July 2007

A number of commenters on yesterday’s post, “Noh Entry: Halvar’s experience and American Legalisms” are taking me to task for being idealistic about rule of law. I agree strongly with what Nicko wrote in the comments: [C]ountries are at liberty to apply “complex, stupid, and complete arbitrary” rules but one of the fundamental tenants of…

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He writes: It appears I can’t attend Blackhat this year. I was denied entry to the US for carrying trainings materials for the Blackhat trainings, and intending to hold these trainings as a private citizen instead of as a company. A little background: For the last 7 years, I have attended / presented at the…

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Tourists visiting the White House must now adhere to a dress code which bans jeans, sneakers, shorts, miniskirts, T-shirts, tank tops, and flip-flops. Since this is an extremely important rule, signs were posted and emails sent White House staff (writes Al Kamen in the Washington Post). A telling detail, per the WaPo: The e-mail reminder…

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This is a new twist on an old trick. SFGate reports in, “‘I didn’t eat and I didn’t sleep’ — Coin dealer flies dime worth $1.9 million to NYC’” that coin dealer John Feigenbaum transported a $1.9M rare coin (an 1894-S dime) from its previous owner, Daniel Rosenthal, who lives in the Bay Area to…

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In “Help EFF Examine Once-Secret FBI Docs,” the folks at EFF ask for your help doing what Congress won’t. Engaging in oversight of our civil servants: We’ve already started scouring newly-released documents relating to the misuse of National Security Letters to collect Americans’ private information. But don’t let us have all fun — you, too,…

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A poor choice of names (I guess “best UNIX editor” was their second choice), but Silicon.com is doing something that seems worthwhile by launching their Full Disclosure Campaign. Silicon.com wants the government to review its data protection legislation and improve the reporting of information security breaches in the public and private sectors. We are calling…

Read More Full Disclosure debate, 2.0

In the Times Online article, “Digital DNA could finger Harry Potter leaker,” we learn that the person who leaked photos of the last Harry Potter novel has yielded up the serial number of their camera, which was in the metadata of the pictures they took. From this, we lean that it was a Canon, likely…

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