Detecting Malice

I just finished reading RSnake’s new book Detecting Malice and I can say without a doubt that it is one of the best technical books I have ever read. Furthermore, I can tell you that it is, without a doubt, the best web security book I have ever had the pleasure to read. Imagine a book that is as engaging as RSnake’s or Jeremiah’s blog, but even more so.
This is not a book on how to build secure websites, there are plenty of those already. This is a book for security practitioners who get to deal with the site after it’s been built and deployed. It is full of great advice and information about not just how to detect attacks, but also how to distinguish between human attackers, regular users, bots and spiders.
This book should be on the purchase list of every security geek and if Rob hadn’t graciously given me a copy, I’d have already sent him my $40. Send him your money and make him a rich man.

Tabletop Science

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Mordaxus emailed some of us and said “I hope this doesn’t mean MG has jumped the shark.” What was he talking about?


Apparently, ThinkGeek now has a “Molecular Gastronomy Starter Kit.” For those of you who’ve been hiding in a Cheesecake Factory for the past few years, molecular gastronomy is the art of using science to do things to food beyond your typical applications of heat with fire or its close analogs, acids baths beyond marinades, combinations harder to achieve than hollandaise, and whipping things without egg whites. See, it’s really a continuum and continuation of what chefs have been doing for years. Really, poaching eggs and poaching jolt cola are all about understanding and using the chemicals available in your kitchen in new and interesting ways. Ten years ago, not a lot of people brined their chicken, and twenty years ago everyone but the Japanese overcooked their tuna. Wasabi wasn’t a normal ingredient. Kitchens change. There’s chaos and experimentation. Some of what emerges is good, and some of it’s embarrassing. Some of it’s the home Sous Vide kits, and some of it’s the starter kit.

The real question is what’s going to emerge next in the market, and what’s going to emerge in your kitchen?