Tuesday, January 28, 2003  [!]

another urban legend petition Today's email contains a petition attached to a news item, to wit:

Today 25 Congresswomen in the US House of Representatives walked out - and refused to participate in the vote to give Bush war powers -- they were led by Barbara Bell of California and they took up residence on the White House lawn.....
My bullshit detector went off. Today? What's the date on this thing? (no date) And today happens to be the State of the Union speech day. So I looked on Google News for Barbara Bell and Google itself, and lo, Snopes says no. And California congresswoman Barbara Lee has a page which debunks the scam. There is no such congresswoman as Barbara Bell.

Sigh. What is not spam is scam.

We the gullible of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense against thinking for ourselves, promote the general Welfare, secure the Blessings of liberty from attempts at skeptical inquiry for all Posterity, do ordain and establish email petitions, because we read it on the Internet.[note: I made this up; you won't find it here. ]

Out and outage Back in town after an outta town visit to learn more of this programming stuff. I missed Saturday morning's net outage.

Microsoft and its secure computing: Worm hits Microsoft, which ignored its own advice. (NY Times)

What I want to know is, that security backdoor with Security Certificates.., where it's possible to create a man-in-the-middle attack. Has Microsoft ever offered updates for its browsers?

List of SSL vulnerabilities, Microsoft's August 2002 bulletin addressing the issue sayign that they'll come up with a patch. So, is the patch still in the offing

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