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2007 May 24 — Why Now?
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Okay, Who Was Supposed To Call The Caterer?

Juan Cole says that the insurgents are Starving the Americans Out, but I would think “You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.” [Robert Heinlein – Logic of Empire].

They have pulled all of these people into Baghdad without insuring that the privatized logistics system can support them.

Consider they increased the number of combat troops, and then “realized” they had to increase the number of support people. The GAO knew the extra support people were necessary, but the Pentagon claimed they weren’t. Given the way the Pentagon has nickel and dimed the troops, it not surprising that no one made sure there were increased shipments of food and materiel. [Note: “materiel” is not a misspelling, it is the term used for military “stuff,” most of which goes boom.]

As Friedrich der Groe was wont to say: “An army, like a serpent, travels on its belly.” The supply problems in Iraq are another example of the deplorable planning found in the Pentagon since 2001 and another, practical reason for pulling everyone out before they are killed or cut-off.

May 24, 2007   5 Comments

About Time

The BBC notes Backing for tool to battle spam:

A tool that could help in the battle against spam and phishing attacks has received industry approval.

The DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) system is a method of validating the identity of the sender of an e-mail.

Spammers hide their identity by using a false, or spoofed, address in the millions of messages they send out.

DKIM uses encrypted digital signatures to prove a message’s origin and a draft standard has been accepted by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

The IETF is the umbrella group representing firms such as Yahoo, Cisco, Sendmail and PGP Corporation.

I just finished notifying two colleges that they are hosting drug spam pages on their servers. Come guys, you change the passwords every semester, and unless there’s a special request all student pages get wiped. Been there and done that for a university system.

This is a good thing. This will make it easier to track spammers, and block a lot of the big abusers.

May 24, 2007   Comments Off on About Time