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  • Wikipedia moves to delete Free Speech Flag image
    This variation on spreading DRM encryption keys has been nominated for deletion from Wikipedia for reasons of copyright infringement. The Slashdot abstract assumes readers know about the flag which had escaped my notice in previous stories and incarnations. In short, the idea is that part of the hexadecimal string central to a couple of successive DRM schemes are partially represented by strips on a flag whose colors match those values, based on how HTML allows for representing colors as six character hexadecimal “triplets”. It is unclear to me whether any of this is the result of a complaint or Wikipedia playing it safe. I’d argue that using the images in articles about the history surrounding them trumps concerns over someone really extracting the encoded data to practically drive circumvention of either AACS or the PS3’s encryption.
  • Visualization of an attack on a VoIP server
    Maggie at Boing Boing posted a video visualizing data derived from the activity occurring during the early stages an attack against a honey pot voice-over-IP server. Both my sense of fascination with sonification/visualization of complex data and interest in how security researchers de-construct attacks to improve our defenses are fully piqued by this bit of work. I love that there are subtitles explaining what we are seeing, as well as a soothing soundtrack that oddly syncs with the visuals.

    Visualizing a cyber attack on a VOIP server from Ben Reardon, Dataviz Australia on Vimeo.
  • Tracking the astounding pace of digital storage
    Cory at Boing Boing links to a page maintained by Ivan Smith that provides a remarkable look back at the progress of digital storage. A curve that looks damn near asymptotic tracks the price, per Gigabyte, at three to five year intervals. I’m with Cory, that occasionally the price, and physical smallness, of modern storage media just flabbergasts me. The last flash card I bought was smaller than my thumbnail and a million times more capacious than my first hard drive, separated by less than thirty years.
  • European laws will soon require explicit consent for browser tracking cookies, BBC
  • Adobe released tool to convert Flash to HTML, InformationWeek via Google News
  • Getting computers to recognize facial expressions, Slashdot

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