Archive for June, 2007

Perhaps Not The Greatest Movie Ever

But great fun to make… While in high-school some me and friends got the idea to make a splatter movie, with all the requisites: Blood, axes, blue shirts, no story what so ever, and a cheap production. Well, the last part was more out of necessity than ideals. It took a full day to shoot it (everything takes a lot of time!) and even longer to cut it. The results are. Strange, at best, but at least we had a lot of fun doing it. I serendipitously found the movie on my hard disk and thought that it could be fun to put out on YouTube, perhaps as a warning :-)

June 29, 2007 at 17:45 2 comments

Why Computer Forensics is a Bad Idea

In CIO there is a really good article on why Computer Foreniscs is, as we say in the security business, hard. And by that we mean really, really hard.

The general problem here is that people assume that foreniscs is a good science with results that can not be (easily) manipulated, because we see the “science” of it in shows like CSI. And, from what I understand, traditional forensics is quite hard to manipulate. It is not possible for an amateur to fake blood splatter, to change traces of DNA, or even to easily manipulate footprints etc. The trouble is that with computer forensics we are dealing in a digital world where changes can be made, easily and without that much prior knowledge.

In fact, there is a wast selection of ready made tools available for the user with even the most basic googling skills and an interrest in the subject. The makers of forensic tools are running a constant battle with the anti-forensic tools, and there will never be a winner. In fact, the race itself makes everyone a loser. Because it is so easy to manipulate computer forensic data, it is arguable that it can be used in a court of law at all. Would we use DNA samples as evidence, if anyone could easily manipulate DNA data? No, we would not. Yes, there is a lot of users who does not have the knowledge to run these tools on their computers; but the problem is that other users might. The most obvious defense would of course be to argue that someone else has used the computer to do nefarious acts. And as a defense it is quite a good one. A good attacker would not leave any traces at all, so how can you disprove that argument?

Basically, we are stuck. Computer forensics are probably useful in certain cases, but the tendency to base investigations on their results, or even to confuse the validity of it with traditional forensics, is dangerous. In fact, we must probably face the fact that computer evidence really only have a very narrow usage, and must be combined with a lot of traditional police work if we are going to have any kind of legal protection as individuals.

June 28, 2007 at 14:59 Leave a comment

One Of The Funniest Star Wars Parodies Ever

I love this clip from Robot Chickens Star Wars Special.

June 26, 2007 at 08:54 Leave a comment

Movie Review: Oceans 13

“So… We’ll put a bunch of really famous guys (yeah, this is a guy-movie, the female lead is nowhere NEAR as famous as the male leads) and another bunch of kind-of-famous actors. And we’ll let them wear a bunch of designer clothes, cool gizmos and set it all in Las Vegas. And the rest will solve itself.”

“Don’t you need a script, Mr Rich & Crazy Producer, sorry, Mr Weintraub?”

“Quiet, you! The rest will solve itself!!!”

“Still, Sir, won’t the public demand an understandable story, some action, some romance, some comedy or even some excitement?”

“They didn’t demand any of those things in the previous movies, did they? As the normal audience is to dumb to understand even the most basic movie, it’s no use even to try to write a logic and understandable story”.

“But… what about the reviewers? Won’t they spot this obvious lame attempt at just earning money from celebrities?”

“No, and even if they do, we’ll make it blatantly obvious that we would like to bribe them, in fact, let’s make the suffering and later rich rewards of the reviewer an entire story arc!”

“You are brilliant, Sir!”

“Let’s get high and drive while intoxicated to celebrate my brilliance, the Hollywood way!”

Now, to be honest, I MIGHT have made up the conversation above. At least the last quite about brilliance and driving. But I have a feeling that the something along those lines must have been uttered at some time during the process of making Oceans 13. It is a horrible movie. To long, to dumb, to far from being even slightly reasonable. And such a HUGE cock-fest (I am referring to roosters, stop having such a dirty mind) that it is simply amazing that this kind of crap gets made at all, let alone on a major release.

Verdict: Don’t see. Seriously.  

June 20, 2007 at 13:07 Leave a comment

Quick Watch Review: CASIO FELITE LWA-110DE-1

I don’t normally wear watches. In fact, ever since I started to carry a cell phone with me at all times, the need for a dedicated watch around my wrist have all but vanished. I still have a couple of old ones, most notably an old Certina titanium watch and a Sigma Pulse Measuring watch. The Certina is really nice and slim, but sadly quite lacking when it comes to features. Analog time and date, that’s it. The Sigma Watch has a bunch of features, but looks like a East-German copy of Casios ugliest watch. And I am not all that fond of its functions either. Probably gonna have to buy another sports watch at some time. One with bunches of laps and more specifically a good set of timers.

Still, after trying on ordinary watches for a while I found myself liking the concept. Not loving it, mind you, but the fact is that it is easier to look at a watch than to pull up a cellphone, especially while traveling. Oh, and yes, I like gizmos. So I wasn’t hard to convince.

I have always been quite found of watches that sync themselves to atomic time. I have two alarm-clocks that does that at home, and it is a neat function, that works really well, mostly. So I started to look for that function i watches. Junghans makes some that looks really good, but costs a small fortune. Casio have started to manufacture a quite large selection, but thos watches are huge. Far to big for my small arms. Serendipity lead me to check out local on-line auction site Tradera, and I found the Casio Felite LWA-110DE-1 there.

Casio Felite

The watch looks quite nice. For a supposed ladies watch it is HUGE, for a male watch (according to current trends) it is quite small, but for my arms and hands it is a perfect size. I would call it unisex-size. The analog dials are easy to see, but it is notable that there is no dials for seconds, seconds are shown digitally only. The digital screen is inverted, making it look more discrete, and in my opinion, better. The current feel among watch-heads is that inverted displays are harder to see, so perhaps my feelings will change over time. For now, I like the look of the watch. The band is in polished metal. I find it to be a bit heavy, but that is something I’ll get used to rather quickly, I suppose. It does look nice, though.

When it comes to features the most apparent is of course the atomic time sync. It works automatic at nights, but can also be done manually. It takes a couple of minutes for the  watch to sync time, and it is notable that the atomic sync syncs both the analog and the digital time, something I did not expect it to do, so that was a nice bonus. It also have world time pre-programmed for a bunch of cities, useful when traveling,  as well as a stop watch (with just basic features) as well as a basic timer. And an LED-display light, day, date etc.

The set up was rather easy, you just needed to set up what time-zone you were in, and adjusting the band was not hard, although it demanded specific tools. Wearing the watch is a good experience (once again, the weight).

All in all I am quite happy with the purchase. I paid 385 Swedish Kronor for the watch, including delivery, which I think is a great price. The delivery from the seller (pak65) was speedy, and the packaging good.

June 20, 2007 at 12:49 1 comment

Ibland Blir Det Roligt På Lokaltidningarna

Det är en intressant kombination av nyhet, och icke-alls-relaterad bild i detta klipp från Skaraborgs Läns Allehanda (SLA), 8 juni 2007.

Mannen Pa Bilden…

Tack till Julius för tipset.

June 12, 2007 at 18:30 Leave a comment

Movie Review: Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz is a parodic movie, made by the same gang that made the wonderful Shaun of the Dead, and not to forget, “Spaced”, one of the better sit-coms in a long, long time. I was, however, more impressed with Shaun than this movie, even though it is a brilliant movie. While I do enjoy Simon Peggs performance, he isn’t really convincing as a top-cop, sadly. What is really brilliant is the sudden, and actually unexpected, turn into wonderful, violent mayhem that occurs a bit into the movie. There are some nice splatter-moments, to be sure, and a lot of parodic scenes, of course. All in all, a very good movie, but not quite up to what I expected.

Verdict: Must See

June 8, 2007 at 14:43 Leave a comment

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