Ben Laurie has a nice little post up “More Banking Stupidity: Phished by Visa:” Not content with destroying the world’s economies, the banking industry is also bent on ruining us individually, it seems. Take a look at Verified By Visa. Allegedly this protects cardholders – by training them to expect a process in which there’s…Read More Mr Laurie – Don’t do that
This picture was taken by 4 high school kids with no budget: The Telegraph has the story at Teens capture images of space with £56 camera and balloon. You can click the photo for their amazing Flickr page. It’s a good thing they were in Spain. In the UK, they’d probably have been arrested for…Read More Suspect and Unusual Photographs
I suspect at least some EC readers will be interested in the Call for Papers for Metricon 4.0, to be held in Montreal, August 11. Metricon 4 – The Importance of Context MetriCon 4.0 is intended as a forum for lively, practical discussion in the area of security metrics. It is a forum for quantifiable…Read More Metricon 4.0 Call for Papers
A few weeks back, Dave Birch asked me if I’d publish my next book myself. I don’t think I would. I’m really happy with Karen Gettman and Jessica Goldstein at Addison Wesley, and I’ve convinced my co-authors for my next book that we should have a discussion about publishers. So why am I happy with…Read More Would I self-publish?
Brad DeLong has a FAQ up about Geithner’s plan to purchase toxic assets on the theory that the market has undervalued them, and will in time price them properly. Among the items: Q: What if markets never recover, the assets are not fundamentally undervalued, and even when held to maturity the government doesn’t make back…Read More Brad DeLong on the bailout
The BBC reports that the UK Local Government Association has a new banned words list, including our favorite, “best practices.” Andrew asked me in email if this was a best practice, and I wrote back: Does it pass the seven whys test? Why did they ban the phrase? Because it’s meaningless business speak Why is…Read More Best Practices?
The Daily Beast has a fascinating article that is a tell-all from a Madoff employee. I blinked as I read: The employee learned the salaries of his colleagues when he secretly obtained a document listing them. “A senior computer programmer would make $350,000, where in most comparable firms they would be getting $200,000 to $250,000….”…Read More Double-take Department, Madoff Division
So when someone sent me a link to “The Mother of all Funk Chords,” they didn’t explain it, and I didn’t quite get what I was watching. What I was watching: …is a mash up of videos found on YouTube, turned into an entire album by an Israeli artist, Kutiman.Read More The Emergent Chaos of Kutiman
I posted last month about Bob Blakely’s podcast with Phil Windley. Now (by which I really mean last month, wow I’m running behind!) Bob posts that the “Relationship Paper Now Freely Available,” and I’m embarrassed to say I stole Bob’s opening sentence. Now that I’ve actually read the paper, I’d like to remix the ideas…Read More Identity is Mashed Up
March 15-21 is “Sunshine Week“, a government transparency initiative described by its main proponents as a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know. The…Read More Happy Sunshine Week