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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

http Re:Things are starting to turn around (303 comments)

Schooling time

I am disappointed at the quality of open source software - especially pieces as famous and fundamental as OpenSSL, and I agree, that open source's claimed advantage of there being "thousands of eyeballs" verifying its correctness is overblown.

I cant decide - am I looking at an intentional misrepresentation, or a facepalm-worthy senior moment? Linus' Law had nothing to do with verifying code. From Wikipedia,

The law states that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow"; or more formally: "Given a large enough beta-tester and co-developer base, almost every problem will be characterized quickly and the fix will be obvious to someone."

about 3 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

http Re:What could go wrong? (341 comments)

gstoddart wrote,

Yeah, yeah, offtopic because I didn't say 'fuck beta' ... I'm just tired of the nerd rage, it gets old after a while.

As long as beta is on the table, nerd anger is appropriate.

about 5 months ago
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Who's Writing Linux These Days?

http Re:Patrons (63 comments)

No, there isn't a saying.
The tradition in law is that the existence of an exception may be used to infer a rule - e.g. "No Parking: 4pm - 6pm" means that parking IS permitted at other times. Mr. Torvalds may be considered unusual, but his efforts are not part of (or exception to) any rule I can think of, except maybe "being polite and rude consistently gest things done in the long term"

about 6 months ago
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UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

http Where did the AC lie? (273 comments)

Putting a name behind it should have no influence on the validity of the case being made. Most people can't tell BS from truth on this topic, but they can usually spot a personal attack, like the one I'm going to make on you because you're advocating polluted discourse. So fuck you, you fucking fuck.

There, I stooped to your level for a moment. I'm not proud, but you can't call me on it without dissing your own worthless argument. Now, back to rational discussion: Where did the AC lie?

about 6 months ago
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Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

http Re:Get Ready (383 comments)

Opportunity - one free with any internet connection, two if you ever leave your house.

about 6 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

http Re:Tiny little airbags like the polystyrene foam? (317 comments)

Your guess is far wide of the mark. The styrofoam in conventional bicycle helmets is designed to collapse once. While the size may not change much, the crush absorption is gone. It is for this reason they are discarded after an impact.

about 6 months ago
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How Ya Gonna Get 'Em Down On the UNIX Farm?

http Re:Command Line Not Necessary (606 comments)

No. Argument ad homenium is not needed.

It's got nothing to do with the arrogance or competence of the builders. GUIs tend to suck at automation because of the assumption that each interface, when presented, shall be manipulated by a human. This assumption is a reasonable one, and destroys automation before you start - the best you can hope for is applying the presented default after a timeout period, which makes for exceptionally slow progress. Automation that needs constant human intervention is (and I'll be kind here) not automation.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

http Re:Answer your own question, Slashdot! (382 comments)

I see no hypocrisy - the page was never intended to be static text with no records outside of access.log. Javascript is not presented as a bad idea, but a frequently used piledriver where paperweights normally suffice. The claw hammer on that page seems appropriate.

about 7 months ago
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Judge: NSA Phone Program Likely Unconstitutional

http Re:Arbitrary? (345 comments)

Driving down a particular road at a particular time does not constitute probable cause.

Go home and get some sleep. Come back when you''re ready to play.

about 7 months ago
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Swarm Mobile's Offer: Free Wi-Fi In Exchange For Some Privacy

http Re:In exchange for privacy? WHA? (121 comments)

If ever you have a future need to step out from the herd and speak against the elite in favour of justice or truth (or anything at all that said future elite don't like), that tracking provides myraid opportunities for your voice to be discredited if you show signs of getting any significant traction.
The thought police don't have to send helicopters. You have given them the remote controls for your suicide belt.

about 8 months ago
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

http Re:very understandable (784 comments)

You're full of shit.
Most medicines are generally prescribed for one condition, so the pharmacist doesn't have to be any kind of clever to make a good guess what condition you've been diagnosed with. But it's still a guess. If your doctor is actually doing this, though, report them to the local college of physicians.

about 8 months ago
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Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

http Re:Yes. (1216 comments)

Forbidding people from signing contracts that both parties deem as mutually beneficial is wrong and destructive to the economy. After all, it is not the CEO's who own corporations, but the shareholders. As such, it is the shareholders who ultimately decide upon the pay of the CEO. If the owners of a company decide that it is in the company's best interest to entice the top executives with $x, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Contrary to popular belief, the only way this is possible in the long run, is if the executive actually brings that worth to the corporation. These sorts of laws will *not* bring up the wage of the workers just so that the executives can be paid more; after all, the most an employee can be paid without the company losing money is the discounted marginal value product that he or she brings to the company.

There's another way this is possible in the long run - don't pay the rank and file members what they're worth.

This is easy because the negotiating process between a corporation and a potential staffer is rarely an exchange between equals. The rank and file are most often absolutely not in a position to negotiate a fair wage or salary.

about 7 months ago
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Seattle PD Mum On Tracking By Its New Wi-Fi Mesh Network

http No, they weren't. (107 comments)

But now they're thinking about it. Thanks a lot, The Stranger.

about 8 months ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

http Re:He IS offering evidence (431 comments)

Rogers (Republican, chair of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence) and Rupersberger (democrat, member of same) have made such claims publicly.
You need to keep your facts straight if you want them to go to prison. Just because nobody took the assertions seriously doesn't mean they didn't say such a thing.

about 9 months ago
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Network Scientists Discover the 'Dark Corners' of the Internet

http Re:Not internet (99 comments)

Further, social networks all have a backlog where previous posts can be viewed (particularly true with FB), thus a person still "transmits" a given piece of information indefinitely as other people view their wall going back far in time. Thus it is always possible for a "dark corner" of the "internet" to always catch up by seeing a piece of information in that way instead of only real-time.

You're so funny. Just try going back a week on facebook. I'll wait while you restart your browser a few times, waiting for the thrashing to stop. Oh, just pull the plug, it'll be faster.

Endless scrolling - the penultimate "fuck you" to a web page viewer. Tumblr does it too,* making a walk down memory lane potentially depend upon how much RAM you have.

* some users disable it, but it is the default that most go with.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations?

http Re:Outrage doesn't do shit (610 comments)

Your nation already looks destroyed. Despite rampant criminality and indiscipline in the administration, the DoJ is deliberately remaining toothless on the matter, the judiciary is issuing no orders to rectify its oversight being ignored, and the legislators are largely following sponsor^Wparty lines instead of constituent wishes when drafting and voting on legislation. A revolution at this point could only create a nation.

about 9 months ago
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90% of Nuclear Regulators Sent Home Due To Shutdown

http Re your sig (358 comments)

"If you punish ordinary opposing views in debate you aren't committed to free speech. Prove me wrong."
Badly reasoned rhetoric deserves to be shut down. If it's presented as clear and cogent philosophy, a side dish of embarrasment is heartwarming.

about 9 months ago
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The Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Why Tech Doesn't Kill Jobs

http Re:Sure, to lower paying jobs (674 comments)

Yet we have growing economic uncertainty and a shrinking middle class coincident with a period of unprecedented per capita productive capacity. Why is this so? The sound-bite answer is "concentration of wealth". The complete answer is incredibly complex [ snip ]

I disagree. The complete answer is, entrenched Capitalists want it that way. People who have concentrated wealth shall support any policy that maintains inequality, AND be able to put their money where their mouth is. Confusion arises only because they never openly mouth their actual motivations.

about 10 months ago

Submissions

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Journals

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What is this?

http http writes  |  about 5 months ago

Soylent News is (dissenting) people.

http://soylentnews.org/

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Anti-parochial

http http writes  |  about 8 months ago

I just modded up a foe for presenting a point I don't like well. Nietzsche's got my back.

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Conflation

http http writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Exactly when did caring about your privacy become conflated with thinking people are out to get you, and who is responsible for this cultural shift?

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A completely different take on the world.

http http writes  |  more than 5 years ago I have to share this. picture. My place in the food chain is suffering from cognitive dissonance.

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This is required? Why? Ignore it.

http http writes  |  more than 6 years ago

263144 = 2 ^3 * 7 *37 * 127

You're welcome.

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mod point odd point

http http writes  |  more than 7 years ago so... i've gotten mod points eight times this past month, after not having any since ~august 2004. (i emailed myself a few times because i got them once a week for a bit, and i wanted to see if it was related to day of week). i have not noticed any variations in the frequency with which i visit slashdot, except that maybe since the weather has turned for the warmer (northern hemisphere) i'm out more evenings...
theories, etc?

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My own 128-bit integer - get yours NOW!

http http writes  |  more than 7 years ago I own this one:

C1 12 8D 0F 68 31 D3 0E 25 0B 88 CF 1E E2 AB 86

explanation: tomhudson pointed this out to me
http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/?p=1155
Get yours NOW!!!! Before the MPAA takes them all.

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DEBIAN SUX 455 -- Windows ME ROCKS

http http writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Now that I have your attention.

You would think that after all this time he would remember to Log OUT after being in session at my house but no, I go to log into my computer and there I am, HTTP. now as interesting and 'Freaky Friday vs. Strange Days' as it is to be HTTP for a day it is getting so much more difficult for a poor tortured soul such as mine to resist such temptations these opportune moments bring.

Especially since his sig. file is just sitting over there------------------------------------------->
MOCKING me. Actually calling out lamentations of wanting to be freed from its bonds, how it wants to be something more forward, more eye stopping, more mighty, more....!

"Heart-stopping?" I offer back to it.

"Yeah, something BRAVE!" it weeps back from its chained existence.

Oh I feel for it... just over there------------------------>
*yearning* to be something heart-stopping.

"How about 'DEBIAN IS FOR WIMPS...WINDOWS M.E. IS GOD!!!!!!!!!" I venture.

Even in its little tortured bonds it wriggles with excitement "with *nine* exclamation marks??" it can hardly contain its joy.

"Yes! More if you want them, even a whole paragraph more!" this sig. file, wriggling with joy, is only six inches away from where im typing. I can feel its yearning; I can feel its excitement.
Over there------------------------------------------------->

  AIEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

It's not fair. HTTP is tempting me, it's like he has set the whole thing up as an evil plot, snakelike, to get me ousted from Eden. (Ever notice the snake didn't get ousted?) I am trying to be good. But the temptation is getting greater and greater EACH TIME he does this... *Grrr*... this time I think I *will* resist.

I hear a small *weeping* 'noooooooo!!!' from about six inches over there------------------------------------>

THAT'S RIGHT MR MAN! I am NOT falling for your *EVIL* plot of destruction THIS TIME. Your EVIL TEMPTATIVE SLASHDOTIAN WILES have only *dented* the morally good 'it's the right thing to do' Wellford Brimlian armour im wearing today.
*HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA*

Aieeeeeee.

Perhaps I will still change his homepage to 'special offers' and sign him up for a few hundred newsletters on 'pricegrabber' while I'm here.... hey I said I was *trying* to be good, I'm not saying I'm successful 100% of the time. *GRIN*.

-magdalene-

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iTunes 8-ball

http http writes  |  more than 7 years ago i recently read an introduction to the i ching by carl jung, so the workableness of this meme won out over the oddness of the methodology. (in plainer english, this looked so wild that i had to try it):

You put your itunes (or musicmatch, or winamp, etc) playlist on random, and ask one of the questions below. when you hit play, the song that comes up has your answer. sometimes you have to think about it a bit to figure it out, but it works 99.9% of the time. no cheating!"

these are my results:

1: how am i feeling today?
- the barbarian, by emerson, lake and palmer

2: what does my computer think of me?
- antarctica, by men without hats

3: how far will i go in life?
- garlands, by cocteau twins

4: will i have a happy life?
- face up, by new order

5: what do my friends really think of me?
- 5 8 6, by new order

6: what do strangers secretly think of me?
- tommy the cat, by primus

7: do my friends secretly lust after me?
- smooth operator, by sade

8: how can i make myself happy?
- view from the outside, by the lucy show

9: where will i get married?
- kooks, by david bowie

10: what is my best friend's theme song?
- tales of the future, by vangelis (bladerunner soundtrack)

11: what should i do with my life?
- burn, by the cure

12: why must life be so full of pain?
- (like a) sun rising through my garden, by matt johnson

13: what is the story of my life?
- do the empty house, by the comsat angels

14: what was high school like?
- lukey's boat, by great big sea

15: what is the best thing about me?
- musette & drums, by cocteau twins

16: how can i maximize my pleasure during sex?
- theme for great cities, by simple minds

17: will i ever have children?
- autosuggestion, by joy division

18: will i die happy?
- telegraph, by orchestral manouevers in the dark

19: can you give me some advice?
- muscle for brains, by gang of four

20: what is my best trait?
- stuck in the rain, by the payolas

21: what do you think happiness is?
- ivo, by cocteau twins

22: what's my favorite fetish?
- bread and wine, by peter gabriel

23: how does the world see me?
- time again for the golden sunset, by the the

24: how will i be remembered?
- troy, by sinead o'connor

25: are people secretly after me?
- passover, by joy division

26: what is my signature dancing song?
- alive and kicking, by simple minds

27: what do i think is my current theme song?
- architecture and morality, by orchestral manouevers in the dark

28: what do others think is my current theme song?
- scissors and the stone, by the comsat angels

29: what song will play at my funeral?
- if music could talk, by the clash

30: what song describes my parents?
- wolf in the breast, by cocteau twins

31: what song describes my grandparents?
- every little thing she does is magic, by the police

32: what type of women do i like?
- kind of a drag, by the buckinghams

33: what is my day going to be like?
- indiscipline, by king crimson

34: what is the weekend going to be like?
- disturbed, by peter gabriel

35: how is my life going?
- treason, by the teardrop explodes

36: what will be written on my tombstone?
- pictures at an exhibitions, by mussorgsky

just brilliant. `5 8 6'. that one made me crack up. PERFECT. plus, you get random sample of today's playlist.

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1953 or 2003? what has changed.

http http writes  |  more than 7 years ago I originally found this at http://www.mltranslations.org/Miscellaneous/RobesonSPP.htm and am taking a cue from PK.

Thoughts on Winning the Stalin Peace Prize
By Paul Robeson

"Here's My Story,"
Freedom,
January 1953

Many friends have asked me how it feels to have received one of the International Stalin Prizes' "for strengthening peace among peoples." Usually I say-as most prize winners do- "It's a great honor." But of course, this award deserves more than just passing acknowledgment.

Through the years I have received my share of recognition for efforts in the fields of sports, the arts, the struggle for full citizenship for the Negro people, labor's rights and the fight for peace. No single award, however, involved so many people or such grave issues as this one.

The prize is truly an international award. The committee of judges includes the Soviet academician, D. V. Skobeltsyn, president; vicepresidents Kuo Mo-djo of China and Louis Aragon of France; and the following members: Martin Anderson Nexo, the greatest modern Danish humanist; John Bernal of England; Pablo Neruda of Chile, one of the world's greatest poets; Jan Demborsky of Poland; Michael Sadovyany of Roumania; and A. A. Fadyeev, a leading Soviet novelist.

And the prize winners include outstanding figures from many lands. It is a matter of pride to share the award with such distinguished leaders as Yves Farge of France; Sayfuddin Kichloo, spokesman for the All-Indian Congress of Peace; Eliza Branco, a leader of the Fedn. of Brazilian Women; Johannes Becher, one of the foremost writers of the German Democratic Republic; Rev. James Endicott, fearless Canadian minister and fighter for peace, and Ilya Ehrenberg, the leading Soviet novelist and journalist.

Most important, it must be clear that I cannot accept this award in a personal way. In the words of an editorial written by A. A. Fadyeev in Pravda: "The names of the laureates of the International Stalin Prizes are again witnesses to the fact that the movement for peace is continuously growing, broadening and strengthening. In the ranks of the active fighters against the threat of war, new millions of people of every race and nationality are taking their place, people of the most widely differing political and religious convictions.... The awards to Eliza Branco and Paul Robeson reflect the important historical fact that broader and broader sections of the masses of the Western Hemisphere are rising to struggle for freedom and independence, for peace and progress; peoples that endure the full weight of the attempts of imperialist reaction to strangle the movement of the masses against a new pillaging war, being prepared by American billionaires and millionaires."

I accept the award, therefore, in the name and on behalf of these new millions who are moving into the organized fight for peace in our hemisphere and especially in the United States.

One of the most decisive steps in the development of the peace movement in our country was taken in connection with the Peking and Vienna Congresses of Peace.

The American Peace movement reached out its hands across the borders to join with the millions of peace fighters in the world peace movement. Gradually it has become crystal clear that the mighty strength of the world movement representing peoples of all lands is strength for us here. As Americans, preserving the best of our traditions, we have the right- nay the duty-to fight for participation in the forward march of humanity.

We must join with the tens of millions all over the world who see in peace our most sacred responsibility. Once we are joined together in the fight for peace we will have to talk to each other and tell the truth about each other. How else can peace be won?

I have always insisted-and will insist, even more in the future on my right to tell the truth as I know it about the Soviet peoples: of their deep desires and hopes for peace, of their peaceful pursuits of reconstruction from the ravages of war,. as in historic Stalingrad; and to tell of the heroic efforts of the friendly peoples in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, great, new China and North Korea-to explain, to answer the endless falsehoods of the warmongering press with clarity and courage.

In this framework we can make clear what co-existence means. It means living in peace and friendship with another kind of society-a fully integrated society where the people control their destinies, where poverty and illiteracy have been eliminated and where new kinds of human beings develop in the framework of a new level of social living.

The telling of these truths is an important part of our work in building a strong and broad peace movement in the United States.

Like any other people, like fathers, mothers, sons and daughters in every land, when the issue of peace or war has been put squarely to the American people, they have registered for peace. Whatever the confusions, however great the hysteria, millions voted for the Stockholm petition, millions more wanted to. At every step the vast majority have expressed horror at the idea of an aggressive war.

In fact, because of this deep desire for peace, the ruling class leaders of this land, from 1945 on, stepped up the hysteria and propaganda to drive into American minds the false notion that danger threatened them from the East. This propaganda began before the blood of precious human beings stopped flowing in the mighty struggle against fascism.

I, myself, was in Europe in 1945, singing to the troops. And already one heard rumblings of the necessity of America's preparing for war against the Soviet Union, our gallant ally. And at home in the United States we found continued and increased persecution, first of leaders of the Communist Party, and then of all honest anti-fascists.

But the deep desire for peace remained with the American people. Wallace was hailed by vast throngs when he resigned from Truman's cabinet in protest against the war-mongering of the then Secretary of State James Byrnes, now the Negro-hating governor of South Carolina. Seven to eight million peace lovers put Wallace on the ballot in almost all of the 48 states in 1948. The cry for peace forced Truman to take over (demogogically, of course) the Progressive Party platform. In addition he hinted he would send Vinson, one of his trusted lieutenants, to Moscow, to talk peace.

We know how Truman betrayed the American people in their hopes for peace, how he betrayed the Negro people in their thirst for equal rights, how he tore up the Bill of Rights and subjected the whole American people to a reign of FBI-terrorization.

The Korean war has always been an unpopular war among the American people. We remember the unforgivable trickery in the use of the United Nations to further the purposes of "American century" imperialists in that land-quite comparable to the taking of Texas from Mexico, the rape of Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. At one point American peace sentiment helped to stop Truman from pursuing use of the atom bomb in Korea and helped force the recall of MacArthur.

Yet in 1952 the American people again allowed themselves to be taken in-this time by Eisenhower. He, too, promised in the campaign to do all he could to end the Korean slaughter. The vote shows that millions of American believed him. But already he has betrayed their trust and moves as fast as possible toward an extension of the war. There are real threats of attempting to support France on a major scale in Indo-China. All this comes as no surprise if one looks at those who guide him-Dulles, one of the architects of the whole Far Eastern policy; Dewey, the man so feared in 1948, and certainly unchanged, and the whole array of American Big Business at its worst.

All these factors become increasingly clear to great sections of the American people and certainly present a tremendous challenge to the peace forces in this land. If we move swiftly, correctly, courageously, a mighty united front of the people can be built for peace. The latent but growing sentiment can be harnessed, organized.

I am especially confident that the Negro people can be won for the fight for peace. Having voted mainly for Stevenson, they have little to expect from Eisenhower, especially an Eisenhower partly dependent upon the Dixiecrat South-sworn enemies of the Negro people. We know that war would mean an end to our struggle for civil rights, FEPC, the right to vote, an anti-lynching law, abolition of segregation.

And today the Negro people watch Africa and Asia and closely follow the liberation struggles of the rising peoples in these lands. We watch the United Nations and see the U.S.A. join with the western imperialist nations to stifle the liberation struggles. We cannot help but see that it is Vishinsky and the spokesman of the Eastern European Peoples Democracies who defend and vote for the interests of the African and Asian peoples.

I know that if the peace movement takes its message boldly to the Negro people a powerful force can be secured in pursuit of the greatest goal of all mankind. And the same is true of labor and the great democratic sections of our population.

Yes, peace can and must be won, to save the world from the terrible destruction of World War III. The prize which I have just received will spur me on to greater efforts than ever before to serve the cause of peace and to aid in building a triumphant peace movement in the United States.

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its not easy being http....

http http writes  |  more than 8 years ago

here it is 130 am and i go to my slashdot and whats this? im http. .....

where on earth is that sig file....

lesse..

you linux geeks are all hacks.. windows is the only one TRUE OS.... bend down to its supreme power you wimps!

posted to about every article in the linux and developers sections with:

-Windows ME the only *true* OS sooner or later you will all get it when you smarten up,stop being idiots and grab a clue!

as his sig? what do you think tom?

*GRIN*

______________________________________

M&M

there are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who read binary and those who don't.

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This is required

http http writes  |  more than 8 years ago well, whoops serves me right for not clicking on "Public Terminal" when i logged in. i'm just glad M didn't change my sig to something like "Windows is still better than your toy OS" or something more heinous.
and hey, it takes an hour to get there - an hour without slashdot! the horror! the horrrorrrr! maybe it would be tolerable if i was able to take traffic as lightly as a video game.
too bad you mananged yet again to not logout... nice suggestion tho.. imight just take it this time... *insert evil cackle here* -magdalene

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so why is it im logged in as you?

http http writes  |  more than 8 years ago the odd thing about having a geek friend come over to your house to geek out with you is that they always come and sit down at your computer and they ALWAYS have to log in and check what is going on on /. or check email, or solve some computer problem you may have been wrestling with, or end world hunger with a cunning bit of cgi, or better yet, C++ or perl. and no matter how many times it happens the next time I sit down at my computer there it is my journal, and I admit, I havent been around for a while but i was halfway finished typing an entry before I realized that this wasnt even my journal. ... no one ever logs out. I do it, too. so this time Im going to post here and perhaps next time he will remember to log back out of his page or call me when he sees this to ask me politely to do so for him. *GRIN*.... Magdalene

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Birthday Meme

http http writes  |  more than 8 years ago As initiated by helicobacter.

Event 1

Event 2

1879 - Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.

Event 3

1960 - Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor".

Birth 1

412 - Proclus, Greek philosopher (d. 487)

Birth 2

1834 - Dmitri Mendeleev, Russian chemist (d. 1907)

Death

1957 - John von Neumann, Hungarian-born mathematician and physicist (b. 1903)

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Is this a brand new rootkit?

http http writes  |  more than 8 years ago Brief rundown:
Drive has its partition table written 'backwards', as (and this is from memory)
partition start end size
hda2: 247 17309 80448
hda1: ..1 ..246 1998
the bios boots from hda1 (in windows) but goes to GREAT lengths to conceal that partition from every tool in windows, and give the impression that you've booted from hda2 and that's the only thing that's on the hard drive. It included, as near as I can tell, an irc client, a webserver and an ftp drop box that hides quite well from task manager. But nothing hides from a trusted GNU/Linux installation CD! Managed to tarball the contents of the secret partition for later study, but after I and my bestfriend Windows tech lost four days fucking with it, she finally said, "Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure."
She also came up with an interesting theory or two. The machine was bought (by her mother) as a demo model, and may have been a refurbished return. The original purchaser installed the root kit and returned it, to use the next unsuspecting granny's bandwidth to serve up kiddie porn. Alternately, a Staples tech or sales agent had installed it for the same reason. Yes, that truly unethical, but I mean, for $8.00 an hour, can you blame them much?

Any thoughts on this, or knowledge?

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Two weeks of tequila

http http writes  |  more than 8 years ago Well, no pony or kestrel yet, but Ryefield is up and at 'em.
His 'cognitive functioning level' is about that of a four year old kid, but this is someone with the experiences of an adult. It's an odd mix of comprehension and incomprehension. Anomia is the order of the day, as is silliness. Masha said last night, "You know how sometimes you're drinking tequila and it's three am and you're just being silly? He's like that _all_ _the_ _time_". Hence the subject line.
His short term memory seems to be getting better, and his attention span...is spotty. His balance is getting good enough to scare me (and the nurses), because he doesn't quite get that his balance is still atrocious. He goes NOWHERE unattended. I've been out to see him every afternoon but one and have started colouring in `PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE' at hte rate of one letter per day. Routines build amid reactions.
The doctor says that it's very likely that he will recover "80%" (whatever that means) over the space of two years, and that typical recovery from TBI does not follow a linear progression. What really astonishes me is how little he is upset by his inability to communicate reliably. All the literature we've read has indicated that tantrums and aggression are a normal part of the process. For once, a blessing to be at the far end of a bell curve. But then, he's always be a preternaturallly gentle person.
His mom is no longer staying with us, she rented another place with a simpler set of travel difficulties.
Today he made a telephone call to an old girlfriend; she told him she had come to the Island to visit him while he was in a coma. He was astonished, and I think he finally got it then that yes, this is really an unusual situation he's in, and no, we're not just making it up. His attention span got really long, after that, and was just brimming with question after question about how he came to be in the Neurology Ward of the hospital. One thing that he said that made me feel like maybe what I'm doing is worth it was "Well, I'm lucky to be surrounded by good people, then." I just hope he doesn't get too scared. We family and friends have already been through all kinds of scared already, so could we pass on yet another subtle variation?
And while I'm at it, "...and a pony."

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Another day, another hurdle

http http writes  |  more than 8 years ago So after spending the morning with my doctor and the library and a government clerk that regularly loses paperwork, I went out to Victoria General Hospital Intensive Care Unit. Part of the drill involves washing your hands. I washed my face too, because sometimes I rub my eyes (or my nose when it itches) and I forget.

I step into the room and the nurse greets me and leaves the room. To see Ry lying there so still I'm kind of shakey. At least the bruising on his face has faded, I stood at the bedside for a bit, and then said "Hello" kind of quietly. He opened one eye, looked over at me and said "Peter" and raised his hand up. He's been in restraints to prevent him from pulling out the various hoses, tubes, valves, and radiator. But I reach over my hand and he grabs it and he closes his eye and he seizes my hand. For the next while, stillness is not a major part of the description. For someone so active to be brought to a halt, his muscles must be twitching for lack of exercise.

I managed to not scream with happiness. I spend the next while babbling stuff like "wake up and pay attention, they've got cool shiny things here" (because Ry's a technophile) and, well, babble. I don't expect any response, because mainly I'm talking for my benefit, not his.

Then I asked "Is there something I could do to make you more comfortable", looked around a bit, and asked "Is it too bright in here?" which got a slow, laboured "yes".

I spend the next while trying to figure out which picture at the foot of his bed he was trying to point at, or maybe he was trying to point at an itchy toe. We then spent some time figuring out he wanted help sitting up. Oh, such a struggle that was! And what a reward when I figured it out. I'm so accustomed to communication with words. Your ability to read this journal entry (or have someone read it to you) is probably the second most powerful tool you have. I called over the nurse to vet the idea of sitting up, and she aided me.

His girlfriend returned, and we started entertaining him in stereo, and occasionally talking about him in the third person. It's hard not to, since Saturday so much conversation outside the hospital has been about Ry. We managed to get his hand on the bed's up/down foot/head controls, which may not have been a great idea...he's p[robably going to burn out the motors on htose things if he can figure out how to reach it on his own. A lot of ltime seems to be waiting for Ry to gather energy. It seems like every effort you or I would consider minor is exhausting.

So my friend is out of a coma. There's so much more going on, but this is the sum and substance of it: I've got confirmed

  • hearing
  • facial recognition
  • language
  • speech
  • touch
  • motor control (not very co-ordinated, that could be the powerful drugs he's on)
  • sight

To have such rapid regaining of faculties! Mirari. And just yesterday I was cautioning myself not to expect better news every day. Still have much further to go, and if there is a block on full recovery I hope I remember to be grateful for what the universe has provided.

While we're at it, can I have a pony^Wkestrel?

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Another day, another hurdle

http http writes  |  more than 8 years ago So after spending the morning with my doctor and the library and a government clerk that regularly loses paperwork, I went out to Victoria General Hospital Intensive Care Unit. Part of the drill involves washing your hands. I washed my face too, because sometimes I rub my eyes (or my nose when it itches) and I forget.

I step into the room and the nurse greets me and leaves the room. To see Ry lying there so still I'm kind of shakey. At least the bruising on his face has faded, I stood at the bedside for a bit, and then said "Hello" kind of quietly. He opened one eye, looked over at me and said "Peter" and raised his hand up. He's been in restraints to prevent him from pulling out the various hoses, tubes, valves, and radiator. But I reach over my hand and he grabs it and he closes his eye and he seizes my hand. For the next while, stillness is not a major part of the description. For someone so active to be brought to a halt, his muscles must be twitching for lack of exercise.

I managed to not scream with happiness. I spend the next while babbling stuff like "wake up and pay attention, they've got cool shiny things here" (because Ry's a technophile) and, well, babble. I don't expect any response, because mainly I'm talking for my benefit, not his.

Then I asked "Is there something I could do to make you more comfortable", looked around a bit, and asked "Is it too bright in here?" which got a slow, laboured "yes".

I spend the next while trying to figure out which picture at the foot of his bed he was trying to point at, or maybe he was trying to point at an itchy toe. We then spent some time figuring out he wanted help sitting up. Oh, such a struggle that was! And what a reward when I figured it out. I'm so accustomed to communication with words. Your ability to read this journal entry (or have someone read it to you) is probably the second most powerful tool you have. I called over the nurse to vet the idea of sitting up, and she aided me.

His girlfriend returned, and we started entertaining him in stereo, and occasionally talking about him in the third person. It's hard not to, since Saturday so much conversation outside the hospital has been about Ry. We managed to get his hand on the bed's up/down foot/head controls, which may not have been a great idea...he's p[robably going to burn out the motors on htose things if he can figure out how to reach it on his own. A lot of ltime seems to be waiting for Ry to gather energy. It seems like every effort you or I would consider minor is exhausting.

So my friend is out of a coma. There's so much more going on, but this is the sum and substance of it: I've got confirmed

  • hearing
  • facial recognition
  • language
  • speech
  • touch
  • motor control (not very co-ordinated, that could be the powerful drugs he's on)
  • sight

To have such rapid regaining of faculties! Mirari. And just yesterday I was cautioning myself not to expect better news every day. Still have much further to go, and if there is a block on full recovery I hope I remember to be grateful for what the universe has provided.

While we're at it, can I have a pony^Wkestrel?

tribe blog

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Helpful Hardware Hack Hunted

http http writes  |  more than 8 years ago All this discussion (technical and philisophical) and fun and yelling has seemed pretty pointless the past few days. So many words. Our friend Ryefield is in a coma after being hit by a car on the weekend*. Crap.

And here was me thinking that MY problems mattered.

Anyone know of how to hack this so we can skip his twelve day fsck on reboot? I don't care if it's selfish or altruistic - I want Ryfield awake NOW. And two good cup of coffee, but they don't allow coffee in the ICU. Or at least not that vile stuff they sell at the kiosk downstairs.

Hosting his mom and dad has been good for us. I mean, I'm almost as hysterical as his girlfriend, but I know where the cutlery is, and someone has to get it. It's been quite a trip, seeing inside other people's heads about how they think friendship works. For me it seems to involve a lot of listening (though not necessarily understanding everything said).

Heh. Look at the date of my last journal.



* the right weekend

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Baffled Pride

http http writes  |  more than 9 years ago My roommate Mat came home this evening with a new tatoo.
It is the street number of our house.
Clearly, this place has made a big difference in his life, and now it will never be left behind, even after the bulldozers come (which they will in about 4 months, to make way for a horking large condo tower). A bigger difference than I had imagined.
I managed to keep the tears from flowing too heavily, makes my eyes hurt and my nose gets all stuffy, do you recall what it's like to have a real impact on someone? And in less than two years, at that. We are doing something right, our little collective grown from necessity...Ky had me try to imagine how wild he'd be without our calming 'geezer' influences for the past two years. (Mat has all the energy of a Labrador puppy, but with opposable thumbs and the attention span of just like that.)
So my heart feels swollen with pride, but i'm baffled - it brings to mind the sig I saw here a few years back, 'never trust a man who has his IP address tatooed on his forarm - expecially if it's DHCP.' The house is going...that makes me sad. I've lived longer here than anywhere, and when we arrived in the previous century we thought it would be for only six months.
Life is funny today.

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