Archive for July, 2017



(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Patriotism is a belief in one’s homeland, a love for one’s country; and it’s something I completely lack. Not because I hate my country or anything as simplistic, but rather because I feel that it is not my country. I was born between these lines on a map, and was raised and nurtured within them; it was not my country that made me who I am, it was my parents, and my teachers, and eventually my friends, employers, co-workers, drill sergeants, employees, and my minor foes – the people who I’ve interacted with, for better or worse. Including you. You’re my country; you’re all my country. I’ve traveled all over the world, on foot, by train, by boat, by plane – first class and on a shoestring, and everyone I’ve met has generally been friendly, helpful, fair, interesting, and human. They are all my country. The lines on the map are not. …

stderr 2017/07/30 open-letter

Hermann Göring: “All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”


The Magnitsky Act


(Atlantic) – Julia Ioffe:

Let’s get something straight: The Magnitsky Act is not, nor has it ever been, about adoptions.

The Magnitsky Act, rather, is about money. It freezes certain Russian officials’ access to the stashes they were keeping in Western banks and real estate and bans their entry to the United States. …

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Magnitsky Act protest

HJ Hornbeck: William Browder and the Magnitsky Act

Don’t Sweat Quantum Crypto


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Whenever I see the press utterly fail to “get” something to do with computer security, I assume they’re equally lazy and wrong about every other field that requires more understanding than “who made Kim Kardashian’s shoes?” (because they are labelled). …

stderr 2017/07/27 quantum-crypto

Quantum cryptography

The Anthony Scaramucci Era


(Rolling Stone Politics) – Matt Taibbi:

The glad-handing hedge-funder turned White House press chief has reignited the comic potential of Trump presidency. It’s too bad he won’t last past the end of this sentence. …

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Anthony Scaramucci

LibreOffice 5.4


(TDF Blog) – Italo Vignoli:

The Document Foundation has announced LibreOffice 5.4, the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family, immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. LibreOffice 5.4 adds significant new features in every module, including the usual large number of incremental improvements to Microsoft Office file compatibility. …

documentfoundation 2017/07/28 libreoffice-5-4


The Limits of Bullying


(Atlantic Politics) – Adam Serwer:

Trump’s opponents have often been accused of naïveté for their appeals to norms and civility. But early Friday morning, at least, that faith was rewarded. …

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John McCain

How “Much Ado About Nothing” Should Have Ended


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Sweet, let me see your face. I am your husband, if you like of me.” …

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Mya Gosling: How “Much Ado About Nothing” Should Have Ended

Germany’s New Muslims


(Atlantic) – Alice Su:

Far from trying to “Islamicize” the country, some Syrian refugees find its version of Islam too conservative for their taste. …

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Islam in Germany

Things That Aren’t True


(Jesus and Mo) – Jesus:

“Why does the barmaid hate us?” …

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Jesus and Mo 2017-07-26: Police

Dawkins sees off Darwin in vote for most influential science book


(Guardian Books) – Claire Armitstead:

A public poll to mark 30 years of the Royal Society book prizes sees The Selfish Gene declared the most significant. …

theguardian 2017/jul/20 science-book

Richard Dawkins: The Selfish Gene