I signed up for Derbycon today. I’m looking forward to the conference and getting what is essentially $5000 training for less than a grand, not to mention what should by all rights be an awesome conference.
May 31, 2012
May 30, 2012
- Bitcoin-related problems. It’s been a while since I’ve heard anything of Bitcoin.
- The FBI wants wiretap-friendly social networks. Putting holes into social networks leads to social networks being exploited. That article is about using users to spread malware, but there’s no backdoor which only the FBI can get to.
- The downside to rushing into electronic medical records. There are upsides, but with federal and state regulations and uncertainty, creating secure software is less important than creating software quickly enough to get in before the deadlines.
- Fraudulent fraud protection services. That’s pretty ironic.
- Wait, MySpace is still around?
Don Boudreaux has an analogy explaining how a superficial understanding of a phenomenon does not necessarily imply the ability to replicate it. There are many things we simply do not see.
William Briggs also links to a great series demolishing Alex Rosenberg’s arguments.
May 29, 2012
- In Europe, “austerity” hasn’t been.
- In Italy, regression is becoming the norm. Richard Fernandez ties this and a few other strands together in a feat of curmudgeonliness.
- Helmut Kohl’s government knew that governments like Greece and Italy were lying about meeting Maastricht criteria.
- Good thing Dodd-Frank will save us from all problems.
- California’s budget deficit is even worse than expected. The welfare state is doomed.
May 28, 2012
- A mighty fast password cracker.
- Don’t use hotel or public wi-fi connections for getting updates. Krebs has more. I’d extend it a bit further and say that you probably shouldn’t use public wi-fi unless absolutely necessary. Mobile hotspots and phone tethering are becoming ubiquitous, making public wi-fi relatively less important, as long as you’re in a zone with 3G or 4G connectivity.
- Sounds like Windows RT won’t be any good…
- Monetizing Flashback.
- Another Lulzsec member charged, this time for stealing Stratfor credit cards.
- It seems as though Microsoft found their mole. The trouble with information-sharing programs is that sometimes, the information leaks out to bad parties. That article doesn’t tell the specifics of this, especially regarding how and why the information was leaked.
May 27, 2012
Paul Romer talked the government of Honduras into setting up a charter city with Canadian legal institutions. Charter cities is one of the more interesting potentially libertarian-friendly ideas out there, so I wish them well.
May 26, 2012
May 25, 2012
- Android apps which leak private information. Nothing really new there.
- Also in the not-really-news department, mobile vulnerabilities are up. You have people downloading a bunch of unknown software and connecting these devices to relatively more secure work networks. Easy pickins.
- The downside to Internet-connected embedded devices is that you have to code them right; otherwise, you end up with embarrassing problems.
- More Oracle problems.
Read this article by Jamison Hensley at the AFC North blog today. In it, he discusses who the top five QBs in the AFC North are, and lists Roethlisberger as #1. No beef with that; I’d have Andy Dalton over Joe Flacco, but that’s my list. What really bugged me, though, was his comment:
The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback is in the argument for being a top-five quarterback in the NFL right now, so he’s obviously the top quarterback in the division.
Really? He’s in the top five? Here are the QBs I’d list over Roethlisberger, in no particular order.
Peyton Manning (if healthy, and I think he will be)
Matt Schaub (if healthy)
Michael Vick (ditto)
Jay Cutler (if upright)
Matt Stafford (if breathing)
Matt Ryan (some years)
That, if you’re scoring at home, is twelve. Before you get on my case about including people with sketchy injury histories, Roethlisberger has been even worse than most of these guys. The numbers Hensley uses — 3,868 yards and 21 touchdowns over three seasons — seems to me to be pretty excessive cherry picking. Last year, Roethlisberger was “in the argument” for top ten, but not top five. Here are the passing numbers for 2011. Here’s 2010 and 2009. In only one of these three seasons is he top five in anything; passer rating in 2009. (Unless you count being sacked a lot.)
Let’s try another approach: let’s see what the average QB does in those three seasons. Ready? Here.
So, according to these metrics, Roethlisberger is slightly above average in yards and slightly below average in TDs. He’s an injury risk, too. What about his Super Bowl wins? In the first he was pretty decent; in the second he was terrible. In his loss, he was okay, except for his 40 pass attempts, most of which came from behind.
I did all of this research in less than ten minutes. It has nothing to do with Roethlisberger being a Steeler, or even a knock on him for being an average QB the last few years. Average QBs are hard to find, as I can attest as a Browns fan. But he’s certainly not top 5. Only a lazy idiot would argue that.
May 23, 2012
The Obama campaign staff should probably figure that one out. You don’t talk about how your opponent strapped a dog to the roof of a car when you write about eating dogs. You don’t talk about how your opponent was a bully half a century ago when you bullied girls.
I have to say, this group seemed a bit more competent in 2008.