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2021

Comment on the Lab Leak Hypothesis

A friend of mine requested that I write up some of my comments on the lab leak hypothesis, since I had done quite a bit of research into this in 2020. This w...

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2020

COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostics Brief

This report was part of an effort to provide a technology overview and policy recommendations on COVID-19 diagnostics for policy makers in the midst of the C...

Anatomy of a rental phishing scam 🎣

I was recently the (unsuccessful) target of a very well-crafted phishing scam. As part of a housing search a few weeks ago, I was trawling craigslist and zil...

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2019

One Hundred Opinions on Nuclear War

One of my friends on Twitter, Venkatesh Rao, recently challenged people to write one hundred tweets on one topic. I took the bait, and wrote one hundred op...

The Problem with San Francisco

Smoke chokes the city, the nearby forests are on fire, and towns are burning down as I sit here writing this. It is the fall of 2019 in San Francisco and som...

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2018

How to set up Signal Messenger

Android How to: Use Signal for Android iOS How to: Use Signal on iOS Desktop - Mac or Windows How do I install Signal Desktop? – Support ...

Security Checklist

Instructions for using this checklist Go through each section of the checklist. I recommend setting aside at least an hour to go through all of these thin...

Setting up 2FA and a Password Manager

This document describes the basic steps to setting up a password manager, generating secure passwords, and setting up 2FA on your accounts. 1. Install a Pas...

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2016

Be like Stanislav Petrov Permalink

Stanislav Petrov may have saved the world when he refused to tell his superiors that five Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles were incoming from the United S...

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