I cleaned up a bunch of old email, and plowed through some older bookmarked stuff, and presto! Another crop o’ quick little links.
- CGI.pm cross-site scripting advisory. No idea how real the danger is, but CGI.pm is used basically everywhere, so it’s probably worth looking at.
- Penthouse sounds like it’s almost down for the count.
- Surprise, surprise. Internal investigators at the Department of Justice have found “dozens of recent cases in which department employees have been accused of serious civil rights and civil liberties violations involving enforcement of the sweeping federal antiterrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act.”. Feel safer now?
- Speaking of feeling safer, John Gilmore recently had a “interesting” flight experience. I’m wondering what they would have made out of a temporary tattoo with the same message, applied to, say, the forehead. Crap like this is why my upcoming vacation is a road trip, not a flight.
- SCO Linux crud: Linus speaks out. I have to say, after reading transcripts and summaries of today’s SCO conference call about the case, 2003 is shaping up to be the Year of the Protection Racket. “Screw actually making anything, man — that’s so late 90s. We just want a little taste of your action…”
- El Reg reports RealBasic is coming to Linux. Initially, Linux will only be a compile target, but it sounds like a native IDE is only a matter of time. Cool.
- The O’Reilly Bioinformatics Conference is now the O’Reilly Life Sciences Informatics Conference, and this years RFC is out.
- Reading the story of how the author of RaiseTheFist (apparently off the air) is getting railroaded into a serious jail term reminds one that this all this electronic noodling around sometimes does have “real world” consquences.
- Tough luck for underage would-be snoggers in the UK: New bill will make teenage kisses illegal.
- Re-evaluating ipecac, for the parents in the audience. One way to look at this: you don’t have to worry about keeping any on hand now. The other way to look at it: stock up now while you still can.
- Flush with their “success” in Iraq, Rumsfeld and the hard-line neo-cons opt to play a little nuclear chicken with Korea:
The plan would give commanders in the region authority to conduct maneuvers—before a war has started—to drain North Korea’s limited resources, strain its military, and perhaps sow enough confusion that North Korean generals might turn against the country’s leader, Kim Jong Il. “Some of the things [Fargo] is being asked to do,” says a senior U.S. official, “are, shall we say, provocative.”