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Don’t Ask For Help!

On March 1st (my birthday, as it happens) Microsoft published a security advisory about yet another vulnerability within their products. This time it concerns Windows 2000, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2003 and Internet Explorer. But their attitude about it is – to my mind – all wrong.

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Some years ago a very stupid and nasty-minded troll (a female computer science student in the UK – taking a master’s degree, as it turned out) was posting garbage into pet-related newsgroups that were frequented by children. Among other things, she advocated pouring hot wax into an animal’s ears in order to “cure” it of ear mites.

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I read an interesting article today about IQ (Intelligence Quotient). It seems that people with a high IQ (>120) are just as capable of making poor judgement calls as those without. So, high IQ !≡ Smart.

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The Dorabella Cipher: Analysis 1

The Dorabella Cipher: Intro presented some basic information on the cipher and my introduction to it. This post will cover the initial analysis that I undertook, so that you essentially follow in my footsteps.

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Plagiarism/Infection Follow-On

Following on from recent posts about plagiarism and the risk of viral infection when you try to investigate possible acts of the same, here’s another episode in the same saga.

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Useful Tools: LeakTest from GRC

This is a very simple and IME effective free tool available from Steve Gibson of Gibson Research (GRC). Steve’s the guy behind SpinRite and he has some very useful resources on his site. Well worth the visit, IMHO.

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Déjà Plagié

OK, I’ll admit it, I was trying to be a smartass and find a way to create a sequence of déjà vu, déjà lu, déjà bu… with a final entry that had something to do with plagiarism and ends in -u. It didn’t work out, obviously, but there’s a cautionary tale to follow anyway.

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