Malicious port-scanning from banking sites detected

Websites Conducting Port Scans Why is This Website Port Scanning me? Web sites executing local port scans: Is this coming from a library? Can it be blocked? Bad actors out there are robbing the bank. Customers behind so-called carrier grade NAT may not see this traffic unless they are tricked into opening remote ports by […]

Working cops on the beat without firearms

“If we had access to firearms, we’d be able to handle more of these scenarios on our own,” Village Police Officer Tiger Lee told the station. Nicolai is accused of aiming a rifle at Lee and pulling the trigger, but the weapon didn’t fire. … Officers told the station they don’t carry firearms due to […]

Tenure-track working career math

AbstractA knot is said to be slice if it bounds a smooth properly embedded disk in . We demonstrate that the Conway knot is not slice. This completes the classification of slice knots under 13 crossings and gives the first example of a non-slice knot which is both topologically slice and a positive mutant of […]

The COMPSEC Communist cell

… summer of 2013, and I was visiting Glenn Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro. This was just after Greenwald’s partner was detained in the UK trying to ferry some documents from Laura Poitras in Berlin back to Greenwald. It was an opsec disaster; they would have been much more secure if they’d emailed the encrypted […]

TOEFL as a requirement for immigration

The TOEFL® Family of Assessments There’s too much “family” going on with a proprietary entrance exam as a requirement for immigration and naturalization. And that is “crime family,” not “family” in a good way. I strongly dislike the image of the United States presented to foreigners (immigrants, guests, visitors, and others) by the multitude of […]

The alt-right shadow government

There is a strong “alt-right” contingency to employees of local, state, and federal government in the U.S. One of the officers who was fired over his handling of the 2018 Parkland, Florida, high school shooting will get his badge back. Sgt. Brian Miller will receive full back pay and seniority when he returns to his […]

Is it a bar or isn’t it a bar?

A national association of district attorneys is assailing the actions of a Georgia prosecutor who recused himself from the Ahmaud Arbery case after he told cops the unarmed black jogger’s killing was “justifiable homicide.” New York Post: US district attorneys group slams recused prosecutor in Ahmaud Arbery case Wait a second. This guy is an attorney. He doesn’t […]

Are ‘hate crime’ charges necessary?

Two white men accused of fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery in what his family is calling a modern-day lynching will not face hate crime charges in Georgia, according to state investigators. USA Today: White men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery won’t face Georgia hate crime charges. Here’s why. I am not sure that Georgia’s position is at […]

Does bad art drive out good?

We think this an important question when it comes to art. When art is valuable, and worthwhile to appreciate, it is inevitably worth money. And indeed, we can ask the same question about money. Gresham’s law is a monetary principle stating that “bad money drives out good.” It is primarily used for consideration and application […]