July 2009

The last post on the Mortman/Hutton model today is the most important.  You see, the primary idea (to me) behind the Mortman/Hutton model was never really to come to a strict or broadly accepted model for discussing what factors drive the creation and adoption of exploit code.  That was and is a vehicle for what…

Read More Final Post on Mortman/Hutton and the Beginning of the End of the Beginning (Hopefully)

One of the really fascinating things about listening to the streaming audio of the first moon landing is how much time was spent debugging the spacecraft, resetting this and that. As the memory fades away, Charlie Stross wrote about the difficulties in going back to the moon: Not only does the cost of putting a…

Read More To The Moon

A couple of good articles are John McWhorter’s “Gates is Right–and We’re Not Post-Racial Until He’s Wrong,” and Lowry Heussler’s “Nightmare on Ware Street.” The full police report is at “Gates police report.” I think PHB’s comment on Michael Froomkin’s post is quite interesting: You are all missing a rather significant fact, this is the…

Read More The Arrest of Gates

Demonstrating that no one’s data is safe, the names, pay records, and other personal information of 90,000 English soldiers was placed on the Internet. These soldiers, who served with king Henry V at Agincourt now have their information listed at www.medievalsoldier.org, exposing them to the chance of identity theft after nearly 500 years. They soldiers…

Read More Today's Privacy Loss – English Soldiers' Details Published

So Dave Mortman and Alex Hutton have a talk submitted to Security BSides entitled “Challenging the Epistemological Anarchist to Escape our Dark Age.” Now, it would certainly be nice if we could all use the same words to mean the same things. It would make communication so much easier! It would let us build the…

Read More For epistemological anarchism

The Apollo program took place at just about the right time for me. I was six (or, as I would quickly have pointed out at the time, six *and a half*) when the first lunar landing occurred, and barely ten when Apollo 17 splashed down. This was old enough to be fascinated by the technology…

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