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Naming All Lifeforms On Earth With Hash Functions

utkonos Re: Biology and Computer Science Two Way Street (97 comments)

It's definitely not a new technique. It's purpose in bioinformatics is sequence comparisons. It calculates the mean and standard deviation of a fixed size piece of the sequence. It lends itself very well toward malware analysis.

about 2 months ago
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Naming All Lifeforms On Earth With Hash Functions

utkonos Re:The most obvious problem with this approach (97 comments)

There may be cases where a single "species" of bacteria has a varying rate of horizontal transfer based on its host species. It may have more exposure to a different species of bacteria that it is able to trade genes with because that other species is exclusive to one of the two hosts rather than both. In cases like these, you could name each by its code. I think the ultimate goal is to make clear naming distinctions that reflect actual differences in populations of organisms.

about 2 months ago
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Naming All Lifeforms On Earth With Hash Functions

utkonos Re:The most obvious problem with this approach (97 comments)

I think you''re mostly correct, except for the case of organisms with horizontal gene transfer such as bacteria and archaea. The current naming convention breaks down when it is applied to this type of organism.

about 2 months ago
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Naming All Lifeforms On Earth With Hash Functions

utkonos Biology and Computer Science Two Way Street (97 comments)

Last month, at ShmooCon a talk was given about spatial analysis of malware samples. The technique is borrowed directly from bioinformatics. This is a great example of techniques from Biology being used effectively in the IT security realm.

I hope that the researcher involved in naming organisms based on hash algorithms chooses context triggered piecewise hashes (CTPH) AKA fuzzy hashing or a similarity hash algorithm rather than an algorithm like SHA512. Google's simhash or at least the ideas of this type of algorithm would lend itself much better to the naming of organisms.

FYI: a FOSS implementation of fussy hashing is called ssdeep. The project site is here. This is an implementation that is widely used in open source malware analysis tools like Cuckoo Sandbox.

about 2 months ago
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Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

utkonos Re:I am reminded of pigs and engineers here (593 comments)

I enjoy the god-in-the-gaps argument. If this holds true, the more discoveries made, the smaller the gaps and therefore the smaller the god gets.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

utkonos Re:Troll (167 comments)

Didn't some Snowden documents reveal that slashdot was used as an NSA vector to spread malware?

about 2 months ago
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VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

utkonos Godwin's Law?? (683 comments)

This just in, Anonymous Coward points to Godwin's Law when examining Tony Perkins's op-ed.

about 3 months ago
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Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

utkonos Parkinson's Law coming to a fat pipe near you (338 comments)

Data expands to fill the space available. It doesn't matter what the super fast super large digital thing is this year, at some point it will feel slow and old. Remember 10Mbit ethernet? That was TEN times as fast as 1Mbit!!!!!! It GIFs loaded instantly from your fileserver compared to waiting for them to load on dialup.

about 3 months ago
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James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

utkonos Re:VirtualBox? (223 comments)

Which host OS are you using?

about 3 months ago
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James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

utkonos Re:VirtualBox? (223 comments)

I'm curious as to whether or not SeaBIOS can be integrated into VirtualBox rather than using the watcom bios. This is the BIOS that is utilized by KVM/QEMU and therefore most OpenStack implementation that I've used have SeaBIOS.

about 3 months ago
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James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

utkonos Re:VirtualBox? (223 comments)

I've never run into the problems that you're referring to. Are you using a current stable version?

about 3 months ago
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James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

utkonos VirtualBox? (223 comments)

Where is the grade for VirtualBox. As opposed to the others on the list, I would give them an A+ for their stewardship of VirtualBox so far. They have released regular updates and bugfixes. I have run into zero problems running Linux, FreeBSD, and Windows in VMs. The UI has gradually improved. The project is still open source, and they actually provide binaries for every major OS.

about 3 months ago
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Run Netflix On OpenSUSE

utkonos Re:Don't forget FreeBSD (128 comments)

Yep. Article is incorrect about Netflix running its infrastructure on Linux. It is running it on FreeBSD.

about 4 months ago
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Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

utkonos Re:Do these projects OpenBSD, FreeBSD matter anywa (280 comments)

I get you, but I use the SVN repo here and the ports search here for doing all that. Then I use either pkg or portmaster to install what I want. The other great thing is that pkgng the package manager is supported by puppet, chef, cfengine, ansible, and salt. So installing packages and keeping everything up-to-date across all the variety of servers in a datacenter is a snap.

about 4 months ago
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Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

utkonos Re:Do these projects OpenBSD, FreeBSD matter anywa (280 comments)

From the horses mouth: "The power and simplicity of Mac OS X Server are a reflection of Apple’s operating system strategy, one that favors open industry standards over proprietary technologies. It begins with a UNIX-based foundation with Mach 3, FreeBSD 4.8, and the latest advances from FreeBSD 5 at the core."

Also, why would Apple have hired the founder of FreeBSD, Jordan Hubbard?

about 3 months ago
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Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

utkonos Re:Do these projects OpenBSD, FreeBSD matter anywa (280 comments)

You are absolutely right. The guy complaining about my statement is uninformed. If you run strings on command line utilities in older Mac OS X builds you will also see the comment string left by the code being checked into the FreeBSD CVS source tree. Those comments have the word "FreeBSD" and the revision of the code being checked in and the name of the FreeBSD developer that did the commit.

about 3 months ago
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Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

utkonos Re:Do these projects OpenBSD, FreeBSD matter anywa (280 comments)

You may want to revisit. The base tools for package management can be frustrating for someone who is learning them. Fortunately there are some newer tools that are in regular use probably after your last time using FreeBSD. The utility portmaster is most likely what you're looking for. It is able to control the ports system and package management very very very well. It has no external dependencies (it's actually just a huge shell script).

In addition to portmaster, the base system's package management has been completely rewritten in pkgng. You will find that it takes many good cues from debian apt.

All of these are command line tools. If you're a GUI type and shy away from command line, BSD's are not for you (yet).

about 3 months ago

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Arrested Development on Netflix: Now Please Do the Same For Firefly

utkonos utkonos writes  |  about a year ago

utkonos (2104836) writes "Now that Netflix is commissioning original content, something they should have been doing long ago, please please please commission new seasons of Firefly."
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cPanel Hacked

utkonos utkonos writes  |  about a year ago

utkonos (2104836) writes "According to an email that went out to cPanel users who have opened a support ticket with cPanel in the last six months, one of their tech support servers has been compromised. They are recommending that all cPanel users who have received support change their root passwords or rotate their SSH keys."
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FreeBSD X

utkonos utkonos writes  |  about 2 years ago

utkonos (2104836) writes ""The infamous AT&T/BSD lawsuits caused FreeBSD to jettison two-thirds of its codebase and start over from scratch, knocking its feature-set back several years, causing it to be bought out and divested by hopeful investors and only reaching robustness with code infusions from two commercial unix systems, BSD/OS and Mac OS X.""
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South Park Mocks Internet Memes

utkonos utkonos writes  |  about 2 years ago

utkonos (2104836) writes ""Last night's episode of South Park centered around all the fleeting internet memes that make up a part of our collective cultural dialogue these days, however sadly. The episode begins with the boys attempting to get a photo of Cartman "Faith Hilling" (making pretend boobies with your shirt) at a Republican debate, only to have Newt Gingrich call them out the next day in the press for being "so 2000-late" and "pretty stale...""
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D.C. Police To Encrypt Radio Communications

utkonos utkonos writes  |  more than 2 years ago

utkonos (2104836) writes "After decades of use, D.C.’s police scanners are about to go silent. Next month, the Metropolitan Police Department will start encrypting its radio communications.

With its constant crackle of police codes, the scanner has long provided the background music in many local newsrooms, as well as countless hours of chatter for hobbyists known as scanner junkies."

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Off-Grid Hydrogen Production Method Found

utkonos utkonos writes  |  more than 2 years ago

utkonos (2104836) writes ""A Penn State research team reports an unlimited supply of pure hydrogen gas can be produced using seawater, river water and organic waste. The news may mean our renewable energy infrastructure will soon undergo a dramatic shift.""
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