Discussing rather oddly and elliptically, the prospect of future roommateage with someone, by discussion chore habits, is interesting.
...And no little scary. Kinda like picking out china patterns.
Had fun in Connectivity lab. I remember the good old innocent days of programming class in high school, where I helped the teacher set up the network (kinda) and was the one who pioneered the flurry of messages that were sent from station to station. Pissed some of us off royally, when we were working and got interrupted...
I miss that class. It's good to be Queen...
Sandstrom told us about how someone tried to hack his system once. He hacked back into them, as they were wide open. They had 4 file sharing programs and a bunch of personal information on the machine, and a script kiddie program or two. He left messages all over the place about the insecure nature of the system so whoever logs in will see them, and disabled the hacking program.
I *need* that white fabric paint. [to take that black baseball cap and write the words "White Hat" on it, to present him with.]
Script kiddies (Sandstrom had to identify those for the BIS students this morning) are t3h 3VIL! and should be banned.
I tend to use the term "hacker" to describe someone who works on computers with delight and some skill combined with raw enthusiasm and unholy glee in it, producing nifty things, and "cracker" to mean someone who has broken into something.
Good hackers are fun people. Someone who cracks my system should, after review of ethics, be hired, with job security dependant on keeping out intrusion. If someone else cracks that hacker's security, then that one should be hired as a consultant.
Really, I think those wishing to understand modern hackers should read Feynman's commentaries about his safecracking experiences. That's where I gained my understanding of it. "Because it's there" is a perfectly logical reason.
Sandstrom noted that crackers set up better security on the boxes they invade. Why? To keep anyone else from messing with it. So they're experts (unless they're script kiddies, in which case see above).
Were I hiring, I would accept hacks and cracks on a resumé. When they make cracking illegal, only outlaws will be crackers. I want some cracker inlaws.
A "We'll see" from Darkside about trying to arrange a regular time to get together sometime when he does have free time, and seeing about stopping by from time to time is better than other people's promises.
And he invited me to call him tomorrow.
And the sarcastic joke where he asked me whether I'd prefer to see him in 2005 or 2010 got giggles, rather than tears.
Mmmm. Warmly sarcastic Darkside. Darkside who didn't laugh at me or anything when I told him that spending time with him was important to me. He told me that he couldn't promise anything. Told him that the promise to try was the only promise I'd try to extract from him. Got a "We'll see" from him. Told him that his "We'll see"s were better/made me happier than most people's promises.
All glowy and warm.
His computer's headed in to the shop; I suppose I should probably snail him my schedule.
Between today's class, all the talk of hacking/cracking in my journal, and a nice long shower, I had a thought.
I wonder if anyone else at DeVry would be up for starting/participating in a Security Club.
Idea: Discussion and research of all things related to computer security, and practice in recognizing attempted breakins, securing a system against breakins, and testing the security (and getting breaking recognition practice) by attempting to crack into dedicated Security Club systems.
Potential advisors: Sandstrom and Sheldon.
Monsoon season has hit. Lightning. Taking down the network. See you in the morning. Votania's working late with flights grounded. Night, all.