October 2004

Larry Lessig and Dave Winer have the very clever idea of a polling site based on blog links and click-throughs: [Lessig] wrote a passioned essay about the Presidential election of 2004, and he wanted to tell people who agreed with his choice to click on a link to express their support. And if they really…

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This month the B.C. government passed a law to prevent the U.S. from examining information on British Columbians that is in possession of private U.S. companies. The CBC reports on information about Canadians being sent to the US for processing, and the attendant legal risks. In Canada, they have strong-sounding data-protection laws that they don’t…

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Neither, of course, is true. But these rumors testify to one of the most distinguishing — and disturbing — aspects about this election: Paranoia is rampant. “I haven’t seen an election in which more people are worried about what’s going to happen to them on Election Day,” said Herb Asher, an Ohio State University political…

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Ian Grigg has a great page on the SSL industry (really the “certification authority” industry.) Worth reading. The topic reminds me of an essay, I think from Nick Szabo, on the use of language and terminology within the security industry to distort thinking. (The bit I remember discussed the use of “certification authorities,” self-declared.) I’m…

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An update on the Americans Stream to Canada For Flu Shots story: In eight days 3,800 people have jumped on the ship and paid their $105. Victoria Clipper’s Managing Director said the company had not expected there would be such a massive take up. The company says the day trips still continue, but the number…

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It seems a bizarre right to be allowed to watch TV, but not say insensitive things. (It’s sad that the car dealer felt ok insulting customers and turning away business. It’s sadder that the courts are intervening where the right answer would be more speech, publicizing intolerance and shaming the dealer.)

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On one occasion [Johnnie Thomas] was told that she had graduated to the exalted status labeled, ‘Not allowed to fly.’ She discovered that there was no method available for having ‘her’ name removed from the DNFL; indeed, one person from her local FBI office dismissively told her to hire a lawyer (although ironically, he refused…

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There’s a long article by Joseph Menn in the LATimes about online extortion via DDOS attacks, and how much money it brings in. (Use Bugmenot for a login.) The threat involved massive denial of service attacks on a gambling site, using thousands of “zombie” computers sending data to the site. Its not clear how clever…

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