Paco Hope

Paco Hope

My Random Musings and Rants
My favourite bash prompt
My favourite bash prompt
I was working on my bash prompt recently. I think I've settled on some defaults that I quite like. I figured I'd share it with...
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Cosmic Rays Did Not Change Election Results
Cosmic Rays Did Not Change Election Results
In 2003 a Belgian election anomaly investigation shrugged. In 2017 it's described as cosmic rays hacking our elections. Ridiculous.
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Bill Gates is Wrong: We Can’t Tax Robots
Bill Gates is Wrong: We Can’t Tax Robots
There has been a lot of noise lately about Bill Gates statements around taxing robots.
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Crossing the Border with Your Phone
Crossing the Border with Your Phone
Is it possible to cross an international border and not give up all your data to law enforcement? If so, how?Continue reading
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System-Wide Unique Passwords (SWUP)
System-Wide Unique Passwords (SWUP)
When you go to create an account or to change your password, you enter a new password. If the new password you’ve chosen matches any...
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All You Need to Know About Passwords: Longer is Stronger
All You Need to Know About Passwords: Longer is Stronger
Because I work in information security, I deal with passwords a lot. There is a really simple guide to making good passwords: longer is stronger....
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My favourite bash prompt
My favourite bash prompt
I was working on my bash prompt recently. I think I've settled on some defaults that I quite like. I figured I'd share it with...
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Cosmic Rays Did Not Change Election Results
Cosmic Rays Did Not Change Election Results
In 2003 a Belgian election anomaly investigation shrugged. In 2017 it's described as cosmic rays hacking our elections. Ridiculous.
Read More
Bill Gates is Wrong: We Can’t Tax Robots
Bill Gates is Wrong: We Can’t Tax Robots
There has been a lot of noise lately about Bill Gates statements around taxing robots.
Read More
Crossing the Border with Your Phone
Crossing the Border with Your Phone
Is it possible to cross an international border and not give up all your data to law enforcement? If so, how?Continue reading
Read More
System-Wide Unique Passwords (SWUP)
System-Wide Unique Passwords (SWUP)
When you go to create an account or to change your password, you enter a new password. If the new password you’ve chosen matches any...
Read More
All You Need to Know About Passwords: Longer is Stronger
All You Need to Know About Passwords: Longer is Stronger
Because I work in information security, I deal with passwords a lot. There is a really simple guide to making good passwords: longer is stronger....
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We Need More Than Two Buckets for Thought
We Need More Than Two Buckets for Thought
I saw a really great article called "Blue Feed, Red Feed, See Liberal Facebook and Conservative Facebook, Side by Side" on the Wall Street Journal....
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PSN and Playstation Parental Controls are Totally Pointless
PSN and Playstation Parental Controls are Totally Pointless
Game developers generally ignore parental controls when they develop games. Sony permits these games to connect to PSN and to operate in an all-or-nothing mode....
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Why Watch TV News?

I am increasingly perplexed that anyone ever watches TV news any more. Some math: the average person reads 300-400 words per minute. The average news presenter speaks 100-120 words per minute The average 30-minute program on US TV has 8 minutes of ads. The weather takes a good 60 seconds …

Desperate Repair of RHA MA750i headphones

I have found what I think are the most perfect headphones (MA750i from RHA). (Thanks Ritesh for the recommendation!) The cost/performance ratio is great. I paid £90 for fabulously durable headphones that sound awesome. I had them for months and they were great. Then they broke (see below for the …