May 2010

For your consideration, two articles in today’s New York Times. First, “How to Remind a Parent of the Baby in the Car?:” INFANTS or young children left inside a vehicle can die of hyperthermia in a few hours, even when the temperature outside is not especially hot. It is a tragedy that kills about 30…

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I was talking with (the now nationally famous) Rich Mogull at Secure360 last week in St. Paul (fabulous security gathering, btw, I highly recommend it), and he reiterated his position that we had too much “echo chamber” and not enough engagement with everyone – especially our peers who are down in the trenches and too…

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Today will be remembered along with the landing on the moon and the creation of the internet: Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, published results today describing the successful construction of the first self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell. The team synthesized the 1.08 million base pair chromosome of a…

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Waitress Is Fired for Her Complaint on Facebook: Lesson Learned for Employers?. From [German Consumer Protection] Minister Aigner to Mark Zuckerberg: the importance of privacy Farewell, Facebook “Why one super-connected internet enthusiast decided it was time to pull the plug” 5 WTFs: I quit Facebook Today Quit Facebook Day versus 10 Reasons You’ll Never Quit…

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[Update: See Barry’s comments, I seem to misunderstand the proposal.] The New York Times headlines “ Britain’s New Leaders Aim to Set Parliament Term at 5 Years.” Unlike the US, where we have an executive branch of government, the UK’s executive is the Prime Minister, selected by and from Parliament. As I understand things, the…

Read More Where's the Checks and Balances, Mr. Cameron?

I’m doing some work that involves seeing what people are saying about the state of malware in 2010, and search terms like “malware report” get a lot of results, they don’t always help me find thinks like the Symantec ISTR, the McAfee threats report or the Microsoft SIR. To date, I’ve found reports from Cisco,…

Read More Malware reports? (A bleg)

As EC readers may know, I’ve been sort of a collector of breach notices, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Open Security Foundation’s DataLossDB project. Recently, I had an opportunity to further support DataLossDB, by making an additional contribution to their Primary Sources archive – a resource I find particularly valuable. Unfortunately, that contribution was…

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