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O’Reilly Security Conference 2016: Acceptable Risks

I was listening to Adrian Ludwig’s talk, titled “Securing 85% of the world’s smartphones”, at this year’s O’Reilly Security Conference in New York when I realized that I may never want to do any financial or other important transactions using a mobile … Continue reading

MapD Political Donation Visualization

I received an email from my friends at MapD. There the Harvard-MIT spawned “data exploration” company. That’s there poetic way of saying they do speedy database queries using parallel computing elements. Anyway, they scooped up all the available public data … Continue reading

Kickstarter Raspberry Pi Project for Kids: Spy v. sPi

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October 8, 2016 | Editor

For the purposes of this blog post, let’s say there are two kinds of parents in the world. One kind would tell their kids to go out on a beautiful day and ride a bicycle. The other would say it’s … Continue reading

Kaiser Fung Explains Data Science

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September 21, 2016 | Editor

One of the high points of my summer was talking to Kaiser Fung, data snake charmer and best selling author of Numbersense. You can listen to the three segments of the podcast on my other channel. Fung skewered AI algorithms and gave … Continue reading

More Internet of Silly Things: Finder’s Gadgety iBag2 Handbag

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August 25, 2016 | Editor

In case you need some silicon assistance in curbing your spending, the iBag2 is probably just what your IT person would recommend.  iBag2 comes out of the R&D labs of a company called Finder, which bills itself as a personal … Continue reading

The F*%^ing! Stored Communications Act

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August 16, 2016 | Editor

As has been the case over the last year, more of my work is over at the Inside Out Security blog. I just finished up a piece about the Stored Communications Act or SCA.  It’s always been interesting (horrifying) to … Continue reading

Security in the Internet of Silly Things

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May 20, 2016 | Editor

Last month, I had a great time chatting with UK-based penetration tester Ken Munro.  We’ve all been hearing about the Internet of Things, but very little about the security aspects. Ken, through his firm Pen Test Partners, specializes in testing … Continue reading

$1000 Steerable Electric Scooter From Cycleboard

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April 22, 2016 | Editor

For those who want a more adult scooter experience, Cycleboard has this tri-wheel contraption that gives you a stable ride. It’s Lithium-ion batteries let the Cycleboard travel around 15 miles at speeds up to 20 mph. It’s fun looking at … Continue reading

From the Kickstarter Files: Finding Stuff With Chipolo (and Tile)

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March 20, 2016 | Editor

Are we entering the golden age of finding lost keys, wallets, purses, favorite coffee mugs, iPhones, and perhaps ultimately socks? Over the last few years, more companies are taking advantage of the built-in networking capabilities of iPhones and Android devices. … Continue reading

At the Intersection of Law and Data Science With Bennett Borden

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February 29, 2016 | Editor

Over on my other channel, I posted two podcasts of my interview with attorney Bennett Borden. Bennett is not just another lawyer. He’s had a stint working for the CIA, earned a law degree at Georgetown, and studied business analytics … Continue reading

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