Monday, August 18, 2014

Same problem everyone has. How do you gather and summarize breach costs from thousands of users?
Kira Lerner reports:
Wyndham Worldwide Corp. told a New Jersey federal judge on Thursday that the Federal Trade Commission must prove that the cyberattacks against the hotel chain, which the agency alleges led to more than $10.6 million in losses, caused “substantial injury to consumers which is not reasonably avoidable by consumers themselves.”
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Useful overview of a security tool.
Are Retina/Iris Scanners The Next Level Of Mobile Security?

For my Ethical Hackers and Computer Forensics students.
What Is Data Recovery And How Does It Work?

For your consideration...
PGP Email Encryption Fundamentally Broken: Cryptography Expert
Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), the popular email privacy and authentication software is fundamentally broken and it's time for it to "die," says Matthew Green, a respected cryptographer and research professor at Johns Hopkins University.
Green, who has been involved in the recent TrueCrypt audit, published a blog post after Yahoo announced its intention to follow on Google's footsteps and implement end-to-end email encryption.
"As transparent and user-friendly as the new email extensions are, they're fundamentally just re-implementations of OpenPGP -- and non-legacy-compatible ones, too. The problem with this is that, for all the good PGP has done in the past, it's a model of email encryption that's fundamentally broken," the researcher wrote in a blog post.
Some agree with Green's views, but others, like Thomas H. Ptacek, a security researcher with Matasano Security, noted that while there is a lot wrong with PGP, it's currently the only trustworthy mainstream cryptosystem.

Improving their yield by milking their customers and their customers' friends and their customers' friend's friends?
Twitter tests Facebook-like feed; users frustrated
According to reports Twitter is tinkering around with users’ feed by showing them tweets favourited by those they follow and tweets of their friend’s followers and the recent experiment is not going down too well with users.
Users are also reporting that they have started seeing updates on their Twitter Feed when their friends follow someone new.
Twitter has chosen a select group for this experiment and their tweets showed that they were not happy with what Twitter just decided to do. The major competitive edge this micro-blogging platform has over Facebook is the options that let users decide what and whose tweets they want to see in this Twitter Feed. However, with the recent experiment, users have started seeing tweets which they were not interested in seeing.

Interesting. Reliance on precedents that don't actually exist? Haven't they heard of Google?
New on LLRX – Case Law in an Era of Heightened Scrutiny
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Aug 17, 2014
Via - Case Law in an Era of Heightened Scrutiny - Ken Strutin’s documents the scope of sources that encompass a critical issue that has recently repeatedly surfaced in mass media and the legal press – the fact that judicial decisions are believed to embody legal reasoning, societal values and support the foundations of our legal system. For scholars, lawyers and librarians there are three essential components: decision-making, opinion writing and publication. Recently, scrutiny of Supreme Court opinions and the work habits of the courts in general has been drawing attention to the entirety of judicial work that is at the heart of precedent. This article collects a range of pertinent guides, manuals, treatises, law reviews, studies and newsworthy mentions that address significant issues in judicial decision-making, opinion writing and case law publishing.

I bet she'll sell a million of them.
Mum creates phone app to take control of children's mobiles after they ignored her calls
Ms Standifird, from Houston, Texas, came up with the idea after becoming increasingly annoyed with her son Bradley ignoring her calls.
… The app's website says: "When you lock your child's phone with Ignore No More your child has only two options - he or she can call you back, or call for an emergency responder."

For my students, 'cause I don't know everything.
1000 Free Online Courses from Top Universities
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Aug 17, 2014
Via Open Culture: “Get 1000 free online courses from the world’s leading universities – Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download these audio & video courses (often from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites) straight to your computer or mp3 player. Over 30,000 hours of free audio & video lectures, await you now.”

“We don't serve your type...”
– is a font lover’s dream. As well as libraries containing details of tens of thousands of fonts, the site also helps designers who are unsure of which fonts go together. So if you choose a font on the site, you will be given recommendations on more fonts to go along with it. Y ou will also be given links to the sites that host and sell those particular fonts.

(Related) Zen and the art of design?
The Psychology of Typography
It’s been said time and time again: fonts convey emotion. Picking the right font is essential, and there are rules you should follow. To understand how fonts are perceived by others, it’s important to know the various font terms and how they affect the reader.

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