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Alan McNeil
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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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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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USA Government is discussing a golden key to decode all allowed crypto. We went through this stupidity 40 years ago with DES.
Tell President Obama: No Secret Backdoors in our technology
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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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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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Bassel is a 3D modeler, wikipedia contributor, makerspace organizer, and much more. He blogged about arrests and the Syrian army has had him in custody for 3 years 7 months. He's been transferred by the army to a secret location which is worrisome.

Eff has some links to petitions.
Update:October 7, 2015: Human rights groups from around the world, including EFF, have called for the Syrian authorities to disclose the whereabouts of Bassel and reunite him with his family.
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Simplifying the needlessly complex.
Skills
Learning new stuff fast.
Employment
  • a9k.info
    Web Programming Consultant, 1980 - present
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Currently
Kalispell, Montana
Previously
Chicago, Illinois - Ithaca, NY
Story
Tagline
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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