Lessons learned from last week's cyberattack

From a post on a Microsoft blog:

We need the tech sector, customers, and governments to work together to protect against cybersecurity attacks. More action is needed, and it's needed now. In this sense, the WannaCrypt attack is a wake-up call for all of us.

Think of the journalists

From "Won't Somebody Please Think of the Journalists?", a talk:

The only way to make journalism a safe practice is to make the Internet, and cell phones, and thermostats, and robot vacuums, and every other technical tool out there safe for everyone.


Talking about journalism helps people disengage the fear part of their mind and remain level-headed or even hopeful.

I think digital privacy is important. I think it's hard to convince others that it's important...this is fuel for my arguments!

Ball lightning

From "Ball lightning: the coolest thing you’ve never heard of":

Ball lightning looks like a floating glowing fuzzy ball of light, usually a few inches to a few feet in diameter. It floats or moves around rooms, airplanes, open areas – and occasionally through solid objects. It usually lasts for a few seconds or, rarely, minutes, and then disappears, silently, or with a popping sound, or sometimes even a loud explosion and a surge of electricity through nearby objects. This surge often sets on fire, blows up, or electrocutes nearby objects – everything from cows to VCR players to people. Ball lightning usually appears under in the same circumstances as regular old lightning: during major storms, flying through clouds in planes, etc.

Ball lightning is super cool!!

On becoming comfortable with privacy violations

From a post titled "I'll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you":

Over time, this unparalleled intrusion into your personal privacy may come to feel as routine as taking off your shoes and putting them on a conveyer belt.

"Six other times the US has banned immigrants"

From an Al Jazeera article:

...this is not the first time that the US has banned immigrants from its shores. Over the past 200 years, successive American presidents have placed restrictions on the immigration of certain groups.

Ashamed to say we're at it again.