March 17, 2005

A Fistful of Pennies...

Having read the 1st chapter of Simson Garfinkel's dissertation I'm bursting to ask a simple question: what's the working title? But Simson's blog won't take the comments he asks for. Maybe a trackback will work?

Bob says the Tampa Tribune reports "More than one-third of Internal Revenue Service employees and managers who were contacted by Treasury Department inspectors posing as computer technicians provided their computer login and changed their password, a government report said Wednesday." Well of course, how else do people fix up the minor errors in their tax filings?

In London police have foiled a cyber cracker who used key logging software to infiltrate Sumitomo bank. Nice to see that old fashioned security work did the job, and there is no cover-up. However, I'm unsure what people mean by "massive" when a hacker can choose for himself how many zeros to type in...

I've changed the name of the category "Security" on the blog to "Risks & Security." I'm not quite brave enough to ditch the word security, as exhorted to by Cubicle. We'll see how this floats.

News just in from the second Workshop on Electronic Contracts (WEC) is that it has been cancelled through "not reaching critical mass." It got a good start at the first one, where my Ricardian Contract was presented by Mark Miller. The conference game is quite hard - things can click together, and they can just as easily fall apart.

And in closing, there is a special on Internet Organised Crime. I haven't read it but there are a dozen articles there.

Posted by iang at March 17, 2005 12:30 AM | TrackBack

The WEC was badly under-advertised and the deadline was too short. I did have some draft papers one of which I might have completed into a publishable and presentable article, but when I learned about WEC, the deadline was already over.
I know of other people who simply counldn't cope with the short deadline of WEC.

Posted by: Daniel A. Nagy at March 19, 2005 11:33 PM

I totally agree, I'm often burnt by deadlines. When we ran EFCE we changed the formula and held the deadline until the last minute before the conference ended! The last hour was always a rump session, which anyone could enter, and anyone coming up with a proposal that was good a few days before hand would have got an open ear.

I fear the hard academic model isn't migrating with the times...

Posted by: Iang at March 20, 2005 03:23 PM
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