Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-02-26

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Help Find the People Who Killed Ulf Möller

The family of Ulf Möller are asking for help in finding the people who murdered him, and asking for help spreading the word:

They have a web site with details in English, German, Polish and Lithuanian:

The two men are described as slim, both about 1.75 m to 1.80 m tall, between 20 and 30 years old. One of them was wearing a dark jacket with a fur-like hood. The surveillance cameras took clear pictures of his face. The other killer was wearing a noticeable light blue quilted Nike-brand jacket.

We are grateful for any help in finding the murderers. Clues can be reported to the German police (Polizeidirektion Sachsen-Anhalt Ost, who are leading the investigation) by calling +49 340 6000 293, by sending e-mail to, or by visiting any German police station. If you prefer, you can email us directly at

Help us find the people who killed Ulf.


It’s a Lie: Seattle Taxpayers Will Pay for a Staduim

The Seattle Times carries a press release: “Arena plan as solid as it looks?

The intricate plan offered for an NBA and NHL arena in Sodo hinges on the untested strategy of building a city-owned, self-supporting arena, without the aid of new taxes, and with team owners — not taxpayers — obligated to absorb any losses.

This not only a lie, it is a blatant lie, contradicted by statements later in the article:

…Seattle and King County would finance $200 million — likely in bonds — to cover construction costs. The city would recoup its money through lease payments and the taxes on everything from tickets to concessions from the arena.

Let me translate that into plain English. The taxpayers of Seattle and King County would sign a bond. We’d be obligated to pay it back if or when the Supersonics new team leaves town. Also, let me comment that the use of “would” is inaccurate. The word that the writers sought and were unable to come up with is “might”, as in: “the city might recoup its money…”

One more quote:

It’s hard to argue against the idea of an arena that pays for itself.

It’s even harder to guarantee it, though.

Actually, it’s easy to guarantee that the arena pays for itself, or at least that the taxpayers don’t pay for it. The builders finance the arena. See how easy that is? They issue the bonds, they reap the profits. Then the people of Seattle and King county are guaranteed to not be on the hook.

Pretty simple, if the Seattle Times would stop relaying lies about who’s on the hook for bonds issued by Seattle or King County.

Look, while I’m opposed to having to sit in traffic for yet more sporting events, I shouldn’t have a say in how these folks spend their money. The arena backers should feel free to spend their money, plus as much as anyone will loan them, to build a stadium, buy a team, or hold a parade. That’s what freedom is about. But the people of Seattle should not carry any of the risk. The money should be entirely private.

Maybe the plan can’t work without Seattle bearing some of the risk. If that’s the case, that’s because this isn’t the sure thing that its backers want us to think. It means that the bankers see this as a risky thing, and want to transfer that risk to some sucker. I don’t want to be the sucker who’s paying for a failed deal. Do you?

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-02-19

  • RT @csoghoian If Path-like apps that pilfered user contact data suffered a data breach, existing laws wouldn't require disclosure to users. #
  • New quickie blog: Bismark's Voice #
  • RT @paulmadsen Sharingfreude, n. – pleasure derived from inadvertent sharing of personal information on social media by friends & colleagues #
  • .@dakami @jeremiahg @tqbf see also Carl Ellison's work on "Ceremony Analysis"– it's broader than a ux issue, into mental models #
  • Bruce Schneier was kind enough to link my "Dear Verisign, Trust Requires Transparency" blog post so I've updated it #
  • Short form: We still don't know who knew what when about the Verisign breach #
  • Bruce Schneier was kind enough to link my "Dear Verisign, Trust Requires Transparency" blog post so I updated it #
  • RT @lennyzeltser An example of an SMS #phishing message that pursues Verizon Wireless logon credentials: #
  • RT @jeremiahg "Senate Passes Bill Allowing Airports To Evict TSA Screeners" <an airport w/o TSA is very attractive #
  • RT @FAQShop [TechNet Blogs] Elevation of Privilege – we made a card game for developers! Welcome to Tuesday article #
  • I'm looking for interesting analysis of the Collins-Leiberman security bill: #
  • "Cheating is encouraged" #
  • RT @PrivacyMemes Twitter Is The Latest Company To Admit It Uploads Your Address Book < Time for a law? A tort? #
  • Wow, the new Twitter is both ugly and less customer-centered. #FAIL #
  • RT @KimZetter TSA Denies it Targets Attractive Female Passengers for Body Scans << Except the claim was "nice figure" #
  • RT @mtanji @KimZetter Of course there is no "policy" to target the hawtness, that's merely the practice once humans are put in the loop. #
  • RT @BlackHatEvents Black Hat EU 2012 Schedule is out! #
  • RT @MSFTsdl The Evolution of Elevation: Threat Modeling in a #Microsoft World by @danaepp #security #
  • RT @singe Worried about AddressBook privacy on iOS? Check out AdiOS & Gorilla (latter requires JB) #
  • RT @rsingel .@jerrybrito on how transparency might be better for infrastructure security than regulation: < like #
  • RT @singe Have any of you ever worked on a project where privacy controls were part of the requirements spec? << both at ZKS & Microsoft #
  • RT @Wh1t3Rabbit I think I have a new game for those speakers coming to OWASP AppSecAPAC …shoot me a note if you want to play < yay, games! #

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Bismark’s Voice

Tucked away for decades in a cabinet in Thomas Edison’s laboratory, just behind the cot in which the great inventor napped, a trove of wax cylinder phonograph records has been brought back to life after more than a century of silence.

The cylinders, from 1889 and 1890, include the only known recording of the voice of the powerful chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Two preserve the voice of Helmuth von Moltke, a venerable German military strategist, reciting lines from Shakespeare and from Goethe’s “Faust” into a phonograph horn. (Moltke was 89 when he made the recordings — the only ones known to survive from someone born as early as 1800.)

Restored Edison Records Revive Giants of 19th-Century Germany” NYTimes, Jan 30, 2012.

Nothing to add. Just way cool.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-02-12

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Book Review: Cloud Security Rules

A while back, Kai Roer graciously sent me an electronic copy of the book Cloud Security Rules that he co-authored with an all-start cast including luminaries Wendy Nather and our very own New School’s Alex Hutton. All in all, it’s a solid read covering the gamut of topics from Risk and Compliance to technology versus the human factor and finishes nicely with a section on business models. A few chapters about more about security without being a particular focus on the cloud(tm), but that’s not particularly a problem.

My only real complaint about the book is that with so many authors, things don’t always flow as smoothly as they could when moving from chapter to chapter. This is however made up for by the general high quality of the work. In particular, un addition to the authors mentioned above, you’ll also want to make sure to read the sections by Lori MacVittie, Brian Honan and Kevin Riggins.

This book is targeted at decision makers, managers and othesr who need to understand cloud from business view, so if that’s you, I encourage you to read this book. Definitely worth the price.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-02-05

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More on Real Name Policies

There were a couple of excellent posts about Google+ which I wanted to link in, but the post took a different path:

  • Google+ and The Trouble With Tribbles

    The trouble with social is that it is social – with all the norms, behaviors and expectations that come with that. You cannot re-engineer that overnight (Facebook is being far more successful in doing so using far more insidious means). Facebook also has a policy of Real Names, but it realizes that to make the social work you have to cater to the psychology of the users. So there are no identity verification processes, no automatic suspension of accounts and schemes that entice us to provide real data instead of telling us to do so. The fidelity of the data is proven by it’s socially verified reputation, not because there is a policy document that can be pointed to (at the end of the day, a much more robust and legitimate mechanism).

  • For Ceorl Onlyone, thanks…

    “As I’ve said previously, I left Facebook and Google+ because I could see the direction and I discerned the narrowing that indicates both subtle and direct attacks upon choice and privacy. I left because my presence was a reason for my family, friends, and peers to remain.

  • The Social Graph is Neither.”
    There’s no clear pull quote, but boy is this a great de-construction of the phrase (and product name) “the social graph”. Read it carefully, and you’ll never hear those words the same way.

  • In a number of places, including “Take back the comments: stop online harassment” and comment on “Why it Matters: Google+ and Diversity, part 2,” Kathy Sierra says:

    Keep the pseudonyms and lose the assholes.

Previously: “Google+ Failed Because of Real Names” and “Yes, Google+ Is a Failure