Saturday, February 17, 2018

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Another 2018 Resolution Update

The last item on my list of resolutions for 2018 is to pass the GIAC GPEN and GCIP exams along with the OSCP and one CCNP exam.  Well I hit a snag.  Specifically I am not as smart as I sometimes think I am and last night I realized I am nowhere near ready for this test (GRID) so I had to reschedule.  Fortunately I was smart enough to realize something my happen so I had some flex in the times and I can.

Bleh, year is not off to a great start.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Altered Carbon

Watched the first two episode of Altered Carbon on Netflix.  I've never read the book so I don't know how faithful an adaptation it is, but as a TV series so far it is pretty good.  I'm just curious if this is going to be a redemption tale?  The main character obviously has a lot of baggage so that is a definite possibility. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 Resolution Update

The first month of 2018 has come to a close so lets update where we stand on resolutions

1.  Work as a facilitator at a SANS event (I have applied to 3) - I was accepted as a facilitator at SANS Anaheim.  Unfortunately I had to decline because of a schedule conflict.  Ongoing, but completed in spirit.

2.  Attend DefCon 26, this time as a non-noob.

2a.  Attend at least one pool party at DefCon 26.  Hopefully not everyone will flee in terrorI have lost 10 pounds since posting this.  Going to try and continue losing (although at a slower rate up til DefCon.  They may still be horrified but may not flee)

2b.  Try and talk work into paying for me to also attend BlackHat. - I have broached the subject and been rejected.  I will continue trying.

3.  Develop a talk to present at a conference - I have decided on a subject
3a.  Actually submit the talk - not yet

4.  Go to Dubai
4a.  Get a passport so I can go to Dubai - application completed

5.  This is the biggie - Complete The GIAC GRID and GCIP certs, also GPEN.  Complete OSCP have one CCNP exam complete by 12/31/2018. - ongoing.  GRID and GPEN scheduled.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Oops - OPSEC failure for the US Military

Strava - "The Social Network for Athletes", released it's global heatmap of user activities and guess what:  US Military bases are identifiable and mappable.

This is why I support the old idea of no personal electronics (or at least none that haven't been vetted and put on an approved list) on deployment rule.

(It's not just the US Military that is having this issue, but the US Military is the one I care about most strongly)

The Washington Post just posted this as breaking news five hours after I had it and I was way late to the party as I saw it thru retweets. 

Who would have guessed that Polish pop music is almost as good as Russian pop music?

Polish - Doda "XXX"

Russian - Anna Semenovich "I want to be with you"

Compare and Contrast


Of course Britney Spears and Taylor Swift still reign supreme.  America, Fuck Yeah

Monday, January 22, 2018

Once again I am forced into the uncomfortable position of agreeing with Glenn Greenwald

(Note:  I should preface this by stating that I did not vote for Trump and would not vote for him today.  His volatility and ineptness in foreign affairs is a major reason why, plus I just find him to be untrustworthy based on his past actions.  I also did not vote for Hillary Clinton who I consider one of the great scumbags of our time.  I only voted down ticket in the last election.)

I have casually despised Glenn Greenwald since the early 2000's and still find most of his positions and politics despicable but on the subject of why Trump became President and the Mueller investigation I find myself closely aligned.  I hate that.

Greenwald's positions, which mirror my own, are laid out in this New York Magazine interview.  I don't think any of my imaginary readers will find these surprising:
  “When Trump becomes the starting point and ending point for how we talk about American politics, [we] don’t end up talking about the fundamental ways the American political and economic and cultural system are completely fucked for huge numbers of Americans who voted for Trump for that reason,” he says. “We don’t talk about all the ways the Democratic Party is a complete fucking disaster and a corrupt, sleazy sewer, and not an adequate alternative to this far-right movement that’s taking over American politics.”

(... )

Put another way: If you believe the 2016 election was a populist uprising against complacent elites, the Russia preoccupation can seem like an effort to ignore what Trump voters — and Sanders voters — were trying to say. Alternatively, if you believe Trump’s victory was a Russia-perpetrated fraud, normalcy is restored simply by removing him from office. Which, conveniently, is what many hope Mueller’s Russia probe will do.
Here's where Greenwald and I differ, he apparently thinks that there is little to know possibility that Russia engaged in meddling with our election.  I think it is highly possible.  I also think it is possible that Trump staffers were sucked in and may have advanced Russia's efforts inadvertently.  I even believe it's possible that some may have actively colluded with the Russians.  I just haven't seen good evidence of that yet.  So far I think Greenwald is right that this is a lot of sound and fury generated by people who can't believe Trump won because they can't fathom the underlying anger that the middle class is feeling.

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