Quote of the Day
Aug 30th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right--a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can may revolutionize and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.

Abraham Lincoln, 1848

Austin view
Aug 19th, 2012 by Ken Hagler


Since I’ll be in Austin all week, I took the pre­cau­tion of reserv­ing a hotel room with a nice view.

Good to know
Aug 16th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

An Analy­sis of Apple’s Fil­e­Vault 2.

This is an analy­sis of Apple’s disk encryp­tion pro­gram, Fil­e­Vault 2, that first appeared in the Lion oper­at­ing sys­tem. Short sum­ma­ry: they couldn’t break it. (Pre­sum­ably, the ver­sion in Moun­tain Lion isn’t any dif­fer­ent.)

[Schneier on Secu­ri­ty]

This is good news, but of course it’s impor­tant to keep in mind that Fil­e­Vault 2 secu­ri­ty can be com­pro­mised by accept­ing the option (on by default, as I recall) to send a recov­ery key to Apple. The best secu­ri­ty in the world is use­less if you give the keys to some­one who will give them up the first time some thug points a gun at him.

Strange news story
Aug 1st, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Plain Jane Ban­dit’ Con­tin­ues to Rob Banks Despite Unkind Nick­name. The woman who has been some­what unkind­ly nick­named the “Plain Jane Ban­dit” by the press isn’t let­ting her new­found moniker deter her from her cho­sen line of work: She was recent­ly spot­ted rob­bing a Chase bank in Cer­ri­tos, her eighth SoCal rob­bery in about a month. [LAist]

From the sto­ry:

ABC 7 reports that she used the same method in the Cer­ri­tos rob­bery that she always uses, where­by she sim­ply walks in, shows a teller a note ask­ing for mon­ey, and leaves. She report­ed­ly has nev­er been armed or shown a teller a weapon, but she does some­times say that she has an accom­plice wait­ing for her out­side.

How exact­ly does this con­sti­tute “rob­bery?” It sounds more like unusu­al­ly suc­cess­ful pan­han­dling to me. If banks want to put a stop to this woman’s “crime” spree, I sug­gest the fol­low­ing approach: on being hand­ed a note ask­ing for mon­ey, deter­mine whether the woman has an account with that bank with suf­fi­cient funds. If not, tell her “no” and call for the next cus­tomer.

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