These are the things I've written that are tagged "philosophy"

You Are Not Google

09 June 2017

A longish read which is better summed up at the very top: […] if you’re using a technology that originated at a large company, but your use case is very different, it’s unlikely that you arrived there deliberately; no, it’s more likely you got there through a ritualistic belief that imitating the giants would bring […]

Schneier on Security: Our Newfound Fear of Risk

03 September 2013

Bruce Schneier: We’re afraid of risk. It’s a normal part of life, but we’re increasingly unwilling to accept it at any level. So we turn to technology to protect us. The problem is that technological security measures aren’t free. They cost money, of course, but they cost other things as well. They often don’t provide […]

Kickstarter’s Spam Problem

14 August 2012

Garrett Murray on a troubling trend in Kickstarter projects: At least once a week I receive an unsolicited request to fund a project. These messages are rarely offensive in and of themselves–they’re usually just information about the project and a paragraph or two of generic “please help us out” text–but they’re still spam. They’re usually […]

The 3 Types of Knowledge

22 February 2010

There’s the shit you know, the shit you know you don’t know, and the shit you don’t know you don’t know. I’ve long said that one of the primary factors for being considered an “expert” on a given subject, is knowing how long shit takes, which is a split between shit you know and shit you know you […]

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