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Alan McNeil
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Idaho uses paper voting systems. No computers to screw up the vote plus you have an audit trail. We know we have the true vote from Idaho. Also notice that Idaho gathers ALL the votes then issues a statement. No leaking early results so newsies can declare a winner. Bravo Idaho.

Meanwhile Arizona show how badly electronic systems can screw up. It's reported that 2/3 of Democrats were turned away because their party was changed. People waited 2-6 hours to vote. We will never know the true vote from AZ.
For further information in regard to election procedures, contact your County Clerk or the Secretary of State. Your county clerk may be contacted at the county seat, as listed below: The county name is a link to the specific voting instructions for each voting system.
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Found an interesting line in the web server logs today.
It started with POST /%70%68...
and decodes to:

phppath/php?-d allow_url_include=on -d safe_mode=off -d suhosin.simulation=on -d disable_functions="" -d open_basedir=none -d auto_prepend_file=php://input -n

That turns off surhosin and safe_mode, reenables every function then shovels stuff in via rest of the post.

Got to love the PHP exploits.
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Windows 10 is the devil. I had to reinstall it again (3rd time).

This time is was 'Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems (KB3106246) - Error 0x80070643'.

Why is MS still using Fortran II style error codes in 2015? Oh wait they say Error instead of ABEND so that's super modern.

There is much conflicting advice on that error going back to WinXP. Maybe caused by dotNet, or a bad DVD player. Who knows. None of the fixes worked but reinstall got rid of the bad update.

So far, I''ve lost seven work days to Windows 10 update problems since Dec 8th.

I'd be on linux or mac normally but my current project uses hardware with windows DLL only.
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Good luck, Hope you guys had a good Christmas.   Tom
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Yay, a puzzle I can do, even without the sound previews. Very enjoyable.
Help Beethoven arrange his masterpieces in today’s #GoogleDoodle
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I give to the EFF every year. It's that time again. They are a most EFFective organization. What do they do? How about free SSL certificates AND HTTPS everywhere campaign AND fighting for net-neutrality AND arguing backdoors in encryption hurt us all AND lots more.
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4 days left, I succumbed to the lure of laser cutting. If you use this link you'll get $100 off (which will offset shipping cost in the USA). 
Glowforge is a 3D laser printer: a new desktop tool that uses laser cutter/engraver technology to shape wood, leather, fabric & more at an amazing price.
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TPP must not happen.
 
The TPP is everything the EFF feared; it could lead to seized and destroyed devices, outlaw security research done without permission and pave the way to a perpetual insecure IoT ecosystem.
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I'm glad lots of people turned out for the democratic caucus.
from this Kansas report: "The lines at Democratic caucus sites were so long that the venues could not accommodate all the people coming to support a candidate. Voters were forced to "sign in" for their preferred candidate and leave to make room for more people."

My state will vote after the FBI decides if it's indicting anyone in the Hillary email investigation. That decision is due in MAY. 
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Thanks for the update Allen.
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Would the RNC blame candidates and cut them off from their data? No.

Would RNC announced the leak to the Post? Nope. The RNC might sue NGPVAN.

NGPVAN says "users were unable to export lists of people." Yet they continue to say one person might have some data at Sanders campaign. Retained in their brain or disk? How much? Screen shots? Scripted wget's? 60G of pages downloaded in 2 minutes? What?

As a system admin, I wonder about the system logs evidence. NGPVAN better preserve it.

Also I wonder if NGPVAN has a staging server and tests for cross campaign access. Bet NGPVAN is writing that test today.
The security and privacy of our customers’ data is a top priority. Over the company’s 19 year history, we’ve not had a problem with that; but on Wednesday, we did have a brief isolated issue for users of one of our products. Here’s what happened.
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DNC should at least get a month free service from NGPVAN.
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It seems people like kitty hugging witches best.
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Epic fail - use Google Maps to show where google (maps, drive etc) is down. I'd use http://mapserver.org/ a great open source mapping engine.
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Occupation
Simplifying the needlessly complex.
Skills
Learning new stuff fast.
Employment
  • a9k.info
    Web Programming Consultant, 1980 - present
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Kalispell, Montana
Previously
Chicago, Illinois - Ithaca, NY
Story
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Berzerk design and programming
Introduction
The creator of Berzerk. I have programmed in too many languages - including dead ones like PL/1. I even wrote some compilers. I still like ruby which means it is least frustrating.

My latest long term project: Learning bandoneon, an instrument probably invented by a cryptographer. It is more portable than a piano or organ and usually found in a tango band.
Bragging rights
The creator of Berzerk and Frenzy. Bandoneon player.
Education
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    Art-Design and Computer Science, 1975
    BA Art & Architecture - General Design. General Design degree was awarded because I had enough credits in Photography, Film & Video for 3 majors. Minor in Computer Science.
  • Cornell University
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