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Tips For Securing Your Secure Shell

Pathwalker Re:Smartcarding your SSH connection (148 comments)

I've considered moving my SSH private key into a YubiKey Neo; but the Neo only appears to support 2048 bit RSA keys.

I could use a larger key on a normal USB drive, but it would be vulnerable to interception when the drive was inserted. The YubiKey would eliminate that threat, but the limited key size causes me some concern.

Do people feel that the reduction in the attack surface by keeping the key secured on a dedicated hardware device outweighs the reduction in key size?

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Pathwalker Are you sure of what you are watching? (355 comments)

It sounds like you are watching traffic inside of your network, and not the interface between your edge router, and the ISP device.

You could be missing many things; incoming traffic that your edge router drops, retransmissions between your edge router and the ISP device, and firmware/config updates for the ISP device.

We really need more detail.

about 5 months ago

Will Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Stay With MySQL?

Pathwalker Re:No Cross Database Joins (245 comments)

My guess is that he doesn't understand how sequences work, and expects more than just a monotonic counter.

Specifically, I think he missed this line in the documentation:

To avoid blocking concurrent transactions that obtain numbers from the same sequence, a nextval operation is never rolled back; that is, once a value has been fetched it is considered used, even if the transaction that did the nextval later aborts. This means that aborted transactions might leave unused "holes" in the sequence of assigned values.

about a year ago

Google Posts Images, Binaries For New Nexus 7

Pathwalker Re:you know what they say: you cant trust google (80 comments)

I see NFC used all the time; mainly by people checking the balance of transit cards.

It's really handy to be able to check how much you have left on a card, without waiting in line for one of the machines.

about a year and a half ago

If I search online for my full name...

Pathwalker Uh-oh... (213 comments)

If I start typing my full name, Google autocompletes with "murders"...

about a year and a half ago

H&R Block Software Glitch To Delay 600,000 U.S. Tax Refunds

Pathwalker Re:I read that as... (104 comments)

Note that the IRS does pay (pretty good) interest, if they owe you enough.

I found that out one year when cleaning up the mess resulting from a forced stock sale (due to a takeover) and a broker that did backup withholding for the entire amount, ignoring the cost basis; but reported to me that a smaller number of shares had been sold, and that nothing had been deducted. After a few go-rounds I got the corrected paperwork in June, and filed a 1040X.

The extra check for the interest was a nice surprise.

about 2 years ago

Reasons You're Not Getting Interviews; Plus Some Crazy Real Resume Mistakes

Pathwalker Re:HWGA (246 comments)

Not really; payments appear to have been broken since dice took over.

about 2 years ago

YouTube App Removed From iOS 6 Beta4

Pathwalker Re:Mars expedition is staged (233 comments)

The grounding is a trick; it just ties you into the Earth's energy fields, and makes the mind control easier.

Just remember:
* Shiny side out blocks mind control.
* Shiny side in blocks reading your thoughts.

You have to pick one!

more than 2 years ago

Google To Pay $0 To Oracle In Copyright Case

Pathwalker Re:Weird ruling (250 comments)

Ever look at the contents of /System/Library/Extensions/Dont\ Steal\ Mac\ OS\ X.kext/ ?

more than 2 years ago

Is Microsoft's Kinect a Gaming Failure?

Pathwalker Nice fit for casual games. (130 comments)

I picked up a 360 with Kinect for my parents a couple of weeks ago. Controllers are becoming more difficult for them to use; and I figured controlling a game with whole body movements would work better for them.

So far they've really enjoyed it; it seems to be a good fit for the same casual gamers who have been using a Wii, but want games that are a bit more complex.

more than 2 years ago

Bitcoin Mining Startup Gets $500k In Venture Capital

Pathwalker Re:Sucker born every minute. (381 comments)

The problems which are solved are used to generate checkpoints in a distributed proof-of-time system which is then used to impose a partial ordering over a list of transactions.

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Mobile Apps Switch To OpenStreetMap

Pathwalker Re:Danger Google (166 comments)

They've been there for years; haven't you noticed how some drivers mention the organization that sponsored writing them?

more than 2 years ago

NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

Pathwalker Re:Garmin lobbyists (516 comments)

On rural roads it can be handy when your GPS alerts you that 110 miles ahead there was an accident, and the road is now closed. In 50 miles, you should turn left, then right in another 30, and approach your destination from the other side so you don't have to backtrack when you reach the closure.

It can also be handy with mountain passes that close suddenly after rockslides. Often while there is an online notification sent out, they only post signs a mile or so away from the closure, and not 40 miles back where the last branching road was.

more than 2 years ago

Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s

Pathwalker Re:You're old. (350 comments)

At the local mall, there was a "Babbage's" and an "Electronics Boutique" right by each other. They would always try to undercut each other, so you would want to check both.

I remember one stuck with the old 8 bit systems for longer than the other, but I can't remember which.

There was also an odd local store which stocked Atari 8 bit series stuff until at least 1995; they had only Atari hardware; ST and Falcon 030 computers; and Jaguar game consoles.

more than 2 years ago

Dealing With an Overly-Restrictive Intellectual Property Policy?

Pathwalker Re:what happens to open source work? under laws (467 comments)

This is why most projects require signed statements from new contributors stating that they either own the code they are contributing, or have permission from the code owner to contribute it.

If someone lied, and submitted code owned by an employer without the employer's permission, it can be a real mess to resolve.

more than 2 years ago

Dealing With an Overly-Restrictive Intellectual Property Policy?

Pathwalker Please don't release anything as open source. (467 comments)

If you don't actually own the rights to what you are writing, please don't contaminate open source projects by including code owned by your employer.

Cleaning up a contaminated code base is a big pain. Please make sure you own the code, or have the rights to release it before setting it free.

more than 2 years ago

Dealing With an Overly-Restrictive Intellectual Property Policy?

Pathwalker Read things before you sign them. (467 comments)

You should have negotiated this before you started employment.

Once, when I objected to terms that would have granted the company ownership over everything I did outside of work, they just swapped out that page with another one they had ready. The different terms were there and ready, but just not the default. They were perfectly happy to give me the rights to my own projects, as long as I was willing to ask for them.

It does suck when you didn't pay attention to what you signed, and are stuck in a bad situation, and it can be hard to fix these things after the fact.

Your best option would probably to look for another job, and pay attention to what they are asking you to sign.

Hopefully you don't have any long term non-competes, or other clauses.

more than 2 years ago


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GeoURL is back

Pathwalker Pathwalker writes  |  more than 9 years ago geoURL is back.

Well, sort of. It looks like the old database is there, in a new fancy site, but there's something missing.

On the old site, there was an easy way to get XML dumps of the sites in a region. I made heavy use of that in plotting the locations of urls on maps at mapper.ofdoom.com.

Now, once the data goes in, there's no apparent way to get it back out in a form that can be easily reused.

I noticed the same thing with some others of the replacement sites, such as geourl.info. It's easy to add data, but hard to get it back out.

I think I'll keep working on and improving my implementation of the same idea geocrawler.mapper.ofdoom.com.
After all, it's too good of an idea to leave in the hands of one site (in case it disappears again), and all of my query pages support returning results in XML and RDF. (plus I have a downloadable dump of the entire database.


Random emails

Pathwalker Pathwalker writes  |  more than 11 years ago In the past week or so, I have been getting some very very strange email via the mailcloak module I wrote a while ago.

I think I found the reason. Look and see what comes up in the middle of the first page for a search on compose email.

I forgot to block /_internal/ in robots.txt.

Now people all over the world who know very little about computers are typing their messages into a web form that emails them to me.


I broke Final Cut Pro!

Pathwalker Pathwalker writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Sequence Error: Unable to perform edit. The duration of the resulting sequence would exceed 4 hours.

It happened when I was trying to clean up the 6 hour chunk of audio from Friday's IPM. I brought in my laptop and a iMic, to grab an uncompressed version of the whole show, so I could crunch it down into QuickTime (Mpeg-4 AAC) at various bit rates (and eventually ABR MP3 and ogg) to compliment the old RealAudio archives.

I wanted to trim some silence off of the beginning, run a filter on some talk segments that had popping in the background, and see how hard it would be to mark start/end points of songs to add a text track with the song names, but I had to just crunch the raw audio.

Next time I think I'll see if I can break Peak DV...

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