sometimes sit in her room at the end of the day and listen to music. I tried to pick music that was soft and … Continue reading

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