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"Servers work in the U.S. with ...
"Servers work in the U.S. with the expectation to be tipped - it's a social contract," says Cornell professor Michael Lynn, a specialist in consumer psychology and the socioeconomic impacts of tipping.
"There is no definitive guide to tipping," says Lynn
"Research shows that people tend to take their tipping habits with them," says Lynn
Tipping 15-20% of the bill before tax ("some would say 15-30% now," says Lynn) is the average range for waitstaff, skewing higher for great service.
After surveying 374 waitresses, Professor ...
After surveying 374 waitresses, Professor Michael Lynn, who teaches marketing and tourism at Cornell University, concluded that customers left larger tips to those with certain physical characteristics such as being slender, being blond or having big breasts.
Lynn told the Cornell Daily Sun in May that his study was important in helping potential waitresses gauge their "prospects in
A Guy in New York: Tipping Archives
Michael Lynn, an associate professor of consumer behavior and marketing at Cornell's School of Hotel Administration, has conducted dozens of studies of tipping and has concluded that consumers' assessments of the quality of service correlate weakly to the amount they tip.
"Mega tips: Scientifically Tested Techniques to Increase Your Tips," by Dr. Michael Lynn
, 2004 (pdf)
One of the most egregious and ...
One of the most egregious and famous examples of full-disclosure failure occurred in 2005 between a researcher named Mike Lynn and Cisco.
Lynn, who worked for Internet Security Systems in Atlanta, uncovered a serious security hole in Cisco's IOS, the operating system underpinning thousands of Cisco routers worldwide, some of them critical to the internet backbone.
After disclosing the finding to Cisco, Lynn prepared a presentation to discuss it at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.
But then Cisco and Lynn's employer swooped in with a last-minute injunction to stop him-even though Cisco and his employer had approved his talk before he submitted it to the conference for consideration.
Conference organizers had to scramble to delete Lynn's slides from 2,000 conference CD-ROMs and rip 20 pages from the printed program.
There already were signs that Chinese hackers might have found the vulnerability and were perhaps taking steps to exploit it.
But there was little he
could do against the court injunction.
was also facing the prospect of an FBI probe until he
reached a settlement with Cisco
and Internet Security Systems
agreed, among other things, to erase all of his
research materials about the vulnerability, to keep secret all details of the attack, and to refrain from distributing copies of his
WarPigW2.com - Tech News
On Friday, the Web site Cryptome.org posted what appear to be slides written to accompany a presentation given by former Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS) researcher Michael Lynn, at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.The slides had been published in conference materials for the show, but after a last-minute decision by ISS to cancel the presentation, they were literally ripped from the Black Hat books.ISS
had planned to replace the Wednesday presentation, entitled "The Holy Grail: Cisco IOS Shellcode and Remote Execution," with a different one, but Lynn
, formerly a research analyst at ISS
, quit his
job and gave the Cisco presentation anyway.
In it, he
described a now-patched flaw in the Internetwork Operating System (IOS) software used to power Cisco's routers, and demonstrated a buffer-overflow attack in which he
took control of a router.Although Cisco
was informed of the flaw by ISS
, and patched its firmware in April, users running older versions of the company's software are at risk, he
Black Hat and Lynn
were then sued by Cisco and ISS
in an attempt to prevent the details of Lynn's talk from being circulated.
"The source was not Michael Lynn
, or did not use that name," he
said via e-mail.
A Cisco spokesman said his
company is not planning any further legal action relating to Lynn's talk."With the capabilities of the Internet
, it becomes a futile effort," he
...By suing Lynn and Black Hat, Cisco ended up drawing much more attention to the flaw than it would have otherwise received, according to Richard Forno, the independent security consultant who maintains the Infowarrior.com Web site.