Stanisław Aronson

“If disaster comes, you will find that all the myths you once cherished are of no use to you. You will see what it is like to live in a society where morality has collapsed, causing all your assumptions and prejudices to crumble before your eyes. And after it’s all over, you will watch as, slowly but surely, these harshest of lessons are forgotten as the witnesses pass on and new myths take their place.”

(I survived the Warsaw ghetto. Here are the lessons I’d like to pass on)[]

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Stop Trying to Violently Separate Privacy and Security

Stop Trying to Violently Separate Privacy and Security:

Let’s focus all this Pedantic-Chi Energy on finding, classifying, and protecting the data in the first place. That’s what companies actually need help with.

(Via Daniel Miessler)

It’s an epic rant that Daniel wrote. His emotions are almost palpable when you read it. This would be more powerful if he stepped away emotionally. The post gets nasty at times, and personal attacks aren’t warranted.

The message, almost lost in Daniel’s frustration, is valid: the distinction between security and privacy is small. I tend to agree.

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An intensive introduction to Cryptography

An intensive introduction to Cryptography:

These are … lecture notes for an introductory but fast-paced undergraduate/beginning graduate course on cryptography. I am using these notes for Harvard CS 127.

You can also download all lecture notes in a single PDF file.

I am diving in. I thought I had a decent grasp on the basics of cryptography but I am learning a ton with this so far.


If you have any comments, suggestions, typo fixes, etc.. I would be very grateful if you post them as an issue or pull request in the GitHub repository where I am maintaining the source files for these notes.

What resources are you using?

Are you finding things that challenge your understanding and assumptions?

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And I can buy this poster where?
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Indians blank Tigers; clinch 3rd straight AL Central title

Indians blank Tigers; clinch 3rd straight AL Central title:

the Cleveland Indians clinched their third straight AL Central title with a 15-0 blowout on Saturday of the Detroit Tigers, who made four errors and managed only two hits.

(Via Japan Today)

Seems about right.

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Is “portrait mode” on iPhone cameras different than “portrait orientation”? I mean, if I take a picture in landscape orientation am I missing out on something?
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Mental Game

Baseball as a cerebral sport is a trope I enthusiastically embrace. I love it when both the strategy is executed and appropriate tactics are employed.
Case in point: the Hanshin Tigers versus the Yokohama BayStars today, 16 September 2018. From the get-go the Yokohama pitcher was nervous & high strung and the catcher could not settle him. The Tigers exhibited patience to an early 2 run lead. The BayStars tied, but Hanshin didn’t deviate from their strategy. One pitcher was replaced by another, equally nervous, hurler. Come the third inning, the Tigers’ strategy payed dividends. Tactically, every batter made the pitcher earn every pitch: there were comically few called strikes.
It was as if each batter mentally owned the pitcher upon arriving at the plate, and the pitcher aquiessed.
Meanwhile, the Tigers’ pitcher and catcher seemed like they were playing catch. The pace gave little time to Yokohama’s batters who seemed desperate to pull the ball the left field.
It’s 11 to 2 Tigers at the top of the 4th.
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Things like this may make Drafts 5 an exception to my “no subscription” policy

Drafts 5.4

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On The iPhone Event

On The iPhone Event:

First off, and just to get that out of the way quickly, the Series 4 watch turned out to be the most significant device for me. Even though I have a perfectly good Series 3, I will probably buy one as soon as I figure out whether the ECG functionality will be enabled outside the US (medical regulations being what they are, and conveniently glossed over until now–there are a lot of subtleties involved).

This could be my Apple upgrade on my next trip to the US, just to make sure I get the full functionality. The problem is that my work phone program doesn’t yet have a mechanism for attaching a cellular watch to the plan.

 I still wish they’d made a round, more watch-like device, but Apple doesn’t seem to be going that path anyway soon, and there is a degree of continuity implied by having bands be compatible across generations (which may well be completely irrelevant in the long run, but still makes sense).

I was thinking about this on the train. When I hold the strap while standing on the Tokyo Metro, with a round typeface I could read on my watch with the screen text reorienting as my arm does. Imagine a compass in the blue liquid always pointing north.

And form factors are as good a topic as any to begin addressing the new iPhones. The apparent death of the SE form factor is particularly annoying to me given that I prefer small devices with just enough screen real estate for messaging, but the overarching trend to do everything on a phone has clearly driven Apple towards bigger form factors, something that I’m not keen on at all.

When my late, lamented iPhone 6S Plus still worked I had it with my work iPhone 7. Since I have to carry two phones anyway, one for work and one for personal, I like one being in the smaller form factor. And don’t get me started on analog headphone jacks.

I also deeply regret the death of Touch ID, which was in my opinion far more practical (and, from a perspective of intent, maybe even more secure) than Face ID. I don’t want to have to pick up my phone from a desk or charging cradle to unlock it or to authenticate in apps—that is highly inconvenient in many situations, and enough people have written at length about the differences (and frustrations) entailed in both approaches.

Yes. If Apple took a page from Google’s playbook and put a fingerprint sensor on the back with FaceID in the front, I would be on board with that.

Having said that, I’m relatively satisfied that the new “low-end” model shares the same CPU and overall internals as the other ones—that alone is enough for me to discard the iPhone 8 as an option, even though, to be honest, it still is the device I like the most.

Ultimately the new iPhones fail in my primary metrics: solving a problem (not a mere convenience) and/or changing the way I work & live. My S2 Apple Watch changed the way I work with the calendar, the ability to quickly capture voice notes, and how I live with the health stuff. iPhone 7 solved the problem of Suica mobile transit and Apple Pay use in Japan, partially thanks to TouchID, as an American without a grasp of Japanese.

I could not care less about OLED or case framing (although I still dislike the idea of a glass back),

Me, too!

and with the XS camera being the only significant difference for me, I will have to figure out whether it’s worth the premium.

Long ago I stopped caring even a little bit about the camera in phones. They’re all fine. Unless someone points out a deficiency I can perceive it’s all marketing hooey.

Hardware lifecycle and value are fundamentally different for Apple devices (witness my continued use of an iPhone 6 until today), and it is worth considering upgrades as continued investment spaced out over the years rather than yearly gadget binges.

I’m currently rocking a 2-year-old work iPhone 7 (Japan) and a 3-year-old personal iPod Touch 6th generation. Both are working fine and compliment each other – the 128GB iPod making up for the paltry 32GB of storage in my iPhone. The afore mentioned personal US iPhone 6S Plus succumbed to “bend gate”.

Oh, and I find the naming to be less than inspiring, but at least we’re finally out of the numbers game.

The logic behind the naming is convoluted Roman numeral-ing at best. That they replaced “Plus” with “Max” was very Motorola of them, though with 50% fewer X-es.

(Via The Tao of Mac)

The event disappointed me. I wanted to see more about the MacMini refresh, the MacBook Air refresh, and new AirPods. As it is, maybe I will buy a new watch in the next six months. Even if something breaks I think the refurbished market will be my shopping ground as opposed to what is now on the menu.

HOWEVER, dual SIM support in the Xs and Xs Max does interest me. If I can have a Japanese eSIM and slap in a Google Fi SIM … that would be pretty cool.

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