Threat models

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This is hilarious and so true. Security types read and learn. Basically, you’re either dealing with Mossad or not-Mossad. If your adversary is not-Mossad, then you’ll probably be fine if you pick a good password and don’t respond to emails from If your adversary is the Mossad, YOU’RE GONNA DIE AND THERE’S NOTHING THAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. …

Disney’s wearable

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Great look inside a controlled sandbox of the context- and location-aware internet of things. Can this scale to all of us everywhere? I think its within our capabilities, but it won’t be simple. Disney’s $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband | WIRED.

Carrier agnostic SIM cards

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This is a massive announcement by Apple. Here’s why. Imagine being able to set up a competitive data roaming contract wherever you are with no need for a new SIM. Let’s hope others will follow.

All the iPhones

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They have had to add barriers and close off an entry to the mall at Hysan Place to accommodate the ersatz Apple store in the streets. I would have expected this for the first few days, but the craziness seems to be carrying on happily.

Hyperbolic discounting

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Humans are rubbish at time management and one of the reasons is our poor ability to understand how we make choices on short and long scales. The example in the piece is choosing a meal two weeks ahead versus two minutes ahead: we go healthy until we actually come to choose. Two useful pieces of advice to overcome this: Make …