Archive for May, 2007


Kos, this morning, linked to an interesting press release, 100 words every high-school graduate should know, wondering in the process what a ziggurat is.
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Published in: Geekiness, General | on May 31st, 2007 | Comments Off on Fluency

Talk About Hubris…

Would you pay $900 (or more) for a bronze bust of George H. W. Bush? Someone is. Granted, it’s not just a bust of the elder former president, but a CIA “Director’s Award”, but, still…

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General | on May 30th, 2007 | Comments Off on Talk About Hubris…

Blackberry Pi

While trying to recover from the fun and exciting combination of respiratory infection and over-the-counter medication, I came across some this BlackBerry security checklist (1MB PDF file) on the internet. I’m not cool (or egotistical) enough to have a BlackBerry, or any other kind of PDA, but one part struck me as interesting – the government’s recommendations on password length and composition for BlackBerries:

The device password (PIN) is set to five or more characters. The BES must be configured to enforce this policy. If five characters are used, both a letter (lower or upper case) and a number must be used in all device passwords (the BES must be configured to enforce this policy). If six or more characters are used, only numbers may be used for the password. It is recommended that eight or more characters be used.

I know it’s “just” a PDA, but that seems a pretty low standard for a password, and the requirement of all numerals for passwords six or more characters in length seems decidedly counter-intuitive…

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General, Security | on May 29th, 2007 | Comments Off on Blackberry Pi

Memorial Day Miscellanea

Holidays – today is, of course, Memorial Day in the U.S. – are great excuses to kick back, relax, and get away from it all. Everyone has their preferred way of doing so, some more common than others.
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Published in: Geekiness, General | on May 28th, 2007 | Comments Off on Memorial Day Miscellanea

Forty-Nine Years Ago This Month

May 1958 was, without doubt, a turbulent time in history. Britain had detonated its first successful thermonuclear weapon the month before, joining the U.S. and Soviet Union as credible nuclear powers, while diplomats of the latter two contries tried to reach agreement on nonproliferation, and the world at large demonstrated against nuclear testing, suddenly very much an issue, and the madness of what would later come to be termed “mutually assisted destruction.”
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Published in: Geekiness, General, History, Security | on May 27th, 2007 | Comments Off on Forty-Nine Years Ago This Month