First Book 2012 – Ghost in the Wires

I just bought Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick. I read this book in one sitting over a few days back in a local book shop. It took six coffees (870 mg of Caffeine approx.), eleven cancer sticks (6.6 mg of Nicotine), death stare from a totally annoyed waitress and six and a half hours to finish. First, I decided to read just the first chapter and then come back later, but I was so hooked, it was very difficult to put it down. It’s an absolute classic. For those of you who have followed the entire Mitnick story or just interested in security and social engineering (who hasn’t done that? :D), this book is a definite read. That’s why I bought the book. It actually reads like a crime novel with a lot of twists and turns, and coming from the horse’s mouth, how can one ignore it?  If you are thinking about buying this book, stop thinking and buy it immediately.

Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick

On a related note, all the while reading the book, I couldn’t avoid thinking about creating a terminal color scheme based on the colors on the cover. I will put it out in a couple of days. Call me weird, but that’s me. These days, anywhere I see colors my brain automatically goes overboard trying to guess the HTML code. Should I see a shrink?

In honor of this book I am gonna wear one of my old T shirts tomorrow.

Social Engineering Specialist

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Guilty Pleasure

I am sure everyone has some type of guilty pleasure. For me of late, it has been visiting the Huffington Post. Sometimes, the political commentary over there is pretty engaging. I am careful about interpreting them though, since it is obvious that they slant towards the left. Same holds for Fox News. It would be ridiculous for anyone to expect a meaningful commentary on a political subject on Fox.

The front page of Huffington Post borders along the weird sometimes. You will have a serious headline on one side, but immediately adjacent to it you would have a totally ridiculous item. For instance, just a few minutes back, I found this news item on their front page. Click on the image for full view.

Miley Cyrus Braless – Seriously?

Now, if you are like me and click on the news item just to see what the hell they are talking about, don’t worry you will be met with another wonderful title description. Click on the image for full view.

Ray Bans FTW! WTF?

This ain’t the first time I have seen something like this though. Also, check out the tags on the news entry above, hilarious! 😀

WTF? Stupid Lawmaker Edition

So, it seems like the SOPA madness will linger on for a while. That’s a good thing, but news media, as usual put their own spin on the topic. Why don’t these news media morons just report the news rather than analyzing them without having a freaking clue about the bill?  Absolute BS. But, news media has been in steady decline over the last few years, and with morons like Grandpa Murdoch and others in charge, it was bound to happen.

What pained me the most in this matter was the so called lawmakers, who happen to be proponents of this bill and have no fucking idea about how internet works in the first place. As usual, it was nice to see Jon Stewart cut through the bull and present it in a way so that people can see these bone headed senators and representatives for what they truly are. And what’s with all the nerd reference you goofballs?

It would be nice if Texas votes this King Idiot out, although, I doubt it. Anyway click on Captain Awful’s picture to get to the video at The Daily Show.

I am an idiot

Staying on the topic of voting, with this being election season in the US and all, I would vote for the guy below anytime! 😀

Let's put a smile on that face!

SOPA Drama

So I hear that Rupert (Moron) Murdoch went ballistic on Google for its opposition to the SOPA bill. He has fired a bunch of tweets saying that Google is the leader in online piracy and that it streams movies for free.

Seriously old man, are you out of your freakin mind? Got nothing else to do mate? Take a vacation and watch some Fox News for entertainment. While we are at it, I have a question.

Why so?

Please answer old man.