Monday, May 05, 2014

What I am reading 5/5/2014

First let me point out that tomorrow at 12:34 pm it will be 123456 (1234 5/6) since I will be at work and I rarely post from my phone I will miss it if I don't mention it now.  Now on to the reading:

Ars Technica - Antivirus pioneer Symantec declares AV "dead" and "doomed to failure" -

Commercial antivirus pioneer Symantec has finally admitted publicly what critics have been saying for years: the growing inability of the scanning software to detect the majority of malware attacks makes it "dead" and "doomed to failure," according to a published report.

We use Symantec at work and pay a goodly sum for the licenses, what this guy has just told me is that is a waste of money.  (I don't actually believe that.  I believe in defense in depth so that if one protective vector misses the attack another is there to possibly catch it but anymore that seems to make me incredibly old fashioned.)

Sploid - Guy makes real life version of Jon Snow's sword from Game of Thrones - self explanatory :-)

 Hacker News - Learning to Automatically Solve Algebra Word Problems - made me realize I need to break out the math books and brush up again.  These were pretty simple problems and I had forgotten how to set them up.

Hacker News - How Did Dread Pirate Roberts Acquire and Protect His Bitcoin Wealth? -

In this paper we use the publicly available record to trace the evolution of his holdings in order to nd how he acquired and how he tried to hide them from the authorities. In particular, we trace the amounts he received and the amounts he transferred out of his accounts, and show that all his Silk Road commissions from the months of May, June and September 2013, along with numerous other amounts, were not seized by the FBI. This analysis demonstrates the power of data mining techniques in analyzing large payment systems, and especially publicly available transaction graphs of the type provided by the Bitcoin scheme.
Techspot - U.S. government to study Bitcoin as possible terrorist threat -

The biggest concern associated with Bitcoin is the anonymity built into the virtual currency's architecture. Although transactions are public, the parties involved are kept anonymous. Bitcoins can allow illegal operations with the ease and speed of the Internet, but with the secrecy of a cash deal.
If the Hawala networks in use in the middle east can be thought of as a terrorist threat so can Bitcoin for exactly the same reasons.

Slashdot - Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?  -

Cheap labor, cheap space and the Northern Tier backbone (with stretches over 600 miles across the width of Montana) are all contributing to the new tech growth.
Simple answer - God no.  I grew up in Montana and the state leadership has never had the vision to capitalize on this sort of potential. 

Books -

I finished most of the books on my last list so I am starting a new one:

Hero with a Thousand Faces -

 In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world’s mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

You -

When Russell joins Black Arts games, brainchild of two visionary designers who were once his closest friends, he reunites with an eccentric crew of nerds hacking the frontiers of both technology and entertainment. In part, he's finally given up chasing the conventional path that has always seemed just out of reach. But mostly, he needs to know what happened to Simon, his strangest and most gifted friend, who died under mysterious circumstances soon after Black Arts' breakout hit.
As the company's revolutionary next-gen game is threatened by a software glitch, Russell finds himself in a race to save his job, Black Arts' legacy, and the people he has grown to care about. The deeper Russell digs, the more dangerous the glitch appears--and soon, Russell comes to realize there's much more is at stake than just one software company's bottom line.

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