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Posted on October 23, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Internet of Shit, No It’s Not Sophisticated

Dyn, “media”, everyone, please stop calling what happened on October 21st a “sophisticated attack.”  It’s the Internet equivalent of driving a semi truck through a house at 75MPH.  That’s how sophisticated it was.  Damaging, absolutely, impressive…Yeah probably.  Sophisticated?  Hardly.  It’d be sophisticated to see that same tractor turning donuts.  The Hoonigan‘s are sophisticated.  These attackers […]

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

On idiocy and Bitcoin, no they’re not going after it. Silk Road is the target.

There’s been a LOT of morons out there spouting total crap about bitcoin.  First, as of right now NO SENATOR OR CONGRESSPERSON HAS MENTIONED TAKING DOWN BITCOIN!!!!!!  Quite frankly, with the distributed nature, it’d be impossible barring finding algorithm weaknesses and exploiting them.  Second THEY ARE TARGETING SILK ROAD.  Thats who they’re after right now. […]

Posted on October 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

So WTF ATI, Really?

I finally jumped into the modern area of gaming machines, buying a nice beefy system. Everythings great, except ATI still sucks. I have an older ATI card in a machine that was relegated to a server, but is now no longer used, just sitting in my closet as spare/test equipment. And I swore then I […]

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm

MySQL FullText Search

Don’t ever use MySQL FTS if you can help it. And if you do use it, in 5.1.x atleast DO NOT EVER USE IN BOOLEAN MODE. It’s like driving with the parking brakes on, seriously, it slows MySQL down that much. Why? No idea. But, like I said, you shouldn’t be using FTS anyway.

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Just plain shocking!

Adafruit Industries is one of a number of sits I visit regularly, and within the last few days the blog had this gem.  Quite possibly one of the funniest things I’ve seen.  It’s a video made by another set of tinkerers I’d not yet heard of, but will be sure to follow now!

Posted on January 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Google Voice to Text

So, I’ll have you know first off I’m NOT on acid, nor am I on a major cocaine high or anything of the sort.I left a voicemail at google voice to a friend this AM, that he had it translate to text.  About the only thing it got right was our names.  We figured out […]

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

And now for something COMPLETELY different!

A friend linked to this Times Online article about homeopathy in a recent Tweet, so I figured I’d share it here. In case any of you actually thought “homeopathy” was at a ll legitimate. Note carefully the paragraph where they admit knowing it’s bunk but sell it anyway because people believe it helps! Homeopathy has […]

Posted on June 16, 2009 at 2:24 am

Migration Woes

Did a not exactly smooth migration to my new webserver today. Found out that Debian 5/Lenny seems to have completely broken suPHP.  It can’t correctly figure out the DocumentRoot anymore for some reason. It complains to error log ‘SoftException in Application.cpp:202: Script “x” resolving to “x” not within configured docroot’  – except it is so […]

Posted on March 27, 2009 at 4:53 pm

State of the storage benchmark

Bryan Cantrill over at Sun Fishworks wrote an Excellent Blog Post on why SPECsfs sucks. Go read it. Seriously. You need to.  Then start to wonder about all the other “benchmarks” SPEC publishes.  The blog post there explains WHY you can’t get affordable storage from big vendors, and why all of it’s performance is so crappy […]

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 4:15 am

RPM How I Loathe Thee

Let me count the ways, here’s #2 (see the previous post on yum for #1)…. [[email protected] security]# md5sum access.conf* 1ab9971e4ec0682b89aaff29fea6de9e access.conf 1ab9971e4ec0682b89aaff29fea6de9e access.conf.rpmnew [[email protected] security]# Why the hell is it creating a .rpmnew file for an IDENTICAL *CONFIG* file?  Hell even the (modification) timestamps are identical!