Back in 2005, a devilishly handsome young podcaster was looking for a way to get more fan involvement on his show. He found this crazy site called K7.net, which gave a free 206-area-code number that worked not only as a free fax-to-JPEG service, but also a free call-to-MP3 service. You called the number, left a message, […]Continue Reading →
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The Department of Justice is using an obscure procedure to push through a rule change that will greatly increase law enforcement’s ability to hack into computers located around the world. It’s an update to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. If Congress does nothing, this massive change will automatically go into effect on December 1.
Why you should care about changes to “Rule 41”
It will result in a dramatic increase in government hacking. Here’s an overview of some of the main reasons to be concerned:
- Government agents hacking into computers more frequently is a recipe for disaster. Law enforcement will increase their exploitation of security vulnerabilities in common software products, meaning vulnerabilities that could affect millions will be left open instead of patched.
- Law enforcement will forum shop, finding government-friendly magistrate judges to sign off on warrants with a loose connection to the judicial district.
- Law enforcement will pressure judges to sign off on remote searches of thousands of computers with a single warrant—a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment and a pattern we’re already seeing.
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SPOILER ALERT: This entire post is spoilers.
I enjoyed this episode. By my scoring, it’s a 7/10 and a nice recovery from the episode where the Beloved Character™ dies for apparently no f-ing reason (see below). However, as much as I enjoyed this episode and can’t wait for next week, the Nitpickious the Annoying showed up […]Continue Reading →
“Are you a magician? Because baby, whenever I look at you
everyone else just disappears.”
Oh, sorry, that’s my pickup line. This here blog post is about opening lines, i.e., the opening lines of my novels.Continue Reading →
Thousands of people read my books. (Quick aside: that phrase still rattles my melon — thousands of people read my books. Livin’ the dream, boss.)
But in any large enough population, you get groups of people who look at the exact same thing and see something completely different. People tend to imprint their worldview upon what they experience. […]Continue Reading →
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Number 5 may shock you!
I get it every year from readers. Depending on who the hot NFL quarterback is, I get the inevitable, “Quentin Barnes is a lot like X, amiright?” Plenty of NFL QBs are comparable to Quentin in one way or another, but I think the closest I’ve ever seen is Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers.
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Oh, I read, dawg ... I read.
I started to write this post, then remembered I could see all my books in my Goodreads account. Well, whaddaya know — Goodreads had a handy “My 2015 Year […]Continue Reading →
Book III of the Generations Trilogy hits Oct. 25
You guys! You guys! The craziest thing just hapened. On December 14, Actual For-Real Presidential Candidate Donald Trump released a letter from his physician stating that “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” NPR showed the whole letter as an image.
To put it mildly, Trump’s doctor thinks the Future Dark President is in really, really good shape (he can’t be the Future Dark Overlord, because that’s me, fools). I mean, it’s almost as if someone asked the doctor to write a glowing letter that isn’t the least bit hyperbolic.
Here’s where it gets weird — my doctor also released a letter about me on the same day Trump’s doc released the letter about him! Insane coincidence, right? In the interest of full disclosure, I decided to follow the lead of my idol — The Donald — and show my letter to the world. After all, I want you to know that I won’t die on you in mid-series, like George R. R. Martin most assuredly will.
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The ALIVE podcast novel is complete. Hurrah! Another book added to the list of Tales Told By Scott. But this time, we tried something different.
The Internet is always a-changing. If you don’t change with it, you get left behind. When I started serializing my audiobooks in March of 2005, the concept of a podcast was so new it […]Continue Reading →
The NFL season is almost upon us: I delude myself, do you?
We’re sixteen days from the launch of the NFL 2015 campaign. If you’re an NFL fan, then you — like me — are unavoidably thinking that this is the year for your team. Don’t lie, fool, I can tell you’re thinking of a possible 10-6 record, maybe even 12-4, a trip to the playoffs, a couple of […]Continue Reading →
July 14 is coming. No avoiding it. What’s the big deal about that day? Oh, nothing, much, just the launch of my new freaking book that I’ve been working on since 200-and-freakin-8.
Woah. Lemme take a break before John Cusack starts shaking me about and screaming “you must chill!”
Yes, ALIVE is done. It’s at the presses […]Continue Reading →
My new novel ALIVE is coming out in less than a month. That means advance copies have gone out, and the first batch of online reviews have come back. Most of the reviews are great (happy boy!). Some — as is to be expected — not so much. A few of the 1-stars are downright […]Continue Reading →
I’m not female.
There, the cat is out of the bag. In all things, my perceptions are filtered through the eyes of a man. Keep that in mind as you read this. I’m not an expert on these subjects, and often find myself completely mystified when strong opinions swirl around particular subjects. I listen as […]Continue Reading →