Registering Again … (Sigh)

The bane of social networking sites is the need to register one more username, one more password, and once more to fill in some sharable details.  That is sooooo 2008.   I am registering with a conference so I can select interesting presentations, and reminded once again how much I hate registering for sites. Continue reading

ACM Workshop Program Finalized

The First International Workshop on ACM has move through the process of selecting the papers to be presented, and the 2012 program has been published.  We are happy to announce that there were enough high quality papers to make it a full-day workshop.  Below, I have duplicated the program, along with some comments about each of the paper topics. Continue reading

The Anti-SSL Conspiracy

This post is about secure internet protocols, and mainly about a bizarre phenomenon that prevents us from using SSL security in many situations where it would be useful. What is bizarre is that I don’t think anyone intends it, but there seems to be a natural reaction that leads to less secure systems.  While some might attribute this cynically to element who want to make money, I don’t think that is the real driver in this case.  Instead, it seems to be natural tendency toward the “security purist” who would rather be completely open and unprotected than to be partially safe. Continue reading