September 9th, 2008

teddyborg, geeky

Reputation

When I mouthed off about yet another customer misconception the other day -- an understandable misconception, but technically naive -- my entire department and I would like to know how in Sam Hill an SSL Certificate can protect you from a DDoS attack -- the Cranky Old Geek got a kind of light in his eye and asked me if I was a hacker.

I stopped talking, puzzled.

"Oh, come on, you're totally a hacker," the Cranky Old Geek said enthusiastically. "You can tell us. What have you hacked?"

I was torn between feeling flattered and lecturing on the differences between hacking and cracking. I settled for relating the tale of how I figured out how to duplicate a stealth bastard freaky in the domain registration cleaning process. That settled things, and the day continued.


Hacker. Hacker?!
  • Current Mood
    amused amused
running, bomb tech

Walk like you (dance like you, roll like you)

So apparently "I Wanna Be Just Like You" as performed by the Brown Derbies makes it necessary to get up and practice dance steps. I need to brush up on my dancing and get my stamina back so that I can actually dance, because dancing is important to me.

I seem to have come up with more energy from somewhere, and that plus the roomba is leading to assorted areas of fun. It's a whole lot easier to vacuum when all you have to do is the prep, and then a happy little animated coaster does the zooming about and sucking. It's not a deep vacuum, but it's better than none!

R. Daneel has mostly managed to stay out of trouble, although he just managed to get himself wedged half in the air because of a magazine on the floor. He beeped pitifully until I came and rescued him. Nibiki-chan was amused. She seems to think that the robot vacuum cleaner darting in every direction is a show for the purpose of her entertainment, although she is not inclined to give chase.
  • Current Music
    a bunch of unrated stuff from my iTunes
bleeding, Ryoko

Let's hear it for modern medicine and the Internet!

So I had my doctor's appointment today. Did not once feel the urge to bite off anyone's face.

They don't have all their paperwork up on their website yet, so I had to fill out some of it offline. They print out their online forms to make you fill out when you're doing it by hand, hahaha.

The unexpected question I got asked was (by both the 2nd year med student and the doctor) if I'd had a lot of ear infections as a child. No, actually, as an adult. Seems there's scarring on the eardrums.

All things told, I don't have a diagnosis, but they are leaning strongly in the direction of PCOS pending bloodwork, which frankly I'd been wondering about, as I have a suite of symptoms that go nicely together. The first thing to attack is going to be my hormones, even prior to the bloodwork. They have noted that I do tend towards the depressive, and I do have a ways I can ramp up the St. John's Wort if necessary, so I hope we wouldn't have to get into some of the heavier-duty stuff they were talking about, as my moods are just fine on the St. John's Wort, thanks.

So I start the Pill now (Tri-Sprintec 28, norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol tablets, triphasic regimen, for the pharmacy geeks following along at home) to attempt to get what are probably wild hormones under control, I get to go in some morning for fasting bloodwork (may even go in tomorrow morning as I have tonight off), and they were somewhat concerned about my iron levels until I reassured them that I am used to plasma donation and how to keep my iron levels up with constant blood loss, and that totally would explain the meat, spinach, and beans I've been eating lately.

Also, I get to make a gyn appointment. I get a pap smear!

Happily for everyone concerned, I do not dread gyn appointments like some women do, namely because my experience with same has been comfortable and safe. Properly introduced doctors who do not set off my skeeze alarm have a professional pass that gets them through my touch security, so I have no problems with poking and prodding. I fear neither the speculum nor the swab.

After the bloodwork and GYN, I get a follow-up appointment, a month from tomorrow.
  • Current Mood
    chipper chipper
lightbulb

Content flagging

The window for that detailed analysis of the whole content flagging thing has sort of closed quietly, so I'm probably not going to finish it (I may post the draft, behind a cut so everyone except sraun who doesn't want to read it doesn't have to), but I think I can boil down my conclusions:

  • It's not going to stop anyone who is determined enough to read "adult" content from reading it, regardless of age. Kids can and will lie about their age on the internet given circumstances that will allow them to do so.

  • For this reason, it's not a substitute for people who have kids who are on the internet actually supervising said kids (in amounts reasonable to said kids).

  • It is a pretty good CYA for LJ, in that if a parent complains about a kid having read sketchy content on LJ, LJ can say "Um, that was clearly marked as adults-only, and it's not our fault if your supervision of your kid is bad enough that your child can lie about their age on the internet."

  • It is a far better protection for users than previous methods if content was complained about.
    I do not have internal experience with issues involving content complaint, as I have never been a member of the Abuse Prevention Team and probably couldn't discuss stuff like this if I had, but I have observed multiple people talking about issues like this, and it seems that previously if content was complained about, LJ's recourse was to advise the journal owner that either the entry needed locking or removing, or else the journal would be suspended.
    Now, questionable content can remain public to anyone whose journal settings allow them to view adult content, without threats about "lock it or we take the entirety of your journal down". (I see in news that single-entry suspension is also coming, but that's way new.)


In summary: Yes, censorship on the internet does bite donkey balls. However, if you're large enough or smutty enough to have annoyed jackasses with lawyers coming after you, what exactly are your other options?
running, bomb tech

Tweets for 2008-9-9

In the last 24 hours, I posted the following to Twitter:
  • Tuesday, 0509: @gameboyguy13 But something in your eyes says maybe that's never.
  • Tuesday, 0510: @gameboyguy13 Or your hair, perhaps, or your LJ interests, or ... or ... heh.
  • Tuesday, 0511: @Prissi Take down the corkboard and paint it white? It will still be corky. It will need to be repainted as holes happen though.
  • Tuesday, 0547: Leora on underage oathtaking: http://leora.livejournal.com/359683.html
  • Tuesday, 0955: @afuna pointed me at the Large Hadron Collider Rap: http://tinyurl.com/5by22l (backup dancers prefer anonymity, ha)
  • Tuesday, 0956: Because women who have just been raped always have the resources to shell out $1200: http://www.feministing.com/archives/010930.html
  • Tuesday, 0958: Must make sure this box of tasty pineapple chunks is gone before hColleen gets home, as temptation on that scale is not fair. (Allergies.)
  • Tuesday, 1112: @gameboyguy13 I would agree with that.
  • Tuesday, 1113: (where "that" is "having Wireshark is more important than having a life", according to networking teacher)
  • Tuesday, 1113: (er. a wife.)
  • Tuesday, 1159: @gameboyguy13 Hahahaha I suppose. BUNDLE OF ... sticks.
  • Tuesday, 1200: @semanticist For @gameboyguy13, as a wife is irrelevant in any case, Wireshark trumps all.
  • Tuesday, 1206: R. Daneel managed to climb up on a magazine on the floor and get himself stuck half in the air. I'm not sure how he managed this.
  • Tuesday, 1209: @semanticist True. However at this point in time Wireshark is far superior to a trail of indifferent not-so-significant others.
  • Tuesday, 1214: Advertising is getting very, very silly: http://tinyurl.com/6fvlea
  • Tuesday, 1729: @mayerman Writing is fun!
  • Tuesday, 1735: @museumfreak Did you just make me lose the game?
  • Tuesday, 1736: @mayerman OK open mockery is not concrit. Bring potato gun to class, share with classmates.
  • Tuesday, 1756: ... oh god now I want to take Dr. Maurice's address system and overhaul it so that it has a printable view. She printed references, cut off.
  • Tuesday, 1811: We have had Pyramid Head tea, which is tasty. :-P
  • Tuesday, 1840: Via @evtrib: http://tinyurl.com/6czn6x ... I thought they usually used tasers?! :-P
  • Tuesday, 1854: Beer now out of refrigerator, wrapped up on the table ready to be taken ... somewhere. We never drink it.
  • Tuesday, 1918: Herd of goats freed from prison: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7607460.stm
  • Tuesday, 2041: OK, now a little less likely to rip off faces.
  • Tuesday, 2051: Huh, you can pretty much date the sharp drop in my LJ posting habits to the beginning of my new job.
  • Tuesday, 2112: Mood tracking: 4-5 hours past first BC pill, explosive bad temper, however, it's a hot-button issue so inconclusive.
  • Tuesday, 2132: Nice burn from remark: "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTVWXYZ" "you might notice that there is NO U" <3 IRC.


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