Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

HTTP Status 451 – The HTTP Status At Which Requests Burn

Tim Bray is proposing a new HTTP status, 451 for: …when resource access is denied for legal reasons. This allows server operators to operate with greater transparency in circumstances where issues of law or public policy affect their operation. This transparency may be beneficial both to these operators and to end users. This is awesome […]

Even DHS Blindly Accepts Invalid SSL Certificates

Via Forbes: On page 37, DHS instructs analysts to accept invalid SSL certificates forever without verification. Although invalid SSL warnings often appear in benign situations, they can also signal a man-in-the-middle attack. Not a good practice for the security conscience. I think that’s grounds for termination by incompetence for whomever was behind that. DHS Phishing […]

$22K Routers

The Charleston Gazette reported: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nobody told Hurricane librarian Rebecca Elliot that the $22,600 Internet router in the branch library’s storage closet was powerful enough to serve an entire college campus. … The high-end router serves four public computer terminals at the small library in Putnam County. It goes on to define them […]

Netherlands Passes Net Neutrality Law

Took only a year and it seems the Dutch passed a relatively comprehensive net neutrality law after KPN’s proposal to break net neutrality. The US will be forced to face this debate one way or another soon enough. Our economy and lives are being very reliant on those pipes.

Innovator’s Patent Agreement

Twitter today announced the Innovator’s Patent Agreement, their attempt to help defuse the patent chaos currently going on in the tech world. The real meat of the post is this: It is a commitment from Twitter to our employees that patents can only be used for defensive purposes. We will not use the patents from […]

The Cocaine in Coca-Cola

Interesting post by Good on the presence of Cocaine in Coca-Cola. Spoiler: there’s no cocaine, but it does involve the use of coca leaves and special exceptions by the US government. In order for Coca-Cola to continue to exist in its current form, the company has a special arrangement with the Drug Enforcement Administration, allowing […]

US Authorities Seize Foreign Domain

Via easyDNS, The Domains reports on a foreign gambling domain being seized in the US: The indictment focuses on the movement of funds from accounts outside the U.S., in Switzerland, England, Malta, and Canada, and the hiring of media resellers and advertisers to promote Internet gambling. To make that clear: A federal warrant was issued […]

F.B.I. Violating Section 508?

Section 508 is familiar to many in IT. For those who don’t know it, Wikipedia explains it best: In 1998 the US Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make […]

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 […]

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 […]