40 posts • joined Tuesday 24th June 2008 09:10 GMT
Re: Best use for the interwebs thus far!
As title, and no where near as much fun as could be had with one of those casio watches that you could set up as a tv remote, managed to convince a teacher the tv and vcr was possessed with one of those....
Better than some ideas i have seen
Used to work in "e-learning" there were conferences on how the educational qualities of PSP's and Nintendo DS's (i.e. brain training) could be exploited
Also pots of money available to get smart phones to give to kids so that they could do educational things with them i.e. take photo's for course work, of course no one thought that kids would have a camera phone of there own???.
Or how about txt the answer to the white board, cus you know kids want to spend there credit answering questions in class
All in all a load of shite, mainly used by self promoting academics to get a conference fee with 0 educational benefit, bottom line is teacher wants and ipad, teacher cant afford ipad, teacher bullshits some dubious claim of educational value, techophobes at the top go ohh shiny innovative IT, every one loses especially the kids.
Hmmm 5gb from 5000 machines, or a roughly 1mb a week per machine, certainly sounds about the right size for some network recon..., and pretty much a needle in a haystack in terms of sniffing the payload, and thats assuming that the ~1mb of data was uploaded at once, even less likely if the ~1mb is the product of a week spent sniffing and periodically reporting back to c+c some software auto updates send back way more than a 100kb payload just to see if the shiteware is up to date and if not present and opportunity to install a fucking toolbar....
Re: Memories of the once cutting edge.
Pretty easy to do actually, you wouldn't have the message stored as a string, but as pointers to the chars that made up the string, then using a simple cypher of some sort, you could build the message by loading the starting location then applying the cypher to the starting location to derive the next location, until the message is built.
That said would be pretty dull task to embed the hidden message but meh, certainly do-able.
Re: Oh God
It wasn't fun i can tell you that, and i have had a root canal before, was definitely more enjoyable, lots of painkillers straight on the nerve :D..., 2008 to 2011 is meant to be less painful but still a royal pain...
Best bit is the one unfixable problem is that the one person in the company who needs access to every ones calendar is the one person who's account wont allow the permissions to be set oh the joy, tried explaining to "management" that exchange nevermind system administration is a full time job in its own right oh well u can but try...
I'm allegedly a developer...
I'm allegedly a developer... (admittedly one with a CCNA and an interest in system administration, Linux and other general geeky stuff)
Except i am charged with Running exchange, the cloud platform, the virtulisation stack, all of the servers and desktops, the helpdesks (yes 2, as a so say manager was beguiled by a nice mug and stickers, didn't even hold out for a pen drive!) , documentation, router kicker (crappy dlink wireless router from PC world powers the office, and dont get me started on the ADSL line!!!!), 1st, 2nd and 3rd line support, explaining basic concepts to the "technical" director (yesterday talking to a potential client his response was "we send some HTTP", when asked a question about SSL) oh and taking the flack for when dev deadlines are missed for all of the above, well here are some WTF's from this job:
1) We upgraded to SBS 2011 becasue the MD bought a mac book and couldn't connect to exchange, said mac now lives on a shelf gathering dust, Migration from SBS 2003 disnt work and we spent 3 weeks with a partial service.
2) Exchange is hosted locally on an ADSL line which has a top down speed of 5Mbs, on a router which crashes 10 to 20 times a day, average mailbox size is 12Gb and the suggestion of archiving went down like a lead balloon and was forced to revery back to all you can eat inboxes.
3) one of the helpdesk servers was a windows XP box bought in 2002 which died last week, that was
fun to fix (now on a proper server)!
4) we have a mixture of 1 to 10 Gig ethernet to every desk yet the MD insists on people using wireless to said crappy router because wires make the place look untidy...
5) It took 6 months of nagging to take the UPS out of the empty comms rack and install it in the server rack
6) The working helpdesk has been replaced by a cgi based web app which crashes when more than 5 people try and access it it also uses a VBScript based file upload and a scheduled task inplace of a service and requires administrative permissions to save to the file server, suffice to say new clients dont have the option to add attachments to support calls (we publicised the "upgrade" to our clients most are not impressed!)
7) A mezzanine floor was removed, but a comms cupboard was left 20' up a wall, i needed to replace a switch in there, new switch wouldn't slide in shoved it harder heard a crunch then a loud buzz, there was a bloody wasps nest in the cupboard!!!! queue rapid decent down the ladder and no network to half the building until the exterminators had been!
I could go on but the phone is ringing and someone needs their hand holding...
I Love deadlines its the whoosing sound they make when they fly past....
Hmmm sounds like ideal work experience for people who do arts and social science degrees, that or MacDonald's, as outside of academia where is the demand for those "skill" sets???
Bloody crayon botherer's and no shit sherlock's
They were pretty good 10 years ago when then had the lucas arts theme tunes as the hold music, then they were bought by 1and1 and it all turned a bit kenny g.
none of them are that bad really
Quite like all of the above with the exception of hitch hikers but that's because it might as well have been a film of every tosser going shitting over Douglas Adams grave. And as pointed out previously tarnishes with shit the diminishing returns of every thing after the radio series
That said i do seem to be a bit of a masochist when it comes to films as my collection includes such delights as:
The nostril picker (bought for the tagline alone, "He picks his nose, He turns into a woman, He kills people" its so bad even sci fi (sorry sy fy :-/) or movies for men wont air it.
Sexy Scary Movie (from the makers of the erotic which project) not scary and not sexy but does feature a scene where a stapler orbits around a bored office workers head
Hell Ride so shit tesco's flogged it to me for 50p basically an ego wank of some jerk who blagged tarrantino into being credited as executive producer and features vinnie jones as a biker bollox in a word
Reign of fire nuff said
Any of the Michael bay Transformers films
I could go on but probably should have suggested some earlier....
probably expect a lot of arduino projects to get ported...
be intresting to see a reprap powered by one of those, almost a perfect educational device then
Now just have to convince the misses that i really need annother board, to got with my arduino's and netduino's ;-)
Me 2, spent the cashback on 8gb of ram an 2tb drive...
Scares me when i think my first PC only had a 1gb drive which was considered excessively large at the time, (I am under 30 so Pentium 100 is over half my life ago ;-) ), never mind the 8mb of ram it had cost double if not triple the £40 or so i paid for my new ram....
As long as it has NOTHING to do with the original then it might work. I.e. work in the universe like the old Westwood game did, but other than a fleeting appearance in an esper photo and a few references to events in the film there is nothing from the film apart from locations.
Would be cool to see something a bit closer to the book, i.e. more emphasis on lack of animals and the kibble but im not holding my breath.
But it will probably be another shitty 're-imagining' meh.
(Nuke cus thats essentially the prequel in one word)
Cus positive and negative lookahead/backs are so difficult...
if only: http://xkcd.com/208/
Wonder if they know iron monkey was a band with song title like Supagorgonizer and Web of Piss
Thinking about it could lead to some fun googles...
Disclosure : Typed wearing an iron monkey t shirt
It is but unless you 'salt' the hash by combining other unknown data with it you are vulnerable to raindow tables and such like (a rainbow table is a precomputed hash of known weak passwords, so all you have to do is look up a hash that matches your unknown password and you either have discovered the password, or lucked out and found a string combination which yields the same hash as the hash to be cracked).
In the past I have used guid's (like Tom 15 suggested) and other unique readonly identitifiers associated with a users account along with a secret key value all concatenated together before the hash is generated. That way in order to crack the password not only would the cracker have to guess a unique value generated by the users account being created, but the users password and the secret key which is highly. Although if the servers are rooted your probably buggered as all this does is make the hashes rainbow table resistant, weak passwords still are vulnerable to brute force etc.
iron acton is well served comapred to some the exchanges arround yate area
should try being on the didmaton exchange, had a friend living in iron acton who had adsl 2 or 3 years before my village got the chance.
Although that was probably not helped by my village not giving a shit about adsl untill they got it, think we managed to get 30 names on petition when we were trying to get connected, now its so over subscribed i long for my bonded isdn line back meh :-/
death of a buzzword...
"Dynamic Hyper Text Markup Language" does this herald the death of the use of AJAX to describe dhtml, and a reversion back to calling a spade a spade?
if so i will be happy, cus im sick of clients asking for AJAX based sites whilst catagorically stating that they dont want DHTML
Differs from academic allience how?
i got all of those apps listed for free (well the uni picked up the license i guess) when i was a student
server 2k3 is usefull to have especially as god knows how many places use it, and chances are that the majority of graduating students first job will be windows centric., i mean why trust a newb with a proper server when all they know is windows, although i guess you could argue a larger majority of them will be familiar with ubuntu, but thats still substanitially different from redhat or suse. For an IDE vs2008 aint bad, pretty slick interface, and intellisense certainly is damn good at what it does, admitadly there is a lot of crap i personally will never use in it and its only good for .net, but its an IDE for .net so thats to be expected. Personally i find the competition to be playing enough of a catchup game with it to not bother in terms of interface. think open office vs office 2003, on paper they do the same thing, but the office 2003 interface just worked better. (ironically now i use OpenOffice in preferance to office2007 but thats a different story)
Also dont forget the vast majority of students dont want to use there brains, there content with wizards and stuff, so telling them use eclipse, down load the <insert random extension name here>, and faff with the config till it works isnt an option. seriously in some of the java modules i took there were students who by the end of the module were struggling with command line compilation, and had to use jbuilder, never mind that the fact that they were single file programs with maybe a single library import, so unless file structure, and working with gui-less interfaces becomes part of their curriculum many of the 'better' alternatives havnt got a snowball in hells chance of uptake
Also dont forget that uni's are tailoring there courses for what employers are looking for, OSS is still mostly comprised of hobby projects (and probably always will be) employers may be asking for 'experience with OSS' but that doesnt mean there ethos is OpenSource its more likely to be an economic one, wanting people to wrangle the code to there own ends, and being able to pick up a project written by someone else without reinventing the wheel. Besides its all well and good developers knowing that there is much better tools available, but unless you can get management to buy into the alternatives you will find the decision has been made for you and it will be one they feel most comfortable with, with a company/technology they have heard of M$. Even if you ignore the issues of managemnt, and the uni's tailoring there courses for employers, you cannot escape the fact that the majority of desktops will be windows based so the focus will always be on MS.
personally for me i use notepad++ for everything apart from .net work, if MS wants to give its software to students so what its hardly an unfair advantage they are already trained in the ways of the BSOD, if the OSS world wanted to make a change it would target primary and secondary schools and get them young.
the new mast head is wonk
bring back the old masthead this just looks like web design circa 98-99 when the world went ape for free copies of paintshop pro and and some shite tables based wysiwyg html editor, and the old comment icons were orders of magnitude better
other wise seems ok.....
indeed, not like firebug reveals form data ;-)
only thing that offers any (albiet not a great deal of) protection, is https with asymetric encryption for the data, and then you are vulnerable to unupdated debian ssl flaws, man in middle and playback attacks
never mind the ease of snarfing over wifi, (think shouting your pin number in a crowded room, and ur halfway there)
do think there should be a license or something required to create systems which handle public data, at least that way the only excuses are apathy and laziness, instead of ignorance and incompetance
guess they never read the RS or Maplins Catalogs
So the geniuses have found out about optocouplers, serious high end tech there(!) i imagine that must be a real skunkworks sort of component to obtain, oh wait
so what they are saying is put receiver out in open, put signal processor in sheilded box, have a screened cable run between the 2, and use idiot proof (XLR, BNC etc.) plugs
massive slow hand clap for DARPA there
@ Anon - it does seem obvious..
ummmmmmmmmm somthing "The immediate patch to randomise source ports would seem to indicate that there is something bigger and scarier outstanding?" how about prolification of broadband and bot nets???
point of artical?
optical media blows for many reasons, so do tapes so do hard drives, so does flash drives
tapes are used because they always have been...
10 years ago tapes were used because they were orders of magnitude cheaper for capacity than alternative technologies e.g. 4x cd burner > £250 and took as long as a tape to write
now hard drives are cheap, but the last 10 years of spam, interoffice porn and possibly business related files are on tape, and the box of 50000 tapes needs to be used
besides tapes are the only thing left that looks remotly mainfraimey (my flashing lights are slowly dissapearing, no big reels of tape, all i got left is a poxy cassete) and the plebs dont have a tape drive on there desktops, so no "wheres the last 5 years of sales data gone?, ummm left it in the laptop i left on the train" scenarios