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Submission + - Security Engineering - The Book - For Free (

cormander writes: The 2nd edition of "Security Engineering" by Ross Anderson has been made available online for free. You can also buy it at Amazon . The Book covers security topics of a wide range; Psychology, Economics, Nuclear Command and Control, and pretty much all things IT.

I especially like the cryptography quotes at the top of Chapter 5.

Comment Re:Reminds me of the old "email tax" idea (Score 1) 325

This might be true with most spamming, but in certain industries, only having to spend a dollar for an almost guaranteed read of the message is really, really cheap. Hire up a legions of human spammers in India to start sending facebook messages to sell something expensive. Somebody's gonna do it.

Comment Bypassing the API (Score 3, Interesting) 56

On a similar topic; what about when the code bypasses the API altogether, and writes code changes directly to memory? Things such as kernel hot patches come to mind, and more specifically, ksplice. A modification to the code on a GPLv2 program is made, but no linking or APIs are used. How bound by the GPL, if at all, would this program be?

Comment Bad for Business. (Score 1) 273

I say let her send her cease-and-desist letters. It will only make for less networking on her part, and less business for her as a direct result. She's digging her own grave. The fair use clause in US copywrite law would prevent her from winning most (if not all) lawsuits she files. You can talk about a trademark as long as you don't infringe upon it.

Comment Depends on your definition of "chip" (Score 0) 362

Referencing science fiction, Star Trek's Voyager was the first ship to utilize bio-neuric computer technology. I imagine that the cells in the sacks are smaller than any chip that the Enterprise D had. I would consider the cells in Bio-neuric computer technology as "chips", and it exists in our brains. We just don't know yet how to harness it. So yes, smaller computer chips are possible.

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