Category Archives: Internet

Anything and everything about the Internet.

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Surveillance Self-Defense

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has created a new web site, Surveillance Self-Defense ( The site collects information about surveillance techniques that governments, large companies, marketing firms, criminal organizations, and some individuals are using to track you through the day. … Continue reading

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Shellshock Restrictions Lifted

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Temporary Shellshock Restrictions

Due to possible vulnerabilities in WordPress, I am turning off comments til the new Shellshock vulnerability has been thoroughly assessed and patched. WordPress is based on PHP, which can make calls to the Unix shell. I’m not sure whether it … Continue reading

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On Pardoning Edward Snowden….

While I find the word “pardon” offensive when applied to a person who did the right thing in the face of significant consequences and who should by all rights win our thanks and a medal, I support the Guardian and … Continue reading

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On Donating to Charity After a Disaster

People tend to be generous in the wake of a disaster, whether it be a hurricane (Sandy) or a massacre (Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut). Unfortunately criminals know this, and take advantage of it. Neil Schwartzman, a friend and … Continue reading

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Ding, Dong, Rove Digital is Dead! And EstHost! And EstDomains! ;)

Today the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced the takedown of a major cybercrime organization, known among antispam activists as Rove Digital. The FBI surprisingly gave significant credit to a number of other organizations, including Estonian police and several … Continue reading

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The Great Anti-Spam Locker Room Contest

I just about died laughing after I read the following thoroughly disrespectful and marginally safe-for-work blog on All Spammed UP, a site that comments on email and spam issues. Let nobody tell you that the people involved in the spam … Continue reading

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David Linhardt Snatches Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

And I couldn’t be happier. Here’s a link to the judgment (PDF File), which is posted on the Spamhaus web site. The final judgment: $3 to E360, costs for defending the lawsuit to Spamhaus. In my personal and strongly-held opinion, … Continue reading

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CrowdSourcing and Space Exploration

Yesterday I read a blog by Ruth Suehle, an employee at Red Hat and blogger on, that suggests that crowdsourcing and other forms of voluntary collaboration could replace taxes for funding some or all of the costs of space … Continue reading

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Spamazon, All Over Again

I recently upgraded my copy of CorelDraw. Many years ago Amazon had a bad reputation for spamming their customers, as well as the rest of the Internet, so I had not done business with them for almost a decade. They … Continue reading

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