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J.D. Falk
Denver, Colorado
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Scattered around the Internet today (and every May) you'll find various articles heralding the 33rd anniversary of spam, counting the years from Gary Theurk's message. They'll remark that spam has been with us a long time, maybe quote a few anti-spam vendor statistics, and say spam isn't going anywhere. But that's just bad research. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at CAUCE
If the ESP breaches we've been reporting are Godzilla, Gamera, and other residents of Monster Island, then the PlayStation breach is the larger and more powerful MechaGodzilla. If the ESP breaches are planets in the solar system, the PlayStation breach is Jupiter — and the New York Yankees' mistaken exposure of 20,000 ticketholders is poor, downgraded Pluto. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at CAUCE
A couple of weeks ago, I attended part of the ICANN meeting in San Francisco. I've been watching ICANN and been peripherally aware of their issues since the organization began, but this was my first chance to attend a meeting. What I learned is that ICANN is a crazy behemoth of a bureaucracy, steeped in impenetrable acronyms and processes that make it nearly impossible for someone new to get up to speed. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2011 at CAUCE
Spear phishing is the unholy love child of email spam and social engineering. It refers to when a message is specifically crafted, using either public or previously stolen information, to fool the recipient into believing that it's legitimate. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at CAUCE
In the pre-cut salad section at Trader Joe's, I found a one-pound bag of their Southern Greens Blend, consisting of mustard, turnip, collards, and spinach. The recipe on the bag looked okay, but I wanted something more. Here's what I came up with. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2010 at sardinefish
We suspect that the number of dangerous security violations is larger than any of us know is growing. You are advised not to sit "in hope that Saint Nicholas would soon be there". Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at CAUCE
The most effective early email-borne viruses didn't need botnets. They didn't change your computer settings, or steal your login credentials. And they somehow convinced regular users to help them spread. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at CAUCE
Yesterday evening, I made a spicy fish curry which tasted very similar to what we ate in Kerala, on the Southwestern coast of India. However, that similarity was not entirely a success. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at sardinefish
Now that we live in the San Francisco Bay Area and can get fresh sardines, it's time for me to learn how to clean 'em. There's only so much one can learn from photos, videos, or illustrations. I'm going to have to grab a little fishie by the head and start slicing. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at sardinefish
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Posted Oct 13, 2010 at CAUCE
If domain names are for end users -- if, indeed, the internet is for end users -- then why do we need more top-level domain names? Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at CAUCE
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has asked that the cybersecurity bills currently in front of various committees be combined into one single, omnibus bill, which would presumably then be attached to the defense authorizations bill. Here's where we start to get worried. Each of the bills we've seen (and we surely haven't seen them all yet) have some good points, and some...let's just call them unintended consequences. In every case it's obvious that the authors' intentions were good, but they needed some expert advice from people who actually understand the technical and legal realities of the internet today. One such expert shares his review of one of those bills: S. 3742, the "Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2010." Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at CAUCE
I recently stumbled upon a Polish deli a bit outside of Denver, and picked up a can of paprikash, also labeled as "fish salad" — made with sardines and a bit of tomato and spices. Frankly, it wasn't very good straight out of the can. But then I added... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at sardinefish
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May 18, 2010
It wasn't even two full years ago that Facebook was the darling of the ditherati. But with just a few missteps -- which they appear to believe were nothing more than misunderstandings -- everything's changed. Can they ever regain their users' trust? Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2010 at CAUCE
The first step (but certainly not the last) towards saving the internet from spam, malware, and other abuse is to keep your own network clean. A friend of CAUCE offers these tips and resources to help you identify problem traffic emanating from your network, and clean it up. Though primarily written for ISPs, many of the items below should apply equally well to any network owner. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2010 at CAUCE
Originally a way to serve a smaller fish to a larger number of people, gefilte fish is now a staple at most Jewish Passover dinners — and completely forgotten the rest of the year. It's just a bit sweet, contrasting with the strong Asian flavors of sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and wasabi.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2010 at sardinefish
Cannery Row is a clean, touristy restaurant district now (even though Pacific sardines are coming back), and the last sardine cannery in Maine is closing this week. It seems there are no more sardines being canned in the United States, which will disappoint any locavores — not that we have many choices for local fish up here in Denver. So, where do tinned sardines come from? Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2010 at sardinefish
Tomatoes and sardines balance well (or maybe it's that the tomato sauce covers up the taste), and also pair nicely with onion, carrots, peppers, and marjoram. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at sardinefish
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Mar 15, 2010
My friend & colleague Suresh Ramasubramanian sent this recipe, his take on a traditional Kerala fish curry. I look forward to trying this just as soon as I can find some fresh sardines up here in Denver. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2010 at sardinefish
A great way to start introducing sardines to your diet is to mix them with the canned fish you already know and love (or endure.) For example, there's this Three Fish Salad I made for lunch today — and like tuna salad, there are infinite variations. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at sardinefish
...take a stoned wheat cracker, squeeze a line of sriracha sauce on it, then place a sprat (a near cousin of the sardine, canned whole except for the head) on top. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2010 at sardinefish
Yep, that's a concern. I'll read up on it; maybe some brands are lower in sodium than others?
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2010 on Why Sardines? at sardinefish
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This recipe has become one of our staples: it's quick, tasty, easy (once you have the ingredients on hand), and takes well to continued experimentation. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2010 at sardinefish