"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
February 23, 2004

Ordinarily I wouldn't share this sort of nonsense, but this is both new and fucking funny:

An online order was submitted by
(balas_balasubr@aol.com) on Monday, February 23, 2004 at 07:00:15

ckNVZiUKqO10884: About ninety six percent (96%) of all computers are unknowingly
infected with spy ware. Vital information can be stolen and entire
identity theft can occur. Spy ware can also lead to
easier "Virus Infection". Spy ware often gives its Author
Total control of any personal information on your computer.
Your only method of protection is to erase this information now.
Most Spy ware is undetectable by a common virus scanner.
Please Copy and paste this link in your web-browser to do a total system cleaning.[[UNIQ]]
If you do not copy and paste that link into your web-browser your personal
information is still at risk.
Are you willing to risk your family's safety?
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May 6, 2004

The New York Times, ever the hip rag, today published an article on I.R.C.

One 'elite' level I.R.C. user was seen to say:

<Danelope> EXPOS-EH?

Another commented:


This is probably the funniest and most clueless thing I've seen published by a major news organization in a while.

I mean, except for the Iraqi News Minister or Fox News "reporting" on the Iraq War.

<kitten> We're elite-level pirates, yo.
<bda> Yar!
<kitten> Avast!
<bda> #booty be just off the port side, yar!
<kitten> We'll go to yon university and plunder the pipe!
<kitten> Batten down the ports, arr there be spyware abound.

March 20, 2005

Best quote from the on-going flamewar on misc@openbsd.org regarding Adaptec ignoring OpenBSD's requests for RAID card docs for four months (and some FreeBSD dev who worked at Adaptec and ported AAC drivers around with encumbered tools getting involved) thus far:

Sure, there's a "free" driver, and a non-free management interface, so it's only half a driver. Pretending to have a production system using a raid card that with no supportable management interface so you have to reboot to fix anything is like buying birth control pills in packs of 20. Pretty soon you're going to take a good fucking on a day you really can't afford it. Period. -- Bob Beck


September 19, 2005

Our content checker found banned name: .exe in email presumably from you (<bda@mirrorshades.net>), to the following recipient: -> bda@mirrorshades.org

It's amazing something with such crappy propagation techniques manages to not die out.

Oh, wait. Users.

October 21, 2005

So I bought some episodes of Night Stalker off iTMS yesterday. Painless process. Decent price. The quality is actually pretty okay. I look forward to seeing how it looks on my TV playing through the fifth gen iPod I ordered earlier this week.

I've been whining about not being able to download TV shows for a while now... and I'm glad that Apple has made the process as trivial as buying music through them. And while I would certainly prefer to buy season DVDs of shows, I don't like waiting, and I actually would prefer to buy things I like. Think, if Firefly had been available via iTMS, would it still have gotten cancelled? (Probably, but...)

The iTunes video player could use some work, but it's useable.

I'm quite happy with this turn of events.

October 29, 2005

The last week, there's been a discussion on incidents@secfoc about this "OMG AIM WORM THING?!?" and somehow Jose Nazario got wind of it as well (who has always seemed to be a guy up top of his shit) also thinks this is an "emerging trend".

It's not.

It was old six months ago when I started working at Drexel and got to deal with the crap. Anyway, see my comment on that post.

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?

July 8, 2006

Gadi Evron (Steve Gibson's bastard memechild) sends out a CFP to NANOG, only to have one of his made-up acronyms given an alternative meaning.

The house elves think you a bitch, too, yo.

July 19, 2007

Adam O'Donnell and Ralph Logan on yet more DNS hackery to keep the botnet candles lit.

rjbs grumbled a couple weeks ago about how annoying it is the vast majority of software and network problems are simply caused by people being jerks.