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[pdf] ELROI: A License Plate For Your Satellite, Feb 2018, arXiv
Palmer & Holmes
Space object identification is vital for operating spacecraft, space traffic control, and space situational awareness, but initial determination, maintenance, and recovery of identity are all difficult, expensive, and error-prone, especially for small objects like CubeSats. Attaching a beacon or license plate with a unique identification number to a space object before launch would greatly simplify the task, but radio beacons are power-hungry and can cause interference. This paper describes a new concept for a satellite license plate, the Extremely Low Resource Optical Identifier or ELROI. ELROI is a milliwatt-scale self-powered autonomous optical beacon that can be attached to any space object to transmit a persistent identification signal to ground stations. A system appropriate for a LEO CubeSat or other small space object can fit in a package with the area of a postage stamp and a few millimeters thick, and requires no power, data, or control from the host object. The concept has been validated with ground tests, and the first flight test unit is scheduled for launch in 2018. The unique identification number of a LEO satellite can be determined unambiguously in a single orbital pass over a low-cost ground station.
satellite  identity  tracking  arXiv 
december 2018 by pierredv
Replacing Social Security Numbers Is Harder Than You Think - Motherboard, Steven Bellovin, Oct 2017
"This is only the latest of many data breaches; why have we not learned better? Using SSNs like this seems like an obviously bad idea—even the White House is considering a proposal to replace them—but solving the problem is a lot harder than it seems. Furthermore, alternatives are often worse in other respects."

"The massive personal databases used by credit reporting agencies are rightly controversial, but it's hard to see how a modern economy can function without something like them. Credit bureaus are much older than computers; the correct answer is stricter controls on what information can be kept and on how it can be used."

"If that guess is correct, it suggests that the real solution is regulatory: make credit providers liable for the full damages, including ongoing inconvenience, suffered by victims of identity theft. SSNs are not the problem; authentication commensurate with the risk to all parties, including especially individuals, is."
identity  cybersecurity  security  privacy  SSN  Motherboard  credit-reporting-agencies  Steven-Bellovin 
october 2017 by pierredv
Why are there still Nazis? These eight questions can help explain. -, Aug 2017
"Social dominance theory postulates that societies maintain their hierarchies by creating and promoting social beliefs that keep dominant groups on top."
"Social dominance theory seeks to explain how hierarchy-enhancing ideologies do not just drive social inequality, but are also a result of it. It suggests that a single personality trait, called social dominance orientation (SDO), strongly predicts a person’s political and social views, from foreign policy and criminal justice to civil rights and the environment.

In psychology lingo, the SDO scale has both predictive validity, because it strongly correlates with other social attitudes, and discriminant validity, in that it isn’t simply a measure of something else by another name. While people who score highly on the SDO scale do not necessarily subscribe to the same beliefs, they do tend to fall into similar ideological camps as others with high SDO scores."
CSMonitor  psychology  ideology  identity 
august 2017 by pierredv
Reverence - Aeon Video -the kippah and jewish identity
Bringing brands into religion: how custom yarmulkes combine traditional Jewish values with US popular culture
Aeon  Video  Judaism  identity  America 
may 2015 by pierredv
Is the Many Worlds hypothesis just a fantasy? - Aeon
"Nobody knows what happens inside quantum experiments. So why are some so keen to believe in parallel universes?" by Philip Ball -- article doesn't actually answer this question; it's a critique of many worlds interpretation -- "the Measurement Problem, which really comes down to this: between the rainbow-smear of probabilities in our equations and the matter-of-fact determinacy of everything we can actually measure, what on Earth is going on?" -- "the Measurement Problem, which really comes down to this: between the rainbow-smear of probabilities in our equations and the matter-of-fact determinacy of everything we can actually measure, what on Earth is going on?" -- closest to an answer of the Why question: "Most MWI popularizers think they are blowing our minds with this stuff, whereas in fact they are flattering them. ... The result sounds transgressively exciting while familiar enough to be persuasive."
philosophy  science  AeonMagazine  quantum-mechanics  many-worlds-interpretation  identity  selfhood  ontology  critique  modal-realism 
february 2015 by pierredv
Old Mexico lives on | The Economist Feb 2014
"On February 2nd 1848, following a short and one-sided war, Mexico agreed to cede more than half its territory to the United States. An area covering most of present-day Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, plus parts of several other states, was handed over to gringolandia. The rebellious state of Tejas, which had declared its independence from Mexico in 1836, was recognised as American soil too. But a century and a half later, communities have proved more durable than borders. The counties with the highest concentration of Mexicans (as defined by ethnicity, rather than citizenship) overlap closely with the area that belonged to Mexico before the great gringo land-grab of 1848. Some are recent arrivals; others trace their roots to long before the map was redrawn. They didn’t jump the border—it jumped them."
identity  mexico  US  geograonophy  ethnicity  history  TheEconomist  maps 
february 2014 by pierredv
Why Removing Your Information From Spokeo is So Important (And Your Kids Information too) | Sue Scheff Blog
"Have you ever heard of Spokeo? If you haven’t, it’s time to learn about the new wave of “People Search” websites that allow users to find out nearly anything they’d like about someone, using only the internet."
identity  theft  privacy  via  trapit  Spokeo 
september 2013 by pierredv
Identity Bureau, transferable synthetic British natural person - we make money not art
"One day Heath Bunting realized that in the UK it is legal to have several identities, if they are not for criminal purposes. He set up an 'Identity Bureau' to allow ordinary people to buy new, official and legal UK identities at reasonable cost (500 euros.)"
hacking  identity  persona  art  via:peterhaynes 
november 2011 by pierredv
stop the database state » NO2ID
"NO2ID is a campaigning organisation. We are a single-issue group focussed on the threat to liberty and privacy posed by the rapid growth of the database state, of which "ID cards" are the most visible part. We are entirely independent. We do not endorse any party, nor campaign on any other topic."
privacy  uk  identity  surveillance 
february 2010 by pierredv
Mallan & Giardina - Wikidentities
"Wikis and social networking sites (SNS) are arguably two of the most popular tools used by young people as part of their everyday social interactions. We propose that the concept of the wiki may be useful for understanding the kinds of virtual identities that are constructed, visually presented, and narrated in online contexts, such as MySpace. The term wikidentities is used in this paper to encapsulate the kinds of identity work which may occur through SNS. We argue that wiki–like behaviour has consequences for reconceptualizing identity as something that is mediated by (rather than at odds with) technology. Our research opens up ways for considering new forms of agency for young people appropriate to a high–tech era that encourages collaboration, negotiation, and risk."
socialnetworks  identity  x:firstmonday 
june 2009 by pierredv
How To Disappear Online -
managing identity; includes profile of ReputationDefender
privacy  identity  via:forbes 
march 2008 by pierredv
Defending virtual reputations | Seattle Times Newspaper -- Business & Technology |
good list of companies doing reputation repair online, and the usual anecdotes
identity  web  culture 
july 2007 by pierredv

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