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Postings for November 2014:  (63 posts)
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:09:49 UTC

Friday Squid Blogging: Cephalopod Cognition

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Tales of cephalopod behavior, including octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses. Cephalopod Cognition, published by Cambridge University Press, is currently available in hardcover, and the paperback edition will be available next week....

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:16:03 UTC

Little Brother middle school English curriculum materials

Posted By Cory Doctorow

James Scot Brodie is a teacher at Presidio Middle School in San Francisco, where Jen Wang and I spoke last month on our tour for In Real Life; prior to my arriving, he assigned my book Little Brother to his students, and produced some curricular materials that he's generously given to me to publish. Little … [Read more]

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:17:05 UTC

Worst web site: new contender

Posted By Greg Lehey

Yvonne decided to go to Melbourne tomorrow to visit Equitana. We had really wanted to plan it with an overnight visit, but somehow that didn't happen, so Yvonne decided to go just for the day. Under those circumstances it probably doesn't make sense to go by car. 270 km at 10 l/100 km is 27 litres of petrol, or about $40. Then there's the pain of navigating through Melbourne and the probably horrendous parking fees. Wouldn't it be simpler to go by train? What does it cost? After fighting for 15 minutes, I still didn't know. I was able to establish the timetable, sort of, but nothing I could do divulged the fares.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:02:20 UTC

Wide-ranging conversation with Portlands KBOO about Information Doesnt Want to Be Free

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Last month, I sat down for a long conversation (">MP3) with Ken Jones for the Between the Covers at Portland, Oregon's KBOO community radio station, talking about my book Information Doesn't Want to be Free. They've posted the audio so people from outside of Portland can hear it too!

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:42:24 UTC

Pre-Snowden Debate About NSA Call-Records Collection Program

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Reuters is reporting that in 2009, several senior NSA officials objected to the NSA call-records collection program. The now-retired NSA official, a longtime code-breaker who rose to top management, had just learned in 2009 about the top secret program that was created shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He says he argued to then-NSA Director Keith Alexander that storing...

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:51:13 UTC

Citadel Malware Steals Password Manager Master Passwords

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Citadel is the first piece of malware I know of that specifically steals master passwords from password managers. Note that my own Password Safe is a target....

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:00:00 UTC

Keybase Client

Posted By Tim Bray

I got interested in the day I left Google in March, and Ive been evangelizing it, but even more the idea behind it: Using authenticated posts here and there to prove public-key ownership. Also Ive contributed Keybase-client code to OpenKeychain (lets just say OKC), a pretty good Android crypto app. Im more or less done now. This report is too long, and will probably be of interest only to the twelve people in the world who care about crypto implementations, key discovery, and modern Android apps. What it does There are now three screencasts over on YouTube: Sending a message, Receiving a message, and Can I trust this key?

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:30:36 UTC

Where's my network?

Posted By Greg Lehey

I've been trying since Friday to get an National Broadband Network connection for Stones Road. Called up Aussie Broadband and spoke to Fabien, who told me that the trouble is the lack of a location ID. It seems that NBN has assigned location IDs to all houses, but since we don't have one (yet), they don't have a location ID. Why is it taking so long to assign one? NBN can be slow. Called up the NBN and spoke to Jane, who asked me for the geographical coordinatesgood thing I had themand told me that it could take up to a week, but would probably be here by the end of the week.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:26:28 UTC

New monitor?

Posted By Greg Lehey

Into town this morning to pick up a new monitor for Yvonne, and while I was at it picked up a second cheaper one$129 for a 21| 1920×1080 monitorto be prepared for the next failure. My Tandem background must be showing. Later did some searching about the causes of monitor failures. Things aren't quite as clear-cut as I thought, but articles like this one suggest that power supply failure is one of the leading causes. ACM only downloads articles once.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:59:45 UTC

Book Excerpt: Organizing Strategy for Operational Teams

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

When Esther Schindler asked for permission to publish an excerpt from The Practice of Cloud System Administration on the Druva Blog, we thought this would be the perfect piece. We're glad she agreed. Check out this passage from Chapter 7, "Operations in a Distributed World". If you manage a sysadmin team that manages services, here is some advice on how to organize the team and their work: Organizing Strategy for Operational Teams

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:38:11 UTC

A New Free CA

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Announcing Let's Encrypt, a new free certificate authority. This is a joint project of EFF, Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, and the University of Michigan. This is an absolutely fantastic idea. The anchor for any TLS-protected communication is a public-key certificate which demonstrates that the server you're actually talking to is the server you intended to talk to. For many server operators,...

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:35:00 UTC

Whatsapp Is Now End-to-End Encrypted

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Whatapp is now offering end-to-end message encryption: Whatsapp will integrate the open-source software Textsecure, created by privacy-focused non-profit Open Whisper Systems, which scrambles messages with a cryptographic key that only the user can access and never leaves his or her device. I don't know the details, but the article talks about perfect forward secrecy. Moxie Marlinspike is involved, which gives...

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:50:48 UTC

Snarky 1992 NSA Report on Academic Cryptography

Posted By Bruce Schneier

The NSA recently declassified a report on the Eurocrypt '92 conference. Honestly, I share some of the writer's opinions on the more theoretical stuff. I know it's important, but it's not something I care all that much about....

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 04:41:02 UTC

Information Doesnt Want to Be Free interview with Baltimore morning radio

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I'm heading to Ann Arbor, DC and Baltimore this week for a series of talks -- I did a a quick interview with Baltimore's WYPR (MP3) that came out very well!

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:19:18 UTC

The NSA's Efforts to Ban Cryptographic Research in the 1970s

Posted By Bruce Schneier

New article on the NSA's efforts to control academic cryptographic research in the 1970s. It includes new interviews with public-key cryptography inventor Martin Hellman and then NSA-director Bobby Inman....

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:05:29 UTC

Dead monitor

Posted By Greg Lehey

Yvonne's monitor died today. Not the first monitor that has died on us, but since moving to LCD screens, there seems to be only one failure mode: the power supply dies. Why? We've had switching power supplies for decades, and while they have certainly evolved, you'd think it was well understood technology. LCD digital displays, on the other hand, are only now receding from the bleeding edge. You'd really expect them to be more likely to die than the power supply. The other obvious thing is that it's hardly worth getting somebody to repair it. A replacement costs $129 at Officeworks, and repair technicians can easily take that even for a simple repair.

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:24:09 UTC

Huxleyed into the Full Orwell

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Huxleyed Into the Full Orwell is a new short story I wrote for Vice Magazine's just-launched science fiction section Terraform, which also has new stories up by Claire Evans, Bruce Sterling, and Adam Rothstein. "Huxleyed" is a story about the way that entertainment companies' war on general purpose computing could lead into a horrible mashup … [Read more]

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:55:51 UTC

Interpreting exposure meter output

Posted By Greg Lehey

The raw output from the exposure meter tests wasn't very helpful. Here the readings for the MK-300: 1 11:3 1/2 11:2 1/4 8:9 1/8 8:1 1/16 5.6:5 1/32 4:5 1/64 2.8:0 1/128 1:9 The first column is the power level, and the second column is the exposure meter reading, in aperture and tenths. That's really difficult to interpret.

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:37:29 UTC

Friday Squid Blogging: The Story of Inventing the SQUID

Posted By Bruce Schneier

The interesting story of how engineers at Ford Motor Co. invented the superconducting quantum interference device, or SQUID. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:00:00 UTC

The Dock at Gibsons

Posted By Tim Bray

Gibsons is mostly another strip-mall-along-the-highway town, but includes Gibsons Landing, a nice albeit touristy place mostly famous for starring in a Canadian TV show that peoples grandparents liked. Its got a big useful public dock  we say government wharf round here  which looks really good in mid-November slanting sun. None of the names for the town or any part of it seem to use apostrophes; I guess this makes sign-painters lives easier. Photogeek note: Its really hard to take that old (I mean really; its scratched and dented and looks old) 35mm prime off the camera.

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:00:00 UTC

How To Be Secret

Posted By Tim Bray

Suppose you need to exchange messages with someone and you need to be really, really sure that nobody else reads them. Heres how Id do it. Background To keep this simple, lets call the person youre trying to communicate with Elvis, and the people wanting to invade your privacy The Firm. This discussion assumes: Neither you nor Elvis are a high-value target, for example Ed Snowden or a big-time weapon smuggler. You have a trustworthy device. For most of us a personal computer, properly set up, is acceptable. In my opinion, the same is generally true of modern mobile devices.

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:18:34 UTC

The Return of Crypto Export Controls?

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Last month, for the first time since US export restrictions on cryptography were relaxed two decades ago, the US government has fined a company for exporting crypto software without a license. News article. No one knows what this means....

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:40:27 UTC

More chrome pain

Posted By Greg Lehey

It's been a few days since I last had the dreaded GP process hung message. Maybe a web page that I have since removed from the browser state? But today I got another message, not once but dozens of times: [] glDrawEleemnts framebuffer incomplete (check) Google confirms that this, too, comes from chrome. Unlike the other message, though, it wasn't associated with an X hang. It seemed related to some issues I had mounting an SDHC card; the message output came in bursts related to inserting and removing the card.

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:07:54 UTC

Pew Research Survey on Privacy Perceptions

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Pew Research has released a new survey on American's perceptions of privacy. The results are pretty much in line with all the other surveys on privacy I've read. As Cory Doctorow likes to say, we've reached "peak indifference to surveillance."...

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:00:00 UTC

Vancouver Election

Posted By Tim Bray

It happens Saturday, November 15th, 2014. Heres how Im voting. Theres one vote for mayor, a bunch for council, a bunch for Park Board, and another bunch for School Board. Im not voting a full slate; Im only voting for people I have feelings about. This is called plumping; I believe psephologists say it increases the power of your vote. Mayor: Gregor Robertson Ive heard Meena Wong speak a couple of times and shes probably closer to me politically, but Gregor Robertson gets my vote anyhow; heres why: Its actually close, and Im unimpressed with Kirk Lapointe. This guys highest life achievement is middle management in the newspaper business  famous for being badly run  and his big idea is counterflow lanes.

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:40:00 UTC

20th anniversary of "the big Synopsys downtime"

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

Paul Evans writes: Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the "big" Synopsys downtime of November 18-20, 1994. It was the most ambitious one we attempted while I was at Synopsys -- a complete reconfiguration of the network in one weekend. It was also the first one we planned and carried out using the flight director and mission control model that Christine and Tom later made known to a wider audience in The Practice of System and Network Administration. Although not all of you were working at Synopsys in 1994, this is probably the best chance I'm going to have to thank all of you for what you contributed to the downtime process.

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:30:00 UTC

The Easiest Way to Compute in the Cloud  AWS Lambda

Posted By Werner Vogels

When AWS launched, it changed how developers thought about IT services: What used to take weeks or months of purchasing and provisioning turned into minutes with Amazon EC2. Capital-intensive storage solutions became as simple as PUTting and GETting objects in Amazon S3. At AWS we innovate by listening to and learning from our customers, and one of the things we hear from them is that they want it to be even simpler to run code in the cloud and to connect services together easily. Customers want to focus on their unique application logic and business needs  not on the undifferentiated heavy lifting of provisioning and scaling servers, keeping software stacks patched and up to date, handling fleet-wide deployments, or dealing with routine monitoring, logging, and web service front ends.

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:00:00 UTC

Expanding The Cloud - Introducing The Amazon EC2 Container Service

Posted By Werner Vogels

Today, I am excited to announce the Preview of the Amazon EC2 Container Service, a highly scalable, high performance container management service. We created EC2 Container Service to help customers run and manage Dockerized distributed applications. Benefits of Containers Customers have been using Linux containers for quite some time on AWS and have increasingly adopted microservice architectures. The microservices approach to developing a single application is to divide the application into a set of small services, each running its own processes, which communicate with each other. Each small service can be scaled independently of the application and can be managed by different teams.

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:10:01 UTC

ISPs Blocking TLS Encryption

Posted By Bruce Schneier

It's not happening often, but it seems that some ISPs are blocking STARTTLS messages and causing web encryption to fail. EFF has the story....

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:25:26 UTC

VS, Clang, cross-platform, and a short video

Posted By Herb Sutter

Today my team was part of the Visual Studio 2015 Preview announcement, and it’s nice to be able to share that Visual Studio is now going to support targeting Android and soon iOS, using the Clang compiler, from right inside VS. This is in addition to continued conformance and other improvements in our own VC++ compiler […]

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:00:00 UTC

The Story of Apollo - Amazons Deployment Engine

Posted By Werner Vogels

Automated deployments are the backbone of a strong DevOps environment. Without efficient, reliable, and repeatable software updates, engineers need to redirect their focus from developing new features to managing and debugging their deployments. Amazon first faced this challenge many years ago. When making the move to a service-oriented architecture, Amazon refactored its software into small independent services and restructured its organization into small autonomous teams. Each team took on full ownership of the development and operation of a single service, and they worked directly with their customers to improve it. With this clear focus and control, the teams were able to quickly produce new features, but their deployment process soon became a bottleneck.

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:34:09 UTC

TPOCSA is the "eBook Deal of the Day"

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

To celebrate Usenix LISA, for 24 hours you can get The Practice of Cloud System Administration at an extra special discount: I'll be doing a book signing at LISA on Friday at 10:30 in the LISA Lab. If you have the eBook, I have something special for you! See you there!

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:21:42 UTC

Audio from Seattle Hieroglyph event with Neal Stepehenson

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Here's an MP3 of the audio from the Reigniting Societys Ambition with Science Fiction event that I did with Neal Stephenson and Ed Finn at Seattle Town Hall on Oct 26, to promote the Hieroglyph anthology, designed to inspire optimistic technologies to solve the Earth's most urgent problems. I had a story in it called … [Read more]

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:15:50 UTC

Stories are a fuggly hack

Posted By Cory Doctorow

My latest Locus Magazine column is Stories Are a Fuggly Hack, in which I point out the limits of storytelling as an artform, and bemoan all the artists from other fields -- visual art, music -- who aspire to storytelling in order to make their art. There are other media, much more abstract media, that … [Read more]

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:15:09 UTC

Next DxO bug

Posted By Greg Lehey

Processing today's photos with DxO Optics Pro showed an interesting issue: I couldn't load presets. Why? Here I have tried to set a black and white preset (as the most obvious kind), and the image remains in colour. But the two smaller previews are black and white: Is this the result of my manually editing the preset files?

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:13:27 UTC

Narrowly Constructing National Surveillance Law

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Orin Kerr has a new article that argues for narrowly constructing national security law: This Essay argues that Congress should adopt a rule of narrow construction of the national security surveillance statutes. Under this interpretive rule, which the Essay calls a "rule of lenity," ambiguity in the powers granted to the executive branch in the sections of the United States...

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:21:50 UTC

Amanda Palmers Art of Asking: art for the crowdfunding age

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Amanda Palmer's new book Art of Asking is a moving and insightful memoir of her life performing music while making personal connections with her fans; I wrote a long, in-depth review of it for The New Statesman. There's a litmus test for how you will likely feel about Palmer's Kickstarter: Palmer invited local musicians in … [Read more]

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:30:00 UTC

Introducing Bosun, our new open source monitoring & alerting system

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

The monitoring system built for Stackoverflow was open sourced today. I've been using it since it was an internal beta and I'm really excited to see it shared with everyone. Congrats to Kyle and Matt on this release! and check out:

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:37:27 UTC

Hacking Internet Voting from Wireless Routers

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Good paper, and layman's explanation. Internet voting scares me. It gives hackers the potential to seriously disrupt our democratic processes....

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:34:14 UTC

Sophisticated Targeted Attack Via Hotel Networks

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Kaspersky Labs is reporting (detailed report here, technical details here) on a sophisticated hacker group that is targeting specific individuals around the world. "Darkhotel" is the name the group and its techniques has been given. This APT precisely drives its campaigns by spear-phishing targets with highly advanced Flash zero-day exploits that effectively evade the latest Windows and Adobe defenses, and...

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:51:26 UTC

The Future of Incident Response

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Security is a combination of protection, detection, and response. It's taken the industry a long time to get to this point, though. The 1990s was the era of protection. Our industry was full of products that would protect your computers and network. By 2000, we realized that detection needed to be formalized as well, and the industry was full of...

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 01:04:41 UTC

The way we were, 1982

Posted By Greg Lehey

This video is just going round the Unix Heritage Society mailing list: How times have changed in less than a third of a century. ACM only downloads articles once. It's possible that this article has changed since being downloaded, but the only way you can find out is by looking at the original article.

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:49:23 UTC

Ignoring image problems

Posted By Greg Lehey

Yvonne went out riding with Chris today, and for some reason used Chris' camera rather than her own. Back home it was up to me to read in the card, for which I didn't have a cable. And at least 3 images didn't get read: Nov  9 13:48:31 eureka kernel: (da4:umass-sim2:2:0:2): READ(10). CDB: 28 40 00 00 22 00 00 00 10 00 Nov  9 13:48:31 eureka kernel: (da4:umass-sim2:2:0:2): CAM status: SCSI Status Error Nov  9 13:48:31 eureka kernel: (da4:umass-sim2:2:0:2): SCSI status: Check Condition Nov  9 13:48:31 eureka kernel: (da4:umass-sim2:2:0:2): SCSI sense: HARDWARE FAILURE asc:0,0 (No additional sense information) Nov  9 13:48:31 eureka kernel: (da4:umass-sim2:2:0:2): Retrying command (per sense data) Nov  9 13:48:32 eureka kernel: (da4:umass-sim2:2:0:2): READ(10).

Sun, 09 Nov 2014 23:54:51 UTC

GPU hang cornered?

Posted By Greg Lehey

Another GPU hang this morning! This time I had left X server 1 active, but once again it was server 0 that was affected. Something to do with the clients? Ran ps and got hundreds of processes, including 300 zombie ssh-agents, to be inspected later. But that's not the way you solve a problem nowadays. Google is your friend. And, as it proved, also the enemy. This article describes a (perhaps only marginally) different issue, but it makes it clear that the problem is associated with Google chrome. That may mean that it's sufficient to shoot down chrome, and not the X server, if it happens again.

Sun, 09 Nov 2014 20:00:00 UTC

R and G and J

Posted By Tim Bray

I just read Adam Jacobs Rust and Go, comparing two new hotnesses. Me, Ive been (unaccustomedly) working the last few months in a familiar codebase/toolset, on an Android app; so I thought Id and an &and Java. Is Java boring? Android is the only place where Java isnt boring. The big back-end systems at Google and the other Net giants are the only other places where new Java code might change your life; and most developers arent writing those. Interesting new server-side code is in Node and Go and Rails and Erlang and so on. Maybe Rust too, soon. Mobile apps are still interesting, and half of them, more or less, are Android/Java things.

Sun, 09 Nov 2014 00:54:38 UTC

Another GPU hang

Posted By Greg Lehey

Yet another GPU hang this morning! It's frustrating that it only appears on the console. I had hoped that the numbers at the beginning of the line would give some indication, but they don't make much sense. The first could conceivably be the PID; the second is the same as last time. On IRC, the opinion was that it was a hardware issue, maybe overheating. But the fact point elsewhere: I have an xearth process complaining about a missing marker file every 5 minutes. And the hang message is always at the bottom, so it must appear round the time I power on the monitors.

Sat, 08 Nov 2014 05:36:06 UTC

AWS re:Invent Conference

Posted By James Hamilton

In the Amazon Web Services world, this has always been a busy time of the year. Busy, because, although we aim for a  fairly even pace of new service announcements and new feature releases all year, invariably, somewhat more happens towards the end of the year than early on. And, busy, because the annual AWS re:Invent conference is in early November and this is an important time to roll out new services or important features. This year is no exception and, more than ever, there is a lot to announce at the conference. It should be fun. < ?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> I enjoy re:Invent because its a chance to talk to customers in more detail about what we have been building, learn how they are using it, and what we could do to make the services better.

Sat, 08 Nov 2014 01:01:28 UTC

Configuring DxO

Posted By Greg Lehey

The new version of DxO Optics Pro has a number of improvements over the previous version: it can now display properly on medium resolution (2560×1440) screens, and hopefully also on 3840×2160 screens. It has reinstated the old image comparison function (original/modified), which they had previously put on the Ctrl-D key. But that repeats, so I ended up with a quick alternation of the two. Now there's a button you can hold down with the mouse. Best, though, they have finally found a (cumbersome) way of telling the crop function not to enforce aspect ratio, at least for the elite version: you can save the information with a preset.

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 22:11:45 UTC

Friday Squid Blogging: Dried Squid Sold in Korean Baseball Stadiums

Posted By Bruce Schneier

I'm not sure why this is news, except that it makes for a startling headline. (Is the New York Times now into clickbait?) It's not as if people are throwing squid onto the field, as Detroit hockey fans do with octopus. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that...

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:06:50 UTC

Co3 Systems Is Hiring

Posted By Bruce Schneier

My company, Co3 Systems, is hiring both technical and nontechnical positions. If you live in the Boston area, click through and take a look....

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:59:57 UTC

Testing for Explosives in the Chicago Subway

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Chicago is doing random explosives screenings at random L stops in the Chicago area. Compliance is voluntary: Police made no arrests but one rider refused to submit to the screening and left the station without incident, Maloney said. [...] Passengers can decline the screening, but will not be allowed to board a train at that station. Riders can leave that...

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:54:50 UTC

Why Hyping Cyber Threats is Counterproductive

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Robert Lee and Thomas Rid have a new paper: "OMG Cyber! Thirteen Reasons Why Hype Makes for Bad Policy."...

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 16:00:00 UTC

Don't Miss These Startup Activities at AWS re:Invent!

Posted By Werner Vogels

Im excited to be heading to Las Vegas in less than two weeks for our annual re:Invent conference. One of the highlights for me is being able to host an extensive lineup of startup-focused events which take place at re:Invent on Thursday, November 13. Heres a quick peak at the startup experience this year: Third Annual Startup Launches Im excited to host this event where five AWS-powered startups will make a significant, never-before-shared launch announcement on stage. Included in the announcements are special discounts on the newly-launched productsdiscounts only available to session attendees. And to top it all off, well have a happy hour immediately following the final launch announcement!

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:46:32 UTC

How the Internet Affects National Sovereignty

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Interesting paper by Melissa Hathaway: "Connected Choices: How the Internet Is Challenging Sovereign Decisions." Abstract: Modern societies are in the middle of a strategic, multidimensional competition for money, power, and control over all aspects of the Internet and the Internet economy. This article discusses the increasing pace of discord and the competing interests that are unfolding in the current debate...

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:30:12 UTC

More lagoon migration

Posted By Greg Lehey

Yvonne wanted to print a document today, something she does so seldom that she needed my help. And in the process discovered that I hadn't configured the printers since last month's system upgrade, five weeks ago. Note to self: check /etc/printcap and that the spool directories exist. ACM only downloads articles once. It's possible that this article has changed since being downloaded, but the only way you can find out is by looking at the original article.

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 06:41:01 UTC

UK launch of In Real Life at Orbital Comics, London, Nov 12

Posted By Cory Doctorow

I've just come back to the UK from my US tour for In Real Life, the New York Times bestselling graphic novel Jen Wang and I made; I'll be launching it in London at the incomparable Orbital Comics, near Leicester Square, on the evening of Weds, 12 Nov. The event is free, and I'll be … [Read more]

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:49:13 UTC

Arrested Devops Episode 23 with Tom Limoncelli

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

I'm the guest on the new episode of Arrested Devops. I had a lot of fun recording this podcast. I hope you enjoy listening to it! Check it out!

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:21:03 UTC

Verizon Tracking Mobile Internet Use

Posted By Bruce Schneier

Verizon is tracking the Internet use of its phones by surreptitiously modifying URLs. This is a good description of how it works....

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 01:37:51 UTC

Another GPU hang

Posted By Greg Lehey

Another GPU hang today! What's causing it? This system has been running unchanged since February, and it's been up for 139 days. The hang only affects one of the two X servers, so it doesn't seem to be hardware. It's not logged anywhere except on the console, not helped by whining flash plugins: When I first saw the problem, the error message was still on the screen, but later it had long been flushed by these useless error messages. The resultant image is strange.

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 01:30:51 UTC

Web sites and ACID

Posted By Greg Lehey

I've finally decided on an exposure meter. After some backwarding and forwarding, decided on the Sekonic L-308S after all. The cheapest offer was from eGlobaL [sic] Digital Cameras, only AU $184 with postage. The cheapest price I could find on eBay was US $167.90, which corresponds to AU $198.40, and reputable US sellers are offering it for round US $235 plus postage. So I went ahead and fought my way through Yet Another Broken Website to finalize the purchase. Most web sites are too leet to accept phone numbers in standard formats (like (03) 5346 1730 in Australia). Instead they want all punctuation removed, like 0353461730.

Mon, 03 Nov 2014 23:00:45 UTC

Book Signing at Usenix LISA next week

Posted By Tom Limoncelli

I'll be doing a book signing at Usenix LISA on Friday at 10:30am in the LISA Lab. The first 10 people to arrive will receive a free (printed) copy of the new book The Practice of Cloud System Administration. (I'll also sign other books you bring.) For info about the new book, please attend my talk "Radical Ideas from the Practice of Cloud Computing" on Wednesday at 11:45am-12:30 pm in Grand Ballroom C. I'll also be teaching tutorials and mini-tutorials. Register for LISA today!

Sun, 02 Nov 2014 21:40:18 UTC

X hang

Posted By Greg Lehey

Into the office this morning and found all my X windows empty, just with the background colour. Looking at the console showed: What's that? Nothing in /var/log/messages. The other X server was still running, but server 0 was using lots of CPU time and was otherwise unresponsive: === grog@eureka (/dev/pts/19) ~ 53 -> ps au|grep X root 16471 82.9  1.5 3840764  500208 v0  R     7Sep14 1439:46.34 /usr/local/bin/X :0 -config xorg-0.conf -logverbose 6 grog 16470  0.0  0.0   19612    1816 v0  I+    7Sep14    0:00.00 xinit /home/grog/.xinitrc -- /usr/local/bin/X :0 -conf grog 69613  0.0  0.0   19612       0 v4  IW+ ...

Sun, 02 Nov 2014 09:53:48 UTC

London, Tue night: Biella Coleman and I talk about Hackers and Hoaxers: Inside Anonymous

Posted By Cory Doctorow

Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman (author of the brilliant Coding Freedom) spent years embedded with Anonymous and has written an indispensable account of the Anonymous phenomenon. I'm going to join Biella for a live appearance at Foyles Books in central London on Tuesday night at 7PM, in an event moderated by James Bridle. Tickets are £5 , … [Read more]