* Posts by Pirate Dave

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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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Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Why?

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?

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

Pirate Dave
Pirate

"Microsoft are just somewhat ahead of the curve."

Only if they are marching backwards...

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Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

Pirate Dave
Pirate

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.

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Insert coin to continue: GameOver ZeuS zombie MUTATES, shuffles back to its feet

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Takedowns

" that botnet takedowns could only deliver a coup de grâce if bot masters were excuted."

There, fixed that for you.

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NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Crusoe

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.

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

Pirate Dave
Pirate

so

Eventually Dr. Sbaitso could analyze himself? What's he going to do if he says a cuss word to himself? That could get noisy...

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Pirates?

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.

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Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

Pirate Dave
Pirate

RIMFAX

"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.

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Senate introduces USA FREEDOM Act to curb NSA spying excesses

Pirate Dave
Pirate

FREEDOM

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.

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: The less they care

Don't forget Microsoft in your list of big companies who care less about their users...

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Meteor?

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.

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PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

Pirate Dave
Pirate

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.

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Nadella: Yes I can put 2 THINGS FIRST. I will say them at the same time – CLOUDOBILE

Pirate Dave
Pirate

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.

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July 14, 2015. Tuesday. No more support for Windows Server 2003. Good luck

Pirate Dave
Pirate

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.

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New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Ah...

too bad, I was hoping "Flash is DEAD" was referring to the product from Adobe...

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