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2007 August 12 — Why Now?
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If you have a clear sky and no light pollution from the local area, tonight at about 10PM will be the start of the best viewing of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

With a new moon, the action will start in the northeastern sky and progress to the east as it gets later.

August 12, 2007   7 Comments

Network Security

Susan Landau, a senior engineer at Sun Microsystems Laboratories, lays it out in a Washington Post op-ed: A Gateway for Hackers.

You have to weaken the security of the system to allow it to be tapped. The systems and the people designing them are concentrating on making them secure. One of the reason for using fiber optics is that unlike copper, you can’t listen in without breaking the connection. You can put an inductive sensor on a copper cable and capture the contents with no indication that you have done it.

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August 12, 2007   2 Comments


In adoring tribute to old style political corruption like Tammany Hall, you have straw polls that are won by the person paying the largest bribes to the largest number of people. The fact that Romney easily wins GOP straw poll in Iowa proves nothing more than he spent more money in Iowa than anyone else to get a media headline. He didn’t win a single delegate to the nominating convention with all of his money. The actual caucuses aren’t for months, and they are just as money oriented.

This is no way to select the leader of anything.

August 12, 2007   2 Comments

Passing the Plate

Florida License Plates

Florida Plate Blogging


Standard Florida Plate

A weekend feature of Why Now.

August 12, 2007   Comments Off on Passing the Plate