23 year old Throwies Part 2

I never posted these. Sorry to dredge up old drafts, but I’m not in the mood to write at the moment.

It took a few hours to assemble about 300 throwies. But the pizza (some hard liquor) and cookies (courtesy of Becky) were good and everyone was good to go around 8 or 9.

Did you know you can refuse a subway search?

Dear Flexyorurights.org,
Just to let you know I’ve compiled your pdf on refusing a subway search into a postcard. I just recently ran a print of 100 of them and honestly I’m not sure what to do with them. I’ll get them distributed to my fellow straphangers one way or another. One of the most surprising reaction to the cards was from a friend who objected to them. He asked what propaganda site I got them from that lead me to believe that warrantless searches are a bad thing. He argued that sporadic security was better then no security at all. I argued that it was a false sense of security and that it would catch no real threats while imposing on mostly innocent people. Especially since any “terrorist” would probably be smart enough to easily avoid detection.

I’ve attached the front and the back of the postcards, you may use them if you like. The front photo is from Runnx on flickr and I’ve attributed to him which is all his CC license requires. I think my next card is going to say why you might want to refuse a subway search.

-Francis

PDF download of the front
PDF download of the back.

Video From H2K2

(The video player wont load from the rss feed. So if you’re reading from there, you’ll have to click though to the post. Also I ditched the crappy flv version – never mind this is crappy quality anyway, it’s using some quicktime foolery so it should even be nice on an iphone – unless you’re on edge, in which case your iphone will request the extra crappy version)

The Last Hope

The Last Hope

I just registered for the three day computer security.. well Hacker Conference “HOPE: Hackers of planet Earth”. So far they have a few keynote speakers listed including Adam Savage and of course Kevin Mitnick. Adam Savage is well known as a Mythbuster, maker, and lover of wonderful things. I even saw him at last years Mermaid Parade. I’ve emailed him to find out what he’s doing at The Last Hope, because while I’m sure he’ll find it cool, I don’t know why he’d be a keynote speaker.

Also presenting is a very interesting guy named Barry Wels who when not professionally testing locks for security flaws, (I’d be lying if I said it was about the money for this guy) writes for his blog Black Bag and runs a group called Toool. The saying goes that to get good at lock picking you have to practice over and over and over again. The 3rd O is for that extra “over”. Even more noteworthy, he got his government to hold off on electronic voting because of how obviously easy the machines were to hack. The mayor of Anderdam took notice of his groups efforts and made it illegal to use the flawed machines. Bary is another person I widely admire.

Hope isn’t as large as Def Con the Las Vegas based annual convention. But I couldn’t afford to goto that anyway.

So I’ve got 3 days for my $75 and I’m sure I’ll enjoy the crap out of it. I probably wont spend all three days there, but until they release a schedule I’ll have to just assume everything will be interesting and plan for that. I’m going to bring a mostly empty laptop and my camera, and maybe a bag of tricks.

While I’m sure I’ll meet people there, is anyone interested in going with me? We’ve got a home field advantage, most of the people there are staying 7 to a room at the cheapest hotel they can find. We’ll be well rested, well fed and not scared of New York.

At least not anymore then we should be.

Update!
Adam Savage wrote back to me. He’ll be speaking about

Obsession. The nature of. Subset mine.

Go figure.

-Francis