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Apparently I only post these days when I have a lot of work to do. There are so many awesome adventures that I need to write up and haven't yet. We've tasted so many wines, gone hiking in beautiful places, gone on a long drive chasing the sunset and ended up on an elk preserve where the water looked frozen in place, watched some great (and some terrible) movies, seen Opeth, hung out with lots of very awesome people, and generally been having a great time. I also got in to my first systems conference as first author (MASCOTS), so I'm going to London for a week in September, which I'm pretty stoked about. In the process, I acquired an Erdös number of 3.

Those are all the times I don't think to post, though. Too much happening, making the rare moments I'm alone too precious to spend at a computer. Right now, I'm in finals crunch and feeling lonely, so I post to LJ :P I'm taking a break to go visit mtbg Saturday, but otherwise I'm stuck at my apartment until next Thursday when this is all turned in and I get my 3 whole days of summer vacation (that I need to spend doing the camera ready copy of my conference paper and taking my *1 week, 3 question* security final. The first question is "a) Outline the steps to create a web site that is completely untraceable to you by an omnipotent, suspicious adversary, b) Collect money off this site while maintaining anonymity, and Extra Credit: Frame someone else convincingly for your site.") before starting at Google on Monday, where I'm there for a week before heading to San Diego for another conference (USENIX).

So, there's an update for all ya'll. I'm going to go back to making pretty pictures to toss onto this poster.

Current Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
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From:tortoise
Date:May 29th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
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is completely untraceable to you by an omnipotent... adversary

One of these words must not mean what I think it means.
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From:avani
Date:May 29th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
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For this, I'm assuming "omnipotent" means "full control of all wires and NSA-level data correlation and monitoring". I see no other way to tackle the problem :)
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From:mtbg
Date:May 29th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
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Who's your security prof? I like the way he/she thinks. Other comments will wait until you show up this weekend :)
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From:avani
Date:May 29th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
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This dude: http://users.soe.ucsc.edu/~darrell/Darrell_Long.html

He's also my co-advisor. He's pretty awesome :)
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From:jcmdev0
Date:May 29th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
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USENIX PARTY!
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From:avani
Date:May 29th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
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Hooray!
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From:ejwu
Date:May 29th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
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If I'd seen finals questions like that, I might be in school now.

Also, that's a lot of close parens.
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From:avani
Date:May 29th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
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My lab is hiring ;)
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From:ejwu
Date:May 29th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
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Your lab also thinks Mountain View is nicer than Cambridge.
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From:linley
Date:May 29th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
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Hey! We still need to get together. Last weekend was very full for me, and it sounds like you're booked a lot in the upcoming weeks, but let me know if any gaps open up in your schedule.
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From:avani
Date:May 29th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
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Definitely! I'm not sure when that'll be yet, but I'll let you know!
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From:rose_garden
Date:May 29th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
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Your taking a class on how to run nefarious (spam/porn/gambling/taking-over-the-world) websites?
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From:avani
Date:May 29th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
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I'm taking "Advanced Computer Security How to Break Shit and Trust No One". It's been entirely discussion and unrelated, individual projects so far (e.g. I'm building an RFID cloner). The prof likes it when we use our brains to mess with people :) , He also likes guns and motorcycles and talks in detail occasionally about doing terrible things to hippies. It's a fantastic class ^_^
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