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I joined to ask a couple of questions but stuck around because… well,... because it is addictive and sure beats TV. It also looks like I’m working. ;-)
I was a worried guy when I asked my first question. But after I got it done successfully, I am worried no more. Whew! I was lucky and dodged that bullet in the nick of time..
It is probably too late to change my name but if I could, I’d change it to either Lucky Guy or Tech Guy because I am.

I own a small engineering consulting company with a few very large, demanding clients. We can build or do anything as long as we don’t violate the Laws of Physics. This might just be best job in the world.

Update: After 4 years I’m a WorriedGuy no more. I’m LuckyGuy now. I’ll keep the pensive pose avatar up a bit longer so people can tell it’s still me. The next one will have a much more appropriate smiling face.

“People do what they do until they can’t. And then they don’t.”
—Herb Stein

I intend to do as long as I can.

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longgone's avatar longgone said

Sure. Glad to help. Fingers crossed for your project!

1 month ago

rexacoracofalipitorius's avatar rexacoracofalipitorius said

Thanks! I’m not sure to which particular comment you refer, as I made a bunch of them in quick succession- but thanks just the same.

As you can probably tell, I’m a bit of a bug about privacy, security, and integrity of data. (Or, rather, integrity among custodians of data, which is a bit different.)

I think we’re at a crisis point that most people can’t see. As time goes on, the ease with which an adversary (not just the NSA or NKVD, but any adversary) can crack passwords and hoover-up one’s data increases very rapidly; the tools available to protect against these attacks are fairly mature but still difficult to use and not widely adopted. You’re a technically-astute person: do you have a PGP key? Do you use an SSH key for remote logins? Are your services Kerberized?
The current state of the art is such that an end-user mostly has to understand these technologies before she can simply make use of them, and that’s unacceptable. It’s not that way with SSL, which for all it’s failings is ubiquitous and transparent to the end user. Fortunately, the tools I’ve mentioned are all open-source, so we have some hope of making user-friendliness happen.

February 26th, 2014

Jonesn4burgers's avatar Jonesn4burgers said

I’m not using the question for any of my stories, though now that I know what a rigger you are, I may seek to tap your expertise in the future. I didn’t realize it would be so hard for people to warm up to my question. I was hoping to hear some ideas presented which would make me say, “Wow, cool, I never would have thought of that.” actually, your questions did do that. I said, gee, I need to visualize more of a setting for this guy. I was hoping someone would say something like, “On the principle of running a cable to the moon, a ballon can be sent up with some provisions. When it reaches its maximum altitude, a rocket fires off, sending it toward the moon. Not much fuel is required, because it is only a minimum load…” I expected some humor, but what happened was mostly rude. No one said things like, “The kids and dog are driving me crazy. I’ll come up, take your place, and you can have my ride back.” Or, I’m having a party tonight, I’ll see if somebody can get high enough to reach you.” When my daughter got home from school, she played sounding board with me, so I could answer some of your questions. If such a scenario existed, I would be in a pod, v oid of many features or tools. A kidnapper would be only interested in the supporting of my nlife, not setting up a colony. I would expect a small ration of food, water, oxygen, to keep me going until they find whether someone would arrainge for my return, or would he be extracting the big info himself to put to use on his own. I had nothing in mind for this very valuable info. Perhaps I harvested part of a meteor which I found to contain a previously unknown substance which could be used for a very powerful fuel, and I tracked its path to determine where it came from.
Well, that’s the idea. I just wanted to set something out there to entertain those who like to solve such unusual situations. I enjoyed your responses. It got my brain to stretch and yawn a bit. My own thinker nearly woke up. after a long weekend with my daughter out of school, I was feeling brain dead.

December 2nd, 2013

Jonesn4burgers's avatar Jonesn4burgers said

Regarding your answer:
Thanks for taking a serious approach. I know it can’t be taken completely seriously, but questions like this result in innovations, related or not. I love some of the items you mentioned. Have you made a study of survival techniques?

December 2nd, 2013

Dutchess_III's avatar Dutchess_III said

Dude! You’re talking about a Sting Operation of the 3rd magnitude! Takes money, you know? At this point we are thrilled we thwarted him and all is….happier than expected. Will contact the DA on Monday….see if there is any interest.

May 17th, 2013