Over at Marginal Revolution, Alex Tabarrok quotes a letter from an inmate: [Inmate:] A privately owned and publicly traded company like CCA has no incentive to rehabilitate criminals. It is in the best interests of the company for even more criminals to exist. Unfortunately, the same is true of government run prisons. And contrary to…Read More Clever criminals
Ekr writes: These tools aren’t perfect and it certainly would be nice to have better tooling, but it’s worth noting that a lot of the bugs they find are the kind of thing that could be entirely eliminated if people would just program in safer languages. For instance, the buffer overflow vulnerabilities which have been…Read More Code analysis and safe languages
The curiosity that fueled the experiments in Mr. McGee’s first book is undiminished after 20 years, and his approach to cooking is still skeptical. He tries to take as little as possible for granted, asking at each step: Why am I doing this? Is there a better way? All this questioning has yielded conclusions, some…Read More Evidence based…cooking
George Akerlof shared the 2001 Nobel prize in economics for his paper on “Lemon markets.” While reading Akerlof’s Nobel Prize essay, I was struck by the comment: I submitted “Lemons” there, which was again rejected on the grounds that the The Review did not publish papers on topics of such triviality. It seems to me…Read More A market for journal articles, again
Crispin Cowan and I will be running a BOF at Shmoocon, on Evidence Based Security. Shmoocon is in DC, Feb 4-6 of next year.Read More Travel Plans: Shmoocon
Experts tend to know that when journalists report on their subject, things get twisted up and wrong. You start to evaluate a publication by looking at how it does on subjects you know, and assume that its work is consistently at the same level. I’ve been (cautiously) reading Informed Comment, by Juan Cole. He tends…Read More Informed? comment
In A Market for Journal Articles, Alex Tabarrok refers to a paper by David Zetland on A Market for journal articles. Zetland suggests that journal publishers should buy manuscripts in an auction. You probably already have some objections, Where would the money come from? Why would journal editors buy what they can get for free?…Read More A Market for Journal Articles?
There’s a coalition of universities working on a security testbed, called DETER. It’s an excellent idea, and apparently, they’re up and running. I look forward to the output from the conference. I hope they’ll ensure that all papers are online and available to the public.Read More DETER testbed
I recently blogged about Ted Taylor, and the book he inspired. He passed away recently: Thirty-one years ago, The New Yorker published a profile of nuclear weapon designer Ted Taylor, written by John McPhee. Published in book form as “The Curve of Binding Energy,” this was the first time the prospect of nuclear terrorism was…Read More "I am searching for the truth as long as I can"
Tonight, take a break from the World Series, and go outside to look at the total lunar eclipse.Read More Total Lunar Eclipse, North America