SSCC 130 - Botnets, banking, breaches, patching and the Mavericks controversy [PODCAST]

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Sophos Security Chet Chat - Episode 130 - Jan 14, 2014

News, opinion, advice and research!

Here's our latest security podcast, featuring Sophos experts and Naked Security writers Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin.

The Chet Chat is produced weekly in a quarter-hour format, and gives you an informative and entertaining take on the latest security news.


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Stories covered in Chet Chat Episode 130

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5 Responses to SSCC 130 - Botnets, banking, breaches, patching and the Mavericks controversy [PODCAST]

  1. Can't we just have a copy of the text instead of having to listen to the video? It takes forever, and the text can be read in half the time.....

    • Paul Ducklin · 250 days ago

      Well it's not a video - it's a podcast. It's *meant* to be listened to - something you can do while commuting, including while at the wheel of a car yourself, or while relaxing over a cup of tea/coffee.

      The problem with podcast transcripts is that written and spoken English are very different beasts, and something that was created to be *listened* to generally makes for unappealing *reading*. In fact, transcripts often come out looking barely literate, even when the original dicussion is lively, intelligent and intellectually appealing.

      That's why we put in the links to the "stories covered in this episode" section - perhaps you might consider just opening up those as an alternative to listening?

      (We might start doing transcripts again. But I was the guy who usually got stuck with the job of typing them in - it's VERY much harder than you think! - and one day I forgot, and no-one said a thing, or even noticed. So I decided to keep my head down after that. Maybe we should revisit that? But I still think of transcripts as being for people who *can't* listen, e.g. due to bad hearing, not as an alternative. As I said, we put a lot of effort into making the podcasts "listenable." If we intended them to be read, we'd put that effort into making them readable instead.)

      My 2c.

  2. 4caster · 250 days ago

    I see there are no comments on this yet. Perhaps most of your clients are like me. I do not have time to listen to a 15-minute Podcast, when I could have read it in text form in less than a third of that time.

    • Paul Ducklin · 250 days ago

      I hear you, but please see my earlier comment: podcasts tend to make unappealing articles, because written and spoken English are pretty much two different languages.

      Our podcasts aren't really made to appeal to people who don't like listening to podcasts, in the same way that our longer and more serious written articles aren't made for people who prefer to watch a video or listen to an audio programme.

      (Ironically, the most common suggestion we get from listeners is that our podcasts are too SHORT. Many competing security podcasts go on...and on and on and on and on and on, in my opinion...for one to two HOURS :-)

      But I'll ask the Powers That Be what they think about reintroducing transcripts. I guess that if people who would otherwise ignore the podcasts might read them instead, it's a win-win situation, but bear in mind that a written-down podcast is a very poor susbtitute for a good-quality written article.

      Like I said, I used to make the transcripts, but it was a happy day when I wriggled out of that job...I am a very reluctant and incompetent stenographer :-)

  3. Anonymous · 249 days ago

    Diversity make it more interresting.

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Paul Ducklin is a passionate security proselytiser. (That's like an evangelist, but more so!) He lives and breathes computer security, and would be happy for you to do so, too. Paul won the inaugural AusCERT Director's Award for Individual Excellence in Computer Security in 2009. Follow him on Twitter: @duckblog