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Interviews | One Trick Pony
Topic: Comedy 8:01 am EDT, May 20, 2006

This is a collection of interviews with a number of very influential comedians working today. If you're in to standup comedy, these are definitely worth a read.

Interviews | One Trick Pony

Router Flaw Is a Ticking Bomb | Mike Lynn Has Integrity^3
Topic: Technology 4:01 pm EDT, Aug  2, 2005

Wired has done a great interview with Mike. It should clear up a number of the questions people have had with recent events.

I would like to specifically point out one part of this interview:

WN: So ISS knew the seriousness of the bug.

Lynn: Yes, they did. In fact, at one point ... they apparently didn't get it, and they actually wanted to distribute the full working exploit very widely inside the company.... I was told ... "Give this to all the sales engineers and to all the pen testers."

WN: Why would they want you to do that?

Lynn: Well, because it bruises Cisco, remember? Mind you, this was something that Cisco hadn’t gone public with yet and that's not useful to pen testers because what do they advise their customers to do (to protect themselves if no information about the vulnerability has been released yet)?

I told them, "You do realize if you do that, it's going to leak?" And (one of the ISS guys) says, "That's Cisco's problem." And then (another ISS guy) turns to me and says that they need to understand this could be their Witty worm. I was like, Whoa, what meeting did I walk into?

(The Witty worm was a particularly aggressive and destructive code released by someone last year that targeted computer systems running a security program made by Internet Security Systems and even more specifically targeted military bases using the software. It infected more than 12,000 servers and computer systems in about an hour. Because of the worm's speed in spreading and its creators' apparent knowledge of who ISS' customers were, some security experts speculated that someone working for or connected to ISS might have been responsible for writing and releasing it.)

At that point, I told them all no, and they fought it and I resigned right there on the spot. And this was about a month ago.

I thought they were handling this in a non-ethical manner. Because it was just way too fast and loose with who can see this.... I mean, I don't even want people to see it now. (ISS talked him out of the resignation by agreeing to give him control over who could see or have the exploit.)

All I can say is WOW. A big "wow". Caps, bold, and feeling.

Anyone who says that Mike is not on the level needs to reference this. This says truly horrible things about ISS. This should cost them some serious reputation capitol.

One thing that Mike did a great job of in this interview is getting the idea out that in order to defeat the "bad guys", you must run faster then them. It is the only option.

Case in point, via the Wall Street Journal:

"The vulnerabilities are out there on the Net in full broadcast mode," said Gilman Louie, a tech-industry veteran who heads In-Q-Tel, a venture-capital firm backed by the Central Intelligence Agency. "The bad guys get to it faster than everybody else. I'd rather have disclosure and let everybody respond."

Disclosure is a great thing, but it must be done properly. I would argue that Mike did it properly. I would argue that he has displayed the best kind of ethics through this entire mess. Given the content of this Wired interview, I would argue that ISS has its head up its ass.

Router Flaw Is a Ticking Bomb | Mike Lynn Has Integrity^3

Sleepwalking woman had sex with strangers...
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:08 pm EDT, Oct 27, 2004

My mind just blew out the back of my head. The article mentions her partner waking up, finding her screwing another guy, and I see nothing whatsoever about the impending homicide trial... The sequence of events that have to occur for her to successfully leave the house, find a guy, convey to him that she would like to have sex, get him back to her house, and go through with it is mind boggling. I call gullible boyfriend of a slut.

Sleepwalking woman had sex with strangers...

I'm at Phreaknic in spirit...
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:46 pm EDT, Oct 22, 2004

I'm stuck in work for a few more hours, but I'm at Phreaknic already in spirit. Goat is carrying the message. See you guys tonight!

I'm at Phreaknic in spirit...

Send a clear message....without the mess
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:40 pm EDT, Oct 22, 2004

This is freaking hilarious. It's a plush horse head pillow. You too, can pretend to be a gangster, but without having to clean up all the blood that usually comes with a horse head.

Send a clear message....without the mess

Halo 2 leaked onto the internet
Topic: Games 1:25 pm EDT, Oct 14, 2004

The BBC is reporting that Halo 2 has already been leaked on the internet. I don't believe I've ever heard of a console game being leaked before, but with dvd burners and Xbox modding, it was only a matter of time.

Halo 2 leaked onto the internet

The Kerry Mobile!
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:11 am EDT, Oct 14, 2004

This is a blatant rip off of a link that Neoteric pasted in irc. What do you do when you've got a ~$500 car that needs some sprucing up and a metric assload of campaign stickers? I introduce....the Kerry mobile...

The Kerry Mobile!

mCatalog - prettay...
Topic: Technology 10:09 am EDT, Oct 14, 2004

mCatalog is a new app that I ran across that is used to catalog movies and books. It looks rather useful.....and it has a very OSX OMG PRETTAY!!! interface.

mCatalog - prettay...

Phu-Q is back
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:42 pm EDT, Sep 13, 2004

Phu-Q is making a return. We're still working out the kinks. The forums should be back in the not too distant future. Right now, you can read the ramblings of myself and flip. Enjoy!

Phu-Q is back

Subservient Chicken
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:38 pm EDT, Apr  8, 2004

The site is sponsored by Burger's odd...... I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

Essentially, it looks like all of this stuff has been pre-recorded, but damn.....they recorded a LOT of possibilities. There haven't been many things thus far that the chicken hasn't done when asked. This is a great way to waste a lot of time.

Subservient Chicken

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