What is originality? It’s when you get ideas that have not been thought of before.

Why is it important? Because novelty subverts expectations. It leads to creation of something fresh, new and well…original. Nothing like it has existed before; it’s a true contribution to the knowledge pool of humanity.

The problem, however, is that if you have thought of something, it is very likely that someone else has also thought of it. That is what makes originality hard. There are 8 billion1 brains thinking and what are the chances that your brain has thought of something that other brains haven’t…


I.

If you think about it, arguments are an indispensable aspect of human existence. They are the only way 2 parties can come to an agreement and they are the only way 2 people can begin to resolve conflicts. Be it a 90 year old who wants to be euthanized or a 10 year old who wants to watch TV at 1 O’clock in the night, arguments are the only conciliatory tool we humans have.

Imagine if there was no such thing called arguments. What a boringly monotonous world it would be. Everyone would have the same opinion, have the same…


Its been a crazy week for cryptocurrency traders. This pic perfectly summarises it:

Image Source: Paybis

According to the cyrpto-subculture, the best strategy for making some money off of crypto is simple¹: buy the dip + HODL (hold on for dear life)²

Lets look at the 2nd part of the equation: HODLing. Where should one hold their crypto assets? Definitely not in exchanges. Unless you want to be like Bob here.


Recently, a disgruntled employee in our organization left a derisive comment on Yammer¹ about a password policy that was in place. He was frustrated as the policy added a truck load of friction to his work flow. He even went on to accuse the ‘policy makers’ of apathy.

What drove him to that point? There is a lot to unpack here.

Monopoly

Consider a B2C product; users have the option to jump ship in case they are annoyed with it. If they dislike Gmail, they can shift to Proton Mail. If they are incomfortable with Whatsapp, they can shift to Signal.


The FIDO2 Swiss Army Knife

AllinPass FIDO is another security key from FEITIAN that we are going to be looking at in this article.

The AllinPass FIDO’s form factor is different from most keys (which resemble a USB stick).

The reason it has this form factor is because it has a battery enclosed. Why? Because in addition to USB and NFC, it supports Bluetooth.

Not many security keys provide support for Bluetooth today. It is, however, one of the communication protocols supported by CTAP 2.0 for interfacing with the client (for example, a browser).


We travel to different places to have new experiences: meet new people, relish their local food, art and architecture, and marinate in their culture. Experience is the building block of physical travel.

The Internet has given us a whole new virtual world to travel in; travel is not restricted to the physical dimension anymore. Let us call this type of travel Digital Travel.

People and their content (their ideas/perspectives) are the building blocks of Digital Travel. …


The security key designed for cross-platform authentication by FEITIAN

In my last post, I reviewed FEITIAN’s biometrics based security key — the BioPass FIDO2.

In this post, I will be reviewing another security key from FETIAN: iePass FIDO.

iePass FIDO (K44)

The iePass FIDO is a nifty security key that sports a Lightning connector and a USB Type C port.

Here’s what we will cover:

  • Some basics about the key
  • Setting up and using the iePass FIDO
  • Managing the iePass FIDO
  • Hardware
  • User Education
  • Conclusion

The Basics

  • FIDO2 Certified
  • MFi Certified: MFi certification stands for Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad. It’s a stringent program that producers of accessories for those devices must go through to have…


An Antidote to Existential Crisis

What should I do with my life? What is my passion? What is the meaning of my existence? What is my calling?

These are variations of The Question: ‘What is the purpose of life?’

Many of us struggle to find an answer to this question. But before we subject ourselves to this grueling struggle, we should question The Question. Are we even asking the right question?

Problems with Purpose

Purpose is a philosophical concept, not a scientific one. There is no empirical data to conduct a study and arrive at a scientific prescription for Life. It is non-deterministic. …


Thoughts on a security key by FEITIAN that sports a fingerprint reader

BioPass FIDO2 is a security key from FEITIAN Technologies. If you are wondering what the hell a ‘security key’ is, you can read this article where I cover the basics of FIDO2 — the protocol that security keys run on.

In a nutshell, security keys leverage the power of Public Key Cryptography in order to secure your online accounts far better than passwords and authenticator apps (ex: Google authenticator) ever can. They provide protection against phishing, man-in-the-middle attacks and hijacking.

BioPass comes in two variants: USB-A and USB-C. In this article, I will be sharing my thoughts on the USB-A…


Fighting stage fear with antifragility and self deprecation

Shopify, an ecommerce platform, is considered to be one of the fastest growing internet companies in the world today.

They have 1 million businesses using their platform across 175 countries¹. How does Shopify keep their customers satisfied? One of the things they do is to optimize for trust. Here is Shopify’s CEO Tobi Lütke²:

We’ve designed Shopify very well because resilience and uptime are so important for building trust.

How does he ensure servers that are critical to Shopify are always up and running? By shutting down those critical servers.

I would just log in and shut down various servers…

Raghul Chandrasekar

P(A|B) = [P(A)*P(B|A)]/P(B), all the rest is commentary — Scott Alexander

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