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Comment: Re:Unclear scope. (Score 1) 2

by Timex (#48592671) Attached to: Two-Factor Authentication

This is what's screwy with /.'s habit of pushing Journals to the Masses without specifically being told to do so. My apologies.

To clarify for you and for others, I wanted to set up Google Authenticator on Debian Wheezy. Instructions are pretty simple; I think it took me all of ten minutes to do, from start to finish.

If you're thinking about giving it a shot, the instructions are generic enough to cover many Linux distros. If yours isn't covered, you might be able to figure it out in pretty short order.

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Journal: Two-Factor Authentication 2

Journal by Timex

Finally got TFA working on my home system. Trying to SSH into the box will require the PIN and the password. This will only present a problem when I'm using an SSH client from my phone.

Does anyone have personal experiences with this sort of thing? (I have professional experience with it, but this is the first time I've done anything like this at home.)

Comment: Re:A joke? (Score 5, Interesting) 647

by Timex (#48483741) Attached to: Debian Forked Over Systemd

Ubuntu also moved to systemd because everyone was moving to systemd. Before that, Ubuntu has their own init system called Upstart, and there was much debate in Debian on whether to use systemd or Upstart.

It's my understanding that there was an attempt to affect the voting by limiting who had the ability to vote, simply because one of the lead developers was a prominent Upstart supporter. One interesting reference is here, though this is not the source I read about the vote manipulation from.

That said, I'm not overly familiar with how Debian elections are carried out. I only know what I came across in the last couple weeks when I was trying to get a grip on why major distributions were going so solidly with systemd, given issues that so many have found in the package. The trick to remember is that systemd is not the only solution to any {real|perceived} issues that sysvinit may have: There's also openrc and Upstart, to name two other alternatives, and they each have different solutions to bring to the table. Part of what made Linux what it is is the ability to choose what you want in your distro, to determine what you think is really "broken" and what the solution should be.

Honestly, I started getting migraines trying to wade through all the political crap. Proponents of systemd started to sound like American politicians (Democrat or Republican, take your pick; they both tell lies and break promises). It's mind-numbing, which I think is the point. I couldn't find a distro without systemd at all (this was a couple weeks ago, before I head of Devuan) so I wiped my Linux (Fedora) box and put FreeBSD on it.

Yeah, I'll have to learn how to deal with 'ports', but I won't have to deal with the nightmare that appears to be systemd.

Comment: Re:/. users? Your sockpuppets? (Score 1) 39

by Timex (#48019437) Attached to: I'm back.

As I mention in another journal entry, he seems to have a very specific problem with me. It appears at least in part to be connected to "what" I am, as opposed to "who" I am. But that doesn't bother me in the least - it's not like I'm hiding the fact that I'm a transsexual, or that I'm ashamed of it.

I don't understand the fixation on a person's sex, whether it's male, female, or somewhere in between. It's not like this goon has to deal with you in Real Life. Consider ignoring him: don't mention him, don't refer to him directly. He's not worth your time. He's only trying to egg you on, to show everyone that you are what he thinks you are. Don't stoop to his level.

For example, I was telling one of my neighbors today that every time Chapman's Ice Cream goes on sale, I gain weight (the easy part), which I then have to lose (the hard part). So I told her that I have two choices this week - either avoid the sale, or buy an "I'm not fat, I'm pregnant" shirt and not worry about it. I'm going to avoid the sale since I haven't lost all the weight from their last sale this spring, when I bought 20x 2 liter boxes, and I would like to get back down to my ideal BMI before my next doctor's visit.

LOL How did that go over? I should get one of those shirts... Despite having lost 20 pounds over the last six months or so, I still have my belly. :\ That shirt reflects my sense of humor quite well, even if some people I know in real life might not appreciate it. hehe

And I sympathize with that, because coming to terms with the "what" of who I am meant discarding a lot of stuff, taking risks, not knowing what the outcome would be. But oh wow, am I ever glad I did. It's not fun going around with some sort of internal chip on your shoulder.

That's the thing-- people are, in some fashion, the product of their experiences. They have seen or done things that others have not. They have learned how to react to situations differently than others have. You are not the same person you were yesterday or last year. You're a different person, hopefully all the better for the things you have experienced. :)

Comment: Re:/. users? Your sockpuppets? (Score 1) 39

by Timex (#48016835) Attached to: I'm back.

I have to say... You return and this "apk" whackado seems to have all kinds of time to spend posting (anonymously, I might add) insults on your posts.

If you bother him so much, why does he simply ignore you or something productive like that?

In this JE alone, there are so many posts from him that I am wondering if he even HAS a job to pay for the home he claims to own. :|

Comment: Well... (Score 1) 7

by Timex (#48016787) Attached to: I'm dismayed at how many of the old gang are gone ...

I, for one, am really glad to see you back.

I knew about the blindness becoming a bigger problem, then I slipped and fell off the 'Net for a bit, myself.

I tend toward Facebook for mindless drivel and contacting most of my family. As you may have noticed, I have the occasional post here, largely because the alternative (most of Teh Circle have shifted over to some M$ offering) bites. Those that shifted over there have said something a few years back about someone (SolomnDragon? Her Dave?) working on a more permanent home for Teh Circle, but last I heard that was still in the works.

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Journal: Undercover police cars 5

Journal by Timex
I was on my way to work today and saw a State Trooper's car on the side of the road. I knew it was a State Trooper not because of the distinctive two-tone blue that cruisers have (this one was black), but because it had several antennas and a radar gun on the driver's side.
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Journal: H2G2: The saga?

Journal by Timex

I was talking to someone at work about how some of the best political wisdom I've heard came from a Douglas Adams book, specifically the bit about how the ones who aspire to positions of authority are those least qualified to have said positions. The conversation then devolved into how the Beeb had created a site to act as a real-life Guide.

Comment: Re:How does it rate (Score 1) 2

by Timex (#47737551) Attached to: Certification: Update

Considering this is my first professional certification, I don't know if I can aptly answer that. I can tell you this:

  • SANS certifications are notorious for being difficult.
  • SANS Certifications are well-known in the industry. These are not some fly-by-night "let's give certs away" things.
  • They certainly are not inexpensive. This certification costs something in the neighborhood of $4,000 to take. The first exam attempt is around $600. If you fail and need to try again, it will cost you around $300 or so.
  • The certification is good for four years.

So... I'm actually pleased at having passed this. :)

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Journal: Certification fun! 1

Journal by Timex

My employer pretty-well insisted that I get a certification. They went so far as to pay for the training and the first exam attempt.

To that end, I'm working on GCUX through SANS. So far, so good. It's pretty interesting.

From what I'm reading about how to prepare for the exam itself, it would be to my benefit to prepare a thorough index- something in the area of 30-50 pages long. O_O

Real Users never know what they want, but they always know when your program doesn't deliver it.