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Journal Journal: Last Day at Work, Graduation, New Job 1

Today is my last day at work. I'll be leaving in a few hours. I've enjoyed this job but I'm leaving to a much better one. I graduate (BSCS) in less than two weeks. I already miss being a student. Now I get to go to the "real world" of mortgages and less flexible work schedules.

I'm going to be working for a well known company so I may choose to retire this /. account and start a new one so that people don't associate my past comments with my new employer. Its not that I don't stand by my comments, I just don't want to be seen as misrepresenting my company particularly since their products sometimes appear in articles and comments.

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Journal Journal: OSDN helping companies move good jobs offshore 1

Why is OSDN showing "How to Offshore" advertisements on Slashdot? I find them offensive. The job market is bad enough as it is. VA Software should not be exacerbating the problem. I think that anyone who agrees with me should click on the ad and voice their complaint in the comment box.

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Journal Journal: Submitted: Oregon Law Would Jail War Protesters as Terrorist 9

I just submitted the following article. If it is rejected, feel free to have discussion here.

Oregon is considering a law that would label protestors who disrupt traffic as terrorists. They would face 25 to life. So much for freedom of assembly. According to the article even the police union is opposed to this one.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: Submitted: You too can build a software empire! 1

In order to make my submissions to slashdot feel less futile, I'm posting them in my journal. At least this way, if they get rejected, someone will see them.
All this hard work designing software is a smokescreen to keep the little man down. Aparently I've been wasting my time as a programmer. I've learned over a dozen languages, have taught courses in programming at the local community college, and have even assisted the author of a popular textbook with his latest edition of that book. I guess I was going about things all wrong. According to this book, there is no need to know anything about code, software engineering, or even be intelligent. You too can build a software empire!

Great. Now I'm gonna be out of a job.
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Journal Journal: google & wget 1

I've discovered that many people don't protect directories on their web servers from directory browsing. As easy as it is to do so using server directives or a simple index.html file, they don't.

Finding such directories can be lots of fun.

For example, consider doing a google search for "Index of" mpeg. This will find many normal site results and a bunch of directory listings. If you find a directory listing that contains files you'd like to have, you can use wget to grab the whole directory for you.

First navigate to the topmost directory that you want to grab. Then execute wget -r -l inf -np -N $SITE_TO_GRAB where $SITE_TO_GRAB is the url of the directory listing.

The parameters:
-r Recursive web suck
-l inf Infinite depth (replace inf with a number to set a limit)
-np Don't go to the parent directory
-N Only download files newer than local copies (great for resuming interrupted downloads or updating your local copy)

There are many hundreds of gigs of data out there for the taking. Everything from music and movies to pr0n. Sure it's not very well targeted, but you may find someone with tastes similar to your own who allows directory browsing.

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