The benefits of a non-classical education: part one

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes: believed to refer to Greeks bearing gifts, but can be freely translated as “I’m afraid of Great Danes and Iron Ladies.”

Carpe Diem: fish of the day (HT to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but I think I’d heard it before that)

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes: who spilled custard over Juvenal’s hipsters?

David Harley


Conficker and the Corridors of Power

I was asked this morning about a malicious program called Conficker that demanded a great deal of the security industry’s attention a few years ago. While refreshing my memory, I was reminded of a very-loosely-connected story from the BBC at the time (connected only in that I quoted it in a Conficker-centred blog article at the time).

The article mentions a warning to House of Commons staff and MPs against: “knowingly accessing or transmitting e-mails, text, images or internet material which might reasonably be considered offensive, unless on official business”.

As I said at the time:

So there it is: it’s official. It really is a politician’s job to be offensive.

But if you’ve been watching the news in recent months – actually, since the invention of television – that won’t come as news to you.

David Harley