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.…Read More Apple Security Updates
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…Read More Holy Lousy Security, Batman!
This is a remarkably cool shot, which SteveC asserts is a plane flying in front of “The ULO telescope as it observes the transit of Venus.” I started asking what are the odds, and then ended up at a back of the envelope, why are these so rare?Read More With so many planes, it had to happen
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…Read More "Want more Secure Software?"
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…Read More Mathematical Classifications
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…Read More Canadian Health Care
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…Read More Shih shih…
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…Read More Bluetooth and phone security
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…Read More Airline "security"
Peter Swire has a new working draft A Model For When Disclosure Helps Security. Its a great paper which lays out two main camps, which he calls open source and military, and explains why the underlying assumptions cause clashes over disclosure. That would be a useful paper, but he then extends it into a semi-mathematical…Read More Swire on Disclosure