February 2010

Apparently, the government of Puerto Rico has stolen the identities of something between 1.7 and 4.1 million people Native Puerto Ricans living outside the island territory are reacting with surprise and confusion after learning their birth certificates will become no good this summer. A law enacted by Puerto Rico in December mainly to combat identity…

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That’s the key message of Ethan Zuckerman’s post “Internet Freedom: Beyond Circumvention.” I’ll repeat it: “We can’t circumvent our way around internet censorship.” It’s a long, complex post, and very much worth reading. It starts from the economics of running an ISP that can provide circumvention to all of China, goes to the side effects…

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In his ongoing role of “person who finds things that I will find interesting,” Adam recently sent me a link to a paper titled “THE HUMAN FACTORS ANALYSIS AND CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM–HFACS,” which discusses the role of people in aviation accidents.  From the abstract: Human error has been implicated in 70 to 80% of all civil…

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Nasty psychiatrissstss! Hates them, my precious! They locks uss up in padded cell! They makes uss look at inkblotsss! Tricksy, sly inkblotsss! Nasty Elvish pills burnsss our throat! … Yesss We Hatesss themsss Evil oness yess my preciousss we hatess themsss But They Helpsss us! No they hurtsss usss, hurtsss usss sore! NCBI ROFL: Did…

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Or, Security and Privacy are Complimentary, Part MCVII: Later, I met one executive who told me that at the same time of my incident at another restaurant owned by the corporation, a server was using stolen credit card numbers by wearing a small camera on him. He would always check ID’s and would quickly flash…

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In Verizon’s post, “A Comparison of [Verizon’s] DBIR with UK breach report,” we see: Quick: which is larger, the grey slice on top, or the grey slice on the bottom? And ought grey be used for “sophisticated” or “moderate”? I’m confident that both organizations are focused on accurate reporting. I am optimistic that this small…

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