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Dead men walking
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:40 am EDT, Aug 25, 2009

Its not everyday you get to see a dead man walking, let alone two.

Of course, I much perfer this type of Dead Man Walking

Foreign Policy: The Land of No Smiles
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:03 am EDT, Aug 24, 2009

Renowned documentary photographer Tomas van Houtryve entered North Korea by posing as a businessman looking to open a chocolate factory. Despite 24-hour surveillance by North Korean minders, he took arresting photographs of Pyongyang and its people—images rarely captured and even more rarely distributed in the West. They show stark glimmers of everyday life in the world’s last gulag.

The land where its illegal to smile at a camera.

Foreign Policy: The Land of No Smiles

Annoyance of the Month: SwitchProxy
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:19 am EDT, Aug 24, 2009

SwitchProxy still does not work with Firefox 3.5. This is getting unbearable. Anyone else have a Firefox Add-on that they use to manage proxies? I don't need anything that scrapes "anonymous proxy" (aka hacked boxes that sniff traffic) lists. I just need a simple "use the proxy" switcher where I can quickly change proxies from browser toolbar without an dialog boxes.

Any ideas?

Cross Domain Demo Parent Page
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:10 am EDT, Aug 24, 2009

On way of doing cross domain communication is to have a parent page in 1 domain and an embedded iframe pointing to another domain. The 2 domains can both access the fragment of the URL that specifies the location of the iframe. Thus you can use iframe fragment identifiers for cross domain communication. Typically this is done by both sides polling the URL of the iframe using setTimeout() and looking for messages. This adds a lot of latency and introduces race conditions where messages can get clobbered.

I looked into using this for Jikto to communicate with its UI. However Jikto only required a very primitive "UI to scanner" interface (namely, "start"" and "stop") while it had a widely used "scanner to UI" interface to bubble out URLs that had been scanned, vulnerabilities that it had found, debugging information, and status/progress messages. Instead I used JavaScript's native Image object to make throwaway, blind GETs to send the data to a web backend that the UI pulled from. If the improved method below had been available I would have used it and bypassed the server-side data store requirement completely.

The linked demo page shows a very cool improvement to the iframe fragment communications channel method. Instead of polling it uses onresize to interrupt the opposite side and ensure the message is acted on immediately.

More here at Ajaxian

Cross Domain Demo Parent Page

Suspect in model's murder found dead in Canada -
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:36 pm EDT, Aug 23, 2009

Fiore's body was found Saturday in a Dumpster behind an apartment complex in Buena Park, just outside Anaheim, California. Her teeth had been extracted and fingers removed in what police said was an apparent attempt to conceal her identity.

Law enforcement sources told CNN Fiore was identified through the serial numbers on her breast implants.

About a month ago, Lord Tivo (PBUH) willed me to start watching Bones. It's not as good as Law and Order (understandable really, you ain't gonna beat a show with Jack McCoy) but it's a solid show. This news story sounds like a typical episode.

Suspect in model's murder found dead in Canada -

Twitter / Dave: bool countrySong = (wife = ...
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:10 am EDT, Aug 21, 2009

bool countrySong = (wife == null && dog == null && pickupTruck == null);

Twitter / Dave: bool countrySong = (wife = ...

Carsonified » 10 Vital Lessons for Web Start-Ups
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:52 pm EDT, Aug 20, 2009

This summer we launched Perch as a side project from our web development agency, Perch is a really little content management system aimed at web designers who want to enable their clients to update their own site content. As this is our first product (we normally work on website projects for design agencies), there were quite a lot of new things for us to learn.

In this post I’ll cover some of the things we’ve learned along the way. Whilst the same lessons won’t apply completely to every situation, they’ll be interesting to anyone thinking about launching a web app.

These rules really apply to any startup.

Carsonified » 10 Vital Lessons for Web Start-Ups

Topic: Miscellaneous 1:43 pm EDT, Aug 20, 2009

Anyone else feel dirty saying "Idempotence"?

Emails from work
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:35 pm EDT, Aug 20, 2009

From: Hoffman, Billy
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 10:26 AM
To: Sima, Caleb
Subject: RE: Real world flash


-----Original Message-----
From: Sima, Caleb
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 1:26 PM
To: Hoffman, Billy
Subject: RE: Real world flash


-----Original Message-----
From: Hoffman, Billy
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 10:19 AM
To: QM Security-Labs; Salazar, Oscar
Subject: Real world flash test

Billy Hoffman
Manager, Web Security Research Group
HP Software
Direct: 770-343-7069

Update: You get a lot of crap when you use a magical fairy wonderland as a test case. What the bug is in what? Just Fix it already!

Topic: Miscellaneous 4:48 pm EDT, Aug 19, 2009

Its 2009. If your company advertises their security product as doing "CGI auditing" no one is going to take your Layer 7 offering seriously...

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