Posts Tagged ‘x78retwee’

SKS Keyserver Network Under Attack

July 5, 2019

a good example of a hypothetical attack that now becomes real

https://gist.github.com/rjhansen/67ab921ffb4084c865b3618d6955275f QT:{{”
“The number one use of OpenPGP today is to verify downloaded packages for Linux-based operating systems, usually using a software tool called GnuPG. If someone were to poison a vendor’s public certificate and upload it to the keyserver network, the next time a system administrator refreshed their keyring from the keyserver network the vendor’s now-poisoned certificate would be downloaded. At that point upgrades become impossible because the authenticity of downloaded packages cannot be verified. Even downloading the vendor’s certificate and re-importing it would be of no use, because GnuPG would choke trying to import the new certificate. It is not hard to imagine how motivated adversaries could employ this against a Linux-based computer network.”
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Compelling argument against Slack

May 27, 2019

Stop Letting Modern Distractions Steal Your Attention

Making yourself inaccessible from time to time is essential to boosting your focus.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/26/smarter-living/stop-letting-modern-distractions-steal-your-attention.html

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This kind of task switching comes with a cost. It’s called attention residue, a term established by Sophie Leroy, a professor at the Bothell School of Business at the University of Washington. In a 2009 study, Dr. Leroy found that if people transition their attention away from an unfinished task, their subsequent task performance will suffer. For example, if you interrupt writing an email to reply to a text message, it will take time to refocus when you turn your attention back to finishing your email. That little bit of time of adjusting your focus — the residue — compounds throughout the day. As we fragment our attention, fatigue and stress increases, which negatively affects performance.

At the very least, she said, start leaving your phone behind during certain periods of the day, and perhaps establishing no-phone zones in your house or workplace. Treat it as an experiment: Try things and see what makes you feel good, she said.
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Autoreject – An Automatic Review Generator

May 27, 2019

https://autoreject.org/

Could be useful

Human Genome Project pioneer seeks cure for chronic fatigue syndrome to save his own son – CNN

May 25, 2019

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/12/health/stanford-geneticist-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-trnd/index.html

Is Conference Room Air Making You Dumber? – The New York Times

May 19, 2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/06/health/conference-room-air.html

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Other scientists who read the study got interested in the subject. A team led by Harvard researchers published similar results in 2016.

They had office workers come into a mock workplace for six days and take the same kind of problem-solving test while exposed to various concentrations of both carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds commonly found in office buildings.

As levels of carbon dioxide rose from 550 ppm to 945 ppm to 1400 ppm, subjects’ scores under most headings declined substantially. (Problem-solving ability also seemed to suffer as levels of volatile organic compounds rose.)

“What we saw were these striking, really quite dramatic impacts on decision-making performance, when all we did was make a few minor adjustments to the air quality in the building,” said Joseph Allen, a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who led the study.
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Stony evidence of the hellfire that drove dinosaurs to extinction – Dinosaur extinction

May 19, 2019

https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2019/04/06/stony-evidence-of-the-hellfire-that-drove-dinosaurs-to-extinction

Scott Kelly Spent a Year Taking Photos in Space. They’re Beautiful. – The New York Times

April 15, 2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/science/scott-kellys-photos-space.html

Let People Share DNA With a Click

April 13, 2019

one end of the spectrum on open DNA

Let People Share DNA With a Click
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-22/the-nih-should-become-the-facebook-of-genome-data

Here are cognitive scientist Steven Pinker’s 13 tips for better writing / Boing Boing

April 13, 2019

liked particularly:

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3. Don’t go meta. Minimize concepts about concepts, like “approach, assumption, concept, condition, context, framework, issue, level, model, perspective, process, range, role, strategy, tendency,” and “variable.”

8. Old information at the beginning of the sentence, new information at the end.

10. Prose must cohere: readers must know how each sentence is related to the preceding one. If it’s not obvious, use “that is, for example, in general, on the other hand, nevertheless, as a result, because, nonetheless,” or “despite.”

12. Read it aloud.
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https://boingboing.net/2019/03/27/here-are-cognitive-scientist-s.html

WIRED: Scientists Need More Cat DNA, and Lil Bub is Here to Help

April 3, 2019

amusing…
The story has an interesting mendelian disease angle.
https://www.wired.com/story/scientists-need-more-cat-dna-and-lil-bub-is-here-to-help/

Scientists Need More Cat DNA, and Lil Bub is Here to Help
WIRED
Unusual DNA helped make Lil Bub a cat celebrity. Now that genetic data could improve medical care for cats without millions of Instagram followers. Read the full story