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Since the bombings of last year’s Boston Marathon, the city has been planning to ramp up security. Planning has been going on all through this winter, and will be up and running (ha-ha) in this year’s event. With just about a month to go, preparations are still under way, and with 9,000 more runners than last year, there will be definite hurdles to overcome for anyone involved in event security. The Boston Marathon next month will have a number of enhanced safety measures after last year’s deadly bombing, including thousands of uniformed and plainclothes officers and bomb-sniffing dogs. NYTimes: At […]

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…for a bigger and better SB! We’re in the process of building a new and better design for this site, and there’s a few reasons for that. – The framework we’re on is outdated, and it’s slow. – We want the site to load faster and better for everyone who’s interested in our stuff – About half our visitors (hell, about half of anyone’s visitors) use mobile devices, and to be honest, we look like turds on mobile devices right now. So. Better, faster, happier, more productive. Well. The first three, anyway. There will be some downtime and some weird […]

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We usually rag on Bruce Schneier and his self-imposed title of “security” guru. The man is about as well versed in actual physical security as we are in space travel. However, there is one thing he knows, and that’s cryptography, a branch of mathematics that most peope with a computer is at least passing familiar with. Here’s one of the few things we endorse that comes from BS: “Schneier’s Scheme”, a way of choosing passwords for everything. These babies are really, really hard to crack, and we can’t recommend this enough, really, for anyone interested in security. The Problem Generally […]

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Thumbnail image for Armed “School Protection Officers” – Pitfalls and Kneejerks

School shootings will hardly disappear from the agenda any time soon, and that’s a good thing. The phenomenon is especially prevalent in the US, where the history of armed attacks on and in schools stretches back to 1764, when 4 native Americans entered a school house near Greencastle, killing the school master and 9 or 10 students. In the 2000’s, the number of schools in the US have been right around 137,000 and the number of school shootings has not gone down. Most notable, perhaps, are the shootings at Bath, MI (45 killed), the Virginia Tech massacre (33 killed), Sandy […]

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Thumbnail image for Oscar Pistorius shoots, kills girlfriend – supporters call to rally around him

So. “Blade runner” has managed to run into some trouble, since he managed to actually murder his own girlfriend with a 9mm handgun he kept in his apartment. According to the BBC (and others), the athlete may have thought that the girlfriend was a burglar, and simply pulled the trigger first, without asking any questions. Which is generally thought to be a bad idea. BBC: South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been arrested over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria, local media say. Police said a 26-year-old man, who they have not named, was […]

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