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RE: Alleged N,N & R Involvement in PRISM Program

by on Jun.08, 2013, under Uncategorized

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Dear N,N & R consulting users,

You may be aware of reports alleging that N,N & R consulting and several other Internet companies have joined a secret U.S. government program called PRISM to give the National Security Agency direct access to our servers. We would like to respond to the press reports, and give you the facts.

N,N & R consulting is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers. We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk, like the one Verizon reportedly received. We hadn’t even heard of PRISM before yesterday.

When governments ask N,N & R consulting for data, we review each request carefully to make sure they always follow the correct processes and all applicable laws, and then only provide the information if is required by law. We will continue fighting aggressively to keep your information safe and secure. Any suggestion that N,N & R consulting is disclosing information about our users’ Internet activity on such a scale is completely false.

We strongly encourage all governments to be much more transparent about all programs aimed at keeping the public safe. It’s the only way to protect everyone’s civil liberties and create the safe and free society we all want over the long term. We here at N,N & R consulting understand that the U.S. and other governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety—including sometimes by using surveillance. But the level of secrecy around the current legal procedures undermines the freedoms we all cherish.

* This is generated  from http://colingourlay.github.io/deny-prism/.  and done as joke

 

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I give up on pandas

by on Nov.10, 2012, under Musings

All pandas are bunch of cunts. I’m done with pandas, and i will tell you why. every fucking living creature loves pandas, the panda doesn’t have a natural predator on the planet, and they are dying out cause they are fucking dicks.

I say fuck`em, let them die out. The pandas don’f fuck each other therefore they don’t have babies, therefore we have no fucking pandas. let’s loose the fucking pandas. and it is not like we tried. we humans put panda’s in cages together to try and help them fuck. we go “There’s a panda. Go fuck the panda” and they just look at each other. you put any other animals in a cage and with in a week they will be fucking like well animals

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“Only the Sith deal in absolutes”

by on Oct.26, 2012, under Uncategorized

It is one of those rare nights that i am stuck at home with nothing to do (touch wood) so i thought i would watch some star wars  to get some geek cred back.  Since i been told  that i have lost touch with my inner geek in so many words And also to get into the mood since i am going as a storm trooper for the Halloween party

There is point in episode three when Obi wan tells Anikin “Only the Sith deal in absolutes”. If you think about it this is a broken statement as the statement itself is a absolute. and makes the whole pramise of jadi does not deal with absolute moot. Now if you like me spend some unhealthy amount of  time thinking about it it make sense.

You see The Sith deal in absolutes, but do no recognize they exist. They think everything is a grey area, but act as if there is only good and evil with no gray area.

Jedi believe in absolutes, but do not deal in them. They acknowledge the existence of absolutes, but act always in an area where there is another option/solution other than good or evil. They try to see a peaceful third option, essentially.

 

Anakin was dealing in absolutes without recognizing the possibility of a third option.

 

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EXADATA Fiasco

by on Sep.19, 2012, under Musings, News

I just read on the news that Maldives polices service have taken owner ship of a brand spanking new Oracle Exadata. This is such a wast of public funds when the government is at best struggling at worst unable to provide basic public services to the people.  Since i am some what familiar with oracle products and pricing and being a numbers guy i did some back of envelop calculations.
For a minimum config

 

Item US$
Oracle Exadata x2-2 quarter rack 330000
Exadata Storage Server X2-2 55000
Annual Support 76000

from the picture in the news article  it actually looks like it is a full rack which would be:

Item US$
Oracle Exadata x2-2 full rack 1100000
Exadata Storage Server X2-2 55000
Annual Support 210000

Implementation of the system would be between 70,000 – 150,000 on the low side

Also knowing how oracle operate they probably convinced them to buy ODI and Golden Gate too which run around 6,000 US$ per core. I will let the reader decide how much that will be on a modern server grade  processor with 2x 8 cores.

Their is absolutely no legitimate reason why police would need this kind of hardware to serve 350,000 people. Any DBA who cannot design and optimize data bases with biggest table holding about 350,000 rows (assuming 1 record per citizen) on hardware that is 1/5 of the price of a Exadata solution  needs to be taken out the back, shot stabbed and crucified and his head hung on city gates as a warning to other DBA’s of his incompetence .
Another big question is why did not the experts at NCIT not advice police and stop the police from spending this money ?
Of course all of this is assuming that database is required for legitimate police work. Now if they are tracking every phone call, sms, email (highly doubt full), and URL’s (i am looking at you ROL/Focus ), yes i agree they will require hardware like this.  But if that is the case they are going beyond serve and protect and invading privacy.
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IGMH mobile/web app open for testing/usage

by on Aug.30, 2012, under News, Programing

It was one of those rare quiet morning in office (touch wood) when Naail @kudanai (http://www.kudanai.com/) pinged me about a interesting problem he had. He asked me for suggestion on scraping IGMH doctors duty roster from this ancient looking aspx page. At the time he had google app engine app and  He was attempting at the time to use YQL to rangle the data out of the page as the page was being served out of a non standard port on the server wich appengine did not like.

I suggested to him to port the app over to django proper and move the whole application over to my server. To this end we ported app over to django added some fancy (ie: stupid) caching so that we dont kill the poor server we were scraping the data from front end is built on jquerytouch and compass. API stubs are also available to any one who want to get some some sane looking data for their own apps. For access ping Naail or me (@NashRafeeg).

To to try it out for yourselves, visit: http://igmh.dot.my

Some Known Issues:
The display code is built on jQTouch, an thus inherits its flaws and shortcomings. For example, we rely on -webkit-overflow-scrolling: touch to handle the inertial scrolling. This will fail on most android devices and so on.
also, yes, we know about the “back” button issue.
The page currently doesn’t have a timed/manual refresh mechanism (which would ideally be present in the queue data view). You have to go back to home, and then back to the view in order to reload the data.

For those of you more technically inclined
The Backend is
* Nginx
* Django with FastCGI
* Mechanize
* Beautiful Soup
Front End is powered by Jquerytouch and Compass

For how we got started on this endeavor hit up http://www.kudanai.com/2012/08/igmh-mobileweb-app-open-for-testingusage.html

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