A Waste of Money and Time

29 November 2010

Security professional Bruce Schneier on what really makes plane travel safer, and the difference between theater and reality: Of course not. Airport security is the last line of defense, and it’s not a very good one. What works is investigation and intelligence: security that works regardless of the terrorist tactic or target. Yes, the target […]

Cargo Collective’s 4th Amendment Wear

26 November 2010

The 4th Amendment printed in metallic ink on shirts, underwear, and socks, to make your TSA encounters more interesting. Just to refresh your memory, the full text of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, […]

National Opt-Out Day, November 24th

23 November 2010

For those wondering, it is the official position of Extra Future that these TSA changes are absurd acts of security theater from a government with no respect for it’s citizens. Opt-Out if you’re flying tomorrow and send them a message.

The Case Against COICA

17 November 2010

The Combatting Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is bad mojo that will not only limit creativity but stifle business. It will unconstitutionally restrict freedom of speech, raise the cost of doing business on the internet in a time when the economy is already in the toilet, and create an internet blacklist in America. The […]

The Road Printer

15 November 2010

BLDGBLOG: A new street-printing device—unfurling a geological substrate known as Tiger Stone, as orderly and as easy “as laying laminate flooring”—can neatly place brick roads where there weren’t roads before.

Rapportive

15 November 2010

A Gmail extension that grabs useful information from the public domain on people who send you email. Works for Safari, Chrome, Firefox.

Regularly Scheduled

12 November 2010

After many months of being inactive, I’ve turned the Extra Future twitter bot, @extrafuture back on. It will now post each time I update this very website. Adjust your entire lifestyle as you see fit.

BlackSheep, the Firesheep countermeasure tool

08 November 2010

Like the thing it acts against, it is a Firefox plugin. Were Firesheep a serious malicious tool, the race between BlackSheep countermeasures and Firesheep countercountermeasures would be endless, and Firesheep would always “win”. You can’t develop countermeasures until an attack has been successful. This was and is the message of Firesheep to begin with: The […]

HTML5 Audio Safari Extension

07 November 2010

Another in the recent line of “replace Flash whenever possible” Safari plugins, which replaces popular Flash-based audio players with the HTML5 <audio> element. See also: The YouTube5 extension, which does the same for YouTube embeds.

“Copyright Infringement and Me”

04 November 2010

The Editor of the magazine Cooks Source prints the entirety of an author’s article without clearing it with her. The author asks why this happened, and the editor tells her that she should be glad it got printed at all. The editor’s response is batshit, and actually contains this sentence: But honestly Monica, the web […]

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