Archive for the 'Security' Category

Poverty and the Bush Regime

I recently received an e-mail which states that the Bush regime is spending money at the rate of $1 billion every eight hours and twenty minutes. This means that Bu$hco is spending a little over $33,000 per second. This is over twice the $16,090 poverty-level income for a family of three—per second. This wouldn’t be […]

Mac OSX Security

( Mac andNews andSecurity andStupidity andTech )

Recently, there was an article from ZDNet about how a Mac was “hacked” in a mere thirty minutes. Much was made about how insecure Mac OS X is because of this article. However, one very important fact that was never mentioned in the ZDNet Wintel propaganda article was that the person who “hacked” the machine […]

Mac vs. Wintel

( Security andTech andThoughts )

Here is a different take on the Mac vs. Wintel debate. Winn Schwartau, a noted computer security consultant, switched last year, and this article from Network World is his conclusion on the true total cost of ownership of a Mac vs. a Wintel-based PC. Going above and beyond Selected by five Network World contributors, these […]

Censorship and the Bush Regime

Wonkette has an article on her blog about the censorship that the Bush regime which affects what our troops deployed in Iraq can see on the web. Of interest and what is extremely suspicious are what sights are being allowed, versus which sites are being blocked.

More Disturbing Developments

This is a collection of disturbing developments. Some point towards increasing fascism under neo-conservatives, and others point out continuing incompetence in the new regime.

Things Must Be Getting Bad

I read quite a few blogs, and Tim Bray, over at ongoing, generally doesn’t comment on politics or the “War Against Fundamentalism”. His recent post Political Wisdom leads me to believe things are getting pretty bad. Tim says: Like I’ve said before, I was in favor of taking down Saddam. But the crumbling tower of […]

Republicans Misbehaving

Here are a collection of short posts that all seem to have a common thread—Republicans misbehaving. Whether it is lying, intimidation, spying, breaking the law, or stealing, it all seems to point to a definite lack of moral values by the party of the Moral Majority. How sad. Even worse is that the American people continue to allow such behavior to continue endlessly.

WiFi Ethics

( Security andTech andThoughts )

There is an article over at Ars Technica on WiFi Ethics. WiFi is everywhere, even in Prague panelaks, where I faced the dilemma common to every traveler with a laptop: to leech or not to leech? See, from our flat at the edge of the city, my wife and I discovered a range of WiFi […]

Fascism—America Style, Part II

Another update on fascism under the Bush regime. More information on problems with electronic voting machines in Florida from the 2004 election can be seen here. Given all the inconsistencies that have been found with the electronic voting machines in Florida and the security issues found in the Ohio-based Diebold electronic voting machines, it seems quite likely that the authenticity of the Presidential Election results in 2004 is highly questionable. Looks like fascism is very much alive and well in the United States of Bush & Co.

What Really Happened on 9/11

As more time has passed, the official government story about September 11, 2001 seems to be less and less plausible. The video clip I posted earlier and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 are among the many questioning the actual events of September 11, 2001, and the Bush regime’s connection to the various individuals involved. Even some members of our Congress are questioning the official story.

Force-feeding Prisoners

Apparently, the Bush regime has decided that force-feeding prisoners at Guantanamo is allowed. The New York Times reported on nearly eighty prisoners going on hunger strikes earlier this month. The most probably reason for the force-feeding of prisoners is that the Bush regime is afraid that the prisoners will become martyrs if they should die […]

Mac Security Issues Overblown

( News andSecurity andStupidity andTech andThoughts )

There is a good article over at Wired News on how the current Mac-related security issues are being blown way out of proportion. But by taking reasonable precautions, there is actually very little risk to the Mac platform in reality. As I have said before, Mac users should be running a firewall, like Intego’s NetBarrier, and a good anti-virus package, like ClamXAV, at a minimum. Good computer security is an on-going, ever-evolving process.

More Miscellany

More stories I would like my readers to know about, but not worthy of a full post. Corporate Greed AOL has seen fit to screw over its loyal dialup customers. Now dialup customers will pay the same price for their service as AOL’s broadband customers do, increasing their monthly fee to $25.90. AOL has done […]

Miscellaneous Links

( Mac andMisc. andNews andPolitics andReligion andSecurity andStupidity andTech andThoughts )

Here are a series of stories that I thought were worth reading, but I don’t believe warrant a post of their own. Some are related to previous posts, and I will try to link them back to the related posts.

A Different Take on September 11, 2001

I saw this video because of a post on h2uh0, and wanted to share it with my blog readers. The video takes a different perspective on the events of September 11, 2001, and comes up with a strong case for a conspiracy. While, I don’t agree with some of what is in the video, and […]

A Sane Response to Terrorism

Wandering the internet, I came across an article with an excellent and sane response to terrorists and terrorism. America could learn alot from this. My thanks to Emergent Chaos for the link.

Fascism—American Style

I recently read an article that pointed me to Dr. Lawrence Britt’s essay on the Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism. Now let’s take a look at each of Britt’s fourteen points, and how America, in 2006, under the Bush Presidency regime is faring.

Real Security

There’s a very good post over at Not Bad For A Cubicle on Airport Security. He is one of the few that I have seen writing on the subject who realizes that most of the highly visible security measures that have been implemented in the United States are also among the least effective. He also […]

Microsoft Security Flaws Redux

( News andSecurity andTech )

Just a quick note that it has been less than a day since Microsoft released the IE 7.0 beta 2 and there’s already a security hole announcement. Granted, this is a beta… but still, you’d think that with all their previous security problems, they’d have tightened up the code a bit better than this. Thanks […]

More Corporate Stupidity

Apparently, in an attempt to recycle paper, the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, both subsidiaries of The New York Times, sent out credit card data on possibly as many as 240,000 subscribers. The credit card data was printed on paper, which was then recycled internally and used for printing the routing slips attached to 9,000 bundles of newspapers sent to retailers and carriers last weekend, according to the newspapers.

RFID Passport Security

Technology, being used for technology’s sake, rarely is effective, unless it is done with a thorough understanding of the underlying issues and requirements. That is not the case here. RFID technology is not a technological panacea that will make national security or identifying the bad guys easier, unless it is properly used. In fact, it is more likely to make national security, especially for our citizens abroad, far lower, and make them more easily identifiable by the bad guys.

Third World Economy

( Essays andNews andPolitics andRants andSecurity andThoughts )

Well, glad to say that GWB did not disappoint (see my previous post). The government of the United States is officially in default. They’ve exceeded the debt ceiling of $8.18 trillion dollars, and are now at $8.19 trillion dollars, as noted in the Homeland Stupidity blog. Of course, what would you expect from a man […]

The TSA and National Security

I was reading Bruce Schneier’s blog and he had an article on a man who was on the Transportation Security Administration’s no-fly list. The person was detained and had his passport confiscated upon his return to Canada. The strange part in this story is he never set foot in the United States, having flown from […]

ChoicePoint Revisited

( News andSecurity andStupidity )

Apparently, the Federal Trade Commission is close to deciding what should happen to ChoicePoint regarding their selling consumer credit data to a ring of identity thieves. They’re being fined a currently undisclosed amount, and are required to setup a fund to help victims of identity theft, which is to be administered by the FTC. I […]

Republicans and War

Apparently, the Republicans really don’t care if our troops die in Iraq or Afghanistan. Our troops have been told that they may not qualify for the $400,000 SGLI life insurance policy if they are KIA wearing non-government issue body armor, as seen in this story.

Taking Security for Granted

( Essays andMac andSecurity andTech )

I often get asked if I run anti-virus software on my Mac, and if I do, why do I bother. The reasoning of the people asking me is usually something like: “There are no viruses for Mac OS X, so why waste the time/money running an anti-virus package on a Mac.”

More WiFi Security Problems

( Security andTech )

There are two more security problems with WiFi. Both are Windows-related, even though one is due to a flaw in the WiFi drivers, not in Windows itself. You can read about them here and here.

WARNING: Serious Microsoft Outlook Bug

( Security andTech )

If you thought that the WMF (Windows MetaFile) bug was bad…there’s another bug that is far worse. The flaw is in the way Exchange, Microsoft’s e-mail server and Outlook communicate. I’ll post the most relevant quote from the article. The original article can be found here. “All that’s required to exploit this is an e-mail […]

Bush’s Wiretaps are Illegal

( News andPolitics andSecurity )

There are two more articles about whether GWB’s NSA wiretaps are legal or not. Consensus seems to say that they are illegal, at least with respect citizens of the United States of America at the time of the wiretapping. One is by Orin Kerr, and the other is by Daniel Solove. Both are associate professors of law at the George Washington University Law School.

More Corporate Data Breaches

( Events andNews andSecurity andTech andThoughts )

These companies really need to be brought to task about their careless handling of important customer data. The financial institutions which allow identity theft to occur should also be brought to task, and be held responsible for any losses they authorize.