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Kurtis Whittington
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Attended Cabrillo College
Lives in Pleasanton, California, USA
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Existential Comics - The Machine

A diving into the theory of conciousness via teleportation, travel through time, and even sleep. Interesting quick read.
A philosophy webcomic about the inevitable anguish of living a brief life in an absurd world. Also Jokes
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Nice bit of Linux routing and teaching content. Warning: Does require some basic local networking knowledge and basic networking knowledge.
network-examples - Linux networking examples and tutorials
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This is some pretty interesting research. Using organic DNA snippets as engines to control particle accumulation and growth. 
The TL:DR is that they used some pieces of DNA to make gold and other particles grow into different crystal shapes. Changing the DNA used changes the shape made.
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The new G+ layout is okay, but was pretty serviceable previously. However, on a high resolution monitor, only two columns of posts don't really cut it and leaves a huge amount of whitespace. At least 3 would be nice.

Otherwise, seems pretty snappy and work well enough.
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Funny, I always default to 1 column
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Looking into data on effect of cleaning solar panels, and I find this. Interesting read, but, of course, these findings won't apply everywhere.

Apparently, flat mounted panels (like carports/parking lot roofs/etc) get a good boost from cleaning/dusting and the like. Somewhere between 10 and 35% depending on how dirty they were.

However, slant installed panels (like on most home roofs and numerous commercial installations) mostly keep themselves clean through a combination of effects. Wind, rain, and gravity will often keep thick layers from forming, so much so that in the study that Google did, their slant mounted panels received only about a 1% boost from cleaning when they went about measuring the degradation of power due to aging of the PV panels/cells.
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Growing up in a beach town, and liking architecture, I can really appreciate a lot of these sculptures. Also, looking at his Flickr gallery, it seems he is fine with kids coming by and crashing them after he is done making them and taking pictures. So, seems like a pretty decent guy in addition to his skill.
“I always had an affinity for architecture which I attribute to growing up in a neighborhood and town that was consta...
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Am just lukin for frd,am from Nigeria am 23years old am a student finishing next year a business administration student. 
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ArsTechnica shows you how to build your own router out of a mini-PC (or you could do it with an old PC that you have some good network cards thrown into). Nice to have as a tutorial reminder if you aren't a guru.

Note this is the Linux routing method, you could also go BSD with something like PfSense or OpenWRT/DD-WRT/Etc.
Remember how our homebrew router embarrassed off-the-shelf options? Go make your own.
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Handy little guy. Basically makes a Desktop application from the Web Player (all HTML5, no Flash) of Google Play Music. Yeah, some of you hate Google, I get it, but for those of you who use it, this is pretty nice and includes a lot of nice little things.
A beautiful cross platform Desktop Player for Google Play Music
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Hacked together electro-gore.
I love the amazement at the half-assedery of the entire system.
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There might be a few people who I know who might be interested in getting a new case for an ancient Amiga (if it was still around).
 
New Amiga 1200 cases, manufactured under licence from Amiga using brand new injection moulds: this Kickstarter is a labour of love by a group of Amiga fans. With mounting points for Raspberry Pi and the Keyrah V2 keyboard adapter in the new cases, you'll be able to use your classic Amiga 1200 keyboard with your Pi for an amazing retrogaming experience.

There are lots of special editions and goodies to delight Amiga fans, and the campaign is already over half way to an ambitious funding target.
Philippe Lang is raising funds for New AMIGA 1200 Cases (Made From New Molds) on Kickstarter! Brand new Amiga 1200 cases from new Molds. Available in 12 colors. - UV resistant / A1200 Reloaded / Raspberry Pi / MiST compatible.
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For those who missed last night and this morning's drama from the Security world...
HackingTeam is a "security solutions" vendor known for selling lots of surveillance, MitM attack, decrypting, anti-obfuscation, and target acquisition, etc. Apparently they have been selling to not only friendly gov'ts, but also to a number of embargoed countries and a number of countries that are not exactly friendly to their own populace.

On top of that, they backdoored their own products with code that could easily be taken advantage of via SQL Injection attacks (A security team not checking or sanitizing their input? FOR SHAME!). 

The company was hacked, and about 400-500GB of data was posted up for download and perusal. Some adventurous folks even posted the tools that HackingTeam put together up to GitHub for perusal.

#PassMeThePopcorn #HackedTeam
On Sunday, while most of Twitter was watching the Women's World Cup, one of the world's most notorious security firms was being hacked.
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Introduction
I'm originally from Soquel (Santa Cruz), California. I went to Soquel High, as well as International School of Beijing. I attended both Cabrillo College (in Aptos, CA) and DeAnza College (near San Jose, CA) for some classes, starting when I was in Sixth Grade. I was in the US Marines as an IT guy, stationed at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, and seperated honorably as a Corporal. I've since worked for a security firm, as IT for a financial institution, specialty community engagement consulting for an online social media firm (in contract with a large well-known software company), as a technical solutions partner for another company, and I also have worked for IBM in a Systems Administrator role. I currently do remote IT administration consulting work. 
I invest my time in numerous pursuits and in lots of studying of random skills and professions. If you need something done in a technical fashion, chances are that I could design a way to do it.
Education
  • Cabrillo College
    Computers, Security
  • Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, USA
    Computer Science
  • International School of Beijing, Beijing, China
    General Education
  • Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
    General Education
  • New Brighton Middle School, Capitola, CA, USA
    General Education
  • Soquel High School, Soquel, CA, USA
    General Education
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ryocoon, DataCabbit, Coon-Ohki, Whitt, Kurt, Sacrinaya, Darcale, Sacri F'Shall
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IT Worker
Employment
  • Millenium Pacific
    IT Consultant, 2012 - present
  • IBM
    Systems Administrator, 2011 - 2012
  • First Alarm
    DOD Cleared Dispatcher, 2002 - 2005
  • Bay Federal Credit Union
    Technology Specialist, 2005 - 2009
  • United States Marine Corps
    Corporal, 1998 - 2002
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Pleasanton, California, USA
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San Jose, California, USA - Dubuque, Iowa, USA - Soquel, CA, USA - Iwakuni, Hiroshima-ko, Japan - Boulder Creek, California, USA - Soquel, California, USA - Santa Cruz, California, USA - TwentyNine Palms, California, USA - Burr Ridge, Illinois, USA - Beijing, People's Republic of China - Burr Ridge, Illinois, USA - Hazel Green, Wisconsin, USA - Shanghai, People's Republic of China
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They are pretty friendly, and the wait times for walk-ins aren't too bad considering how busy they usually are. A word of advice though, they really only do haircuts for short hair and predominately user trimmers. Don't go in expecting them to trim up shoulder-length or even medium length hair. That said, if you have a shorter style in mind, they do a very good job. They are usually attentive to details of shape and styling and do ask for input during the job. Overall, very good place to go for a haircut (if you have shorter hair)
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