Just not in the way it's being punted by marketers, "strategic business thinkers" and banks at the moment. Its real value lies in its ability to decentralise trust, taking that trust away from (centralised) organisations and putting that trust into open, transparent computing algorithms, code and the community.
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Goodbye, Reddit (For Now)

11 Dec 2016   conversations  internet  reddit 
Reddit is often, and has the potential to be, a really awesome platform for genuine, authentic, robust conversation. But its true strength (and, often, failure) lies in the efficacy of its moderation teams. Especially when it comes to dealing with online verbal abuse. Read more

Using Privilege for Good

08 Dec 2016   equality  philosophy  power  privilege 
With South Africa being a country of extreme inequality, we need a totally different way of looking at society to be able to deal with it effectively. We need to stop thinking dualistically. We need to spend more time cultivating a habit of being grateful for what we have, while using our tendency towards social comparison to motivate us to positive, empowering action. We need to focus on local community instead of individual action, or waiting for government or business to "do the right thing". Read more

Generating Secure Passwords

07 Dec 2016   passwdgen  projects  security  software 
How does one go about selecting an appropriate password generation strategy? After doing a little digging into the topic, and trying to refresh my mind on concepts such as information entropy, it turns out that some of the most difficult passwords to crack right now are simply five randomly selected words from a pretty large dictionary of plain English words. Read more

Making Statik Backwards-Compatible

21 Nov 2016   projects  software  statik 
Statik, the static web site generator, can now be used with Python 2.7+, where it used to only work with Python 3.5+. The latest release, v0.8.0, fixes several minor issues. This post documents some of the process of making Statik backwards-compatible with Python 2.7+. Read more
 
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