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Stormy electric skies over New York City this afternoon. One bolt hitting the @EmpireStateBldg #lightning #storm #nyc
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Working on tech & society problems with @paulohm @mattblaze @AnupamChander @julie17usc @ProfCalNewport @MadhaviSunder Meg Leta Jones @DeweyAM @LeticiaBode Maggie Little Lisa Singh @RobertMGroves Kim Sellers @hdpmaloof Kobi Nissim Nitin Vaidya @micahsherr, and others. Yes please!
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The mission of the Center for Digital Ethics, a cross-university initiative @Georgetown, is “to frame the terms, design the systems, critique the contours, provide the guide rails and imagine the future of digital technologies and ethics for the betterment of humanity.”
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Some personal news. I’m thrilled to join the faculty @Georgetown as the inaugural Endowed Chair in Technology, Ethics, and Society in @GeorgetownColl @GeorgetownCCT @TechGeorgetown and the Georgetown Center for Digital Ethics. college.georgetown.edu/news-story/lau…
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In the meantime, there’s something you can do to harvest the metaphor of the sunflowers. Share this screenshot of @OMarkarova’s Facebook post about them. Make it seen by a great many people who would never have seen it, or the sunflowers themselves, had they not been destroyed.🇺�yz
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Someone - and I'm definitely NOT saying they were from the embassy* - uprooted the sunflowers that were planted across from the Russian embassy in DC. So @benjaminwittes replanted them today. * I'm not saying it, because this is a text medium and you can't actually hear me. twitter.com/benjaminwittes…
I'm 50/50 on whether he was callously making light of the country's highest honor for bravery and sacrifice as a cheap joke or if he was just trying to scam the $1200/month pension that comes with the award. twitter.com/Acyn/status/15…
Radio and crypto nerditry: Just learned about this, which, sadly, just wrapped up. radiomarine.org/mrhs-events
I'm thinking Las Vegas in August will be the perfect place to win the 2022 trifecta: COVID, Monkeypox, and heat stroke.
In particular, recordings of two-way radio traffic, email archives, and other records appear to be intact. That leaves a fair bit for investigators to mine.
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I keep hearing people saying that the USSS "wiped all communication records" from 1/6. That wildly overstates what we know. The deleted records appear to be limited to text messages sent from a few dozen phones. That's a big problem, but it's not "all communication".
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Anyway, this is, in fact, astounding, as I tried to explain in the thread. twitter.com/mattblaze/stat…
I'm still being swarmed by people calling me naive for using the word "astounding" to describe something that, on careful reflection, I still find astounding. So I guess I've learned nothing from all these helpful people, which makes me more stupid than naive, really.
Fend off hunger on your under-provisioned lifeboat with this one weird trick. twitter.com/nytimes/status…
Many people are learning of the Grand Raccoon for the first time and that's very exciting.
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“Monkeypox” sounds sort of whimsical, like some kind of slapstick circus mishap, but I’ll bet that’s just marketing hype and it’s really no fun at all.
Twitter: Surgeon: <describes interesting operation they performed> Random dude: Did you wash your hands first? S: Of course I did. R: You failed to say that, so why should we believe you? Are you even an MD? S: <blocks R> R: Look who’s afraid to debate me!
For the record, yes, I do know the difference between SMS messaging and encrypted two way radio systems. Thanks.
When a stranger starts their tweet with "What you don't get is...", I generally stop reading, because it's invariably hostile and stupid and life is too short for that. Though I never find out what it was I didn't get. I will continue to labor in ignorance.
For much of the 20th century, a large fraction of US long distance telephone calls were carried over an analog microwave network. Parts of the infrastructure can still be found along the American landscape, including this unusual tower in San Jose, CA. flickr.com/photos/mattbla…
If you’re not familiar (or even if you are) with this horrifically shameful piece of our history, partly redeemed by a courageous determination to do the right thing, this thread is gripping. Highly relevant today. (H/T @SerpicoDet) twitter.com/garius/status/…
Not sure I’m going, but if the new convention center collapses, I want to be ready.
Ready with DEF CON grade PPE.
Bannon’s conviction, with the prospect of jail time, is an apt time for us as a society to contemplate how cruelly punitive our criminal justice system can be. We should consider alternatives and reform. I’m talking about for whoever winds up as his cellmate, of course.
I’m sure his lawyer is just tickled pink about this. twitter.com/ChadPergram/st…
Of course, Twitter Guy uses more creative spelling and grammar than that.
Twitter Guy: You’re overlooking the obvious explanation because you’re biased! Me: What’s that? TG: That every single piece of evidence and every eyewitness account was meticulously fabricated as part of a massive global conspiracy. Me: I hadn’t considered that, no.
People yelling at me about this. Yell all you want, but there is simply no way the Secret Service could have known the intentions of unidentified gunmen without confronting them individually. Anyone could have slipped into that crowd, including someone who wanted to harm Trump.
Back to DC, here's part of a once-secret cold-war-era presidential communications network. flickr.com/photos/mattbla…
And the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, being all fancy in the skyline. flickr.com/photos/mattbla…
Here's the new World Trade Center, trying to look inconspicuous. flickr.com/photos/mattbla…
And here are some midtown skyscrapers that, while not under construction, are also trying to disguise themselves as cubist sculptures. flickr.com/photos/mattbla…
And here's a midtown skyscraper under construction, trying to disguise itself as a cubist sculpture. flickr.com/photos/mattbla…
I know the historical legacy of Unix, and that the PDP-7 and PDP-11 predominantly used base 8 number representation, but at this late date can't we finally replace ioctl() with ihexdcml()?
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And here's the UN Secretariat building, for fans of midcentury architecture or silly new world order conspiracy theories. flickr.com/photos/mattbla…
It hasn't been a long day yet, but it probably will be. So here's a high resolution picture of the 59th Street Bridge to help you feel groovy. flickr.com/photos/mattbla…
So far, living my life this naïvely seems to worked out reasonably well, in case you were wondering. Being curious and trying to understand things beyond their obvious surface explanations has been phenomenally enriching and rewarding for me. twitter.com/AlisterAir/sta…
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Steve Bannon found guilty of contempt. So now we know it's mutual.
In particular, recordings of two-way radio traffic, email archives, and other records appear to be intact. That leaves a fair bit for investigators to mine.
I keep hearing people saying that the USSS "wiped all communication records" from 1/6. That wildly overstates what we know. The deleted records appear to be limited to text messages sent from a few dozen phones. That's a big problem, but it's not "all communication".
@AlisterAir You see, your very first interaction with me was a cheap attempt at an insult. You should probably ask yourself why you felt the need to present yourself in such an unflattering, boorish light.
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So far, living my life this naïvely seems to worked out reasonably well, in case you were wondering. Being curious and trying to understand things beyond their obvious surface explanations has been phenomenally enriching and rewarding for me. twitter.com/AlisterAir/sta…
Fun fact: the predecessor to the Ellington Bridge was locally known as the Jazz Bridge because it was said to have vibrated so violently it felt as if you were dancing as you crossed it. But it lost that name when it was replaced by a solid bridge named for an actual jazz artist.
Or the Duke Ellington Bridge, which swallows you up when you pass beneath. Named for a local resident who, according to historians, never stormed the Capitol even once. flickr.com/photos/mattbla…
And the Taft Bridge over Rock Creek, named for one of the US presidents who, as far as I know, never tried to overthrow his own government. flickr.com/photos/mattbla…
And the Smithsonian Castle, for no particular reason. flickr.com/photos/mattbla…
And here's the Lincoln Memorial, a reminder of another insurrection, from roughly the perspective shown on the back of the $5 bill flickr.com/photos/mattbla…
It's been a long day, so here's a needlessly high resolution photo of the US Capitol last year, looking majestic despite a few scars still visible from the riot. flickr.com/photos/mattbla…
Forcing myself to do that is why I may seem slow sometimes.
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