Archive for September, 2007

Dirty Jobs, Army Style

New to me, at least, are four short safety videos featuring Discovery personality and Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, produced by the Army’s Combat Readiness Center. Download the zipped WMV files here (#1, 4MB), here (#2, 4MB), here (#3, 4MB), and right here (#4, also 4MB.)

Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on September 26th, 2007 | Comments Off on Dirty Jobs, Army Style

ISOHunt Blacklisting

I really don’t give a rat’s patooie about ISOHunt, nor the lawsuit-related reasons they’ve evidently chosen to block “US” peers from connecting to their bittorrent trackers. It smacks of a hierarchical internet, flies in the face of Net Neutrality, and seems legally questionable, to boot. Nonetheless, I do have two thoughts on the subject, though…
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Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on September 25th, 2007 | Comments Off on ISOHunt Blacklisting

Information Assurance Awareness Training

Last week, I posted about a unique computer program called CyberCIEGE, which was developed by the Navy to teach the principles of “Information Assurance” – that’s computer and network security, to you and I.

The response was fairly positive, and scores of people have downloaded the program in the last couple of days. To get the most out of the program – which does, admittedly, have some excellent in-game help – it helps more than just a little bit to understand the military approach to IA. Happily, there’s an easy and free way to get just that understanding – which, quite aside from making the CyberCIEGE “game” easier to complete, confers a number of real-world benefits.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on September 25th, 2007 | Comments Off on Information Assurance Awareness Training

Antiterrorism Training

If you’re looking for something to do on your lunch break, or otherwise have around thirty minutes to kill online, you may find it mildly productive to take the military’s “Antiterrorism Level 1” training, found right here.
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Published in: General | on September 24th, 2007 | 2 Comments »

Paperwork Reduction at the State Department

When I make FOIA requests by fax or email to U.S. military components, I typically get an acknowledgment by email within a couple days – sometimes, even the same day. To reduce costs, some components now only supply responses to FOIA requests in electronic format.

Things, it’s pretty clear, are different at State.
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Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General, Security | on September 24th, 2007 | Comments Off on Paperwork Reduction at the State Department