Security Day

SecurityWatch has an interesting article discussing a new virus which looks for filenames which might contain kiddie porn. Once it identifies a file that may contain it, the file and email address are emailed to a government agency. Read the article.

Another article discusses a bill circulating the House which would allow ISPs to sue spammers. Companies are concerned that their access to consumers would be limited. Of course, I think companies should be limited in their access to consumers just like telephone marketers are limited.


Found something new to be interested in and research more information concerning:

Steganography

or more simply the art of transporting data within another medium. So like in Along Came A Spider one might send a note to a friend encrypted inside a picture (or audio file). Some links?


Do you view hackers as the pasty faced 15 year old male who could make 1600 on the SAT with a 107 fever? We’ve seen that stereotype has been debunked. Sarah Gordon might debunk the stereotype that hackers are the Darth Vaders of society. They may actually understand the rules of society, but not actually understand that they should be applied to those on the other side of the screen.

Sense

A Dennis Leary quote:

Racism isn’t born, folks. It’s taught. I have a 2 – year old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.

— Denis Leary


If you believe everything you read, you better not read.

— Japanese proverb


We rarely think that people have good sense unless they agree with us.

— La Rochefoucauld


“That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!”

“You can present the material, but you can’t make me care.”

— calvin and hobbs


Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.

— Winston Churchill


Really appropriate for today:

Men have become the tools of their tools.

— Henry David Thoreau


All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not touched by the frost;

J.R.R. Tolkien


Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem — in my opinion — to characterize our age.

— Einstein


Write a nonfiction book, and be prepared for the legion of readers who are going to doubt your fact. But write a novel, and get ready for the world to assume every word is true.

–Barbara Kingsolver

Shelves

There is something about shelves. For some reason the ultimate design for a room to me is covered with the things. I even designed one room with 2 cabinet doors on each wall where one could hand paintings, but behind would of course be more shelves. I could never have enough shelving as more shelves only means that I have more room to place more stuff.


Bush likes to talk about how we need to test students often to see what they know. Well, maybe we need to make sure that the textbooks in schools are as accurate as they can be? Read the article.


I am in Lacey‘s top 50 referrers with 23 (or 0.47%) of her hits coming from my site. Not too shabby, I guess.

Economic Harmonies

I especially like the last paragraph.

Are we really certain that the mechanism of society, like the mechanism of the heavenly bodies or the mechanism of the human body, is subject to general laws? Are we really certain that it is a harmoniously organized whole? Or is it not true that what is most notable in society is the absence of all order?

So ingenious, so powerful, then, is the social mechanism that every man, even the humblest, obtains in one day more satisfactions than he could produce for himself in several centuries.

Let us note that man is made in such a way that he seeks pleasure and shuns pain. From this source, I agree, come all the evils of society: war, slavery, monopoly, privilege; but from this source also come all the good things of life, since the satisfaction of wants and the avoidance of suffering are the motives of human action.

–Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850), Economic Harmonies (1850)


This is a really cool quote exemplifying the fear created by the free exchange of ideas.

If not stopped, the 21 million-plus and growing (Napster & Gnutella) community could usher in a cultural apocalypse that threatens to plunge the world into darkness not seen since the turn of the last millennium.

–Richard Parsons, AOL-Time Warner executive