Archive for the 'Security' Category

and people wonder why the change to DST worries me…

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

In 2005, congress mandated a change to daylight savings time, essentially, starting it three weeks earlier (March 11th, this year) and ending it three weeks later. Our local paper is requesting suggestions for what people will do with their 22 extra hours of daylight.  Here’s my suggestion:  spend the time fixing all of the computer […]


Friday, November 24th, 2006

It’s taken me a bit to write about Admiral Poindexter’s visit and the small group talk we had with him. Let me start by reminding folks that here’s a guy who was convicted of lying to congress. The conviction was later overturned on a technicality. He’s also very politically savvy. I once asked my father […]

Admiral John Poindexter to speak at Duke University

Monday, November 13th, 2006

In case you are looking for something interesting to do next week, go to Love Auditorium at Duke University on November 15th at 5pm. Admiral John Poindexter will be giving a talk: “A Vision for Countering Terrorism Through Information and Privacy Protection Technologies for the 21st Century.”  It should be an interesting and thought provoking […]

North Korean nuclear test

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Well, it seems that we finally know what happened with the North Korean nuclear test that fizzled.  They apparently mistranslated the Arabic documents the U.S. posted online. Okay, so neither of those is really very funny.  On the one hand, the U.S. posted a whole host of Arabic documents from Iraq that had never been […]

Biometrics – fingerprint scanners

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

I recently had a small argument with a vendor selling biometric fingerprint scanners tied to your credit card number.  He said that they were the greatest and most secure thing ever; I said that there weren’t any standards and that the security of the devices was questionable. I wish I had seen this earlier. Usually […]

Thinking about security and usability

Friday, October 13th, 2006

IT security (and for that matter, other security concerns too) are often seen as conflicting with usability. There is something to that. If you take any given technology and turn up the level of security it provides, you will almost always decrease the usability of the system. Consider passwords. If people are allowed to choose […]

for the record, Kip Hawley is an idiot

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

I missed this when it came out last week, but apparently, a gentleman named Ryan Bird was detained at the airport last week for writing “Kip Hawley is an idiot” on his plastic baggie filled with toiletries. Apparently, the security trolls highly educated and diligent TSA employees took the statement to be a threat or […]


Monday, September 25th, 2006

I survived giving my presentation today – in spite of the fact that I showed up to the wrong hotel, in the wrong part of the city.  I blame my boss.  I mentioned that the talk was at the Sheraton Imperial (although I hadn’t looked to see where that was yet) and he said, oh […]


Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Checking my schedule for tomorrow, I realized that I have to give a talk at a major “human studies” conference about security risks in web-based surveys.  Unfortunately, I haven’t actually prepared anything.  I’ve got my slides from the last time I did the talk, but I really wanted to do something more interesting and interactive […]

Stock spam

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

One of the disadvantages of having so many email accounts is the number of spam you get. Recently, I’ve been noticing an increase in stock spam making it through my spam filters. I’ve been wondering how effective the spam is and whether or not one could make money shorting these stocks. Apparently, I’m not the […]