Spam as terrorism

Hey all,

Here’s a quick something I posted during Talk of the Nation:

The moderators mentioned this in passing, but “Denial of Service” Spam campaigns are already used as political attacks. When Estonia took down a statue of a Russian soldier (precious to Russian Estonians but disliked by native Estonians)

Russian sponsored spammers shut down Estonia’s governmental websites as retribution for the Statue’s removal. Turns out NATO has cyber-terrorism units. Spam, not just for ID anymore.

This was posted here:

by me, cuz the subject was being mentioned on Talk of the Nation. Yay for publicity!

Inspirational quote:

Character is what you have left when you’ve lost everything you can lose.
Evan Esar

EFF’s Effector (3 1/2 lessons)

I spent the entire day cleaning. Meaning I started cleaning at 10:30 this morning, and stopped (I will not say “finished”) about 10 minutes ago. *sigh* So instead of talking about the majority of my dusty day, I am going to write something cool about one of my favorite so-chock-full-of-legal-language-and-ultra-geeky-fabulousness-I-can’t-get-through-an-entire-issue newsletter.

3 things I learned in this week’s Effector:

1)  “Copyright law’s “first sale” doctrine makes it clear that the owner of a CD is entitled to resell it without the permission of the copyright holder. ” I always wondered about that. I know garage sales are technically illegal (have *you* ever paid sales tax on those beautiful new boots or rocking chair you bought at that garage sale? The US Government wants *you* to give them your monies) but I always felt sqwitchy about buying CDs at garage sales. Now I can focus my garage sale questions on whether the previous owner has maintained digital copies of the CDs when I am thinking of spending my hard earned monies.


“Last Wednesday, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), asking the Commission to take a number of major corporations to task for their misleading and intimidating copyright warnings. Targets include: the NFL, Major League Baseball, DreamWorks, Morgan Creek (producers of “The Good Shepherd”), and the book publishers, Harcourt and Penguin. ”

Yay! Maybe someday I won’t have to yell and/or avert my eyes from the screen during movie parties. See, Fair Use is *by definition* an unauthorized use of copyrighted material. If you’re wondering when a Use is Fair, see these guidelines:

The four factors judges consider [when determining if something is fair use] are:

1. the purpose and character of your use
2. the nature of the copyrighted work
3. the amount and substantiality of the portion taken, and
4. the effect of the use upon the potential market.

3) “puckish” is a word. It makes sense; I’d just never heard it before. Oh, and the real Fake Steve Jobs  (FSJ to his fans) is Daniel Lyons. An article where he is quoted gave me this cool new info about the word “puckish”. I love writers, they talk funny.

PS: as an update to my post on () I have another 3rd party security company to add: Huntleigh does security for US Air. There’s another Huntleigh here which I first mistook for the airport security group. They’re a brokerage in Saint Louis. I mention this because ICTS (the globla corporation of which Huntleigh is a  subsidiary) mentions on their webpage Huntleigh-subsidiary is located in St Louis as well. What’s with that?
“It’s not as simple as that. It’s not a black and white issue. There are so many shades of gray. . . .”
“There’s no greys, only white that’s got grubby. I’m surprised you don’t know that. And sin, young man, is when you treat people as things. Including yourself. That’s what sin is.”
“It’s a lot more complicated than that—”
“No. It ain’t. When people say things are a lot more complicated than that, they means they’re getting worried that they won’t like the truth. People as things, that’s where it starts.”
Granny Weatherwax and the everso anxious preacher in Carpe Jugulum. See what the fair use thing said about “Amount and substantiality of the portion taken” and “effect of the use upon the potential market”? Well, if reading this quote fulfills you need for Terry Pratchett, I am very sorry.

Packing up for college

This week I have dedicated to packing. And with packing comes cleaning. In the process of cleaning my rooms I have found 3 major things.

1) my dust bunnies are really dust oil spills, because they not only cover truly spectacular areas of space but they slowly suffocate all of the objects which they cover (and people: how can my clothes get dirty when I’m cleaning? It seems so…wrong).

2) I really do have a lot of books. I really need some L Space just to answer the eternal question: when one owns 4 separate hardback versions of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and every other published work of Messer Tolkien, is it possible to move them from their own personal shelf to a public shelf without any mass folding? As a non-initiate librarian I have resorted to a much more base form of effective space usage: Stacking.

3) My wardrobe all matches (for the given values of ‘wardrobe’ and ‘matches’). In preparation for an upcoming family trip, I simple grabbed the first stack of T-Shirts in my T-Shirt box and plopped them into my suitcase. Looking back at them, with my normal jeans, all of them will be suitable for casual wear. But don’t tell my friends who think about color coordination and seasonal fashion. I ask the programmers and geeks out there: is there *ever* a season when a Java logo T-Shirt is not appropriate? Really?

Ok, I am tired from all of the cleaning (and boxing. Can 18 years of magpie-like collecting and hording of all things shiny and/or in Latin really only amount to a few boxes? Materialism sucks.)

Have a fabulous and shiny night!

Inspirational quote:


Ok, for real. This is from one of my favorite books. It is a history of the library told by a librarian at Harvard. It goes from the libraries in ancient Samaria (who pioneered card catalogs with cuneiform written on clay tablets) the remains of which exist in modern day Iraq; to the Buddhist temples where holy texts were carved onto great pillars so believers could rub copies of them for themselves; to the burning of Alexandria, which didn’t happen when most people think it did. This quote is from the section on the history of burning books:

“Over coffee one afternoon in the summer of 2001, Andras [a librarian and historian whose family fled the communist takeover in Hungary and who now works at Harvard] reminded me [Matthew Battles] of another way to burn books, explained to him by a colleague who survived the siege of Sarajevo. In the winter, the scholar and his wife ran out of firewood, and so began to turn to their books for heat and cooking. ‘This forces one to think critically,’ Andras remembered his friend saying. “One must prioritize. First, you burn old college textbooks, which you haven’t read in thirty years. Then there are the duplicates. But eventually, you’re forces to make tougher choices. Who burns today: Dostoevsky or Proust?’ I asked Andras if his friend had any books left when the war was over. ‘Oh yes’ he replied, his face lit by a flickering smile. ‘He still had many books. Sometimes, he told me, you look at the books and just choose to go hungry.’” (Battles, Matthew. “Library: an unquiet History“. WW Norton & Company. NY: 2003. 190-1)

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