Power consumption in data centers and online cameras

Network video camera

There's an interesting article linked below that talks about the internet of things and the potential for net negative power consumption after more and more devices go online. I'm not going to get into a discussion about the significant potential for hacking these devices and the need to constantly update their firmware, because that's a [...]

Identity theft and password security

A neat infographic that details how identity theft occurs and why password security fails when passwords aren't secure enough. If you've ever wondered why you're asked to choose both lowercase and uppercase letters in your password, know this: an eight-character lowercase password can be cracked in just two hours, but if you add just one [...]

American airport hysteria

I love this article from Patrick Smith at Salon.com. It's on the subject of American hysteria when it comes to airport security, and it references all of the overblown and recent responses of the TSA and other individuals charged with security at American airports. Since when have we become such a nation of frightened ninnies? [...]

Obama wants to increase airport security tax

We're currently getting charged $2.50 per passenger to go through the security theater* at our airports. Now the Obama administration wants to increase this fee. Quoting from this article at the Economist: "The Homeland Security portion of Obama's proposed 2010 budget (PDF) includes a plan to raise the fees by an as-yet-undisclosed amount in 2012. [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-23

Ford Transit Connect Concept http://tinyurl.com/2ocuml # Soft, Squeezable, Huggable Phone http://tinyurl.com/23r2mn # Metamophing Computer Interfaces http://tinyurl.com/257j95 # Another Touchscreen Phone But Wait, This One Has A Surprise! http://tinyurl.com/yqo8rp # All Ears: 1943 http://tinyurl.com/287ywt # Terminal Tip: Safari 3.1 brings true one-window mode http://tinyurl.com/2c5meo # Breakaway: Headphone Jack Manipulation http://tinyurl.com/343hnt # Tete-a-Tete: 1922 http://tinyurl.com/2kheo2 # Fake [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-12

Stocks Rocket on Fed Rescue Plan http://tinyurl.com/yvhcfb # The IPv6 experience: Are you experienced yet? http://tinyurl.com/38nddr # JPEG v. RAW - TWIP http://tinyurl.com/yvv4qq # Green light for Northrop Grumman Airborne Laser Mine Detection System http://tinyurl.com/2k6kdq # Researchers develop smell based fire alarm to aid the deaf http://tinyurl.com/2jpnzx # Funny Animals, Part 10 http://tinyurl.com/32rfrd # EXIF [...]

Catching a code injection hacker in the act

Several days ago, I installed the Redirection plugin from Urban Giraffe. It's truly awesome, in more ways than one. John Godley, you are an amazing programmer! As I re-arranged the categories on my blog, I tracked the 404 errors through the plugin. On Saturday morning, I noticed the following bit of information in my log: [...]

ISPs to become IT providers for home users?

Bruce Schneier makes a solid point in his recent post entitled "Home Users: A Public Health Problem?", where he states that computers and computer security are much too complicated for the regular home user. That's most certainly true. No matter how much you "educate" the average user, they're still going to mess up. Even if [...]

Flickr tightens up image security

Given my concern with image theft, I do not like to hear about Flickr hacks. A while back, a Flickr hack circulated around that allowed people to view an image's full size even if the photographer didn't allow it (provided the image was uploaded at high resolution.) The hack was based on Flickr's standard URL [...]