February 17th, 2005

Chaz in Desert

Schedule Revisions, Circumcision Revisions and Spit?

Well, there have been a number of changes in my schedule, so let me get that out of the way first...

02-18 02-20 Fall River / MA - USA .... Fall River Red Hanky Party
02-18 02-20 Boston / MA - USA ....... Boston Bears' Barnight
02-25 02-27 Boston / MA - USA ....... Starwood Holiday Party (26th @ 18:00)
03-04 03-06 Boston / MA - USA ....... Chaz is On-Call / Marc in Boston
03-11 03-13 Long Island / NY - USA .. Long Island Raven's Run - The 13th Floor
03-17 03-20 Ottawa / Ont - Canada .. Visiting Alex Johnston in Ottawa, Ontario
03-25 03-27 Oakland, CA / USA ........ Visiting Brian in Oakland, CA
03-31 04-03 Plymouth / VT - USA ..... Boston Bears/Salt Ash Inn Men's Party
04-08 04-10 Atlanta / GA - USA ....... Circumcision Revision / Touch-Ups
04-15 04-17 Boston / MA - USA ....... Boston Bears' Barnight
04-22 04-24 Boston / MA - USA ....... Chaz is On-Call / In-Town Events within Pager Range Only!
04-29 05-01 Danbury / CT - USA ...... Bear Trek 2005

As you can see, a few things have moved around, and a few added! One of the ones that stands out the most is the fact that I'm going back to Dr. David Cornell on April 8th for a few touch-ups and to close the Prince Albert hole for good. (Sigh, yes, this will put be back out of commission for another 3-4 weeks, but it will be worth the wait!)

We've confirmed the Boston Bears / Salt Ash Inn afterhours cocktail party at Bear Trek! It will be Saturday night at 11:30pm in the hospitality suite at the Danbury Sheraton!

From SPAM to SPIT?

RSA 2005 We're all learning to live with spam but an even more annoying nuisance lies just around the corner. Spit (Spam over internet telephony) is set to become the next pervasive medium for scammers, penis pill purveyors and the rest.

Internet telephony means cheaper phone calls, a great prospect for consumers and businesses alike. It also means that advertising messages can be sent out for next to nothing. And history shows that spammers will take advantage of any broadcast medium available to them, according to Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer at Counterpane Internet Security.

Spit has the potential to fill people's voicemail in-boxes with junk, he says. "Once you get to the point where you have 10 unsolicited commercial voicemail messages every time you log on people will stop using it or at least only accept calls from people on their white list."

Schneier thinks it will be difficult to weed out Spit messages, but some security vendors are considering defence mechanisms. According to David Thomason, director of security engineering at network security firm Sourcefire, Spit messages would likely have a pattern. Junk calls matching that pattern could be blocked in much the same way malign data traffic can be discarded providing filtering technologies were deployed on the network Spit messages are sent from, he said.

® www.theregister.co.uk

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