January 2005

Put bluntly, the law of obscenity, no matter how longstanding, has never satisfied constitutional requirements, and it never will. Finally, a judge has been brave enough to say as much. This opinion is notable for that reason – and for Judge Lancaster’s novel approach. His opinion attacks the obscenity laws on privacy grounds – and…

Read More Privacy and Obscenity?

Bruce Schneier talks about the Secure Flight being an improvement over the current watchlist system, but can’t give us details. The new system will rely on more information in the reservation. But if we don’t have that more information on the person on the watchlist, what will happen? Eg, if there’s no known birthday for…

Read More Small Bits of Irony: Secure Flight, Insecure Borders

Some moving blog posts from Iraq include Hammorabi, Messopotamian, and Iraq the Model The first thing we saw this morning on our way to the voting center was a convoy of the Iraqi army vehicles patrolling the street, the soldiers were cheering the people marching towards their voting centers then one of the soldiers chanted…

Read More Small Bits of Hope

In tomorrow’s elections. I have to say that despite a great deal of skepticism in the feasibility, and disappointment over the execution, of Bush’s vision for the Middle East, it represents the one of the core American beliefs. Lincoln called the ideas of democracy the last, best hope of mankind, and in that, he was…

Read More Good Luck to Iraqis!

Aaron Swartz has produced a link generator for the New York Times. It takes a URL and makes it archival, so that it doesn’t expire, and you should be able to visit it after two weeks are up. Its a lazy Saturday afternoon; Atlanta is shut down by the half inch of snow that fell…

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Gore Vidal has a few choice words about the President’s Inaugural address, at DemocracyNow. A Russian company, MaxPatrol, has published a paper on bypassing heap and stack protection for Microsoft Windows XP with SP2. Winterspeak has an interesting summary of Iraq: The big bet that President Bush placed all these months ago, the bet that…

Read More Small Bits of Chaos: Vidal, SP2, Iraq

Longtime security and privacy researcher Richard M. Smith tells Farber’s IP list about Philip Scott Lyons, a Tukwila, Washington firefighter. Lyons was accused of arson because he’d bought the same type of fire starters at Safeway. Or, that’s what Safeway’s “Club Card” records show. How or why they were obtained isn’t clear. The charge was…

Read More Nothing to Hide, Plenty to Fear