TippingPoint | DVLabs | Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Vulnerability


hmmm… and I’ve just installed that on one of my workstations… and, just a warning in case you send me stuff over the next 12 days, I’m at Glastonbury (doing software for Festival security) and I don’t think we’ll be online so if I stop responding you know why…

Wish me luck. I’m going to need it!

Alien-Like Being Born From A Cow In Thailand


at least 20 conspiracy theories will be born alongside this thing. If it’s real, I presume someone with a brain will sort out a dna analysis…

Anaglyph – Doodle in 3D


now where did I put my 3d glasses? ah yes…


Lesbians like straight men, researchers find • The Register


another blow to the religious bigots who insist that homosexuality is a “curable” condition…

Mother pleads not guilty in cyber-bullying suicide test case • The Register


Example of how and why the State over-reaches itself.

Everyone is duly horrified at the “bullying” in this case but there is no relevant breach of existing laws. Instead of creating new laws (simply based on the “Do No Harm” principle) which could be democratically discussed and agreed, they attempt instead to bend existing laws to suit their vengeful purposes. This involves finding a judge willing to endorse a false interpretation of existing laws and, in the process, criminalising millions of anonymous posters.

The road to hell, as they say, is paved with good intentions…

Stray left foot washes up on Vancouver beach • The Register


this really is getting bizarre. How can so many feet turn up – apparently without having been removed by force – without anyone anywhere noticing either the missing feet or the bodies attached to them…

UN calls for single child helpline • The Register


If the global community cannot agree something as simple and uncontroversial as this, then we’re well and truly stuffed…

Woman gets $7.7M in false arrest case – Chicago Tribune


there is rarely good news to report on the Police State of America but this recognition by the Jury of the reality of the police abuse qualifies at least as a welcome candle in the dark. Nice one People.

Kaspersky Lab reports a new and dangerous blackmailing virus


I don’t know how seriously to take this.

I’m finding it difficult to imagine a situation where someone would be dumb enough not to have multiple backups of anything valuable enough to consider paying a ransom for. And it would have to be a very intelligent virus to find those few files on a typical system and either to verify that they weren’t backed up, or to find and encrypt the backups as well. So I’m having a hard time believing in the potential victims here.

Which makes me start wondering about other potential motiviations. Like building support for the criminalisation of encryption, and using stories like this to illustrate the “problem”. Now who might have the desire to do that sort of thing?

BBC NEWS | UK | Previous cases of missing data


worth tagging this one, in light of the most recent example, as a quick reference to the many instances of security breaches by the “professionals”

BBC NEWS | UK | More secret files found on train


more evidence of incompetence from our “rulers” and their quislings. One interesting question is: Why do senior intelligence officials feel so hard pressed that they need to carry such materials around with them in the first place? If they are that oppressed by the workload it suggests we need a significant infusion of resources. If they are not, then they have no excuse for the breach in security…

Sign in to read: Rats feel peer pressure too – life – 11 May 2008 – New Scientist


this begins to explain the sheep like tendencies we see in humans. After all, if the pressure to conform exhibits itself this far down the food chain, it must be pretty powerful by the time it manifests itself in homo sapiens sapiens…


looks like more convincing evidence for the Hoyle-Wickramsinghe panspermia hypothesis. And it implies a high probability of the ubiquity of dna based organic lifeforms. On planets in the “comfort zone” with the same approximate chemical mix, mass and atmosphere as Earth, Venus, Mars, Life might be viable on 10-40% – which in turn implies trillions of life bearing planets throughout the universe. Among which it would extremely surprising if there were not at least millions, possibly billions of lifeforms at or above our own level. Think about that…

35 Articles of Impeachment


but I’ll believe it when I see it…