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This Chemical Is So Hot It Destroys Nerve Fibers—in a Good Way | WIRED
This plant produces a "hot" chemical thousands of times stronger than the hottest of peppers. It literally overloads and damages pain nerves (and temperature nerves and no others) and a better-than-opioids treatment for pain in extreme cases.
medicine  biology  via:HackerNews  wired  science 
december 2018 by mcherm
This ‘Demonically Clever’ Backdoor Hides In a Tiny Slice of a Computer Chip | WIRED
A way to introduce a vulnerability into a chip which uses very little extra silicon and only triggers if you do a specific action thousands of times.
security  hardware  via:HackerNews  wired 
april 2018 by mcherm
Monero Privacy Protections Aren’t as Strong as They Seem | WIRED
Monero is viewed as a cryptocurrency with untraceable transactions, but it merely mixes real and fake transactions on the blockchain and the real ones can often be identified.
via:HackerNews  wired  cryptocurrency  privacy  cryptography 
march 2018 by mcherm
How Does MoviePass Make Money? We're Starting to Find Out | WIRED
MoviePass let's you see a movie every day for a monthly cost of ~ 1 ticket. They pay full price to the theaters. How?
business  startup  wired  via:HackerNews 
january 2018 by mcherm
Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It'll Be Gone | WIRED
A good (Wired magazine) article about the banana. Explains how biodiversity is useful.
wired  via:reddit  ecology 
october 2017 by mcherm
Android Oreo's Security Improvements Will Have a Lasting Impact | WIRED
The next version of Android continues to make many small security improvements.
security  mobile  android  wired  via:reddit 
september 2017 by mcherm
Inside Steve Bannon's Little-Known World of Warcraft Career | WIRED
Steve Bannon bought a company that ran a marketplace for farmed gold and accounts.
via:boingboing  wired  SteveBannon  politics  personal_net 
february 2017 by mcherm
No One Wants to Buy Those Stolen NSA-Linked ‘Cyberweapons’ | WIRED
Someone apparently stole the NSA's list of hacks. And perhaps it's involved in a deep conspiracy about influencing the US election.
nsa  security  via:boingboing  wired 
august 2016 by mcherm
The Strange Case of the Woman Who Can’t Remember Her Past—Or Imagine Her Future | WIRED
Episodic memory relives events that happened to you; autonoetic memory records facts. This woman has NO episodic memory. I note that my own episodic memory is quite poor while my autonoetic memory is just fine.
brain  memory  psychology  wired  via:reddit 
april 2016 by mcherm
A Government Error Just Revealed Snowden Was the Target in the Lavabit Case | WIRED
So it was Snowden that the govt was trying to get when they closed Lavamail.
snowden  secrecy  law  via:HackerNews  wired 
march 2016 by mcherm
The Epic Story of Dropbox’s Exodus From the Amazon Cloud Empire | WIRED
Dropbox is big enough to move off of Amazon's cloud to its own servers. It optimizes those for its use case, even using custom-built hardware. Their testing continued until they hit 180 days w/o a bug. They re-wrote the software in Rust, not Go.
dropbox  aws  cloudcomputing  amazon  wired  golang  rust  via:HackerNews 
march 2016 by mcherm
The Noise Around You Could Strengthen Your Passwords | WIRED
Use ambient noise to confirm your phone is in the room with the computer instead of entering a code for two factor authentication.
security  wired  via:HackerNews 
august 2015 by mcherm
Open Source Is Going Even More Open—Because It Has To | WIRED
Lots of open source projects, even ones created by big businesses, have foundations created to own them. It's partly because people don't trust a corporate owner.
opensource  via:reddit  wired 
july 2015 by mcherm
Answer to a 150-Year-Old Math Conundrum Brings More Mystery | WIRED
An interesting tale about a proof of a math problem simple enough to explain. And it also comes with an interesting set of puzzles ranging from moderate to difficult.
math  wired  puzzles  via:reddit 
june 2015 by mcherm
Hacker Claims Feds Hit Him With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy | WIRED
He claims (but has no proof) that the FBI asked him to help them spy on people. What is clear is that prosecutors charged him with 44 felonies, nearly all bogus. He wound up taking a plea deal.
law  overprosecution  via:HackerNews  wired  hacking 
february 2015 by mcherm
EFF: DMCA exception requested for people to mod their cars
No one has been prosecuted yet but it's a clear DMCA violation.
wired  eff  law  copyright  ip-law  DMCA  via:reddit 
january 2015 by mcherm
The Teen Brain “Shuts Down” When It Hears Mom’s Criticism | WIRED
Lowered brain activity in social functioning regions of teen brains after listening to their own parent's criticism. Weak study but interesting idea.
parenting  brain  wired  via:reddit 
november 2014 by mcherm
Finding a Video Poker Bug Made These Guys Rich—Then Vegas Made Them Pay | WIRED
They found a bug in a video gambling machine and exploited it. They were prosecuted (but charges were dropped eventually) and their winnings were confiscated (why?).
bug  via:HackerNews  wired  law 
october 2014 by mcherm
Brain surgery leaves woman with 'super empathy' (Wired UK)
A "popular" article about scientific research that actually described and criticized the experimental methods that were used. I was really quite impressed with that.
science  journalism  wired 
september 2014 by mcherm
Absurd Creature of the Week: The 120-Foot-Long Jellyfish That’s Loving Global Warming | Science | WIRED
Jellyfish: appeared in a Sherlock Holmes story, can be huge, growing wildly because of global warming.
wired  animals  personal_net 
june 2014 by mcherm
U.S. Marshals Seize Cops’ Spying Records to Keep Them From the ACLU | Threat Level | WIRED
When the judge told the police to turn the records over to the ACLU, federal marshals seized the records to prevent it.
law  via:reddit  wired  secrecy 
june 2014 by mcherm
Florida Cops' Secret Weapon: Warrantless Cellphone Tracking | Threat Level |
Police say: we didn't get a warrant to search the house because we didn't want to admit to a judge that we were using a fake cell tower (without a warrant). We couldn't admit that because we signed a non-disclosure agreement.
via:reddit  police  surveillance  4thAmmendment  wired 
march 2014 by mcherm
In Lavabit Appeal, U.S. Doubles Down on Access to Web Crypto Keys | Threat Level |
Effectively, the US government is arguing in the lavabit case that they have the right to demand encryption keys from anyone with a subpoena.
lavabit  privacy  security  law  cryptography  snowden  via:HackerNews  wired 
november 2013 by mcherm
Twitter's Killer New Two-Factor Solution Kicks SMS to the Curb | Threat Level |
Twitter invented this complicated for two factor authentication. Google just used the standard RFC.
blogworthy  twitter  crypto  cryptography  security  wired  via:HackerNews 
august 2013 by mcherm
Physicists Create Quantum Link Between Photons That Don't Exist at the Same Time | Wired Science |
Entangle pair 1:2. Measure 1. Entangle pair 3:4. Link 2 and 3. Now measure 4 to find it is entangled with 1 even though they never existed at the same time.
science  timetravel  wired  via:HackerNews 
may 2013 by mcherm
Twitter's Surprising Solution to the Patent Problem: Let Employees Control Them | Wired Opinion |
Twitter gives inventors a promise that their patents will only be used defensively, and gives them the legal teeth to enforce it. A brilliant idea; I strongly support this.
wired  via:HackerNews  twitter  patent  law  ip-law 
february 2013 by mcherm
Google Declares War on the Password | Wired Enterprise |
Another article about how passwords are broken. Google says "carry a finger ring with a recognition token", but I'm not sure if that's actually better than the cell phone.
security  wired  via:reddit 
january 2013 by mcherm
Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore | Gadget Lab |
Passwords are already broken for a few, soon will be for everyone. Two-factor authentication helps, but the real solution is multi-factor authentication with several factors. I'm not sure I agree about the solution, but the problem is well described.
security  passwords  wired  via:HackerNews 
november 2012 by mcherm
How a Google Headhunter's E-Mail Unraveled a Massive Net Security Hole | Threat Level |
Some guy was checking whether an email purportedly from Google was a fraud and discovered they were using key-lengths for signing messages that were now within range of being hacked. So he did, and Google (and several other big companies) then fixed it.
security  google  email  wired  via:HackerNews 
october 2012 by mcherm
'John Doe' Who Fought FBI Spying Freed From Gag Order After 6 Years | Threat Level |
After 6 years, the guy who contested a National Security Letter is finally able to admit it to his wife (and everyone else).
wired  via:HackerNews  privacy  secrecy 
september 2012 by mcherm
Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes | Danger Room |
Apple rejects an app that reports on US drone strikes because they don't agree with it politically.
apple  appstore  via:HackerNews  wired  censorship  politics 
august 2012 by mcherm
slight paranoia: Responding to Wired's ad hominem hatchet job
He criticized a journalist for not including opposing viewpoints who said that a particular security program was not well designed. He says that journalist responded that this was a sexist attack on her.
security  journalism  via:HackerNews  wired 
august 2012 by mcherm
This Cute Chat Site Could Save Your Life and Help Overthrow Your Government | Threat Level |
He wrote an in-browser secure chat that doesn't rely on SSL for security (and thus can't be MITM'ed by governments). Now the TSA harasses him.
security  politics  TSA  freedom  freespeech  censorship  surveillance  via:reddit  wired 
july 2012 by mcherm
Why Antivirus Companies Like Mine Failed to Catch Flame and Stuxnet | Threat Level |
The antivirus industry didn't catch Stuxnet or Flame because we had to set the threshold high to avoid false positives.
virus  security  via:HackerNews  wired 
june 2012 by mcherm
State Department Employee Faces Firing for Posting WikiLeaks Link | Threat Level |
He spoke ill of US Govt policy in his book. He linked to a cable posted on Wikileaks. So apparently they're threatening to prosecute him for disclosing classified information.
via:slashdot  politics  freespeech  censorship  wired 
october 2011 by mcherm
Ruling Allows Cell Phone Unlocking, but Telco Sues Anyway
A DMCA exception was made for unlocking phones. But Tracfone continued to sue people for unlocking them and they were successful (no one takes it to trial).
via:ArsTechnica  wired  mobile  DMCA  law  ip-law 
september 2011 by mcherm
Burt Rutan’s Boomerang: Safety Through Asymmetry | Autopia |
He built an asymmetrical airplane to make it more reliable if one engine or the other goes out during takeoff or landing.
flight  physics  math  wired  via:HackerNews 
july 2011 by mcherm
Bank Not Responsible for Letting Hackers Steal $300K From Customer | Threat Level |
Guy sues bank for not stopping the thieves who got his password and transferred out hundreds of thousands of dollars. He loses: the judge says the security could have been better but it's the customer's problem, not the bank's.
banking  via:reddit  wired 
june 2011 by mcherm
Going, Going, Gone: Who Killed the Internet Auction? | Magazine
Fixed prices were invented around 1850. eBay added auctions to the internet, but only 1/3 of their business is now auctions; people apparently prefer fixed price.
wired  via:HackerNews  ebay 
june 2011 by mcherm
Ads Implant False Memories | Wired Science |
Advertisements with video and images create false memories.
via:HackerNews  brain  memory  wired  advertising 
may 2011 by mcherm
Cracking the Scratch Lottery Code | Magazine
State lottery tickets can be "cracked", giving the ability to tell winners from losers.
wired  via:MichaelLugo  probability  statistics 
february 2011 by mcherm
Green Sea Slug Is Part Animal, Part Plant | Wired Science |
A sea slug eats some algae, then uses the chloroplasts within its own body to do photosynthesis.
wired  via:HackerNews  animals  biology 
october 2010 by mcherm
Why Google Became A Carrier-Humping, Net Neutrality Surrender Monkey (UPDATED) | Epicenter |
I'm sorry, but I'm beginning to think that Google actually deserved this particular name-calling. The article explains it quite well.
google  evil  netneutrality  wired  via:HackerNews 
august 2010 by mcherm
WikiLeaks Was Launched With Documents Intercepted From Tor | Threat Level |
Claims that WikiLeaks started out with a huge number of documents that had been sniffed off of Tor.
via:HackerNews  wikileaks  security  tor  wired 
june 2010 by mcherm
What Is Time? One Physicist Hunts for the Ultimate Theory | Wired Science |
A theory explaining why the universe started with such low entropy at the big bang. If you started with an isotropic universe you'd get fluctuations which would look like a big bang. Few scientific details, but good layman's explanation.
physics  science  wired  via:slashdot 
february 2010 by mcherm
Google Hack Attack Was Ultra Sophisticated, New Details Show | Threat Level |
Some (vague) details about the hack attack that caused Google to pull out of China.
security  google  wired  via:reddit  hacking 
january 2010 by mcherm
1d4 For The Win | GeekDad |
Someone finds a denser way of packing tetrahedrons.
wired  geometry  math  via:reddit 
december 2009 by mcherm
Copyright Time Bomb Set to Disrupt Music, Publishing Industries | Epicenter |
I hadn't realized there was a law allowing the copyright holder to take back rights they sold years ago -- this means the artists (or their hiers) will take stuff back from the record companies. Those record companies are going to LOSE!
wired  via:slashdot  law  ip-law  copyright  riaa 
november 2009 by mcherm
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