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Let’s Build Indie IoT Systems for our Homes instead!

Join me at the "IoT Tech Expo" at the Santa Clara Convention Center next Thursday, October 20th, at 6:30pm, where I will give the following talk. Registration is free and gives you access to other IoT talks as well. Abstract: According to conventional wisdom, installing an IoT system inevitably means to invite the vendor and…

The political cage fight drug

If you had to design a political system where big, urgent problems can remain unresolved and connected criminals can stay out of jail, without (much) protest or repression, how would you go about it? I think I'd invent a supposedly all-powerful "grand prize" position called the Presidency, and make sure everybody believes it is a…

In other news, Dezinformatsiya has been democratized

Many of the countless mesmerizing stories in the Mitrokhin Archive deals with the KGB's disinformation campaigns, mostly to sway public opinion in various European countries. We, in the West with upper-case Freedom-of-the-Press were outraged to learn that the press sometimes was printing deliberately falsified information, planted, for money or otherwise, by the KGB. How Could…

How complex systems fail, or the curious Brexit paralysis

After losing the Brexit vote, prime minister Cameron resigned. That sounds reasonable: he lost and so he resigned. But did you notice that nobody, absolutely nobody, wants to become the next prime minister? Not even senior politicians like Boris Johnson that campaigned in favor of Leave and wanted to be PM for a long time?…