Have I Been Pwned?


There have been 773 million email addresses and 21 million passwords leaked recently. This is a big number, and despite I’m not a IT security guy, I’m concerned.  I have a password manager, and I change my passsword quite regularly, because it’s better to be prudent, but I’m not a man-with-a-silver-hat. There are reliable tools to check if you have been a victim of this leakage.  On this post I give you two links: one to check if your password, or a part of your password, is on the leaked database, the other one to check your emal address. The web page ensures that your password is not stored (or that they say). I would still check the e-mail address (es) and the password / passwords not from the same computer. Check, for example, the e-mail address (s) in the office and the password / the passwords from home.

You should change compromised passwords immediately. If your e-mail address is compromised, you should change your password right away. Remember that you often have an email address as an username in some places.

Check your emal address : https://haveibeenpwned.com

Check your passwords: https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords

Yes, you’re burning to know. Was I affected? Yes for my private email address, no for my  business address, no for my passwords. I nicely got a list of sources of the leakage (like LinkedIn in my case) and details about when and how it was leaked, and how serious it was. Very interesting stuff, try it out. And comment here back if you dare!


Coinreruf (VIII)

(You can refresh your memory reading Coinreruf VII, or you can start from the first one)

– Have a seat, my lord. Do you have something for me? – I hand the girl the shell I got from Rokugan. She takes it like a person in need, practically stealing it from my fingers. – Fantastic. – She plays with it, rotating it, admiring it in front of the lamp. – You see this little purple seams here? They tell me you got this one from Shell Bay. Probably Rokugan gave it to you. He’s one of my best providers. What did you promise him in exchange?

– That I will teach him to speak. – Coinreruf laughs. Her voice gives me the creeps. I’m not sure if it’s because of her pitch or because of the way she does it. I look at the silhouette of her body against the light of a lamp. The light goes through her skirt, and I can admire the perfection of the triangle between her legs, even from her back. It matches the light, and it matches the round shape at the end of her back. Yes indeed I could give her the half of my house if she let me watch her dance. But I know what is at stake.

– You got my attention, kingsman. Sorry but Rokugan is not precisely a poet, isn’t him? – She comes to me with two masu, both beautifully decorated, produced out of nowhere. My shell probably is already in her chest. I take one masu while she seems to disappear in the shadows, just to reappear with a go of sake. I look for a place to sit, I find a leather cushion, and I sit on it. I need to act as the person in charge, even if I’m not sure I am.

– Do you know everybody in the village? – She serves me the sake and I can’t avoid looking at her cleavage, but I quickly avert my gaze. Our eyes lock. Her malice is gone, the one her laughs let me glimpse. Or maybe I am not being fair. Is it wrong that a woman uses her charms to get what she wants?

– Yes. – She takes a sit in front of me, over the carpet. My position allows me to feel me superior to her, and I can again admire her cleavage. I wonder how casual is this. – I mean, they are not so many, aren’t they? You know that probably better than me, being a man of the King. And men are quite happy to please me. It’s… how those travellers called it… a symbiotic relation. Like a flower and a bee. But I’m the flower, of course! – We both laugh, loudly and artificially.

(EDIT: it’s taking me quite some time to digest 2019. In addition to 2019, I feel a little bit dry of ideas… sorry guys, I’ll do my best to post daily, as I’d like to!)


– 09.2050.
– Are you sure?
– Yes. No doubt.
– That’s tomorrow! What are you going to do?
– I don’t know…I don’t have money for a new one at this moment. I suppose that I need to keep using this one.
– But that’s dangerous, isn’t? Can you keep using it after the expiring date?
– I don’t know…what’s the worst thing that can happen? That I can’t use it?
– Didn’t you read the agreement? Everything can happen! Your input can be shut down, it can be blurry or encoded, it can be there but bloated by advertisements…it depends on the model. Which model is it?
– I think it’s an iEye from early 2045. Do you know it?
– Do you think or do you know? How come that you don’t know your model? I had one. But I already replaced it for the latest, the iEye Pro. It’s faster, with more resolution, and I can change the eye color. You see?
– Cool! Man, I’m scared…please tell me that you reached the ending date of your iEye. Or at least, tell me that you remember your contract. Or someone who got obsolete…
– Eeee…I don’t remember it, and I don’t know anybody. People are not as careless as you are. But c’mon. Don’t worry about it. They don’t want to lose you right away. It’s bad business, man. And a bad PR. I’m pretty sure your iEye will work for at least one month before it renders your view useless. You can’t go around without the security patches. You’ll become a walking spam source!
– A spam source! How awful. Anyway, thanks for having a look on it.
– You’re welcome. But don’t come back to me unless you have a new iEye! I don’t want to get infected by obsolete hardware, I hope you understand.
– But man! Where am I going to get the money for a Pro?
– That’s your problem bro. That’s your problem. Maybe you can sell your view rights to an AI, or something like that. Just look around, if you can excuse my joke. Look around.

Install EMAN2.2 with cmake 3.13 on CentOS 7

I’m not going to bloat the post with personal opinions about how good is the installation method is. Here you get the EMAN2 sources. This is the HOWTO install , and from there I did the compilation with anaconda. As you may know from previous posts, we use modules. First we load our python module and upgrade conda like suggested on the error message, if you get it. Then we go ahead with the instructions. I do that on a new window.

module load python-2.7.13
conda install eman-deps=13 -c cryoem -c defaults -c conda-forge

In my case, 27 new packages are installed, 14 packages are updated, 16 packages are downgraded, meaning around 40 packages are downloaded and extracted. Since we do that over the python modul, (I hope) I do need to do this only once. It takes like 10 minutes to be done, but multiply that by 30!  Now I cmake what I got from github. As expected, I get a cmake version error.

eman22-build ## > 
cmake ../eman22-src/ -DENABLE_OPTIMIZE_MACHINE=ON
CMake Error at CMakeLists.txt:1 (CMAKE_MINIMUM_REQUIRED):
CMake 3.9 or higher is required. You are running version 3.8.2

-- Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!

Let’s donwload then a new cmake and make a module for it. I get the binary cmake for my linux, the cmake-3.13.3-Linux-x86_64.tar.gz, so I don’t need to compile it. The unzipped folder I place on /network/cmake-3.13.3/. My module looks like this then:

## modules cmake-3.13.3
## modulefiles/cmake-3.13.3. Sample gcc module
proc ModulesHelp { } {
global version modroot
   puts stderr "cmake-3.13.3"
module-whatis "Sets the environment for using cmake-3.13.3"

# for Tcl script use only
set topdir /network/cmake-3.13.3
set version 3.13.3
set sys linux86

setenv CMAKE_V "3.13.3"

prepend-path PATH $topdir/bin
prepend-path MANPATH $topdir/man
prepend-path LD_LIBRARY_PATH $topdir/lib

Time to cmake again. I do it on a new terminal. First I load both modules, my python and my cmake. Then I just follow the instructions…

cmake ../eman22-src/ -DENABLE_OPTIMIZE_MACHINE=ON

And make -j 4, make install. OK! The final module (eman22 installed on /network/eman22-build) looks like this:

## modules eman22-2019.1
## modulefiles/eman22-2019.1 EMAN module
proc ModulesHelp { } {
global version modroot
   puts stderr "eman22-2019.1"
module-whatis "EMAN 22 2019.1"
# for Tcl script use only
set topdir /network/eman22-build
set version 2019.1
set sys linux86

# additional env variables 
set emandir /network/eman1.9
set pythondir $topdir/lib

setenv EMAN2_V "2019.1"
setenv EMAN2DIR $topdir
setenv EMANDIR $emandir
setenv PYTHONPATH $pythondir

prepend-path PATH $topdir/include
prepend-path PATH $topdir/bin
prepend-path MANPATH $topdir/man
prepend-path LD_LIBRARY_PATH $topdir/lib:/usr/lib

module load python-2.7.13

The first test, loading the module as an user, and running e2version.py, tells me what I want to see.

user@computer ~/test $ > module load eman22-2019.1 
user@computer ~/test $ > e2version.py 
EMAN 2.22 final (GITHUB: 2019-01-23 15:14 - commit: 04f6f33 )
Your EMAN2 is running on: Linux-3-XXXXX-YYYYY-ZZZZ
Your Python version is: 2.7.14

We are done! See you on the other side, soon, I promise…

Heavy Ion Collisions – a paper bundle approach


I feel nostalgic. It must be the 10 year challenge thing. Anyway, one needs to take care of his digital registers from time to time, and now is a moment as good as another. Here we have the papers that, at one point, were linked with my PhD thesis, with a little abstract. If you want to read only one, I recommend “Glittering Glasmas”.  I forgot how beautiful Particle Physics can be. Of course, as usual, questions are welcomed 🙂

First pp collisions at the LHC as observed with the ALICE detector

Charged-particle multiplicity measurement in proton-proton collisions with ALICE – Charged-particle production was studied in proton-proton collisions collected at the LHC with the ALICE detector at centre-of-mass energies 0.9 TeV and 2.36 TeV in the pseudorapidity range |η| < 1.4. 

Multiplicity measurement in pp collisions at 7 TeV with ALICE at LHC. The pseudorapidity density and multiplicity distribution of charged particles produced in proton-proton collisions at the LHC, at a centre-of-mass energy s=7 TeV, were measured in the central pseudorapidity region |η| < 1.

Anisotropic collective phenomena in URHIC [Vol09] – Apr 14, 2010. Very recent significant progress in viscous hydrodynamics calculations (b) Initial eccentricity/flow fluctuations, the effect of which has been clarified recently (c) Initial conditions, in particular the role of the gradients in the initial velocity field, (d) Puzzling system size dependence of directed flow (e)

M fluctuations in Au+Au and Cu+Cu 22.5 to 200 GeV [Phenix08] – Apr 14, 2010. A comprehensive survey of event-by-event fluctuations of charged hadron multiplicity in relativistic heavy ions is presented. The survey covers Au+Au collisions at sqrt(s_NN) = 62.4 and 200 GeV, and Cu+Cu collisions sqrt(s_NN) = 22.5, 62.4, and 200 GeV

LRMC in RHIC as a Signal for Dense Partonic Matter [Tar08] -Apr 14, 2010. A dense form of matter is formed in relativistic heavy ion collisions. The constituent degrees of freedom in this dense matter are currently unknown. Long-range, forward-backward multiplicity correlations (LRC) are expected to arise due to multiple partonic interactions.

Lectures on Landau Hydrodynamics [Wong08] – Apr 10, 2010. Landau hydrodynamics is a plausible description for the evolution of the dense hot matter produced in high-energy heavy-ion collisions. We review the formulation of Landau hydrodynamics to pave the way for its application in high-energy heavy-ion collisions.

Theoretical analysis for the apparent discrepancy between ¯pp and pp data in charged particle forward-backward multiplicity correlations¯pp and pp data in b – Apr 9, 2010. The strength of charged particle forward-backward multiplicity correlation in ¯p + p and p + p collisions at √ s=200 GeV is studied by PYTHIA 6.4 and compared to the UA5 and STAR data correspondingly.

Glittering Glasmas – Apr 9, 2010. We compute the production of gluons from Glasma color flux tubes. We calculate the probability distribution of gluon multiplicities arising from the distribution of color electric and color magnetic flux tubes found in the Glasma. 

The geometrical distribution [Wib93] – Apr 7, 2010. The geometrical two-chain model of soft hadronic interactions is developed to describe the main characteristics of low-energy hadronic interactions.

The geometrical distribution – the KNO model [Chou83] – Apr 7, 2010. An analysis of the existing data on photoproduction and electroproduction of protons is made. Koba-Nielsen-Olesen (KNO) scaling is observed in both cases. 

Failure of the gamma dist [Bial85] – Apr 7, 2010. We show that energy-momentum-conservation effects strongly influence the multiplicity distribution, as it is observed in e+e→hadrons over the full rapidity range. 

An OSX remote desktop from CentOS 7


CentOS 7 is very good, but I need to have some OSX features on it (like iCloud). I have an OSX desktop that I will call mymac in the same network, so I decided to check what features of it are accessible from my Linux CentOS 7 desktop, that I will dub mycentos.

Stack exchange has a post that tries to answer my question. I took the above screenshot from that post. I do activate screen sharing and remote management, so that we can also do ssh to mymac. Unfortunately, when I try to access from mycentos with vinagre a get a connection refused message. This means only that ubuntu is not centos, not that the answer is wrong 😀

I’m trying always first not to install external programs but to use system functions. Can I ssh to mymac and open Finder, or open Chrome, from the terminal? Yes I can, but if I type on mycentos shell

open -a "Google Chrome"

the result is that Chrome is opening on mymac desktop, not on mycentos desktop. Cool, but not useful in my case. And it’s not the ssh configuration, since I set it up to forward X11. Also of course I installed XQuartz and things like that. After some more googling I find out on this ubuntu page vinagre listed as a broken client to open Apple remote desktop sessions. What now?

Solution: download the VNC viewer for Linux and run it on mycentos. The good thing is that it is a precompiled program, so you just need to run it, accept the things, give mymac IP or name (if there’s a DNS on your network) and enter the VNC password you set up at the beginning. Now I’m the boss: I have my OSX in one window and my CentOS 7 desktop under. I like it!

Robot Publisher


No, Mr. 635, these fantasies are highly unpublishable material, even as an important technological discovery. I can’t accept them for our media. Where did you get it? Please do not come to me with the lame excuse that you found it in old archives. You claim to expose a file of historical value. Have you stopped for a few seconds to analyze what you sent me? I would like to point out, however, that there is some good on it.

Let’s start with your setup. That planet with a ridiculous name in the G1011 system. At the moment the star is a black dwarf! If stellar periods are subtracted this places the origin of that civilization in more than fifty billion years ago. Absurd. However, something supports your thesis. I checked and there is indeed one of your planets orbiting the dwarf as you describe it should. Nonetheless anyone with the minimum accreditation could obtain that information from the central data bank. 

And what makes you suppose that life would rise on a planet with an atmosphere of 77% Nitrogen, 20% Oxygen and a merely a 3% of rare gases? Oxygen is highly corrosive, which would dangerously reduce our tools lifetime. And what is a brain without tools, huh? A vegetable, if you allow me the nasty expression. The tools can not be perishable, nor worn out before being rolled, but only replaced in due time. The opposite would be to enter into unnecessary entropy! 

You say -or the author of your document- that the planet surface was covered by seas. But you don’t explain anywhere what these seas are made of. In the Guide for the use of archaic words, its definition is a large extension of something. For example a sea of data. Does that mean that your planet is covered by some kind of data network? I do not think so. I can’t believe on an spontaneous network generation before intelligent life. Moreover, what is the use of a data network for individuals who lack the necessary organs to function in it? You must clarify that term sea, and it is totally confusing me that you claim that it is from that sea that the first intelligent life is generated. And your concept of evolution as applied to intelligence does not even appear in the central database. I must say I enjoyed that one. It is no doubt he most imaginative part, the introduction of equivocal new terms, such as biogenetics and natural selection. What is Nature? Something that selects you when you start operating? Your selection is stupid and it doesn’t match the substitution. If a piece fails you, the logical action is to change it, not to throw away, “extinct”, the artifact.

Please do not discard on your new draft the description of their locomotion methods. What you name combustion engine is a very curious alternative to our fusion engines. A pity that is only applicable to rolling transports and that it works with organic fuel, generating those dangerous H2O residues. In any case, some of your diagrams can no doubt be used to probe atmospheric planets. Totally not viable for us is the jet engine, since to work it requires a dense gaseous cover. The last one mentioned and explained under the naming of atomic engine, is, apart from unstable, and therefore dangerous, very cumbersome and complicated. If you previously worked with organic extensions you know how annoying they tend to be, they feed themselves, they die and all that. The production-performance cost is not competitive at all.

Very interesting also about the primitive mean of communication by sounds, and the method to transmit them in empty space. That music applied to the detection of high frequency rhythmic vibrations produced in gaseous media has already being studied in a specific commission. Unfortunately nothing good came out of that. For me, the only music that exists is what I feel reading an optical disc. Nothing comparable to the pleasure of going over the incisions of engraver 870, “Spiral 16”, “Riscos”, are masterpieces. You should indulge yourself in one of them if you don’t know them. Classics! 

Unbelievable is also that you claim there were 5 billions of intelligent organic individuals living on that petty planet. We tend to emigrate from a planet when its population goes over a hundred million. In you work figures are fifty times higher. Does not organic life die? Don’t you need space to expand? How did they manage to increase the population of a planet in such a scary way only in a few cycles? And if, as you keep saying, they were organic, where did they get food for that sea of ​​people? (Did I use the word well?)

In summary: it is totally impossible that intelligent creatures like your humans ever existed. There may have been an Earth, indeed. I can believe that it existed based on the large number of references to it. But not revolving around a black dwarf. A story like his needs archaeological sites, not a reference to a file prior to colonization that could be written by a nostalgic or claustrophobic brain with most of its circuits burned or blocked. I tell you this because I like you, and I see a lot of potential on your work.

I will recommend you to spend your time, for example, on studying commercial topics. Like the mathematical relation between our colonization dates and the first 100 odd prime numbers. The probability of creating a singularity in your lab. The last fashion in cybernetic engineering. Leave the conjectures about dead societies to archaeologists or explorers. It is not correct to deploy a topic for which you are not exactly programmed. Sure you have more extensions, try them. Be creative, use the old files if you want, but please, keep it realistic.

Yours sincerely: 1131.