Shared Items – February 18, 2010

School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home Boing Boing February 18, 2010 – This is pretty creepy and fits in to my “hypothetical attacks we talked about in Grad school are very real” theme. Yikes.

Shared Items – February 17, 2010

Mozilla Debates Whether to Trust Chinese CA | Freedom to Tinker February 17, 2010 – It’s amazing when these esoteric technical issues we talked about in grad school turn out to be real-life issues. What if the certificate authority is working in concert with your attacker? How do you know you’re really talking to GMail […]

Shared Items – February 10, 2010

BBC News – Warner retreats from free music streaming February 10, 2010 – Surprise, Surprise. Just as streaming music sites like Pandora look to be turning the corner, here come the music labels to move the goal posts. Again. In theory Pandora is protected under the DMCA but expect posturing and perhaps litigation over what […]

Shared Items – February 8, 2010

How Facebook uses Erlang for real-time chat – Off the Grid!! February 8, 2010 – This is a somewhat old blog post from a Facebook engineer describing how they engineered the chat system in Erlang. It’s notable because it contains a description of a scale testing technique I’ve never heard of before – they did […]