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Friday, February 22, 2021

I’ve alluded before about the fundamental divide in the tech world between software developers and hardware engineers, i.e. code monkeys and wire-grabbers. I’ve always gotten the sense that they operate in pretty much separate worlds.

That assumption is proved out by the discovery by Princeton researchers of a decidedly low-tech way to crack government-grade encryption: Flash-freezing the memory chips so they retain the in-transit unprotected data, then simply stripping the info off them.

Granted, it’s not the easiest maneuver. Remote hackers can’t try this — someone has to physically steal the computer, and then within minutes spray the innards with liquid nitrogen. This is strictly a professional-level corporate espionage move.

Still, that’s probably the most dangerous target to leave unguarded. And it comes back to a fundamental lapse in how advanced computer functions work:

“The software world tends not to think about these issues,” said Matt Blaze, an associate professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania. “We tend to make assumptions about the hardware. When we find out that those assumptions are wrong, we’re in trouble.”

Expecting 100% bulletproof security is unrealistic, but is it too much to ask for a little bit more in the way of coordination?

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/22/2008 07:28 PM
Category: Tech, True Crime
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It’s getting to be contagious: First South Harlem gets re-branded as SoHa, and now — well away from Manhattan, no less — Yonkers is getting into the act by promoting its southwestern area as SoYo.

If you’re going to pimp Yonkers as a desirable place to work/live/play, I guess it makes sense to stick to the part that’s as close as possible to NYC. Basically, the folks they’re looking to attract are the ones who’ll shuttle themselves from their cheaper-rent residences to the Metro North train station leading to the City on a constant basis, thereby spending the minimal amount of time possible in the Yo.

Again, makes sense. As does the concept of identifying Yonkers with the five boroughs, since in a lot of ways it’s practically the sixth borough. I know some Bronx neighborhoods (including Woodlawn, which might just be part of SoYo) straddle the borough-municipal border. Why not strengthen those ties mindshare-wise?

I’m not sure how long SoYo, aka the Southwest Yonkers Planning Association, has been around. They don’t appear to have a web presence, which is not a good sign. Can’t depend on garbage-can wraps and subway placard ads alone to spread the word, especially since, well, we’re still talking about… Yonkers.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/22/2008 06:01 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., New Yorkin'
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