Archive for October, 2010

Firesheep Is Just The Messenger

I must say that I’m glad to see there are no plans to pull Firesheep. Add-ons have a lot of power since they run in a privileged space. Anything your browser can access, your add-ons can access. The point to being able to kill add-ons was to protect the user in situations where an add-on […]

Firesheep Demonstrates The Need For SSL

There’s been a storm of discussion over the past 72 hours about Eric Butler’s Firefox extension Firesheep. To summarize, it’s a Firefox extension that facilitates session hijacking by packet sniffing for data from certain websites. As far as software goes, it’s more evolutionary than revolutionary, at its core it’s a packet sniffer. The evolution is […]

300 Year Old Pocket Watch

What do you get when you put a 300-year-old pocket watch through an CT scan? Absolutely amazing pictures. The article in interesting but make sure to check out the slide show.

Enterprise CSS/JS/HTML

Here’s a fantastic trilogy of websites: Enterprise HTML / JS / CSS. What makes them so brilliant is that they are actually 100% true. I spent a summer cleaning up just this type of stuff. It’s true, it’s out there, it’s painful.

Atomic Tom’s “Take Me Out” Subway Video

Here’s an interesting video that went viral over the past few days. Brooklyn based band Atomic Tom’s instruments allegedly were stolen. Their resolve led them to use their iPhones and film a music video on the subway using their phones as instruments. Or so the story goes. I’m not sure if it’s a viral sensation […]

Freddy ‘Sez’

Freddy “Sez” Schuman died over the weekend. Interestingly his last game was ALDS Game 3, which I was at. That completes the latest Yankee death trifecta including Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner. It’s amazing how iconic a spoon hitting that frying pan has become.

On HTML5 And The Future Of Privacy

Today’s alarmist without much research news is “New Web Code Draws Concern Over Risks to Privacy” about HTML5 and its threat to privacy. How evil of HTML5 and its creators. The Real Deal Persistent cookies are nothing new. Essentially the strategy works like this: Store data everywhere you can on the users footprint, and if […]

More On The Housing Market

Gary Shilling of A. Gary Shilling & Co believes that the housing market has another 20% to go before it will bottom out. BusinessInsider has a pretty extensive slide show explaining how he came to that conclusion. I noted a few weeks ago that I don’t think the housing market has bottomed out. Despite what […]

Floating Stairs

An interesting tidbit about the NeXT corporate offices: The architectural centerpiece was a “floating” staircase with no visible supports I’d be curious to know if this had any influence on the glass staircases used in the modern-day Apple stores such as the 5th Ave store in New York. Perhaps Mr. Jobs was fond of those […]

The Kurt Gödel Constitutional Dictatorship Loophole

I had heard the story of Kurt Gödel discovering an inconsistency in the U.S. Constitution, one that would allow the U.S. to become a dictatorship. Towards the end of his life Oskar Morgenstern, who along with Albert Einstein went to the citizenship hearing for Gödel (all three were Institute for Advanced Study faculty at the […]