AlgorithMan writes: We recently discussed the disclosure of an exploit for Windows-XP by Google engineer Tavis Ormandy only 5 days after notifying Microsoft about it. Many called his action irresponsible and even criminal, especially since the exploit is actively attacked. It turns out he gave them 60 days, not 5! In this regard I might add that many people seem to think "zero-day" was a synonymous for "exploit". It is not. If anything, it would have been a "five-day".
AlgorithMan writes: Yesterday we discussed privacy issues when using BitTorrent through TOR. I searched for better alternatives and found Anomos, but given all the privacy problems with P2P + Anonymization and also the fact that there have been P2P traps before, I wonder: is this really secure? What is your experience with Anomos? Have you tried it? Have you reviewed the code? What about transfer-rates and file-availability?
AlgorithMan writes: "Take2, publisher of the GTA series, sues lawyer Jack Thomson for slander and libel. Thomson is known for his crusade against violence in videogames, especially against the GTA series. ars technica has Thomsons response to this lawsuit. From the article:
I have been praying [...] that Take-Two [...] would do something so stupid, [...] that such a misstep would enable me to destroy Take-Two. [M]y prayers are finally answered.
This lawsuit [is] the single dumbest thing I have ever seen any lawyers do in my thirty years of practicing law [...]
I encourage folks to read Psalm 35, a Psalm of David, which is brilliant in its entirety (since God Himself wrote it)
For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit [...]
Let destruction come upon him at unawares
and let his net that he hath hid catch himself [...]
The pit Take-Two has dug for itself will be patently clear next week when I strike back. Oh, and by the way, the entire Take-Two management and board will be gone on March 23[...]"
AlgorithMan writes: "The website of the german game-magazine GameStar reports that Take2 (publisher of the GTA series) sues lawyer Jack Thomson for libel. Jack Thomson is widely known for his crusade against violent videogames, especially the GTA series."