Monthly Archives: November 2010

After much anxiety, to put it gently, our 10yo went to see Harry Potter today and survived!


Andy as thumb-sucking Expos fan, circa 1980-ish


Go Expos! Oh, wait…

This is just the first of what is sure to be a massive treasure trove of photos from the archaeological dig through decades worth of our family's slides that have finally been scanned!

I'm probably, what, 5 6 or 7 years old here? That makes this 1980, give or take.

Robot IDs Human Flesh as Bacon /via @bobledrew

South Coast Today reports that researchers at NEC System technologies and Mie University (on the Eastern coast of Japan, about an hour south of Nagoya) have developed a robot that can taste and identify dozens of different wines, cheeses and hors d’oeuvres.

That’s all fine, but the eagle-eyed editors at Wired, always on the lookout for technology’s potential to turn deadly, picked up on the most interesting part of the story, buried near the bottom:

When a reporter’s hand was placed against the robot’s taste sensor, it was identified as prosciutto. A cameraman was mistaken for bacon.

Once they’ve had a taste of human flesh, you think they’ll be able to stop? And so the robot hellpocalypse begins.

Cybercrime is not just about hackers and viruses. It’s serious, organized crime.

Part of the problem, as I see it, is that the perception of cyber crime is still hanging over from the 1980s and 1990s.  Curious teenagers breaking into companies??? and wreaking some havoc although not causing any damage.  While this is still true, it is not representative of the trends that have been taking place during the past decade.  Malware is big business and some of the people who organize this stuff, particularly in the former eastern bloc in Europe, have taken over and will resort to extreme measure to protect their business, as Menn???s article points out.

How Not to Get Your Mail Delivered

A small company in suburban Philadelphia called Holomaxx recently filed two lawsuits against large webmail providers, complaining that they weren’t delivering mail from Holomaxx. The first suit is against Microsoft and Return Path, and the second suit is against Yahoo and Cisco/Ironport. Neither is going anywhere.

According to the complaints, Holomaxx has been sending bulk mail for ten years. They send about 10 million messages a day, six million to Yahoo, and three million to Hotmail/MSN. That was kind of surprising to hear, since 10 million messages a day would be a fairly large mailer, and nobody I know has ever heard of them. This case generated a fair amount of buzz and we all had the same reaction: Who’s that? The complaints identify specific IP addresses from which they mail; I’ve never seen any mail from any of those addresses, and neither has anyone else I’ve bumped into. (Needless to say, I haven’t asked Microsoft or Yahoo.)

The Lawful Access Trifecta: C-50, C-51, and C-52


An Act to amend the Criminal Code (interception of private communications and related warrants and orders)
(Improving Access to Investigative Tools for Serious Crimes Act)

First Reading in the House of Commons (October 29, 2010)


An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act
(Investigative Powers for the 21st Century Act)

First Reading in the House of Commons (November 1st, 2010)


An Act regulating telecommunications facilities to support investigations

First Reading in the House of Commons (November 1st, 2010)

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