Centroid.EU Blog(this blog is mostly encrypted - adults only)
September 3rd, 2012
The german BKA seeks a trojan programmer. The BKA is the german
equivalent of the american FBI. Let me brainstorm for you why this job is a
dead end job, with no chance to grow.
- Programmers seek hacker culture. I believe you can't take a single
programmer and have them create 0-day trojan successfully. The programmer
will always be a step behind virus makers and anti-virus gangs who enjoy a
networked (perhaps even dark) underground where information is freely exchanged
in form of malware.
- It's likely a dead-end job with no job security. With that I mean the
demanded results will never be fulfilled until the BKA seeks another rock-star
- This is a cyberwar attempt. Cyberwars require enourmous people resources
which develop a "hacker culture" (as mentioned above), only these gangs can
be successful in creating the tools they require, a single person can only
dream of having the time (on the factor of 100) to do anything similar.
- Job experience is a problem, there is likely a slight conflict of interest
for the best people for such a job. One is working for the police, c'mon you
can't likely feel good for a new piece of art that makes the rounds.
- They'll likely use a programmer only to spit him out again. I've seen it
happen in this world. And while an applicant is being used for their hard
gained knowledge there is no return of knowledge back to them.
And a multitude of ethics come into play. Whose side are you on anyway? I
know this job isn't for me judging by the job-ad.
August 29th, 2012
This BBC article
caught my attention. If you take a close look on my website (probably under
private) then you may notice steganographic content. I've been doing this
for a while now. If you can't see it, that's the point :-).
August 25th, 2012
Neil Armstrong has died. For many an inspiration!
I'm a firm believer the USA landed on the moon not just once but six times.
Unfortunately back then the lunar program was not sustainable and they had
to cease going there. Pity still.
August 25th, 2012
Summer is coming to an end...slowly.
Can't wait for Fall!
August 19th, 2012
Here are some pictures:
August 17th, 2012
Unfortunately the fire that ran through my building caused my apartment to be
unliveable. It will be restored in 4-6 weeks. Since this affects uranus
which is off now, I have moved all dns and mail operations over to io.solarscale.de and goldflipper.net. This is the downside of doing email at home I guess,
but fires didn't happen for a long time and are in all in all a rare event.
I'm just glad I got a bit of time off work to get everything organized again.
August 15th, 2012
There was a fire in my building. But I'm OK. Also my computers survived other
than getting a coat of soot. The fire department said I had to shut my servers
down until everything is settled after they let me into my apartment. However
my newly migrated sources (from sourceforge) are offline for the time being.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
August 14th, 2012
I left sourceforge.net, as I was playing around with viewvc and realised I
can have my own repo served from home. The advertising on sourceforge also
made me a bit mad, but what can you do it's their business model. They did
agree to be targetting their ads less on my pages but it was too late for them.
I have the capacity to be serving my projects without advertising and thus I'm
gonna go for it. If you're looking for my projects based at sourceforge
check out my cvs repository
that includes commit history of everything dating back to 2002. Also the
project pages that I created over the years are now found off my open source
site here. That's
the big news for now.
August 11th, 2012
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 20:40:37 +0200
From: "Peter J. Philipp"
To: sfnet_ops [at] geek.net
Subject: advertising a bit too much
Take a look at this: http://ipv4.goldflipper.net/private/ad-trash.jpg
Where is there room left for my project? Please tone down 1 of those
ads (preferably the one on the bottom) or I will move my project offsite
which is a shame since I've been a member for 10 years now.
I intend to make this a public letter by placing it on my blog.
August 7th, 2012
With xephem and gimp I managed to get the angle between mars-sun-earth and
with a bit of trigonometry I solved how far Mars is currently from us.
I used the cosine formula from this page to help me.
Here is the manpulated image with gimp. I determined the angle to be 78.25
Then I got the mean distances between sun and earth
(151.7 million kilometers)
and sun and mars
(229.7 million kilometers).
So then I had a,b and C and want
to solve for c (so c^2 = b^2 + a^2 - 2ba * cos(C)). And the distance I
calculated was 248.1591965 million kilometers. So then light speed between
earth and mars would take 827 seconds given that lightspeed is approximately
per second. That's 13.79 minutes!
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