INTERESTING: Look what happened to Blue Frog

Friday, August 24, 2007

http://www.wired.com/politics/security/magazine/15-09/ff_estonia_bots

When Bots Attack
By John Robb Email 08.23.07 | 2:00 AM
Feature
Hackers Take Down the Most Wired Country in Europe
Washington Ignores Cyberattack Threats, Putting Us All at Peril

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If you want to bring down a country’s information infrastructure and you don’t want anyone to know who did it, the weapon of choice is a distributed denial of service attack. Using rented botnets, you can launch hundreds of thousands — even millions — of infobombs at a target, all while maintaining total deniability. In this hypothetical scenario, a single attack launched by China against the US lasts only a few hours, but a full-scale assault lasting days or weeks could bring an entire modern information economy to its knees.

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This has been seen already in the wild. But the fix is on the horizon … IPv6.

In the meantime, one has to examine the paradigms and the mems around the Internet. Questioning the Internet service Providers and what actually are they providing.

Clearly, the all you can eat buffet for 19.99, 29.99, 39.99, 49.99 per month leads to “stuffing yourself”. That probably has to change.

Unlimited email with no postage leads to spamming. ISPs that deal with the end user probably have to move to a charging model with micropayments. That makes spam uneconomical.

Unlimited byte transfer rates leads to similar excesses. BitTorrent and other P2P hogs that literally take over the local loop. So probably like the power company, we will probably have to pay for MegaBytes by a similar micropayment. That make caps and shaping unnecessary.

So perhaps the basic monthly charge for internet access is X per month with say 30k of email messages and 100 gigs of transfer. Additional use gets charge extra.

With that type of a meme, botnets would be quickly cleaned up or cut off.

imho!

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RANT: anything on whatever property he owns

Friday, August 24, 2007

http://south-brunswick.blogspot.com/2007/08/thank-you-planning-board.html

So you are suggesting that anyone be allowed to do anything, or build anything on whatever property he owns?

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Well, if it is not a deed-restricted community where the buyer was aware of the restrictions and agreed in advance, then yes. If it’s your property, then yes you can do what you want. You have to live with your neighbors so being a “good neighbor” is like the golden rule. In the Matrix situation, it’s the after the fact begging for the komisars to permit the serf to use the “common”. And you thought when you bought something, it was “yours”. Silly taxpayer! You’re just renting it from the gooferment and have to kow tow to their diktats. I feel sorry for all of us at becoming such slaves.

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RANT: Baseball needs a mercy rule … … for the fans

Friday, August 24, 2007

http://www.haloscan.com/comments/irisheagle/4732432862564584667/?a=40594

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I heard that result. Incredible. I was listening to the Met game and the announcer said “And, in Baltimore, Texas has added another touchdown – they missed the extra point – in the 9th to make it 30-3.

Baltimore was up 3-0 in that game after three innings. Hard to believe they scored all those runs in 4 innings (failed to score in the fifth and seventh innings).

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And doesn’t everyone agree that (1) the ball is different; (2) the strike zone is smaller; (3) the players are on steroids; (4) the ball parks are smaller; (5) the pitching is poorer; (6) the bats are “livelier”; (7) the owners are raking it in; (8) so are the players; AND (9) the “stars” have a feeling and give off an air of entitlement. Makes me lot less of a fan!

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TECH SOFTWARE: OUTLOOK

Friday, August 24, 2007

Does anyone know how to work with Look Out (aka Outlook2003sp2) rule in any other way than the cruddy microsnooze user interface?

For example, when junk gets caught by LookOut or spam gets caught by CloudMark and I say “It’s OK”, they put it back in the inbox. Well my inbox is empty by design. I have rules that sort my inbound mail extensively. For example, if it’s coming from a known address, or to certain secret addresses, or has a secret word in the subject line, it gets sorted automagically to a specific folder. It allows me to allocate my time in priority order. But, when LookOut or Cloudmark just drop in the INBOX folder, the rules never execute against it. Argh! Help?

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TECH SERVICE:COLLECTIVE GROUPSITES for your own free social network

Friday, August 24, 2007

http://www.collectivex.com/intro

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What are Groupsites?

Groupsites make it easy for groups to share, communicate and network, by combining the best features of discussion forums, email lists, calendars and social networks.

Groupsites are powered by the CollectiveX platform; are FREE to set up; and can be configured to be public, semi-public, or private and secure.

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FREE social network?

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RANT: Two jokes but not on the comics page

Friday, August 24, 2007

http://www.c-n.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007708230320

POLICE BLOTTER

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NORTH PLAINFIELD

# DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED, 4:07 a.m. Aug. 12: Juan Cruz-Canterero, 27, of North Plainfield was charged with driving while intoxicated after police said they found him in a parked car at the Quick Chek parking lot and, upon questioning, determined that he was intoxicated.

MONTGOMERY

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An officer traveling south on Route 601 and directly behind the car driven by Mertz detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the car

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DUI of a fellow in a parked car?

Smelled from the car behind?

Either badly written or really stupid laws.

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FUN: Dinner Badge

Friday, August 24, 2007

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dinner+badge&defid=2556447

Dinner Badge

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Dried stains of kebab juice, curry sauce or gravy all over your shirt from messy eating.

That’s an impressive dinner badge you’ve got there. What did you eat, pizza?

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In this case, I am a highly decorated warrior in the fight against full food plates. ;-)

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