Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Are Everybody's Hands Broken?

A process at work has been failing for an hour and a half. I can't fix it because I'm on the air and can't get to work machines.

But I guess everybody else getting being paged had a freak accident this morning.

Update: Some people have said that they didn't know what to do, and that there is no documentation. Well, sending an email saying that or calling me is doing something.

Tuesday 8:00 Buzz - 1/30/2007

This continues my effort to chronicle the guests and topics covered on the Stan Woodard's Tuesday 8:00 Buzz on WORT-FM

Today's Show

First Guest: Reg Weaver President of the National Education Association discussing Afirmative Action, Dropout Rates and other problems affecting Public Schools.

Second Guest: Lew Prince Co-owner of Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis, MO and a member of Let Justice Roll, a coalition of businesses who believe that we need to increase the minimum wage.

Third Guest: Jeff Chester Executive Directory of the Center for Digital Democracy and Author of Digital Destiny: New Media and the Future of Democracy (Non-Fiction), a New Press Book . To join the fight for internet freedom at savetheinternet.com.


Wireless Message

test pager blog! woohooo!

I'm sure this looks great!

- miner's pager

Sunday, January 28, 2007

A Rude Christian

I'd forgotten about this one... Last November, a rude Christian called me at work. (A wrong number, of course.)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Tuesday 8:00 Buzz - 1/23/2007

This continues my effort to chronicle the guests and topics covered on the Stan Woodard's Tuesday 8:00 Buzz on WORT-FM

Today's Show

First Guest: Harriet Washington DePaul University Visiting Professor at College of Law Health Law Institute and Author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (Non-Fiction). Visit the website for more information and to check on Clinical Trials.

Second Guest: Norm Stockwell WORT Operations Coordinator working with the World Association of Community Broadcasters, reporting from the World Social Forum. Their Audio is available online as are newspaper articles.

Third Guest: Jacqueline Tobin Professor at Denver University and Author of From Midnight to Dawn - The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad (Non-Fiction). Email with comments to wmstories@aol.com.


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Tuesday 8:00 Buzz - 1/9/2007

This continues my effort to chronicle the guests and topics covered on the Stan Woodard's Tuesday 8:00 Buzz on WORT-FM

Today's Show

First Guest: Elizabeth Laird Author of A Little Piece of Ground (Non-Fiction).

Second Guest: Michael McColly Author of The After-Death Room: Journey in Spiritual Activism a personal memoir of the AIDS pandemic (Non-Fiction).

  • Monday January 15th, 6 PM - Overture Center - Capitol Theatre - 22nd Annual City-County MLK Observance.
  • Monday January 15th, Noon - State Capitol, Madison WI - Annual State MLK Observance.
  • Martin Luther King Community Choir - Performing Monday, January 15th at the City-County MLK Observance Rehersals at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Tuesday 1/9 7:00 PM and Saturday 1/12 at 11:00 AM.
  • Friday January 12th, 4:30 PM - Gordon Commons - 20th Annual Free Community Dinner at UW-Madison Gordon Commons, 717 W. Johnson St.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Schneier on Security: RFID Personal Firewall

(Clearly I'm behind on my reading.......)

Man, how did I not think of this! Brilliant!

Schneier on Security: RFID Personal Firewall

Absolutely fascinating paper: "A Platform for RFID Security and Privacy Administration." The basic idea is that you carry a personalized device that jams the signals from all the RFID tags on your person until you authorize otherwise.


This paper presents the design, implementation, and evaluation of the RFID Guardian, the first-ever unified platform for RFID security and privacy administration. The RFID Guardian resembles an “RFID firewall”, enabling individuals to monitor and control access to their RFID tags by combining a standard-issue RFID reader with unique RFID tag emulation capabilities. Our system provides a platform for coordinated usage of RFID security mechanisms, offering fine-grained control over RFID-based auditing, key management, access control, and authentication capabilities. We have prototyped the RFID Guardian using off-the-shelf components, and our experience has shown that active mobile devices are a valuable tool for managing the security of RFID tags in a variety of applications, including protecting low-cost tags that are unable to regulate their own usage.

As Cory Doctorow points out, this is potentially a way to reap the benefits of RFID without paying the cost:

Up until now, the standard answer to privacy concerns with RFIDs is to just kill them -- put your new US Passport in a microwave for a few minutes to nuke the chip. But with an RFID firewall, it might be possible to reap the benefits of RFID without the cost.

General info here. They've even built a prototype.

(RFID Personal Firewall via Schneier on Security.)