The Weak Case Against Strong Encryption

I used to think that the idea of banning encryption was too absurd for discussion. Whenever a politician or government official suggested it, I figured it to be a ploy covering the real desire, which was not to ban encryption,...

How Containers are Changing Everything

Modern application development owes much to the growth of the development operations (devops) movement and the automation tools it has delivered. Instead of just writing code, developers now need to think in terms the tools they're using -- and how they...

Bug-free Code? That's a lie!

Behavioral psychiatrists say that virtually all people lie. Most are little white lies to protect the feelings of others. Some lies are acts of commission -- a deliberate statement of untruth -- whereas others are lies of omission. In the...

Facebook Should Care More About Privacy

Following the revelations that have shown major flaws in Facebook’s privacy settings with regard to linking your mobile number, security experts are now calling for the company to get serious about protecting users. The issue relates to Facebook and one...

The Security Risks of Third-Party Data

Most of us get to be thoroughly relieved that our e-mails weren't in the Ashley Madison database. But don't get too comfortable. Whatever secrets you have, even the ones you don't think of as secret, are more likely than you...

The Internet Officially Sucks

We are entering yet another new era for the Internet --  a very sad pessimistic one. You don’t have to take my word for it at all, but you should at least think about it and consider what I am...

The NSA Plans for a Post-Quantum World

Quantum computing is a novel way to build computers -- one that takes advantage of the quantum properties of particles to perform operations on data in a very different way than traditional computers. In some cases, the algorithm speedups are...

Valve Bans In-Game Coaching At Majors

A problem was recently brought into light that team coaches are no longer able to participate in leading their team through a game at Valve-sponsored major events. The Electronic Sports League, also known as ESL, sent emails out to some...

It's Time to Upgrade to Linux 4.7.1

If you are currently using Linux version 4.6 series, then the Lead Maintainer has a message for you. It's time to upgrade. Greg Kroah-Hartman on Tuesday announced the arrival of Linux 4.6.7. This is making it clear that it will be the...