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Another in the series of looking at the security of IoT type objects. This time I've gone for the Arlo network connected cameras produced by Netgear, specifically the stock Arlo base system with a single camera. The base station is based on a Broadcom 5358 SoC with an 802.11n radio, along with a single Broadcom gigabit ethernet interface. Other than it only having a single ethernet port, this looks pretty much like a standard Netgear router. There's a convenient unpopulated header on the board that turns out to be a serial console, so getting a shell is only a few minutes work.

Normal setup is straight forward. You plug the base station into a router, wait for all the lights to come on and then you visit arlo.netgear.com and follow the setup instructions - by this point the base station has connected to Netgear's cloud service and you're just associating it to your account. Security here is straightforward: you need to be coming from the same IP address as the Arlo. For most home users with NAT this works fine. I sat frustrated as it repeatedly failed to find any devices, before finally moving everything behind a backup router (my main network isn't NATted) for initial setup. Once you and the Arlo are on the same IP address, the site shows you the base station's serial number for confirmation and then you attach it to your account. Next step is adding cameras. Each base station is broadcasting an 802.11 network on the 2.4GHz spectrum. You connect a camera by pressing the sync button on the base station and then the sync button on the camera. The camera associates with the base station via WDS and now you're up and running.

This is the point where I get bored and stop following instructions, but if you're using a desktop browser (rather than using the mobile app) you appear to need Flash in order to actually see any of the camera footage. Bleah.

But back to the device itself. The first thing I traced was the initial device association. What I found was that once the device is associated with an account, it can't be attached to another account. This is good - I can't simply request that devices be rebound to my account from someone else's. Further, while the serial number is displayed to the user to disambiguate between devices, it doesn't seem to be what's used internally. Tracing the logon traffic from the base station shows it sending a long random device ID along with an authentication token. If you perform a factory reset, these values are regenerated. The device to account mapping seems to be based on this random device ID, which means that once the device is reset and bound to another account there's no way for the initial account owner to regain access (other than resetting it again and binding it back to their account). This is far better than many devices I've looked at.

Performing a factory reset also changes the WPA PSK for the camera network. Newsky Security discovered that doing so originally reset it to 12345678, which is, uh, suboptimal? That's been fixed in newer firmware, along with their discovery that the original random password choice was not terribly random.

All communication from the base station to the cloud seems to be over SSL, and everything validates certificates properly. This also seems to be true for client communication with the cloud service - camera footage is streamed back over port 443 as well.

Most of the functionality of the base station is provided by two daemons, xagent and vzdaemon. xagent appears to be responsible for registering the device with the cloud service, while vzdaemon handles the camera side of things (including motion detection). All of this is running as root, so in the event of any kind of vulnerability the entire platform is owned. For such a single purpose device this isn't really a big deal (the only sensitive data it has is the camera feed - if someone has access to that then root doesn't really buy them anything else). They're statically linked and stripped so I couldn't be bothered spending any significant amount of time digging into them. In any case, they don't expose any remotely accessible ports and only connect to services with verified SSL certificates. They're probably not a big risk.

Other than the dependence on Flash, there's nothing immediately concerning here. What is a little worrying is a family of daemons running on the device and listening to various high numbered UDP ports. These appear to be provided by Broadcom and a standard part of all their router platforms - they're intended for handling various bits of wireless authentication. It's not clear why they're listening on 0.0.0.0 rather than 127.0.0.1, and it's not obvious whether they're vulnerable (they mostly appear to receive packets from the driver itself, process them and then stick packets back into the kernel so who knows what's actually going on), but since you can't set one of these devices up in the first place without it being behind a NAT gateway it's unlikely to be of real concern to most users. On the other hand, the same daemons seem to be present on several Broadcom-based router platforms where they may end up being visible to the outside world. That's probably investigation for another day, though.

Overall: pretty solid, frustrating to set up if your network doesn't match their expectations, wouldn't have grave concerns over having it on an appropriately firewalled network.

silly things

Apr. 29th, 2017 04:34 pm
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1. Because sanguinity and I watched Yuri on Ice a couple of weeks ago,

anime Yuri ice-skating, subtitle "I'm a pork cutlet bowl fatale that enthralls men."

yesterday we met after work for a pork cutlet bowl. I got tonkatsu and she got spicy pork bowl, both tasty but neither quite like the show’s:

anime pork cutlet bowl as served on Yuri on Ice

I may or may not feel compelled to keep trying.

2. I went to my first Zumba class, at the community center this morning! My plan to hide in the back didn’t work out, as there were only two students including me. But my 1980s high-school aerobics chops got me through.

3. Two audiobooks on my phone and neither one really doing it for me. So I’m downloading I Woke Up Dead at the Mall.

cover of I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan, image of escalator with a girl in a prom dress

It’s set at the Mall of America. For those keeping track, I was not a finalist in their Writer in Residence contest. Well, onward and upward.

This post also appears at read write run repeat. Comments read and welcomed in either place!

Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 29

Apr. 29th, 2017 11:26 pm
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Today's writing:

I noodled around a bit with a dozen different WIPs, adding a sentence here and a sentence there, not getting anywhere. And then I started on the pastiche idea I mentioned the other day. I'm not seriously working on this right now - it needs a lot of research before I can do that - but I decided to just start writing because I could at least get down the very rough version of events that existed in my head. I'm not sure much - or anything - of this will make it into a final version, but at least I won't now forget what I was thinking. *g*

And it came to 2,100 words - the first decent writing day I've had all month. \o/

It was good to find out I was still capable of producing words! So of course I decided to test that on another story. (One of the many Sherlock WIPs - not a short one, but one of the easier ones.) And I got another 800 words. So it appears I can still write properly after all! Now I just need to apply that to something I can actually finish some time soon ... *g*

Tally:

Days 1 - 25 )

Day 26 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [personal profile] ofmonstrouswords, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme (7 out of 14)
Day 27 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [personal profile] shopfront, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme (8 out of 15)
Day 28 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [personal profile] shopfront, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 15 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)

Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 28

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:13 pm
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Ugh, after a change in meds my blood pressure is going crazy. And I'm still in that phase where you can't tell if it's just a period of adjustment or if it isn't working, so I'll have to wait a few more days. Not fun.

Today's writing:
  1. Decided on a title for a fic that is a sequel to a sequel of a fic I haven't written. (I was reading something else that gave me an idea which was just too good to pass up. I have to write these things down as they come, or I'll never remember!)

  2. Added some notes and dialogue to one of my many WIPs.

  3. Made an attempt at proper writing, since I wasn't quite as tired tonight. Couldn't really get into anything, but I reread some things, and I did add a sentence here and there.

Tally:

Days 1 - 25 )

Day 26 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [personal profile] ofmonstrouswords, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme (7 out of 14)
Day 27 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [personal profile] shopfront, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme (6 out of 15 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)

School accessibility

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:23 am
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To get in and out of the high school yesterday there was a locked door, a locked elevator, then another locked elevator, then a locked door leading to a ramp to a gate with a locked padlock.

There was one security guard from the district to run around doing the unlocking and he was mostly wrong about everything (I don't think he works specifically at that school.)

I wrote to ask how they normally handle access (cc-ing the district accessibility coordinator) And got the answer that during the school day they have someone stationed on each floor by the elevator. (I can't picture that is really true... maybe between classes though.)

And, apparently there was a buzzer and intercom but we missed seeing it. (Or, I missed it anyway)

Steeling myself for it just always being awkward. At least elevator wasn't also the mop closet!

Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 27

Apr. 27th, 2017 11:14 pm
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More tumbling into the research abyss tonight, this time in search of the right name for a character. Names either just come to me at some point and fit immediately, or I'll struggle with them indefinitely, never feeling quite comfortable with them. And the character will suffer for it: it's remarkably difficult to write someone who doesn't have their right name ...

Today's writing:

A random paragraph for the pastiche idea from yesterday, plus some notes. I'm still too tired to properly concentrate. At least a three-day weekend is coming! I just have to get through tomorrow without falling asleep at work. *g*

Tally:

Days 1 - 25 )

Day 26 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [personal profile] ofmonstrouswords, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme (6 out of 14 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)

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Apr. 26th, 2017 11:13 pm
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I wish there was as much socially conscious amateur criticism of literary fiction as there is for SFF; I mean, with the way things go, probably a fair amount of it would be "depicting a bad thing is bad," and most of the rest wouldn't get much further with the things that I'm wrestling with than I have, but. I feel like I'm stuck, sometimes.

I'm deeply ambivalent about what kinds of moral responsibilities fiction writers have. (I'm pretty certain about my the kinds of responsibilities I feel wrt my own fiction writing but that's a different ball of wax). And at the same time, I don't think that the discomfort I feel about story X is a matter of technique. I don't want to be prudish, I don't want to say that some subjects are off limits.

But if you're asking your readers to follow you through some dark places, I think you've got to think about whether you're giving them enough light to get out again.

Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 26

Apr. 26th, 2017 11:50 pm
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What happens when I steep in Sherlockiana for months: inevitably, of course I'll come up with a pastiche idea of my very own. What also apparently happens when I'm obsessed with Holmesian slash: I come up with a het idea. *headdesk* Really, brain? Why?

(It's a really nice idea, though. I may actually write it one day.)

Btw, we've found our host for May - many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland! We'll be continuing over at hers next month. :)

Today's writing:

Notes for the above, and about 150 words of dialogue. (And then I fell down the hyperlink abyss. I didn't even mean to do research, I was just quickly looking something up! But that's how it always goes, isn't it ...)

Tally:

Days 1 - 20 )

Day 21 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] afrozenflowerr, [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (10 out of 14)
Day 22 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 14)
Day 23 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 14)
Day 24 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [personal profile] ofmonstrouswords, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (10 out of 14)
Day 25 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] dreamflower02, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme (8 out of 14 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)

Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 25

Apr. 25th, 2017 10:18 pm
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Wow, it's the 25th already, and we're approaching the end of the month. So I suppose it's time again to start thinking about the next month - who's up for hosting Write Every Day in May? Let me know!

(I don't think we already had a volunteer? Remind me if I'm forgetting something!)

Today's writing:

By the time I got home, had dinner and settled down for the evening, I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open. Alibi sentence. *yawns*

Tally:

Days 1 - 20 )

Day 21 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] afrozenflowerr, [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (10 out of 13)
Day 22 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 13)
Day 23 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 13)
Day 24 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (8 out of 13 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)
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Mondays are evil. Let's do a meme (via [livejournal.com profile] calliopes_pen):

Repost if it's okay for your followers/circle to leave you a comment telling you what the one thing is they remember you for as a writer. Is it a scene or a detail or a specific line? Is it something like style or characterization? Is it that one weird kink or trope they never thought they'd be into, but oh my god wow self-discovery time?

Today's writing:

Made a valiant effort at writing, but nearly fell asleep at the keyboard. Some notes, and about 300 words of dialogue. And now I'm off to bed before I keel over for real ...

Tally:

Days 1 - 20 )

Day 21 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] afrozenflowerr, [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (10 out of 13)
Day 22 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 13)
Day 23 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (8 out of 13 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)

Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 23

Apr. 23rd, 2017 11:18 pm
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Wanting to write and being inspired to write isn't the same, and being inspired to write and having the energy to write isn't the same, either. Nor is having deadline pressure and, well, any of the above, of course. But today? Today it was just plain "don't wanna".

I used to try and push through, force myself to write, even if it involved staring at blank pages a lot. And when I have a deadline, of course I still do - the added adrenaline from that usually does get me going. But when there's no outside pressure? Sometimes, it's good to just let myself not write. Even while writing every day. *g*

Today's writing:

Ergo: alibi sentence, more or less. A few notes and a snatch of dialogue.

Well, and I finished my [community profile] holmestice sign-up, but after that I couldn't really bring myself to do much else.

Tally:

Days 1 - 20 )

Day 21 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] afrozenflowerr, [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (10 out of 13)
Day 22 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 13 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)
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I saw Antitrust on an airplane in the summer of 2001. I didn't leave with a high opinion of it; it seemed campy fun.

I found a used DVD at a local thrift shop last weekend, so last night I watched it with my spouse.

It actually holds up better than I predicted on a technobabble level! We freeze-framed a lot and marvelled at how reasonable (mostly) all the command-line stuff was. And as mainstream fiction movies go, I think there still hasn't been a movie that takes the conflict between proprietary and open source software more seriously than Antitrust (I'd welcome corrections on this point).

details, including spoilers )

At some point in the future I will watch the special features and listen to the commentary. (One of the special features is a music video for the Everclear song that plays at the end of the movie. The music video includes clips from the movie. It's like Everclear made a vid!) I imagine I'll have more thoughts then.

Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 22

Apr. 22nd, 2017 11:33 pm
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When I'm out and about and I'm not thinking about anything in particular, fic tends to play out in my head. It's mostly not good fic - just my brain operating on autopilot - but it passes the time. Every now and then, though, a line of dialogue or narration happens that I actually like, which is why I always carry something to write.

Always, except when I forget, which happened today. And of course I came up with this line I really wanted to keep, and couldn't write it down. *headdesk* (I managed to remember it, thank god.) Does that happen to you guys, too?

In other news, I've signed up for [community profile] npt_admin (though the sign-up is rudimentary so far), and I'm working on my [community profile] holmestice sign-up as well. Hopefully, if nothing else works, the deadlines will cure me of my inability to finish anything ... Anyone doing either of these exchanges, too?

Today's writing:

See above, plus a few more paragraphs. And then I worked some more on the ASiB write-up.

Tally:

Days 1 - 20 )

Day 21 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] afrozenflowerr, [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 13 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)

Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 21

Apr. 21st, 2017 11:59 pm
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All right, everyone, I need you to go look at this stained-glass Dalek and appreciate the hell out of its gorgeousness.

Actually, I may have linked that before, but I can't find it just now, and it's so beautiful. I want one so badly. (Though ideally not life-sized. I don't have the space, no matter how amazing it would look. But a smaller version I'd make room for in a heartbeat.)

Today's writing:

My writing of actual fiction today amounts to exactly two words. But those two words occur in the context of a lengthy set of notes about a new fic idea that appeared in my head last night, so that's actually all right. Sherlock gives me so many bunnies, and the only thing that's less than optimal about it is that they're all for long fic. (Also, a million variations on a theme. But I like that in my fic.)

I've also spent a lot of time (again) on the ASiB write-up, which is taking forever. I mean, it's fun - I enjoy this kind of thing, and I like the way it clarifies things in my head - but that doesn't mean it's not taking a lot of time and energy. Both of which there is never quite enough of, even at the best of times ...

Tally:

Days 1 - 15 )

Day 16 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 12)
Day 17 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] dreamflower02, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (10 out of 12)
Day 18 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 12)
Day 19 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] dreamflower02, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 12)
Day 20 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] afrozenflowerr, [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 13 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)

Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 20

Apr. 20th, 2017 11:53 pm
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Complaint of the day: Google is apparently discontinuing Google Talk and entirely replacing it with Hangouts. And I seriously dislike the way it displays conversations, stretched out and visual rather than the bare-bones text I prefer. And the new "dense roster" setting apparently doesn't apply to the conversations themselves? Ugh.

(Sorry for all the complaining recently, I seem to be in a complainy mood. Venting is good for the soul!

Today's writing:

I worked at a fic for some time this evening, and on the plus side, I'm confident I now know how it needs to go and what I need to do to make that happen. On the other hand, I don't feel I made any progress actually getting there, and I lack the concentration I'd need to actually put theory into practice.

I wish I had an easy fic going on where I could just churn out words for a while, because that I think I could manage ...

(I worked some on the ASiB write-up too, but that's slow-going as well.)

Tally:

Days 1 - 15 )

Day 16 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 12)
Day 17 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] dreamflower02, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (10 out of 12)
Day 18 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 12)
Day 19 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] dreamflower02, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 12 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)

Penguicon in a little over a week

Apr. 20th, 2017 09:13 am
brainwane: My smiling face in front of a brick wall, May 2015. (Default)
[personal profile] brainwane
I'm one of the Guests of Honor at Penguicon, April 28-30 in Southfield, Michigan. Penguicon is a combination of an open source conference and a science fiction convention. Here's my schedule including some more funny bits and some more thinky bits. It'd be lovely to see some Dreamwidth acquaintances there!
brainwane: My smiling face in front of a brick wall, May 2015. (Default)
[personal profile] brainwane
My longtime friend Zack Weinberg ([personal profile] zwol) needs help in his research to measure Internet censorship. He's a grad student at Carnegie Mellon University, an sf fan, and a longtime open source software hacker.

The short version is: go to https://research.owlfolio.org/active-geo/ and hit the Start button on the map.

More details:

Zack's doing experiments in "active geolocation", which is when you try to figure out where a computer physically is by measuring how long it takes a packet of information to go round-trip between one computer and other computers in known locations. This has been studied carefully within Europe and the continental USA, but much less so elsewhere.

More specifically, Zack is trying to develop a technique for verifying that VPN exits are in the country that their operator claims they are. His larger research focuses on measuring Internet censorship, for which he needs network vantage points in precisely the countries where it's hardest to get reliable server hosting. He could go with the commercial virtual private network (or VPN) providers who say "sure, I have a host in Malaysia/Ukraine/Iran/etc. you can choose to use," but how can Zack know that they're telling the truth? Commercial VPN operators may prefer to locate their hosts in countries where it's easier to do business, and only label them as being in harder-to-access countries.

So Zack is looking for volunteers who can visit that page, which will run measurement scripts, on computers physically located all over the world. South America, sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania locations are especially helpful, but he can use data from anywhere.

Once you click "Start" on the map at https://research.owlfolio.org/active-geo/, the page will run a test/demo to see whether you could help. If you can, then you'll see the consent form below to ask for more information about your location and you'll see the CMU’s Office of Research Integrity and Compliance notice.

Here's more about the research questions he is investigating, here's how to help using a command-line tool in case you'd like to give him data from a computer that you only have remote shell access to, and

In case you want to spread the word about this request, here's a public tweet you can retweet:

I'm looking for volunteers to help with a research project: https://research.owlfolio.org/active-geo/ Especially want people outside Europe and North America.


And you can ask [personal profile] zwol for more info if you have any questions.

Thanks!

Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 19

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:55 pm
trobadora: (mightier)
[personal profile] trobadora
Why am I constantly tired at the moment? I need a TARDIS just so I can sleep for a month, dammit.

Today's writing:

Despite having something of a breakthrough yesterday, today I failed to make any progress whatsoever. Of course I was out with friends in the evening, so there's that, but still. I did try after I came home, but only managed a few sentences before my eyes started falling shut. but tomorrow I'm seriously going to buckle down and make something of this, dammit.

Tally:

Days 1 - 15 )

Day 16 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 12)
Day 17 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] dreamflower02, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (10 out of 12)
Day 18 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 12 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)

Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 18

Apr. 18th, 2017 11:29 pm
trobadora: (mightier)
[personal profile] trobadora
You know, DW is nice and all, but I hate all the layouts. They're all unreadable to me with their extensive use of HUGE font and HUGE spaces between text, and empty space in weird places - honestly, just porting over a LJ layout is a lot easier than trying to fix all that with CSS.

I wish they had just one layout I actually found usable as-is, but no. So, good old Flexisquares it is for the comms I've imported. *sighs* At least [community profile] public_call and [community profile] wintercompanion now look as they should!

(Here's the tutorial I used, btw.)

Today's writing:

This evening I suddenly had an idea for a fic I'd been kinda, sorta half-heartedly trying to write for a while now. It involves restructuring the whole thing, and I don't have many new words - about 300 so far - but I'm feeling much more confident about it now!

Tally:

Days 1 - 15 )

Day 16 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 12)
Day 17 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] dreamflower02, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (10 out of 12 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)
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