2010

“Towards Better Usability, Security and Privacy of Information Technology” is a great survey of the state of usable security and privacy: Usability has emerged as a significant issue in ensuring the security and privacy of computer systems. More-usable security can help avoid the inadvertent (or even deliberate) undermining of security by users. Indeed, without sufficient…

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“Towards Better Usability, Security and Privacy of Information Technology” is a great survey of the state of usable security and privacy: Usability has emerged as a significant issue in ensuring the security and privacy of computer systems. More-usable security can help avoid the inadvertent (or even deliberate) undermining of security by users. Indeed, without sufficient…

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Outrage “Adam Savage: TSA saw my junk, missed 12″ razor blades” (Ben Kuchera, Ars Technica with video) “DHS & TSA: Making a list, checking it twice” (Doug Hadmann, Canada Free Press) claims that DHS has an internal memo calling those 59% of Americans who oppose pat downs “domestic extremists.” No copies of the memo have…

Read More Grope-a-thon: Today's TSA roundup

Recently, I’ve heard some bits and pieces about how Information Security (InfoSec) can be “threat-centric” or “vulnerability-centric”.  This stuck me funny for a number of reasons, mainly  it showed a basic bias towards what InfoSec *is*.  And to me, InfoSec is too complex to be described as “threat-centric” or “vulnerability-centric” and yet still simple enough…

Read More What is Information Security: New School Primer

A senior officer said they had found examples of young women who had declared themselves exempt posting photographs of themselves on Facebook in immodest clothing, or eating in non-kosher restaurants. Others were caught by responding to party invitations on Friday nights – the Jewish Sabbath. (“Israeli army uses Facebook to expose draft dodgers,” Wyre Davies,…

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“baseball’s rich in wonderful statistics, but it’s hard to find one more beautiful than Stan Musial’s hitting record.” – George Will “When you first hear about this guy, you say, ‘it can’t be true.’ When you first meet him you say, ‘It must be an act.’ But as you watch him and watch him and…

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It’s been hard to miss the story on cat tongues (“For Cats, a Big Gulp With a Touch of the Tongue:)” Writing in the Thursday issue of Science, the four engineers report that the cat’s lapping method depends on its instinctive ability to calculate the balance between opposing gravitational and inertial forces. …After calculating things…

Read More Animals and Engineers