1. Registering out of state vehicles in California.

    25 September 2014

    If you're in the process of moving to California you have to get your car registered before your existing license plates and car registration expire. It also would behoove you to get your car registered as fast as possible because the longer you wait, the more you'll have to pay to get it done. It could easily run you $700us if you're not careful, and I advise you to not sell internal organs to get your paperwork through if you can avoid it. The first step of the process is to get your California driver's license. To do this you …

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  2. Video from the Global Existential Risks and Radical Futures Conference is up.

    15 September 2014

    UPDATE: 20191230 - Uploaded a copy of the video to my Peertube account.

    In June of 2014 the Global Existential Risks and Radical Futures conference was held in Piedmont, California, which I was invited to present at. After a delay of a couple of months videos of the presentations have been uploaded to YouTube. Among them is the presentation I gave; the audio's a little quiet due to the accoustics of the building and the Q&A has been cut off at the end but it does have the entire talk (local mirror). The presentation's slides aren't in frame but I …

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  3. DefCon 22 presentation notes

    20 August 2014

    Behind the cut are the notes I took during DefCon 22, organized by name of presentation. Where appropriate I've linked to the precis of the talk. I make no guarantee that they make sense to anybody but me.

    One Man Shop: Building an Effective Security Program All By Yourself - Medic

    • Integrate with environment
    • Continuous monitoring
    • People and Process -> Secure Network Architecture -> Secure Systems Design -> Continuous Monitoring -> External Validation -> Compliance
    • Compliance, per usual, means dick in the final analysis
    • Roughly five year plan w/ deliverables
    • Needs organizational supprt. Still answers to the Business.
    • Supports, !replaces Business
    • Security will not mature past …

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  4. DefCon 22: The writeup.

    18 August 2014

    The reason I've been quiet so much lately and letting my constructs handle posting things for me is because I was getting ready to attend DefCon 22, one of the largest hacker cons in the world. It's been quite a few years since I last attended DefCon (the last one was DefCon 9, back in 2001.ev) due to the fact that Vegas is, in point of fact, stupidly expensive and when you get right down to it I need to pay bills more than I need to fly to Las Vegas for most of a week. I'm also in …

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  5. DefCon 22: The Omega of hacker cons.

    11 August 2014

    Back from DefCon 22. Exhausted from the flight home. Lots of stuff to write, need to type up my notes. No pictures of the con due to the "no photography" policy. Unlocked achievement pink mohawked cyberpunk.

    Greetings to everyone I met at DefCon this year. Love to old friends, you know who you are. If you're waiting for e-mail from me, please be patient because my inboxes are backed up by thousands of e-mails and I'm patching together some new bots to help me sort through it all. It might be a week.

    Let's do this.

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  6. Lifestyle update.

    04 August 2014

    Not dead. Very busy, getting ready to ship out for work in a couple of days. In rather a lot of pain, too. Doing what I can to manage it.

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  7. Hardcore Devo - 28 June 2014, Oakland, CA

    14 July 2014

    Earlier this year it was announced that Robert "Bob2" Casale of the band Devo passed away at the age of 61 of heart failure. Shortly after the announcement Devo publicized that they were embarking upon a memorial tour during which they would play lesser known songs from what is known as their hardcore phase which spanned the years 1974.ev through 1977.ev when they still lived, worked, and performed in Akron, Ohio. Even though I'm up to my neck in shipping crates and stuff all over the place I made the time to get tickets for the show at …

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  8. A random USB port in my hotel room.

    10 July 2014

    When I was in DC a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that the lamps in my hotel room had USB ports in them, presumably for plugging in smart devices to recharge in the event that the traveler did not bring a power strip. Most hotels aren't known for offering a surplus of power outlets.

    Seeing as how I was back in Washington, DC, called by some The City of Spies, I couldn't help but wonder how such a thing could be used offensively. Let's say I wanted to gig somebody's smartphone with some canned exploits and a malware package …

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