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Sunday, July 13th, 2008
2:50 pm - PayPal broken
For purchases made through stores that accept PayPal, it appears that one can no longer choose a payment method.  I've tried to make purchases from two different vendors since last night and in both cases the Payment Method is forced to be "Available Funding Sources", which means that funds will always come out of my bank account (with no option to select a credit card).  The only way I could get PayPal to pay with a credit card would be to remove my bank account, or force PayPal to cause my bank account balance to generate a NSF -- thereby forcing a credit card transaction so PayPal could obtain their payment.

WTF?  Is anyone seeing this behavior as well?

current mood: annoyed

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Sunday, November 6th, 2005
12:44 am
Looks like Amazon will be delivering the US release of Doctor Who (2005) on the epoch (displayed TZ of -0800). Shame I missed the release.

current mood: amused

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Monday, September 19th, 2005
9:54 am
Happy Birthday to nsj -- Mr. VeeeeJaaaaay! Hope your day goes well.

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2004
1:56 am
Arrived in Berkeley, after a very long drive. Sleep now.

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2004
5:51 pm
Time to update my LJ bio. I found a way back to the Bay.

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2004
2:24 pm - signature guarantee acquired
Yesterday I opened up a savings account with $10.

Today I enter the bank...

Bank: How can I help you?
Me: I'd like to get a Medallion Signature Guarantee.
Bank: Are you a customer?
Me: Yes
Bank: Do you have an ID?
Me: *shows ID*
Bank: *looks up my account*
Bank: You opened up your account yesterday?
Me: Yes
Bank: *applies Medallion Signature Guarantee*

I think she was ever so slightly suspicious of the transaction.

current mood: amused/accomplished

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2004
4:21 pm - Moronic systems
For a particularly complex stock transaction that I've been working on for some time, the SEC requires the transaction be Medallion Signature Guaranteed -- think of it as one step up from a notary public, with the main catch being that the organization that is doing the authenticity checking of my signature is liable for the financial value of the transaction resulting from that signature, if the signature is forged. All parties that participate in the Medallion programs have insurance to cover fraudulent transactions.

So in theory, I should be able to call up a local bank (I have all my financial accounts with businesses that lack Boston offices); ask them for a Medallion Signature Guarantee; pay them some money; show them a whole bunch of IDs; have them fill out some paperwork, and then put a magical stamp on the same piece of paper as my signature. That would seem to make the most sense.

Instead ...Collapse )

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Sunday, February 29th, 2004
6:21 pm - digital rights in the free world
It's been a long time since I've posted. Below is a rather technical and rambly post about how I'm now able to make perfect digital recordings from my Comcast high definition cable box using free software, as well over-the-air high definition (once I swap out my old tuner for a new one), and how the happiness that has resulted can be destroyed by The Powers at any moment in the future. I ramble a bit about watermarks too, and how it seems like watermarks would be a nice compromise such that fair use rights could be enjoyed, while giving a level of assurance to the Entertainment Industry that they can track down those who illegally share their content.

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Monday, December 1st, 2003
4:36 pm
If anyone is running a GNU/Linux box with shell accounts, it's time to reinstall. Almost all distros are vulnerable (fedora is a notable exception). Local root exploit for all kernels prior to 2.4.23. Fun stuff.

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2003
11:04 am - Election Day
Don't forget to vote today!

For those of you living in Cambridge...
Polls in Cambridge close at 8pm.

Matt DeBergalis (one of the candidates for City Council) even has a LiveJournal.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2003
12:26 pm
(12:17:57) rao hdc: don't forget to vote
(12:18:02) rao hdc: rent control is on the ballot
(12:18:06) ***novalis nods
(12:18:24) novalis: Somehow, I think you and I will not be voting the same on that one
(12:18:39) rao hdc: you're voting against it?
(12:19:03) novalis: You're voting for it?
(12:19:08) rao hdc: yes
(12:19:14) novalis: Some libertarian you are.....
(12:19:22) rao hdc: haha
(12:19:26) rao hdc: yeah, is sad, I know.

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Friday, September 19th, 2003
8:55 pm
If anyone is interested in reducing my stress level by working at the FSF, the foundation is hiring another person for the same position that I hold.

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2003
10:47 am
From http://www.mindrot.org/pipermail/openssh-unix-announce/2003-September/000063.html

OpenSSH Security AdvisoryCollapse )

Sanely formatted patch here.

The official word is that the openssh developers don't know if the bug is remotely exploitable. But given all I've heard over the past couple of weeks, plus the increased port 22 scanning reported at http://www.heise.de/security/news/meldung/40331, I'm inclined to assume the worst -- remote root exploit is out there in the wild.

The bug will be assigned CAN-2003-0693. Number was assigned on 2003-08-14. Looks like a botched coordinated release.

Update 2:
new Debian x86 debs have been uploaded to security.debian.org.

Update 3:
Red Hat has new RPMs now.

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Friday, August 29th, 2003
3:31 pm
From CNN:
Parson also admitted that he renamed the original "MSBlast.exe" executable "teekids.exe," after his online name 'teekid,'" according to the FBI case.
From Reuters:
While the Web site [t33kid.com] is no longer active, a cached version of it stored by Google refers to a computer program called "p2p.teekid.c," which is described as "my little p2p worm" that spreads via peer-to-peer, or p2p, computer file-sharing methods.

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Monday, August 18th, 2003
1:27 am
The amount of misinformation regarding the ftp.gnu.org compromise is annoying.

The FSF does not run wu-ftpd, nor does it run proftpd. We've been running vsftpd since shortly after the initial public release. vsftpd is one of the best pieces of free software out there.

ftp.gnu.org was compromised from a local shell account. Maintainers had shell accounts in order to put up releases. This is no longer the case.

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Wednesday, August 6th, 2003
5:50 pm
Bring it SCO.

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Sunday, July 20th, 2003
2:42 am
More LGPL FUD. This is really starting to get old.

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Friday, July 11th, 2003
2:45 pm - joke taken from James J. Cramer
What would you call the merger of Motorola and Enron?


current mood: the sleep depravation is getting to me

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2003
3:29 pm
fairwayCollapse )

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2003
9:09 am
Dan Gilmor has a column in today's San Jose Mercury News regarding OpenTV and the GPL.

Original story from his blog: "GPL Legal Battle Coming?" ... and the in-print edited copy with additional comments about the SCO situation.

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