Yesterday morning, 14th January, I was interviewed briefly by
Lawlor of Morning Ireland regarding the @theauldsthretch twitter
You can access a recording of the interview
here ...[more >]
We're coming to the end of a new season for the twitter account
@theauldsthretch, and as it now has more than 6,000 followers, it's
no longer easy for me to answer individually all questions that may
arise. Therefore, I'm putting together this set of questions and
some short answers
Why is the earliest sunset not on the shortest day?
"Resolution on Encryption" is under consideration by the
The proposal encourages the EU to work with technology companies to
develop mechanisms to allow security services to read messages that
would otherwise be encrypted beyond their access.
Some technical proposals have been published over the last few
years that seek to address the challenges and concerns with this
approach to criminal investigations. Some of these are
well-considered proposals ...[more >]
I've been trying to figure out how I can get
Let's Encrypt SSL cert
configured for my blog for the longest time. Today, I cracked that
This blog is now available only over HTTPS, which means that the
traffic between you and the server that hosts the blog is
I don't use the blog to capture any personal information from
anyone (except myself). In fact, the site is completely read-only,
but HTTPS also prevents the
A quick one.
The guys over at
Matrix.org (Matthew Hodgson, specifically) have
posted a proposal for addressing the concerns of the police and
politicians around illegal material being available on the internet
through channels that employ end-to-end encryption.
As you can
tell, I'm very much a "you can't do that" person ...[more >]
I am a fan of the idea of
selfhosting, where people create and use
their own internet service instead of using one of the large
services that we all have come to love to hate. I would also regard
myself as an advocate for selfhosting.
For example, instead of using WhatsApp, I have built my own
implementation of the
forging ahead with its plan to require Google and
others to pay the news industry for sending it traffic.
happened in other countries, the Australians should prepare
themselves for Google just upping sticks and leaving, resulting in
far less internet traffic going to those news sites ...[more >]
I've done a complete restyle of the web site.
I'm a massive fan of
emacs for a very long time, specifically
org-mode (for nearly as long). More and more, I use these tools for
my writing, whatever the context, and many years ago I went looking
for a mechanism to blog through emacs and orgmode.
I eventually found
o-blog, which I have been using ever ...[more >]
There have been calls from police and other government agencies all
over the world to ban the use of end-to-end encryption messaging
services, in order to more easily fight against all the things that
these agencies believe to be bad. I'd like to demonstrate how this
PGP is a method of encryption, typically used for e-mails. There
are many software packages for computers and hand-held devices like
'phones and tablets that provide PGP encryption, but they
reported ( following some lobbying, no doubt) that the
new government is considering providing a power to An Garda
Síochána to use an "electronic key" to access encrypted
communications, the logic being that this will be the best way to
combat organised crime.