Teach yer moms or pops


This is a sweet little game that teaches people how to recognize “phishing” scams.

Online Game Helps People Recognize Internet Scams
Carnegie Mellon News (09/24/07) Spice, Byron; Watzman, Anne

Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists have developed Anti-Phishing Phil, an online fishing game that teaches people how to recognize and avoid email “phishing” attempts and other Internet scams. During testing at the Carnegie Mellon Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) Laboratory, people who spent 15 minutes playing the game were better able to spot fraudulent Web sites than people who spent 15 minutes reading anti-phishing tutorials and educational material.

The lab is now testing the game on the general public through its Web site. Participants are asked to take a short quiz, play the game, and then take another quiz. “We believe education is essential if people are to avoid being ripped off by these phishing attacks and similar online scams,” says CUPS Lab director and associate research professor in the School of Computer Science’s Institute for Software Research Lorrie Cranor.

“Unlike viruses or spyware, phishing attacks don’t exploit weaknesses in a computer’s hardware or software, but take advantage of the way people use their computers and their often limited knowledge of the way computers work.” The game managed to improve users’ accuracy in spotting dangerous Web sites from 69 percent to 87 percent. “We designed the game to teach people how to use Web addresses, or URLs, to identify phishing Web sites,” says Ph.D. student and lead developer of Anti-Phishing Phil Steve Sheng.

Bring on Al Gore, Dammit

Election ’08: Seeking a ‘Tech President’
Business Week (09/19/07) Ricadela, Aaron

Presidential candidates are courting the tech sector, partly because Silicon Valley has become a key fundraising source. “We want to make sure the next President is a ‘tech President’–that they understand how innovation happens and have some concrete ideas about how to keep the tech economy growing,” says Google’s Adam Kovacevich.

Among the promises candidates are making to the tech industry to capture funding and support is a boost in the federal research and development budget, greater importation of highly educated foreign workers into the United States, and improvements to U.S. math and science education. Major tech companies have a big stake in an increase in federal R&D funding, as they stand to gain tremendously from new markets engendered by technology breakthroughs.

President Bush allocated $22 billion to the National Science Foundation, $17 billion to the Energy Department’s Office of Science, and $2.7 billion to the National Institute of Standards & Technology from 2008 to 2010 with his signing of the America Competes Act, but congressional appropriation of the funding has yet to occur, so tech companies are proceeding with caution.

A curtailing of allegedly trivial, innovation-choking litigation by patent holders through patent reform is also desirable by the tech sector. Tech companies also want more foreign workers allowed in the country to fill a void in the tech workforce.

Meanwhile, Democrats highly favor proposals to improve the state of math, science, engineering, and computer science education in grades K through 12; Democrats Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Barack Obama want broader changes than simple funding increases, with Clinton pledging to vastly raise the size and number of NSF fellowships, and make diversity a required criterion for federal education and research grants to encourage women and minorities to pursue math, science, and engineering-related fields.


From last Friday’s wservernews.com newsletter via my friend Mark:

The ‘Quote of the Day’ is a very long one, but this one is quite amazing in hindsight, seen that James Madison, Fourth President of the U.S.A, wrote this during his lifetime: 1751-1836. The more things change, more they stay the same.

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad.” — James Madison


Who cares whether or not they work; these time-honored favorites are more fun than sleep and water.

1. The Prairie Oyster (olive oil, 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup, 1 egg yolk, salt and pepper, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar or lemon juice)
2. Cold pizza (the poor man?s sirloin)
3. IV fluids (it helps to date an MD or paramedic)
4. Vitamins B and C in massive doses
5. Hair of the dog that bit you (e. g. , a Bloody Mary?the homeopathic approach)

Unconscious Mutterings

I say … and you think … ?
Try it before you scroll down.

1. Singles ::
2. Blaze ::
3. Sandwich ::
4. Outside ::
5. Gooey ::
6. Industry ::
7. Exclusive ::
8. Warranty ::
9. Magical ::
10. Heels ::




My version:
I say … and you think … ?

1. Singles :: Bar
2. Blaze :: of Glory
3. Sandwich :: Depp [yeah, that way]
4. Outside :: Inside
5. Gooey :: Ice Cream
6. Industry :: standard
7. Exclusive :: Mutual
8. Warranty :: VOID
9. Magical :: Mystery Tour
10. Heels :: CFM Pumps

Cool Tool

I found my new favorite helper application today.  Jott.

You call a number, tell it your 30 second message, and it translates and emails the message to you or whomever you have designated in the contacts.  Is this ever so much better than recording a note and having to transcribe it later?? Yes it is!

Take all the stuff from your leaky unreliable brain and put it in a reliable central storage vault like Gmail or whatever safe and searchable email inbox you have.

It’s Free!  It’s Easy!  It Works!  It’s very cool!  I tried it handsfree in my car today and it transcribed my message and sent it to Gmail.  Perfectly.

If the glove fits …

                        September 21, 2007


As you *might* have heard, former football star
O.J. Simpson is in hot water again, this time in
connection with an alleged armed robbery at a
hotel room in Las Vegas. Simpson “stole” some of
his own memorabilia from a man who was selling it.

The Top 20 OJ Simpson Defense Rhymes

20> It was only a heist —
nobody got sliced.

19> If they stole my shit,
you must acquit!

18> I never do nothin’ but I always get blamed.
My mug shot ain’t the only thing that’s been framed.

17> Yo, *my* name’s on the brass,
So “theft”? Kiss my ass!

16> C’mon, those items all were mine!
Since when did repo become a crime?

15> If the memorabilia belongs to the Juice,
then do the right thing and let me go loose!

14> You can’t convict me of a crime
just because you think I’m slime.

13> You acquitted me of homicide,
so I didn’t realize laws applied.

12> That set up was cold, man.
I blame old man Goldman!

11> Haters are listing my shit too low,
according to “Killer Souvenir Roadshow!”

10> Don’t put me to death —
I was whacked out on meth!

9> If I truly *meant* to be hurtin’,
their jugulars would’ve been spurtin’.

8> I had to get my stuff back, honey.
The Browns and Goldmans got all my money!

7> I would admit it,
“If I Did It.”

6> I hope each of you jurists believes
I was looking for the *real* thieves.

5> You shouldn’t have nabbed me —
that makes me get stabby.

4> I was just looking for the key
to my rental car, a Hertz Grand Prix.

3> It was just a dry run
for the new “Naked Gun.”

2> I screamed, “It’s my memorabilia!
Give it back or I’ll kill y– er… file a complaint
with the concierge.”

and Topfive.com’s Number 1 OJ Simpson Defense Rhyme…

1> The charges are quite simply outrageous!
Besides, you know, “What happens in Vegas…

[ Copyright 2007 by Chris White/TopFive.com ]

Like how I post the copyright, yet go ahead and copy it?  It’s because this is an ad.  Yes, really, I’m giving Chris free ad space on my highly-ranked-by-Google blog.  If he prosecutes, he’s a wiener instead of the heartthrob I imagine him to be.