When should this blog start to forget? This question has been with me for some time now. The idea is that after some time data and metadata should get deleted. I'd like to see this in search engines such as Google, personally. So I should practice what I preach. I'm going to make this blog a first in/first out queue with a buffer length of 25 pages. This means that possibly in February of 2011 I'll start deleting January of 2009. We'll see how it goes.0 comments
Recently, Theo de Raadt, the founder of OpenBSD and hacker hero has made this announcement. In it is an allegation that a member of OpenBSD put backdoors into OpenBSD code for the FBI. A code review will result of this. Just, who is going to do this? Theo then voiced his frustrations with the OpenBSD community because our trust level is too high with the developers. He wants us to be less lazy and review code and say something when something is out of the ordinary. He doesn't believe in Eric Raymonds statement of "many eyes make bugs shallow".
Here is my idea. I want a PAGER, or an EDITOR that reports to OpenBSD at what code I'm currently looking in, how long I'm looking at a certain section of the code, what host I'm from and how idle I am and of course the time of date. The editor or pager is voluntarily used by the community and gives feedback to the OpenBSD high command how many eyes really are looking at the code. Who is looking at the code is another question that may be evaluated because a novice programmer trying to read kernel code will likely get confused and won't be much help in solving complicated structures of the code. In the end I'd like a graph made that shows exactly what areas have been "audited" by eyeballs and which areas are neglected. It should also show which areas get special attention, perhaps indicating a non-bugfree zone. Anyhow I want to show Theo that we do occasionally read the code, and the small community does too. We're really small only a few thousand on the mail list according to majordomo, so... I think this would really really help us as a community.0 comments
If you haven't noticed already, I've switched the dns records for solarscale.de and centroid.eu to goldflipper.net solely. This is in anticipation of quitting the proteus.solarscale.de vps. Instead what I'm going to do for europe is buy a soekris router, that has no fans or drives and make that a permanent presence on the internet off my DSL. I'm keeping the goldflipper.net VPS for now. I've also been looking around Asia and Europe for a replacement VPS but I'm not sure I really need it. So why am I doing this? There is many reasons I'm going to list a few here:
Last year we had it on December 23rd, this year a bit sooner. Here is a
sum-up from the year that passed.
Here is a math problem. Get out your old Trigonometry notes and solve the following. A satellite (Galaxy 15 for illustration purposes) is 35,779 kilometers above the surface of the earth in Geostationary orbit. Given that the earth has a radius of 6371 kilometers find out what the angle from the ground to the satellite is given that someone stands at 49 degrees north. Here is a picture:
Line ACB is perpendicular to line EC (6371 kilometers). Line EBD is 6371 kilometers + 35,779 kilometers, so 42150 kilometers. What we're looking for solving is angle BCD.0 comments
I shoulda done this a long time ago but I finally got some money in my paypal account and I donated 10 dollars to the FreeBSD Foundation.
I hope they can use it wisely.0 comments
I just ordered 2 books from Amazon.de. One is Pro DNS and Bind from Ron Aitchison and the other is called "DNSSEC" I'm unsure of the author. The latter is a compilation of RFC's and other material related to DNSSEC, which I want to use in my implementation of wildcarddnsd. Hopefully the books will help me understand DNSSEC better so that I can implement this in the authoritative server side soon.0 comments
I should have done this a long time ago but I just released the file wildcarddnsd-beta5p4.tgz to sourceforge, this has a fix that makes the tcp and udp interaction on the server more reliable. The download is here and the branch for BETA_5STABLE is here. If you get TCP requests to a running wildcarddnsd you really want to get this.
In other news, I'm delighted to say that people from Indonesia are the top downloaders of wildcarddnsd according to the stats at sourceforge.net. Thank you! Next are Indians and Russians in the top three. Thanks to you too. I noticed a lot of asians are interested in wildcarddnsd, which is cool.
As for BETA_6 it will probably take until next year. BETA_6 will have recursing and caching. It has it in -current now but it's broken somewhat and needs a good debugging.0 comments
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