September 2005

There’s a new security update from Apple, for both 10.3.9 and 10.4.2. If you browse the internet, or read email, you need it. I’m getting really annoyed at Apple’s update mechanisms. Not only the agreeing to a new license as part of the update, but the awful way in which they’re arranged. The technical data…

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Rebecca MacKinnon has the story on how AOL is refusing to collaborate on blocking freedom in China, in “Internet Censorship & Corporate Choices.” Companies do have a choice, and the choices they make matter a great deal. Security technologies that help protect people from their governments are not yet internationalized and easy to use. So…

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It seems to be standard that major new government programs cost more than we expect. Federal Computer Week has a story, “Real ID costs rising:” Earlier this year, Congressional Budget Office officials said nationwide implementation of the Real ID Act would cost $100 million in five years. The act requires minimum national standards and physical…

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Some of the precepts that proponents of national ID often put forth is that it can make “illegal immigration more unpleasant for immigrants,” or “a national ID system has some substantial potential to be the cornerstone of a national fraud-prevention system.” These are attractive notions, but will not be borne out in reality. Actually, the…

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Kip Esquire continues his coverage in “ACLU Sues to Block Georgia Voter ID Law,” and closes, like he did a comment on my last post on the subject: Always remember, it’s not about “making every vote count,” but rather “making every valid vote count.” I don’t think this works as a requirements statement. First, it…

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“Security cameras certainly aren’t useless. I just don’t think they’re worth it.” So comments Bruce Schneier on the news that “Cameras Catch Dry Run of 7/7 London Terrorists.” Richard Beitjich comments on “Citadel Offers Product Security Warranty.” I think Richard nails it with his analysis that “There are probably enough loopholes through which one could…

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