DOJ Indicts Russian Oxymoron

Is it still fair to joke about “military intelligence” being self-contradictory?


[They] engaged in a series of cyberattacks against anti-doping agencies and officials, sporting federations and more than 250 athletes in retaliation for the exposure of Russia’s state-backed doping program.

Source: Justice Dept. indicts 7 Russian intelligence officers in international hacking scheme – CNNPolitics

Vint Cerf on Spam

Earlier today, in a thread titled “More Information Regarding the ISOC Anti-spam Project” Vint Cert posted this to the ISOC mailing list. I thought it worth sharing.

Stopping spam at the source is hard. Filtering fake source IP addresses may stop some spambot generation but I think the only proven tactic is filtering. For someone on a slow access line, the filtering has to be done upstream of the access line, not in the endpoint. email services like gmail do a good job of filtering spam. Anyone who wants to provide a filtering service has to put the hosts for email at a point in the network where the communication capacity exceeds the level required to receive and filter the spam. Cloud-based email typically has that kind of capacity. The developing world needs to, variously:

  1. increase capacity
  2. site its applications in cloud hosts that have capacity
  3. make use of third party email that has adequate filtering capacity


A Novel Approach to High Frequency Trading


HFT has proven to be singularly destructive. Despite the claims of it defenders, it does not increase market liquidity; it merely increases trading volumes without improving ease of execution. 60% of US stock market trading volume comes from HFT. HFT has undermined how markets operate. Institutional investors have diverted some of their trades to “dark pools” to escape the pred Retail traders have become increasingly distrustful of equity markets, thanks to HFT-related debacles like the flash crash and Kraft’s first trading day at NASDAQ, when its initial trades had to be cancelled.

via It’s Time for a Tax to Kill High Frequency Trading « naked capitalism.