Category Archives: Industry

My job as an engineering translator

After a recent design meeting, I had to explain the idiomatic content to a visiting Italian engineer thusly: “You ‘cover your ass’ so that you don’t later have to ‘save your ass’ from something that will ‘come back and bite you in the ass’. My work is done here…

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Blogging from Diaspora

In my continuing pursuit of ever more elusive online security and privacy, I'm revisiting my relationship with Diaspora*. Diaspora* has the distinct benefit of being free and open source, with a focus on keeping your data yours. Its interface is clean and fast (like 'Ello, but with features!), and its distributed pod structure means that […]

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Intellectual Property?

So here’s a quandary for the more IP-aware among you: Someone I vaguely know has asked permission to use some CG artwork I created for a tutorial I wrote some years ago. This is a freely-available work that’s been published on the internet for nearly a decade, but it *is* published under a license that […]

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Getting Serious About Internet Security

Firefox, we need to talk. We’ve been together a long time, and it’s been a wonderful and productive relationship, but you aren’t the browser I fell in love with any more. You’ve become heavy and complicated, and some of your best features leak my info like a sieve unless I spend hours researching how to […]

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Two-Factor Sucks (Unless You Do It My Way). How About Algorithmic Passwords?

“I forgot my phone. Can I use your tablet to check my gmail?” “Sure, here you go.” “I can’t log in.” “Why not?” “It sent a text to my phone to check if I was who I say I am.” “Well, that’s useful.” (AKA “something you know, plus something you have, except that you don’t […]

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