The Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll; 7 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Soviet Espionage, Computer crimes, Classified Defense. Steven Holzner is the award-winning author of more than books, including. Physics For Dummies. He did his undergrad. Cooking the Cucko's Egg v Richard Bejtlich [email protected] www. ronaldweinland.info Lessons from The Cuckoo's Egg. Originally published in .
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Electronic mail addresses: Internet: [email protected] CompuServe: , Genie: Cliff-Stoll. AOL: cliffstoll. Page 2 of THE CUCKOO'S EGG. The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage Paperback – September 13, Armed with clear evidence of computer espionage, he began a highly personal quest to expose a hidden network of spies that threatened national security. Cliff Stoll's dramatic. Although a more formal paper was written (PDF link), The Cuckoo's Egg is more engaging because reads like a story, not a dry technical.
In the days when the presence of a computer did NOT presume the presence of a network they used to be freestanding units that could not easily communicate with another system , accounts to use the computer were expensive to maintain and heavily scrutinized by management. When the Accounting staff of Stoll's university employer discovered 75 cents' worth of time used with which no user was associated, they called him and demanded that he locate the "phantom" user. Stoll wasn't even a computing pro - he was an astronomer that used the computer to run programs that pointed telescopes properly. But he was a member of a club that exists today - that person elected to do network administration because he drew the short straw. Stoll tells the ensuing circa tale of analysis when people worldwide were only just discovering what networks could reveal
The legs are lightly feathered and should never be excessively heavy. Eye color is bright and clear in all varieties, never darkening into brown nor paling into yellow or pearl. Economic Qualities The Marans is a general purpose fowl for production of both meat and eggs.
The breed is most famous for its large, dark chocolate-russet eggs, but it is also known for the fine flavor of its meat. Color of skin white; color of egg shells very dark reddish brown. They are Black Copper, Wheaten and White. Many other varieties exist, but only these three are currently recognized. Selective Hatching Hatch only the darkest eggs each breeding season to increase egg color in future generations.
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The cuckoo's egg: Cuckoo's Egg November 1, , Pocket. History Created December 10, 6 revisions Download catalog record: Abstract Rejection of the parasitic egg is the most important defence of hosts against brood parasites.
However, this response is variable among and within species, and egg discrimination is not always followed by egg rejection. Low risk of parasitism and high risk of rejection costs may lead to the acceptance of the parasitic egg even if it has been previously recognized.
The main aim of this paper is to answer a relevant question: can a single egg trait provoke the acceptance of an experimental egg previously recognized as foreign? Increased egg mass should hamper the ejection of an egg that has been discriminated because ejection of a heavy egg may imply higher rejection costs for hosts.
We have tested this prediction by experimentally parasitizing natural nests of Common Blackbirds Turdus merula with non-mimetic model eggs of different mass heavy, normal-weight, and light while controlling for potential confounding factors such as egg size and colour. Our results showed that blackbirds more frequently accepted heavy eggs, even when previously recognized.
This differential acceptance may be related to insufficient motivation to assume the higher costs that the ejection of a heavy egg could impose.
Introduction Avian brood parasites lay their eggs in the nest of other species hosts , thereby imposing high fitness costs on parasitized individuals because the newly hatched parasitic chick is usually better at competing for food or can directly eliminate competition by ejecting or killing the host offspring [ 1 , 2 ]. Accordingly, there is strong selective pressure on hosts to evolve defences in response to parasitism, such as nest defence or egg discrimination and rejection [ 3 , 4 ].
In response to this, brood parasites have evolved counter-defences to defeat host strategies, such as secretive laying or egg mimicry, resulting in a coevolutionary arms race between brood parasites and hosts [ 5 ], which makes the brood parasite-host system one of the clearest examples of coevolution found in nature [ 1 , 2 ]. Rejection of parasitic eggs is the most widespread defence among hosts [ 1 , 2 , 6 ] and consequently it has been the focus of many studies in the field of avian host-brood parasite interactions.
Egg-recognition experiments have led to a breakthrough in our understanding of the mechanisms involved in egg recognition and rejection and their evolutionary implications, e.
Ejection of the parasitic egg and desertion of the parasitized nest are the two main mechanisms of egg rejection used by hosts.
Most previous studies in brood parasitism have focused in the action component of the rejection process and most of them do not distinguish between recognition and rejection components. However, the rejection process is a complex behaviour in which the previous discrimination of the parasitic egg by hosts is the first necessary step for the process to result in successful ejection [ 13 ].
In terms of colour and design, it is well known that hosts are more likely to reject non-mimetic eggs than mimetic ones [ 3 , 7 , 16 — 18 ], which selects for egg mimicry [ 3 ] provoking many cuckoo species to lay eggs with such successful mimicry that the human eye is unable to distinguish them from the host eggs [ 19 , 20 ].