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GPS time signal fallback 60khz - on topic response

From: Mike Harrison 

> On Jun 5, 2015, at 11:12 AM, Rod-Lists  wrote:
> Steven I not worried about the Aurora. I worried about the event that generated the THAT aurora.
> A lot smart people at NASA are too.
> in 1859 something hammered our geomagnetic field so hard that it generated an arora strong enough to be seen at the 23rd latitude.
> Brighter as a full moon. It induced current on telegraph wires all over world causing fires.

The answer to all of these technology doomsday scenarios is: 

   Vacuum tube powered computers running Linux. (It’d be huge, and take a lot of power)

   Photonic quantum computers running Linux. Hmmm.. I like this idea. 



Fwd: Woot Daily Digest

From: Jonathan Calloway 

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OT: New favorite toy!

From: Bret McHone 
Sorry for the sheer off-topicness of this but I know a lot of geeks on here
will love this stuff, and working with putty is supposed to help with
carpel tunnel, right?

We have the magnetic putty and it's just a blast to play with. One note of
warning though, don't use magnets pulled form hard drives with it, it's too
strong and actually pulls the metals out of the putty!

I don't have any affiliation with this company, I just though some people
on here would really enjoy it.

Happy Friday!


Laptops with known Linux support

From: Unkmar 
I'm planning to purchase a few identical laptops with a few minimal

1. Everything works on Linux, preferably Debian.  My arm can be twisted to
allow Ughbuntu.
2. Dual boot.  I need Windows to be on these systems, whether I like it or
not.  The end users will need it.
3. $300-$600.  Clearly the lower number is preferable. Yet..
4. Intel CPU.  As close to i7 as possible.
5. Not Lenovo.  Last I knew, those guys still whitelist their WiFi cards
and I strongly disagree with any form of lock-in.

Well, I guess that covers it.  Obviously more memory is better.  Anything
over 2Gb should be fine.  I'm hoping for 4Gb to 8Gb.

Honestly, drive size and type just doesn't matter much to me.  SSD or Not.
Sure, they boot amazingly fast.  Just not a deal maker either way.   And I
haven't really out grown storage in years unless I horde loads of junk I
don't use anyway.

I'm asking for you help because some of you may have already successfully
done the research. I've looked around and just get frustrated from the
prices jumping around a grand any time I get comfortable with the
specifications.  I'm trying to settle for less and having a hard time
finding anything *NEW* in desired price range.  New is not really the
requirement.  Identical laptops fully supporting Linux and Legal copies of
Windows 7 or higher.  (Identical !!!)

Thanks in advance.
Lucius L. Hilley III

PS: Help me provide a great late X-mas/Birthdary present for a few kids.

[OT] 3D Printing Carbon3D

From: Jason Brown 
Very cool! The oxygen component is interesting, I wonder if it really does
speed up the print that much.  Otherwise this appears no different than
standard SLA printing. There are many others on the market such as the
popular Form1.>>

They produce beautiful prints, but the resins are fragile. FDM printers
like a RepRap, MakerBot etc print in the final material and are strong
enough for actual use (for certain values of use). Resin prints are good
for visualization, making a mold, or other uses that don't require much in
the way of mechanical strength.

Resin prints can also be bit unstable, most companies don't mention it but
place a resin print on a shelf and it degrades over time, discoloring,
becoming sticky, or actually melting and deforming. Thi can happen in just
a couple of months. I hear this is getting better.

None of those are as big a barrier for me as material costs though. Resin
formulas are usually closely guarded and extremely expensive. $149 per
Liter for the Form1. Compared to two years ago, that is super cheap.  I was
happy to hear recently that a big player, Autodesk, has opened up their
resin formula for everyone:>>.

Despite the drawbacks to SLA resin printers, I still want one!  Or perhaps
for Electron Beam Melting:

electromagnetic access control

From: Dave Brockman 
Anyone have recommendations for EM locks, or kits that include ACS 
components or complete solutions without having to bitbang it all 
myself.  I know I have previously used entire systems (say an egress 
release button and an ingress keypad at minimum) that cost what a 
schlage or securitron lock costs, but I can't put my hands on the 
details currently. Anyone play in this space?



Boston Linux/Cacti Administration Opportunity

From: Matt Keys 
Passing it along. Peter's profile on LinkedIn is here :

Hi Matt,

We are looking for a strong administrator or developer with 2+ years of Cac=
ti experience to support our client's large scale network in the Greater Bo=
ston area. This person has to be very proficient in support of the Cacti pr=
oduction environment. He or she will be expected to improve Cacti performan=
ce, perform break/fix repairs as needed, and scale up the existing deployme=
nt of the hardware, OS and application layer. The ideal candidate will be h=
ungry, driven and has a passion for problem solving. Compensation will be v=
ery competitive. Please respond to this message or email my Account Manager=
 Lauren Parks if you or anyone you know would be interested in hearing more=
 details. Lauren's email is Thank you!

OT: Need pocket-able camera suggestions

From: Lynn Dixon 
Hey folks, I know there are some amatuer photographers and media people
here on the lug, so I am asking for some suggestions.

I will be travling to Cuba in April for a week as part of a study abroad
program.  Our travel advisors have asked us to limit our technology when we
go.  Especially laptops and phones.  So, I will be leaving all my
electronic goodies in a locker in Miami.

However, they did say we could bring a camera, but to be cautious with it.
I don't think I want to take my expensive DSLR and its lenses, but I want
to get some good photos while I am there, since its a rare experience.

I am looking for good suggestions for a easy to carry camera, (think easy
to put in a pocket) that has good battery life (outlets are hard to come by
in Cuba) and one that I can easily swap SDcards in.  I will have to take
enough SD cards to store the photos until I return to the US since I won't
be taking my laptop.  We have also been told to expect any SDcards and
other data storage devices to be confiscated at customs and their contents
copied before being returned to us, so I don't want anything to cause
problems with that (hence the reason I am not taking my laptop).

Do you have any suggestions as to where I should start my search?

Raspberry Pi 2 in stock?

From: Bret McHone 
Looks like these guys are showing the Raspberry Pi 2 in stock.

I won't be able to place my order until this evening to verify, but it
shows in stock.


Smart routers, or: Who/what is stealing my bandwidth?

From: Dan Lyke 
Through the vagaries of life, we have a 20 something living with us
for a while. Possibly coincidentally, the Internet has started sucking
since he got here. I work for the ISP, so I pull up the graphs for the
line, and, yes, my upstream has been maxed since he set up his
computer. The circumstantial evidence is pretty strong here, but then
we get to the second part: It's a Windows box. Adminned by a 21 year
old gamer.

In  a perfect world, I'd love either Wireshark or a router on the
local network looking at traffic and characterizing it: Yeah, the
traffic from is all Steam, or damn, there's a lot of DNS
traffic floating off that, or whatever.

In an even more perfect world, I'd be able to rate limit portions of
my wired network the way I can rate limit the guest WiFi.

Any suggestions? I'm actually just trying out Wireshark now, I'd kind
of assumed that modern switches made it worthless for such things, but
it's installing.

And I'd actually like a router that lets me look at that sort of thing
generally, just to try to identify rogue devices early.


OT: Job Opportunity: American Poolplayers Association

From: Lisa Ridley 
I know this is a LUG list, but I also know there are a couple of people =
actively job hunting so I thought I would pass this along =97 I saw it =
this morning when got online to check if our pool team stats were posted =
yet this week:

The American Poolplayers Association is looking for a Sr Software =
Engineer to act as a Development Team Leader in their Lake St. Louis =
office.  If you have experience with MSSQL Server and ASP.NET, and are =
willing to relocate, check this out:

Here=92s what I know about their system that=92s not in this job =

1.  They have a public facing site that has advertising and educational =
materials on it.
2.  They have a member portal where individual members can log in and =
see their team stats & personal stats =97 current and historical , renew =
memberships, and get an electronic copy of their APA membership card, =
which has to be presented along with a picture ID as proof of identity =
if you are playing in an APA sanctioned tournament anywhere in the US, =
including the national tournament in Las Vegas, get an electronic copy =
of the scoresheet for upcoming local league matches, etc.
3.  They have a franchise owner portal where the franchise operators for =
the different local leagues (ours here covers Hamilton, Bradley, Marion =
and Rhea counties in TN) log in every week and, among other things, =
enter the individual match sheets for every match played that week in =
their franchise territory (which the National APA uses for a variety of =
things, including handicap assessment of individuals for tournament =
play), team fees and other things that franchise operators must do to =
run their franchise.  There is also a section where local league =
operators can set up a league website for their area, that is currently =
not used =97 much of the functionality in that section is broken.
4.  The entire website is dated (no responsiveness, no mobile =
capabilities, etc), and needs some serious help.  I emailed them about 4 =
months ago as a member inquiring if there was someone I could talk to =
about helping them fix some of their website issues, but never got to =
the right person and didn=92t continue to pursue it.

I detest and MSSQL, and have little experience in that realm =
(plus don=92t want to move to Lake St. Louis) or I would pursue it =
myself.  You probably get 3 or 4 free trips to Vegas to National =
Tournaments every year as part of the job =97 nice perk.

If you are a Microsoft Techie and are open to working in Lake St. Louis, =
could be a cool opportunity.  If you can convince them to abandon =
Microsoft and and move to open source, even better.  If you =
pursue the job and get it, let me know please.=

OT: Geek Bag with integrated gear charger

From: Phil Sieg 
I had a powerbag sized for a full size ipad, plus room for some other =
stuff. It came with a built in battery but was finicky about coming on =
and staying on (charging) so I threw it into my pile of no longer used =
gear bags in my closet.

Here is the Bag:    =

Disabling IRQ #16

From: James Nylen 
I just got this message in the console, and this in /var/log/messages, and
now there are lots of dropped keypresses and mouse movements.  Anyone know
what may have happened?

Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381755] CPU: 1 PID: 28435 Comm:
firefox Tainted: G           O 3.11-2-amd64 #1 Debian 3.11.8-1
Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381757] Hardware name: System
manufacturer System Product Name/M4A78 PLUS, BIOS 1214    09/14/2009
Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381759]  ffff880226fdf4bc
ffffffff81474a72 ffff880226fdf400 ffffffff810d4ea8
Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381763]  ffff880226fdf400
0000000000000010 0000000000000000 ffffffff810d52ba
Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381765]  0000000000000000
0000000000000000 0000000000000010 0000000000000000
Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381767] Call Trace:
Feb  7 00:46:40 computron kernel: [922030.381769]  
[] ? dump

Anyone hiring?

From: David Rucker 

Most of you may not know me but I follow the list a lot and reply very
rarely. I currently work for RadioShack as one of their Expert Repair
Technicians doing cell phone and tablet repairs. I am one of the few of
their techs that can do advanced soldering. I also owned and operated a
computer service shop for several years as well. I am current going to
school at Volkswagen in their automation mechatronics program. RadioShack
is on their last leg and is now circling the drain, so to speak. Pending
being purchased by Amazon or sprint. Most job listings in the tech field
are morning afternoon shifts. I need something from 4 pm to 9 pm during the
week and flexible on weekends. I can provide a full resume, just wanting to
see if anyone knew of anything or had anything available themselves.

Thank you in advance!
David R. Rucker

FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

From: Rod-Lists 

White House nudges Congress to revisit controversial 'CISPA-style' laws after Sony attack

From: Rod-Lists 
And with a center right Democrat in the WH and both House and Senate in republican hands this might pass.

President Obama has sent the strongest signal yet for the upcoming Congress to take up new controversial cybersecurity information sharing legislation next year.

IT security pros have pointed out holes with the North Korean Narrative.

The Sony Hack: The Problem Was The Users

From: Rod-Lists 

From an article at
In November 2005, Jason Spaltro, executive director of information security at Sony Pictures Entertainment, sat down in a conference room with an auditor who had just completed a review of his security practices.

The auditor told Spaltro that Sony had several security weaknesses, including insufficiently strong access controls, which is a key Sarbanes-Oxley requirement.

Furthermore, the auditor told Spaltro, the passwords Sony employees were using did not meet best practice standards that called for combinations of random letters, numbers and symbols. Sony employees were using proper nouns. (Sox does not dictate how secure passwords need to be, but it does insist that public companies protect and monitor access to networks, which many auditors and consultants interpret as requiring complex password-naming conventions.)

Summing up, the auditor told Spaltro, “If you were a bank, you’d be out of business.”

Frustrated, Spaltro responded, “If a bank was a Hollywood studio, it would be out of business.”

Spaltro argued that if his people had to remember those nonintuitive passwords, they’d most likely write them down on sticky notes and post them on their monitors. And how secure would that be?

After some debate, the auditor agreed not to note “weak passwords” as a Sox failure.

[OT] Job Posting

From: Benjamin Stewart 
Astec Industries, the company I work for, is searching for candidates for
an IT Help Desk position here in Chattanooga. It's mostly a Windows shop,
but we do use Linux occasionally where we can. Our IT department is a small
team, so there's lots of room to learn new skills, and every day is

Send resumes to

HR speak follows:

[OT] Oscilloscope Mushrooms

From: Mike Harrison 

> On Dec 10, 2014, at 12:18 PM, Wil Wade  wrote:
> This is really cool. If anyone has an Oscilloscope, you will want to be able to have some of this in your back pocket to show off with.

Took me right back to 1978-1980 high school’s electronic music class. We had an original Moog, and a scope.. Pure analog nirvana. 

And then early computers used the exact same CRT technologies.. Yes, I’ve used Vector displays.. 

Everything old is new again. 

Obama urges FCC to strengthen Net Nuetrality

From: Rod-Lists 
Video at link

WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama asked the Federal Communications Commissionon Monday to set the 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality as agency writes new Internet traffic regulations.

Obama urged the FCC to prohibit so-called paid prioritization, deals in which content providers would pay Internet companies to ensure smooth delivery of traffic.

He said the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service to be regulated more like a public utility.