December 2005

… The arrest of Mayor Wood was ordered. Captain Walling of the Metropolitan Police was sent to arrest the Mayor but was promptly thrown out on his ear. Wood occupied City Hall protected by 300 of his Municipals who resisted a force of 50 Metropolitans sent there to arrest him. Later that day 50 Metropolitan…

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Oft-quoted Gartner analyst Avivah Litan weighs in on the intriguingly gentle treatment of Sam’s Club by Visa and MasterCard: Recommendations […] * MasterCard and Visa: Show far greater transparency in enforcing PCI standards. There is still too much confusion about the standard and how to comply with it — confusion that is increased by seemingly…

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I used to feel bad advocating for privacy laws. I’m generally down on laws restricting private contracts, and privacy laws seemed to be an intellectual inconsistency. I’ve resolved that feeling because almost a great many privacy invasive systems depend on either social security numbers, or government issued identity documents. It seems quite consistent to restrict…

Read More Fingerprint Readers and the Economics of Privacy

[Update: I had accidentally linked an out of stock edition on Amazon. The new link has copies in stock.] Part of me thinks that training users is a cop-out. It’s a way for the technology industry to evade responsibility for the insecurity of their products, and blame customers for manufacturers’ failings. At the same time,…

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A spokesman for the American military command that oversees training of the Iraqi forces also said that while he did not know the security forces’ ethnic mix, he believed that there were more Sunni troops than the election data suggested. From the New York Times, “Election Results Suggest Small Role For Sunnis in Security Forces.”…

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Marriott International Inc.’s time-share division said yesterday that it is missing backup computer tapes containing credit card account information and the Social Security numbers of about 206,000 time-share owners and customers, as well as employees of the company. Officials at Marriott Vacation Club International said it is not clear whether the tapes, missing since mid-November,…

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The BBC reports that the Mayor of London says “there had been 10 attempted attacks since 11 September 2001, two of which had come since the 7 July bombs.” (“Threat to London ‘disorganised’“) Where are the perpetrators? Are they free, because of insufficient evidence? Are they in jail? Were they killed by security forces? Claims…

Read More London and Terror Threats