(Another) Letter to cabinet.

By evan on May 09, 2018

Dear Premier, Cabinet members; The Internal Services response team clearly mislead police, and your party, in order to cover up a career ending mistake. It is no longer inference based on available information; it is now an indisputable fact since the unsealing of critical court documents. Mr Premier, you do owe the wrongfully accused 19-year-old “hacker” an apology. I believe you honestly thought the […]

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Applying PID loops to the Government

By evan on Apr 29, 2018

I was debating politics at 3 AM while roaming around downtown after AtlSecCon, and made a point that I think is worth fleshing out. The issue of elected senators came up, and whether they should be elected, how long the term should be, or if they should continue to be appointed. Canada is a representative democracy; that is, we elect […]

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An open letter to the Premier and the Cabinet

By evan on Apr 13, 2018

Mr Premier, I’m writing to you, and Cabinet Members, regarding the FOIPOP issue that’s been in the news. Based on the emergency debate today, and your responses in question period, I think it’s very clear that you have all been briefed incorrectly at best, and lied to at worst. The issue at hand is not that the server was “hacked,” […]

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Regarding the Freedom of Information “hack”

By evan on Apr 12, 2018

Update: There is now a legal defence gofundme started by one of the CanSecWest organizers. Please donate what you can. This is a very important case, the government can’t be allowed to get away with this. CBC has granted the teenager anonymity, but Jack Julian has a very good report on what happened from the teenagers point of view.  /Update […]

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Halifax: we have a problem

By evan on Aug 27, 2017

I was curious about something the other day. Little did I know how far the rabbit hole would go. I was mostly wondering about Halifax vs “Other places I’d consider living” so left out Calgary, Vancouver, and a few others. They still came in above Halifax. To be clear, I’m not looking at leaving immediately. That being said, I have […]

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Assigning Blame Accurately

By evan on May 09, 2017

As a followup to the last articles; CBC has today published a new take on the security camera incident at a Cape Breton School last week. “We are actually going to be sending letters and reaching out the manufacturers in the very near future,” said Jennifer Rees-Jones, a senior advisor at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. The office […]

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The Russians are Coming

By evan on May 08, 2017

Last week several webcams at a Cape Breton school were discovered to be broadcasting publicly, and indexed by a search engine, at insecam.org. The camera was taken down after the incident was reported; but CBC’s coverage by Susan Bradley and Jack Julian leaves much to be desired. (Privacy Commissioner) Tully said passwords need to be encrypted and the length of time images are […]

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Trusting people on the internet.

By evan on May 29, 2016

An issue; Who do you trust on the internet? It’s a simple question, with a horrendously complex answer. Some of the key underpinnings of the internet like DNS and Certificate Authorities are trust based. You believe that https://google.com isn’t impersonating the real google because GeoTrust vouched for them. They believe Google because someone submitted a request from webmaster@google.com (yes that’s […]

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The story of a wild cat.

By evan on May 17, 2016

Ever find a wounded animal outside, and actually try to help them? I mean take them home, feed them, etc. Don’t. Because it will bite you in the ass. Not the animal, he was an affectionate little kitten. No I mean the raving lunatics that frequent /r/halifax. Someone accused me 2 years after the fact of abusing a kitten, and if you […]

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Makerspace Survey Results

By evan on Mar 18, 2016

I put together a survey and sent it to the HMS mailing list, reddit, linkedin, etc. As of writing there are 81 responses, one of which is an obvious troll. The raw data is available here  TL;DR: a space will never work for *everyone* but it can work for a lot of people. Some key points: Tech is far more […]

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