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Theodore Ts'o has been shared in 19 public circles

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Gustavo Franco1,547I've started an experiment with my Google+ account disabling this circle (Googlers and Xooglers) from showing up on my home stream. I'll see how it will look like without my coworkers and former coworkers.In case you are wondering how to adjust and even disable the posts from a circle showing up in your home stream, read:https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1269165?hl=enI've moved the circle to be the 1st on my bar though so I still can easily peak at what folks are saying.  In case you are wondering how to do that, read:https://plus.google.com/113895942978964425455/posts/igWgAhX22qM2014-02-15 23:38:47324301CC G+
Markos Giannopoulos5,491Geeks rule! // +CircleCount has added a new tag system (see announcement here http://bit.ly/15XaDov). Thousands of profiles have been tagged already, so here are the top (by number of followers) geek-tagged plussers (full list at http://bit.ly/134FoFN) The top ten: 1) +Robert Scoble 2) +Amanda Blain 3) +Darya Pino Rose 4) +Michelle Marie 5) +Brian Matiash 6) +Wick Sakit 7) +Joe Azure 8) +Keith Barrett 9) +Derek Ross 10) +Ahmed Zeeshan  For other rankings see also - Most popular geeks by comments/+1's/shares http://bit.ly/16SAddw- Most engaging geeks http://bit.ly/15XdZYm #circleshare   #circlesunday   #geeks  2013-07-21 15:19:0049018412CC G+
Yvan Da Silva4,840Hi everyone,As many of you already know, I have a nice circle called "ReadThis", the name says it all. From time to time I go check what that circle is doing because I know they do great posts, have absolutely brilliant minds and have caught my attention at a moment or another.You don't have to do anything special to get in, this circle is in constant movement. People get in, some people get out etc. Depending on their posts, comments and activity. If you are new to Google+ then this is definitively a circle you might consider. You do not have to add them all, you can actually select which people you want to follow! Hope it will help you find great people.Happy Friday everyone ! #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  2012-11-09 16:53:45199303CC G+
martin shervington16,177Commoogling Engagers Circle TwoIn a change to my "Great Engagers" circle approach, here we have a collection of people who I have been interacting with quite recently.Many people are newer to Google but all have really engaged with me - especially around my posts on the concept of 'commoogling'.As I am keen to support a culture of collaboration, please add/share and make it your own! #publiccircles   #circleshare   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #commoogling   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  2012-10-19 13:34:39499472746CC G+
Chris Goldsmith3,152Here is Circle #1 of Linux users I'm sharing this out specifically for +Steven Thompson who is a Linux Newbie and wants to learn - Please share any Linux Resources you have with him2012-10-11 13:19:24481001CC G+
martin shervington14,544September: New Engagers circle! (Note: this is 'new' people for the last couple of weeks.)Note: a few well known faces, but I'd missed them before...Well, it has been a very busy few weeks and here is a collection of NEW people who have been engaging with me.If you received an email then you are in the circle.Thank you for all the interactions through +1s, comments and sharesI will add you into the "Great Engagers Circles" when I next publish them.Over the next few weeks I will be focused of "People who comment and share" much more than I have done lately as I am putting in place a new system.As always, I aim to help people on their way and look forward to a bright G+ future together!Please feel free to add this in, share this on, and meet other people who have been relating to me. They are a good bunch! #sharedcircles   #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject  2012-10-04 07:02:31111221029CC G+
Yvan Da Silva4,570I know I don't always read all your post guys, but if you are in here is because you do have posts that ROCK the world :D And because I don't have time to read all your posts, I give here the chance to others to do it :D  #sharedcircles   #circleshare  2012-09-17 12:36:44183603CC G+
Chris Macidis1,759The Cream of the Crop of July 2012What's this?On +CircleCount everyday some very interesting persons are choosen and recommended. These are persons without hunders of thousands of followers but with a lot of interesting content. You won't find silent people here leading the rankings, but interesting people that are worth to be followed.You can find the Cream of the Crop daily here:http://www.circlecount.com/daily/Past Cream of the Crop circles:June 2012: http://goo.gl/Ua5UVMay 2012: http://goo.gl/4Tq43April 2012: http://goo.gl/NvbKjMarch 2012: http://goo.gl/3auLoFebruary 2012: http://goo.gl/TWYpKJanuary 2012: http://goo.gl/HBdHbDecember 2011: http://goo.gl/RBCpgNovember 2011: http://goo.gl/x6TJkOctober 2011: http://goo.gl/2xVn92012-08-20 12:54:12302182935CC G+
David D. Stanton5,770Here is my Geek's Circle: (Note I have just cleaned my G+ to try to remove inactive users.) Enjoy! 2012-06-25 08:47:49501012CC G+
Swapnil Bhartiya2,379My Linux Circle. Add This :-)2012-06-07 10:17:39500402CC G+
Mitesh Shah1,953#Linux #Army #Circle Now a days lots of Linux users want to manage their Linux circles,So we think to create the following circles and share these circles.Comment On The Appropriate Circle's Links To Help UsTo Adding More Linux Pages, Distro & Users In Appropriate Circle1. Linux Pages: Google Plus Linux PagesLinux Pages Circle: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111560558537332305125/posts/7LmpstLTaSe2. Linux Distro: Google Plus Official Linux Disto PagesLinux Distro Circle: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111560558537332305125/posts/4FejgZ5o1bz3.Arch Linux: People who writes about #Arch #Linux Arch Linux Circle: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111560558537332305125/posts/fysRXiT6kJ94.Debian Linux: People who writes about #Debian based Linux Distro such as #Ubuntu #LinuxMint Debian Linux Circle: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111560558537332305125/posts/iWturahT2gw5.Redhat Linux: People who writes about #Redhat based Linux Distro such as #Fedora #CentOS Redhat Linux Circle: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111560558537332305125/posts/52JQqx4kfQC6.Linux Army: People in this circle gets all the updates of above circlesLinux Army Circle: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111560558537332305125/posts/6C5HAx2AsVk #SharedCircles #CircleSharing #CircleSunday #PublicCircles #PublicSharedCircles2012-05-19 19:20:26390716CC G+
Mitesh Shah1,344Linux Army 60+ New UsersNow a days lots of Linux users want to manage their Linux circles,So we think to create the following circles and share these circles.Comment On The Appropriate Circle's Links To Help UsTo Adding More Linux Pages, Distro & Users In Appropriate Circle1. Linux Pages: Google Plus Linux PagesLinux Pages Circle: https://plus.google.com/111560558537332305125/posts/7XN1rHGxsbn2. Linux Distro: Google Plus Official Linux Disto PagesLinux Distro Circle: https://plus.google.com/111560558537332305125/posts/X3mokqdhL9G3.Arch Linux: People who writes about Arch Linux Arch Linux Circle: https://plus.google.com/111560558537332305125/posts/JtgyhAwibSX4.Debian Linux: People who writes about Debian based Linux Distro such as Ubuntu, Mint EtcDebian Linux Circle: https://plus.google.com/111560558537332305125/posts/CaeYJNkvr3t5.Redhat Linux: People who writes about Redhat based Linux Distro such as Fedora, Centos EtcRedhat Linux Circle: https://plus.google.com/111560558537332305125/posts/SBQdHC8qiUC6.Linux Army: People in this circle gets all the updates of above circlesLinux Army Circle: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111560558537332305125/posts/he5MMjwFTtN2012-03-16 22:04:1131516813CC G+
Mitesh Shah0Linux ArmyNow a days lots of Linux users want to manage their Linux circles,So we think to create the following circles and share these circles.Comment On The Appropriate Circle's Links To Help UsTo Adding More Linux Pages, Distro & Users In Appropriate Circle1. Linux Pages: Google Plus Linux PagesLinux Pages Circle: https://plus.google.com/111560558537332305125/posts/7XN1rHGxsbn2. Linux Distro: Google Plus Official Linux Disto PagesLinux Distro Circle: https://plus.google.com/111560558537332305125/posts/X3mokqdhL9G3.Arch Linux: People who writes about Arch Linux Arch Linux Circle: https://plus.google.com/111560558537332305125/posts/JtgyhAwibSX4.Debian Linux: People who writes about Debian based Linux Distro such as Ubuntu, Mint EtcDebian Linux Circle: https://plus.google.com/111560558537332305125/posts/CaeYJNkvr3t5.Redhat Linux: People who writes about Redhat based Linux Distro such as Fedora, Centos EtcRedhat Linux Circle: https://plus.google.com/111560558537332305125/posts/SBQdHC8qiUC6.Linux Army: People in this circle gets all the updates of above circlesLinux Army Circle: https://plus.google.com/111560558537332305125/posts/CFeVM6DSv992012-03-09 12:40:3024835812CC G+
Chris Goldsmith1,927If you have my linux circle from prior share this one replaces it _ have removed over 200+ people who were in it by mistake due to circle add gone wrong2012-01-11 15:46:50340100CC G+
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Robert Scoble161,698A circle of geeks (part I). Here's almost 1,000 active geeks. Programmers, developers, and highly technical people. Here's A-K.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-10-12 03:14:05493827664CC G+
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2014-04-18 15:10:44 (9 comments, 16 reshares, 42 +1s)

I've said this before: friends don't let friends run home routers with stock firmware.  (And if you must run the stock firmware, please don't leave the admin password to be the default!)

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2014-04-16 12:07:44 (21 comments, 23 reshares, 88 +1s)

Just in case you needed a reason not to ever use GoDaddy again....

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2014-04-15 05:55:02 (22 comments, 19 reshares, 59 +1s)

Q: So, why is Silicon Valley studded with an implausibly large number of abandoned barns, shacks, and other things that don't look like they belong here?

A: Because this all used to be orchards. This all made sense, fifty years ago.

Q: Right, but shouldn't they have, like, torn them down by now?

A: No. Abandoned barns in Silicon Valley are a better investment than historical stock market returns.

Q: Wouldn't they be an even better investment if there were, like, usable buildings on the land?

A: No.

Q: You have got to be shitting me.

A: Proposition 13 makes abandoned barns an enormously lucrative investment. You see, the assessed value of a piece of property is capped at a rate well below the rate of increase in property values out here. So you can just get the... more »

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2014-04-15 05:50:02 (10 comments, 9 reshares, 24 +1s)

I am so thankful that I don't live in the Bay Area....  there are certainly ways in which Massachusetts politics might be a bit dysfunctional, but nothing like this!

2014-04-14 03:01:10 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 29 +1s)

Compare and contrast how a senior NSA executive tap danced her way around the question of whether or not the NSA sabotaged NIST encryption standards, with the unequivocal denial from the NSA this past week about whether they knew about the Heartbleed vulnerability.  And yet, people like +Benjamin Wittes at the Lawfare blog insist on saying that "there is no evidence that the NSA in fact did sabotage Dual_EC".   Well, we may not have a smoking gun, but this certainly seems like a pretty good indicator that someone has a guilty conscience....

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2014-04-11 13:40:35 (23 comments, 39 reshares, 113 +1s)

Why you should avoid using XML, part 2.

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2014-04-08 22:49:29 (27 comments, 25 reshares, 92 +1s)

Safety tip: it's not enough just to install the bug fixed OpenSSL library.  You also need to make sure that you restart your apache server (and any other network daemons that use OpenSSL).   Yes, this should be obvious, but many distributions, including Debian, won't do this automatically.   Testing after you think you've fixed the problem is also a Really Good Idea.

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2014-04-03 23:16:25 (21 comments, 6 reshares, 51 +1s)

I don't think that Microsoft choice to license Windows Phone free of charge (free as in beer), was neither a "bold" move, or as the article claims below, a "desperate" move.   It was just simply something they had to do after the Nokia acquisition, or else their other hardware partners would have said, "Now wait a moment.   We have to pay licensing fee, but phones made by Microsoft don't have to pay a licensing fee --- since it would be going from one Microsoft pocket to another?   That's no fair!"   And they would have started abandoning the platform even faster than they currently were.

I'm sure Microsoft would have forseen this as a natural consequence of the Nokia acquisition, and must have come to terms with this months ago.

2014-04-03 01:44:37 (107 comments, 51 reshares, 131 +1s)

For those who believe the systemd developers are reasonable and will listen to constructive criticism.....

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2014-03-31 20:18:22 (25 comments, 25 reshares, 83 +1s)

Another reason to avoid XML.  Windows' compiler decided to use a XML config file.   Parsing this involved pulling in a DLL which several DLL dependencies later, pulled in Internet Explorer.   Developer tried doing a parallel build (i.e, the equivalent of "make -j 12").

Hilarity ensued.

2014-03-31 03:30:35 (89 comments, 38 reshares, 161 +1s)

 A realization that I recently came to while discussing the whole systemd controversy with some friends at the Collab Summit is that a lot of the fear and uncertainty over systemd may not be so much about systemd, but the fear and loathing over radical changes that have been coming down the pike over the past few years, many of which have been not well documented, and worse, had some truly catastrophic design flaws that were extremely hard to fix.   For example, I still have the following magic installed in /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/dont-bug-me.pka:

[Don't Bug Me]
    Identity=unix-group:sudo
    Action=*
    ResultActive=yes

I added this because Network Manager insisted on popping up a window and asking me to type my password whenever I tried joining a new network.   And figuring out how to make Network Manager not do such a brain-damagedthing wa... more »

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2014-03-23 03:56:55 (36 comments, 18 reshares, 32 +1s)

One thought about the NSA "hunting sys admins".  If you believe that they are at least following the law in not spying on US citizens (we'll ignore that period of history during the Bush administration when they probably were breaking the law), this is an argument for why using a US based cloud service might be safer than using a cloud service based in say, Germany or Brazil.   NSA has the authority to completely pwn sysadmins who are not US persons and who are outside of the US.   But they can't pwn a US sys admin without violating the law.   Ergo, it this may mean that your privacy may be more protected if you use a US based service than if you use one based outside of the US.

2014-03-13 15:03:09 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

I just set up my Prime membership to not renew in Feb. 2015.   In the next year, I'll see how often I really needed to use the free two-day shipping, and whether there are other shopping services that might be cheaper/better.   Maybe I'll renew next year, and maybe I won't --- but it certainly won't be the default for me.

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2014-03-08 02:06:33 (28 comments, 20 reshares, 91 +1s)

"We [Google] were attacked by the Chinese in 2010, we were attacked by the NSA in 2013. These are facts.” -- Eric Schmidt

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2014-03-03 22:28:46 (0 comments, 18 reshares, 14 +1s)

For students who are interested in participating in the Google Summer of Code, +Michael Haggerty advice is really good, regardless of which project you are interested in.

2014-03-03 06:34:08 (9 comments, 38 reshares, 85 +1s)

Yet another in the "friends don't let friends run stock router firmware" series, this time courtesy of +Linksys.

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2014-02-23 19:00:25 (21 comments, 10 reshares, 32 +1s)

A pretty comprehensive list of possibilities to the question I asked here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+TheodoreTso/posts/GdZh7PtSKz1

2014-02-22 16:10:37 (37 comments, 29 reshares, 86 +1s)

I wonder if the NSA knew about this before it had been discovered in a public context.  And if they did find it months or years earlier, would they have chuckled and kept it in a their file of 0-days, or would they have told Apple that anyone depending on their software for security was completely screwed?

2014-02-19 00:28:28 (6 comments, 14 reshares, 42 +1s)

Found on the cerowrt-devel mailing list.   Remember, friends don't let their friends run factory firmware on their home routers....

2014-02-18 18:36:21 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)

Interesting data point.  Building a kernel debian package for my laptop (with most USB drivers built as modules, but not all drivers built) takes about 10 minutes on my T540p, and about one third of a 9-cell battery.

It's impressive how much the power usage of the laptop can zoom up from about 13 watts (normal low-power mode when I'm reading e-mail) up to about 80 watts while building the kernel.  Powertop estimated the CPU power usage taking about 40 Watts while building the kernel and about 40 mW while idle.  Kudos to Intel and their Haswell CPU

2014-02-14 23:59:01 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

As part of dealing with a bug report in ext4's online resizing code, I wrote up some tips for how to manage ext4 file system images for VM's that should really get written up as a formal HOWTO or ext4 wiki page one of these days.   I think a number of system administrators would find it quite helpful.  If anyone is interested in doing some tech writing/editing, let me know!

2014-02-14 23:58:29 (17 comments, 15 reshares, 51 +1s)

As part of dealing with a bug report in ext4's online resizing code, I wrote up some tips for how to manage ext4 file system images for VM's that should really get written up as a formal HOWTO or ext4 wiki page one of these days.   I think a number of system administrators would find it quite helpful.  If anyone is interested in doing some tech writing/editing, let me know!

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2014-02-09 22:41:16 (20 comments, 20 reshares, 60 +1s)

I'm waiting for someone from the Ada Initiative to call the author Susan Sons a sexist....

2014-02-03 22:48:04 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)

I have to admit, having a 3k panel (2880 x 1620)on my laptop seemed like an extravagance, but now that I've been actually using it for while, I could definitely get used to it.   Of course, I may change my tune if I ever need to try to use this 15.6" laptop while sitting in an economy class seat while on an airplane.....

2014-01-26 03:13:03 (51 comments, 5 reshares, 28 +1s)

My T440p T540p finally got back from the its depot repair, and as others have described, the trick to not having your motherboard get completely bricked if you want to boot Linux is to make sure UEFI boot is completely off --- Legacy mode only.  "Both" is not sufficient.   (UEFI must be a mystic arcane spell which means "brick your laptop".  After all, there's nothing quite so secure as a non-functional motherboard.  You definitely can't boot an unapproved OS that way!   :-)

On the whole, I'm really pleased.  The screen is gorgeous, although due to the fact that High DPI displays aren't yet well supported by Chrome, I'm currently forcing X to use a resolution of 1920x1080 instead of the native resolution of 2800x1620.  Yes, that means I'm throwing away 55% of my pixels, but compared to the 1600x900 display on the T430s or the 1366x768 on thex230, ... more »

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2014-01-20 15:45:58 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 37 +1s)

Something worth thinking about.   What sort of things that we might be addicted to that might have nothing to do with the traditional objects of addiction --- beyond drugs, sex, food, etc.?

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2014-01-20 14:32:50 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 32 +1s)

One of the reasons why it is completely rational not to care so much about Android updates is that many functional updates that would only come in a base update for IOS and/or Windows 8 can be delivered via updates to system applications via Play Store updates.   As a result, people get a steady stream of improvements, instead of a "big bang" set of changes heralded by a breathless presentation of how "awesome" the changes are by some guy in a black turtleneck.   This might not be so good for the Tech Press, since it's harder to get ad hits over writeups about incremental improvements, so I can see how this might be hard on people like +James Kendrick.

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2014-01-17 18:18:21 (20 comments, 15 reshares, 97 +1s)

Unfortunately Obama said absolutely nothing about preventing the NSA from weakening encryption standards, or leaning on hardware and software companies to introduce weaknesses or backdoors into their  encryption systems. 

Give Obama an F for FAIL on that entire section of recomendations from his review panel.

2013-12-27 23:38:09 (65 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)

Has anyone successfully installed Linux on a T540p?  If so, please let me know, as I'd like to compare notes.

Thanks!!

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2013-12-20 22:12:28 (26 comments, 44 reshares, 118 +1s)

Wow.  So if this report is to believed, the NSA apparently paid off RSA DSI to promulgate a flawed, backdoored random number generator out to the industry.  The question is, "has the NSA cut deals with any other companies?"

2013-12-19 04:00:38 (16 comments, 7 reshares, 67 +1s)

Something I noticed while reading through the report from the NSA review board --- in recommendation 29, it states that the US government should "not in any way subvert, undermine, weaken, or make vulnerable generally available commercial software", but it doesn't say anything about not trying to subvert or undermine generally available hardware.   An oversight?   Or was this a deliberate omission?

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2013-12-16 03:48:15 (9 comments, 20 reshares, 57 +1s)

My favorite quote was from Dan Gillmor: "Hey, young people: Believe it or not, +60 Minutes  once stood for solid, deep, important journalism. I know, that sounds absurd now."

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2013-12-10 16:18:06 (14 comments, 35 reshares, 206 +1s)

When I took back the /dev/random maintainership in the Linux Kernel, 18 months ago, one of the first changes which I made was not depending solely on Intel's RDRAND.   (This was before the Snowden revelations were revealed to the world.)   Nice to see FreeBSD has decided to follow suit.

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2013-12-06 02:25:57 (18 comments, 26 reshares, 94 +1s)

Doesn’t the stuff you keep online deserve the same protection as the stuff you keep offline? Under a law called ECPA, government agencies in the U.S. can see what you’ve written and stored online without a warrant. Sign this petition to the White House and tell the government to get a warrant!
http://goo.gl/ecAjrS 

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2013-12-05 18:38:43 (103 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)

I wonder what Libertarians such as +Perry Metzger would think of this  idea.   Is the policy proposal of a guaranteed minimum income to the poor really something a Libertarian could get behind?

2013-12-05 13:40:44 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)

I have a T440p on order so Havoc's observations on his Haswell laptop are quite interesting.

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2013-12-02 14:41:22 (3 comments, 54 reshares, 153 +1s)

If you have done code refactoring or code review, you will understand.


#codecomedy   #programmer   #joke   #webdevelopment  

2013-12-01 21:01:32 (40 comments, 5 reshares, 43 +1s)

+Marc MERLIN Are you still looking for a laptop with a high resolution display?   If you haven't checked them out yet, Lenovo has finally come out with the T440p and the T540p, which have 2560x1920 and 2880x1620 IPS display.  They also have an ultrabay slot, which the new, "fake" T-series laptops are conspicuously missing.   Unfortunately the ultrabay slot is no longer hot swappable (boo, hiss), but since I tend to use it for an extra SSD drive, I'm not going to mind that much.   Another positive is that these devices support a full 16GB worth of memory.   Maybe I won't have to go looking for another laptop brand after all.....

2013-12-01 01:07:05 (30 comments, 13 reshares, 40 +1s)

This is an alternative to the Opencryptoki.  Now if only there was a solution that supported ssh as well as GPG keys.....

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2013-09-30 02:28:11 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)

This morning we went to services at the Church of the Transfiguration (Episcopal), which looks out at the mountains of the Grand Teton National Park.

"We, like your Son, our Lord, are called to these high places to get away and rest in communion with you.  We marvel as we wander through stately pines and twirling aspens along the creeks, where trout dance on their tails above the rocks, and deer and elk sip from the water's edge: and we remember that you have given us the Living Water to quench our thirst.  Our spirit is refreshed and our strength renewed....

and with all these blessings of your creation around us, O God, we come together in communities on the prairie, in rivers and streams, on mountain tops, and in their shadows in the valley, to receive your Word, which has been sown in rich soil and grown into a fruitful crop in the Body of Christ.

And so wej... more »

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2013-09-27 23:26:59 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)

Spent today visiting Grand Teton National Park.   It's just at the very tail end of the season, so we had some snow this morning, and fog blocked some of the best views of the mountains.  This weekend is supposed to bring better weather, so we're keeping our fingers crossed!

We'll be back before Congress shuts down the US Government, so no worries on that front.  Alas, the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve was shut down early this year thanks to the sequester.

2013-09-22 20:45:13 (25 comments, 25 reshares, 92 +1s)

Chaos Computer Club breaks Apple TouchID

»The biometrics hacking team of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has successfully bypassed the biometric security of Apple's TouchID using easy everyday means. A fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface, was enough to create a fake finger that could unlock an iPhone 5s secured with TouchID. This demonstrates – again – that fingerprint biometrics is unsuitable as access control method and should be avoided «

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2013-09-08 23:29:18 (18 comments, 8 reshares, 32 +1s)

The author forgot to mention that the precedence for this sort of thing goes well before the Do-Not-Track header and the IPv4 Security flag.   There's also RFC 748, which specifies the Telnet option RANDOMLY-LOSE, which dates back to April 1, 1978 .  The cited IPv4 security flag, RFC 3514, dates to April 1, 2003, some 25 years later.

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2013-09-07 18:55:08 (91 comments, 43 reshares, 142 +1s)

#ThinkLikeTheNSA  This is came up late in the comment thread of an earlier G+ post of mine, but I think it's an interesting enough topic that it's worth its own top-level post.    Suppose you are an NSA agent, and your goal is to enable bulk dragnet-style surveillance, covertly, in the face of widespread adoption of encryption.   Requirements: (1) it should be operationally easy for the NSA to exploit; (2) it should be hard to discover; (3) being able to break into the target computer is a non-goal, at least for this program.   (Individually targetting one machine at a time doesn't scale if the goal is dragnet surveillance; let's just assume for the sake of argument that if the NSA wants to compromise any single machine, they probably can do it if they are willing to throw enough resources at the problem.)  

I nominated corrupting the RDRAND output in the x86 chip so thatit is... more »

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2013-09-07 12:03:54 (6 comments, 19 reshares, 70 +1s)

Google has been engaged in a massive, concerted, expensive effort to protect user data from the NSA.  And +Eric Grosse is finally talking about it in public.  Google is treating dragnet surveillance by Government as a threat akin to advanced, persistent threats by cyber criminals.  

The article notes that this is not perfect security and it does nothing for Google's legal requirement to comply with legal warrants (including National Security Letters). But it raises the bar and raises the cost of illegal or unwarranted surveillance.  As it should.

I don't know how to stop the NSA from destroying what little credibility is left in the US Government.  But I'm proud to be working at a place that's at least trying to slow them down.

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2013-09-05 19:51:01 (259 comments, 303 reshares, 640 +1s)

I am so glad I resisted pressure from Intel engineers to let /dev/random rely only on the RDRAND instruction.   To quote from the article below:

"By this year, the Sigint Enabling Project had found ways inside some of the encryption chips that scramble information for businesses and governments, either by working with chipmakers to insert back doors...."

Relying solely on the hardware random number generator which is using an implementation sealed inside a chip which is impossible to audit is a BAD idea.

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2013-08-15 22:03:18 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)

The fact that the president can't express an opinion about what should happen to military officers who commit sexual assault without causing some of these same military officers getting a free pass due to "unlawful command influence" is perhaps the best argument to date for why criminal prosecution of sexual assault cases should be stripped away from the military and given to the civilian court system.

2013-08-15 02:46:41 (8 comments, 16 reshares, 44 +1s)

As an experiment this year, the Linux Kernel Summit Program Committee would like to put out a call for hobbyists. This year, we have up to three places to give to people who do Linux Kernel development as a hobby rather than a profession (Our definition of "hobbyist" is anyone who doesn't get paid to work on Linux).  The Linux Kernel Summit will be held this year in Edinburgh from 23-25 October and, on the core day (the 24th of October), will primarily be concentrating on processes around kernel development.  Since most top kernel developers are not hobbyists these days, this is your opportunity to make up for what we're missing.  As we recognize most hobbyists don't have the resources to attend
conferences, we're offering (as part of the normal kernel summit travel fund processes) travel reimbursement as part of being selected to attend.

To apply, please send apr... more »

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2013-08-05 21:19:42 (18 comments, 25 reshares, 82 +1s)

So, let's say you're shrunk to the size of an insect and thrown into a blender. There's no lid, and the blender is going to start in thirty seconds. What do you do?

How am I shrunk?

What do you mean?

I mean, are my atoms smaller? Are my cells smaller? Do I have fewer cells?

Uh, okay. Your atoms are smaller.

How did that happen? Did you change the strong coupling constant?

Sure.

Okay, then I'm dead. Unless you change electromagnetism as well, I'm not sure my atoms hang together particularly well. I mean, to compress atoms that much, you have to change the constant a lot.

Okay, then I change that too.

Great. Now I'm made of small atoms. I'm still dead.

Why?

Because I'm breathing big atoms. And they're going to... more »

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2013-07-23 11:24:13 (81 comments, 75 reshares, 294 +1s)

For those of you who are not in the US, or who don't care about privacy issues or vast executive branch overreach, you can stop reading now.

For everyone else, you should call your Representative in Congress.  Contact information and a sample script (you don't have to follow it exactly, just use it as a guide) can be found in the site linked below.

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