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What the Government Should've Learned About Backdoors from the Clipper Chip
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What the Government Should've Learned About Backdoors from the Clipper Chip

In the face of a Federal Bureau of Investigation proposal requesting backdoors into encrypted communications, a noted encryption expert urged Congress not to adopt...

We Flew a Simulated 747 at Nasa and Didn't Crash or Barf
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We Flew a Simulated 747 at Nasa and Didn't Crash or Barf

From a viewing spot in a high bay room at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, I peer through a glass window at a cab that simulates the cockpit of a commercial...

Movies That Predicted the Future—and Some That Didn't
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Movies That Predicted the Future—and Some That Didn't

Making fun of how movies screw up the future is one of the main reasons why the Internet was invented.

Here Are Eff's Most Influential Cases from Its First 25 Years
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Here Are Eff's Most Influential Cases from Its First 25 Years

On Friday, July 10, the Electronic Frontier Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Why the Entire Premise of Tor-Enabled Routers Is Ridiculous
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Why the Entire Premise of Tor-Enabled Routers Is Ridiculous

Ars recently reviewed two "Tor routers," devices that are supposed to improve your privacy by routing all traffic through the Tor anonymity network. Although the...

As Moore's Law Turns 50, What Does the Future Hold For the Transistor?
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As Moore's Law Turns 50, What Does the Future Hold For the Transistor?

"The future of integrated electronics is the future of electronics itself."

The New Spam: Interactive Robo-Calls from the Cloud as Cheap as E-Mail
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The New Spam: Interactive Robo-Calls from the Cloud as Cheap as E-Mail

It was the middle of the day, and my cell phone rang with a local number I didn't recognize.

Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections
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Surveillance-Based Manipulation: How Facebook or Google Could Tilt Elections

Someone who knows things about us has some measure of control over us, and someone who knows everything about us has a lot of control over us.

Secrets Become History: Edward Snowden in Citizenfour Wins Documentary Oscar
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Secrets Become History: Edward Snowden in Citizenfour Wins Documentary Oscar

Citizenfour is filmmaker Laura Poitras' account of the first meetings between herself, Glenn Greenwald, and Edward Snowden.

Blackhat Brings Some Hacking Realism to Hollywood, but to What Effect?
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Blackhat Brings Some Hacking Realism to Hollywood, but to What Effect?

During one scene in the upcoming hacker action movie Blackhat, a team is sent into the control room of a burned-out nuclear power plant to gather clues about the...

The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff—another Lesson from the Sony Attack
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The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff—another Lesson from the Sony Attack


If the Supreme Court Tackles the Nsa in 2015, It'll Be One of These Five Cases
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If the Supreme Court Tackles the Nsa in 2015, It'll Be One of These Five Cases

Roughly a year and a half since the first Snowden disclosures, there's already been a judicial order to shut down the National Security Agency's bulk metadata collection...

From Pc to Navy, Ars Pits Casual Flight Sim Skills Against a Real Cockpit Trainer
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From Pc to Navy, Ars Pits Casual Flight Sim Skills Against a Real Cockpit Trainer

A little over a year ago, I was lucky enough to take a short ride in a Folland Gnat trainer—a nimble little two-seat jet maintained by Rick Sharpe of Houston's ...

Baer's Odyssey: Meet the Serial Inventor Who Built the World's First Game Console
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Baer's Odyssey: Meet the Serial Inventor Who Built the World's First Game Console

Even if you're a devoted fan of video games, there's a decent chance you're not familiar with the name Ralph H. Baer.

John Walker, the Navy Spy Who Defined Crypto-Betrayal, Dead at 77
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John Walker, the Navy Spy Who Defined Crypto-Betrayal, Dead at 77

This week, the man responsible for what is probably the biggest cryptographic failure in military history died—just a few months before he was due to be released...

Id Shows Off Double-Jumping, Skull-Crushing New Doom at Quakecon
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Id Shows Off Double-Jumping, Skull-Crushing New Doom at Quakecon

The bad news is that only people who were actually at Dallas' QuakeCon last night were able to see the world-premiere gameplay footage from the next Doom game,...

A Fast Look at Swift, Apple's New Programming Language
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A Fast Look at Swift, Apple's New Programming Language

If anyone outside Apple saw Swift coming, they certainly weren't making any public predictions.

How to Build a Gesture-Controlled Web Game with Leap Motion
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How to Build a Gesture-Controlled Web Game with Leap Motion

Modern smartphones have helped shed a light on the power of user interfaces that are driven by gesture and touch. It’s increasingly clear that touch will play a...

How Movies and Tv Give Life to the Mundane Text Message
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How Movies and Tv Give Life to the Mundane Text Message

In the last decade, movies and television have sprouted a new plot weakness: if tension hinged in any way on a situation that could have been solved by a simple...

Science Inches Closer to Real Bioshock-Style Plasmids
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Science Inches Closer to Real Bioshock-Style Plasmids

Synthetic success. That's not to say that customized transposons are limited to the hypothetical.
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