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Force Apache to use strong cryptography

Crime, Friends-Romans-Countrymen, Security, Technology

I’ve been poking at this for a while, but with some testing via Qualys SSL Labs, I’ve finally been able to devise the incantation that makes Apache only use strong cryptography.  Before pointing it out, some background is probably necessary. As anyone, users or webmasters, is probably aware, “https” uses encryption, and that encryption has […]

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4 bit computer built from discrete transistors

Math and Science, Technology

I started this project as an attempt to teach myself about how computers worked. As such comments, useful links, or anything else related would be appreciated. Prior to this my experience in electronics was mostly microcontroller based. The computer is perpetually half done (it could be more it could be less, I only design the […]

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Where does spy traffic go?

Friends-Romans-Countrymen, Security, Technology

I’ve had a bit more time on my hands lately, and I’d been noticing some unusual traffic being caught by my Fortigate on ports 80 and 443 (normal Web traffic ports).  My home network is pretty locked down with rules for traffic coming in and traffic going out, so I have a pretty good sense […]

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Do computers dream of silicon sheep?

Cephalopods, Current Events, Entertainment, Math and Science, Technology

No, generally they seem to dream of Lovecraftian shoggoths, dogs, and birds. There has been much media space dedicated to Google’s Deep Dream engine, so I found a few places and submitted some pictures. First, since Deep Dream seems to love to dream about eye monsters, I figured it might enjoy an octopus, and some […]

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