1. Cruxshadows tickets have finally been located!

    10 February 2007

    A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that the Cruxshadows would be playing a show in DC on 18 February. This is a band that Lyssa and I have been fans of for a couple of years but somehow we hadn't been able to catch them performing anywhere.

    This morning, I finally got tired of haunting the usual places waiting for tickets to show up so I took the direct approach and posted in a few forums to see when tickets would go on sale or if they would be available for order at all (i.e., an at-the-door …

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  2. College professor asked to stop using and teaching Tor.

    09 February 2007

    Paul Cesarini of Bowling Green State University is an assistant professor of visual communication and has been using Tor (The Onion Router - an anonymisation system for net.traffic) to familiarise himself with it so that he could then discuss it with students in two of the courses he teaches. He was visited by campus police and a network admin and told to stop using it. It seems that someone else on campus was using Tor, and more's the point he was under investigation for fraud of some kind, and they wanted to know if the student under investigation had been …

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  3. Anna Nicole Smith - RIP

    09 February 2007

    Its seems that another media star, Anna Nicole Smith, has shuffled off of this mortal coil. Her body was found in the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, amidst a personal pharmacy containing compounds both legal and not in this country. Ironic, given that it's just a couple of weeks after her son died of an arcane drug interaction. Paramedics were unable to revive her; a video of their attempts went for a cool half-million dollars US, and will no doubt hit the Net minutes after broadcast. Love her or hate her, she died at the age of thirty-nine... that's …

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  4. An interesting method of data visualisation.

    08 February 2007

    Data visualisation is a process in which the bits of a given data field are displayed in a graphical format to help the analyst find patterns or anomalies in the data. For example, staring at system logs for a couple of hours is enough to put your mind on autopilot: You'll keep staring and hitting the page down key every once in a while, but your conscious mind doesn't really register the data that your eyes are sending to your brain. Unless there is something unmistakably wrong, even the pattern recognition functions of the brain will be bored to tears …

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  5. First Europe, now the US?

    07 February 2007

    Another bill's been put into circulation that I think everyone should know about. Representative Lamar Smith of Texas has put forth legislation that would require every ISP to keep records of what their users do on the Net to assist. For every customer an ISP has, every IP address they are given, every DNS request they make, every outgoing connection, and every incoming connection attempt would be recorded and archived on the off chance that a subpoena came in. Failure to do so would mean fines and jail time for not complying with this proposed law. On top of that …

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  6. The Scooter Libby trial is still going on.

    07 February 2007

    More interesting information has come to light due to the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby trial, going on right now in DC. It was one thing for an ambassador to find out that the tales spun into the news were fabricated but the White House was having daily meetings to plan how best to discredit the damning information. It seems that Dick Cheney didn't take well to their misinformation tactics going down in flames.

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