Archive for July 2008

Your history is your business, not ours

July 28th, 2008

I like the sound of Cuil- all the goodness of their ex-employer without the digital footprint. Their privacy page reads:

Privacy is a hot topic these days, and we want you to feel totally comfortable using our service, so our privacy policy is very simple: when you search with Cuil, we do not collect any personally identifiable information, period. We have no idea who sends queries: not by name, not by IP address, and not by cookies (more on this later). Your search history is your business, not ours.

Right now though I’m waiting a long time for the first few of the 1,682,519,994 results promised on a search of this blog’s title to appear. The first time I tried it I got a rapid response – saying there were no results. But I’m optimistic that this could be my search engine of choice when things settle down. Their claim to examine the context of search queries in order to refine results is interesting and I wonder what it means in practice.

While a good tactic for a launch I don’t imagine the black homepage with centred box will last, not least when they quickly revert to convention for the results; but the results page layout of boxed up summaries is pleasant and readable – not unlike a good news site.

Now I’m waiting for page 2, and the features, privacy and management pages have all gone missing. I’ll come back tomorrow.

No art for airports

July 24th, 2008

A Google alert brought this Times Online article, giving a first glimpse of the John Moores 25 Open Painting competition shortlist,to my attention – a bit sensationalist and some unfair reactions to the Chapman’s co-judging the show. After seeing their show at the Tate recently I have no doubt that they’d make excellent judges for JM25. They make no  mention of art critic Sacha Craddock being on the judging panel.

Former winner and Juror Graham Crowley notes:

“There’s no art for airports or corporate foyers in this show. There is a great range in subject matter and context, and an urgency to the exhibition that I hadn’t anticipated”

The article includes a slideshow of some shortlisted entries, and the full shortlist’s here: https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/

and the show opens in… 57 days.

‘Bonekickers’ has entered its …

July 22nd, 2008

‘Bonekickers’ has entered its ‘get a room’ phase. (more…)

Advances in Computer Security and Forensics Conference

July 22nd, 2008

I’m really glad I got the opportunity to attend this event. It’s given my own research and writing a bit of a boost, but its also shown me just how important advances in this field are.

On day one we heard from Merseyside High Tech Crimes (HTC) Unit, about their day to day challenges and how they’re overcome. We also heard from a career digital forensic analyst about recovering data from all makes and models of mobile devices: handhelds, phones and the like, and the ways and means of recovering data from the removable media they commonly use.

On day two there was a practitioner talk from Henrik Kiertzner, about the technology’s propensity to nurture self-selecting constituencies, groups of like minded (though possibly geographically dispersed) individuals with ideologies in accelerated development – and how we’re unlikely to even notice them until they make their move.

We heard from Mark Taylor about scoping corporate forensic investigations, which gave me additional avenues of inquiry for my own research.

The keynote speaker Jim Gamble from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre brought us insights – with wit and wisdom – from a truly difficult field and a call to developers to understand the difference their expertise can make to young individuals. Many of the techniques they use in the kind of cybercrime they combat are traditional. Knowing your enemy being one of them.

I’d assumed this would be a dry and technical conference, so its surprising how far social concerns pervaded the discussion sessions and the conference as a whole.

First spam attempt on Drag n’ Drop captcha

July 14th, 2008

As its still in development, I’ve set the drag n’ drop captcha mechanism to report failures in full as well as forwarding legitimate responses.
I’ve had the first (update: two now) such failure notice from a live installation today – subject line: ‘yGAQJUnxHNOw’ and just a few web addresses I won’t repeat here.

Positive so far.

A credits based, access contro…

July 10th, 2008

A credits based, access control ‘economy’ for life or death intelligence!

Learning all about anti-forens…

July 10th, 2008

Learning all about anti-forensics and mobile evidence recovery

Computer Security and Forensics conference, ACSF 2008

July 9th, 2008

Tomorrow I’ll be at The Third Conference on Advances in Computer Security and Forensics .

Purely for research purposes. Hopefully there’ll be lots of useful insights that will inform my current work. We will see, updates as and when.

Deciphering the mysteries of p…

July 9th, 2008

Deciphering the mysteries of publication in RedDot CMS…over coffee.

Reading my MSc interim report

July 8th, 2008

Reading my MSc interim report