OpenBSD 4.8 Released
Can you find me an example of a hole in SELinux? Even one? I don't mean a flaw in policy affecting some distros, but an actual flaw in the subsystem?
Steve Jobs Crowned "Person of the Decade"
Yeah but just wait... The decade isn't quite over yet. One more year to go.
Protecting the Apollo Landing Sites From Later Landings
We have a picture of it right? Seriously what if every time somebody did something new that spot was forbidden to be stepped on again? asinine. What if nobody as allowed to visit the beach of Columbus's first landing sites? BFD, send a plaque or something and stop wasting your time worrying about whether a footprint is going to disappear someday. It will.
Olympia Tea Party Wrapup
That video.....that reporter. I cannot believe her idiocy. The fascism guy was a little inarticulate and I wish he could have explained himself better.
I also wish I had remembered the tea party. I filed back in Jan so it completely slipped my mind.
Cheapest "White Board" solution
Another cheap solution (same actually just another way to find it) is to go to the hardware store and pick up the backing used for shower stalls. It's the same material as the "official"(tm) white boards but for about 1/10th the cost.
How To Keep a Web Site Local?
Go back to you BBS, and Gopher protocols. We've no more use for you here.
Obama Lied, The Economy (and your 401K) Died
politically incorrect guide to global warming.
Anything in the politically incorrect series is pretty good.
That's the name of it's software repo.
win 7 - virtual box
I'm on ubuntu using virtualbox and win 7 won't get on the network at all. hmmmm
Found at a job fair
Surprisingly, I know a bunch* of people like that. I used to work at a newspaper where the sysamdins of certain systems were required to be able to know how to mke ads and whatnot. Thankfully I wasn't one that needed to know that because I'm terrible with graphics.
Why Mirroring Is Not a Backup Solution
So the pipes are clean then?
btw can't they 'rollback' the changes to the DB?
Psystar Claims Apple Forgot To Copyright Mac OS
meh it's easy to circumvent though isn't it? Couldn't Apple just say that os x is nextstep rebranded and next owned the copyright on openstep. Since pple owns all next trademarks os x has therfore been trademarked since 1989 (or whateer). Sorry if this is ignorant IANAL.
Not only do I have excellent karma
Hey man welcome back. I too have been wondering how things have been going lately.
Not only do I have excellent karma
*cough*unread*cough* /me looks inquisitively at FK
Freelance Web Developer Best Practices?
I know this is likely to get lost in all the comments, but bookmark this: http://www.unixwiz.net/techtips/be-consultant.html
Gregoire Was Right All Along!
You should write a song about all the people that think Obama is going to pay their mortgages for them.
I hear "Obama won't you buy me a mercedes benz" ;-)
I'd do it if I had more talent.
Gregoire Was Right All Along!
It's partly Bush's fault y'know. He drew so many people out of the woodwork that normally pay zero attention to politics, people who voted straight down the D column.
Good Freeware System Snapshot Tool For Windows?
Mayor Nickels Vows to Violate Citizens' Rights
problem is, he'll probably get away with it. WA dems (specifically Seattle) have been violating the constitution for years. They can unconstitionall take your land away by saying it's a wetland and you can't even sell it. You can't even put a gazebo near the river in some cases. In Seattle proper they go through your garbage and will fine you if you put your recyclables in the garbage can (search and seizure laws???)
Unfortunately King county is so entrenched with this mindset that not only are they likely to get away with it, but even have a lot of support for it.
Quote of the Month
Bush's response to the shoe attacker.
"Who throws a shoe? Honestly. You throw like a girl!"
(Useful) unix tricks
OK, so my JE got hijacked and turned into one of hte post popular threads for that day. The madness then continued with various other threads on vi, emacs, regexes etc...
For those of you who missed it: http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/11/05/2027234
I learned a couple of new tricks such as pushd/popd, the ~ . trick to end hung rsh/ssh sessions.
Please post below what your favorites were. Post links if you've got 'em. (no, I'm not interested rm -rf /)
So the other day I messaged another admin from the console using the regular old 'write' command (as I've been doing for over 10 years). To my surprise he didn't know how to respond back to me (he had to call me on the phone) and had never even known you could do that.
That got me thinking that there's probably lots of things like that, and likely things I've never heard of.
What sorts of things do you take for granted as a natural part of Unix that other people are surprised at?
The 4 ways to spend money.
While standing in the polls next week thinking "this would be ultra neato" and "I wouldn't mind that 1 cent tax increase for that" consider Milton Freidmans 4 ways to spend money.
A GREAT! Obama rant
This guys gets it: http://www.allyourbasearebelongto.us/blog2.php/2008/10/27/a-great-obama-rant
I'm a mac, and I'm a pc, and I'm an amiga
What rss feeds do you use?
I've just discovered snownews which seems to bring a lot of the fun back into the web (for me at least ;). It's just a command line-base rss reader, so I've been populating it with my usual spots, undeadly.org openbsd errata, slashdot, etc...
What are some other good ones I should be reading?
I love the concept of this Linux Distro
First go here: http://gobolinux.org/
I love the idea. I can't wait to try it out. This sounds like the first truly awesome idea to com in a long time.
I know TomHudson is always posting cool addresses he finds. I thought of a cool one today that's more of a URL than anything: http://someoneset.us/upthebomb/
That's all, maybe this will inspire Tom though. :-)
ugh! he's out of jail already
He was taken in yesterday. Charged with 288 (oral copulation of a minor) and then put away on $50,000 bond (I think that means she had to pay $5000...?). The (ex) mother-in-law bailed him out a couple hours later.
ARRRGH! I know that's how the bail system works, but I wanted him to sit there.
back from california
Well that wasn't much fun.
He agreed to admit to the police who just hauled him away about 4 hours ago.
The mother-in-law promptly called my wife to see about getting money to help with the cell phone bill (read: she wants my wife to help with bail).
I'm dumbfounded as to why the mother-in-law would stay. She told my wife she was going to stay with him and comfort him. Uhm, yeah, what about comforting your daughter? your granddaughter?
For those who worried about a vigialnte mission needed worry. He wouldn't come out of the house. :-O
For those of you who wondered how you might behave, it might look something like this:
I started by getting good and drunk the night before (I know, but I really needed something to take the edge off). I got to bed at 1am, and fell asleep around 1:30. I then woke up at 4am put on my steel-toed boots and my cousin took me to the airport. I got to Sacramento at around 10:30, got my rental car, and drove the 3-ish hours to Fresno, getting there around 2.
My first stop was his house. He wouldn't come out, so my endurance run in my boots was for nothing. So I just did burn-outs in front of his house. Next day we get a call that he's agreed to admit (whether my burn-outs had any affect I'll never know).
For the record, my wife did get very upset with me for doing that, and made me promise not to do it again.
The next couple days we decided not to think about it much and went to Johns Incredible Pizza (chuck-e-cheese on steroids) went to the park etc...
So now he's hauled off. It's not much consolation though. What's done is done. We're putting restraining orders on both of my wifes parents and with the exception of anything legal won't have to see them ever again.
Hopefully something aweful happens to him in jail.
Thanks for the prayers, I'm sure that's what kept him from coming out of the house. I was in such a rage that I may have actually done something very regretable. I've never thrown up just from being angry before.
good God this has been the worst week of our lives.
Surrounded by pedophiles
Some time ago I wrote about my sister's saga of getting molested by my step-dad when I was younger. I don't remember how far back, but it was a couple (few?) years now. I stopped talking to him, and my mother who stayed with him until recently.
NOW it comes to light that while in California my 8 y/o daughter was getting the treatment from my father-in-law. I'm leaving for Cali tomorrow. I hope to have the chance to mess him up, though probably not -- the police may have him in custody as of this evening sometime.
Can someone stop the Earth please? I'd like to get off now.
Got any recomendations for laptops? A friend is looking, and I don't really keep up. I'm just looking for the best comination of cheap/good warranty.
sudo stores password in plaintext
OK I'll admit it. I was bored. I was just tinkering around with various /dev/* and piping the output to various others.
That's when I came across a few interesting things (namely xchat leaves all kinds of stuff in memory for days after you last logged on).
But most scary was this command 'strings /dev/mem', which revealed to me my own password. This is particalarly scary since this is an ubuntu system and my user is essentially 'root'.
-my password was here-
sudo su -
-my password was here again-
It appears to be me logging in to either the console or gdm, and then running sudo su - and typing my password.
Packard is making a comeback!
how do I write a letter of recommendation
My cousin is applying for his apprenticeship to be a pipe fitter/welder and requested a letter of recommendation from me. I've never written one, and don't know how to go about it without sounding like a brown-nosing relative.
My cousin is really good. He's a good mechanic, a good welder, and will make a hell of a pipe-fitter. But how do I say that in writing to compelte stranger without the guy going 'this is jsut the guys cousin, he has to say that'.
I'm in the process of getting scammed
A few weeks ago I bought a old jeep cj7. I took the hard top off because it's hotter 'n hell out. I decided while the top was crushing my skull, fusing my spine, and otherwise shortening my body and lifespan that I never want to put the thing back on.
So off to craigslist I went to attempt to hock it there and get some of the money needed to get a fancy-pants new softtop.
I put it on there for $700 fully expecting to be negotiated down to $500 (for the top and doors). I get an email from some guy who wants to mail me a certified cheque for the $3500, enough for the $700 I'm asking and the cost of a mover to pick it up. OK now I'm suspicious. Really REALLY suspicious. I'm convinced it's a scam. The guy has my address because I thought he would want to come look at it (he didn't seem to want to, he'd essentially be 'buying' sight unseen).
So, I have a few options.
1> call the bank the check is drafted on and ask.
2> drop the check off with the police as soon as it arrives (or FBI if crosses state lines (is that how that works?))
3> play with they guy and see what I can make him do.
I can guarantee you that top is NOT getting on a moving truck of any kind -- unless for some strangely odd reason #1 pans out and the banks says it's valid (which is extremely unlikely).
What would you guys do?
Heavy Metal Disability
And they say the US is messed up.
hydrogen as fuel
Frontpage story about the dood getting fined for using veggie oil prompted me to ask this tengently-related question.
I will soon be buying a new (to me) Jeep. One of the things that has always driven me crazy about older (non-fuel-injected) Jeeps, is that you tend to stall out when going up hills that are too steep for the gravity fed carburators to work properly. So, I've been thinking of alternatives. I don't want to go the veggie route. I won't have a deisel engine anyway, so my only alternative is some kind of hydrogen conversion.
Storing hydrogen in the gaseous form seems too dangerous. I'd like something that converted it on-board and fed the hydrogen directly to the carb. I'd be saving money on gas (by supplying my own salt water, and some alloy), and could still run regular gas when needed.
Any mechanics or Chemistry majors out there with ideas on how to home-brew something like that?
calculating chars per inch
I cannot seem to find an easy way to calculate chars per inch. Anyone know of a unix utility that does that? I've found a lot that can convert to a set limit (for sending to printers etc...).