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Ronald Oakes
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This morning +John Scalzi tweeted:

“Can you text 911? It seems like you should be able to. There might be situations where it might be safer than speaking into the phone.”

Unfortunately, as someone who works on the edges of the location team for a major cell phone chipset manufacturer, this has me thinking about all of the messaging that would have to take place to get the location of the mobile after the text was sent to 911.

This doesn't make me think that it wouldn't be a darn good idea to make this universal.  (i.e. I think it is a darn good idea)
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I've heard tell of municipalities that initiated sms-to-911 service. But that was years ago, before E-911. I can't imagine the nightmare it would be to try and make such a thing E-911 compliant.
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The Conjecture 2013 / Conchord 25 Programming schedule is up.  With descriptions at: http://2013.conjecture.org/programming/programming-schedule/
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For the first time, Tara and I sat together to watch an episode of Game of Thrones - and what an episode. I had to not say quite a few things to her I might have - not wanting to spoil what would, and would not, happen or be revealed.

I am not surprised that this season's episode written by GRRM brought some of the threads back in line with the book, and let a couple of characters and their identity shine through.

Kudos not only to GRRM and Director Neal Marshal, but also to Sophie Turner, Peter Drinklage on their acting, but especially to Rory McCann who was able to communicate more in his silent (and heavily made up) acting about what was going on inside The Hound's head then even came across in the written word.

Now, I just want to know who was singing "The Rains of Castamere" over the closing credits.
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Last night, I tried curling. My brief report: http://www.ron-oakes.us/?p=3278
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I'm trying to come up with a basic idea that will allow me to have a web client create a cookie (or similar) based session so that when a link sends them to a different web server under the same domain, but located on a different network (i.e. two different ISPs) the new server has at least some trust information.

The problems are that the two servers cannot share a database and may only be able to communicate with each other over HTTP. But the person running the clients needs to see a single server. Making the servers appear to be part of the same domain is not my problem, so I'm not worried about that. My problem is actually having one server do user authentication and then have the other serve up data only to authenticated users.

If the default PHP session cookie can be sent to the 2nd server, I might be able to pass it back to the first and get a confirmation that it is authentic, valid and current. (But I'd still have to do something to ensure that I trust said cookie to be real, and that I'm not being spoofed in some other way).

This is more than what I've done before. (I have previously only ever worked with a single server - at least from my perspective - usually a *nix based server where I can actually get to the files in a shell window). And this is something that we really needed done last week.

Any ideas?
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You might also stuff a time stamp into the message to limit the lifetime of the magic URL. And if both sites are in a single DNS domain, store the message data and MAC as a cookie with scope *.foo.com so that it's accessible from both sites. 
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DirecTV has started dropping in local ads on some of the cable (national) channels.

However, I think the system glitched this morning. I walked into the family room where the TV had been left on to an ad for a family of Mercedes dealerships in Sacramento, El Dorado Hills and Rocklin. I think the advertiser's money was wasted on viewers in San Diego.
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My brother would - almost - agree.

He'd actually claim it was a nightmare shirt.
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One pleasant surprise in my role as Hugo Award Database Administrator is the number of times I get a "thank you" email after sending someone their PIN.
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Actually, I answered my own question. It was emailed to me -- I found it, and am downloading them now.
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It has been an interesting week - for Chinese curse values of "interesting."

We've had issues to deal with at home that have quite a bit of stress involved (I'm not going public with what all has been going on - we are all OK, but are all stressed).

Work has been doing its famine or feast bit again - and stressful for those reasons.

Then one of my volunteer projects has suddenly gotten very hot in several ways - and I believe I'd tried to warn people in advance that we had a potential problem, but nobody listened much until it was actually staring us in the face.

Oh, and I've once again encountered the a customer support team who answers "where am I" with "you are in a balloon."
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  • Qualcomm
    Software Egineer, 2088 - present
  • Motorola
    Principal Staff Engineer, 1999 - 2008
  • Sony
    Software Engineer, 1998 - 1999
  • Motorola
    Senior Software Engineer, 1989 - 1997
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Albuquerque New Mexico - Palatine, IL - San Diego, CA - Wheaton, IL - Bartlett, IL - La Jolla, CA - Oceanside, CA - San Diego, CA
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Hi.  I'm Ron Oakes (a.k.a. RonO).  

I'm originally from Albuquerque New Mexico, but spent much of my adult life in the Chicago Suburbs and now live in San Diego.

These days much of my non-work energy is devoted to helping out with SF conventions, including  working on Westercon 65: ConClusion as Site Selection Admin, on Chicon 7 covering IT for the WSFS division, heading up the bid to bring SMOFCon back to San Diego in 2014 (or 2015) and on other San Diego conventions.
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  • University of New Mexico
    Computer Science, 1984 - 1989
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