1. Unauthorized use of communications satellites for propaganda bombing.

    13 April 2007

    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, also known as the Tamil Tigers, is a group of rebels active in the country of Sri Lanka who demand the formation of a separate state for the Tamil majority in the northern and eastern regions of Sri Lanka, or a terrorist group, depending on who you talk to about them. They're pretty nasty customers as sepratist movements go, even having separate strike and black ops teams. They also have an unusual degree of technological sophistication - they have their own television station, a bank, a customs service, and it's been discovered that they can …

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  2. Turbotax web application security vulnerability.

    12 April 2007

    A customer of the Turbo Tax web application discovered by accident that it is possible to look at tax information belonging to other customers who happen to share your last name by attempting to view past tax filings. By 'tax information' I mean everything, from Social Security Numbers to bank account numbers and routing codes.

    Here's hoping they audited the code in that web app and fixed it before anyone else had a chance to discover the bug, and take advantage of it.

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  3. They've finally caught on that e-mail is recorded in perpetuity...

    12 April 2007

    ...but the Republican party has been caught using off the record communications to plan things for the past couple of years, and that makes the keepers of the archives sit up and take notice. Spokespeople for the White House have stated that thousands of e-mails were lost and cannot be retrieved because they didn't go through the proper channels but instead used unauthorized, unsecured laptop computers and e-mail servers that did not archive messages sent or received, in violation of federal law. Now that Congress is probing the firings of eight federal attorneys and looking for relevant communications, they aren't …

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  4. So it goes.

    12 April 2007

    The literary world is diminished somewhat <a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/308ee984-e8e9-11db-a162-000b5df10621.html".with the passing of Kurt Vonnegut, whose works were rife with social commentary and lines that gave conservative high school English teachers fits since the publication of Slaughterhouse Five, the story of a war veteran whose timeline comes loose and snarls itself around parts of history that it wouldn't otherwise be touching.

    Vonnegut got his start in journalism, but wound up writing fiction when it didn't pan out in Chicago in the late 1940's. His early stories didn't get much press time but were …

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  5. At long last, it seems to be over.

    11 April 2007

    At least, until I go in for a routine cleaning next Monday.

    I left work early today to clean up a little before driving out to the dentist's office to have the temporary crown removed from the molar from hell and have the permanant one cemented into place. It's taken about two weeks to fabricate the crown, so I've had a lot of time to get used to the temp. A temp which was even better than the one that had to be cut away, incidentally, because the last one had been damaged during installation. Dr. Nguyen took the needle …

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  6. Let's try another utility, and while I'm at it, I'll post something interesting.

    11 April 2007

    Let's see how the Gnome blogging panelapp works...

    In West Chester, Pennsylvania someone has taken it upon themselves to show drive-in movies from a 16mm projector mounted in a BMW sidecar, with audio courtesy of a short-range AM transmitter. John Young, the guy behind the scheme, gets permission for the locations ahead of time though he keeps them secret until just before the showings. The trick is that you have to find another AM transmitter called the MacGuffin and figure out what frequency it's transmitting on - write down the password it's transmitting , enter it on the website, and it'll tell …

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  7. So let's try something different...

    11 April 2007

    In an earlier entry I pontificated about a number of things, among them not feeling very comfortable using a web browser for some weird-reason to write posts, as I much prefer a dedicated application of some kind.

    Sure, it feels weird, but I'm one of those folks who uses the right tool for the right job - I don't use a screwdriver as a can opener, nor do I use a hammer to perform brain surgery (because I don't work helpdesk anymore). So, I've decided to try out a couple of dedicated applications to see if it makes a difference.

    That …

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  8. This says a lot about life these days.

    09 April 2007

    A semi-common sight in DC are street musicians, people who stand on street corners or sit just inside the entrances of Metrorail stations and play instruments of one sort or another. Every once in a while you'll see one within spitting distance of an office building, something that has become a bit more rare since 9/11 since physical security has become such a big deal in this country. Most people don't even stop to listen to them because they're too busy doing what they need to do to keep their lives running smoothly, which seems to consist of running …

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