Archive for March, 2005

21st Century Doctor Who

Saturday, March 26th, 2005

I’m sure there are plenty of Dr. Who fans out there posting detailed dissections of tonight’s first new episode, so I shall limit myself to just two comments: In the trailers and promo pics, Christopher Eccleston looked very dull — his image lacked the flamboyant insanity of his predecessors. However, in motion, he is fantastic […]

GPGMail and Fink

Friday, March 25th, 2005

This evening I installed the GPGMail which allows me to use the GNU Privacy Guard (gpg) with Apple’s I installed gpg using fink. There are a number of projects to bring “standard” UNIX tools to OS X. What’s nice about fink is that offers pre-compiled binary packages (no waiting around for stuff to compile!) […]

Searching the ACM Guide to Computing Literature

Friday, March 25th, 2005

Tracking down references for my background chapter recently, the ACM Guide to Computing Literature has been very useful. Unfortunately its search feature is frustratingly useless. For example, searching for Access Control Policies XPath returns no hits, whereas googling for the same terms and restricting the search to returns the paper I was looking for […]

Thesis Titles

Monday, March 21st, 2005

Apparently the title of my thesis has to be fixed in advance of my submitting the dissertation itself. Unfortunately choosing exactly the right title is proving harder than writing the thing! Possibilities are: Trust and Risk in Access Control for Global Computing Trust and Risk in Access Control for a Global Computing Infrastructure Using Trust […]

Applications for “Switchers”

Monday, March 14th, 2005

Unfortunately thesis work has kept me from blogging any further experiences with my new toy. 🙁 Hopefully this post will address this failing!

Boy Band filter — Coming to a computer near you soon?

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

Christophe Rhodes’ interesting JCSS talk on detecting musical structure has suggested that there is hope that one day computers may be able to automatically detect and filter out boy band music — yay! More relevantly for my own research, one of Christophe’s motivations is the poor quality of musical meta-data from collaboratively assembled databases such […]