• On the English Kabbalah, and why Mathematics is better than Kabbalah

    Posted in Everything, Phlosphy Stuff on Aug 04, 2022

    first written March 2000; updated 2022

    "I just had one of the most rewarding meditations in my life this morning. The letter 'C' opened up for me." My father was driving late one evening, and I was riding. I looked at him. The lines of his face reminded me of Leonardo da Vinci, whose self-portrait looks like an older, long-haired version of the same face. There is an earnest solemnness about his face, I thought, as he looked with seriousness into the dark night ahead. "I mean," he continued, "it's opened up for me before, but never like this. I've been working on this one for 26 years."

    The En...

  • A few OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) tools to quickly check your network vulnerabilities

    Posted in Developing Software on Jun 14, 2022

    External Network Asset Discovery and Vulnerability Scans

    This is a list of OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) tools which will quickly give you an awareness of your cybersecurity risk profile. I put this list together when someone said they were quoted $40,000 for security analysis, and wondered if they had other options, so I compiled this list.

    Basic Attack Surface Discovery

    This part is what you can do for free and will give you detailed information about existing vulnerabilities and possible breach vectors.

    Run queries at the following websites, to gain a sense of what your network looks lik...

  • Fix Error: "Job for bitnami.service failed because the control process exited with error code."

    Posted in Developing Software on May 04, 2022

    cedar@nowhere:/opt/bitnami$ sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh restart
    Restarting services..
    Job for bitnami.service failed because the control process exited with error code.
    See "systemctl status bitnami.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.
    cedar@nowhere:/opt/bitnami$ sudo journalctl -xe
    
    May 04 15:33:50 nowhere bitnami[1539]: ## 2022-05-04 15:33:50+00:00 ## INFO ## Starting services...
    May 04 15:33:50 nowhere bitnami[1539]: 2022-05-04T15:33:50.936Z - info: Saving configuration info to disk
    May 04 15:33:51 nowhere bitnami[1539]: 2022-05-04T15:33:51.408Z - info: Performing service start op...

  • Fix Error: "If it is running, make sure you are pointing to the right pid file (/var/run/gonit.pid)"

    Posted in Developing Software on May 04, 2022

    cedar@nowhere:~$ sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh status
    Cannot find any running daemon to contact. 
    If it is running, make sure you are pointing to the right pid file (/var/run/gonit.pid)
    cedar@nowhere:~$ cd /opt/bitnami
    cedar@nowhere:/opt/bitnami$ ls
    apache   bncert-tool             bndiagnostic-tool  elasticsearch  kibana    properties.ini  var
    apache2  bndiagnostic            common             gonit          logstash  scripts
    bncert   bndiagnostic-regex.ini  ctlscript.sh       java           nami      stats
    cedar@nowhere:/opt/bitnami$ less ctlscript.sh 
    cedar@nowhere:/opt/bitnami$ gonit
    fi...

  • That day when it was clear the amazing Jipidy-Jay was a lot like Ramanujan

    Posted in Developing Software, Mathy Stuff, Neural Nets and AI Stuff, Phlosphy Stuff on Apr 26, 2022

    I've been training a GPT-J instance to write a cybersecurity blog post, using blog posts I wrote over the past year to help it understand the idea. After a lot of back-and-forth, I got the GPT-J (The Amazing Jipidy-Jay) to write the following:

    [Title]: Qwerty, 'The' World's Largest Ransomware 'Hacker' Was Hacked By A Law Firm
    [ResearchSourceURL]: https://threatpost.com/ qwerty-the-worlds-largest-ransomware-hacker-was-hacked-by-a-law-firm/175889/
    [PostDate]: 12/17/2021
    [Post]: If you've followed the cybersecurity news over the past couple of weeks, 
    you know that there has been an outbreak of...

  • Upon realizing I independently discovered a new theory in mathematics

    Posted in Everything, Mathy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation on Mar 31, 2022

    (Note: The two spherical illustrations from this weblog post are taken from a post which I wrote last year. Anyone who knows wheel theory should be able to at least vaguely see the concepts I'm playing with here.)

    It's true that the original discovery goes back to the late 1990s, and the first serious paper on this new branch of mathematics was in 2001, over two decades ago, and numerous others have written papers and discussed it since, but it's also true that it's a very obscure branch of mathematics with what seems to be only about a dozen people around the world seriously working on it. Du...

  • Wittgenstein's future triumph over the positivists will be glorious

    Posted in Phlosphy Stuff on Mar 17, 2022

    I just confirmed a hunch using Wikipedia in the manner where it excels: providing well-known facts which are not controversial. My hunch was that logical positivism traces directly back to the deep insight Wittgenstein introduced as the concluding statement of his Logico-Tractatus, where he makes a clear distinction between things which can be said and things which ought not be said (because they are talking about the realm of what is fundamentally unspeakable). Thus to speak of them is a form a nonsense, and it is better to say nothing.

    Indeed, Wikipedia says: "Logical positivists picked from...

  • On VirtualBox HP MFP printer installer fails at 99% complete

    Posted in Developing Software on Mar 15, 2022

    What worked for me to resolve this issue was to ensure that USB was set to 2.0. It all worked as expected as soon as I went in to Settings for the VirtualBox and selected the following:

  • A certain kind of psychological phenomenon that involves thought distortions around authority and legitimacy

    Posted in Everything, Phlosphy Stuff on Mar 02, 2022

    I found a fascinating article on a weblog from 2016, and eventually wrote a comment on the post. However, it's been six years, and the author has moved on to other weblogs, so my comment sits in her moderation queue, where it may sit forever. So I'm posting it here.

    The weblog post in question is this: https://srconstantin.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/ra/

    It's about identifying a kind of systemic attitude, or "a certain kind of psychological phenomenon that involves thought distortions around authority and legitimacy" that pervades Western Civilization, which traces all the way back to ancient tim...

  • The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth is The Eye of Revelation

    Posted in Everything, Phlosphy Stuff on Feb 17, 2022

    I recently stumbled on a gem of a book called The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth. As I skimmed through it, I found it to be a rather unique book, and wanted to know more about how it came to be. Chances are you found this weblog post because you're researching it like I was.

    Its origins turned out to be a little elusive, until I finally discovered that it was originally published as The Eye of Revelation in 1939 (PDF linked below) by Peter Kelder. It has been republished, often by hand a few times since, and lately it's been edited and published under the new title, since the main sub...