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Comment on I Love Archery! by Ken

Thu, 17 Nov 2011 03:12:25 +0000

Wow, I was very luck to stumble on your blog and find another person that loves archery! I too have a Hoyt recurve a little older than your model. I have the same case, but unfortunately not a sweet set of carbons like that. I recently picked up the bow (after about 15 years) after buying some straw bales for my back yard. I shot about 30 arrows and was thrilled to feel the joy of shooting again. Unfortunately I have to shoot out doors for now and in the early morning to avoid the attention of my neighbors but it is still sweet. I participated in JOAD too and earned the rank of Olympian 60cm and 40cm targets before going to college. During college the distractions of life kept me from shooting. I’m 42 married with 3 children and would love to teach my own children how to shoot. My Dad and another gentleman were my coaches while in JOAD. During my JOAD years I competed in the PA state indoor championships along with the National outdoor championships. The best I achieved was to tie for first in the state (lost because # of tens). I would love to hear more about archery and relearn/relive the experiences of my youth. At some point I would love to compete again but I’m not sure how to make it happen or where it could happen. I currently live near the Hampton Roads area of southeast VA. Nice to read about you. Keep’em flying! Ken

Comment on I Love Archery! by Bruce

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 21:53:28 +0000

Hi Lon! The Kings were (are) a great archery family and they're still around, but sadly the range closed down -- from what little I know it was due to the economy and lack of enough interest. I don't know exactly when that happened since I moved to Ohio in 1997. My two girls took a little interest in archery a few years ago but it didn't really go anywhere. And my son never showed any interest. I did continue shooting for another couple years, winning the Ohio State FITA championship and placing 2nd regionally and 34th in the 40th indoor nationals -- when was that, 2009-2010 I guess? My interest starting waning again before the outdoor season started in 2010 and I haven't done much since. Guess I proved to myself that I could still shoot and that was enough for me at the time. Although now you've got me thinking about hitting the range in the basement again.... :-)

Comment on I Love Archery! by Lon Hale

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 05:28:21 +0000

I also enjoyed shooting at King Archery in GR back in the nineties. Mike was a great coach and although I shot compounds in their tourneyments Mike helped me to break a few bad habits. Vance sold me a custom Gold Medalist that had a factory camo job which I still hunt with. Also spent many range hours shooting alongside Lonny King and always enjoyed clicking my release as he aproached his draw check, all in good fun of coarse:)Whatever happened to the King range anyways? Keep on shooting! My kids are interested in learning the sport as well.

Comment on New Handgun — Home Defense & Recreational Fun by CircusNinja (John Lilley)

Mon, 22 Aug 2011 12:54:05 +0000

Way to go, threaded barrel is a nice bonus. I am partial to my HK USP .45 as I am already pretty solid with a firearm and the added stopping power of a .45 is nice.

Comment on I Love Archery! by South Yorkshire Archery

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 22:45:56 +0000

It is brilliant that you are getting back into the sport of Archery. I left archery for a couple of years, then came back. Since then I have moved over from shooting Recurve to shooting Compound. Now touring everywhere in South Yorkshire shooting in Competitions, from Doncaster, Sheffield, Rotherham and even as far up as Leeds. It's amazing how many clubs and how many people you can meet when doing archery in South Yorkshire.

Comment on RSA’s Recent Compromise by Bruce

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:57:10 +0000

Thank you, and I appreciate the feedback! If I may respond in kind, let me first acknowledge the fact that I agree with you -- from the perspective that all of those bits of information are indeed things a dedicated, targeted attacker could potentially gain knowledge of. The two-factor authentication provided by the RSA SecurID is a strong additional layer of security. The real difference between multiple passwords or "something you know" and "something you have" is simply the need to have multiple attack vectors. Not only do you have to social engineer or otherwise obtain "something a user knows", but you also have to steal "something they have" and/or pretty much cut off "something they are". The same argument here could be made if someone ONLY used the SecurID without anything else, as I indicated in my original analysis. It would be reduced to a single-factor and therefore a single attack vector. In this case, one of those attack vectors succeeded -- essentially obtaining "something you have". However, that does not mean the entire castle crumbles when the moat is breached. There are still layers of security in place via "something you know" -- such as the castle archers (IP address or where that information can be used) to keep attackers well away, the outer wall (corresponding username(s)) and the inner keep (password(s) and potentially additional sets of credentials). My point was really an attempt to put some perspective on the issue. After reading a couple other opinions on the matter I felt that some were making claims of the sky is falling and laying blame completely on RSA if/when they or some other customer gets breached. Yes, RSA must take responsibility for their part in the disclosure of highly sensitive information. Yes, RSA should be held accountable for that and make proper amends (replace disclosed tokens, for instance). However, if a customer gets breached on that one disclosure alone -- well, they didn't do their own due diligence with their own security controls, access monitoring, security awareness, etc. And in the end, that's all on them.

Comment on RSA’s Recent Compromise by Jacob Gajek

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 03:30:53 +0000

Hi Bruce, great post and you certainly make some good points. I would like to point out one thing however. You list a number of pieces of information an attacker would need to have in order to exploit a vulnerable SecurID system (user account name, PIN/password, IP address, etc.). These are all examples of "something you know" and can be obtained via standard social engineering or reconnaissance methods. If you consider this single factor authentication to be strong enough, then why go through the trouble and expense of implementing a two-factor system like SecurID? The answer to this rhetorical question may shed some light on why many security professionals consider this a serious breach with potentially significant impact.

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Tue, 25 Jan 2011 23:25:09 +0000

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Comment on I Love Archery! by Sjef

Fri, 08 Jan 2010 18:39:07 +0000

hey, i'm Sjef and i come from the netherlands. i'm dutch record holder indoor 60 arrows and i shoot at a pretty high level. i shoot for about 7 years, and i love it! i cant stop thinking about it. every time i see my bow case i want to shoot, zo i train a lot. i hope you'll shoot many points in the future! greetz, Sjef.