Top 5 Albums

Posted on December 5th, 2017

We’ve got a new entry in the list, so here’s my current list, in no particular order: Igorrr - Savage Sinusoid [France] (baroque, electronic, breakcore, metal, black metal, experimental) Katatonia - Dethroned & Uncrowned [Sweden] (progressive metal, acoustic, depressive rock, doom metal) Living Sacrifice - The Hammering Process [USA] (metal, metalcore, groove metal) Shpongle - Museum of Consciousness [England] (psychedelic, electronic, psytrance, downtempo, electro, psybient) Black Sun Empir...

Food for Thought: 2017-12-04

Posted on December 4th, 2017

Here are some things I’ve found thought provoking, recently:When it comes to abuse of power, media still focuses on feelings of the abuser, instead of the abused. It’s still all about the person with power. “I feel so bad and lost that I hurt my fans." “I’m really struggling with my direction." “I’m doing a lot of soul-searching." You know the drill. It’s fauxpology and “look at me" brand maintenance. We’ve seen this repeatedly in the recent slew of outings of serial sexual abusers. Here, we ...

Food for Thought: 2017-11-27

Posted on November 27th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently: "The game of Caesar is a game of power."Universal Basic Income is a bad idea. It would have same nasty unintended consequences, assuredly get entrenched in a unfixable way, and most importantly, doesn’t address the underlying problems. This comment from “Universal Basic Bullshit" points out another one of the problems: "The aim is pacification, not liberation. A universal basic income is, in the most cynical sense, a subtle ...

Passive-Aggressive Unsubscribe Messages: eGain

Posted on November 20th, 2017

I’ve mentioned before that companies may engage in manipulative passive-aggressive messages when you unsubscribe. Today, I received one from eGain. Here’s the commentary for unsubscribe (honestly, not as bad as many others): But it gets worse. When you actually go to unsubscribe, it doesn’t automatically use the email address that they are spamming. Further, they attempt to gather another email address from you in the process. Finally, they add a “verification" step to further slow down and ...

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Posted on November 14th, 2017

Eluvium - Shuffle Drones

5 Dimensional Political Compass

Posted on November 14th, 2017

I tried this quiz. Like others, it has some coherency problems. If you take it, post your results! Items in italics are my own notes.You are a: Socialist Anarchist Isolationist Bleeding-Heart Progressive Collectivism score: 50% Authoritarianism score: -83% Internationalism score: -67% Tribalism score: -100% Liberalism score: 50% Explanation key: Collectivism refers economic intervention, whether the society or state should intervene in the economy to redistribute wealth from the more to the ...

Food for Thought: 2017-11-07

Posted on November 7th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently:In the latest strange development in the realm of intellectual “property", a pharmaceutical company is holding a patent with a Mohawk Tribe, in order limit litigation accessibility.Ad-driven media and algorithm-based sites are creating some really nasty incentives. This article describes adversarial attacks against machine learning."Part of the horrors emanating from Trump involves style, and some involve substance. President ...

Food for Thought: 2017-10-17

Posted on October 17th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently. Ranked in priority-reading order:Quick hit: the new Google Security Checkup is personalized for your account. Do it. In addition, if your account is high-risk or you are heavily-targeted, you can opt-in to Google’s Advanced Protection Program.Good essay about ongoing manipulation in the modern data economy. This hits a lot of the points I made in my Indy Big Data talk (ref: http://indybigdatasecurity.com/). We need to build i...

Food for Thought: 2017-10-05

Posted on October 5th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently. Ranked in priority-reading order:Hacking attribution is very difficult and often impossible to do with high certainty. People who claim to know for sure who did something usually have an agenda. This article explains one of the reasons attribution is so difficult: https://theintercept.com/2017/10/04/masquerading-hackers-are-forcing-a-rethink-of-how-attacks-are-traced/Simple disabling of TouchID is a good duress mode precautio...

Food for Thought: 2017-09-25

Posted on September 25th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently. Ranked in priority-reading order:"Equifax Impressed By Hackers’ Ability To Ruin People’s Finances More Efficiently Than Company Can" (except, not really): http://www.theonion.com/article/equifax-impressed-hackers-ability-ruin-peoples-fin-56882A number of large companies with presence in Indiana are going through RIFs, this year (though not targeting Indiana, specifically). Dow, Cox Enterprises, Angie’s List, Lily all in the m...

Todd Grotenhuis

Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist