Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Signs You're Having Thanksgiving Dinner with a Geek
11. Dark meat is separated from white meat using a light probe.
10. Everyone mentions broadband, Linux or dual-core processors in their "I am thankful for..." speech.
9. A round of Counter-Strike: Source determines who gets to carve the turkey.
8. House decorated with plush microbes to celebrate the pilgrims bringing diseases to the new world.
7. Someone constantly keeps saying "The pilgrims had coffee, didn't they?"
6. Plates have a heatsink attached to them so you don't burn your mouth.
5. The cranberries are caffeinated.
4. Whipped cream for the pumpkin pie made with Dremel.
3. Three words: Lego gravy boat.
2. Pilgrim decorations have red hats instead of black ones.
1. The turkey is given the opportunity for a saving throw before being butchered.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Robots, crawling and being nice

robots.txt is a file you put on your web server to tell spiders (like Google) what to index on your site. It's also to tell programs (like wget) what is not allowed to be downloaded by an automated program. You can see for your self what a website's policy is by directing your browser to http://WEBSITE/robots.txt The thing is, it is not security. It is a suggestion. In wget a command line argument can be given to tell wget to ignore robots.txt. Cryptome has little article on it with robots.txt from major websites. The best by far is Sun's


# /robots.txt for www.sun.com

# Mon Feb 2 11:59:27 PST 1998, Fred Elliott
# Bertrand Meyer's excellent "comp.risks" posting about the potential
# for misusing "robots.txt" files
# (http://www.eiffel.com/private/meyer/robots.html) includes a snapshot
# of the contents of this file here on www.sun.com.
# In the article, Bertrand speculates that the directories listed below
# contain proprietary information. Well, they don't. They do, though,
# contain information that we'd prefer people register for before they
# download it.
# The purpose of the "robots.txt" file is to keep these directories
# from being indexed so that the average user doesn't stumble across them
# while performing searches, and those that should be accessing these
# directories will do so through the URL that requires them to register.
# Of course, having the contents of this file advertised in "comp.risks"
# diminishes its purpose. Thanks Bertrand. ;-)
# If you do actually go to the trouble of figuring out how to download
# the files without registering, what you'll end up with is 1 or 2MB of
# stuff that is meaningless to you unless you have purchased an
# Ultra AX board from Sun. So, please do purchase an Ultra AX board,
# but then you might as well use the URL you'll be given along with it.

gleaned from Cryptome

Friday, October 21, 2005

The Black Helicopter Factory

You knew they came from somewhere well it's a factory in AZ! The Register had a contest (linky) to find Black Helicopters and the pics from Google Earth are amazing. Check it out!
gleaned from PacketStorm and The Register

Monday, October 17, 2005

EEF comes up with the goods on Laser Printer embeded codes

from the above link:
Each column is read top-to-bottom as a single byte of seven bits (omitting the first parity bit); the bytes are then read right-to-left. The columns (which we have chosen to number from left to right) have the following meanings:

* 15: unknown (often zero; constant for each individual printer; may convey some non-user-visible fact about the printer's model or configuration)
* 14, 13, 12, 11: printer serial number in binary-coded-decimal, two digits per byte (constant for each individual printer; see below)
* 10: separator (typically all ones; does not appear to code information)
* 9: unused
* 8: year that page was printed (without century; 2005 is coded as 5)
* 7: month that page was printed
* 6: day that page was printed
* 5: hour that page was printed (may be UTC time zone, or may be set inaccurately within printer)
* 4, 3: unused
* 2: minute that page was printed
* 1: row parity bit (set to guarantee an odd number of dots present per row)

gleaned from boingboing

Sunday, October 16, 2005

What kind of Acres?

Wal-mart finks out a kid to the SS

Jarvis had assigned her senior civics and economics class "to take photographs to illustrate their rights in the Bill of Rights," she says. One student "had taken a photo of George Bush out of a magazine and tacked the picture to a wall with a red thumb tack through his head. Then he made a thumb's-down sign with his own hand next to the President's picture, and he had a photo taken of that, and he pasted it on a poster..."

An employee in that Wal-Mart photo department called the Kitty Hawk police on the student. And the Kitty Hawk police turned the matter over to the Secret Service. On Tuesday, September 20, the Secret Service came to Currituck High.

"At 1:35, the student came to me and told me that the Secret Service had taken his poster," Jarvis says. "I didn't believe him at first. But they had come into my room when I wasn't there and had taken his poster, which was in a stack with all the others."

gleaned from boingboing

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Crap! tinfoil hat time

from Schneier's blog

The Pentagon would be granted new powers to conduct undercover intelligence gathering inside the United States -- and then withhold any information about it from the public -- under a series of little noticed provisions now winding their way through Congress.

from Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes

We had a great commander in WWII, Dwight Eisenhower. He became President and on leaving the White House in 1961, he said this: “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. …"

Well, Ike was right. That's just what’s happened.

wow sometimes they just jump into your lap...

A Million Random Digits

Reading Applied Cryptography, by da Man, and found a reference to a book published by the Rand corp in 1955. Check the Wikipedia entry it's got great links. Amazon has pages in preview. I'm so getting this tomorrow.

Fix to file not found in openssl krb5.h

pkg-config --cflags openssl
pkg-config --libs-only-L openssl

trying to compile SpamAssassin and ran into this one


RX's music is fantastic. I can't believe he made MSNBC. Be sure to check out The Party Party!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Nessus to go closed source

The Nessus security scanner is closing it's source. Sad really but the idea behind it is that people are just ripping them off and claiming the code as their own. Well crap.
gleaned from PacketStorm

This is my blog; there are many like it but this one is mine

Oh sure everybody's a critic, folks say; "You can't have the Anarchist's Cookbook on the net", but put them in a room full of gasoline and tell them to burn a copy and suddenly they are all about the first amendment.

Hi I'm hal and I'm a screaming voice on the internet. I wear a tinfoil hat and like to say "me too!" I also like to post about what other people have already posted about as if you couldn't find it if I didn't point it out to you.

So here's a first post and we'll see how much noise I can make before I get bored and go back to hiding under the refrigerator.

A history of remixing!

This guy gets it big time. He takes us from Burroughs talking about cutups to modern day remixing.

This is a must listen!

So here's a wonder.

So here's a wonder. Why do all kinds of cool thougts come to you when you are doing something else. Like trying to drive.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Who are they

Who are the Modern Romans?
Us. It been said before but it needs to be recognized. We hold a unique place in history. At once we have the power to mold the world and to destroy it. "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." This is also not very new but again it needs to be said and remembered. Oppression and tyranny are always just around the corner. Will America fall as great civilizations in the past? Well who knows. The only problem is that this time, it won't be a black death or a dark age. It could well be the end for all life on the planet. Not all life surely, but enough that we would not recognize it. Not just Nuke warfare, but if a plague killed off mankind the pollution and things like nuclear power plants running without intervention could cause multiple meltdowns. Most plants would scram properly,but how many would not. Some for sure. Doom and gloom. But today the sun shines on our empire. We wage wars because God told our leader to do so.

gleaned from boingboing