In Friday Star Wars Security blogging, I was planning to start on Saltzer and Schroeder this week. But I’m going to detour a bit into genetic privacy (and Star Wars, of course). I’m inspired in part by an interview over at GeneForum with bioethicist Insoo Hyun. Hyun is studying cloning with the South Korean team…Read More "The Force Is Strong In My Family"
We take a break from our regularly scheduled, deeply-movie-focused, Friday Star Wars security blogging to mention the Chewbacca defense, and its interplay with a story that’s floating around. First, if you’re not familiar with it, “The ‘Chewbacca Defense‘ is a satirical term for any legal strategy that seeks to overwhelm its audience with nonsensical arguments…Read More Daniel Cuthbert's Chewbacca Defense
VADER: Where is that shuttle going? PIETT (into comlink): Shuttle Tydirium, what is your cargo and destination? PILOT VOICE (HAN)(filtered): Parts and technical crew for the forest moon. VADER: Do they have a code clearance? PIETT: It’s an older code, sir, but it checks out. I was about to clear them. In modern cryptography, a…Read More "Where is that Shuttle Going?"
People seem to dig Star Wars posts. I could probably blog for a month on security lessons, illustrated with Star Wars quotes, but I’d need to buy the DVDs and get some video capture technology, and … …ok. You’ve convinced me. Friday Star-Wars-security-lessons-blogging it is. Ben: The “other” he spoke of is your twin sister.…Read More "Remains Safely Anonymous"
If you’re a jack-booted thug, one of the saddest moments in Star Wars is when Obi-Wan Kenobe and Luke Skywalker slip past the Imperial Stormtroopers, out looking for stolen property. Had the Stormtroopers been a little more on the ball, all of those innocents on the Death Star would still be alive. You may not…Read More You Don’t Need To See His Identification
Gizmodo asks “Am I the only one extremely disappointed by the fact that these upcoming Lucas-approved USB keys don’t offer a Han model?” No, you’re not. I’d get me Han in Carbonite to protect my data any day. I bet Wil Shipley would to. Anyone who can explain why Anakin went to the dark side…Read More Two There Are Always (Plus a Freebie)
Lileks bleats: When you switch to the Dark Side, do you have to go to Sith HR to fill a bunch of forms? If the Jedi Council finds out you’re looking to switch sides, they send guards to make you empty out your desk and escort you out – or at least they used to.…Read More Star Wars Posts
VikingZen posts her Two Cents about Revenge of The Sith, and closes with: My big question: Why didn’t Padme just release a can of whoop-ass on her husband? I mean, they’re secretly married, the guy’s off in some outer galaxy playing space cowboy while she’s lugging around a pregnant belly full of twins? How about…Read More Small Bits: Wives Vs. The Dark Side, Diamonds, FRCA, Brill & Lexis-Nexis
Bryan Caplan takes issue with his mentor, Tyler Cowen over “The public choice economics of Star Wars: A Straussian reading. (I also commented on that post). Caplan says: After Anakin’s betrayal, the remnant of surviving Jedi reveal their “secret and mysterious ends.” They turn out to be neither secret nor mysterious. Yoda and Obi-wan take…Read More Only Two Cheers for the Jedi?
In “…And Another Thing: Those Jedi Children Were a Threat,” Gene Healy refers to the Weekly Standard review of Attack of the Clones, with its famous defense of the Empire. Make no mistake, as emperor, Palpatine is a dictator–but a relatively benign one, like Pinochet. It’s a dictatorship people can do business with. They collect…Read More The Altered Deal