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links for 2010-09-23

  • Stuxnet is the craziest malware since Conficker, and if you believe the hype, it's way crazier. Four hitherto unseen Windows zero-days and it targets PLCs! Some researchers are suggesting it was built by a nation-state level entity to target Iran's nuclear power plants, but Schneier in unconvinced.
    (tags: [security](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/security) [bbc](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/bbc) [iran](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/iran) [stuxnet](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/stuxnet) [virus](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/virus) [article](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/article) [crazy](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/crazy) [microsoft](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/microsoft) [windows](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/windows))
  • A discussion from Cory Doctorow about how a lack of statistical literacy and password fundamentals leads to inconvenient and insecure practices. (Also: maybe I'm dense, but this didn't seem like satire. Isn't it weird to call your piece "A modest proposal" and then not be over-the-top satirical?)
    (tags: [corydoctorow](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/corydoctorow) [guardian](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/guardian) [security](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/security) [banking](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/banking) [passwords](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/passwords) [statistics](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/statistics))
  • A somewhat conspicuous but still rather small wearable camcorder/bluetooth headset that can buffer up to five hours of running footage and store four. Next step towards Snowcrash "Gargoyles."
    (tags: [camera](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/camera) [technology](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/technology) [wearable](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/wearable) [video](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/video) [gadget](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/gadget) [privacy](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/privacy))
  • This scary technology takes advantage of the eight or so different places cookies might be stored, and leaves a copy in each spot. If any, but not all, of the cookies get erased, the remaining ones will replace the deleted ones.
    (tags: [privacy](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/privacy) [programming](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/programming) [web](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/web) [cookies](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/cookies) [html](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/html) [javascript](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/javascript) [security](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/security))
  • A profile of Dr. Luke, one of the masterminds behind a surprising number of smash hits in the past few years: "Tik Tok," "California Gurls," "I Kissed A Girl," "Right Round," etc etc. The description of his "curatorial" role is particularly interesting.
    (tags: [article](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/article) [newyork](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/newyork) [magazine](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/magazine) [music](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/music) [pop](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/pop) [drluke](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/drluke) [songwriting](http://delicious.com/parkerhiggins/songwriting))