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Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

What'sInAName Re:Finally! (178 comments)

"Microsoft supports its technologies like high school students support their relationships."

Excellent, I'm going to borrow that!

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

What'sInAName Mobile OTP (113 comments)

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Mobile-OTP (http://motp.sourceforge.net/). Perhaps it's a bit older, but it's absolutely free assuming your users have a mobile phone. (It doesn't even necessarily have to be a smart phone). We use this to secure our SSH gateways and it's not bad to set up -- it uses PAM.

about 5 months ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

What'sInAName Legal Analysis (798 comments)

Here's an interesting article that looks at the legal aspects of this case:


tl;dr version: The charges are bullshit.

about 8 months ago

Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

What'sInAName Re:"because it originated from the wireless networ (547 comments)

Considering that if it is a real threat (i.e. there's a real device planted) then yes, a real bomb threat is smart, in that it gives time for people to be evacuated.

Now actually *planting* a device in the first place is stupid.

1 year,3 days

Nest Protect: Trojan Horse For 'The Internet of Things'?

What'sInAName Re:who thinks about their smoke detector? (177 comments)

Many apartments are like this. Here in the Boston area there are quite a few apartment buildings with central heat that individual units have no control over. It's especially bad with those damn steam radiators. Depending on what kind of insulation you have, part of a room will be boiling hot and the other part will be freezing. If you stand in between the two extremes and rotate, you can kind of keep yourself at a comfortable temperature, but that's a bit... awkward to do.

about a year ago

Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser

What'sInAName Re:Maybe I'm an excessive user (223 comments)

But 1000 blocks an hour is way short of what Ad-block plus gets with the standard list.

Ok, now it makes sense. I'd originally read that as 1000 BUCKS an hour in the summary and was trying to figure out what the hell they meant!

about a year ago

iPhone 5 GeekBench Results

What'sInAName I'm going for an S3 (470 comments)

(Grrr, thought I was logged in.)

I've decided that my next phone (soon, I hope) is going to be the S3. I'd been holding out with my iPhone 4 for a while, waiting (like many others, I suspect) to see what Apple would wow us with for the iPhone 5. Needless to say, I wasn't that impressed, though to be honest, part of me really didn't expect to be, given that there are only so many innovations they could have come up with. What could they have done? An even bigger screen? NFC? A phone you could roll up? The first two would hardly have been groundbreaking and the latter is tech that doesn't really exist yet.

Still, at the end of the day, I'm sure I could be happy with the 5, but I'm ready to play with a new toy. I've never had an Android device before, but got a chance to play with a tablet and some phones over my vacation, and I liked what I saw.

Captcha: revenues

more than 2 years ago

The Optimum Attack Rate For SSH Bruteforce? Once Every Ten Seconds

What'sInAName Re:Key AND Password (167 comments)

I use Mobile OTP (http://motp.sourceforge.net/) for two-factor auth at work. Once I figured out the PAM side of things, it was quite straight-forward. I installed it on my server at home as well, but I'm a little more relaxed about it -- I allow ssh from a few "trusted" boxes via ssh-keys, otherwise it requires password+OTP token authentication. Now, I just have to worry about keeping those "trusted" boxes safe. (I do have a password on the ssh keys, but wonder if I have a long-running login session with the keys installed into ssh-agent, I might be boned anyway if someone were to break in.)

more than 2 years ago

Senators Ask Feds To Probe Facebook Log-in Requests

What'sInAName Re:Pah! Antisocial network (396 comments)

What happens when they decide that people they can't find on social networks must either be lying, or must have something to hide?

Honestly, I am so fucking tired of all these facebook "hipster" posts that basically say, "I'm too cool to be on social media!" If you don't have Facebook, this doesn't affect you, so stop telling everyone you don't have Facebook. No one thinks you're cool because of it.

Please! I wasn't on FB before it was cool to not be on FB. Instead, I'm on a different social networking site. You probably haven't heard of it.

more than 2 years ago

Senators Ask Feds To Probe Facebook Log-in Requests

What'sInAName Re:Pah! Antisocial network (396 comments)

Oh, I'm sure they knew what they were doing with the big banana reference. The best cartoons are the ones with "adult" jokes that the kids would miss completely. That way, it's fun for the whole family.

more than 2 years ago

Followup: Ultraviolet Vision After Cataract Surgery

What'sInAName Re:Come back... (311 comments)

Yup, that's an excellent description of what it's like -- I think I actually described it that way ("feeling" it rather than hearing it) once actually. I only found it mildly annoying though. I always thought it was a cool (if somewhat useless) "superpower."

Nice to see I'm not the only one. I worked in a computer lab in college for a bit and would always be the one to walk around and turn off the CRT monitors that had been left on at the end of the day (though with a room full of them, it still takes a bit of time -- the sound isn't particularly directional). Never found anyone else around who knew what the hell I was talking about until now.

more than 2 years ago

Most People Have Never Heard of CTRL+F

What'sInAName CTRL+F in meatspace (567 comments)

I have the opposite problem. I try to use Ctrl+F (well, grep actually) in the real world. Don't tell me you haven't. I can't recall the number of times I've been reading a book, deciding I want to search for something, and caught myself thinking "I'll just grep for.... oh shit."

It happens less and less now, since I've started using the iPad as a book reader. Now the only really annoying thing is getting a non-searchable PDF, which is fortunately pretty rare.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Buys iCloud.com Domain For $4.5 Million

What'sInAName Hefty price tag? (99 comments)

With such a hefty price tag, Apple clearly must have serious plans for the cloud in the pipeline..."

Considering the size of Apple, 4.5 mil is chump change. I don't really think that indicates anything about "serious plans."

more than 3 years ago

iPad Just Another TV Set?

What'sInAName Re:They don't get it (270 comments)

I just ditched cable this winter. The hardest part for me wasn't giving up cable, but the nice MythTV DVR PC I bought from components and installed when it still meant something to install your own Myth box. (Not really bragging, I'm just proud of my accomplishment. Ok, so yeah, I guess that means I'm bragging, so sue me.)

Now I have an old Mac mini with Boxee on it hooked up to the TV (36" LCD 720p, nothing special at all) and can control it all with an Apple remote, which I like. (Well, I have a BT keyboard/mouse if I want to browse to something not available as an app on Boxee.) I also moved my home media collection to a smaller, quiet PC that also serves as the home Samba share, in another room. Not that the myth box was loud, but now my living room is super quiet.

So far, I really haven't missed cable, and I'm quite happy with the setup.

more than 3 years ago

The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

What'sInAName Re:I have an INK timestamp on my punch card box (375 comments)

You can save a step (well, several) and you don't even need to be root, at least with gun-coreutils installed:

touch -t 196901010000.00 ReallyOldFile

ls -l !$
-rw-r--r-- 1 damogan king 0 Jan 1 1969 ReallyOldFile

more than 4 years ago

AI Predicts Manhole Explosions In New York City

What'sInAName These things can explode spectacularly... (213 comments)

One time I witnessed one of these explosions in Boston, and let me tell you, it's quite impressive! It was a hot August day and I was standing about 20 ft away from it, when out of nowhere, BOOMBOOMBOOM! There were actually a series of explosions that knocked the manhole cover a foot or two in the air each time, and each time the cover came back down perfectly on the hole, as if nothing ever happened. There was a college kid who was even closer to it than I was. He was just a few feet away when it happened and I could see that it shook him up pretty badly.

I asked the workman who was there a short time later what exactly had happened and he said a transformer had blown.

more than 4 years ago

The Computer That Can Read Your Mind

What'sInAName What we really need. (145 comments)

What we really need is a computer for people that can't think!

more than 4 years ago

If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

What'sInAName My "Other" response (1142 comments)

All of the above!

more than 4 years ago



Amazon Introduces Wireless E-Book Reader

What'sInAName What'sInAName writes  |  more than 7 years ago

What'sInAName (115383) writes "As anticipated, Amazon has just released Kindle , their wireless e-book reader. The reader can apparently download books wirelessly (via Sprint's EVDO network). Utilizing electronic paper, Kindle is said to provide a crisp black-and-white screen that resembles the appearance and readability of printed paper. The screen works using ink, just like books and newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. It reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, eliminating the glare associated with other electronic displays. The cost is $399, and some books seem to be going for $9.99. This would make a nice stocking stuffer!"



Latest update

What'sInAName What'sInAName writes  |  about 6 years ago

Hmmm, I guess I haven't updated this since 2004. Oh well, not that anyone reads it anyway. I've been fortunate enough to get a position as Senior Unix/Linux Systems Administrator at a prestigious university in the Boston area. Given the financial climate, I hope that continues to be true!

Other than that, life moves along. I'll be 40 next year...



What'sInAName What'sInAName writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Heh, I seem to have picked up a fan. (Hi grub!) Don't know why, and I guess I shouldn't feel too special, since grub has a lot of friends.

I'm sure I have some meatspace friends here as well, but I have no idea what their /. nicks are.

I still don't have a job. Anyone want to hire me to work in the Boston area as a Linux/UNIX sysadmin? See my previous journal entry, which also has my Yahoo mail id.


From Mathematician to System Administrator

What'sInAName What'sInAName writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well, after many years of being an "amateur" UNIX/Linux systems administrator, I have decided to quit and become a professional. (well, I did SA work in grad school in the form of a fellowship, but that was "part time" work. Those of you who have done SA work will know why I put the quotes. In this context, it means I only did SA work 40 hours a week.)

Ok, "quit" may not be the right terminology. I'm a postdoc, which means I have a temporary position to begin with. I'm trained as an applied mathematician, and I have had some success as such, but my heart really isn't into it. (They'd like to keep me around where I'm doing my postdoc currently, but I suspect that might be partially due to the fact that I'm the most knowledgeable Linux guy there. Not that I'm saying a lot with that statement...)

Ok, my wife and I currently live in the DC area, one of the hottest markets for IT workers at the moment (early summer 2004). But of course, I can't make things simple. We don't want to stay here. Or at least *I* don't want to stay here. She's actually a bit agnostic about the move. Myself, I like Boston. It's a biggish but compact city, it's very young and vibrant, and seems to have a lot of energy. I went to grad school there, so maybe I'm trying to relive my life as a student, but I want to give it a shot. It's a bonus that if I'm feeling sick of the place, all I have to do is drive two hours and I'm in the White mountains of New Hampshire. Or Vermont. Or Maine. New England is really a great place!

Ok, so if you happen to be in the Boston area (like anyone is going to read my journal!) and are looking for a sysadmin who does Linux/Solaris/Other flavors of Unix, has used Microsoft Windows a fair deal, and who has been a computer enthusiast for the past 20 years (I'm only 35 though, I've just been into computers since I was a kid), then drop me an e-mail at daves_spam_account@yahoo.com. I've worked as both a sysadmin (Linux/Solaris/Windows PCs/Macs) and a software developer (C/Motif/X/SQL). I don't claim to know everything, but I can certainly pick up what I don't know very rapidly. I enjoy working with people and I really get a kick out of helping someone get the most out of their computing resources. I am definitely not an aloof, antisocial techie in this regard.

Ok, I've rambled long enough.

P.S. If anyone has advice for me, please feel free to post it here or email me at the above address!

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