Archive for October 1st, 2007

Looking Back at September

As the world lived through the magical month of September, 2007 one day at a time, things were fairly busy here, as well. The usual month-in-review doesn’t have much this time around, so we’ll do things rapid-fire style. I made 28 posts last month, down nine from the month before. What I lacked in prolificness and profundity I made up in other ways – whether in inventing a holiday, sharing pirated government software, helping spread antiterrorism training and information-awareness training, or just poking fun at the Navy and their views of the internet, there was a little something for everyone, and it showed – thanks in part to the widespread attention the “alien life forms” and “narcissistic praise junkies” presentation generated, September was by far the busiest month to date for this site. It wasn’t just the fun and entertaining fluff pieces that drew traffic, either; a whole lot of visitors were drawn to past posts on things like encrypting bittorrent traffic, or even encrypting all your internet traffic.

Whew.

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UAV Downed in Pakistan

Unreported, apparently, outside of India, are reports that an American UAV was “shot down” on Saturday in northern Pakistan. A seemingly unconcerned Major General Arshad confirmed the crash, but blamed it on a “technical malfunction”, adding “The local residents have seized the equipment onboard the plane.” Not just any equipment, mind you, but what Daily India delicately calls “sensitive espionage paraphernalia.” An interesting choice of words, perhaps, but a wonderful, wonderful phrase nonetheless…

One wonders at the reticence of media outside the region, and the American military, to comment on the matter. Given recent reports that Pakistan is developing home-grown UAVs, I can’t help but wonder if the Pakistani security forces are trying to cover up the loss of a domestic prototype by attributing ownership to the U.S.

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There’s Something About The Tubes

There’s just something about the internet that makes it a dangerous, dangerous place – and I’m not talking about the “killer apps”. Found on the Military Times forums, while looking for further reactions to the Navy story I and Wired’s “Danger Room” broke last week, two very interesting and somewhat related stories caught my attention…
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Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General, Security | on October 1st, 2007 | Comments Off on There’s Something About The Tubes