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Apr. 18th, 2014


Reverse Heartbleed

Heartbleed can affect clients as well as servers.


Overreacting to Risk

This is a crazy overreaction:

A 19-year-old man was caught on camera urinating in a reservoir that holds Portland's drinking water Wednesday, according to city officials.

Now the city must drain 38 million gallons of water from Reservoir 5 at Mount Tabor Park in southeast Portland.

I understand the natural human disgust reaction, but do these people actually think that their normal drinking water is any more pure? That a single human is that much worse than all the normal birds and other animals? Or that a few ounces distributed amongst 38 million gallons is negligible.

Another story.

Apr. 17th, 2014


The Way Forward in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia, and European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton sit across from one another in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 17, 2014, before a quadrilateral meeting focused on Ukraine. [State Department photo by Eric Bridiers/ Public Domain]

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, on April 16-17 to participate in bilateral meetings and a multilateral meeting among the United States, Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union to discuss the ongoing situation in and around Ukraine.  

At the conclusion of the discussions, Secretary Kerry said, "...Diplomacy requires willing partners, and I...want to thank Minister Deshchytsia and also Minister Lavrov for their willing work in the course of today, their readiness to engage in a constructive dialogue. We worked hard, and we worked in good faith, in order...more


Geek Social Fallacies

I've had to remind myself of Geek Social Fallacy #1 quite often lately...

I find the Geek Social Fallacies list very useful, even enlightening. You should take a look, even if you're not a geek and never have been.



The following is attributed, not necessarily accurately, to Mark Twain:
"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

Likewise, as an adolescent, I tolerated my dad poorly. I presented a problem he couldn't solve, no matter how hard he tried. Today, I feel very lucky about how good of a conversation I can have with him, and how he can get to the root of a problem and provide a helpful perspective. He is a scientist and I'm a clinical social worker, but I think asking useful questions is central to both jobs.


North Korea’s Systematic, Widespread and Gross Human Rights Violations Demand International Action

A South Korean woman prays during a rally demanding the improvement of North Korean's human rights situation in Seoul, South Korea, April 14, 2014. [AP File Photo]

Today, members of the UN Security Council met to discuss the findings of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea and to hear compelling personal testimony from survivors Shin Dong-hyuk and Hyeon Seo-lee.  While the members of the Security Council have spent countless hours considering the threat North Korea's nuclear program poses to international peace and security, today for the first time they also contemplated the systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations that North Korea is committing against its own people, many of which the Commission found amount...more


United Nations Security Council Examines Human Rights Situation in Ukraine

People cast shadows waving flags as they gather at a square in Sevastopol, Crimea, March 18, 2014. [AP File Photo]

On April 16, 2014, the United Nations Security Council convened to discuss the work of the UN's Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine and the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation in Ukraine.  The report looks at the root causes of the protests that have taken place since November 2013, assesses the human rights situation in Crimea, and makes recommendations for the way forward.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power...more


Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Roundtable Highlights a Global Problem

Poster appears outside the World Bank's 2014 Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 11, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

On April 11 in connection with the spring World Bank/International Monetary Fund meetings taking place in Washington, D.C., representatives of G-20 and APEC member economies and other countries and international organizations met on the problems resulting from fossil fuel subsidies around the world and discussed current and future actions.

This event was organized by New Zealand on behalf of Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland), the United States, and the World Bank.  High-level officials from...more



Nice article on the Tails stateless operating system. I use it. Initially I would boot my regular computer with Tails on a USB stick, but I went out and bought a remaindered computer from Best Buy for $250 and now use that.

Apr. 16th, 2014


Breaking New Barriers in Sports Diplomacy

Paralympic judo bronze medalist Dartanyon Crockett, a Sports Envoy, walks a female athlete through a move during a sports exchange program in Turkmenistan in March 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

In a July 2013, ESPN newsmagazine Outside the Lines ran a piece titled “Carry On,” featuring the story of Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton, former high school wrestling teammates who struck up an unlikely friendship while competing together at Cleveland’s Lincoln West High School.  Crockett, severely near-sighted from Leber's disease, often carried Sutton, whose legs were amputated after a boyhood accident.  After high school, Crockett began to focus on judo, taking quickly to the sport, winning a national...more

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