Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

It seems that Iraq may have spent as much as $300 million for faulty military gear – outdated, and perhaps even faulty! While I’m all for independence and everything – you just have to wonder. With all the deaths, all the problems, they can still waste (or possibly steal) $300 million. That’s a lot of cabbage.

Insecure Monkeys are Bad

Allegedly, the most excellent Greasemonkey extension is insecure, allowing folks to read files from your local hard drive. I tried Mark’s leakage demo, only to find, well, nothing. I didn’t get diddly. This may mean that it only works with particular versions (I’m using 0.3.3), it may mean that the code is no longer “active”, so that it doesn’t work, or it might mean that in some cases it’s not actually a problem. I don’t know the answer – but you should be aware, nonetheless.

After thinking about this momentarily, I came to the realization of why it wasn’t happening for me. I have only two scripts installed at this point – Gmap Extras and UPS Track. Both of these scripts are set to work for only particular sites. Because of this, when I try Mark’s page, Greasemonkey doesn’t run – it doesn’t think it needs to, since that’s not one of the sites listed in the configuration. Adding it, or worse, adding “*”, allows it to work just fine.

While I can’t say that this makes Greasemonkey secure, it does make me feel a bit better. Of course, the sites that are listed may not be malicious now, they could become so with the current owners, or they could be taken over by someone who is. Still, it makes me feel a bit better that I’m open only to two sites – not to every site on the planet. And some of the more useful scripts, I’m sure, are open to every site you visit. It would appear that those are indeed dangerous.

Finally, it may be that I am vulnerable and it is simply that this site doesn’t exploit that sort of vulerability. So if you’re concerned about such vulnerabilities, you may indeed want to make the monkey frown, or perhaps banish him altogether. But it would appear that being completely vulnerable to every site in the world could be a bit of an exaggeration.

Too Many Firefox Tabs

As I was doing my fiddling today, I think I overloaded Firefox. It had 48 tabs on-screen, and there were others that I couldn’t see. Using CTRL-TAB to switch between them became impossible. Even viewing them (while selected) didn’t work – tabs at the end of the list weren’t on-screen, so you couldn’t see which tab was the current one! Thankfully CTRL-W works well to close a tab. Still, I’m down to a more mundane 12 now (really), and I have to manually select tabs. It’s like the whole index is just wacked. I’ll restart it in a bit.

Moving SBS Between Domains

Today I was finishing up with the task of installing a server at a customer. This SBS 2003 server had previously been a domain controller (in fact, the first domain controller) in a domain. Now, it’s a domain controller in a completely different domain.

First, I had to demote it. That wasn’t difficult. Next, I had to join it to the new domain. Again, not difficult. But then things just started to go a bit wacky. I’ve now done most of the reloading of the server, which in itself isn’t a big deal, but it was all done remotely, which made it a bit more challenging.

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How to Handle Terrorism

So it seems that the British populace is returning to business as usual, refusing to be cowed by the terrorist actions on subway and bus lines. They are back to riding buses, back to the tube. Meanwhile, we Americans are continuing to be cowed, blockading this and allegedly securing that, in a futile attempt to make ourselves feel more secure, rather than simply showing the world our contempt for such actions and continuing with our way of life.

What a remarkable turnaround. The descendants of the colonists, formerly so proud of our independence from Britain, our superiority over the world, now are simply put to shame by the citizens of our former motherland. Sure, it took 200-odd years. But it is upon us. America has decided to look to the government for their protection, rather than simply holding our head high and seizing it ourselves. It’s a sad day – and not only because of the transportation tragedy in London.

Terrorism Around Us

With this morning’s announcement of explosions in the London subway system, you have to wonder about terrorism around us. I’ve long held that it’s not about the act itself – just look at the word. It starts, for good reason, with terror.

I’ve also believed, for about the four years that have elapsed since the September 11th attacks, that the next ones won’t come by plane – and they may not even come in the US. That’s simple strategy. With everyone focused so much on airport security (whether or not it is effective), why waste the effort? Just look elsewhere.

It’s even more interesting, and perhaps quite sad, that the attention paid to the attacks is relative not so much to the devastation, but to the (perceived) prominence in the world scene. The World Trade Center attack was hugely devastating, but it was also the US – so naturally all those US-based media teams covered it relentlessly. I suspect we’ll see something similar, though on a smaller scale, for London.

But look at last year’s attack in Madrid. While it received plenty of attention, it seemed to last for a day or so and quickly faded into the background of everyone’s mind. That’s sad. It’s a worldwide problem we have, and we all need to be aware of each other – we aren’t in this just for ourselves, but need to keep an eye out for everyone around us.

Meanwhile, if I were the leader of a terrorist cell, I’d be laughing mightily today as not only London scrambles, but the rest of the world – and specifically the US – rushes all their people to the train station. Perfect time for an attack at the airport, don’t you think?