feeds | grep links > Airplane Terrorism Past, Alternate Theories for IE9’s Benchmark Behavior, and More

I am playing catch up this morning. I had an excellent day working with the USACM of which I am a member at large. After that, I traveled up to a not-quite local home brew supply shop with my friend, John Taylor Williams, to stock up for my first brewing undertaking in over six years. We also had an excellent dinner at Barley and Hops to celebrate our upcoming brew day, which we’ll discuss in a future episode of Living Proof.

The net-net is that while I was able to keep up with my feed scanning, I didn’t have a spare hour to review my flagged items and put together the usual array of blog posts. Below is a quick catch up on some of the more interesting links. I am hanging onto the news that COICA has passed in committee and will be making its way to the floor, soon, as I want to dig into the changes in the latest draft in today’s blogging.

  • Airplane terrorism twenty years ago
    I have been mulling over the concerns over the TSA random selection procedure, the tiger-or-tiger choice it now presents between a possible risk of naked scan photos being preserved long after they should or an invasive pat down that under any other circumstance could be construed as assault. While I continue to ruminate, here is an excellent reminder posted by Bruce Schneier that the safety concerns are far from new. Somehow, though, we used to handle them without forcing such least worst alternative choices on ourselves.
  • Another explanation for IE9’s benchmark behavior
    Peter Bright at Ars Technica adds some food for thought with regard to the question of whether IE9’s JavaScript engine has code to detect when it is being benchmarked and altering its behavior to net exaggerated results that don’t reflect real world performance. Bright suggests its is possible, based on Sayre’s own findings, that the unusual behavior is the result of dead code elimination, a not uncommon optimization technique. Bright explores experiments conducted by others interested in what Sayre saw and offers plenty more detail for consideration.
  • PTO to reissue narrowed version of patent on internet music files, EFF
  • MPAA dismisses free speech concerns over piracy bill, Slashdot

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