Friday October 24th, 2014

RT Atom Vincent ‏@Child_Labor:

I heard a good joke about Ebola today...but you won't get it.

TOR compromising binaries

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TOR exit node that's hot-patching binaries with malware.

At DerbyCon this year I gave a presentation of my binary patching framework, BDF. Many binaries are hosted without any transport layer security encryption. Some binaries are signed to prevent modification, but most are not. During that presentation, I talked about the MITM patching of binaries during download, and showed how easy it was using BDFProxy. I also mentioned that similar techniques are probably already in use on the Internet.

I had only circumstantial evidence until recently.

Thursday October 23rd, 2014

Tried to register the Twitter account

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Tried to register the Twitter account "💩". Disappointed that they just allow ASCII letters and numbers...

Won't be too many years before the only

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Won't be too many years before the only remaining business model is delivering ads from other companies selling ad delivery.

Why your project failed

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RT Simon Harris ‏@haruki_zaemon

Projects that failed under Waterfall were killed by Waterfall.

Projects that failed under Agile weren’t done properly.

no ice, ice, baby

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Love it when we see long established medical lore start to fall: Why ice doesn’t help an injury, and could make it worse.

Research on the efficacy of ice is, in fact, more tepid than many might think. “Ice is commonly used after acute muscle strains, but there are no clinical studies of its effectiveness,” noted a 2012 study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Some studies say this practice could be counterproductive in the long run. “Topical cooling (icing) . . . seems not to improve but, rather, delay recovery from eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage,” according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Via Larry Burton.

RT Conan O'Brien ‏@ConanOBrien

I picked out my Halloween costume. I’m going as “Slutty Madeleine Albright.”

RT Madeleine Albright ‏@madeleine

.@ConanOBrien I'm considering going as hunky Conan O'Brien - but that might be too far fetched.


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Realization: If Internet weren't included in my job, we'd be paying about the same for Internet as for electricity *and* gas. Average Comcast bill approaches twice that.

cars as refrigerators

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Enrique Peñalosa (Mayor of Bogota, Colombia) in SF: A Livable Streets Visionary Shares His Wisdom, for this observation about parking and automobiles:

Peñalosa pointed out that there’s no other piece of personal property for which the public provides free space for its storage. When someone buys a refrigerator, for example, the public isn’t obligated to provide a kitchen.

“Asking, ‘where should we park?,’ is like asking where you should put your clothes or your food,” he said, eliciting chuckles and applause from the packed crowd at SPUR.

Good reminder

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Good reminder: When you use SMS for 2 factor auth, you're giving (local!) law enforcement DOS capability over your communications channel.

design & features

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Intercom: This is not a map:

Peter Drucker is famous for saying “The customer rarely buys what the company thinks it’s selling”. The implication of this quote is that to improve a product you must first understand what it is being used for.


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Check-build - Verifies that your NodeJS project follow team conventions, is well written and secure.

Gonna be doing another NodeJS and JavaScript from the command-line talk shortly, figure I should update it.

always been at war

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USA Today: Special report: America's perpetual state of emergency:

An emergency declared by President Jimmy Carter on the 10th day of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 remains in effect almost 35 years later.

Shoplifting from distance runners

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Bwahahaha! Rock/Creek employee chases, catches shoplifter

Rock/Creek is known, among other things, for its sponsorship of ultra-distance trail runs, including its Thunder Rock 100-miler held in May. And some of its employees are serious runners.

Dude, you can get away with that shit at REI, but not Rock/Creek... (A Chattanooga outdoor gear store I used to frequent).

Playboy models decades later

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Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

I'm discussing some business things going on in W. Africa and asked why "Ford" (not his real name), whome is intelligent, helpful and wants to get things done is not taken seriously. Answer: "He is in/from the wrong tribe."

Tribes here are serious and well defined social/family things, but it makes me think how much we create our own tribes and do the same thing. Clothing, vernacular, jewelry, hairstyle, theology...

The difference is: we can change our tribes with a little effort, and often belong to several.

Marijuana doesn't lower your IQ

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Washington Post: No, marijuana use doesn’t lower your IQ. About a study from the Claire Mokrysz of the College of London.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer has a slightly different take on the press release, pointing out that very heavy use among teenagers may have as much as a 3% impact. But this is dwarfed by other factors, like alcohol use.

FTDI driver and bogus chips

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Careful: Windows FTDI drivers are intentionally bricking devices that use counterfeit FTDI chips.

The workaround for this driver update is to download the FT232 config tool from the FTDI website on a WinXP or Linux box, change the PID of the fake chip, and never using the new driver on a modern Windows system. There will surely be an automated tool to fix these chips automatically, but until then, take a good look at what Windows Update is installing – it’s very hard to tell if your devices have a fake FTDI chip by just looking at them.

MeFi has more linkage

Attacking DNS settings

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expectations of aging

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NY Times: What if age is nothing but a mind set?.

Of course much of this is a puff piece for a Langer's summer camp for retired people, but I might want to read Bruce Grierson's What Makes Olga Run?: The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives

Creepy Text Theatre

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Twitter the source of all evil

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Saudi Arabia's top Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh says Twitter is "the source of all evil and devastation".;_ylt=AwrBJSDqj0ZUhkUA0znQtDMD

Turned on my computer 45 minutes before

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Turned on my computer 45 minutes before the webinar, see "Configuring Windows updates 32%", wondering if it'll be usable in time...

Tuesday October 21st, 2014

Always amazed when the thought

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Always amazed when the "thought leaders" refer to labels as "coined" over a year after I used that term in that context in a public talk. #sigh

Charlene has pulled down the climbing

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Charlene has pulled down the climbing beans, and the SETI antennas in the back yard are revealed.

A little video (and transcript) about an 84 year old man running his sawmilll:

PIP COURTNEY: Despite saying he'd quit the mill when he turned 80, Ralph can't quite manage to pull the pin.

RALPH AFFLECK: I'm not to the stage of playing lawn bowls or something like that. I'm still making things - like I've just made a new clutch for this thing up here. I enjoy the challenge of making something that's going to work and having the pleasure of using it and saying, 'Yeah, well, Ralph, you could have done better, but you didn't make a bad job of it.'

I have a directory full of text files that include a few passwords. I'd love to toss this folder in a git repo, because I sometimes want to edit things elsewhere, and a backup is nice, but I also don't want to necessarily put those passwords in a version controlled repo on my fully exposed network hosts.

Looks like is the solution.

Obama is a Republican

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The American Conservative: Obama is a Republican.

Yeah, pretty much. I stand by my "another Reagan" prediction from the elections.

Knocked over

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I've fallen and I can't get up (Vimeo video). Kind of Porrasturvat meets MASSIVE crowd simulation, a simulation of virtual people running into a giant rotating bar.

I have not convinced myself yet that I really need to get over the SSL annoyance, but this seems to be the right way to do it: SSL certs from the command-line, and it looks like the command-line tool is smart enough to do some level of server config. And can be cron-jobbed to do renewals automagically.

Stow for dotfiles

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Using Gnu Stow to manage your dotfiles.

Have been saying "I should really get off my butt and..." for a while now. This looks like a great way to get the basic config stuff (like base config for Emacs, git, probably Perl's basic local::lib stuff) in version control so that I can have more consistent environments everywhere.

Reminder: If you're having SSL handshake errors today, find a way to force TLS (usually it's a checkbox in your mail config)

Manufactured wedding outrage

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So that I can find it next time it comes up on the social medias: RT Eλf Sternberg ‏@elfsternberg:

(1) No legal action has ever been threatened to the Idaho "Hitching Post" wedding site. (2) They lie about history:

You wanna know about misogyny and slut

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You wanna know about misogyny and slut shaming? 73 year old teacher fired over erotic films shot 50 years ago:

Amazing what the liberal application of

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Amazing what the liberal application of lube in all the appropriate places does for comfort. Feels like a new bicycle.

Orwell, Huxley, Gibson: All prescient. We're just waiting on the dystopian prophecies of David Brin and Stephen King now.

Monday October 20th, 2014

Looking pretty cool from the kitchen

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Looking pretty cool from the kitchen window

"Since about that time

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"Since about that time, war had been literally continuous, though strictly speaking it had not always been the same war." -- 1984

Sunday October 19th, 2014

I have some fresh turmeric

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I have some fresh turmeric, so: a curry. With tomatillos.

Latest Planet Money

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Latest Planet Money, on women & coding, is fascinating. Suggests some serious education system failings.

Amazing scent

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Amazing scent, but taproot and puffball seeds (yellow flowers) and we call it a weed

Working in the garden with her

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Working in the garden with her recuperating foot

strawberries are sending runners

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The strawberries are sending runners

Offered: about 18 scalloped edging blocks.

Aka "we don't want Dan's business"

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Aka "we don't want Dan's business"

Aka "we don't want Dan's business"

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Aka "we don't want Dan's business"

Does anyone know what this plant is?

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Does anyone know what this plant is?

Light fixture box says A15 bulbs

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Light fixture box says A15 bulbs. $75 for 3 later, install the fixture and out doesn't take A15 bulbs. Back to the store. Grrrr.

About to go hack some "yes

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About to go hack some "yes, it's Gmail, they have a bogus security certificate strategy" into my email client to stop the warnings.

Weekend projects 2

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Weekend projects 2: final light fixture so we can get the electrical rework inspected

Weekend projects 1

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Weekend projects 1: gravel out of dirt to prep for a flagstone walk

Keene Pumpkin Fest

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Apparently last night in Keene, New Hampshire, rowdy revelers overran the Pumpkin Festival. Reading between the lines, it was self-entitled frat boys from Keene State College. I've been following a whole bunch of Twitter feeds of people involved in Ferguson and St. Louis awareness, and I think it's worth re-posting some snark.

First off, note that in CNN: New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival crowd sets fires, throws bottles there is mention of "bonfires in the streets". Not arson.

I haven't seen this particular clip, but RT C. Jay Conrod @cjayconrod:

If you still don't get white privilege, it's feeling comfortable enough to tell a CNN reporter your name and age while vandalizing a town.

RT Scary Blah Lady @AngryBlackLady

White ppl looting at Lacoste.

That's the whole joke.

Just "white people looting at Lacoste." #keenepumpkinfest


Bonus: An Expert Look at the Pumpkin Riots of 2014, or what if white people violence was reported like Ferguson.

NSA backdoors

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Saturday October 18th, 2014

I sure hope no taxpayer dollars are

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I sure hope no taxpayer dollars are going into this "Sonoma County Energy Independence Program" boondoggle. Ludicrous recommendations.

Just when I thought the season was over

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Just when I thought the season was over...t hey keep coming.

On recruiting (programmers

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On recruiting (programmers, but anybody, really):

3 laws ... uh ... guidelines

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RT T.Rob ‏@tdotrob:

Hmmm...hardcore Captcha: To prove you are not a robot please injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Oh, look, PG&E is still playing the "parasitic power" BS game. PR makes bad policy.

LASD criminal enterprise

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Friday October 17th, 2014

MT [redacted]

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MT [redacted]: "Some people are just more functional as pizza toppings"

Conservative Case Against The Suburbs

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The Conservative Case Against The Suburbs: http://www.theamericanconserva...vative-case-against-the-suburbs/

Another arduous painful process to make

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Another arduous painful process to make a Samsung Galaxy more useful by turning off the pre-installed crapware.

ffs ssl.

A fantastic rant about Certificate Authorities and the HTTPS SSL process in general and the security implications of copying and pasting shell commands off web sites and more.

Well worth reading.

Stored here so that I can install it at home and play with it: Camlistore. Looks like distributed file storage and sharing.

Dueling Headlines

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Never Forget

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Telegraph stories affected by EU 'right to be forgotten':

EU ruling demands Google removes links to content deemed 'inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant' following complaint from anyone named in it. Here we will maintain an up-to-date list of Telegraph content which has been removed from search results

The BBC is to publish a continually-updated list of articles removed from Google searches under the controversial "right to be forgotten" rule.

Mr Jordan said the BBC had so far been notified of 46 links to articles that had been removed.

They included a link to a blog post by Economics Editor Robert Peston. The request was believed to have been made by a person who had left a comment underneath the article.

Helmet laws run amock

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Anonabox a non-box

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In case any of y'all are watching this fall apart, I saw the original Kickstarter on the Chugalug mailing list, hints of these problems on Violet Blue's Twitter feed, but Reddit: Anonabox - Tor router box is false representation, possibly even scam! looks like a good run-down about how the whole story is falling apart.

So is it reasonable to expect someone

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So is it reasonable to expect someone practicing as an engineer (any discipline) to have a working understanding of Fermi estimation?

Thursday October 16th, 2014

So apparently the way to make Perl's

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So apparently the way to make Perl's CGI module deal with UTF-8 correctly is to remove the "-utf8" from the module options.

OH: "...but it's just one fedora away from reality."

Keep seeing tweets in my timeline

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Keep seeing tweets in my timeline, going to click on the RTer so I can turn off content-free RTs, and then realizing they're promoted.

QOTD: MeFi user RogerB on Bill Gates' review of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century:

"Guillotines Impractical, Divisively Partisan, Opines Illustrious Monarch"

Whisper snoops

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Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users:

The practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users – including those who have expressly opted out of geolocation services – will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives.

Whisper is also sharing information with the US Department of Defense gleaned from smartphones it knows are used from military bases, and developing a version of its app to conform with Chinese censorship laws.

Go read it. There's more. Don't trust 'em.

Prison demographics

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RT Mur Lafferty ‏@mightymur:

Wait- put aside the outrage of the child porn comments for one sec: John Grisham thinks prisons are "full" of 60 yr old white men... O_o

(re John Grisham: men who watch child porn are not all paedophiles)

OH: "Using lines off code as a reference, you've worked negative three months." "yeah, but my diffs are huge!"

OH: "anacronym"

Checked back on Ello

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Checked back on Ello. Saw largely links that made the rounds on Facebook 6 months ago.

Wednesday October 15th, 2014

JWZ discovers Android computer ships

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JWZ discovers Android computer ships with the same MAC address, meaning you have to jailbreak to use 2 of them.

RT Brennan Lee Mulligan &#8207

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RT Brennan Lee Mulligan ‏@BrennanLM: "Free Will is okay, but with Premium Will you get a sense of purpose and bonus self-control points every time you don't check Facebook."

Fusion now 4... uh... 5 years off

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Y'all know how fusion has been 10 years away for 50 years? Well, it's now 5 years away, but...

...Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready in a decade.

It was 4 years away in February of last year, so apparently we're losing a year of delivery time every year and a half of elapsed time ...

Via MeFi and Via MeFi.

2.9 seconds

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I'd actually be a huge fan of automated traffic enforcement, if traffic enforcement wasn't perverted into a bullshit revenue generation thing: Chicago generated 77,000 additional red-light tickets by shortening yellow-light times, report says.

fake firearms & cosplay

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Roving Trigger Discipline Classes For Cosplayers — Now in Session:

But SF/F cos­tumes often include rep­re­sen­ta­tions of firearms, and cos­players often don’t know basic fire dis­ci­pline. They don’t know to keep their finger off the trigger. They don’t know not to scan people with their muzzle.

If the documents say a cluster of 64gb

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If the documents say a cluster of 64gb machines is the sweet spot, don't try to make it work on a single 4gb machine.

Tabloid Headlines

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RT Chris BLOODell ‏@superpixelchris:

"@bellamackie: Bravo Private Eye: " Nails it