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Meditations on Decentralization

5 minutes to read — 1309 words

I saw an early showing of Top Gun: Maverick . My ticket included a special Top Gun non-fungible token (NFT), An NFT is a unique digital asset that often functions like a sort of certificate of authenticity for a digital asset like an image, video…
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Slow Horses

2 minutes to read — 480 words

Apple TV+ is on a roll. Its content strategy seems to be the opposite of Netflix's; whereas Netflix produces a ton of shows and movies and gives directors and writers essentially free rein, hoping something popular will happen, Apple TV+ is going for…
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ProtonAOSP on Pixel 6 Pro

4 minutes to read — 1032 words

One of the best things about Android, the world's most popular operating system for mobile devices, has always been its customizability. For the truly adventurous, that's often meant ditching your manufacturer's preinstalled software and installing a…
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"Countdown to Zero Day" by Kim Zetter

1 minute to read — 332 words

Countdown to Zero Day is an account of the Stuxnet worm, widely regarded as the world's first cyberweapon. It was a computer worm that most cybersecurity analysts believe was designed to target Iranian nuclear weapons facilities. Stuxnet sparked an…
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"This is How They Tell Me the World Ends" by Nicole Perlroth

2 minutes to read — 432 words

Nicole Perlroth is The New York Times 's cybersecurity and digital espionage reporter, and This is How They Tell Me the World Ends is her definitive account of the shady market for zero-day exploits. A zero-day exploit is a software vulnerability…
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"The Looming Tower" by Lawrence Wright

1 minute to read — 314 words

Lawrence Wright's authoritative history of Al-Qaeda and the lead-up to the September 11 terrorist attacks is one of those books I should have read a long time ago. I finally got around to it, and it was fantastic. It's non-fiction, but its subjects…
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"The City We Became" by N. K. Jemisin

3 minutes to read — 707 words

The City We Became was a huge disappointment. N.   K. Jemisin is a fantastic writer — I loved her Broken Earth Trilogy , and I'm looking forward to reading her Inheritance Trilogy . But The City We Became , the first installment in her new Great…
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"Too Like the Lightning" by Ada Palmer

2 minutes to read — 526 words

This book was interesting . "Interesting" can be used to mean a lot of things, and frequently to dissemble. But in this case I mean it simply — it was an interesting book because Palmer creates a fascinating world that the novel spends most of its…
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Snap Apps Crash Silently Due to Cross-Filesystem Symlinks

3 minutes to read — 705 words

This won't mean much to many, but there seems to be a small number of people stymied by a weird problem: some Snap apps won't work on Linux. You install a Snap app, and it might work the first time you launch it. But every subsequent time you launch…
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"Middlegame" by Seanan McGuire

3 minutes to read — 664 words

I hadn't read anything by Seanan McGuire before discovering Middlegame , but she's an accomplished author who's published a number of very well-received novels. Middlegame is McGuire's latest novel, and it's best described as urban science fantasy…
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