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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