…in the punchbowl


Feeling safer each and every day

Filed under: bullshit, punchbowl, security — Matt @ 8:51

<sarcasm>I’m a huge fan of our State Security Apparatus here in the U.S.</sarcasm> I know there are good, hardworking folks — and probably a lot of them — trying to do the right thing while tucked away inside its massive, ever-expanding bulk.

But the experience of Mary Hodder in what can only be described as Security Hell does nothing to raise the stock of the State Security Apparatus in my eyes.

[link via Doc Searls]



Cows in the hospital

Filed under: medicine, punchbowl, security, technology — Matt @ 9:24

The Scobleizer describes Stanford University Hospital’s “cows”. Really, they’re mobile patient record access points, networked via WiFi, running Windows XP.

Generally, I’m cool with the idea; less handwriting is a good thing, as is more immediate access to changes in patient information. I am curious whether or not the computers are susceptible to the WiFi crack demonstrated at this year’s BlackHat conference.


I wish this stuff was made up

Filed under: bullshit, punchbowl, security, worthless — Matt @ 19:24

Seems we stoop ever lower with, frankly, stupid restrictions on what folks can do. Yep, taking pictures of anything from an aircraft threatens our security.

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
— Benjamin Franklin


I just love electronic medical records!

Filed under: health, privacy, security — Matt @ 8:57

Electronic medical records definitely speed things up; like, say, exposure of patient health information.

Don’t get me wrong. I think electronic medical information is, in general, a Martha-Stewart-style Good Thing™. When I travel to Colorado Springs and do something boneheaded, it would be mighty useful for the folks in Erica’s ED to have access to my medical records back here outside the District. The problem is limiting the access to those folks, and only for as long as they need it.


Boy, we sure have a lot of critical infrastructure

Filed under: government, politics, punchbowl, security — Matt @ 7:26

I wonder if the Enders Cafe or the Arctic Circle back home are on the list of potential terrorist targets described in this article in the Times Argus.

Some highlights:

  • The Amish Country Popcorn company of Bernie, IN
  • A petting zoo in Huntsville, AL
  • The Mule Day Parade in Columbia, TN

And my favorite bit from the article:

The National Asset Database, as it is known, is so flawed, the inspector general found, that Indiana, with 8,591 potential terrorist targets, had 51 percent more listed sites than New York (5,687) and nearly twice as many as California (3,212), ranking the state the most target rich-place in the nation.


CryptoKids™ America’s Future Codemakers & Codebreakers

Filed under: punchbowl, security — Matt @ 21:51

This ought to make Bookman stroke out.



Filed under: Humor, security — Matt @ 9:23

All your base are belong to us!


Ports, yes, software, no!

Filed under: biz, politics, security — Matt @ 20:52

It seems the government of these here United States of America is bit concerned over the planned takeover of Sourcefire by Check Point. In particular, “officials from the FBI and Defense Department objected forcefully to permitting any foreign company to acquire some sensitive Sourcefire technology for preventing hacker break-ins and monitoring data traffic”.

Yeah, I can understang being concerned about that. If those officials want to be really concerned they ought to take a look here. At that website you can download the source code(!!!) to the Snort Intrustion Detection System, once of Sourcefire’s primary products.

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