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Phreaks and Geeks
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Phreaks and Geeks

One of the most heartfelt—and unexpected—remembrances of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last month at the age of 26, came from Yale professor Edward Tufte.

The Two Classes of Cyber Threats
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The Two Classes of Cyber Threats

There is one number that matters most in cybersecurity.

Crapware Won't Crap Out
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Crapware Won't Crap Out

For a few years now, I've been expecting to write an obituary for crapware. Or not an obit, exactly—I was hoping to dance on its grave.

Prepare For the New Cameras-Everywhere World
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Prepare For the New Cameras-Everywhere World

Some questions can never be answered.

Was a Texas Student Really Expelled for Refusing To Wear an RFID Chip?
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Was a Texas Student Really Expelled for Refusing To Wear an RFID Chip?

The Texas school district that began requiring its students to wear RFID tracking chips this year is now facing a fight in federal court.

The Real Threat to Internet Freedom Isn't the ­nited Nations
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The Real Threat to Internet Freedom Isn't the ­nited Nations

The Internet is often seen as a place of chaos and disorder, a borderless world in which anonymous trolls roam free and vigilante hackers wreak havoc.

Instead of 'dead Dropping,' Petraeus and Broadwell Should Have ­sed These Email Security Tricks
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Instead of 'dead Dropping,' Petraeus and Broadwell Should Have ­sed These Email Security Tricks

Having an extramarital affair in 2012 is not an easy task if you’re the chief of the world’s most renowned spy agency.

Will Neuroscience Radically Transform the Legal System?
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Will Neuroscience Radically Transform the Legal System?

Although academic fields will often enjoy more than Andy Warhol's famous 15 minutes of fame, they too are subject to today's ever-hungry machinery of hype. Like...

The Chinese Steve Jobs Is Probably a Pirate
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The Chinese Steve Jobs Is Probably a Pirate

When discussing innovation, the Chinese like to tout the country’s "Four Great Inventions"—paper, gunpowder, the compass, and woodblock printing—and their enormous...

The Supreme Court Needs To Weigh In on Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking By Law Enforcement
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The Supreme Court Needs To Weigh In on Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking By Law Enforcement

Americans should have no reasonable expectation of privacy over the location data stored by their mobile phone.

Could the Internet Ever "wake ­p"?
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Could the Internet Ever "wake ­p"?

In the world of sci-fi movie geekdom, Aug. 29, 1997, was a turning point for humanity: On that day, according to the Terminator films, the network of U.S. defense...

Why You Should Probably Disable Java on Your Browser Right Now
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Why You Should Probably Disable Java on Your Browser Right Now

Hackers have found a flaw in Oracle's Java software that allows them to break into users' computers and install nasty malware, security experts report.

The ­ncanny Valley of Internet Advertising
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The ­ncanny Valley of Internet Advertising

If you ask an Internet ad guy to defend himself—to explain why you, dear Web surfer, should feel comfortable letting him serve you ads based on everything you do...

Why Drone Pilots Deserve Medals
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Why Drone Pilots Deserve Medals

The escalating dependence on drone pilots, as Maj. Dave Blair agonized in the May-June issue ofAir & Space Power Journal, is undercutting the ability to award combat...

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Are Guidelines Issued By Drone Industry an Attempt to Avoid Government Regulation?

The growing use of drones in the United States is facing firm opposition from civil liberties groups and some legislators, like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rep. ...

What Fearmongers Get Wrong About Cyberwarfare
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What Fearmongers Get Wrong About Cyberwarfare

Should we worry about cyberwarfare? Judging by excessively dramatic headlines in the media, very much so. Cyberwarfare, the argument goes, might make wars easier...

What Does Facebook's $100 Billion Ipo Mean For You?
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What Does Facebook's $100 Billion Ipo Mean For You?

More ads.

Is It Time To Stop Trusting Google?
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Is It Time To Stop Trusting Google?

Was Google's snooping on home Wi-Fi users the work of a rogue software engineer? Was it a deliberate corporate strategy? Was it simply an honest-to-goodness mistake...

Your Kinect Is Watching You
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Your Kinect Is Watching You

There is a wave of concern—completely justified, to my mind—over the privacy implications of our increasing reliance on Facebook and Google. What most people don’t...

Occupy the Net!
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Occupy the Net!

What would George Orwell make of Facebook? Nothing really: His account would probably be deactivated by the company. If he were lucky, he would be told to produce...
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