665 posts • joined 25 Oct 2008
Re: Secret mode?
I forgot about the IDSPISPOPD code. Yep, that might have been better suited.
"engineer who built it to unlock a secret extra power setting dubbed "desperation mode."
Let me guess - they had to type in IDDQD ...
Re: Why Flash?
I wondered the same thing - talk about not eating your own dog food...
Is Netflix still reliant on Silverlight or have they gone to something else?
Re: maps and..
"I don't like being a normal user in the Android system."
Amen to that...
Re: All these linux-y vulns coming out of the woodwork
Maybe this is fallout from Windows 8. It's such an ugly, unloved mess that even the crackers have quit doodling with it and moved on to cracking Linux.
"According to Professor John Long at Flinders University"
Just to be sure, that's John Long, not Long John, right???
Re: What a fuckbag
Fuck yeah!!! Have an upvote.
I've been busy the past month or two and haven't had time to keep up with LOHAN, but geez, it sure has grown. CNN, Die Welt, corporate sponsors, and Lester now a TV celebrity? Hard to believe this started with paper straws, pressboard and hot melt glue so many years ago...
Congrats and beers all around (since I know that's where it REALLY started).
Kmart security breached...
Credit card processing hacked. Total number of affected customers may climb into the dozens...
a key requirement to becoming a cheerleader was being able to ride a pair of balls... so what's so new about this?
"how does all that user generated, user financed and user owned content and architecture continue under Microsoft?"
All the rest is fluff - the real question has been answered - Ninjas beat Pirates.
I can maybe understand the self-driving car thing as some Googolian's "personal project" to demonstrate his utter pwnage of the phrase "boffin", but why would Google want a fleet of automated drones flying around? I can understand Amazon's burning wish for such things, but what does Google get out of it? They don't sell much except our search history and the contents of our gmail accounts. Certainly we aren't expected to wait for Google search results to arrive by drone, are we? Or is this how they intend to return search results to diehard users still running IE 6 and Firefox 3.x?
"Microsoft are just somewhat ahead of the curve."
Only if they are marching backwards...
Re: Punishing the wrong people.
Yeah, great idea, because the Sysadmins are the ones who wrote the buggy OS/services/programs, so they should be the first before the judge. Pure genius.
" that botnet takedowns could only deliver a coup de grâce if bot masters were excuted."
There, fixed that for you.
My thoughts exactly.
If you've got your grain of salt handy - the Wikipedia article for Transmeta states that Nvidia had bought a license for some of the IP back in the day. It also says Intel has a perpetual license to ALL Transmeta IP.
Eventually Dr. Sbaitso could analyze himself? What's he going to do if he says a cuss word to himself? That could get noisy...
Here I was, clicking into this story thinking this person had a fix for the real pirate problem - you know, the guys in boats off the coast of Africa who kill, steal, etc. But no, she wants to cut peoples' fingers off for stealing music? That's a bit daft. It's just entertainment, a way to while away the time until death takes us, nothing really real about it. Fix the real pirate problem, then maybe learn to feed your starving masses, then worry about the freetards stealing music.
"the Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Exploration (RIMFAX)"
Which was a replacement for the cancelled "Radar Imager for Mars' Jurassic Observation Box"
But cheers to them anyway. I look forward to seeing the pics.
F is for Fighting
R is for Red (ancestor's blood, in battles they shed)
E we elect them
E we eject them (in the land of the Free and the home of the brave)
D for your dying
O your overture
M they will cover your grave with manure
This spells out freedom
it means nothing to me
as long as there's a PATRIOT Act
(Apologies to Dave Mustaine)
Repeal the fucking PATRIOT Act, that would be a start. Then we wouldn't need these new laws to curtail the abuses from older laws which had taken away freedoms from our orignal laws. You don't untangle a string by putting more knots in it.
Re: The less they care
Don't forget Microsoft in your list of big companies who care less about their users...
I think I saw a documentary about the dinosaur extinction earlier this summer that said the dinos weren't wiped out by an asteroid, but rather were turned into some sort of metal by extra-terrestrials. We are apparently using that metal now to build mechanical devices and shape-shifting robots. It's all very scientific and high-tech. The documentary was horribly filmed, the narration was awful, and the re-enactments were second rate, but overall, it did provide a glimpse into the death of the dinosaurs. And it seems that one of the shape-shifting robots has been sent on a deep-space mission to find the "creators". Not sure what that's all about, but there you go.
Re: Paypal's business model is crookery
PayPal wasn't so bad back when eBay would let sellers request/accept money orders or checks from buyers. Back then, you could totally avoid the shitpit that was PayPal. But now they are pretty much the only method that eBay will let us occasional sellers use. And they still suck.
Re: There should only ever be one thing "first" in business...
...the customer. ???
Maybe MS is way ahead of where we think they are, and they've already made the facebook-jump to their "customers" being the companies buying ads on Bing or selling software on XboxLive. We are the "product". That's what it sounds like from their "cloud first, mobile first" crap.
Re: What's the real danger ?
Worms will be my primary worry after support ends. Things that get brought onto the network and work their way through it via bugs in netbios or IIS or whatever else the black hats can think up. All of my Internet-reachable stuff is 2012, but I do still have quite a few 2k3 servers kicking around doing various little things. So I'd say make sure your remaining 2k3 servers are in their own DMZ so the local desktops can't infect them. That's what I'll be doing here. Although hopefully I can chuck all of my 2k3 boxes over the next year or two. Too bad, as I liked the simpler Win2k-ish interface on the 2003 server.
too bad, I was hoping "Flash is DEAD" was referring to the product from Adobe...
Bean counter and Excel
Our head bean counter has been here for about 12 years and I don't know that he has yet created a NEW spreadsheet. It seems that all of his spreadsheets are just new copies of spreadsheets that the prior head bean counters had created. Which makes sense in a way - why should a man who is both a skilled brain surgeon and an obviously God-gifted rocket scientist need to know how to create a spreadsheet? But back to the point, this HBC loves to link spreadsheets. In fact, I think his spreadsheet for this year's financials probably links back to the original spreadsheet from 2002. All by way of the intervening 11 year's worth of spreadsheets, which are all themselves interlinked in a recursive fashion. So he frequently complains that "my PC is slow". Yeah, it's not hard having Excel read 23 different spreadsheets at once or anything. All while the guy has at least 20 different windows opened for things like Internet-radio, email, several Word documents, numerous instances of Explorer and Firefox. And other, unrelated spreadsheets.
Head Bean Counters - definitely make me wish we'd scrap all the desktop PCs and go back to VT100 terminals...
I feel your pain man. I work at a private college, and we wanted to put in a VOIP system, but our aging fleet of HP 4000 switches from 1999/2000 weren't the ideal basis for that. It took us 5 years of looking around and cost us around $100k to put in new backbone and VOIP switches (VOIP and switches are all Avaya). They are nice though, really fast. But they are expen$ive.
My other thought when I read this article was - well, it's nice to put APs all over campus, but if a school only has a few megabits of connectivity back to the County (or directly out to the Internet), well, who's going to pay for faster access? I would think the pipes that a school has currently are sized for the current traffic requirements. Add WiFi everywhere, and I'd think you'd need bigger pipes and a more costly bandwidth allocation. So yeah, the Gov will splash a few billion one time for the WiFi, but then the schools have to pay the ongoing Internet charges. In metro areas, that's probably not too expensive, but out in the boonies, the local last-mile folks sure do think highly of their fibers...
I was wondering the same thing. If you know the MAC prefix, just reserve a special pool for them in DHCP and give out leases with bogus gateways and/or DNS. Problem solved.
Although I do like an earlier commentard's suggestion of traffic-shaping them down to 1kbs. Sweet...treat them like we used to treat P2P file sharers...
Re: Hope it all...
"orb envy" ? What's the Navajo word for that?
Re: I'm confused
Yeah, that makes sense. But still it seems a bit like Level 3 is trying to overstep their bounds by (almost) naming-and-shaming. I mean, if they were in a court case or something, and this came out as part of their testimony, I could understand. But to just volunteer the info out of the blue as a way to nudge the ISPs into buying fatter pipes, eh, that seems a bit much.
Why would a transit provider give a shit if the consumer-facing ISP is giving the consumers shitty service in the last mile? That's the ISP's problem, right?
Or am I missing something?
Am I really the first...
to ask if Google's robot-car CPU is built on a foundation of the Three Laws of Robotics? I mean, I don't imagine it has a real Positronic brain, since that might be too high-tech even for Google, but still, the Three Laws would be a good starting point for any self-driving car, no?
Re: Maybe what the world needs
>"something that has been looming for the last 20 years.."
And that's the point of my earlier posts - in 20 years of this looming issue the only answer we've gotten from "those who know" is a solution that is horrible overkill for the problem at hand (and seems to be used and evangelized primarily by those with a bit too much zeal for said solution). Christ, even Microsoft eventually admitted Vista was a miss and a step too far.
As long as we admins have the option to not use it, a lot of us will choose that option in the vain hope that someone from the "those who know" pool will come up with a better solution. Or we retire. Or IPX comes back from the dead. Either is an acceptable alternative. If Google, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Ebay, et a,l switch to IPv6 overnight, then yes, we admins will follow along the next morning, grumbling in our beards, and life will go on.
Re: Maybe what the world needs
>You are free to suggest a protocol that is better than IPv6
I think I did just that a few posts ago.
"They" would be my upstream ISPs and the Internet in general.
I hate to inform you of this, but I specifically disable IPv6 on all of my machines.
Now I will give you that perhaps my "extra octet" idea isn't very good, since 5-byte words aren't very common to CPUs or compilers and would require quite a bit of extra processing (compared to IPv4) to accommodate that extra byte. Would it be worse than IPv6 for performance? I don't know, but I doubt it. I would think it would be slightly worse than IPv4.
Re: Maybe what the world needs
"Unless you are configuring a router or a DNS or DHCP server, you should never even *see* an IP address, let alone have to type one in or remember it."
I'm a Network Admin. Seeing, typing, remembering, and assigning IP addresses is my job.
Re: Maybe what the world needs
Considering how slow the adoption of IPv6 has been, I'd say all hope really is lost. Looking that those figures for IPv6 traffic, it's apparent nobody much wants this overly complicated protocol, and until they shove it down our throats with absolutely no alternative available, a lot of us won't use it. There's no benefit, only a lot of pain.
Maybe what the world needs
is IPv4.1. Add an octet to the current 4-octet IP4 addresss and work from there. That would give us 253 more Internets or thereabouts. But would still be comprehensible by those of us who aren't Mensa members. Let the IETF figure out how to map/divide/segment the new Hypernet(tm), then let the software and hardware folks start tweaking their stacks to make use of it. One extra byte would require lots of work to implement, which would be good for keeping folks busy for a few years.
And here's the first suggestion: 1.x.x.x.x would map to the current IPv4 address range.
Why did you guys decide to do the test flights in Britain (where there seems to be lots of houses and fields and people and property lines) instead of Spain (where there seems to be lots of empty, uninhabited land)?
Top work though.
we can't suggest to the CIA/NSA that there are terrorists on Mars. It might give them something to do besides spy on us earthlings. They've obviously got a surplus of manpower and high-end hardware at their disposal...
I've been using Nettica for the past 4 years or so to host our external DNS, and they have worked fine. Dyn bought them a few weeks ago, and I'm hoping they don't screw things up.
Faronic's Deep Freeze
We've been using that in the labs here (a University) for 13 years now, and it works very well. On machines from Win95/98 up to Win7. Get a virus or worm or a torched registry? Reboot and the machine is back to pristine condition.
The only downside is that the XP OS itself is still vulnerable. So the reboot will clear out the virus/worm, but sooner or later you'll pick it up again. On a desktop machine that is rebooted daily, that's probably OK, but for, say, a CNC machine that's only rebooted once in a great while, it's not as much help. Although in any case, the reboot will restore your machine to the condition it was in when you installed DeepFreeze.
In 13 years, I've yet to see a virus/worm defeat DeepFreeze on the computers here. At least not viruses/worms that come in through Windows. I don't thinkDeepFreeze offers any protection if you accidently boot from an infected USB stick or floppy or the like.
Faronics also offers an Antivirus product. It is not very good. We tried it for a year or two, but didn't much care for it.
Re: Out of curiosity
I've wondered, since his first story last year, why he's prohibited from taking pictures of the houses. Is it a religious thing?
does this mean Bing is Team Rocket? I can sort of see Ballmer as Meowth - big head, rotund body.
"Users should be able to register their own devices, and access company resources consistently across them, it says."
Um... No. You asked 7 years ago when you got your first iPhone, and the answer was "no" then and it's still "no" today.
The WH is considering
replacing a BB with a Windows Phone? Wut? April 1 is still more than a week away...
Is it a British thing that the chart reads from right to left instead of left to right?
"DeepMind started playing video games and learning automatically. The same program can play all these games [like Battlezone, Pong, Demon Attack] with superhuman performance. Imagine if this kind of intelligence were throwing grenades at you."
"Downgrading can also put you in a shaky position with the PC maker: OEMs vary in their willingness to support and maintain PCs that have been downgraded"
Maybe it's just me, but I would think if they are still running XP, especially in small Mom-and-Pop shops, then the OEM's warranty ran out many years ago...
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