Archive for December, 2004

Laser beams at planes?

Thursday, December 30th, 2004

Goodness. What will people think of next? Apparently there have been 6 incidents over the past four days where planes were lit up by lasers. The best guess right now is the lasers used by Construction companies. This would seem to imply a prankster because I don’t think lasers of that power could be used as a guidance device….but I’m not a missile guy. Regardless, if it is barbarians doing this then we have them back in OUR house again. Time to whip out that Patriot Act and start rifling through everyone’s Library records! LET THE PROFILING BEGIN!


My GCIH Practical

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

For the past six months I’ve been working on this GCIH Practical. GCIH = GIAC Certified Incident Handler, this is basically how to deal with a computer hack in such a way that a Court of Law recognizes your findings as evidence in a prosecution.

I had sent it to some people for their review and received some comments back today. Will take alook at them tomorrow, make changes where necessary and then it’s on to the graders!

My topic is a vulnerability in the ICMP protocol. When you run PING in Linux or Windows there is data that is sent to the destination. That data is different on Linux and Windows machines and other tools that ping things, such as nmap and hping, can provide data of the users choosing. What if you used ICMP as an instant messenger? File transfer agent? Storage medium? 😉 The idea has been around for a while but no one has done much with it…at least not publically…

It’s now posted under the “hacker” logo. It’s about 90 pages of technical sweetness.

Ramsey Clark to defend Saddam

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

How about that! Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney General, once again rushing to defend another tyrant. He also defended Milosevic of “Ethnic Cleansing” fame in Yugoslavia. Nice guy that Mr. Clark. At least he’s in good company.

Ya know though, I honestly and sincerely want a strong defence team for Saddam. It is imperative that he get a fair trial before the Iraqi people kill him.

SEALs Sue AP over publication of photos

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

Well well well…It seems that SEALs got alittle upset with the newsies who published photos “depicting abuse” of Iraqi detainees. The wife of one of the guys has filed suit against AP and Seth Hettena, the reporter who filed the story.

The suit alleges the photos were taken from a personal website without the owners permission. Fancy that! I believe that’s called copyright infringement.

The suit goes on to allege that revealing the identities of the SEAL operators was not necessary to the story. For those of you who do not understand the JSOC doctrine, revealing the identity of a JSOC operator pretty much kills that operator’s ability to perform undercover…like our CIA and DELTA operators did in Afghanistan which led to the quick end to that battle in the War on Terror.

Whether or not the photos depict abuse, I trust the operators on the ground otherwise the Navy JAG wouldn’t allow them to file this suit, the copyright infringement is an interesting angle. I’ve had it with the newsies in general whether it’s CBS, NBC, or FOXNEWS so I wouldn’t be too upset to see this Mr. Hettena get his.

Be Proud SEALs! We love ya.

Indian Ocean Disaster

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

“Disaster” just doesn’t quite seem to cover what has happened over there. I just heard 52,000 dead and that number is going to climb.

These folks need help. Give freely but WISELY. MercyCorps is my option or maybe a missionary outfit.

TCP has some great information:

The Command Post – Global Recon – Earthquake: How to Help [Updated Extensively 12/28]

Reggie White

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

Reggie White

Really hated to hear this Sunday. Reggie White died of an apparent heart attack Saturday night or Sunday morning. He was 43 years old.

In an age where we seem to idolize professional athletes because they are accused of Rape or assault fans or walk away from their team mates because they would rather get stoned, Reggie White stood out as a model…a ROLE MODEL. Not only was he one of the greatest defensive ends to ever play in the NFL he was a standup guy who had his head screwed on right.

Reggie was known as the Minister of Defense. A hat tip to both his football skills and his walk with God. He wrote a Devotional in 1998 called “God’s Play Book”. My favorite item in the book begins on page 91.

A Child is Born in Bethlehem

Saturday, December 25th, 2004

A Child is born this day in Bethlehem.

Matthew 1:18-25

The Message

18 The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) 19 Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced. 20 While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. 21 She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus – ‘God saves’ – because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term: 23 Watch for this – a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son; They will name him Emmanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”). 24 Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. 25 But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.

King James Version

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived F2 in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: F3 for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Young’s Literal Translation

18 And of Jesus Christ, the birth was thus: For his mother Mary having been betrothed to Joseph, before their coming together she was found to have conceived from the Holy Spirit, 19 and Joseph her husband being righteous, and not willing to make her an example, did wish privately to send her away. 20 And on his thinking of these things, lo, a messenger of the Lord in a dream appeared to him, saying, `Joseph, son of David, thou mayest not fear to receive Mary thy wife, for that which in her was begotten [is] of the Holy Spirit, 21 and she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.’ 22 And all this hath come to pass, that it may be fulfilled that was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, 23 `Lo, the virgin shall conceive, and she shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel,’ which is, being interpreted `With us [he is] God.’ 24 And Joseph, having risen from the sleep, did as the messenger of the Lord directed him, and received his wife, 25 and did not know her till she brought forth her son — the first-born, and he called his name Jesus.

Another Moose bites the dust

Friday, December 24th, 2004

We share the house with a being of unquestionable brilliance and stunning beauty:

Spice, our dog

It has become something of a tradition that we supply a Christmas Moose to the viscious killer above, who we call Spice, every year around this time. She welcomes it into her home and plays with it for a while. And then

Killer in action

Oh the horror…

Who needs Christmas Lights!

Friday, December 24th, 2004

It’s an amazing thing what God can do. Really makes our meager efforts of decorating seem pretty weak. This morning I went out for a little drive to see what the countryside looked like. The sunlight hitting the ice on the trees was just stunning. Most all the trees look like this up close:

God's Decorations

So when the sun shines on them they just sparkle giving the whole view a sparkling quality. It’s gorgeous! Yeah, so I live in the woods and have no hopes of broadband. BUT! While the cities are all slushy and nasty after winter storms, we get to see this:

God's Decorations again

Lk 1:37 – 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible

Friday, December 24th, 2004

Luke 1:26-38

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Hoping and praying that everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas.

This is just WRONG!

Friday, December 24th, 2004

There’s this idea in the Information Security world called Responsible Disclosure. Let’s say you, dear reader, found a big security problem in Windows XP(I’m sure that wouldn’t happen but you never know). You could do one of two things; immediately tell the world or quietly tell Microsoft and give them time to patch the problem before telling the world. Responsible Disclosure would dictate that you tell MS first. Give them a reasonable amount of time to patch the problem, six months seems to be the standard, and then release the vulnerability to the world. Of course there’s some common decency involved here. For example, if you gave MS the 6 months and they didn’t patch the problem and that 6 month period just happened to end around Christmas Eve, you might not release the vulnerability until AFTER THE FRIGGIN HOLIDAY!!!!

Apparently some of us don’t have that decency. Here we have someone who either just wasn’t thinkin’ or has a very sick and twisted since of humor. This guy has probably caused some people to have to put off travel plans or cancel being with their families for Christmas altogether.

The nerve of some people.

Rummy to Mosul!

Friday, December 24th, 2004

AP is reporting Rummy landed in Mosul just before 9:30p EST.

How about that Barbarians? You bomb us in an attempt to frighten us and the US SecDef drops in to rub it in your faces. The US does not cut and run. You may kill a few of our people but all that does is make the survivors angry…you won’t like us when we are angry.

Just what is the REAL Christian Perspective?

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004

“real Christian Perspective”…hehehe…thanks to the one who said this to me! That’s both a challenge as well as an encouragement. That’s another reason why I put this thing up. I work with a bunch of fabulous Christian people that seem to think the world is all Love and Light. It REALLY gets on my nerves sometimes because I know it just ain’t so. I read and hear the radio preachers(Swindoll, Jeremiah, et al) and like what they have to say but it just seems that, like my local preachers, everyone is afraid to get down to the basics at the Alter. My favorite Christian band is Waterdeep because there is no pretense in their music. They sing about life with all the warts in plane view. I like to hear about the blessings people receive like the cancer tumor disappearing and the soon to be mother realizing something she didn’t think possible. I also like to hear about how the man deals with his failure to walk away from the temptress or the woman coming to terms with her wild past. I think the latter shows us more of what the Walk is about than the former. Jesus told alot of fantastic parables and explained things in stark detail to his disciples but it wasn’t until he was nailed to the Cross that we all got the message.

ACLU offers Webform for groped women

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

Ya know, I’m no fan of the ACLU lately. Over this Christmas season they have done everything they can to remove my Savior from His birthday all in the name of the theory of Separation of Church and State. But sometimes they do good stuff and as I heard a Constitutional Law attorney say once, our Constitutional Rights are often hardened by scoundrels.

The ACLU’s latest is sorta rubbing me the wrong way…pardon the hideous pun. It seems that the ACLU has put up a form that will allow women to file a complaint about the way they were handled(again…the pun) at an airport. Now I would be pretty upset if someone groped my wife at an airport in the name of “national security”. I know my wife and the last thing on her mind is doing anything to hurt anyone…except me on occassion but that’s for another post. I guess for me, remembering some of the other things the ACLU has supported in the past, this is just another straw on the camel’s back. Is the ACLU actively trying to weaken our airport security? Are they really concerned about the privacy of women…or men for that matter? Could it be that this is just another attempt to sully the President?