Delhi, 1990. I am 16, seated in the living room of my paternal
grandfather’s home, reading a newspaper. My grandfather pushes open the
mesh door and walks in with a package in hand.
“You have got a
parcel from your mother,” he said, in an oddly accusatory tone. “Yes,
it’s a book of recipes,” I replied. “I’m trying to learn how to cook.”
“You should focus on your studies. Leave the cooking to women. I am sending it to Kuku,” he said, referring to my father’s sister by her nickname.
Continue reading “Why do abusive men (and the women who support them) behave the way they do?”
Cryptography engineers have been tearing their hair out over PGP’s deficiencies
for (literally) decades. When other kinds of engineers get wind of
this, they’re shocked. PGP is bad? Why do people keep telling me to use
PGP? The answer is that they shouldn’t be telling you that, because PGP
is bad and needs to go away.
There are, as you’re about to see, lots of problems with PGP. Fortunately, if you’re not morbidly curious, there’s a simple meta-problem with it: it was designed in the 1990s, before serious modern cryptography. No competent crypto engineer would design a system that looked like PGP today, nor tolerate most of its defects in any other design. Serious cryptographers have largely given up on PGP and don’t spend much time publishing on it anymore (
with a notable exception). Well-understood problems in PGP have gone unaddressed for over a decade because of this. Continue reading “The PGP Problem”
Far from the excessive wealth of Singapore’s crazy rich citizens, Invisible Stories shines a light on the lives of how most people in the Lion City live Series creator Ler Jiyuan says it is neither very dramatic nor sensational, with each episode a character study that brings out the life of ordinary people
HBO’s Invisible Stories cast and crew (from left) producer Ler Jiyuan, actress Yeo Yann Yann and actor Devin Pan.
Continue reading “HBO’s Invisible Stories on life in Singapore’s public housing shows the city beneath the glitter”
Arranged by Patty Mattson and Mark Scholl
Vocals by Patty Mattson ~ aka Sylvanas Windrunner (The voice of)