2005

Lasalle Bank’s tape of mortgage-related information on 2 million customers has been found by DHL. (Thanks to Adam for the heads-up) No word on whether the tape was in a container which would show evidence of tampering, so this doesn’t foreclose (pardon the pun) the possibility of PII being stolen: […]the tape had been located…

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I’ve discussed the $100 laptop in “Freedom To Tinker, Freedom to Learn,” and “More on ‘Freedom To Tinker, Freedom to Learn’.” In “Tech Delusions and The Trouble with Christmas,” Kerry Howley discusses many reasons why this is a bad idea: For now, OLPC plans to sell only to governments of poor countries, not individuals here…

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Chris Anderson warms the cockles of our heart as he discusses the psychological acceptability of “The Probabilistic Age:” When professionals–editors, academics, journalists–are running the show, we at least know that it’s someone’s job to look out for such things as accuracy. But now we’re depending more and more on systems where nobody’s in charge; the…

Read More Emergent Properties of the Long Tail

I’d like to talk a bit about usability as it intersects with software design. I’m motivated by three things: Firstly, my own attempts to be comprehensible and understandable, not only in this blog, but also in software whose design I participate in. Years ago, Steve Karkula provided me the phrase “design from interface” while doing…

Read More Software Usability Thoughts: Some Advice For Movable Type

One of the really cool things about blogs is that very smart, knowledgeable people can offer up their opinions on topics of the moment. In this case, it’s Orin Kerr and Daniel Solove offering up extended legal analyses of the wiretaps. (Well, extended from the lay perspective, anyway.) Professor Kerr has posted “Legal Analysis of…

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Some friends have just launched Snarfer, a new Windows RSS reader, designed to be fast, efficient, and easy to use. Check it out! If you’re not familiar with RSS Really Simple Syndication, it’s a way to bring lots of content, like blogs, into one place. If I didn’t have NetNewsWire (a Mac client) I couldn’t…

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Reevesnamepins.com, a company that manufacturers the plastic and metal name tags that police officers around the country wear on their uniforms, had its customer database hacked recently, exposing credit card and other personal data for a number of police departments. So writes Brian Krebs in “Database Hack Exposes Police Financial Data.”

Read More Reeves Namepins, Unknown # Cop Credit Cards, Hacker

The Open Source Vulnerability DataBase (OSVDB) is in need of additional programmers. If you’re not familiar with it because you’ve been hiding in a cave somewhere, OSVDB is a tremendous project that dramatically enhances the quality and availability of vulnerability information. Today, they posted a teaser, “OSVDB is Closing:” That said, OSVDB could substantially benefit…

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