Category Archives: online

“PKI-me-harder”

The saag list has a thread discussing “SHA-1 to SHA-n transition”, with all the expected bumps, wrinkles, and sad realities. But entertaining and thoughtful. My favorite comment at the moment is one of Peter Gutmann’s:

It looks like we’re nowhere near admitting that we have a
problem yet if the response to the failure of PKI is PKI-me-harder.

It’s a little like the problem of building a boat in your basement, and then seeing you can’t get it out. Is this a design issue, a deployment issue, or have we fundamentally misunderstood the project? (Once you add local zoning and construction regulations, it’s not long before you wish you’d never started this damn boat.)

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Serious Interestingness

Barcinski & Jeanjean are an interactive design duo based in Amsterdam. Their main site/portfolio has one of the coolest user interfaces I’ve ever seen. (I really gotta get me some 3-D glasses)

They created a very cool visualization of photos on flickr having high “interestingness“.
It’s interesting, so don’t even look if you are facing any deadlines.
(note: both of these take some time to load, but it’s worth the wait.)

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry is hilarious, even although it’s hard to detect anything like a “joke” per se. And he’s all over this Internet stuff… His enthusiastic explanation of Twitter for the BBC is pretty funny, including the dangers of in-flight tweets, and the occasional lapses into “savage banality”.

He’s like a Python for the Internet age.

He has a great podcast, at least based on my having listened to the first episode. (“Busy man travels and breaks arm, feels both immediately and meta-miserable, describing both the pain and the relative unimportance of it, in a world going to hell in a hand basket”)

What do you call someone who, as he speaks, is having sex with language in his mind? Mr. Fry seems to be flirting with some internal thesaurus-self, making occasional asides to this invisible audience of one. This gives the narrative a lovely, wandering quality that is highly entertaining, particularly if you are someone who has (“struggles with”) a tangent-rich internal dialogue.

Recommended.