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Paradux: a scheme to recover from maximum personal data disaster

[caption id="attachment_4282" align="alignright" width="300"] Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Taylor A. Workman[/caption] The recent California wildfires got me thinking: if my house and my town burned down so quickly that I did not have time to grab even my laptop or document binder, how would I recover my data, my accounts and…

Doing some things a bit differently in 2019

Not a New Year's resolution, but I've decided to do a few things differently in 2019: 1. Opposing people spouting B---S---. I'm looking around, and there are entire swathes of population who cannot distinguish any more what is true and what is not. Or how to find out what is true and what is not.…

Local network services for IoT devices could be a game changer

Peter Hoddie, principal and prime mover at Internet of Things startup Moddable picked up my recent piece on why we need an Indie IoT and expanded on it. Some choice quotes: Johannes describes an “Indie IoT.” His vision is appealing. He believes users should be in control of the devices ... in control of the…

Hedging the future by funding alternatives with some of our dollars

Peter Hoddie wrote a long piece in response to my recent Indie IoT post. I'll have more to say, for now I just want to pick up one fascinating thought that Peter writes about (and attributes to Cory Doctorow): He encouraged us to “hedge,” not to completely stop purchasing products that disrespect our rights, but…

We need to solve Credential Recovery once and for all

[Update: I now have a proposal for how to solve this: Paradux] First we picked a good password, which we reused for many sites all over the web. Some of those sites were broken into, so the bad guys got their hands on our passwords and promptly impersonated us all over the web. Reusing passwords…