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Tag Archives: Google

Google—Not Being Evil, Not Doing Harm

– In a couple of columns in December 2008, I questioned whether or not Google was being true to its maxim of not being evil. At that time, I confused their motto of “Don’t be evil” with the physicians’ Hippocratic Oath of “Do no harm.” But I also argued that infringement of privacy could…

Google Plus – Disk Space Minus, Spam Double Minus

– Google’s foray into Facebook’s space hit an unfortunate glitch during its “field trial” … the system ran out of disk space and was down for more than an hour and those users, who were affected, received a deluge of emails … see Graham Cluley’s post “Google+ runs out of disk…

A Break in the Cloud

– As the recent reporting demonstrates, an outage in cloud computing does in fact let the sun shine through … through to the realization that the cloud is not totally reliable and resilient. The recent experiences with Amazon and Google serve to illustrate this, although there have been quite…

Privacy? What Privacy?

– It is unusual for the popular (as opposed to technical) press and particularly for The Wall Street Journal to publish a multipart series on the topic of privacy. But the WSJ did it in “What They Know: A Wall Street Journal Investigation” And I think they did a pretty good job. You can find the…

Eureka! Professor Does FST (Functional Security Testing)

– I have been harping on the need to perform what I call “functional security testing,”  or FST, which is my term for testing systems to ensure that they don’t do functionally that which they are not supposed to do. This is as opposed to the more common “nonfunctional security testing,”…