qz.com

The best part of iMessage is coming to Android phones

Baffled why this is news. The old default, Hangouts, had this option for YEARS. BTW, still does.

www.theguardian.com

Flight of the Conchords: ‘We’re retired sex symbols’

It’s been ages since I watched the show。Might have to revisit it。

What could possibly go wrong?

US Lawmakers Propose ‘Hack Back’ Law to Allow Cyber Retaliation Without Permission of Third-Party Country

US Lawmakers Propose ‘Hack Back’ Law to Allow Cyber Retaliation Without Permission of Third-Party Country

US legislators are proposing new legislation that would empower US cyber defenses to hack back at cyber aggressors, even if they’re using a third-party country’s infrastructure, without the explicit consent of the respective country.

The National Defense Authorization Act would also create a new cyber entity with the technology and skills to strike back at cyber aggressors, namely China and Russia, that seek to disrupt US critical infrastructure or weaken its cyber resilience. If approved, the bill not only let the US military “hack back” at aggressors, but also creates a “Cyberspace Solarium Commission” whose purpose is to propose and implement strategic cyber defenses that augment the United States’ resilience towards cyber-attacks.

What could possibly go wrong?

  • Attribution is imprecise and prone to error, and so
  • Attribution is vulnerable to “false flags”

  • Relies on having people with the needed skills to launch the “hack back”

  • Assumes the government, private industry, individuals, non-profits, etc.can defend the counter attack

  • Lacks judicial and/or legislative oversight to make sure it’s not abused

  • Arguably violates dozens of treaties

And these are off the top of my head.