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2.6

I’ve finally upgraded my kernel to 2.6. With the help of the Gentoo 2.6 Migration Guide, it’s quite simple. Boot times are much faster.

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Constitution? What’s that?

I saw a headline in the newspaper today (I think it was the Herald): Constitution Likely to Settle Governors Race. Likely? Isn’t the constitution supposed to settle everything? Isn’t that the whole idea of America? Isn’t that why we pay a bunch of old farts to sit around and feel important all day?

Some days…

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Inauguration

People all over the world are mourning the ascension of Bush to his second term as president… that’s something to feel encouraged about, even as all this pomp and circumstance of the inauguration goes on. -Howard Zinn

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The Puzzle Palace

I just finished reading James Bamford’s The Puzzle Palace: Inside the National Security Agency, America’s Most Secret Intelligence Organization. If you have any interest the intelligence community, spys, or privacy, read this book. It has more information than I ever thought the NSA would possibly let out. (The fact that they did let it out frightens me. What are they hiding?) I can’t emphasize this enough: Read This Book. You’ll be amazed.

At the same time, that capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left, such [is] the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. If this government ever became a tyranny, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back, because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know. Such is the capability of this technology… I don’t want to see this country ever go across the bridge. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America… That is the abyss from which there is no return. -Senator Frank Church, 1973, referring to the NSA’s SIGINT technology

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LiveJournal is down

http://www.livejournal.com/

Our data center (Internap) lost all its power, including redundant backup power. We’re currently dealing with bringing our 100+ servers back online. Not fun. We’re not happy about this. Sorry… :-/ More details later.
Another reason why everybody should find some free hosting and Wordpress.

Edit:

“… there was a recent rash of suicides related to the “gothic” subculture Friday night. The cause of these suicides is still unknown, but is believed to be related to the recent and total server farm crash of livejournal.com.”

The InterNAP facility where LJ hosts their gear apparently had a total and catastrophic loss of power today somwhere on or after 1530MST today. They’re still working on recovery.

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Virus Found

I stayed home today. Just woke up a few minutes ago.

I think I’ll watch Akira today.

Back into the system tomorrow.

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UKUSA (a.ka. ECHELON)

Signed in 1947 and known as the UKUSA Agreement, it brought together under a single umberlla the SIGINT organizations of the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Under the pact, the five nations carved up the earth into spheres of cryptologic influence, each country assigned specific targets according to its potential for maximum intercept coverage.

The UKUSA Agreement…has never been officialy acknowledged by any country even today…” Page 391, Jame Bamford’s Puzzle Palace

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Blizzard?

Is this the storm that’s supposed to hit? Arctic blast, indeed.

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