Monthly Archives: January 2019

Free Online Education in Computer Science

In a recent interesting discussion: it was recommended to check out the Open Source Society University This seems to be a fairly complete, free, open, regularly available curriculum for people interested in learning computer science, but who desire to pursue the knowledge on their own rather than through a formal degree program. The OSSU curriculum is described as:… Read More »

New study says parachutes are useless

According to a recent article: “A new study flies in the face of anecdotal evidence and raises questions about how we read data.“ In order to get people to agree to take part in the study, the scientists had to structure the experiment properly. The airplane was both on the ground and stationary, as they thought it would… Read More »

35yr old vulnerability found in SCP

Just because its been out for a long time, and has Secure in the name, doesn’t mean its totally safe, whoops… In this advisory the following vulnerability in SCP is described, SCP clients from multiple vendors are susceptible to a malicious scp server performing unauthorized changes to target directory and/or client output manipulation. Many scp clients fail to… Read More »

Hamfests: A Celebration of Ham Radio

To call attention to some upcoming events in Louisiana. The 38th Annual Hammond Hamfest, on the coming Saturday, January 19, 2019 of the Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club in Hammond, LA (SELARC). If you are in the area, come by and attend the Hamfest! Or at least consider sending a (suggested: $15) donation. Click here to scroll down… Read More »

Security Risks in VideoGames: Hacking Fortnite

By discovering a vulnerability found in some of Epic Games’ sub-domains, an XSS attack was permissible with the user merely needing to click on a link sent to them by the attacker. Once clicked, with no need even for them to enter any login credentials, their Fortnite username and password could immediately be captured the attacker.

Lehto’s Law: You can be arrested over a Facebook post

In this video, Steve Lehto discusses a story in the New York Times; a fellow named Robert Freeze who in New Hampshire received a traffic citation he disagreed with. So he went online to the comments page of a newspaper and wrote his opinion: that “the cop who gave the ticket was a ‘dirty cop’, and that the police chief was a coward”

It turns out that in New Hampshire; there is a criminal law against libel, and “half the states in America have laws that make libel a crime, and prosecutions still happen “, such that if someone writes things about you that you don’t like, there is a potential to have the person arrested. So if you are a police officer, and you feel someone’s libeled or slandered you: you can just arrest the person, since they’ve broken the law, according to you.

Government Shutdown: Failure to renew expiring security certificates results in many broken websites

According to this article, so far: more than 80 US government websites’ certificates are reported to have expired without being renewed. NASA, the US Department of Justice, and the Court of Appeals are just some of the US government agencies currently impacted, according to Netcraft. Editorial Remarks: Here’s a showing of a need for websites implementing automatic certificate… Read More »