Thursday, April 9, 2009

Idiots destroy their credibility with a dumb post

Read a disturbing story titled 'Destroy the internet with a hacksaw' It is disturbing in the sense that the complete idiocy expressed by the people writing it failed to prevent it from getting published. For starters, pouring gasoline into a fiber conduit and setting it on fire will not cause "bright pulses of light to pass along the fiber blowing out the very sensitive sensors (optics) on both sides of the network." It will just cause the fiber to melt and then you go in and repair it. The baltimore tunnel fire had this precise failure mode and it didn't affect the optics on either side in the slightest.

Another choice tidbit: "Or if they got fiber maps off the Internet and rented a backhoe in the middle of the desert and turned our long-haul links into swiss cheese." Have you tried renting a backhoe and driving it into the middle of the desert? Train derailments and washouts do more damage and yet somehow the internet continues to survive. A far better read than that tripe would be Sean Gorman's PhD thesis on fiber concentration and vulnerabilities.
Here is a freebie: 60 hudson in new york.
Edit: the wording on the original post was made less idiotic after this entry

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Anti-Spam and How Google can Help

Anti-Spam and How Google can Help

Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 01:00 PM Benghazi Tech Talk, B43-1c5 MTV

Suresh Ramasubramanian is currently consulting for the ITU, on a field research project related to cybersecurity and targeted at developing economies. He is coordinator of APCAUCE (the Asia Pacific wing of the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email), as well being the vice chair of the management committee for the APRICOT network operators conference. He has given well-received talks and keynote speeches on spam around the world at conferences organized by the OECD and ITU, as well as industry events such as MAAWG, APRICOT and InboxEvent and been widely interviewed by media such as Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Wired, PC Magazine and Salon.

In recognition of his tireless work against the growing spam problem, BusinessWeek Magazine profiled him as one of 2002's top 25 e-business professionals.

Ex Libris Project

I have been buying books for a very long time. Some of them are very good, some of them are mediocre and some are outright bad. To reduce the amount of books accumulating in my house, I thought I'd start a lending library. The only catch is that if you take these books, pass them on to someone else when you're done.
To track these, if you have time, send a short mail to
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Monday, January 1, 2007


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