MarkL January 1, 2018 7:15 AM

At the risk of seeming pendantic …

It’s the Empire’s security vulnerabilities at issue here. The Galactic Trade Federation is the organization that provided and funded the analysis of the vulnerabilities.

On a first reading of Bruce’s post, I thought it was maybe referencing the United Federation of Planets from Star Trek. Which would also be an interesting and amusing analysis.

hmm January 1, 2018 1:27 PM

“At the risk of seeming pendantic …”

Uh…. _ _ _ … it’s not pedantic? (ducks)

The video was pretty good! Now I need a sequel that won’t live up to expectations.

albert January 1, 2018 3:39 PM


Happy New Year to you, too!

Thanks for providing this blog, and thanks to all of you who contribute so mightily to the cause.

Happy New Year, everyone!

. .. . .. — ….

Wael January 1, 2018 7:05 PM

From the video:

Security incident response times need improvement

In other words, not IBM Resilient :).

Drink lots of lemonade. And eat some sushi! Happy 2018 everybody.

Clive Robinson January 1, 2018 9:03 PM

@ Wael,


Drink lots of lemonade. And eat some sushi!

You know I don’t U-Blube so that means you are at the mercy of my thought processes. Which unlike many did not suffer neurological poisoning last night (or tonight as tis three hours past the witching hour in not so Merry Old England).

Thus “If life hands you lemons make lemonade” promptly springs to mind (Unless you are old enough to remember the Seakers and “Lemon Tree”). As for Sushi it is just morsels of angle cut fish on nigiri which is stroked rice with glucose syrup diluted with rice vinegar and a pinch or six of salt. Gluing them together should be Wasabi, however in western culture wasabi is not what you think it is…

Traditional wasabi is a plant in the Brassicaceae –cabbage– family called “wasabia japonica” which has to be one of the easiest latinised plant names to remember… However in the west it tends to be powedered horse radish and a green dye, which whilst it has heat lacks some of the subtle flavours of it’s traditional cousin… There are two problems with the real wasabi, the first is it is habitat sensitive thus can only grow in certain places and climates. Oddly there is one an hours drive from my home, the next eastwards being at the other end of the Mediterranean in Israel. Secondly the subtle taste is lost very quickly within about 15-30minutes after grating, which is not the case with dyed horseradish especially in vinegar or lemon juice (a condiment used in Europe for new years day food such as fish and easter food such as lamb).

If you bite a lump out of the wasabi root it lacks the strength of flavour, which only arises from the plant cells being torn. Thus the finer you grate it the stronger the flavour, and the quicker it’s lost if left uncovered. As it’s a defence mechanism chemical based on sulfer –yup it’s a brasica just like brussle sprouts– it’s technically a form of poison, which suprisingly makes it an effective anti-biotic. So if you have bad breath you could put a little on a tooth brush and brush it in.

The horseradish plant however has a non relative that could almost be it’s twin at certain times. The difference being the twin is highly poisonous and will kill you quite painfully (imagine the worlds worst seasickness then death by inability to breath). Known as the family aconite with monkshood and wolf’s bane being two members. It’s natural habitate is mountain pasture lands and similar. Unfortunately it is highly decorative, thus people will grow one or more of it’s couple of hundred varieties in their garden. As all parts carry the poison it’s suprising that accidents do not happen more frequently as it realy is nasty stuff. So much so it’s also known as “The Queen of Poisons” which are generaly seen as “the spurned woman’s” murder weapon of choice… The most recent case of this I can think of was in 2009. In Feltham west London just down the road from Heathrow, airport Ms Lakhvir Singh used aconitine to poison the food of her ex and his new fiancee, killing them both…

Wael January 1, 2018 9:46 PM

@Clive Robinson,

You know I don’t U-Blube so that means you are at the mercy of my thought processes.

What media do you watch? I tried to find the links on Vemio, but they weren’t there!

If life hands you lemons make lemonade

Yep! Still making lots of it (not for secret writting.) Life’s been hitting me with so many rights, I am begging for a left!!!

Rachel January 1, 2018 10:27 PM

if life hands you a youtube video, its probably Wael giving you ‘pee lemonade’ – and I was too scared to look at the sushi

vas pup January 3, 2018 8:56 AM

@all on real vulnerabilities:

The world has entered a new era of conflict – offensive cyber-attacks aimed at infrastructure and society, all done without a shot being fired. BBC Future visits some of those fighting back:

That part got my attention in particlular

“Some culprits, like non-state actors, might take comfort in knowing that pinpointing the actual attackers is a difficult task. But for states indulging in cyber-attacks, there is the threat of mutually assured destruction – meaning that the same weapon can be used against them. “We saw that in the Iranian attacks against Saudi Aramco,” says Beau Woods. “They grabbed some of that original Stuxnet code, tweaked it to do something a bit different, and I believe it bricked 30,000 computers.”

Annulus Mirabilis January 3, 2018 11:16 AM

One Hours drive… so I sketch a couple of circles, one at 90miles (wasabi addiction is a potent motivator), and one at 12 miles (the southern counties speed limit), both centred on Wasabishire… a few modest assumptions – I doubt you live in a river and we know you have a cave for instance…

I’ll respect your privacy of course, but assuming that there is another pot of gold at the diametrically opposite place, I’ll be in France offering Banjos to everyone and monitoring their replies…

Happy New Year to you Clive Sir.

may I recommend to one and all, which excels in both content and delivery.

Leave a comment


Allowed HTML <a href="URL"> • <em> <cite> <i> • <strong> <b> • <sub> <sup> • <ul> <ol> <li> • <blockquote> <pre> Markdown Extra syntax via

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.