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philovivero writes "Being a bearer of the new US passport with embedded RFID chip, I'm interested in details. So I went to do some basic research. I found out it's already been hacked, but that was two years ago. Terrorists can use it to kill you if you've got a particular passport on you, but that was, as far as I can tell, even before the passports were ever issued. The gov't is rethinking the RFID passport or, well, at least WAS rethinking it back in 2005.
Clearly, no rethinking was done. All these articles are woefully out-of-date, because here I am with an RFID-embedded passport. I can find no article that claims any of the security vulnerabilities were ever fixed. So now I'm interested in knowing more about how to protect myself from the terrorists which are so obviously trying to kill us right now (note the terrorist alert level: YELLOW!).
Quite simply, I can find no information post-2006 that says anything about RFID chips in our government-issued identification documents. Did we just roll over and let this happen? Where are the myriad pages of information showing a passport dissected, or showing how you can protect yourself from the terrorists that are literally EVERYHWERE at ALL TIMES?! I'm afraid. My government isn't protecting me. How do I protect myself?" top
philovivero writes "You've probably gotten a thousand submissions about this today, but I feel as an insider, I have extra insight. Not that I'll give you any, mind you. I'm kind'f not allowed to talk about it. But I will be able to authoritatively leave off the silly speculation that others might include.
So Microsoft contacted us a while back and offered to provide the advertising infrastructure for Digg. This is good for us, since now we get to focus our internal resources on new features to the site rather than monetising our traffic. I can't tell you what a relief that is. Oops. I just did.
I know Slashdotters aren't the biggest Digg fans, but it is a huge LAMMP (we will never forget memcached!) stack pushing out a bazillion bytes per second, so it's a cool geeky thing behind-the-scenes, even if you can't get into reading the stuff the masses find interesting. You gotta admit it's intriguing when Microsoft comes along and becomes part of it, no?
I hope you find the whole deal newsworthy. I could pepper this submission with links to the 40 or so major news organisations that covered this budding relationship, but we're Slashdotters. We can sort that ourselves, no?" Link to Original Source
Sometimes I come to my page because I need to check out replies to my replies, as it were. And I see this journal thing, and it amuses me to see what I was thinking and doing six months ago when I last noticed I had a journal.
So now I'm doing a blog, which is much more often updated than this. I keep it at my friendster blog spot. It really isn't that much better, though, being as it's mostly blogglefodder.
I'm doing MySQL DBAism, which is interesting, since I started my career as a MSSQL DBA, then became a Sybase DBA, then became an Oracle DBA (I thought it'd be a good career move over Sybase). But then, I became a MySQL DBA, which went against everything I thought was Right and Proper about DBAing. PostgreSQL maybe. But... MySQL?!
Well now I'm a few years into MySQL DBAing, and I'm really not sure I want to go back. I would probably try out PostgreSQL, given a chance, but certainly not Oracle, Sybase, or (DREAD!) MSSQL.
I'm still doing Blender renders. I'm better at it now, but not much.
I guess I'll check back in another 6-8 months and read this entry, sit smiling for a moment, then make another. Until then... ta ta!
Back in August, I finally decided to learn 3D. I decided to learn Blender. What was I going to do? Make some triangles and some squares and render them with radiosity, reflections, shadow maps, and crazy photon lights?
No, I decided modelling was where the challenge was. I modelled a full human woman. With hair. And skin. Then I rigged her. Then I copied her and posed her in an environment.
Hopefully people will enjoy them, and most preferably, IMPROVE them. Given you can download the.blend's, if you've ever been interested in organic modelling, rigging, posing, rendering, and postprocessing, you can probably get a large amount of mileage from using my model as a basis for your new works.
What happens when you finally learn the truth about the George Bush Mood Ring? I hope, for the love of god, we learn it soon.
I tried to make the world a better place, but no-one cared. Maybe no-one likes this type of fiction? It seems a pretty reasonable request that you donate money to EFF, FSF, or ACLU after reading my story... Maybe it's unreasonable.:( Anyway, here's a passage from the book, which you can download in its entirety.
All these definite signs of youth are genius lies of nature. My body sheds age and scars and tattooes and sickness and disease. It sheds these things and leaves them behind. Every day, a little bit of youth sneaks up from deep inside me and hucks off a layer of aging. I do not look a day older than twenty-five. I certainly do not look like I've been living since America was a colony of England.
I have perpetual youth, but that is almost the extent of what I have. I have no long-term friends. I have no culture to associate with. I have no history. None of us have history. We can't keep books. We're always hiding from the humans among the humans, and books encumber us and give the humans too much information about us.
I know that we did keep books a long time ago, in dusty libraries kept deep inside caves, far from the human's grasp. But humans aren't simply afraid of everything unusual. They're afraid, yes, but they're resourceful, too. I have visions... visions of angry villagers carrying torches and pitchforks, storming into a vampire library through its narrow rocky entrance, stabbing me and leaving me for dead, tearing down shelves, and burning the books. These are real memories, but not mine. They belong to my mother.
So here I am. Bored on a Wednesday afternoon. I've just installed Debian-Woody on an Ultra1, and I guess I'm a bit excited. I've never installed anything on a Sun box before. Nor have I ever installed Debian before. Put the two together, and it was supposed to be an adventure, but it wasn't a big deal.
Now I'm running nmap against my machine and closing down ports, which is what any good database administrator would do to his Debian-Woody Sun box. I can't see how lpd gets started, but this is just the nature of the beast.
Why, oh why does PostgreSQL want to listen on all IP addresses? I have shut it down because I don't believe it's immune to attacks. I guess I should be less paranoid: this is, after all, a Sun box, not an Intel. Most script kiddies will find me all but impenetrable.
My new website is at Faemalia dot Org where I have a nice little wiki up to amuse myself and friends.