Linux, politics, and other interesting things
Dan Bernstein wrote an interesting paper about the security of Qmail . Of particular interest to me are the sections about things that might do differently if he was to do it again and the mentions of language features for security. Bruce Schneier has some interesting comments about this .
Interesting paper by Jessica Walpaw Reyes about the link between lead in petrol and crime . The research indicates that “the reduction in childhood lead exposure in the late 1970s and early 1980s is responsible for significant declines in violent crime in the 1990s, and may cause further declines into the future“. It makes me wonder about what other health measures could be used to reduce crime.
The Australia Institute  has some interesting papers. Here’s a PDF about over-consumption in Australia . It states that 46% of people who have household incomes greater than $70,000 say that they can’t buy everything that they really need. It uses the term affluenza to describe the tendency of middle-class people to try and emulate the life-styles of the rich. I wonder whether Gear Acquisition Syndrome  is related to this.
The site Unbelief.org – exposing the religious “right” in Australia  has some interesting information. I didn’t realise that the problem was so bad here.