‘Extremely aggressive’ internet censorship spreads in the world’s democracies

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“The largest collection of public internet censorship data ever compiled shows that even citizens of what are considered the world’s freest countries aren’t safe from internet censorship. The University of Michigan team used its own Censored Planet tool, an automated censorship tracking system...

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Massive, China-State-Funded Hack Hits Companies Around the World, Report Says

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Researchers have uncovered a massive hacking campaign that's using sophisticated tools and techniques to compromise the networks of companies around the world. The hackers, most likely from a well-known group that's funded by the Chinese governm...

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ten recent thoughts

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  1. Passive reading is not learning.
  2. Resist the mind’s default of wanting to do easy things. (Easy is often greasy + unhealthy.)

  3. Constraints create the conditions for freedom.

  4. “Be grateful 1,000 times a day”. – Wahe Takeda

  5. Peace of mind… is the true cure. And...

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Cheating-detection companies made millions during the pandemic. Now students are fighting back.

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Washington Post -“With remote proctors watching them take tests, some worry that even leaving for the bathroom will brand them as cheats…“Online proctoring” companies saw in coronavirus shutdowns a chance to capitalize on a major reshaping of education, selling schools a high-tech blend ...

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The Worst Passwords of 2020 Show We Are Just As Lazy About Security As Ever

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After analyzing 275,699,516 passwords leaked during 2020 data breaches, NordPass and partners found that the most common passwords are incredibly easy to guess -- and it could take less than a second or two for attackers to break into accounts using these credentials. Only 44% of those recorded were...

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For Sale: A Hidden Trove of Correspondence With Bob Dylan

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    Tony Glover, in the estimation of at least one esteemed critic, was one of the best harmonica players in all Minneapolis, where an impressive folk music scene had emerged by the 1960s. “I couldn’t play like Glover or anything and I didn’t try to. I played mostly like Woody Guthrie and that ...

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