Apple has released an updated Security Advisory, to fix two problems introduced in the previous rev. Not a big deal, unless you happened to be trying to deal with their ftpd. As we’ve pointed out (PDF) in the past, security updates are a race between attacks and defense, and there are trade-offs you can make.…

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Britons seemed startled by the ease with which palace security was overrun by two men in super hero costumes carrying an extension ladder….Police used a crane to extract him from the ledge as his supporters chanted “free Batman” from behind a police cordon. From the New York Times story. Or, Google News has more. The…

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SecurityFocus points to a nice short article over at Silicon.com suggests that Gartner advises that for companies building their own software, developers should be pushed to put security at the head of their list. It’s not just in-house tech makers that need a word in their ears – the analysts suggest end users should give…

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Mathematicians use a scheme called the Mathematics Subject Classification, (MSC) which includes a “how to use“, as well as a long history of being revised to reflect changes in the field, and I would guess, practice in how to effectively classify things. It has a General and Miscellaneous Topics section, too. Articles must be given…

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The New York Times reports on a lack of doctors in Canada, along with a rise in Canadians using emergency rooms to replace family doctors. (Use BugMeNot if you don’t want to register.) The basic problem is economic. Doctors are much better paid in the US than in Canada, and doctors can easily move. Its…

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The great linguist Chao Yuen-Ren once wrote an essay in Chinese using only words which (in Mandarin) would be transliterated as shih (using Wade-Giles; shi in pinyin). You can see the text in characters and two transliterations, read the translation (“A poet by the name of Shih Shih living in a stone den was fond…

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Some Singaporean students have figured out how to use Bluetooth to turn off the cameras in Nokia’s phones, according to an article in Gizmodo, via a long chain to a now deleted newspaper article. I wonder if they turn it back on when you leave the area? However, Loosewire, the earliest still working link, implies…

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The Webflyer points to a great David Rowell column, including: An argument ensued. Ms O’Leary not unreasonably thought it unfair to be trapped on the delayed flight when there was another flight due to leave shortly that she could make if allowed to leave the United Express flight. The pilot called the police who arrested…

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