Paco Hope

Paco Hope

My Random Musings and Rants
Content Metadata for Social Media (e.g., Mastodon)
Content Metadata for Social Media (e.g., Mastodon)
I've been thinking about how to make social media practical and usable by kids. Back when I was experimenting with app.net, I wrote a blog...
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My favourite bash prompt
My favourite bash prompt
I was working on my bash prompt recently. I think I've settled on some defaults that I quite like. I figured I'd share it with...
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Cosmic Rays Did Not Change Election Results
Cosmic Rays Did Not Change Election Results
In 2003 a Belgian election anomaly investigation shrugged. In 2017 it's described as cosmic rays hacking our elections. Ridiculous.
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Bill Gates is Wrong: We Can’t Tax Robots
Bill Gates is Wrong: We Can’t Tax Robots
There has been a lot of noise lately about Bill Gates statements around taxing robots.
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Crossing the Border with Your Phone
Crossing the Border with Your Phone
Is it possible to cross an international border and not give up all your data to law enforcement? If so, how?Continue reading
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System-Wide Unique Passwords (SWUP)
System-Wide Unique Passwords (SWUP)
When you go to create an account or to change your password, you enter a new password. If the new password you’ve chosen matches any...
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Content Metadata for Social Media (e.g., Mastodon)
Content Metadata for Social Media (e.g., Mastodon)
I've been thinking about how to make social media practical and usable by kids. Back when I was experimenting with app.net, I wrote a blog...
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My favourite bash prompt
My favourite bash prompt
I was working on my bash prompt recently. I think I've settled on some defaults that I quite like. I figured I'd share it with...
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Cosmic Rays Did Not Change Election Results
Cosmic Rays Did Not Change Election Results
In 2003 a Belgian election anomaly investigation shrugged. In 2017 it's described as cosmic rays hacking our elections. Ridiculous.
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Bill Gates is Wrong: We Can’t Tax Robots
Bill Gates is Wrong: We Can’t Tax Robots
There has been a lot of noise lately about Bill Gates statements around taxing robots.
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Crossing the Border with Your Phone
Crossing the Border with Your Phone
Is it possible to cross an international border and not give up all your data to law enforcement? If so, how?Continue reading
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System-Wide Unique Passwords (SWUP)
System-Wide Unique Passwords (SWUP)
When you go to create an account or to change your password, you enter a new password. If the new password you’ve chosen matches any...
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All You Need to Know About Passwords: Longer is Stronger
All You Need to Know About Passwords: Longer is Stronger
Because I work in information security, I deal with passwords a lot. There is a really simple guide to making good passwords: longer is stronger....
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We Need More Than Two Buckets for Thought
We Need More Than Two Buckets for Thought
I saw a really great article called "Blue Feed, Red Feed, See Liberal Facebook and Conservative Facebook, Side by Side" on the Wall Street Journal....
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Hurricane isabel

Hurricane Isabel hit us last night. Using xplanet I generated some pseudo-satellite images of what it looked like. These images are large. They’re not a lot of data (around 300-400K). They’re 2048×2048 pixels. We’re looking at the whole earth, after all.

I wanna see all the kprintfs!

When I was reading some OpenDarwin docs on how to debug the kernel, I discovered that there are these wonderful kprintf statements in the kernel that you can turn on with a simple debug option. Unfortunately, those get printed to a serial port, which I don’t have on my PowerBook. …

Hacking Mac OS Ain’t Working

I’m trying to hack MacOS to allow spoofing of ethernet MAC addresses. It doesn’t work, yet. I’ve followed the popular advice on the net, but it isn’t quite getting me there… I’m using a PowerBook G4 12″ and I’m trying to spoof with the local ethernet (en0) device. Out of …