Friday Sep 01, 2006

Chuck Norris' fists are the ultimate unbreakable two-factor authentication.

I was wondering earlier this week what would happen if computer geeks had their own version of “Chuck Norris Facts”, and if so, who would they be about: Richard Stallman, Linus Torvalds, Steve Jobs? Now I know - Bruce Schneier Facts. I have to admit I don't get a lot of them - not sure if they're just not funny or if I'm not enough of a crypto geek to get them. I do think that the top ten are some of the best. I especially liked “Most people use passwords. Some people use passphrases. Bruce Schneier uses an epic passpoem, detailing the life and works of seven mythical Norse heroes.”, “Though a superhero, Bruce Schneier disdains the use of a mask or secret identity as 'security through obscurity'.” and “Bruce Schneier once decrypted a box of AlphaBits.”

So that got me wondering who else could be immortalized this way. The Sun security commmunity could start our own Alec Muffet Facts for instance (“Alec Muffet can crack LiveJournal user passwords just by knowing whose ex-boyfriend wants to stalk her blog, but if you ask him to, he'll change yours instead.”), though we'd probably have to have a long discussion on the internal security mailing list about whether it is too soon to make jokes about what happens when you run Crack on your own ribcage.

A wider swath of the Sun community might have fun with Jonathan Schwartz Facts (“Cutting Jonathan's ponytail doesn't make him weaker, but would make his blog rank drop.”). Perhaps the Solaris community would be able to create a good list of facts about the DTrace team. (“Brian's DTrace probes can observe the state of Schroedinger's cat, but he won't tell because he prefers leaving it as a teaching example.”)

On second thought, maybe this was a question best left unanswered...

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Saturday Aug 26, 2006

Download these songs

As a close, personal friend of Al [1], I was priviledged to get notified by e-mail this week that the first single from his new album is now available for FREE download. Of course, because this is Weird Al, the song is Don't Download This Song, a send up of Internet music sharing, Napster, Kazaa, and the RIAA. While I enjoyed it, I still prefer the release from a couple months ago - You're Pitiful, a parody of James Blunt's Beautiful song, which was blocked from inclusion in the album by Blunt's label.

[1] It must be true - the e-mail said so...though anyone can become a close personal friend by signing up on WeirdAl.com.

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Monday May 08, 2006

MP3 Mirth

Now that Planet Sun is up again, I can be two weeks behind the rest of the world in noticing that Norm Walsh pointed to two pages with amusing MP3s - I liked the Code Monkey song better than the "Dance Monkey Dance" monologue, but found more amusement in the other routines by Ernest Cline, such as Nerd Porn Auteur (in which the ideal woman wants to make love until it's time to watch Battlestar Galactica) and his riff on the classic 80's show Airwolf, which I spent much time watching while doing homework in high school. Of course, the talk on working in Tech Support hit home, having spent too much time answering user questions in past jobs and having a number of friends still working in the tech support centers of various companies.

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