Sleeps with Butterflies

 dinosaur, philosophy, risk, science  Comments Off on Sleeps with Butterflies
Sep 132012
Sleeps with Butterflies

Butterfly flaps have interesting consequences. Apparently Edward Lorenz came up with the term butterfly effect; later he wrote a marvelous paper presented at the 1972 AAAS (speech below, and taken from another site which had the text), which explains the effect… in a way that may or may not align with how you view it. It’s a very easy read of a complex topic, and in it he talks […]

waxing nostalgic

 dinosaur, dinosaurs, security, tech  Comments Off on waxing nostalgic
Sep 112012
waxing nostalgic

Got an HP server to play with, a Proliant ML 150 G6 (what’s the deal with HP’s wacko URLs?); not too expensive, and is big with really loud fans. When setting up IPMI the man advises you to “use Telnet to log in to the remote management CLP” – I haven’t used telnet in sometime, I had to try. telnet Trying… Connected to Escape character is […]

 Posted by at 11:51 pm on September 11, 2012  Tagged with:

cats who stare down goats

 cats, dinosaur, dinosaurs, philosophy, security, tech  Comments Off on cats who stare down goats
Sep 062012
cats who stare down goats

I went to the 2011 USENIX security conference… admittedly not expecting much, but wietse was going to be there, and I must say a really, really fine show.  Yes, this is ancient history now… but so am I! Most of us spend a fair bit of time encased in two tons of steel, glass, rubber and more, zipping along at high speeds without a care in the world.  In […]

…losing a half day of my life… and I’m running out of half days.

 dinosaur, perl, philosophy, security, web  Comments Off on …losing a half day of my life… and I’m running out of half days.
Jul 272012

This line did it: $ENV{‘PERL_LWP_SSL_VERIFY_HOSTNAME’} = 0; Net::Nessus::XMLRPC, which calls LWP::UserAgent, didn’t emit any hints why something that had been working for many months suddenly doesn’t when I am forced to port to a new system… same OS, how could it go wrong? Turns out LWP changed the default behavior that had been around forever – now it dies if a cert isn’t kompletely kosher.  Since virtually every Nessus install […]

one line shuttle

 code, dinosaur, tech  Comments Off on one line shuttle
Jul 132012

A one line gawk script to transfer a file to a waiting netcat… it’s sort of a really crappy one-way netcat that you stuff things into.   I actually sort of needed this when on a suxx0r really stripped down busybox linux system that had zero file transfer programs, it was a wasteland… but the fools left gawk on the system… so a quick hack to do file transfers: […]