Provider

She was half-heartedly poking at the keyboard when the car started to move. Oh. "I guess I'm rolling. Coverage is sketch here so I might cut out." "Oh my God. You're still shielding her? I thought we paid you better than that." His voice lifted when he disapproved. She rolled…

fiction, ai

America's military versus the world

I am pro-military. I think having a strong military means we're unlikely to have to use it to protect ourselves. But how strong does it actually need to be? For the sake of argument, I'll assume that spending corresponds to strength. That is, America spending $1 million gives us roughly…

politics, military, economy

Search-proof your devices when traveling

Over-eager airport security has recently taken to making travelers unlock their phones and tables for examination. This is both unforgivably invasive and trivially easy to defeat. Here's how to protect your data on your iPhone or iPad when traveling. Simplest: disable Touch ID Enable a six-digit passcode on your device.…

privacy, technology, travel

Rebooting

I started this blog twelve years ago. I always meant to update it regularly, but... life intervenes. After recently coming back to it, I decided it was due for a good cleaning. There were lots of old articles about things I no longer care about but that people on the…

meta, personal

Purge your Yahoo account

There are about 1.5 billion reasons to want to cancel your Yahoo account. Don't do that! According to Yahoo's account deletion page, they "may allow other users to sign up for and use your current Yahoo! ID and profile names after your account has been deleted": This is a…

yahoo, security, privacy