This was something of a shock on LWN tonight.. 🙂
I’ll have some more of my photos (including more OLPC shots) once they’re uploaded to Flickr.
Nokia and TrollTech (the people who write QT, the widget library that KDE uses, and who are a supporting sponsor of LCA 2008) are working out a purchase agreement (PDF joint letter).
Given that Nokia don’t seem to have a clue about open standards (Theora “proprietary” indeed) this doesn’t sound like a particularly promising deal to me. 🙁
Well today was Day 0 of LCA2008 and I was there as a volunteer helping out with lugging things, putting banners up, folding shirts and working on the registration (( rego, in Australian )) desk.
I’ve also started uploading my photos from this to Flickr and it looks like I’m the first to do that (or at least tag them as such). 🙂
Day 1 registration opens at 8am and I’m going to do my best to be there early (Connex permitting)!
The deed is done, the affirmation is made, photos were taken and I now have a nicely framed piece of paper that says I am an Australian citizen! I was really grateful that an elder from the Wurundjeri people came to offer a welcome to country to all of us new Australians, and I only wish that she had been able to stay to the end so I could thank her personally.
This has been a pretty special Australia Day for me, especially because as well as having my wonderful wife Donna with me we had some great people join us for the ceremony. Our thanks to Edna, Phil & Janette, Brian, Lev & Erika and Julian for taking the time to join us and to Iain for coming to visit us at home afterwards with beer and a copy of “Australian Zen“. 🙂
So Melbourne is investigating an electronic tag based ticketing system for public transport called Myki (presumably meant to be pronounced My Key and not mickey), and in an interesting coincidence Bruce Schneier reports a successful attack against a Dutch ticketing system that’s about to be deployed:
The first reported attack was designed by two students at the University of Amsterdam, Pieter Siekerman and Maurits van der Schee. They analyzed the single-use ticket and showed its vulnerabilities in a report. They also showed how a used single-use card could be given eternal life by resetting it to its original “unused” state.
The second attack is a reverse engineering of the crypto algorithm through a physical attack on the circuitry which will be a jumping off point for further attacks, I guess.
I wonder how long it’ll take for the Melbourne system to be similarly compromised ?
Someone had a sense of humour..
strfry: Function for flash-cooking a string.
Bookmarking this useful information from Russell for future reference. I’ve just installed the RSS Footer plugin as recommended by the post that Russell links to.