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August 28, 2008
Time For Right to Record in Public Legislation

I just keep seeing things like this and they anger me more. As a subordinate right to the right to free speech comes the right to record by any means now known or hereafter devised in public. Each one of these officers should have their badges stripped and have to fight with the City of Denver to get immunity after a Federal 1983 lawsuit.

More from the Instapundit.

Updated to add the Hotel's side of the story.

Posted by hoffmang at 10:48 AM

August 25, 2008
Bay Area Fastrak Vulnerable to Cloning

Why does it not surprise me that the RFID system in Fastrak is vulnerable to cloning. This article doesn't do a very good job of explaining the problem. A person can walk around a parking lot or drive down the road and war drive for other people's Fastrak ID. There is even a mode to do this silently which is how Caltrans comes up with the driving times data. Once you have those IDs, it turns out that the memory in the actual Fastrak device is read/write which allows a minorly sophisticated techie/hacker to put other people's ID on his device. Granted that to succeed at the fraud you have to block or not care about the photo of your plate (rental car, etc.) but it's still incredibly easy to impersonate someone else. This lack of positive ID should become very interesting to the legal profession.

Posted by hoffmang at 10:21 AM

August 18, 2008
MMO Fraud (and growth economics)

My interview with Gamasutra on the challenges of fraud in MMO environments has somewhat gone viral.

I only got to touch on it, but the most interesting thing about this topic is the underlying economies. Though I hope to get a chance to address Romer's points more thoroughly about what economic growth really is, this podcast from Econtalk is a pretty good primer.

Posted by hoffmang at 01:53 PM

August 05, 2008
Project Exile

One of the most interesting effects I expect to see over time from the Heller decision is a change in how politicians have to respond to crime. Classically, more liberal politicians faced crime by calling for gun control. Now that that comes off the table, it will force the conversation to be much more about criminals and actual causes of crime. This article on project exile from the WSJ may be a start of that dawning realization.

Posted by hoffmang at 10:37 AM

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