Oct 13 2011

dmr, Sept. 9, 1941 – Oct. 9, 2011

Tag: (i)realidad,01Joaquim Anguas @ 11:29 am

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (username dmr) died past weekend.

From the Wikipedia:

Ritchie was best known as the creator of the C programming language and a key developer of the Unix operating system, and as co-author of the definitive book on C, The C Programming Language, commonly referred to as K&R (in reference to the authors Kernighan and Ritchie).

Ritchie’s invention of C and his role in the development of Unix alongside Ken Thompson has placed him as an important pioneer of modern computing. The C language is still widely used today in application and operating system development, and its influence is seen in most modern programming languages. Unix has also been influential, establishing concepts and principles that are now well-established precepts of computing.

Ritchie was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988 for “development of the ‘C’ programming language and for co-development of the UNIX operating system.”

In 1983, Ritchie and Ken Thompson jointly received the Turing Award “for their development of generic operating systems theory and specifically for the implementation of the UNIX operating system.” Ritchie’s Turing Award lecture was titled “Reflections on Software Research“.


Oct 11 2011

NYTimes sues DOJ

Tag: (i)realidadJoaquim Anguas @ 9:30 pm

Remember this?

The New York Times has filled a FOIA suit seeking to get the secret report declared public and released (at least redacted after an in camera review).

The suit deserves a good reading.

From Lawfare:

The suit itself presents the question whether legal analysis, as distinct from details of the program itself, warrants protection under FOIA exemption 1.  The complain calls for release of at least a redacted version of the DOJ/ODNI report, if not the whole thing.  If successful, of course, this strategy could have significant implications across a range of settings involving internal government legal advice.

Via Lawfare, via Techdirt.

Oct 07 2011

“We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.”

Tag: (i)realidadJoaquim Anguas @ 8:50 pm

MQ1 Predator

Crew: none on-board, Length: 8.22 m, Wingspan: 14.8 m (MQ-1B Block 10/15: 16.84 m), Height: 2.1 m, Wing area: 11.5 m², Empty weight: 512 kg, Loaded weight: 1,020 kg, Max takeoff weight: 1,020 kg, Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 914F turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 115 hp (86 kW), Maximum speed: 217 km/h, Cruise speed: 130–165 km/h, Stall speed: 100 km/h, Range: 1,100 km, Endurance: 24 hours, Service ceiling: 7,620 m, 2 hardpoints: 2 × AGM-114 Hellfire (MQ-1B) or 4 × AIM-92 Stinger (MQ-1B) or 6 × Griffin air-to-surface missiles.

MQ9 Reaper:

Crew: None onboard, Length: 11 m, Wingspan: 20 m, Height: 3.6 m, Power Plant: Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop engine, 900 shp (671 kW), with Digital Electronic Engine Control (DEEC), Maximum speed: 482 km/h, Cruise speed: 276–313 km/h, Range: 5,926 km, Endurance: 14–28 hours, Service ceiling: 15 km, 7 Hardpoints: Up to 680 kg on the two inboard weapons stations, Up to 340 kg on the two middle stations, Up to ¡68 kg on the outboard stations (Up to 14 AGM-114 Hellfire air to ground missiles can be carried or four Hellfire missiles and two 230 kg GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs, 230 kg GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) can also be carried)

Creech Air Force Base hosts some AFSOC units operating Predator and Reaper drones. Well, it looks like they have had a virus infection going on there for a couple of weeks…

Noah Shachtman from WIRED reports at Danger Room that:

A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.”

And he cites a source familiar with the network infection at Creech:

We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back. We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.”


Oct 06 2011

Steve Jobs, Feb. 24, 1955 – Oct. 5, 2011

Tag: (i)realidad,01Joaquim Anguas @ 8:01 am

No one wants to die, even people who want to go to Heaven don’t want to die to get there, and yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new … Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”


Sep 24 2011

Patriot Act: a classified interpretation.

Tag: (i)realidadJoaquim Anguas @ 3:38 pm

Americans will eventually and inevitably come to learn about the gap that currently exists between the public’s understanding of government surveillance authorities and the official, classified interpretation of these authorities.

Via Techdirt.

See also: NYMag, Wired, arstechnica.

Sneak and peek warrant definition (Wikipedia).

Sep 23 2011

“The Drama! Teen Conflict, Gossip, and Bullying in Networked Publics”

Tag: (i)realidadJoaquim Anguas @ 2:03 pm

While drama is not particularly new, networked dynamics reconfigure how drama plays out and what it means to teens in new ways. In this paper, we examine how American teens conceptualize drama, its key components, participant motivations for engaging in it, and its relationship to networked technologies. Drawing on six years of ethnographic fieldwork, we examine what drama means to teenagers and its relationship to visibility and privacy. We argue that the emic use of ‘drama’ allows teens to distance themselves from practices which adults may conceptualize as bullying.

Via BoingBoing, via Danah Boyd. Full paper.

Jun 12 2011

Shades of grey

Tag: (i)realidad,Informática LegalJoaquim Anguas @ 11:05 am

The feds are so comfortable in this ethically-challenged landscape in large part because they are also the largest single employer… on both sides. One in four U.S. hackers is an FBI informer, according to The Guardian. The FBI and Secret Service have used the threat of prison to create an army of informers among online criminals.

While security dudes tend to speak in terms of black or white hats, it seems to me that nearly all hats are in varying shades of gray.”

I, Cringely: “When Enginyeers Lie”.

Jun 07 2011

RSA to replace SecurID tokens

Tag: (i)realidad,Informática LegalJoaquim Anguas @ 11:59 pm

Against this backdrop of increasingly frequent attacks, on Thursday, June 2, 2011, we were able to confirm that information taken from RSA in March had been used as an element of an attempted broader attack on Lockheed Martin, a major U.S. government defense contractor. Lockheed Martin has stated that this attack was thwarted.

As a result, we are expanding our security remediation program to reinforce customers’ trust in RSA SecurID tokens and in their overall security posture. This program will continue to include the best practices we first detailed to customers in March, and will further expand two offers we feel will help assure our customers’ confidence:

  • An offer to replace SecurID tokens for customers with concentrated user bases typically focused on protecting intellectual property and corporate networks.
  • An offer to implement risk-based authentication strategies for consumer-focused customers with a large, dispersed user base, typically focused on protecting web-based financial transactions.


Open Letter to RSA SecurID Customers.

Via arstechnica.

Jun 01 2011

Choose your weapon

Tag: (i)realidad,01,Informática LegalJoaquim Anguas @ 3:25 pm

Under the new framework, the use of a weapon such as Stuxnet could occur only if the president granted approval, even if it were used during a state of hostilities, military officials said. The use of any cyber-weapon would have to be proportional to the threat, not inflict undue collateral damage and avoid civilian casualties.


May 29 2011

Shoot first, identify later?

Tag: (i)realidad,Informática LegalJoaquim Anguas @ 5:01 pm

Though federal courts can indeed be slow, it took Shadur only three days from the case assignment to issue a memorandum order that opened with these words:
“It seems that attorney John Steele (“Steele”) might be well advised to stay away from Las Vegas or other casinos, because his current filing on behalf of plaintiff Boy Racer, Inc. has—despite odds in the range of 25 to 1—been assigned at random to the calendar of this District Court, which had previously been the recipient of another random assignment of a Steele-filed action (that one being CP Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-300, No. 10 C 6255). This Court had ended up dismissing the CP Productions action for the reasons stated in its February 7, 2011 memorandum order and its February 24, 2011 memorandum opinion and order, which (among other reasons) rejected attorney Steele’s effort to shoot first and identify his targets later.”

Via arstechnica.

Enter DGW! (again) :

After being honored with an Oscar for best motion picture last year, the makers of The Hurt Locker have now also secured the award for the biggest file-sharing lawsuit the world has ever witnessed. By targeting at least 24,583 alleged BitTorrent users, Voltage Pictures hopes to recoup millions of dollars in settlements to compensate the studio for piracy-related losses.”

The math shows that this scheme could turn out to be extremely profitable for the parties involved. If ‘only’ 10,000 of the alleged infringers eventually pay a $2,000 settlement this would bring in $20 million. In comparison, that’s more than the $17 million The Hurt Locker grossed at the U.S. box office.”

See also here for some background.

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