In the '90s, when the MP3 was new, it was difficult to predict the medium's effect on the music industry and our culture. Today, the results of the MP3 revolution are starting to show, and I sometimes wonder what we won.… Read more
Beatles (finally) coming to iTunes? http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9889538-7.html
Xbox 360 price drops in Europe http://www.gamespot.com/news/6187433.html
Digg CEO shoots down bidding war rumors http://www.news.com/8301-13577_3-9888959-36.html
TSA can’t believe MacBook Air is a real laptop, causes owner to miss flight http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/10/ tsa-cant-believe-macbook-air-is-a-real-laptop-causes-owner-to/
To Aim Ads, Web Is Keeping Closer Eye on You http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/10/technology/10privacy.html
HD VMD going mainstream http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/10/technology/10dvd.html
EPA fines Iogear over ‘… Read more
Breaking things--that's what the very bright and super curious do; they look beyond the obvious to see what's truly lurking beneath the surface. On Wednesday and Thursday, attendees at Black Hat D.C. 2008 got a window into the latest research being done on Web applications, wireless, and embedded technologies.
On Wednesday, researchers David Hulton and "Steve" showed how with about $1,000 with of equipment they can decrypt A5/1 cellular GSM traffic in less than a hour. Following that, Adam Laurie reprised his popular RFIDiots talk from last year's Black Hat briefings with … Read more
Washington D.C. -- On Wednesday, in a talk at Black Hat D.C. 2008, two researchers set out to see whether phishing sites were created by the "Einsteinian, ninja hackers that the media makes them out to be."
In a talk titled "Bad Sushi: Beating Phishers at their own game," Nitesh Dhanjani and Billy Rios found not a sophisticated gang of elite coders, but hundreds of bad coders all copying one another, and often stealing from each other.
Dhanjani and Rios expressed disapproval of antiphishing products that use black lists to block known phishing sites. … Read more
WASHINGTON--On Wednesday, Black Hat D.C. 2008 gets under way, after two days of intense training sessions. The D.C. Black Hat security conference is much smaller than the summer Black Hat USA in Las Vegas. But what D.C. lacks in size, it makes up for in sessions and talks.
On tap for Wednesday is a keynote speech from Jerry Dixon, former director of the National Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security. Following the keynote address will be two parallel tracks of programming--Web app and wireless--including presentations from Chuck Willis of Mandiant on forensic challenges of cross site … Read more
ARROYO HONDO, N.M.--There are few things in life I enjoy more than soaking in a natural hot spring.
That's why, despite my being late getting started with my day and having hundreds of miles to drive to get to my next stop on Road Trip 2007, I couldn't resist stopping in at Black Rock hot springs near this tiny town.
These are two stone pools on the edge of the Rio Grande, and with amazing views of the Rio Grande Gorge. During my visit, in early August, the pool farther from the water was a perfect … Read more
TAOS, N.M.--Wow. That's almost all I had to say after walking across the Rio Grand Gorge Bridge near this popular city.
And why? Well, the bridge is suspended over the river, which is 650 feet below, and what you see from the span is the outrageously beautiful effects of one of America's most powerful waterways having carved its way into walls of the basalt flows from the Taos Plateau volcanic fields over the centuries and millenia.
The rock looks like it was just chipped away, and the view almost trivializes the scale of what you're … Read more