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Lawsuit Claims Sony Canned Security Staff Just Before Data Breach

palegray.net Re:2 weeks (99 comments)

"Comments owned by the poster."

Whoever the poster is...

more than 3 years ago
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Military Drone Attacks Are Not 'Hostile'

palegray.net Re:Of Course Drone Attacks Are Hostile (892 comments)

Which is all he needs. As far as what it means in english (not legalsleaze), yeah, its as hostile as a punch in the nose.

As many drones are equipped with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, weapons initially designed to destroy tanks, I must politely insist that the resulting damage from a strike would amount to substantially more than a punch in the nose.

more than 3 years ago
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The Internet Is Killing Local News, Says the FCC

palegray.net Re:Yeah, that's it (271 comments)

Wait just a second. I'll quote directly from the Wikipedia article you referenced. Bold emphasis is mine.

Jane Akre is a former Florida journalist and current editor-in-chief of InjuryBoard.com. She is best known for the whistleblower lawsuit by herself and her husband, Steve Wilson, against Fox Broadcasting Company station WTVT in Tampa, Florida. Akre and Wilson are featured in the 2003 documentary film The Corporation about the same lawsuit.

But wait, there's more.

Akre began her career at a small radio station as a news reporter and occasional disc jockey in 1978. She moved around the country as a news reporter and news anchor until spending some time at CNN.[1] Following her firing from a Tampa-area station, she joined WTVT, a Fox Broadcasting Company affiliate.

Oh, but we're not done yet.

Wilson and Akre planned a four part investigative report on Monsanto's use of rBGH, which prompted Monsanto to write to Roger Ailes, president of Fox News Channel, in an attempt to have the report reviewed for bias and because of the "enormous damage that can be done" as a result of the report. WTVT did not run the report, and later argued in court that the report was not "breakthrough journalism."

Okay, so it's starting to look bad, but let's see if there's anything else. Let's hit that handy hyperlink to the article on WTVT. Uh oh, it contains the following:

WTVT, channel 13, is a television station in Tampa, Florida. It is an owned and operated station of the Fox Broadcasting Company, a subsidiary of the News Corporation. WTVT's studios are located in Tampa, and its transmitter is located in Riverview, Florida.

In light of all this, I would greatly appreciate an explanation for your assertion that this "had nothing to do with Fox News." I'll concede that your other statement regarding it being part of Florida caselaw, not SCOTUS, does hold true though. Half truths... sounds a lot like the problem being described in the first place.

more than 3 years ago
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New MacDefender Defeats Apple Security Update

palegray.net Re:Obligatory Clarification (427 comments)

You have made my evening, my good sir :). I must admit that although I happen to be sitting here typing this response on a Macbook, I wholeheartedly agree with everything you've said. It's bad... really bad... I go to coffee shops and literally hear other Mac users talking wistfully to one another about how people just don't understand how superior the platform is. Meanwhile, I'm sitting a few feet away with a slew of terminal windows open, trying my best to ignore them and just get work done, and hoping nobody will associate me with the aforementioned people. It's bad...

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is SHA-512 the Way To Go?

palegray.net Re:Calm down and read up (223 comments)

Don't worry too much about misguided replies you've received thus far. I addressed one in this thread, and am frankly too fed up with armchair cryptographers to reply to any more comments here. All I can really say here is "carry on smartly if you can" :).

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is SHA-512 the Way To Go?

palegray.net Re:Calm down and read up (223 comments)

He didn't say he was inventing his own method at all. Your lack of education is showing; there are a plethora of cryptographically sound hashing libraries available. Please research the topic more thoroughly and review available resources such as Crypt::SaltedHash before attempting to dissuade others from following what was not only sound advice, but critical advice for folks who deal with legacy systems and don't even know about salting.

If you feel I'm somehow misguided on this topic, I'd encourage you to speak with folks like Schneier et al before attempting to mount a counter to the aforementioned statements.

more than 3 years ago
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New MacDefender Defeats Apple Security Update

palegray.net Re:Obligatory Clarification (427 comments)

That would be the "self updating" part. It should be noted that "updates" can happen more than once in the course of both program execution and the life of any particular computing system. I'll state for the record that my personal view on any compromise is that it's a lot like sex: once you're penetrated, you're fucked. However, that doesn't mean that continuous adaptive updates won't protect a huge number of users.

Given your exceptionally low UID and the supposed credibility that comes with it, I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt and suggest that perhaps you've had one or five too many whiskeys this evening (Lord knows I've had a couple myself). However, the mods that rated your comment "+5 Insightful" should hand in their Critical Thinking Cards ASAP, because in all truthfulness your reply is nothing short of reactionary garbage, minus even the trivial amount of analysis a Fox News correspondent might attempt to apply to the matter at hand.

Posting as a die-hard Debian & BSD user, btw. Also, greetz from the 404. Wildcat4lyfe.

more than 3 years ago
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Perl 5.14 Released

palegray.net Re:Perl is alive! (187 comments)

I'm sitting here writing a Perl 5 application right now. In fact, it's comprised of several daemons that work cooperatively to handle various tasks, all written in Perl. The user side is delivered via a pool of FastCGI daemons (served by nginx, fwiw), written in Perl. My "day job" employer uses Perl. I've got friends working as programmers in the public sector in a variety of areas of state and federal government and education, and they write Perl code frequently. I've got other friends in the financial services industry, and they're still writing new Perl code. In the not too distant past, I served in the Navy. Perl is alive and well there, too. These all add up to billions of dollars worth of budgets.

In short, the fact that you haven't seen it either means your exposure is more limited than you're claiming, or you're simply not paying enough attention.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Honeycomb Will Not Be Open Sourced

palegray.net Re:Gump (295 comments)

You are absolutely begging for an onslaught of suggestive replies. Please allow me to be the first: keep licking the rock-solid outside and the honey goodness will come out eventually.

more than 3 years ago
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2 RMS Books Hit Version 2.0

palegray.net Re:Free as in BSD (163 comments)

No, no, no... I'm not addressing that possibility at all. I was specifically addressing your assertion that if only BSD advocates would stop doing [insert whatever here], then we'd see fewer incidents where people do the sort of thing perpenso was describing. So please address that point, specifically your apparent view that people aren't responsible for their own actions.

more than 3 years ago
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2 RMS Books Hit Version 2.0

palegray.net Re:Free as in BSD (163 comments)

OTOH if BSD-only advocates would stop spreading half-truths (to be generous) like "free for any purpose, unlike the GPL" if they want to see fewer incidents of this nature.

Wait, you're trying to tell me that the people that perpetrate such incidents (attempting to hijack code to make it GPL only) aren't responsible for their own actions, or even that the BSD advocates bear any responsibility for making such people make bad decisions? If so, you've lost all credibility, and I'll just go ahead and ignore you from here on out.

more than 3 years ago
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Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands

palegray.net Re:Oh goody, another ten years then (1855 comments)

Thinking the death of Bin Laden will change anything is like thinking the death of Roosevelt in 1945 meant the end of WW2. (For those lacking in history, it didn't).

In the past, I've regarded your posts largely with a healthy measure of respect, including cases where I may have disagreed with some details but largely agreed with the underlying premise. In this case, however, I must wholeheartedly call "bullshit." Roosevelt didn't start WW2, and to use him in anything resembling a historical context in this case is disrespectful at best, and hateful and/or utterly idiotic at worst. I'm sincerely hoping your actual intended interpretation didn't amount to this, because after reading the excerpt about ten times, it still sounds like it to me. In other words, I'm hoping you were a few drinks deep when you typed that, and are willing to clarify your intent.

I have much to say regarding the balance of your post, but it is already three hours past my bedtime. Perhaps I will reply again tomorrow.

more than 3 years ago
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NZL Govt Rushes Thru Controversial Anti-Piracy Law

palegray.net Re:the Greens support the bill in principle... (162 comments)

I did in fact spend a considerable amount of time reading through the bill. With regard to presumption of guilt, the way things are wording truly does not appear to be any different from fairly standard civil proceedings. Here's the specific text:

Infringement notice as evidence of copyright infringement “(1) In proceedings before the Tribunal, an infringement notice is conclusive evidence of the following: “(a) that each incidence of file sharing identified in the notice constituted an infringement of the right owner's copyright in the work identified: “(b) that the information recorded in the infringement notice is correct: “(c) that the infringement notice was issued in accordance with this Act. “(2) An account holder may submit evidence, or give reasons, that show that any 1 or more of the presumptions in subsection (1) do not apply with respect to any particular infringement identified in an infringement notice. “(3) If an account holder submits evidence or gives reasons as referred to in subsection (2), the rights owner must satisfy the Tribunal that the particular presumption or presumptions are correct.

Subsection (3) appears to exist for good reason; if the rights owner can't actually prove the legitimacy of the claim under scutiny, it's no good. Furthermore, should the rights holder overtly lie, there are certainly legal consequences for doing so. That said, if the accused makes no claim to the contrary (likely by not appearing at the proceedings at all), there's no reason for the tribunal not to issue a judgement in favor of the claimant.

Now I'll address the question of attorneys being allowed at the proceedings. Here's the text I believe you're referencing:

“122M If hearing is held “(1) If a hearing is held, sections 211 to 224 apply, other than sections 213(1) to (3) and 214(1) and (2) sections 213(2) and 214(1). “(2) Every party to the proceedings may appear personally and be heard. “(3) A party may not be represented at a hearing by a representative, except as follows: “(a) a corporation or unincorporated body of persons may be represented by an officer, employee, or member of the corporation or body, or a person who holds a majority interest in it: “(b) a person jointly liable or entitled with another or others may be represented by 1 of the persons jointly liable or entitled: “(c) a partnership may be represented by an employee of a partnership: “(d) a minor, or a person under a disability, may be represented by another person: “(e) if the Tribunal is satisfied that, for sufficient cause, a party is unable to appear in person or is unable to present his or her case adequately, the party may be represented by a representative approved by the Tribunal: “(f) if it appears to the Tribunal to be proper in all the circumstances to allow the party to be represented, the party may be represented by a representative approved by the Tribunal. “(4) A representative may not be a lawyer, unless the Tribunal gives leave.

Bold emphasis is mine for easier reference. A parallel might be small claims court in the U.S.; in a few jurisdictions, attorneys aren't allowed, but it must be stressed that neither party can be represented by an attorney in that case (as is the case with the NZ law). There's also a cap for the amount a judgement can be entered for. In U.S. courts, this ranges from $3,000 to $10,000 USD. This bill references a figure of $15,000 NZD. Using today's currency exchange rates, that's a cap of 11,895 USD.

In short, you may have read the bill, but you did a poor job of actually analyzing it. I'll note that I'm a free software author myself, and choose to publish my code under BSD licensing 99% of the time. However, I respect the rights of others, and I respect the authority of the courts designated to rule on matters such as these. Thus, I am neither a shill, nor misinformed.

more than 3 years ago
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NZL Govt Rushes Thru Controversial Anti-Piracy Law

palegray.net Re:Claims?? (162 comments)

As we've seen in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, China, Libya, and others, the government having the ability to block internet or phone access for some or all users is going to get many people killed one day.

There is a lot of ground to cover before the government of NZ or its neighboring nations even remotely resemble the governments you've listed, and alarmist attitudes contribute nothing to reasoned debate.

And how do they get this power to censor? By blocking other things (porn, copyrighted material, etc).

Censorship and enforcement of copyright protection are completely different topics. If you believe anyone should be permitted to distribute materials protected under the copyrights of others without permission and without repercussions from a court system designed to handle such matters (which NZ actually has, if you care to visit the link I provided earlier), you're welcome to speak against copyright in principle. However, it is the law, whether you like it or not.

Even nuclear secrets aren't dangerous enough to warrant a system of censorship.

Speaking as someone who has served aboard an Ohio class submarine, I cannot stress strongly enough how incredibly wrong you are.

more than 3 years ago
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NZL Govt Rushes Thru Controversial Anti-Piracy Law

palegray.net Re:Claims?? (162 comments)

What I take issue with is misrepresentation of the current state of affairs and sensationalist/deceptive reporting. Sure, anything could happen, but it isn't happening now. As things stand at present, NZ actually appears to have a fairly standard method of dealing with claims in court. If that changes, I would absolutely encourage anyone and everyone to scream bloody murder. Unfortunately, sensationalist crap like this "story" do nothing but make people who care about the topic look like a bunch of nutjobs in the meantime, and probably serves to damage the cause of freedom.

more than 3 years ago
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NZL Govt Rushes Thru Controversial Anti-Piracy Law

palegray.net Re:Claims?? (162 comments)

TFA doesn't do a very good job of referencing relevant materials. It appears NZ has a copyright tribunal that hears cases of alleged copyright infringement and makes rulings based on evidence submitted by both parties, and there is an appeals process that goes through a high court. I'm not intimately familiar with the nuts and bolts of NZ law, but at a minimum TFA could have done a bit more to provide useful information. While the copyright tribunal is mentioned in passing, no link is provided. Then again, this is TorrentFreak we're talking about.

more than 3 years ago
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Amateurs Spy On US Spy Plane

palegray.net Re:Metricate, damnit! (172 comments)

I was really poking fun at weight vs. mass, but okay.

more than 3 years ago
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Amateurs Spy On US Spy Plane

palegray.net Re:Metricate, damnit! (172 comments)

Great, but since "heavier" is a term tied to weight, where are these tons located? Using your units of measure, if the feathers are on Earth and the gold is on the Moon, the gold would be lighter.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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KVM Virtualization with Debian 6 (Squeeze)

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 3 years ago

palegray.net writes "Whether you'd like to set up your own "personal cloud" for development purposes, or just want to learn more about server virtualization using open source software, this guide to KVM virtualization on Debian 6 gives you everything you need to get started (server not included). From installing Debian on your host server, to configuring KVM and installing your first guest VM, every step is covered. Enjoy!"
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Hosting Company Appears to be Violating the GPL

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 3 years ago

palegray.net writes "A web hosting provider called Appnor has recently moved the network diagnostics utility WinMTR off of SourceForge, and is now claiming the program to be a closed source, commercial application (it was previously made available under the GPL). I emailed the current maintainer of the original mtr utility about this, and have been informed that this event most likely constitutes an overt GPL violation, as it is presumed that WinMTR contains mtr code. Appnor claims that they have the right to do this, as there have been no external contributions to WinMTR in over ten years. I'm not a lawyer, but I don't think copyright law works that way."
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Linode Turns 7, Announces Big RAM Increase

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 4 years ago

palegray.net writes "For anyone interested in hosting, Linode turns seven today and has announced an impressive RAM increase across all plans (512 MB at the low end, 20 GB on the high end). There's an ongoing discussion of the announcement over at Hacker News for those interested. As a disclaimer, I have worked for Linode for a little over a year now, but I was a very happy customer for five years. For Slashdotters who already have a Linode, you'll need to issue a reboot to use the new memory; sorry about ruining your uptime ;)."
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Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Official Images Available

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 4 years ago

palegray.net writes "Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid), the newest release of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, is available for download from Ubuntu's site and many CD mirrors. This release features Linux kernel 2.6.32, new versions of GNOME and KDE, improved open source and proprietary nVidia graphics drivers, and a host of other features. This release is scheduled to be supported with security updates until April 2013 for desktops, and April 2015 for servers. Get it while it's hot!"
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Linode Clarifies Involvement in Google Hack Claims

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 4 years ago

palegray.net writes "In the interest of full disclosure, I am an employee of Linode. As many in the Internet hosting and security communities are aware, extensive media coverage of Chinese hacking activity has implicated the Linode network as being involved. We've released a public statement regarding this matter; essentially, the VPS in question was not under the control of malicious parties."
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SORBS Blocklist Reportedly Sold For $451K

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 4 years ago

palegray.net writes "SORBS, a well-known email blocklist provider, has reportedly been sold for $500M. Early reports indicate an acquisition by GFI, a company specializing in various communications services. In recent years, SORBS has been the target of frequent accusations of mismanagement and poor conduct, leading many to wonder if this turn in events might signal a chance for improved behavior. Citing lack of ISP support, the blocklist released statements earlier this year that they would be shuttering their operation."
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Ubuntu 9.10 Officially Released

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 4 years ago

palegray.net writes "The latest version of Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) has been released. Offering numerous enhancements for both desktop and server environments, this release includes notable features like Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud images, the Ubuntu One "personal cloud", and Linux kernel version 2.6.31. Please be sure to use a release mirror close to your geographic location to help reduce the stress on Ubuntu's primary servers; using BitTorrent for downloads can help alleviate the load even more. If your organization has adequate network and server resources, please consider hosting a mirror as well."
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Does SORBS matter anymore?

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 4 years ago

palegray.net writes "As an employee of a well-known VPS provider, I've been observing another employee's efforts to deal with irresponsible behavior on the part of SORBS, a well-known blacklist provider. Although their mission of providing a resource that system administrators can use to gauge the likelihood of spam originating from a particular IP or netblock is admirable, we've encountered consistent issues related to their assertions with a newly assigned block from ARIN. Jed puts it best:

We recently received a large allocation of IP addresses from ARIN and, to our chagrin, the block is listed on SORBS's list as dynamic IP space — a whole /20 worth of addresses. It has been listed since April and we received it in May. What this means is that to incoming mail servers, all of our customers in this block appear like home customers with a cable or DSL connection (who should not be sending mail).

Obviously, as a hosting company we assign a static to each VPS we provision. Our IP allocations are is in no way dynamic; customers may request an IP address change, but we don't receive many such requests. We always ask for justification, and the requests we approve are typically performed on a "one time only" basis. Jed continues:

I approached SORBS about the issue via their automatic contact system. It has been nearly two weeks since their "bot" replied to me and informed me that most of the block was not eligible for delisting due to the naming convention in our reverse DNS PTRs. We use:

liXXX-YYY.members.linode.com

What's wrong with that? It "looks" dynamic, they say.

Despite our attempts to reach out to SORBS, explain our position, and get our IP space delisted, we've being told that we must change our reverse DNS naming scheme across our entire network to be considered for delisting. Needless to say, we consider this a ridiculous proposition.

Our primary concern is that mail administrators are using SORBS to blindly drop mail based on the false "dynamic IP" assertion. Although we would consider such a practice to be irresponsible from an administrator's standpoint, this is an issue that's been raised by some of our customers, and we're concerned about the effect it may be having on their ability to deliver legitimate mail. We've always taken an aggressive stance against anything resembling spammy behavior on our network; we're all I.T. veterans, we all despise spam, and we promptly handle any reports of abuse related to our network. It's distressing to see this situation going unresolved. What advice do members of the Slashdot community have on this topic?"

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"Don't Copy 2" Video Aimed at Today's Yout

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 4 years ago

palegray.net writes "The Software and Industry Association has released a sequel to the industry's original "Don't Copy that Floppy" video entitled "Don't Copy That 2". Intended to serve as a warning of the legal consequences of copyright infringement, the video attempts to appeal to today's youth. The video features a scene in which federal agents break down a teenage girl's house and arrest her mother."
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Single Molecule Imaged for the First Time

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 4 years ago

palegray.net writes "Researchers at IBM Research Zurich have clearly imaged a single molecule, including the chemical bonds that bind the molecule's atoms together. This group announced the ability to measure the charge of a single atom in July. The visualization of a single carbon nanotube was accomplished with an atomic force microscope. The research has clear implications for the advancement of biotechnology and nanotech."
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Rails Rumble 09 Kicks Off

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  about 5 years ago

palegray.net writes "Rails Rumble 09, a 48 hour programming contest for Ruby developers has officially begun. From the contest site:

The Rails Rumble is a 48 hour web application development competition. As a contestant, your team gets one weekend to design, develop, and deploy the best web property that you can, using the awesome power of Ruby and Rails.

Linode.com has provided the Linux VPS platform for the competition. Visitors to the competition site can register for an account, which they can use during the public voting stage to help determine the competition winners. Good luck to all participants!"
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Mozilla.org Goes Down

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  about 5 years ago

palegray.net writes "As of this writing, Mozilla.org has been taking over two minutes to satisfy page requests. DNS entries and download links to various parts of the site appear to be broken as well. Comments on various tech sites are already started to flow, but there doesn't appear to be any consensus on the cause of the outage."
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Open Letter to Tucows on Trademark Infringement

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 5 years ago

palegray.net writes "For the past few months, I've been engaged in a back-and-forth debate with the general manager of Tucows, Inc's domain portfolio over trademark infringement issues under the principle of confusingly similar use of a trademarked term (a domain) in trade. Relating to issues discussed in a recent Ask Slashdot story on buying a domain from a cybersquatter, I thought the community might find this story interesting. I've attempting to pursue a reasonable means of compromise, which appears to have failed. I'm interested in hearing the community's thoughts on the specifics of this matter."
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How To Build An Openfire Chat Server on Debian 5

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 5 years ago

palegray.net writes "For those interested in running their own open source collaboration server, I've written a step-by-step tutorial for setting up an Openfire server on Debian Linux. Aimed at those just getting started with collaboration software, the tutorial shows precisely how to get Openfire up and running quickly on a base Debian install, and offers a basic feature tour of the software's plugin and IM gateway functionality."
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Beware the Perils of Caffeine Withdrawal

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 5 years ago

palegray.net writes "CNN is running an article on the notorious effects of caffeine withdrawal, a problem that seems to be affecting an increasing number of people. Citing numerous reasons why people might need to cut back on their caffeine intake (pregnancy, pre-surgery requirements, etc), the story notes a significant number of people who are simply unable to quit. I drink around eight cups of coffee a day, along with a soda or two, and I definitely suffer from nasty withdrawal symptoms without my fix."
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How and How Not to Run a Successful Web Operation

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 5 years ago

palegray.net writes "With everyone and their best friend intent on starting their own small business these days, people need to pay close attention to lessons learned from running web operations. Considerations like quality hosting, consistently high quality content, backups, and standards compliance all need to be paid attention to. Hopefully a few folks get the memo on these needs before littering up the Web with yet another useless get-rich-quick site."
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Military Story Vanishes From Slashdot's Index Page

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 4 years ago

palegray.net writes "A story I'd been following for the better part of seven hours, dealing with the collision of a U.S. submarine with an amphibious vessel has disappeared from Slashdot's front page. Thinking this was merely a consequence of some preference setting on my part, I browsed the site in another (sans-cookie) browser. Same result; the story is still available via a direct link, but it's no longer part of the normal stream of stories showing up on the front page. I got the same result browsing from a different geographic location via SSH. What's going on? If there's a reasonable explanation, I'd love to hear it."
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The Top Ten Habits of Successful Programmers

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 5 years ago

palegray.net writes "Out of the millions of programmers on the planet, how many are following good professional practices? From getting too comfortable with a single language or operating system, to failure to properly manage backups, developers everywhere are making simple mistakes that can have serious consequences for their employers and careers. Fortunately, positive changes aren't that hard to implement. While this isn't an exhaustive exploration into the problems that plague developers, it's a pretty solid foundation gleaned from a decade of experience."
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Inside the New Science of Neuroengineering

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 5 years ago

palegray.net writes "Wired brings us a look into the world of neuroengineering, the science of hacking the brain to improve its function. Dr. Ed Boyden is the director of MIT's Neuroengineering and Neuromedia Lab, focusing on innovative methods of physically altering neuroanatomy for various purposes. As useful as discoveries in the field may be, the work certainly raises moral and ethical questions. From the article: "'If we surgically or electrically modify someone's personality... that raises many questions about personal identity, (of) who we are at our core,' says Dr. Debra Matthews of The Berman Institute of Bioethics. 'We place ourselves in the mind and therefore the brain. (Mood-altering surgery) feels like fundamentally modifying who a person is.'""
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Journals

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How To Build a Linux VPS Host in 24 Hours

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 5 years ago Everyone seems to be interested in server virtualization these days, from small developers to folks interested in starting a hosting operation of their own. Fortunately, there are a ton of options for setting up a virtualized hosting environment. I've written an in-depth, step-by-step VPS tutorial for turning any reasonably modern PC into a virtual private server hosting environment using the following freely available tools:

  • Ubuntu Server 8.04 LTS (base operating system)
  • VMware Server 2.0 (virtualization suite)
  • Debian Linux 5 (virtual machine operating system)
  • ISPConfig 2.2 (hosting control panel)

Everything is documented with detailed configuration instruction and screen captures of major installation processes. The tutorial is aimed at helping small development shops take advantage of virtualization to create well-structured development, test, and production environments. Information technology professionals working in other fields will no doubt find the information useful as well.

In the near future, I'll be adding chapters and additional resource links that explain how to use additional virtual machines to create scalable database, mail server, and backup server envioronments that can easily be migrated from one physical VPS host to another. For now, I hope you enjoy getting started out with your first VPS setup.

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Using Mandriva Linux One 2009 As An XHTML Validation Server

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 5 years ago Related to my earlier post on using Debian as the host for a W3C validator, I've written a new tutorial explaining how to use Mandriva Linux One 2009 as a local XHTML validation server. This tutorial uses the latest W3C validator code, and is designed specifically for those implementing the server as a virtual machine in products like VMware Server.

Running a validator server locally allows developers to test internally developed and/or hosted content for standards compliance prior. This can be especially helpful for reducing issues with browser compatibility later on in a project's development cycle.

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Setting Up a Local W3C XHTML Validation Server on Debian

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 4 years ago I've written an in-depth tutorial on setting up a local W3C markup validator using Debian GNU/Linux. This can be of great help to web developers who want to test internal content for standards adherence, such as development versions of websites or intranet content.

I'll be publishing a similar article soon based on Mandriva 2009; this version will include instructions for installing the validator software from the W3C source distribution, which is more current than the version provided in the Debian "stable" repositories.

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Joining The Navy After High School - A Slashdotter's View

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 5 years ago As many of the folks on my friends list know, I'm an active duty member of the United States Navy. Prior to enlistment, I spent a few years as a general I.T. nerd, doing software development (desktop and web applications, mostly on Linux) and network security work. At age 25, I made the decision to enlist in the Navy, and have been extremely happy with my decision ever since.

In my somewhat limited spare time, I maintain an educational resources web site. I take a great deal of pride in my job in the Navy, and have written an article for people thinking about enlisting after high school. I enlisted a bit later in life, but I hope I'll still be able to relate to folks in the 18-20 year old range.

Please feel free to give me feedback on the article, and I'll do my best to answer any questions my fellow geeks may have regarding military service.

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Beginner's Perl Tutorial

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 5 years ago Since I do most of my web development in Perl under Debian Linux, I decided to write a beginner's guide to Perl development. It's a work in progress, but already has eleven chapters as of this posting. Source code examples are provided for each concept. Here are the current chapters:

  1. Introduction and Motivation
  2. System Requirements and Getting Perl
  3. Variables and Data Types
  4. Program Flow Control
  5. File Input/Output
  6. Subroutines and Code Reuse
  7. Your First Web Application
  8. Getting User Input with HTML Forms
  9. Coding Style and Maintenance
  10. Security Considerations
  11. Additional Programming Resources

Please feel free to give me some feedback on the tutorial; I'm looking for ways to improve it. Thanks!

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Newly released embedded version of crossword generator.

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 6 years ago I've created a web-based embedded version of the open source crossword generator application on ClassHelper.org's Crossword Generator page. This version allows visitors to your web site to create custom crossword puzzles using their own words and clues, and we support customization of the template it uses to match your site (we perform this service for free).

The free version is ad-supported; you can subscribe to the paid version for $3/month. Happy puzzling!

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Glass etching tutorial.

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 6 years ago A buddy of mine authored an article entitled "How To Etch Glass", available on the ClassHelper site here: How To Etch Glass. It explains how to create your own etched glassware piece using inexpensive supplies. Enjoy!

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Ways to build a Creative Commons based community?

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 6 years ago My wife and I operate a small educational resources web site, under which we're trying to build a community of educators and parents who are willing to submit content licensed under Creative Commons style licenses. The objective is to ensure that member contributions are accessible to and freely usable by the largest audience possible, primarily educators and parents. I designed the site to include a donations system to allow people who find content useful to reward the author with a monetary donation of their choice, as an incentive for people to submit useful articles.

I'm at somewhat of a loss for how to really get the word out about this sort of system, without resorting to buying AM talk radio spots :). We don't have the budget for that sort of thing... my "day job" is active duty military, and my wife works as an EMS instructor. Wikipedia has the massive inertia factor working in their favor, and things are looking to get even better for their community with the switch to Creative Commons licensing for their content. What sort of communities are out there that could help us promote our ideas and build a community of education-centric folks?

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Still working on my new site.

palegray.net palegray.net writes  |  more than 6 years ago Been spending a lot of my free time working on my new educational resources site, ClassHelper.org. Today's mission is to create five new crossword puzzles in the "History" section :). I've spent enough time programming; this will be a nice break that still serves to make the site a better resource for others.

Anyone can contribute to the site, free of charge. It's ad-supported for the time being; if I can build up a decent community around the site, I may offer an ad-free subscription based version. The site is primarily designed for teachers and others in the education community, but all feedback is welcome!

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