"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
April 4, 2006

Bryan: "Ugh, I guess I better go back and read more SNMP docs."
Andrew: "S&M docs?"
Bryan: "Well, it's not nippleclamp painful, but it's pretty bad."
Greg: "Where do you come up with these analogies?!"

1:51 PM | Life
April 7, 2006

cisco.com is crap.

  • When you log in, you aren't actually logged in, so you can't actually do anything. Like download software.
  • That's assuming you can actually find any software to download. The crappy Cisco VPN client has been screwing up recently, not loading one of the daemons it needs to work, so checking versiontracker it appears there is a newer version. I go to cisco.com, search for it... and find a page that tells me "There are no Mac OS X VPN Client files.
  • So I go back to the versiontracker page, use their link to it, it asks me to log in again. I do so. But I'm not apparently actually logged in, so I can't actually download the software.
  • During the course of this, I ran into numerous pages that "do not exist", or in fact did not actually render -- dumping HTML onto the page.

What's up with large corporations having totally useless websites?

9:03 AM | Interworldwebbernet
April 8, 2006

Long annoying day. Spent most of it reading SNMP::Info code, until I found A3COM, an old project designed specifically to manage 3COM switches. Whoo. So I'll be stealing elements of both.

Spent a couple hours this evening rewiring my closet, chaning up my network a bit, and then installing Apache2/trac on a Solaris 10 zone. The last bit took about ten minutes, thanks to the glories of Blastwave. It needs some fiddling, though. By default, Apache runs as nobody instead of a dedicated user, which is no good. I don't really like that it's in /opt/csw/apache2 instead of cut into pieces and placed as approprite under the CSW root. Oh well.

Time to... eat? I guess? And maybe watch some TV or something?

Whoo. And stuff.

12:03 AM | Life
April 9, 2006

<@robf> Irreversible was pretty pointless, except to say that fucked up rape scenes and worse happen on a daily basis, and it might have driven the point home to people.
<@bda> Never heard of it.
<@robf> It was a lot less annoying than Piers Anthony's obession with the subject, along with his not so latent pedophilia tendancies.
<@bda> I am not a big fan of that guy.
<@bda> I read "Bio of A Space Tyrant" when I was 16 and gave up on him after that.
<@bda> "So he's fucking his sister but he thinks its his dead girlfriend. And this is okay why?"
<@bda> Also, Xanth got old around book nine million.
<@robf> Macroscope was alright. The rest.. well.. when you read about bioengineered Minotaurs who are designed to control the population by raping young women sacrifices to death with a penis engineered to be large and tear them up..
<@robf> ..
<@robf> You kind of want to beat the shit out of the guy.
<@bda> Yeah, I'm getting that.

4:29 PM | irk
April 11, 2006

Last night I dreamed I was at a hacker/security conference that was being hosted in what (I think) was my parents old house in Yuma. I don't really remember anything except the word 'hick' was being substituted for the first letter or so of every vendor mentioned.

So instead of "Cisco" it was "Hicksco".

The only thing I really remember is at one point I stood up and pronounced, "Yo, bitches, don't you remember we're a HickCOM shop?"

10:22 AM | Life
April 12, 2006

So since I turned my MacMini into a server box (previous system was dying), I've been using my laptop as a workstation at home. When plugged into a 24" LCD it has a fun tendency to kick the fan on high when I do, oh, just about anything at all. The sound was driving me nuts so I figured I'd pick up another MacMini. Well, after seeing Half-Life 2 running on an iMac I changed my mind and ordered a new Intel iMac, decked out for gaming, now that Macs have an easy way to dual-boot Windows.

It got delivered this afternoon, and I've got it set up pretty nicely. The only issue I'm having is freaking Keychain Access not letting me add existing keychains. I've had this problem before, but I can't remember what the deal was. Driving me nuts as KA is one of the apps I live in.

I did just notice something kind of odd, and yuckf00 pointed out the likely cause:

On the iMac:

[bda@moneta]:[~]$ uname -m
[bda@moneta]:[~]$ dmesg
Unable to obtain kernel buffer: Operation not permitted
usage: sudo dmesg
[bda@moneta]:[~]$ ls -l /sbin/dmesg
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root wheel 34908 Feb 21 16:24 /sbin/dmesg*

On a PowerBook:

[bda@selene]:[~]$ uname -m
Power Macintosh
[bda@selene]:[~]$ dmesg | head -n 2
standard timeslicing quantum is 10000 us
vm_page_bootstrap: 316093 free pages
[bda@selene]:[~]$ ls -l /sbin/dmesg
-r-xr-sr-x 1 root kmem 14752 Mar 20 2005 /sbin/dmesg*

Kinda weird.

Anyway, woot:

5:51 PM | Systems Administration
April 16, 2006

Went to see V for Vendetta with Evan and Eric last night. Good stuff. All the movie-bits were very well done, the message was super. Made me want to read the comic, which makes me wonder if a Watchmen film is in the chute somewhere. Scary thought.

We've gone to dinner and been hanging out with Harry and Shari, and they were kind enough to drop us off at the Bridge. Shari commented that it was super how many people didn't seem to get it at all, but well. Whatever. Humans.

(Harry had apparently hit the theater bar beforehand, and I can attest to how alcohol-heavy those dudes make their drinks. I was well-buzzed through most of The Incredibles when we saw it there.)

I wonder why it we need an anti-hero to follow. Is this just a guy thing?

I've also noticed that the people I tend to go to movies with don't comment on the film immediately after seeing it; unlike everyone and their mother. We seem to be more interested in listening to the moronic opinions of others and sneering at them. Elitism is tasty, but people are so stupid.

Things heard afterwards:

  • "omg that was like totally political and stuff"
  • "omg they totally said terrorism was okay!"

And beforehand, from that species of annoying "geek" girl who seems to be middling between "nerd" and "emo": "So like this movie is totally political whereas like the Matrix was totally deep with religion."

Totally. And stuff.

And during, during a scene where Natalie Portman is wearing a sheer shirt: "Damn, she perky." (Well, okay, this one is just a statement of fact.)


10:06 PM | Movies | Comments (1)
April 18, 2006

I started playing EVE Online the other day. It's like Escape Velocity Nova, only y'know, MMOG. Considering how addicted Adam got to EVN, it sure is a shame EVE is Win32-only. It's not like there's work or something to be done.

The game is insanely pretty, and pretty damn complex. I'm still reading through the player guides while going through the "tutorial" (the actual tutorial takes about two hours, and then there's the storyline missions which will probably take even more than that). I've almost got enough isk to upgrade my noob hunk of crap ship into the nicest frigate my chosen race can get. But first I have to train up to the level of frigate-usage-awesomeness-skill before I can buy the thing. The training of which takes over a real day (29 hours). If that was 29 hours in play-time there's no way anyone would play it, but since it's real-time, well... There's always more isk to be made.

I'm not sure how into this I'm going to get. So far the farthest I've jumped for one mission was through six gates, and that took twelve minutes. Playing this is affording me a decent amount of time to just sit and read while reaching over to the iMac to click on stuff every now and then. Hopefully that will change somewhat once I get a faster ship.

I haven't interacted with anyone yet; unlike WoW where you just kind of run around and there's people (or anyway, avatars that look like people) all over, EVE is just a bunch of ships. Kind of impersonal. It's definitely the sort of game where you need people backing your ass up, though.

Anyway... today was a crap day at work (25 or so comp'd hosts, several of which were doing very bad things) and somehow I doubt tomorrow is going to be any better. And here I thought I was just going to spend the day refactoring some code...

12:49 AM | Gaming | Comments (4)
April 19, 2006

< solios> < girl> harry, this is william gibson.
< solios> < william_gibson> hey.
< solios> (wild palms)++
< solios> O_o
< solios> wow.
< solios> Wild Palms is pretty cool.
< solios> kind of slow start.
< solios> domestic domestic domestic RHINO domestic domestic domestic party blah blah blah WETWARE TELEPRESENCE HOLOGRAMS HEY LOOK WILLIAM GIBSON

April 22, 2006

Okay. EVE is bad for you.

I managed to lose three Tristan-class frigates today. The first one I was running through Egg -- which is 0.4 space with only two exits, so it's perfect for gate campers -- and got both blowed up and podded by Pirate Coaliation sumbitches. Thankfully I've been following the Basic Rules of EVE:

  • Always keep your clone updated. If you don't, you'll lose skill, which translates directly to lost time. The higher level skills you have, the longer they take to train -- so you're talking about losing days or weeks of training.

  • Insure your ship. You're going to get blowed up sometimes, so you might as well insure the damn things and get some cash back when it happens.

  • Don't fly anything you can't afford to lose. This doesn't just include your insured ship, but also weapons, cargo, etc.

The other two times were just not jumping out quickly enough when rats (NPC bad guys) were kicking my ass.

At the moment I'm waiting for destroyers to finish training so I can purchase a Catalyst and go ratting. Well, actually, I'm just waiting for the skill to finish training so I can set it up to work on science level three while I sleep.

...this is so not healthy.

(But at least I'm not playing WoW, which can get you killed.)

5:11 AM | Gaming
April 24, 2006

Lord, she's restless
Like cotton candy clouds that sail the day
Slow an' free
And she possesses
A mind that can't resign itself to stay
For long with me
Tho' I've tried and tried to keep her tied and satisfied
Until she really needs me
Yes I do
But when that certain look comes on her face
I can't replace it, and she leaves me

She's a butterfly in mid July
Who just can't wait to try her brand new wings
On brand new things
And she needs no rhyme or reason, when she goes
Her mind is on what lies beyond that wall of blue horizon
I suppose
And heaven knows
She'll go sailin' off on any old wind that blows
Yes she will, yes she will
She'll go sailin' off on any old wind that blows

I know she needs me
About as much as I need someone else
Which I don't
And if need be
I swear someday I'll up and leave myself
Which I won't
Even if she loved another man, I'd understand it more than I do
Mmm, mmm, mmm
But I know the only reason
That she ever had for leavin', is she wants to

-- Johnny Cash

1:13 PM | Lyric Spam
April 26, 2006

< Abuh> When Bots Attack

6:50 PM | irk
April 29, 2006

Congress May Consider Manadotry ISP Snooping (and retention)

Soo... who wants to make the Tor network not suck?

[via digg]

7:43 PM | Linkwhore
April 30, 2006

No doubt everyone has seen this by now, but the White House Correspondents Dinner was a bit, oh, entertaining.

Stephen Colbert has balls of steel.

So amazing. The silence from the audience is more telling than their laughter. It's the same stuff he always says, but the President is y'know, five feet away.

The fake press conference skit was totally unnecessary and really took the bite out of the rest of it... possibly intential. Guess the man doesn't want to get disappeared. ;-)

(That link has some NSFW stuff on it, but nothing super bad.)

10:39 PM | Linkwhore