Here are the stories I was going to read up on and cover for the news cast that the mid-Atlantic blizzard this past weekend swallowed.
Slashdot had a piece on de-anonymizing social network data. I imagine this is of a piece with research by Ohm and others. Bruce Schneier also had a piece on anonymity that I actually did get a chance to skim. He is responding to the suggestion of mandatory identification in the form of a sort of operator’s license for the internet. This was one of the wrinkle’s of Clinton’s speech in the wake of the China-Google incident a few weeks back and also Mundie at Microsoft calling for an Internet Driver’s License in so many words. Not surprisingly, Schneie does an excellent job of explaining not only why such a scheme would not work but why it is a bad idea at its very core.
The big story last week was the ruling in favor of the Australian ISP, iiNet. Everyone picked this story up and then some. This is of course a critical protection of safe harbors for ISPs. It stands as a key precedent for some and hopefully a strong example for others to continue to alleviate ISPs third party liabilities as long as they adhere to the established bounds of existing safe harbor provisions. It also re-inforces the need to stall or stop ACTA as one of the things it threatens to change are those very safe harbors.
The last story is a physics of computing piece, Ars describes the potential of news research in graphene transistors. 100Ghz? Even if that is still some years away and with any kind of caveat it would be one heck of a speed bump over where silicon has practically maxed out.
That along with the belated link dumps of security alerts and follow ups catches me up on what I missed getting out while power was out. I have a few more stories in my queue to catch me up on today’s blogging. If I go dark again around mid-week, it will be a result of us losing power again. The forecast keeps getting worse but there is a chance the above ground lines around here will gold. We had nasty winds over the weekend that are not going to be a part of the next bit of weather. I may be deluding myself but I also like to think that whatever was going to come down has already hit a line and in the course of restoring power, they hacked away anything merely leaning on the lines.
Wish us luck, we are as prepared as we can be with the roads still a mess. We have food, cooking fuel and heating fuel. I should be back on my regular schedule next week at the latest.