What gives power – your network or your networth?

March 8th, 2009 No comments

Is it our time what changes this money/connections balance or is it my point of view becomes less money oriented?

To have a place to live in, to have food, clothes, hobbies, travel the world, learn…. It is not money that will be the source of power in the future, but the strength of the community you belong to – how many people you know (and they know you) who hold the same beliefs as you and are willing to perform necessary action as needed. That is the source of power in the future.

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The century of the self

March 7th, 2009 No comments

I have seen today very interesting piece of historical documentary. To my opinion it is the finest documentary yet made, about the way in which psychology was used by business and governments to manipulate people. Made by British documentalist Adam Curtis, shows how Freud’s theories of the unconscious was used to build corporate and political power. What emerges is nothing less than a history of 20th-century social control. It is also about history of mass marketing and PR.

The Century of the Self gives me a deeper look to the roots and methods of modern consumerism, democracy and its implications. As I already seen myself as resistant(not absolutely, but I hope it enough to control my life) to such manipulation. It helped me add some more consistency to my picture of world.

“This series is about how those in power have used Freud’s theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy.” – Adam Curtis

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Banning Wireless

March 6th, 2009 No comments

Just banning wireless is not solve problem. Security have to be transparent for end user, not to put chains on his hand.

Wireless LANs (WLANs) are increasingly becoming a commodity in the home, in the high street, at the airport – everywhere but in the office it seems. This is because it is still considered a threat to corporate data security – risking data loss, information theft, and virus and worm infection. As a result, despite increasing demands from users for wireless connectivity in the office, many organizations still implement a strict “no wireless” policy. For these organizations, the perceived risk of breaching the established ‘perimeter security’ architecture of the wired LAN by building WLANs is far greater than the mobility and flexibility benefits of the technology.

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Security Implications of the Humble Computer Clock

March 5th, 2009 No comments

You can be late to an important meeting if miss to change clock to Daylight Savings Time or just setup your clock wrong (10 minutes). Fuzzy logic of human brains can manage time miscalculation and minimize damage. But what about silicon brains. What can computer do in this situation. What implication it can have to our security.

Is the clock on every computer system in your organization set to the correct time? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. According to a 2007 study by Florian Buchholz and Brett Tjaden, both professors at James Madison University in Virginia, more than a quarter of the Web servers on the Internet have their clocks off by more than 10 seconds. Making sure that computers are set with the correct time is one of those seemingly petty technical things that can unfortunately have big, negative consequences if not done properly. That’s because assumptions about time and its flow permeate modern computer systems-including software, hardware and networking. This is true of desktop systems, servers, mobile devices and even embedded systems like HVAC, alarm systems and electronic doorknobs.

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The fantasy and reality of government security

March 5th, 2009 No comments

Sometimes it is hard to brake a stereotype which was grown for a long time on basis of books, comics, movies. If this stereotype is meaningless then that is ok, we can keep it for a jokes :). But if it is about our security we have at least to point out this problem.

In the movies the government has always got the best toys, the cutting-edge technology and the tightest security standards. Those who have worked on security projects within the government know that in real life government security standards and implementations can vary all across the range from quite serious to laughable.

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Zombie awareness week in Australia

March 4th, 2009 No comments

What a first thing what come to mind if you hear “George Romero”. Right. It is a zombies. But today it is a zombie what eating computers brains not humans one.

Australia is running a national zombie awareness week in a bid to educate users about how to stop hackers from taking over control of their PCs. The Australian campaign aims to tackle one of the root cause of the botnet epidemic – user awareness.

Three video clips have been made to promote National Zombie Bot Awareness week. Each draws inspiration from George Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead, featuring excerpts from the film combined with overlayed text promoting the basic messages of the week.

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Willpower training advice from neuroscientists

March 2nd, 2009 No comments

You probably seen this big bookstore shelves with a huge amount of self help/motivation literature. Virtually all of them have references to science psychology, neuroscience or even pseudoscience. Now you can this information form first hand. Discover Magazine have series of interviews with top neuroscientists.

But it turns out you can actually build up willpower like a muscle if you can do something that requires effort of will—something as silly as brushing your teeth with your nondominant hand. If you brush your teeth with your nondominant hand for several weeks, you increase this reserve pool of mental something. I’m not going to say what that something is because it’s not known, but that mental something is available for other tasks. You can actually build up whatever it is that is responsible for willpower.

So this business of planning for action and all the things that come before action turn out, like many mental capacities, to be a thing that you can practice at and improve.

Discover Magazine: Unlocking the Secrets and Powers of the Brain

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