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Sun, 22 Feb 2009

HITB08 - Marcus Ranum Keynote on CyberWar..

I just managed to pull the HackintheBox torrents for their [2008 talks]. (SensePosters can grab a local copy [here]).

I watched Marcus Ranums "Cyberwar is Bullshit" talk. A talk that was truly wince-worthy! While the talk will make you scream at the screen a few times, it is worth watching just to see the Q&A section after the talk.. It's quite clear that Ranum gets owned more thoroughly than his online gallery did.


Roberto Preatoni of WabiSabiLabi fame confronts Ranums simplistic views of cyber warfare with some pretty straight forward questions, to which Ranum is forced to concede "You got me there".

Another question from the audience included more lashings - with an added underhanded "USA lost in Vietnam without nuclear weapons" comment thrown in for good measure.

Overall, i think Ranum enjoys being contrarian.. I think over the last few years he has become famous for it.. But i think to completely bull@#$@# cyberwar, while setting such narrow definitions for what constitutes a war skates dangerously close to the thing that Ranum often complains about - Sensationalist topics shrouded in geek mystique that get eaten up by the popular press.. The talk was disappointing.. Ranum is indeed much better than this..

Thu, 18 Sep 2008

Sarah Palin, a yahoo email account, and something more shocking...

By now everyone knows that John McCain's running mate Sarah Palin had her yahoo email account hacked. I guess a presidential candidate using yahoo for govt. related email was about as shocking as Sarah Palins nomination as possible future president ((unless of course you have ever heard of other govt. officials using yahoo/gmail/hotmail for serious business)(inside joke for south africans!)).

People have been talking about secure password resets for a long time [1] and this was pretty shocking all around..

But even more shocking for me (as a totally removed observer), was the Errata Security post (authors of hamster, which we commented on [here]) ending their post with an endorsement of the McCain/Palin ticket.. i thought all (american) hax0rs leaned towards "the change"

Sat, 22 Sep 2007

I have always tried to keep this blog politics-free

but the last Scott Adams posting on the Iranian presidents US visit has to be the best piece i have read in a long long time..

Tue, 19 Jun 2007

Shuttleworth comments on Microsoft/Ubuntu deal rumours

Mark Shuttleworth on his blog makes it clear


"We have declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified patent infringements."


I have no objections to working with Microsoft in ways that further the cause of free software, and I don’t rule out any collaboration with them, in the event that they adopt a position of constructive engagement with the free software community.


All the deals announced so far strike me as “trinkets in exchange for air kisses”. Mua mua. No thanks. -snip-

Lots of people threw stones when Mark started Ubuntu, and Debian die-hards saw it as the beginning of the end. In fairness, he has done outstandingly and although it hurts my ears every time i hear the word "Ubuntu" pronounced in foreign tongues (its oo BOON too) (not you-bun-to, oo-bun-to or any of the other variations that float around) it truly warms the heart to see such a huge steps made for Free Software, essentially from South Africa..

I wont get into the MSFT / Novel Novell patent discussions because theres been too much said about it already, and rightly or wrongly ill silently beam at Ubuntu's "Proudly South African" sticker!