The NSA is watching! … Sort of. I explain in this week’s What I’ve Been Reading.
- Writing for Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy’s Freedom to Tinker blog, Alex Halderman and Nadia Heninger explain the results of an academic paper they and twelve coauthors wrote. They outline how the NSA may have been able to find large prime numbers that crack certain implementations of Diffie-Hellman key exchange. The costs and computing power required would have been enormous, but since the same primes are widely reused in many places, the benefits would also have been huge.
- Writing for The National Memo, structural engineer Ali F. Rhuzkan explains why Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the Mexican-American border is so implausible. For one, it’s prohibitively expensive. For another, a fucking wall? Come on.
- Finally, Twitter user bonerman_inc asked people to send them bad video game ideas. They turned those ideas into animated gifs.
That does it for this week. See you next week, Internet.