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Christopher Parker
Date: 2007-03-15 18:17
Subject: My First Slashdot Submission
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Location:Boston, MA
Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
Tags:slashdot
I just posted a submission to Slashdot in hopes that it will be accepted as an article and posted on the front page. It's my first try at writing an article, so I hope it doesn't suck too badly. ;)

http://slashdot.org/~cparker15/journal/166573/
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Christopher Parker
Date: 2007-01-26 11:49
Subject: Gross Incompetence: Substitute Teacher Faces Jail Time Over Spyware
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Location:Boston, MA
I recently read an article from the Washington Post about a severe case of incompetence by nearly everybody involved. A substitute teacher was using a computer when some malware on the machine started popping up pornographic advertisements. She made a genuine attempt to get some help to resolve the issue (she hadn't used the computer before that day), and she was reported for endangering children (four students walked up to the desk to see what the fuss was about and viewed some of the images). She now faces a potential 40 YEARS IN PRISON, despite her having done nothing wrong.

Here are the comments I left on the article:

BURN THE WITCH!!! People need to point the blame at someone, and this innocent woman is the perfect scapegoat. I hope this all blows over and the people who are both responsible for the problem and for tarnishing her reputation are publicly embarassed in front of the rest of the nation. We should all make examples out of them. I'll bet Ms. Amero will be awared a substantial sum of money when this is all over for her suffering and humiliation. She deserves it, at the very least.

About a year ago, I ended up having to remove spyware and adware from a local business's computers that was popping up some rather rude messages and images for the reception staff to deal with. This was on a couple of Windows XP Professional machines with the latest antivirus updates and Windows/IE security fixes installed. Luckily, the business owner wasn't an asshat and understood that these things can sometimes Just Happen.

I ended up spending several days at that business cleaning those machines. One of the machines was so badly infected, I ended up working on it from about an hour or so before close of business until a few hours past start of business the next morning.

Once the machines were all cleaned, I created a new security policy there (everyone there had Administrator privileges on the machines), locked down IE's security settings, and educated everyone there about just how malware works and how it is spread. They haven't had any issues since.

The real culprits guilty of endangering children are the people in charge of IT at the school. They're the ones who should be prosecuted and imprisoned.
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Christopher Parker
Date: 2006-12-16 13:08
Subject: Happy Boston Tea Party Day!
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Music:Vampire Mooose - Adamantium Elbow
On this date in 1773, the Sons of Liberty protested against the British Tea Act by dumping 342 crates of tea bricks into Boston Harbor. In total, they dumped about £10,000 ($19,692) worth of tea into the harbor. That's roughly £108,430.26 ($213,520.86) in today's economy!

More about the Boston Tea Party
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Christopher Parker
Date: 2006-12-04 22:14
Subject: Conditional onLoad Queue
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Music:Fred Mollin - All I Have to Do Is Dream
I was writing some JavaScript recently and I came across a situation where I needed to perform different functions with the body element's onLoad event handler depending on varying circumstances. It may sometimes be necessary to queue onLoad events from scripts embedded in a document's head element. However, at that point during the creation of a document, the body element doesn't exist yet!

Here's an example of what I mean:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml11.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en">
	<head>
		<title>Document Title Goes Here</title>
		<script type="text/javascript" src="/path/to/script/goes/here.js">
			// empty
		</script>
	</head>
	<body onload="functionNameThatMayChangeHere();">
		<p>Document Content Goes Here</p>
	</body>
</html>


Right now, this example document would always call functionNameThatMayChangeHere() once the body is finished loading. What if, inside of the external script, I needed to load different functions depending on certain conditions? I've created a way to do just that. Save the following code as onLoad.js:

var onLoadActions = new Array();

function addOnLoadAction(action)
{
	onLoadActions[onLoadActions.length] = action;
}

function performOnLoadActions()
{
	for (i in onLoadActions)
	{
		eval(onLoadActions[i]);
	}
}


Then, include onLoad.js in your document's head before any other scripts, and call performOnLoadActions() from the body's onLoad event handler:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml11.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en">
	<head>
		<title>Document Title Goes Here</title>
		<script type="text/javascript" src="/path/to/onLoad.js">
			// empty
		</script>
		<script type="text/javascript" src="/path/to/script/goes/here.js">
			// empty
		</script>
	</head>
	<body onload="performOnLoadActions();">
		<p>Document Content Goes Here</p>
	</body>
</html>


With these modifications, all you have to do in order to schedule an action for performing on body load is use the following syntax within your own script:

addOnLoadAction("alert('Hello, world!');");
addOnLoadAction("functionNameThatMayChangeHere();"); // Look familiar???
addOnLoadAction("window.location = 'http://www.fsf.org/';");
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Christopher Parker
Date: 2006-11-22 20:29
Subject: Soldier Fights Jail Sentence for Refusing to Redeploy to Iraq
Security: Public
Music:Axis of Justice Radio Network
Tags:military, politics, rants, war
This from Veterans for Peace:
War Resister Agustin Aguayo Update

On Tuesday, November 21st, the appeal of Army Specialist Agustin Aguayo in his civil Federal Court case as plaintiff against the Secretary of the Army will be heard in the District Court in Washington, DC, at 333 Constitution Avenue, NW.

Agustin Aguayo, a combat medic with the 1st Infantry Division is presently in the U.S. military prison in Mannheim, Germany. He faces up to seven years in prison for refusing to deploy for a second time to Iraq. His appeal before the civil Federal Court in DC is a habeas corpus case against the Army for wrongfully denying him conscientious objector (CO) status. This is a very important case, because it is the first such case before the Federal Court case since 1971, during the Vietnam War. The judges in DC could require the Army to release Agustin from prison and from military service with an honorable discharge. If Agustin prevails, the case could be helpful to many other soldiers who apply for CO status.

A schedule is being created for events in Washington DC to support Agustin. Check the following websites for more information. http://augustin-aguayo.blogspot.com or http://www.aguayodefense.org.
Read the article - Agustin Aguayo vs The Secretary of the Army

I fully support the actions of this man. He's doing the right thing, despite the negative consequences from the current "administration". People who murder innocent people REGARDLESS of where they are, not just in Iraq, are COWARDS, NOT HEROS. Kudos to this fine soldier for standing up against the Righteous Right and not buckling under pressure. He's a true hero.
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Christopher Parker
Date: 2006-11-19 09:15
Subject: Pray for an Amputee
Security: Public
Music:Jozlin Bones - Question
Tags:god hates, religion
I recently stumbled upon the Web site Why Won't God Heal Amputees?. That Web site explains in plain English how it's impossible for God to exist, using the supposed words of God Himself. Specifically, God promises to answer people's prayers, and that with a little faith, anything can be accomplished. Furthermore, God is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (everywhere), and perfect. So why, then, doesn't God heal amputees? The very fact that God doesn't heal amputees is proof enough that God doesn't exist--that God is a figment of a deranged imagination.

(On a side note, if God really is omniscient and omnipresent, then God already knows our thoughts, and already knows everything that's happening everywhere in the universe. And since he's perfect, he doesn't have any difficulty keeping track of any of it. If he knows our thoughts, then why is prayer even necessary? God should already know what we want/need without prayer. If God exists, then there's no need for prayer. If God doesn't exist, then, well, there's no need for prayer. Interesting. Well, carry on.)

It just so happens that my uncle, John, is an amputee. So, to prove a point (since I do not believe in God and therefore couldn't possibly pray for him), I submitted a prayer request to Benny Hinn Ministries. Surely, there are plenty of people in his "Warrior Army" ... who ... believe? What a curious name. Anyway, this is the message I sent to his prayer circle group:

My uncle, John Blum, was involved in an accident, and he had one of his legs amputated at the knee. It would mean the world to him and his family if a prayer circle as large as your own prayed for God to regrow my uncle a new leg. He's starting to use prosthetic legs now, but that certainly is no match for a real, live leg. He cannot feel a prosthesis, he can not rub lotion on a prosthesis, he cannot feel pins and needles in a prosthesis, and he cannot wiggle the toes of a prosthesis. I pray that God will give John his leg back, in the same light that God cures diseases seemingly overnight. We all, his family, would be eternally grateful for this gift of regeneration and full recovery, just as we are thankful that he survived the treacherous accident that claimed his leg. Thank you.

Similarly, if you have faith in God/Jesus and you'd like to prove me wrong and pray for my uncle's complete and total recovery, by all means, go right on ahead. Or better yet, please submit my own prayer request to any prayer circles in which you're involved (every believer takes part in at least one prayer circle as part of their good nature, don't they?). Especially in this impending season of giving, with Christ's birthday fast approaching, it would be especially fitting if my uncle were to receive his new, regrown leg on Christmas morning. That would, indeed, be an ultimate display of Love from the Heavenly Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and a solid affirmation with all of the unbelievers of the world that the way of God is the one and only true way. Then, we'd all have virtually no choice but to keep references to God in government and ditch science completely.

We all know that limb-regeneration is entirely possible; there are lizards in the world that can regrow missing legs. Similarly, if you cut a starfish in half, you will eventually have two complete, living starfish. Earthworms have incredible regenerative qualities. But what do we need this sort of proof for? Faith is all God needs!
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Christopher Parker
Date: 2006-10-11 01:19
Subject: Installing MadWifi on Debian Sarge
Security: Public
Music:Nile - Invocation to Seditious Heresy
Tags:debian, networking
This is what I did to get MadWifi working on a freshly-installed Debian Sarge system:

Contents of /etc/apt/sources.list:
# Sarge
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian sarge main
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian sarge main
deb http://security.debian.org/ sarge/updates main contrib non-free

# Sarge Backports
deb http://www.backports.org/debian sarge-backports main contrib non-free


Commands:
$ su
# apt-get update
# apt-get install kernel-image-2.6.8-3-386
# reboot

$ su
# apt-get -t sarge-backports install madwifi-source
# apt-get -t sarge-backports install madwifi-tools
# m-a prepare
# m-a a-i madwifi
# modprobe ath_pci
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Christopher Parker
Date: 2006-10-01 13:12
Subject: Updated LiveJournal Mindmap
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Christopher Parker
Date: 2006-09-24 01:13
Subject: New Ride Page @ CarDomain
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Music:D.H. Lawrence - The Sea
I created a page on CarDomain for my Saturn SL2. Check it out: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2464461

If you do visit, please vote in the poll and/or sign the guestbook. Thanks! :)
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Christopher Parker
Date: 2006-09-19 22:41
Subject: The First of Many Baby Pictures
Security: Public
Mood:peacefulpeaceful
Music:Eric Bernard - Mystic Voyage
Life has been busy since my last update. We've all been living life and doing things that new families do. Conor was four weeks old yesterday, and he's going to be one month old in two days, my 23rd birthday. I've been going on job interviews, talking with businesses and recruiters, and working odd jobs to maintain an income.

We've been taking pictures of Conor every chance we get. Development of my own image gallery script came to a halt a while ago, sometime in April. I just haven't had the time to work on it and get it working exactly the way I want (I'm a perfectionist, I want to use XML to store metadata, I don't want to use any prewritten libraries, I want to read EXIF data, etc.). So, in light of this, I've started a Flickr account and posted a Web-friendly version of Conor's hospital portrait there: Conor's Hospital Portrait on Flickr.

I realize people have been bugging me on MySpace to update my account with baby info, but I don't use MySpace that often. The user interface is atrocious (including all of those busy user profiles with the sparkles, customized mouse pointers and background music... can you say 1996?), the coding is horrible and crashes my browser, and I just don't trust MySpace with my personal data all that much. Something about them just seems insidious to me. However, because just about everyone I know has a MySpace page, and because everyone wants updates on MySpace, I have posted this same picture there: Conor's Hospital Portrait on MySpace. Don't expect much from me on MySpace other than comments, though, because MySpace is evil!

Well, that's about it. Conor's doing great. He's a healthy boy, he's calm most of the time, he sleeps a lot, eats a lot, and he loves being held. He hates bath time. He's fascinated by the TV and music, and sometimes when you hold him, he just sits there and stares at you, examining the expressions on your face and the looks in your eyes. I often wonder what he's thinking when he has that contemplative look on his face. I'd do anything to be able to speak lucidly with him at this stage in his life.

If anyone wants to get in touch with us, try IM, e-mail, or give us a call sometime! If at first you don't succeed...
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