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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
5:11 pm
Here's something you don't stumble across every day: There's a Chernoff face generator library for the R programming language.
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
1:53 pm
To everyone who follows http://syndicated.livejournal.com/drwho_virtadpt/
It's not updating right now because the RSS feed for my website changed.  Long story short, when I had to jump CMSes (long story) the only way I could reinstate a feed was with a plugin, and I can't configure the URL of the feed itself.  So, the new RSS feed URL is https://drwho.virtadpt.net/rss/feed.xml

'lex, could you please change the source URL for http://syndicated.livejournal.com/drwho_virtadpt/ ?

Thank you, and I'm sorry, everyone.  Stuff done went sideways.
Sunday, February 7th, 2016
10:34 pm
I rewatched Tron Legacy last weekend, and a subprocess has been ruminating on it all week... for whatever reason tonight, I made the connection between The Games and core wars.

Monday, March 9th, 2015
10:10 am
An inability to put constraints on your threat model is the cypherpunk equivalent of "Fuck you, I got mine."
Monday, October 15th, 2012
10:31 pm
Monday, June 18th, 2012
12:56 am
Life has me too busy to post here, let alone on my own website. Day job, night job, family, Project Byzantium... it's a full life.
Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
9:35 pm
Project Byzantium v0.1a (Scarab) Released!

Project Byzantium, a working group of HacDC, is proud to announce the release of v0.1 alpha of Byzantium Linux, a live distribution of Linux designed to fulfill a crucial role in the evolution of the Internet. That role is a rapidly deployable ad-hoc wireless mesh network which can augment or replace the current telecommunications infrastructure in the event that it is knocked offline (for example, due to a natural disaster) or rendered untrustworthy (widespread surveillance or disconnection by hostile entities). Unlike other mesh networking projects Byzantium was designed to be run on any x86 computer with at least one 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless interface. Byzantium can be burned to a CD- or DVD-ROM (the .iso image is just over 300 megabytes in size), booted from an external hard drive, or can even be installed in parallel with an existing operating system without risk to the user's data and software. Byzantium Linux will then act as a node within the mesh and will automatically connect to other mesh nodes and act as an access point for WiFi-enabled mobile devices.

THIS IS AN ALPHA RELEASE! Do NOT expect Byzantium to be perfect. Some features are not ready yet, others need work. Things are going to break in weird ways and we need to know what those ways are so we can fix them. Please, for the love of LOLcats, do not deploy Byzantium in situations where lives are at stake.


  • Binary compatible with Slackware v13.37, so existing packages can be converted with a single command.

  • Able to act as a gateway to the Internet if a link is available.

  • Linux kernel v2.6.38.8

  • Drivers for dozens of wireless chipsets

  • KDE v3.5

  • LXDE (2010 release of all components)

  • Mplayer

  • GCC v4.5.2

  • Perl v5.12.3

  • Python v2.6.6

  • Firefox v4.0.1

  • X.org v7.4 (? - hard to tell because each module has its own release code)

  • Custom web-based control panel


  • Minimum of 512MB of RAM

  • i586 CPU or better

  • CD- or DVD-ROM drive

  • BIOS must boot removable media

  • At least one (1) 802.11 a/b/g/n interface

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (for persistent changes)

  • The above requirements to use Byzantium

  • 2+GB of free space on thumbdrive or harddrive


  • Developers.

  • Developers!


  • No more Bill Ballmer impersonations.

  • People downloading and running Byzantium to find bugs and tell us where the problems are so we can fix them.

  • People filing bug reports on our Github page. We can't fix what we don't know about!

  • People submitting patches.

  • People booting Byzantium and setting up small meshes (2-5 clients) to tell us how well it works for you with your hardware. We have a hardware compatibility list on our wiki that needs to be expanded.

  • People who can help us translate the user interface. We especially need people fluent in dialects of Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu.

  • People to help us write and translate documentation.

Sunday, October 16th, 2011
11:04 pm
Where have I been?
Everywhere. But you knew that.

I don't have a lot of time right now, so here's my life that's not work or moving in a nutshell.

I've been working on this since February of 2011.

I'll be going here in a few days' time and presenting on Project Byzantium as well as tools used by activists to protect their privacy and anonymity as well as organize and coordinate. If anybody in NYC wants to get together after ContactCon is over, let me know!
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
6:35 pm
PGP public key update.
Hash: SHA1

As of 1818 EST5EDT on 17 August 2011, I ran the `gpg --refresh-keys` command
on my primary workstation. In the process of downloading and uploading new
signatures and keys, GnuPG suggested that I change my preferences;
specifically, the message digest and encryption algorithms that it defaults to
whenever it runs. I accepted the changes and was forced to re-export and
re-upload my public key. The size of the key has changed (due to being
re-exported and saved to a file) but the key itself has not. The key ID and
fingerprint are still the same:

807B17C1 / 7960 1CDC 85C9 0B63 8D9F DD89 3BD8 FF2B 807B 17C1

which you can test by searching for any of my posts to public mailing lists,
because the key ID and fingerprint are in the signature at the bottom of each

As always, the key will be available from my homepage:


- --The Doctor [412/724/301/703]

Version: GnuPG v1.4.10 (GNU/Linux)

Friday, May 13th, 2011
9:19 am
Project Byzantium at NOVALUG!
On Saturday, 14 May 2011 Ben the Pyrate and I will be presenting at the Northern Virginia Linux Users' Group on Project Byzantium.

Byzantium is an open source, improvisable, rapidly deployable wireless mesh network which can replace (or at least augment) Internet access in the event of a natural disaster or compromise of the local telecommunications infrastructure. We will describe how it works, what it required to set up a modest mesh network, some of its lesser-known features, and the Live CD/USB Linux distribution we're working on which will turn any wireless-enabled computer into a Byzantium node. We'll probably talk about some of our past and future experiments with Byzantium as well.

Come one, come all!
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
7:55 pm
I was interviewed by chrisk of Telecomix.org this afternoon for the 20110310 episode of Hackerspaces | Signal. I was talking about privacy and anonymity enhancing technologies and how to get more people who aren't hardcore geeks to use them. Tune in Thursday night at 1600 EST5EDT, or download it from the archives!
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
9:23 pm
Another cross-post. Sorry.
People standing against the TSA's unreasonable search policies are being internally referred to as domestic extremists now.

Oh, hell no.
Monday, November 15th, 2010
8:53 am
Extremely upsetting.
I don't ordinarily do this, but I'm crossposting a link to an article on my website about the new TSA regs.
Sunday, November 14th, 2010
11:44 pm
This guy has to be one bad-ass online poker player to be mistaken for a bot.

(Thanks to William Gibson for this one.)
9:35 pm
Sunday, October 10th, 2010
12:04 am
Spirit Day
Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
11:09 pm
Distributed social networking.
Is anyone else thinking about experimenting with Appleseed? I have it running on my laptop and I'm pondering setting it up on my web hosting provider sometime soon.
Thursday, July 1st, 2010
9:13 pm
Live for one night only - Catherine Asaro and Donald Wolcott!
Please boost the signal - link to this post everywhere!

I realize this is a bit late, I've been laid low by a sinus infection, but thankfully a few of us have been getting flyers put around the DC metroplex.

Saturday night, on 3 July 2010 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm Nebula Award winning author Catherine Asaro and musician Donald Wolcott will be performing live at Stacy's Coffee Parlor in Falls Church, Virginia to celebrate the release in paperback of Asaro's latest novel of the Skolian Empire series, Diamond Star. For one night only the duo will perform songs from the album of the same title which was conceived as a soundtrack for the novel. There will also be readings from Diamond Star interspersed between songs. If you've not familiar with it, Diamond Star tells the story of Del Valdoria - heir to the interstellar Ruby Dynasty, which mastered interstellar travel twice over and developed a psychic data network spanning the light years of space between the Dynasty's worlds. And yet all Valdoria wants to do with his life, rather than weather the vicissitudes of royalty, is be a holorock star on a little blue-green planet called Earth...

Catherine Asaro has a masters' degree in physics and a doctorate in chemical physics. She is also a former dancer, teaches classical ballet, and is a founder of Molecudyne Research, a private research outfit based in Columbia, Maryland. She has better than seventeen major publications to her name. Donald Wolcott plays three instruments in addition to the piano (which he took to like a fish to water at the tender age of five) and was declared the top jazz soloist at the Philadelphia University of the Arts in 2005. In 2008 he was awarded the Maestro Award at the Washington DC Heritage Music Festival. He is currently a student at at Towson University, to which he was awarded a music scholarship. The album Diamond Star is his second release on the music label Starflight Music.

See you there!
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
7:55 pm
A bit late, but I've been busy getting ready for this.
I'll be presenting on Tor for NOVALUG this Saturday, 10 April 2010 at the Herndon Library in Virginia. The library opens at 1000 EST5EDT, so the LUG meeting will probably begin shortly thereafter in the conference room. I'll be talking about what Tor is, how it works, and how to use it properly. There will be a short demo and I'll be taking questions afterward.
Friday, March 19th, 2010
12:24 pm
I think I just gave myself a stroke at work.
Fire it up!

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