The debate about Shor’s Algorithm (which I blogged about a couple days ago) continues. Rod Van Meter has a good blog post about it here. While there are plenty of people who have just wholesale dismissed the Hill/Viamontes paper outright, apparently because they know Shor’s algorithm works and that building a working quantum computer is…Read More Quantum Debate
I’d like to review two recent books on the war on terror: “Bush’s Law: The Remaking of American Justice” by by Eric Lichtblau, and “Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror” by David Cole and Jules Lobel. Both are well written assaults on the way in which the Bush administration…Read More Bush’s Law — Less Safe, Less Free
My buddy, collaborator and co-worker Crispin Cowan has started a blog. The first post is “Security Is Simple: Only Use Perfect Software.” [Update: Added a link to Crispin’s home page, because some readers apparently have trouble with a search engine.]Read More Everybody Run, Crispin's Got a Blog
Technology Review has a pair of articles on D-Wave‘s adiabatic quantum computer. Quantum pioneer Seth Lloyd writes in “Riding D-Wave” about quantum computing in general, adiabatic quantum computing, and D-Wave’s efforts to show that they’ve actually built a quantum computer. Linked to that is Scott Aaronson’s article, “Desultory D-Wave,” in which Lloyd’s nail-biting is made…Read More Quantum Uncertainty
In a blog post entitled “Lending Tree A Little Late In Cutting Off Network Access?“, I read that in the recent Lending Tree breach: several former employees may have helped a handful of mortgage lenders gain access to Lending Tree’s customer information by sharing confidential passwords with the lenders. Later, the author describes “an obvious…Read More The messenger is the message
The idea of “watchlists” has proliferated as part of the War on Terror. There are now more than 63 of them: As part of its regular “risk management” service, which provides screening, tracing, and identity and background checks on potential clients or trading partners, MicroBilt will now offer a “watch list” service that checks these…Read More Who Watches the Watchlists?
The ACM has a list of classic computer science works put together based on responses to a survey of the membership. I’m no computer scientist (though I’ve lived with my share…) but I’m shocked that none of Knuth’s works is on this list, even if it is basically a beauty contest.Read More 5754463f
Ross Anderson has made PDF versions of several chapters of his Security Engineering (second edition) available on-line. The entire first edition has been available for some time. I am sure this second edition will be outstanding. I would rank the first edition as one of the top three technical books I’ve read. It would likely…Read More Security Metric?
You don’t have much credibility looking for a publisher for a book on rum when you’re sailing in the Caribbean drinking the best rums you can find in the name of research. Most people just didn’t take me seriously that there was even a need for a book on rum. It took quite a while…Read More Good problems to have
The University of Miami has chosen to notify 41,000 out of 2.1 million patients whose personal information was exposed when thieves stole backup tapes. The other 2.1 million people, apparently, should be reassured, that their personal medical data was stolen, but the University feels it would be hard to read, and well, there’s no financial…Read More University of Miami: Good for the body, bad for the soul?