Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Article Roundup

A good interview with Eugene Spafford about the prevalence of network security risks, and how current trends are increasing them. He points to three factors:

  • Deployment of cost-saving technologies without thinking through the consequences (VOIP, wireless)
  • The disappearance of the network perimeter
  • Relying on one security vendor for all your products.

He has one interesting comment concerning the dangers of losing Net Neutrality:

A threat that is not so much technology as it is governance is the trend toward preferential treatment for commercial traffic. Big ISPs and companies are installing spam filters that block traffic from other countries, companies, ISPs or domains. It's effectively a breakdown of the end-to-end model. You cannot depend on your e-mail going through. You've got some countries setting up their own domain roots. We're losing the underlying commonality that the Internet grew on.

In No sex please, robot, just clean the floor, researchers are already starting to wrestle with a robotic code of ethics.

Yet another reason not to leave Emacs...an elisp version of Sudoku with about 200 built-in puzzles and the ability to get more from the 'Net. Four difficulty levels are supported. Put the following in your .emacs:

(add-to-list 'load-path "~/elisp") (autoload 'sudoku "sudoku" "Play a game of Sudoku" t)
Then put the 'sudoku.el' you downloaded into ~/elisp, and run 'M-x sudoku'. You can customize the options with 'M-x customize-group RET sudoku RET'. Here's what it looks like:

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           Sudoku

Andy Lester talks about how geek culture can be harmful. I can definitely relate to the phrase 'flipping the bozo bit':

The Bozo Bit was introduced in Dynamics of Software Development. It's the mythical switch you flip on someone after they've done or said something that you deem stupid. It's a permanent black mark against that person, and once its set, anything else coming from that person is deemed worthless. "And as far as his making a contribution is concerned, he's just dead weight, a bozo."

An interesting interview with Debian project leader Anthony Towns and his deputy Steve McIntyre. They talk about what lies ahead for Debian, and how well the Debian and Ubuntu projects work together.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To see the video where Jim McCarthy talks about "flipping the bozo bit" check out the podcast on his site with the same name. The url is www.mccarthyshow.com