* Posts by Pirate Dave

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South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Next K-Pop hit

will be Psy's remake of the classic "I shot the Sheriff", but now with funky dance moves and an accompanying YouTube video on disabling Smart Sheriff.

The Korean kids will love it.

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PHOTON SPACE SAIL successfully Kickstarted into orbit

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Spanker, Spinnaker, Sphinx-ter?

Nice links. Then I found http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_nautical_terms and lost about 30 minutes of my life.

On the other hand, now I can't WAIT for September 19th. :)

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Like me

"I suggest that they create a similar scheme, allowing people to opt in to being spied on?"

We used to have one - it was called "Innocent until proven guilty". If you didn't break any laws, the gubermint (probably) didn't give a shit about you. You opted-in when you broke a law. Simples, no?

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FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

Pirate Dave
Pirate

How is it?

It's OK for NASA to tie 4 tons of metal to a balloon and let it menace the ENTIRE world from 100,000 feet up, but the SPB can't launch a freaking toy rocket in the middle of the New Mexico desert? Makes no sense...

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Barracuda: It's like the IKEA of backup and security

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Email

We had a Barracuda email scanner when we had on-site email, and it was a nice little unit. Did a fair job of scanning email, and only locked-up maybe twice a year (usually when our Internet connection went down and the outgoing queue filled the drive up). Annual maintenance was very reasonable, too. We let the maintenance expire last year when we moved to Office365, so it doesn't scan emails anymore, but I still use it as my internal mail relay for logs and messages from my servers and such. Works a treat for that.

I had looked at their firewalls a year or two ago, and they had some really neat features (at the time). Didn't buy though, as I got straddles with a pair of Sonicwalls instead. :(

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Yow! It's the HOT NEW 'Collections' from Google! Oh wait ... it's a Google+ thing

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Our Happiest Google+ users?

Err, are there any?

Or are "Happy Google+ users" one of those mystical legends like Bigfoot and the Yeti?

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Yeah, just watch out for the icacls command - I wrote an all-in-one create-user script last year, and after an hour or so of aggravation, I gave up trying to escape the colons and parenthesis and just stuck it in a batch file that I called from the create-user script. There are "native" ACL commands in Powershell that are powerful, but they are even uglier than a batch file and take too much coding - or at least it seemed like a lot of code just to replicate the functionality of a single line call to

"icacls %2 /grant %1:(oi)(ci)(M,DC)"

If it isn't making the job easier, why use it?

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Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Obscure knowledge got me a job ....

"stuff like rename that zip file with the prefix 20150428 is a right PITA with batch files."

Yes, but the newer versions of the SET command can do that kind of stuff fairly easily (for some values of "easily"), it's just dog-ugly syntax and a real "WTF?" moment a year or two later without comments explaining it.

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Pirate Dave

One of the things I miss most frequently in PS are the switches to the DIR command.

dir /a-d

dir /o-g

those are mighty handy at times. I seem to recall they can be sort of emulated with scripting in your profile, but it would have been nice if MS had added them by default.

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Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Obscure knowledge got me a job ....

To each his own, I guess.

I never cared for VB script. For places where I could have used it, I'd usually go into VB6 instead. Always seemed easier to just copy an EXE around to various machines than deal with the scripting engines.

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Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Obscure knowledge got me a job ....

Ehhh, I still use copy con when I'm creating small test files. Old habits die hard.

And actually, on several of my 2012 servers, I use batch files for backup jobs (along with an rsync client). Easier, more comprehensible that Powershell, IMHO. And more straight-forward. Put too many powershell one-liners in a script, and a year later I'm like "what the fuck did I do here?" Only time that happens in a batch file is if I try to get really fancy with a FOR command.

Powershell has some uses, although after 4 years of using it, I really think it's main strengths are dealing with "new" Windows or Office365 features that are Powershell enabled. For stuff like that (especially dealing with O365, and to a lesser extent, AD), some of it is much, much easier to do in Powershell than in a GU, webpage, or a batch file. But many times it's easier to do something using a simple batch file and an executable utility rather than try to figure out the arcanum to invoke it in Powershell (or worse, have to drop to the underlying .NET stuff).

And the key to keeping your sanity is to remember Powershell is a SCRIPTING language, not a PROGRAMMING language, even though MS tried really, really hard to make it look like programming.

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: What the hell is an Emjoi?

"Are they what we used to call 'smilies' back in my day??"

Hell, we used to call them punctuation... ;)

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

Pirate Dave
Pirate

The tattoo

I'm not into the ink life, but is that tat meant to be a "welcome" or a "warning" to visitors? I mean, geez, think about seeing that for the first time at the end of a night of boozing...gives "going down" a whole new meaning...

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

Pirate Dave
Pirate

I wonder

if something similar could be done using VMWare instead of Hyper-V. That could be very interesting, and remove at least a smidgen of the taint from the whole thing being a MS product. Plus, perhaps a real security-focused company could write the code that runs in the Device Guard VM - we know MS isn't traditionally too good at the security part (otherwise we wouldn't need Device Guard...).

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Summer bust-up expected with new Apple TV and Roku coming onstream

Pirate Dave

Re: Alternatively

"I've given up that particular crusade"

Thanks. As a native Georgian, I can tell you we already get enough abuse from the New York and Boston transplants who have invaded the Atlanta area and decided to cajole us ignorant Southerners into talking properly. I mean, everybody knows what I intend to do when I say "I moan goat thuh stow", right?

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NERDS KICK PUPPY 'bot in brutal attack

Pirate Dave
Terminator

Re: That...

Petman - has a nicer ring to it than T-500 ...

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

Pirate Dave

Re: Wait a minute!

First, up, I'm not "jamming", I'm sending a perfectly legitimate packet over well-defined frequencies.

"If you make it clear that only your wireless is allowed at your place of business, you'll do without my business."

OK, that's fine. I'll tell the next person in line he can come in now.

" If you _really_ think that you're stopping the students from doing whatever they damn well please by jamming them"

No, I realize that. But it DOES give a bit of breathing space by preventing students from inadvertently connecting to a rogue SSID until I see the alert in my system and shutdown and confiscate the rogue AP. Have you ever had an angry parent piss fire down your back because their Little Johnny connected to another student's rogue SSID and got whacked? Boohoo. I have, and I will use whatever tech capabilities I have available to prevent such a recurrence, legal now or not. For me, THAT's the End of Story.

Look, hey, I know I'm in the minority here. In a general sense, yeah, deauth isn't great and is often used for great evil. But at the same time, I've got a job to do, and part of that job is making sure I'm providing reliable and safe (such as can be) wireless to the students on my campus, and in that case, deauth is a good first line of defense. (well besides education about the dangers of rogue APs, but what 18 year old is going to listen to that lecture?).

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Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Wait a minute!

It's not just interference. Say a dude named Pete opens a hotel called Pete's Inn out in the hinterlands and offers WiFi. And say Pete isn't terribly bright and names his SSID "Wireless", which seemed pretty obvious at the time. And let's say a miscreant trained in the Dark Arts rents a room in the inn and sets up a wireless 3G hotspot with an SSID of "PetesInn". But our Dark Lord's network hands out a default gateway that leads straight to a rogue proxy server that logs everything, or twiddles webpages as they go through, or who knows what. So the unsuspecting customers to Pete's Inn may inadvertently connect to the rogue network, and off they go.

It's just an example, maybe not a great one, but it does show what could happen if deauth is effectively outlawed.

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Pirate Dave
Pirate

I gave you an upvote because I agree with you. I'm the Network Admin for a small university, and my worry is that this ruling by the FCC could be stretched to impede my ability to use deauth to keep students from setting up their own little SoHo wireless routers in their dorm rooms and sowing confusion among the other, less tech-savy students in nearby rooms.

Like you said, it's private property, not public property, so as proprietor, the college should have a say in what can and can't be done on college grounds, including preventing the use of WiFi hotspots in areas where the college already provides free WiFi. Although, maybe since our WiFi is "free", we would be exempt from this ruling.

I'm sure I'll have as many downvotes as you do in just a minute, so I'll buy you a cold one when I get there.

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BITE that APPLE if you want to escape the Android garden, Microsoft

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Subscription?

Benefits from a subscription - my guess would be with an O365 sub you have access to OneDrive, and can thus store your documents in Microsoft's {*SPARKLE*}cloud{*SPARKLE*}

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Tat bazaar eBay confirms: THOUSANDS of workers will be AXED

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Yesterday's idea

Agree totally - used to be decent, back in the early 2000's, then they stopped allowing most Joe Sellers to accept anything other than PayPal, which was a PITA as an occasional seller of old IT gear. Now it's almost like they force you into their straight-jacket to sell anything. I realize most of that was because of scammers, but geez, it's ridiculous.

But I do want to ask - what are the "better alternatives" you speak of? It would be nice if there were a site that would still allow me to sell stuff and accept money orders as payment...no paper trail like PayPal, so the wife doesn't get wind... ;)

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Security

"Security is also going to be a big feature of the new OS."

Haven't we heard that for the last 4 or 5 revisions of Windows? What happened to Trustworthy Computing?

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Microsoft snubs Codeplex, moves big projects to GitHub

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Yummy...

Your dogfood looks tastier than mine.

Wow, MS is now using a tool that more or less comes from Linus for their VS stuff? Am I reading this right, or am I missing something?

Is their next trick to somehow wrap Active Directory in an eDirectory back end? Or turn all of Word2015 into a WordPerfect macro? Maybe make qvwm the desktop for Windows 10?

The world just got a bit stranger.

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Fujitsu: Slide your fingertip through our ring piece and show mice the finger

Pirate Dave

Re: Second raters

that thing looks like a miniature Lelo Tor 2.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Just think

of how much MUSIC could be made with that many beans...

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Antarctic boffins hope stratospheric gravity wave hunter returns to Earth

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Well

"with no way to precisely control the craft's descent"

If it doesn't have a Playmonaut to guide it back, it's no wonder...

Interesting science, though.

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Confidence

"There is not much in life I have high confidence about,"

Maybe I'm just being too judgmental on the poor dear, but shouldn't the Director of the FBI have quite a few things he's highly confident about? I mean, theoretically, he should be able to stand in front of a judge in a criminal case and say "Your honor, we of the FBI are highly confident this man is as guilty as sin". A man shouldn't go to jail because the Director of the FBI says "We're fairly sure this guy might be guilty."

And shouldn't he be highly confident in the capabilities and levels of professionalism that his employees have?

What about high confidence in the investigative methods the FBI uses?

High confidence he can find his way home at night?

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Nvidia flops out TERAFLOP X1 for self-aware cars

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: I wonder

My thoughts exactly. Then add in the memory, cameras and screens they were talking about and wow, you've probably got a $10k-$15k bump in price after the Automakers get finished with the profiteering.

Because, you know, the "high tech" car keys/fobs they came out with in the 1990's still cost $200+ to replace...

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No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Big bang

We had an issue with rats chewing through fiber 8 or 9 years ago here at the University where I work. They got into the fiber patch/distribution box in a building and just had a party, chewing through a dozen or so fiber pairs one night. What was ironic about the whole thing was that this particular fiber box was in the back of the kitchen of the campus dining hall. It's still a joke in this department that the dining hall food is so bad that even the rats would rather eat plastic and fiberglass.

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Dr. Dobb's Journal sails into the sunset - yet again

Pirate Dave
Pirate

"the last print edition was dated February 2009."

Oh, that explains why it stopped showing up here at the office. I just checked, and yep, that's the last one I have on the shelf. Main story was "Computing in the Clouds". And a pic of some dude named Stephen Beal. The Feb 2009 issue was really, really thin - only goes up to page 48. I've seen thicker sales brochures from Walmart...

Sad, as DDJ used to be fun to read.

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El Reg's mighty rocket spaceplane Vulture 2 arrives in US of A

Pirate Dave

FAA

So what was the problem with the FAA that you alluded to the other day? Is it resolved yet?

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Win Server 2003 custom support: That's NOT going to be fun

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: I think that the following is the key issue here..........

"If you have a 10 year old pc running W2K on a bit of old hardware day in day out, without failing, why replace it and risk it falling over every day, because someone says you need the latest version."

10 year old PC?? Newbie. Mine's at least 12 years old. I swap the fans out every 3-4 years, and swapped the hard disk around 5 years ago. But Windows 2000 keeps on chugging away as my WINS server. In fact, when I last checked in August, it had been running non-stop for 3 1/2 years. Guess it's time to change the fans again.

I've thought about virtualizing it onto new hardware, or even moving WINS to a 2012 box. And probably will at some point. But shit, how can I beat a server that's been running 24/7 for almost 4 years. That's Netware 3.x territory...

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: @AC

You're vaguely pointing to the dark, ugly underbelly of VB back in the 90's. It was SO easy that the Business jocks could suddenly pass themselves off as "Programmers" just by sticking together a few VBXes/OCXes and a Data control. I guess for them it was a step up from Excel macros, but it still made a large contribution to tarnishing the whole "Programming in VisualBASIC" world. It wasn't really "programming", it was sticking together other people's modules with just a smattering of glue logic (that they probably found on someone's GeoCities website).

But there was some decent programming going on in other parts of the VB world. Karl Peterson has(had) a site devoted to a lot of cool stuff that folks had done in VB6 (google "classic VB"). VB as a TOOL was quite adaptable to many things in the hands of a semi-competent hacker.

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Pirate Dave

Re: Gambas

I looked at RealBasic as an alternative to VB.net back in like 2002-2003. It looked useful, but didn't have context-sensitive help, which is bummer when you're trying to remember the parameter order for built-in functions.

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Pirate Dave

Re: Eh...

I agree- VB6 was a Golden Child for MS. Back in the days of VB 3 (when I got on board), the main alternative for doing anything in Windows involved C++ and lots and lots of the Windows API. It took, what, like 15-20 lines of C++ to draw a window using API calls? Where in VB, it was click, drag to size, and there you go.

I've never been much of a C/C++ programmer (having come up in the days when the local colleges taught Pascal under DOS), so VB was the way around having to learn the vagaries and quirks of the Windows API. Luckily, I branched off into SysAdmin-land before that became detrimental to my career. :)

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Pirate Dave
Pirate

Eh...

I confess, I still use VB 6 for one-off projects where I want/need a GUI for whatever admin tool it is I'm writing. I looked at VB.net when it came out, but realized it lacked the "elegance" of old-school VB (if such a thing can be said about the older VB). It seemed like a franken-language - kind of like Java or C++ but with a BASIC-esque "front-end". There didn't seem to be much "VisualBASIC" left to it.

And in absolute truth, most of my VB6 projects would probably compile under VB3. I never really got into the "new" OO stuff they came out with in VB 4 and 5. I only use VB6 because it spits out much faster code than VB3.

With PowerShell, I no longer have as much need of VB 6, since I can reduce most admin things to scripts. But every once in a while, I'll need a GUI for something.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Problem?

" 'Doesn’t include systemd' is not a real problem.”

No, it's a solution to a solution that was looking for a problem.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

Pirate Dave
Pirate

"Has Microsoft spoken up about beefing up their handset encryption yet?"

Yes, I think they sent an email about it to all 6 users.

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

Pirate Dave

Re: Secret mode?

I forgot about the IDSPISPOPD code. Yep, that might have been better suited.

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Pirate Dave
Pirate

Secret mode?

"engineer who built it to unlock a secret extra power setting dubbed "desperation mode."

Let me guess - they had to type in IDDQD ...

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Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash

Pirate Dave
Pirate

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?

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

Pirate Dave

Re: maps and..

"I don't like being a normal user in the Android system."

Amen to that...

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The NO-NAME vuln: wget mess patched without a fancy brand

Pirate Dave
Pirate

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.

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Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE

Pirate Dave

"According to Professor John Long at Flinders University"

Just to be sure, that's John Long, not Long John, right???

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

Pirate Dave

Re: What a fuckbag

Fuck yeah!!! Have an upvote.

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Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Wow...

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).

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Kmart apologizes to customers after month-long security breach

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Kmart security breached...

Credit card processing hacked. Total number of affected customers may climb into the dozens...

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Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

Pirate Dave

I thought..

a key requirement to becoming a cheerleader was being able to ride a pair of balls... so what's so new about this?

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

Pirate Dave
Pirate

"how does all that user generated, user financed and user owned content and architecture continue under Microsoft?"

Embrace

Extend

Extinguish

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Fluff

All the rest is fluff - the real question has been answered - Ninjas beat Pirates.

Damn! :(

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