Stuff I Wrote: December through March 2018

March is the new January! Or should I say, late April? I’ve gotten behind on sharing posts I’ve written and podcasts I’ve hosted, but the good news is that you can get caught up all at once.

Security News

A Practical Guide to Microchip Implants (Ars Technica) An estimated 50 to 100k folks have implants; how do the benefits compare to the risks?

Hackers Are So Fed Up With Twitter Bots, They’re Hunting Them Down Themselves (The Intercept) As Twitter ramps up its efforts against fake accounts, researchers are devising algorithms to distinguish humans from bots in their spare time. You can also read this article in Portuguese!

Too Many People Are Still Using ‘Password’ as a Password (Motherboard) ‘Starwars’ was another popular and bad choice for passwords last year.

What Are Data Brokers, And Why Are They Scooping Up Information About You? (Motherboard) These sites you haven’t heard of are sharing boatloads of data about you.

Here’s a Long List of Data Broker Sites and How to Opt Out of Them (Motherboard) How to get off of people search sites like Pipl, Spokeo, and WhitePages.

Textbook

Business Writing: A Content Marketing Approach (StuKent Publishing) is now out and available for professors. I have a webinar on that same landing page.

Miscellaneous

The Potential Downside of Unlimited PTO and Vacations (Dice Insights) Unlimited PTO or vacation sounds pretty fantastic, but the reality is that such perks come with some potential loopholes that can affect you in big ways.

Breaking Into DevOps Engineering (Dice Insights) DevOps boils down to a collection of technical and cultural practices that allow organizations to build products at a more efficient clip. Here’s how to break into the segment.

Taste and Nutrition Test: Food Bars (Performance Menu, paywalled) I took a look at some popular nutrition bars, and analyzed their macronutrient content, calories, ingredients, flavor, cost, etc.

Mr. Robot Redux

I wrote up our tweet chats for the penultimate episode and the finale of Mr. Robot’s third season. on Motherboard.

Podcasts

I hosted or cohosted five podcast episodes:

Trump Dumps Formal Trans Ban

Federal Reserve Cracks Down on Wells Fargo, DOJ’s Rachel Brand Resigns

EPA Suspends Alaska Mining Proposal on Pristine Watershed

Twitter Releases New Information on the Extent of Russian Election Influence

New Tax Bill Revealed; Dissenting GOP Senator Flips Vote

Interviews

I was quoted in The Outline’s Bribes for Blogs: How Brands Secretly Buy Their Way Into Forbes, Fast Company, and HuffPost Stories, an investigative piece on unscrupulous marketing practices.

I was interviewed on WOSU’s Tech Tuesday: Hackers vs. Twitter Bots.

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