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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.