Jacob Torrey

Noise-cancelling headphones for the internet

Filtering out LLM-generated junk


A few weeks ago, I built a very proof-of-concept browser extension that would classify the text of a visited page and set the transparency of each paragraph to the confidence that it was the output of a generative AI model. A friend and I were talking about the challenges of doing deep work, and how there is so much noise and . . .

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May 10, 2023

Xiegu G90 & Digimode-4

Getting up and running with HF digital modes

Meta preamble

I am well aware of my long hiatus in posting, as many of you may know, I served as a Program Manager at DARPA where the results of my technical work required approvals prior to publication, and I thought it best to avoid adding commentary and other contributions in any unofficial capacity. Following DARPA, I spent a brief . . .

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February 02, 2022

TROOPERS 2017 Day 2 Re-cap

Please pardon the delay, I was enjoying some of the fine European weather in the French Riveria and neglecting my TROOPERS blogging duties. As promised, here is a short description of my day 2.


Starting early in the morning for the annual 10k charity run up the Philosopher's Way, a large group of brave (and sleepy-looking) . . .

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April 02, 2017

Troopers 2017 Day 1 Re-cap

It's late March, thus time for TROOPERS; this year is the 10th anniversary edition of the fantastic conference in Heidelberg, Germany, so an extra special week to be a part of. As I spoke at a pre-conference workshop, the stress was off so I could reflect and re-cap on the content without worrying about an incomplete slide deck. Below . . .

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March 23, 2017

Defensive Programming

Coding in a post-Rowhammer world

Earlier this year at TROOPERS I presented on how many tenets of the LangSec theories could be integrated into a modern SDLC through providing a framework for "verification-oriented programming". This idea revolved around the notion that "to err is human, to be caught at compile-time (or as close to it as possible) divine", and that developers . . .

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October 22, 2016

Consent in InfoSec

An analogy

Recently the buzzword-du-jour has shifted in some circles from "Threat Intelligence" to "Information Sharing", with policy being proposed or enacted to drive companies to share breach and breach attempts with other entities to hopefully assist in their network defenses. One challenge I see to free information sharing between willing and . . .

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April 29, 2016

Verification-Oriented Programming

Accepting LangSec into your heart (or SDLC)

 Next week at TROOPERS I am acting as a TA for Tamas on our VM Introspection training as well as giving a talk aimed at developers and their managers to augment their software development life-cycle (SDLC) with LangSec . . .

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March 07, 2016


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