Midwest Weather

It figures. It’s been strangely warm for most of the month. Not two days ago you’d be able to go outside in a T-shirt and shorts and not be uncomfortable. But today it starts snowing. The same day, of course, I’m driving five hours to go home for Thanksgiving. Yay!

Nothing Like Doing Things For Getting Things Done

I’m pretty sure that’s a quote from the Simpsons, but I’m not sure who said it and in what context. It’s true nonetheless, as this weekend’s activities are demonstrating.
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Research Abstract

The semester’s research project is winding down. Today our group hammered out an abstract summarizing what we’ve accomplished. We get to present our results on Monday, December 8.

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Evil Project Is No More

Now that the evil networking project has been completed, I might actually have time to spend on my other various and sundry homework assignments.
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Do you want your possessions identified?

The first rule of NetHack is: if you’re having a good game of NetHack, don’t brag about it to anyone!
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Electronic Voting Part II

Another confidence-inspiring anecdote from The Risks Digest (vol 22 issue 3) about electronic voting. Apparently in Boone County, Indiana, the MicroVote voting systems recorded about 144,000 votes. Problem is, there’s only 19,000 registered voters in the county, and of those only about 5,352 of them voted.
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Rhythmbox 0.6.0 – Now with 80% Less Suck!

I do my regular aptitude upgrade this morning and discover that the Rhythmbox developers have eliminated most of my motivations for working on Jambox with their 0.6.0 release.
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Why You Shouldn’t Trust Electronic Voting Machines

After the 2000 Florida election debacle, a lot of people started advocating the use of computers to replace existing voting systems. But anyone who knows anything about computers can see why current implementations of such systems are horrible and untrustworthy, and a correct implementation would be very difficult to create.

Here’s an example of why current electronic voting machines aren’t to be trusted.
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Matrix: Revolutions Mini-Review

Quick verdict: Not as good as the first one, but better than the second. Not as bad as the general consensus of reviews seems to be, if you can overlook the (fairly large) plot holes.

[Spoiler-free]
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Harrison Show Postmortem

<sarcasm>Right on time,</sarcasm>, here’s a few notes from the Harrison Show last Wednesday.
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Truly Taxing Times: Terrible Test Triumvirate Takes Toll

Also, annoying alliteration aggravates and alienates all!
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Harrison Show!

There will be a Ship of Fools show today (Wednesday, Nov 5) at Harrison Hall on the Purdue campus at 8:00-ish pm. If you’re at Purdue, you’re free to attend. Literally.
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Research Progress

We finally seem to be making some good progress on our security research project.
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Grad School Search

Yeesh, would it kill my prospective grad schools to update their web sites once in a while?
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NaNoChangeOfPlansMo

Maybe I won’t be participating in NaNoWriMo this year after all.
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