Tunneling across networks with Nebula.

Longtime readers have no doubt observed that I plug a lot weird shit into my exocortex - from bookmark managers to card catalogues to just about anything that has an API.  Sometimes this is fairly straightforward; if it's on the public Net I can get to it (processing that data is a separate issue, of course).  But what about the stuff I have around the lab?  I'm always messing with new toys that are network connected and occasionally useful.  The question is, how do I get it out of the lab and out to my exocortex?  Sometimes I write bots to …

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Consequences of criminalizing whistleblowing.

In the wake of Chelsea (nee Bradley) Manning's sentence of 35 years in military prison for leaking the massive volume of documents now known as Cablegate to the media organization Wikileaks, there is now a hard as diamond legal precedent that criminalizes whistleblowing, the act of making evidence of misconduct, fraud, unethical, or illegal activity known. It is widely believed (often correctly so) that disclosing such activities to what are considered the proper channels will result in serious repercussions. It is also widely believed that such disclosures will have little to no positive effect because those reported on are often …

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Yahoo killing off Delicious.

It was announced by Yahoo a few days ago that, amidst layoffs they will be shutting down a number of popular services, among them the online bookmark repository-cum-social networking site Delicious.

Some people are asking why any of us would bother sharing our collections of bookmarks online; about the only thing I can tell you is that Delicious (formerly del.icio.us) made it possible to access our bookmarks from any system on the Net and not just the computer they're saved on.

As you might imagine this causes something of a problem for those of us who fall into …

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Google announces free public DNS servers.

It could be said that DNS is one of the services which underpins the Internet by translating hostnames (like drwho.virtadpt.net) into the IP addresses which are actually used under the hood (such as 66.93.100.253). Unless you remember the IP addresses of the sites you usually visit or you have them hardcoded on your system, if your local DNS isn't available there isn't a whole lot that you can do online. Scattered around the Net are publically available DNSes that you can configure your machine to use in the event that something goes wrong with your …

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