TCLP 2008-06-29 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

This is news cast 146.

I will be taking a hiatus to catch up on planning and writing for the show. There will be no new shows in the feed for the next two weeks. The show will return with a feature cast on July 16th.

In the intro, a quick review of Wall*e based on my taking my two sons to see it this weekend. I highly and thoroughly recommend this film. I think it has an overlooked hacker theme to it, to boot.

The only security alert this week is just discussing some new malware for OS X which may be new or an existing but recent one and simple advice on how to protect yourself. The folks over at ZDNet’s Zero Day blog also think Snow Leopard is a good opportunity to get ahead of any uptick in malware for the operating system.

In this week’s news, opening of Java sources to be completed this year though some question its relevance, the future of JavaScript, ICANN considering opening up top level domain names, and the risks in a new wave of remove kill switches in consumer devices.

Following up this week, just the FISA Amendments Act with news that several senators have voiced strong opposition including willingness to filibuster, and that the vote has been delayed until July 8th, that there may be some passable compromises if outright rejection fails.

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