Larry Dignan

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Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

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Register: Fliers stripped of hi-tech, remote detonation a possibility in terror plot

According to The Register's reporting on this morning's foiled terror plot, passengers looking to fly out of UK airports this morning were not only asked to stow all of their carry-on luggage, they were asked to put any electronics in that luggage.  The crackdown on wireless technology apparently included "wireless keys" (often used for cars, but sometimes for other things too) fueling speculation that authorities were concerned about remote detonation.

August 9, 2006 by David Berlind


Did Barclays err in going with card readers for two-factor security?

Here on Between the Lines, I've routinely hounded the US banking industry for not biting the bullet and moving all of its customers (regardless of whether the customers like it or not) to a multi-factor (two or more) system for authenticating users for online banking.  For some banks in Europe, it's standard operating procedure.

August 9, 2006 by David Berlind


Could meta-search engine usage shield your privacy from an AOL-like flub? Perhaps

In response to my post from earlier today about whether AOL's unfortunate release of identity-revealing search date could spark a response from the plaintiffs' bar, Raul Valdes-Perez, CEO of enterprise search solution provider Vivisimo, wrote to me with the following e-mail (edit): I read with keen interest your cited ZDNet article....The lamentable release of AOL user search data, the recent wrangling between several search engines and the U.

August 9, 2006 by David Berlind


Doing the security dance

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (NIAIST--apparently all the good acronyms really have been taken) has developed a carpet whose grid of electrodes tracks your footfalls. The magic comes from the analysis algorithm: It can determine your age (between 20 and 60) and gender (with about 75 percent accuracy) based entirely on your gait.

August 9, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


Open source vs. traditional enterprise software, part II

Matt Assay responded to the Enterprise Irregulars postings, which I summarized here, on the question of whether open source will crush, extinquish, vanquish traditional, proprietary enterprise software. Matt is vice president of business development for Alfresco (open source content management) and founder and program director for the Open Source Business Conference.

August 8, 2006 by Dan Farber


Unplugged: VMware's Diane Greene

In this special edition of the Dan and David Show we interview to VMware President Diane Greene. VMware just announced a future product designed to enable Mac OS X users to run multiple PC operating systems simultaneously without rebooting.

August 8, 2006 by Dan Farber