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05 Sep 2018

GDPR didn't affect spam? Not so fast. Internet

I have recently become aware of a blog post from Recorded Future that attempts to analyse the effects of the GDPR on online security. Unfortunately, it starts by asking an irrelevant question, and then goes on to use irrelevant metrics to come to a meaningless answer.

The premise of Recorded Future's article -- that spammers would send more spam and register more domains because GDPR came into effect -- tells us nothing useful about how GDPR affects anything. It's the wrong question, it's not a question most security people are concerned with, and it ignores how spam and spammers work.

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12 Feb 2018

Why is it so hard to run a Bitcoin exchange? Internet
One of the chronic features of the Bitcoin landscape is that Bitcoin exchanges screw up and fail, starting with Mt. Gox. There's nothing conceptually very hard about running an exchange, so what's the problem?

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01 Feb 2018

How many people can you pay with bitcoins? Internet

An aquaintance wrote:

I think it's an open question as to whether that belief can sustain a meaningfully high Bitcoin price. There has never been a currency or asset that has been so easily tradable among every person in the world (even among anonymous people). ...

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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/bitsome.html

28 Jan 2018

How do you turn a typesetting language into an identifier system? (Not easily) Internet

Unicode's goal, which it meets quite well, is that whatever text you want to represent in whatever language, dead or alive, Unicode can represesnt the characters or symbols it uses. Any computer with a set of Unicode type faces and suitable layout software can display that text. In effect, Unicode is primarily a typesetting language.

Over in the domain name system, we also use Unicode to represent non-ASCII identifiers. That turns out to be a problem, because an identifier needs a unique form, something that doesn't matter for typesetting.

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22 Oct 2017

The hack back bill in Congress is better than you'd expect Internet
Rep's Graves and Sinema recently introduced H.R. 4036, the catchily named
Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act or ACDC act which creates some exceptions to criminal parts of computer crime laws. Lots of reports have decried "hack back" but if you read the bill, it's surprisingly well targeted.

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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/hackback.html

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