Category Archives: Technology

Net Neutrality: Capacity, Inefficiency, and Cost

Net neutrality1 will, almost certainly, increase the cost of end-consumer2 connections. The logic behind this is simple and requires only minimal understanding of economics; in short: requiring equal treatment of all data will mean that capacity increases will be the … Continue reading

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Quantum Silence

On its site about the status of a “warp drive” (no, really), NASA has a useful ruler for measuring the development of any particular technology. This ruler has five stages: Conjecture: The very beginning of the quest for knowledge. This … Continue reading

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Copying and Pasting Passwords

There seems to be a trend among major websites to ‘disallow’ copying and pasting of passwords (generally through JavaScript and other similar means). The thinking behind this is that users who copy and paste their passwords are more likely to … Continue reading

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Encryption Explained

I had thought, at first, to start this article with a long list of Latin phrases1. Whereas that may have left my high school Latin teacher overjoyed, I suspect it would have detracted from my main goal: Explaining encryption in … Continue reading

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Secure Email Doesn’t Exist

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the US Government’s domestic (and international) spying activity, there has been (understandably) an increase in the general public’s interest in encryption and secure communications. A number of good pieces of software have … Continue reading

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