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  • Hash!

    Shhhhhh…be vewwy vewwy quiet, I’m hunting SHA-256 hashes!

  • US Constitution Article 1 Section 8

    I’ll quote from the official transcripts of the constitution found at … you can skip over them if you like…  I have included the whole thing below the fold…   “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;” OK so it says the […]

  • 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. […]

  • Motorola Xoom

    Yup, I’m officially a gadget whore.  I bought a Verizon Motorola Xoom for delivery on launch day a while back.  I’ve been busy moving and working so this is the first chance I’ve had to write anything up on it. iFixit has a great teardown of the Motorola Xoom. I’m going to talk some about […]

  • Why the US Government can’t, and shouldn’t, try to govern the Internet.

    There’s been an alarming amount of “cybersecurity” legislation here in the US lately in the same fear mongering, and ill advised tune that got us the entire DHS and almost universally loathed TSA.  The problem, as I see it, is members of congress trying to govern something that they firstly do not understand, and secondly, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • Our TTLs are lowered, databases backed up…

    Files-a-copying, zones-a-serialized! YARRR we’re on the move! </pirate> Ahem…*cough* 🙂 Now that that’s out of my system. I made a decision at the beginning of this month to move all of my hosting to an Amazon EC2 instance. While nowhere near ideal for web hosting and not really much cheaper than my current hosting arrangements, […]

  • ASN.1, or how to make a binary protocol definition the easy way…

    Most people aren’t familiar at all with ASN.1, and some that are, have NO clue they’re looking at ASN.1 – SNMP MIBs are all written as ASN.1 definitions.  I’m embarking on a new project and need to define a client/server protocol.  I could build my own binary protocol, which I’ve done in the past.  I […]