Episode 129 – April 17, 2010

Interview Segment:  Physicians, citizen groups, and many states are lining up to sue the federal government over the new individual health insurance mandate.  But there’s a unique case coming out of Mississippi, where an attorney has filed a suit claiming the new health care reform violates the right to medical privacy.  Our interview with Doug Lee starts about 22 minutes into the show, and it’s about 9 minutes long.

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Our take on this week’s news:

News coming out the the Computer-Human Interaction conference meeting in Atlanta this week, Where researchers announced their findings about possible security problems with advanced wireless medical devices.

Another example of a big company that offers no means to report security flaws on its website. This is something we’ve complained about for years.  How can you help these people if they won’t help you by offering a communication channel?

High marks for entrepreneurship – these two New York City companies facilitate a match-up, via text or tweet,  between people who need a parking space, and people who are vacating a parking space.  Find a need and fill it.  We wish these guys the best, but we sure hope they don’t end up facilitating a rape or robbery in the middle of the night. (I ‘m a bad guy with a parking space at 3 a.m…. come and get it, little girl.)

Congress passes the “Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010”:  Under the bill, it becomes illegal “to cause any caller ID service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller ID information, with the intent to defraud or deceive.”

Security sucks, according to formern national cybersecurity advisor Amit Yoran… everywhere he looks… he sees the same cluelessness,  Why your information security stinks, and what to do about it

Federal Agencies Falling Short On OMB’s Federal Desktop Core Configuration Mandate. No agency has fully implemented all the configuration settings on applicable PCs

Critical Java update:  Oracle issues emergency Java patch to stop zero-day attacks.

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