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The Founders of Whitedust 50

An anonymous reader writes "Whitedust is running an informative interview with their Founders - Mark Anderson and Mark Hinge. In the interview the two Mark's set out the reasoning behind and the future of Whitedust.net." From the article: "Mark Anderson had been on at me as regards doing what he coined 'HTML Ezine' for a long time - I had been a bit of a purist about it but he finally won me around to his mode of thinking. At the same time there was something that had personally been bugging me since @stake took over hackernews and that was the lack of centralized INFOsec information; people had tried to produce a site along these lines but had either become totally bias, or been maintained badly (lack of updates etc). I saw what I considered a gap in the market and convinced Mark that the topic of any 'HTML Ezine' should be Information Security (something we both knew a fair bit about anyway)."
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The Founders of Whitedust

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  • That's just begging for a cocaine joke...
    • The Founders of Whitedust.

      I thought that was George "Boston George" Jung?
      But I guess you could just say that he founded it in America, much like Columbus. Maybe we should get him his own holiday too?
  • "Whitedust"? Isn't that anthrax? Or cocaine? Meth? FETLA?

    Smash White Powder!
  • RE (Score:3, Informative)

    by Alex P Keaton in da ( 882660 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2006 @12:10PM (#15114724) Homepage
    Whitedust: From Whitedust.net
    An Introduction To Whitedust
    The Whitedust Security Portal is an attempt to bring back the now forgotten way to repaying the community by putting material of interest back into it. While many diverse sources of security news and articles are available on the internet, few of those sources are specifically targetted at the security community and none of them are unbiased. Known for bringing quality security news, articles and resources to IS professionals all over the world, the Whitedust name stands for integrity.
    Whitedust is expected to become the most popular supplier of security information to the EU and the United States. This vision of a new security content landscape is attributed to Whitedust's dedication to always present timely and current news.
    Mission Statement
    Having firmly established ourselves as the leading independent security news portal, Whitedust is now the leading distributor of timely and current uncut security news. As we push past our 1st anniversary, Whitedust will capture the attention of an even larger readership by maintaining our unique tradition of reporting the news as it happens, not when it suits us.
    • "had been on at me as regards doing what he coined 'HTML Ezine' for a long time - I had been a bit of a purist about it but he finally won me around to his mode of thinking. "

      "people had tried to produce a site along these lines but had either become totally bias, or been maintained badly (lack of updates etc)."

      I make more than enough mistakkes (I'm going to leave the extra k because of the irony of writing a complaint about editing and non-edited stuff) but this is simple copy (in the industry sense of ref
  • by Anonymous Coward
    "Mark Anderson had been on at me as regards doing what he coined 'HTML Ezine'...

    "people had tried to produce a site along these lines but had either become totally bias, or..."
  • So? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by sharp-bang ( 311928 ) <sharp,bang,slashdot&gmail,com> on Wednesday April 12, 2006 @12:17PM (#15114777) Homepage
    So, basically this is a press release for a security portal with ambition. This is fine, but did anybody other than these guys perceive a crying need for a new security portal? 'Cause I sure didn't. If I start one, will Slashdot post that story, too?
    • i don't know if slashdot would have posted your "new" site. But thanks for sharing your links about other good (or even better security portals) that made your post worthwhile.
  • At one of the Oakland conferences, it seemed like every Q&A session had some old-timer saying something like "Are you aware that the technique you just presented was covered by a 1983 paper from Incunabular and Obscure?". There was some chatter about building a bibliography so that literature searches would be more practical. Has anyone made progress that I haven't heard about?
  • by Luxifer ( 725957 ) <geek4hire@gmail.cBOYSENom minus berry> on Wednesday April 12, 2006 @12:22PM (#15114824)
    I especially like the part where he mentions the Atari ST as his favorite piece of hardware. That says alot. I still have mine too, and it's still my fave. Brings back the good old days of cracking each others' BBSs while tightening your own code up.. A good evolutionary approach to security.
    In my books, Atari ST == Street Cred.
    • The Atari ST was nice, especially compared to the PCs of the day, but the OS left a lot to be desired. The Amiga, on the other hand, ran circles around machines released ten years later using a fraction of the resources. I still miss pull down, variable resolution screens, volume:dir/file style path names and the related volume insertion request system, the way you could eject a disk that had open files, even in the middle of a write, and everything would be okay if you put it back in when asked to, etc.

      Lo
  • by ats-tech ( 770430 )
    "Mark Anderson had been on at me as regards doing what he coined 'HTML Ezine' for a long time -"

    EH?
  • The Scene (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by TubeSteak ( 669689 )
    The geek inside me always took 'The Scene' a little too seriously - but I don't regret it, it was more enthusiasm than social life replacement on my personal behalf so I can live with my past.
    http://www.welcometothescene.com/ [welcometothescene.com]

    Sorry, but someone had to bring it up.
  • Or is Slashdot really having a slow news day. I almost feel like whipping up a quick website right now just to see how quickly it will get slashdotted, I could use 15 seconds of fame myself.
    • You'll also need to conduct an interview with yourself, make it in an extremely small hard to read font, and post it on a butt ugly page. Did I miss anything else from TFA?

      I agree with some of the parent posts. It must be a slow news day. Either that, or everyone still has their hands full gathering data from http://www.broward.gov/ [broward.gov]
  • by spacerog ( 692065 ) <<spacerog> <at> <spacerogue.net>> on Wednesday April 12, 2006 @01:30PM (#15115331) Homepage Journal
    At the same time there was something that had personally been bugging me since @stake took over hackernews and that was the lack of centralized INFOsec information; people had tried to produce a site along these lines but had either become totally bias, or been maintained badly (lack of updates etc). I saw what I considered a gap

    Gap in the market? In order to have a gap in the market you must first have a market. Why do you think that @Stake, Guardent, Foundstone, et al never made it to IPO stage? Because the bubble burst or because the market wasn't there? They were all in trouble well before the dot bomb. Sure they got bought out because they did have some cool tech, doesn't mean any of them where actually making money. Since there is no market for security specific products there definitely is no market for security news and information. Don't believe me? Look at your own home page, how many stories have comments on them? Ummm, that's right, none. You've been online a year but can't garner enough traffic to warrant any comments? Either you really suck at marketing or no one is remotely interested in your content. (I won't even mention your crappy website design.)

    Oh, and just let HNN die in piece. Stop resurecting it every other month. I mean its been what? Six years now? Jeez, let it go.

    - Space Rogue

  • I could use my mod points to mod down this article.

    -1 Irrelevant

  • http://www.rootsecure.net/ [rootsecure.net] has been around since 2002 and has custom/exclusive content as well as top stories from other news sources. Not to mention that it offers RSS feeds for syndication, an audio podcast, and daily email newletters.

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