Eugene Volokh rightly criticizes a corespondent for his ad-hominum attacks on NYC Mayor Bloomberg, who said (I’m quoting Volokh): But Bloomberg insisted that there’s no proof that the NYPD did anything wrong. “There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that there was any intent by any law-enforcement official to hold people any longer than was absolutely…Read More New York Protests
I have cell service with AT&T wireless. One feature of the service is network time updates. It fortunately includes a confirmation. It’s great when you land in a new city. It hasn’t been so great last night or today. Last night, at 23.20, I got an update telling me that the new time was 21.15.…Read More AT&T Wireless time service
September 19th is National Talk Like a Pirate Day “Dude, anyone got the new Metallica?”Read More Avast ye landlubbers, it's national talk like a pirate day!
Samablog points to the new nickel design which will have either a buffalo or a depiction of the pacific coast on the back. The buffalo refers to the Louisiana Purchase, while the pacific coast refers to Lewis and Clark’s expedition . Despite his careers as a lawyer, diplomat, Secretary of State, and President of the…Read More Jefferson Nickels
Over at BoingBoing, Cory points to a USA Today story at NewsIsFree about more screening. There seem to be four components: Explosives Detection Secondary screening will now always include nitrate detection swabbing. This is a fine step, but why has it taken 3 years to come in? (In fact, every time I’ve been thrown into…Read More Free gropes for travellers
There’s a brilliant post over at Orcinus about the 9/11 commission, whose (outstanding) report I’m just getting around to reading. Really, if the Kerry campaign is serious about persuading the American public that Bush is a serious liability when it comes to securing the nation from the terrorist threat, this should be Exhibit A: Bush…Read More Qui Custodes Custodiat?
Ian Grigg has some very interesting comments on Verisign’s certificate business and what it means for privacy, over at Financial CryptographyRead More Ian Grigg on Verisign
The New York Times reports: he Central Intelligence Agency has fewer experienced case officers assigned to its headquarters unit dealing with Osama bin Laden than it did at the time of the attacks, despite repeated pleas from the unit’s leaders for reinforcements, a senior C.I.A. officer with extensive counterterrorism experience has told Congress. A senior…Read More Bin Laden Unit downsided?
The Mozilla folks have awarded their first bug bounty payments for 14 security issues. Time to upgrade!Read More Mozilla Patches
Microsoft has released a critical advisory (or, less-technical version) regarding a problem with the way JPEG files are parsed. Microsoft has released patches for their applications, and also a tool to scan for vulnerable apps. I’m not sure what to think about the tool. On the one hand, good for them! Helping customers secure their…Read More Microsoft JPG Bug, Patch, Tool