no guarantees on signal:noise are offered, honoured, or acknowledged. also, hi.


Shady RAT (not to be confused with Dirty Rat, or Damn Dirty Ape)

Ok, some brief thoughts on Shady RAT (not to be confused with Dirty Rat, or Damn Dirty Ape). McAfee and Symantec both have blog posts up, with their analysis of the pattern of attacks that McAfee has included under the Shady RAT banner.

McAfee’s blog post:

Revealed: Operation Shady RAT

Symantec’s blog post is here:

The Truth Behind the Shady RAT


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Stick a fork in this vacation

We’re on our way back from a 2-week vacation in New Brunswick, most of which was at lake Washedamoak.

Our trip back home has been… While in the air from Fredericton, Air Canada sent us email to let us know our flight was cancelled. Apparently while we were in the air, AC completely lost their shit. Western air travel is messed up to and from Vancouver and Calgary. They put us on another flight, a huge Boeing 777-300. That’s all fine and good, but the delay might just push our carefully planned return timing into 3yo Freak Out territory.

In any case, it’ll be great to be home.


Do you like beer? I’ll assume yes, because “no” means you just haven’t found your beer yet. Anyway, come join me on Pintley. Beer recommendations, reviews, community, and prizes.

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Donate to help Japan

US (How To Donate Money By Cellphone To Japan Quake Victims)

  • To donate to American Red Cross Relief, text REDCROSSto 90999
  • To donate to Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization that does community outreach and disaster response, text TSUNAMIto 50555
  • To donate to GlobalGiving, which focuses on “grassroots projects in the developing world,” text JAPAN to 50555
  • To donate to World Relief Corp., the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, text WAVE to 50555

Canada (Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami)

  • Donating online
  • Calling 1-800-418-1111
  • By texting the word ASIA to 30333 to make a one-time donation of $5*
  • By contacting their local Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.

One quick additional note: I am not advocating donating to “faith-based” organizations. I am advocating helping Japan, but would just as soon see the money go to a secular organization that isn’t going to try capitalizing on the tragedy to increase their number of worshippers. Still, better to help than not.

(a)theists don’t own this time of year

Once more into the breach…

I’m not inclined, for once, to meet Rant with Rant. That said, I am inclined to comment because I think there is a need for reasonable discussion about that must NEVER be a taboo subject. Let’s start with a little textbite:

and told me she was an Atheist. Blah blah blah. She can’t take a joke and I couldn’t care less about the rest of the argument. My boyfriend is an Atheist and he doesn’t bitch and moan about people doing their thing during this season, he was brought up with religion in his life and endured education in the Catholic school system as an atheist. I have nothing against religion or atheism. I poke fun at it from time to time (and I also poke fun at myself), but I totally understand why people don’t believe in anything. Some people just can’t. I thought I was into atheism for the longest time until I realized what it was really all about, it didn’t quite fit the description of how I felt.

– BOOHOO: Whiney Atheist Doesn’t Celebrate Christmas

An image on the blog post hits at the same point too, a misconception that Atheism is a “belief in nothing”. Hardly. the literal meaning of the word, care of how English works, is basically a belief that there are no gods (or a God). Google helps with some definitions and sources thereof: define:atheism


XBL customer service fail WTF?!

Microsoft and I have been getting along really well the last several years, and even with my love of all things UNIXy, I’ve also been a big advocate for the awesome things going on in Redmond related to infosec.

In that context, imagine my surprise to discover the way that XBL (Xbox Live) treats their customers… especially an owner of a few Xbox 360s since launch. A few? Of right… ya. I’m looking at my fourth Xbox 360 right now, one of the pre-HDMI version. 2 Red Rings of Death and 1 optical drive failure. That’s not why I’m pissed off. Microsoft did the right thing, they extended warranties, etc. All my failed consoles have been replaced under warranty. So kudos for that, XBL folks.

That brings us to how you fail. (more…)

Dell Holiday Gift Hunt contest

I like gadgets. There is no shame in that.

Hence, I feel obliged to share a link to the Dell Holiday Gift Hunt contest thing. Winning stuff like laptops and trips to Mexico seems like a good idea to me, and if you sign up then you get a chance and I get a few more rolls. Ya, that’s right… something in it for me. If anyone who reads this signs up, let me know in a comment and I’ll send you a duplicate game tile “present” thingy to help you out. That’s fair, right?

Holiday Gift Hunt

Update: This is all about you now. I’ve maxed out my added “rolls” from sharing this out, so don’t bother commenting :)

Sophos pimps free AV for Macs

One of the stupidest utterances to ever come out of Apple has been the “you don’t need antivirus!” lie. Macs being invulnerable to malware makes for great marketing material, but the fact is that it is a bold-faced lie. Surely Steve Jobs and his minions would never lie, would they. Damn right they do. Frequently. Their attack ads against Windows (rather than extolling the virtues of OS X, of which there are many) are full of them too.

Anyway, I didn’t start this out as a rant against the distortion-field-dwellers in Cupertino. I love my OS X boxes. I really do. Sometimes I kinda hate Apple though, not the least of which due to how douchey they can be about security. (more…)

I may regret this, but…

… I might as well give this at least a little attention now. I oppose the only reason that this blog thing is breaking ~1yr of neglect is that those Windows Live guys forces the issue.

Live Spaces is marked for death, and the inaugural post pretty much covers my thoughts on Live Spaces. To suggest I ever cared about it would be a bold-faced lie. The 2nd post is nothing but a cluepon. Clearer that deep investment can’t be allowed to die, right?

So Live Spaces -> WordPress… And rationale for caring is still not firmly established. Yet, here I am.

I think I may even have missed having a blog. I’m going to try not to be such a mean-spirited bastard this time around.


[posted from my iPhone like some sort of hipster douchebag]

[… that’s the first and last time you’ll ever see me use a “…from my iWhatever” statement for anything other than comedic effect]

[… Also I should note that I really like ellipses. I caught some flak in high school English many years ago for abuses said ellipses. I’m like the ellipses terminator. I have no remorse. I cannot be stopped.]