Paco Hope

Paco Hope

My Random Musings and Rants
Content Metadata for Social Media (e.g., Mastodon)
Content Metadata for Social Media (e.g., Mastodon)
I've been thinking about how to make social media practical and usable by kids. Back when I was experimenting with app.net, I wrote a blog...
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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.
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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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Content Metadata for Social Media (e.g., Mastodon)
Content Metadata for Social Media (e.g., Mastodon)
I've been thinking about how to make social media practical and usable by kids. Back when I was experimenting with app.net, I wrote a blog...
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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.
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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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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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Electronic Voting

So I attended the USENIX Security Symposium 2003 and they had a good panel discussion on electronic voting. Dr. David Dill from Stanford runs a good web site related to it. VerifiedVoting.org talks about electronic voting and issues surrounding them. Kudos to VoteHere and Populex for showing up. They took …

Fun Again

If you like the board games at BrettSpielWelt, then you should probably own them. It’s definitely worthwhile to play them physically in addition to virtually. You get a feel for the pieces and the game play. You also support the people who made the game. That’s important. Anyways, that’s a …

Online Games

I’ve just found a very cool online game site. The site is www.brettspielwelt.de. There are just tons of games there. Most of them are strategy board games. It’s a big online community where you can find people to play with and have fun playing against them.