* Posts by waldo kitty

102 posts • joined 1 Dec 2008

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

waldo kitty
Angel

Re: Deceptive article headline

There's more than one Hell on Earth ;)

  • Hell, California, U.S.
  • Hell, Michigan, U.S.
  • Hell, Grand Cayman, the Cayman Islands
  • Hell, Norway, a village in Stjørdal
  • Hell Cave, a cave in Slovenia
  • Hell Creek, near Jordan, Montana, site of the Hell Creek Formation
  • Hells Halfacre, Kentucky
I was originally thinking of Hell, Michigan, because that one is definitely known to freeze over from time to time :)

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Quad-core coffee table trumped by dual-Mac garden furniture

waldo kitty
Pint

System 36

i don't think i can get a decent picture of the System 36 holding up the end of my work bench... it is against the wall out of the way and the bench is eight feet wide... the 36 is blocked in by an old "winged" typing table from the '60s (photo here http://office-turn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Vintage-Folding-Typing-Table-and-Rolling-Printer-Stand-360x433.jpg ) which houses two UPSes and two of the back end servers... the 36 is the same height as a metal two drawer filing cabinet of which there is one of those holding up the other end of the bench ;)

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FBI ends second iPhone fight after someone, um, 'remembers' the PIN

waldo kitty
Boffin

Re: Remember from some years ago...

Of a device allowing to turn off your motor... [Just in case you go crazy running away].

they've got that... it is called OnStar... they may even have competitors but i don't recall any in specific right now... they don't even have to disable the vehicle... they can just watch where you go by the eye in the sky and the vehicle's GPS tracking...

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Sysadmin given Licence To Perve shows why you always get it in writing

waldo kitty
Facepalm

Re: SAID NO MANAGER EVER

not to mention that no one ever really uses language like that in daily life...

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Astroboffin discovers exoplanet by accident ... in 1917

waldo kitty
Boffin

Re: Exoplanet? Endoplanet??

Exo as in "out of our solar system"...

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Panama Papers hack: Unpatched WordPress, Drupal bugs to blame?

waldo kitty
Facepalm

stupid is as stupid does...

TSSIA...

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Google tried to be funny, cocked it up, everyone thought it was a bug

waldo kitty
Windows

Re: "We're a couple of intelligent, caring guys, who'd you probably like if you met us socially"

it is the kids playing around and doing easter egg stuff rather than properly developing and testing their code...

old man 'cause i've been around the block a few times...

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waldo kitty
Boffin

Re: I don't get it.

"what does it mean?

the phrase 'mic drop' I mean."

when someone is on stage and they have their say, if they do not want any come back on what they said, they physically hold the mic at shoulder height and arm's length and drop it on the floor... if the mic doesn't get broken so no one else can go ripping back at the dropper, then they're already generally gone so that it doesn't matter anyway...

"drop the mic" is a rough equivalent of the 80s "talk to the hand"... in other words, i've said my say now you can shut up because i don't want to hear your's... i've got the last word in...

does that help?

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X-ray scanners, CCTV cams, hefty machinery ... let's play: VNC Roulette!

waldo kitty
Angel

One of the first things I did at my current place was knock off every port-forward except mail and Remote Desktop (because our users use it for everything). I was amazed how much there was. Straight port-forwards to servers, to clients (in the finance office no less!), to the phone system, to the web filter, to lots of internal web services, etc. etc. etc. I replaced it with a Smoothwall that reverse-proxies all the web content, and performs IDS/IPS on all the exposed services (mail, Remote Desktop, etc.). The amount of login attempts and other things it detected in the first week was enough to tell me that I'd done the right thing.

+1 for the smoothwall reference :)

kind wish there was a way to +more for the other good things you did, too...

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Computers shouldn't smoke. Cigarettes aren't healthy for anyone

waldo kitty
Pirate

Re: Keyboard hell

A cloud of fine grey dust floated down to the desk. He had been exhaling quite close to the keyboard and what escaped from his lungs did not escape from the keyboard.

that was more likely just ashes that fallen off into the keyboard instead of the ash tray... smoke doesn't hang around like that ;)

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Oh, sugar! Sysadmin accidently deletes production database while fixing a fault

waldo kitty
Paris Hilton

Re: Found Out The Rule The Hard Way

That rules says that any data that does not exist IN THREE SEPARATE PLACES

does not exist full stop.

Please define "THREE SEPARATE PLACES".

Izz'at three separate partitions on the same device?

Izz'at three separate partitions or devices in the same machine?

Izz'at three separate partitions or devices in two or more machines?

Izz'at three separate and distinct devices?

Izz'at three separate and distinct devices in three separate and distinct machines?

Izz'at three separate and distinct devices in three separate and distinct machines in three separate and distinct buildings?

Paris because everyone cries when they realize their horrible mistake could cost lives or possibly just millions of $$$...

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Want to kick butts? Go cold turkey

waldo kitty
Thumb Up

Re: The secret to giving up the toe rags...

I prefer the Sick boy method

i'm doing that right now... recovering from a week+ fever of 103F and no smoking inside... been smoking for 45 years... been down to 2 or 3 cigs a day unless adult beverages are involved which could then easily lead to 40 cigs in a few hours followed by several days of none at all... at this stage of sickness recovery, everything tastes nasty... that's what makes it even easier...

this is not my first time to try to quit, though... the first time i quit, i walked the 2 miles to the store with my last $3US to get a pack... the store was already closed... very little traffic and a family run country store so they closed early... i did that for five days and said to hell with it... quit for a year...

the next time i tried the patches... would have been successful if my appendix hadn't gotten in the way... while in the hospital, they would not let me have my patches... i was on the 3.5mg ones at that point... id10t doctor prescribed the 21mg patches very much against my wishes after i had asked for permission for my own patches... got out of the hospital more addicted and it was cheaper by ~$2US per day to just go back to smoking...

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LA hospital coughs up $17,000 to free PCs held to ransom by hackers

waldo kitty
Facepalm

bovine fecal matter!

Allen Stefanek, the hospital's CEO, said in a statement on Wednesday that the 40 Bitcoin ransom was coughed up as it was "the quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions."

this points to exactly a failed backup and recovery methodology... sad sacks like this is what keep the ransomeware industry going :(

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'Adobe Creative Cloud update ate my backup!'

waldo kitty
Boffin

Re: More CloudFog...

The American Way, I believe it's called...

no, it is not the American way... it is the greedy corporate way... it is not specific to America (or the USA) at all...

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When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

waldo kitty
Boffin

Re: Computer User Not Technical

I always enjoyed PEBKAC.

Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair.

that always looked wrong to me... i don't know why but i prefer the K on the end... not that it makes any real difference, though...

PEBCAK - Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard

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Building automation systems are so bad IBM hacked one for free

waldo kitty
Angel

Re: Hmmm

That movie with Cindy Crawford where Evil Russians hack her hotel's automation system from the street using a laptop with unfoldable Dvorak keyboard for particularly fast hacking ... can't remember the name.

Fair Game (1995) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113010/

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waldo kitty
Facepalm

this is really sad... this is only one instance... imagine all the other hundreds and thousands of similarly equipped buildings... this is another example of security being tacked on at the end instead of being properly built in from the beginning...

to quote a well known security analyst, "If you have not detected a compromise, It is not because it is not happening but because you are not looking in the right areas...." - Dr. Eric Cole ‏@drericcole

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Bank fail: Ready or not, here's our new software

waldo kitty
Facepalm

Re: Oh yes

Shortly after we took our exams he told us the truth - we now had better qualifications in IT than he did, and that he was usually only a week ahead of us on the coursework.

i knew a guy that did some side work as a teacher at the local community college... he was generally only an hour or two ahead of his students...

eg: he has a class coming up in an hour covering macros and mail-merge... he's never done it so he sits down, figures it out, comes up with a simple scenario then hauls arse across town to his classroom to ""teach"" what he has just learned himself... it was like this constantly...

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waldo kitty
FAIL

Re: It's not that nobody wants...

I think part of the problem is Google. By releasing services to the general public (even if they are invite only) they label as beta, they've made it acceptable to release products without proper testing.

no, you can go much further back to mickey^H^H^Hrosoft for that... everyone wanted to be a beta tester so they let them and moved all testing into the public sphere...

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Australian astroboffins reveal hundreds of hidden galaxies

waldo kitty
Boffin

The Great Attractor

have we/they been looking in the wrong place for the origin point of the big bang?

ever watch a cavitation bubble from an explosive suspended in water? it looks very similar to the way the big bang is described to have happened...

then there's the point where the bubble reaches its maximum expansion and reverses course to converge on the initial point of the explosion... the reversal causes surrounding material to be dragged along and when it all meets in the middle, a huge splash is thrown in the direction of least resistance... one can see similar when viewing videos of nuclear tests... the explosion goes out and then there's the suck that pulls everything back toward the center raking a second swipe over everything not tied down or strong enough to withstand the pressure...

The Great Attractor? sounds like the place where the original big bang explosion happened and we're all being sucked back in to the originating point...

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Submarine cable cut lops Terabits off Australia's data bridge

waldo kitty
Facepalm

Re: yet another reason

to use a VPN service.

if you're on an island being fed by cables and they get cut, your VPN is no better than tits on a boar... why? because that VPN connection would likely be cut or have reduce bandwidth anyway just like the cable...

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LinkedIn sinkin': $10bn gone in one day as shares plummet 40%

waldo kitty
Facepalm

this is a surprise??

linkedin and others have never been the shit they thought they might be... i've been head-hunted by many entities that didn't have a clue... it is even worse when they allow others to scrape your credentials and try to scam you into working for something that is not... the bad part is that one thinks they are getting involved in something that is good and yet there's all the rape and pillage going on from the hackers and spamers that no one seems to give a f#ck about... those that have fallen prey to these scams deserve what they have sown... security and personal protection should be first and foremost... sadly the youth of today just don't get it... YAY! right... whatever...

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

waldo kitty
Devil

I would often be looking at a programming notation I had never used or being trained in. So I would progress through the code saying in all honesty "and what does that do?" - and they would explain it to me. It was amazing how many times the person would soon say "Why of course - that's the answer - you are clever!".

Throughout my long career it was a good technique for helping people to solve their own problems.

In other words, you were being a "rubber duck" ;)

I don't know when I discovered it but it was way back some 40+ years ago that problems just stuck with me and I absolutely had to solve them. Invariably I talked to other folk not even involved about them and discovered the answer during that talk. One thing I found helpful was to convert the problem to something the other person understood (eg: auto mechanics). When spark plugs are used in place of blahblah and they ask "what if you used different spark plugs" it is amazing how quickly the light gets turned on.

That thing about using all CAPS for constants or defines or whathaveyou? Never heard of it. I taught myself programing from books on machines that didn't have lowercase. Some of those machines I built myself. Even back then all CAPS was like being shouted at. As soon as lowercase was available, I jumped on it and tend to do everything in lowercase. Sometimes I may use CaMeLCaSe but it is rather rare. I always forget if the "l33t" way is with the consonants being upper or lower or if it is some random schmeck that someone is throwing out there.

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

waldo kitty
Holmes

Re: How much money does this guy have?

I want to know whether to call him an eccentric or a nut case.

"an eccentric nut case" fits the bill precisely...

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IT security is a safe job? Tell that to Norse staff laid off this week

waldo kitty
Boffin

Re: Howard

"So the goal must be to have a staff of one?"

No, the goal is to be a CEO with no profit gobbling staff.

so where does the "better serve our customers" part come in??

aside: "customers"... really? are they "cuss to mers" or are they "clients"? there is a difference... like the difference between being ignorant and stupid, i'd rather be ignorant... ignorance can be cured by education... i'd rather be a client any day of the week...

PS: the only real cure for stupidity is hot lead at high velocity...

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Happy 2016, and here's the year's first ransomware story

waldo kitty
Boffin

Re: ALL YOUR PERSONAL FILES HAS BEEN ENCRYPTED.

"Yep, that's just the thing that would make me shudder in my shoes - the sterling use and command of the english language. The least the turds could do is run it though a spell/thesaurs checker. Or are they so poor they need to charge $35 a pop to buy one. They're free you know."

apparently you are not familiar with the "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension" (aka Buckaroo Banzai staring Peter Weller) movie or the old "Zero Wing" game...

"Sad, I used to be impressed by these losers' ability, but today, they're still just losers with an L shape on their foreheads. Sigh."

their abilities and antics are impressive but they've always had that 'L' tattooed on their foreheads simply because they are not using their talents for good... but that depends on one's definition of "good"... one good thing they are doing is showing how insecure and ill-written/untested the code is that is so widespread in today's worlds... especially when it shows that security is added as an afterthought instead of starting with security first and then implementing proper access...

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Law enforcement versus Silicon Valley's idle problem children

waldo kitty
Coat

what ever happened to doing real work?

on the "we need to have back doors into encryption" thing...

the lazy gendarme bastids need to get back to their roots with boots on the ground infiltrating those organizations they fear... using satellites to observe really messed them up when they stopped putting undercover agents in place in the organizations they suspected... now they're fighting to try to get back to that but they're still not looking at the whole picture... you don't need to break encryption if you have infiltrated the organizations sufficiently... get off your lazy arses and go ""make friends"" with them! get on their ""good side""... climb the ladder of rank... be on the inside and know what is going on before anything gets transmitted anywhere... quit being stupid and allowing technology to do your jobs for you... Dread Pirate Roberts was found by (relatively) old fashioned work gathering data and sifting through it... it probably wouldn't have taken so long if his right hand man had actually been an undercover agent...

that is all...

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China wants encryption cracked on demand because ... er, terrorism

waldo kitty
Mushroom

ORLY?

we suspect Western execs operating in China will be told to comply – or get out.

proper execs will just pull the plug and leave... no need to wait for demands of keys or orders to get out... just pack and leave now... close the facilities... what harm can it do to china's economy? :lol:

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You ain't nothing but a porn dog, prying all the time: Cyber-hound sniffs out hard drives for cops

waldo kitty

Re: Sounds Expensive

@cameron: @ waldo kitty Your link's not working but I think it will be the one, by Amber Marks.

i don't know why the link isn't working for you as i copied it straight from the address bar... but yeah, that's one by Amber Marks...

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waldo kitty

Re: Sounds Expensive

@cameron : There's a book by a woman who has contributed to this site in the past called Headspace which, amongst other things, suggests just that. It's well worth a read, by the way (reminding me to buy it for my Kindle now).

would that be this book? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Headspace-Sniffer-Adventures-Surveillance-Society/dp/0753515547

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The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

waldo kitty

Re: This happened not three weeks ago

I patiently explained/demonstrated/made-him-do-it operations with a two-button scroll mouse and started him on Minesweeper with a huge 3" icon in the middle of his tv.

i generally start them off playing solitare... it works great for that necessary eye-hand coordination thing and then they can learn about double-clicking or maybe even pressing the scroll-wheel to do the double-click for them... but first they learn click'n'drag the old fashioned way...

later instructions show them CTRL-C and CTRL-V for copy'n'paste when they've gotten their typing speed up and their mousing about down fairly well... this allows them to mouse with one hand and still do some keyboard things without driving the mouse 1000 miles a day ;)

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Memory-resident modular malware menaces moneymen

waldo kitty
Boffin

""never touches the victims' hard disks... can even corrupt a hard disk"

Corrupting hard disks without ever touching them? Not a bad trick."

easy enough to do by infiltrating the disk cache system and changing the data in the cache...

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

waldo kitty
Mushroom

1% chance?

so there were three UPSes and the mains... that looks more like a 1 in 4 chance... then take out the one UPS that's in bypass mode and it is a 1 in 3 chance that the wrong connection will be cut...

am i missing something?

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Cisco bitten by Java deserialisation bug, working on patch

waldo kitty
Coat

Re: Drop Java

Write once debug everywhere is not something I've encountered

apparently you are missing out on FPC (aka freepascal)...

jus' getting my sliderule and then we can get down to business...

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US Navy's newest ship sets sail with Captain James Kirk at the bridge

waldo kitty
Boffin

Re: What do it do?

Satellite recon is only good for stationary targets as it can only do a sweep every 8 hrs.

really? you've never heard of geostationary or geosynchronous satellites? that's two different but similar things and there are some craft that maintain their position that are not orbiting at the equator... then there's the molniya orbit where one craft is on station all the time while another is moving off and a third one is arriving to take over... the point being that you can watch a site continuously from orbit without any lapse in viewing time...

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Senate asks DHS: you don't negotiate with terrorists, but do you pay off ransomware?

waldo kitty
Devil

Re: Obvious question

you give too much credit where none is due ;)

the real questions are (#1) if their backups are current and (#2) properly done so that ransomware encryptions of their data don't overwrite existing backups and (#3) if they have paid ransomware demands, was that employee sacked and made to pay out of their own pocket for their stupidity...

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Smart telly, router, app makers have left a security hole open for – drum-roll – three years

waldo kitty
FAIL

Re: Experience not the issue

agreed for the most part... uPnP is its own security hole, though... especially since it allows users to bypass the admins' security settings on what traffic is allowed in or out... it has long been a thorn in the side of security conscience admins every where... at least today's uPnP does offer some additional controls and capabilities to prevent egress but it is still a hole that they didn't punch themselves...

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Bitcoin cloud miners a '$20m Ponzi scheme – there was no cloud at all'

waldo kitty
Boffin

Re: Central bank to stabilize its value

It's important to note that we don't use gold these days because there came a point at which, whether or not it really did work properly in the past, it definitely didn't work properly any more.

actually, we got off the gold standard because there's not enough gold in the world to cover the money that is available... i can't say that that is "not working properly any more", though... gold still "works properly" for what it is used for...

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Correction: 220,000 kids weren't exposed in VTech mega hack – it's actually 6.4 million

waldo kitty

Re: Fake info

At some point, reams of stupid people came online who don't know this.

on the contrary... "ignorant people" is the proper phrase... ignorance can easily be cured by education... the only cure for stupidity is hot lead at high velocity... i'd much rather be ignorant than stupid... the really sad thing is that there's a lot of ignorant people out there that don't know the difference :(

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Can't get a break: Pwned Linux ransomware pwned again, infects 3000

waldo kitty
Boffin

Re: Reader's digest

Over on Ars it seems that the Reader's Digest site is dishing out CryptoWall 3.0

i saw this reported several days ago... not sure who reported it but it was one of the security groups... maybe "Naked Security" or "Packet Storm" or similar...

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Fix sweetens foul cookie that kept open Aussie tax login portals

waldo kitty
Boffin

Re: re. "... red and blue security teams."

think capture the flag games which is basically what they are...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_team

https://www.sypriselectronics.com/information-security/cyber-security-solutions/penetration-testing/

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2278686/lan-wan/red-team--blue-team--how-to-run-an-effective-simulation.html

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Rap for wrap chaps in crap email trap: Chipotle HR used domain it had no control over

waldo kitty
Thumb Up

Re: intranet pr0n

"But I once clicked on a link in OWA and to describe what I found as NSFW would be an understatement! It took hours to discover all the filth on there..."

THAT deserves an up vote all by itself :)

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Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

waldo kitty
Devil

wait... what??

[from the article] Crudely put, the US doesn't recognise an "abroad" - and fears that if it starts to do so, it will open a Pandora's Box of criminal evasion. This is being fought in Europe, where Microsoft is challenging a US Court order to access emails stored in Ireland. The DoJ fears that a future Enron would store its data offshore, and claim data protection.

this is different than stashing your $$$ overseas to avoid taxation on it how?? apparently the US does recognize an "abroad"... they cannot stop anyone from opening a swiss bank account so what makes them think they can stop them from using infrastructure that is located offshore?

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Search engine can find the VPN that NUCLEAR PLANT boss DIDN'T KNOW was there - report

waldo kitty

Re: Experience at the sharp end

i gave you an up vote for the story but can't help but to see a flaw in the network if it allowed all those cloned machines on with the same address... there should have been some nasty collisions going on preventing all but one from accessing properly... like one sees today with ip addresses when they get hijacked by another system ;)

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Confession: I was a teenage computer virus writer

waldo kitty
Boffin

Re: Fake DOS

most of us with a clue were running 4DOS

HA! I still run 4DOS as well as 4OS2. Scripting is almost as nice as that available on *nix. The old school BBS that I still run couldn't do a thing without 4DOS and/or 4OS2 ;)

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The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

waldo kitty
Facepalm

Sorry, but using the word "science" with "Doctor Who" is like using the word "economy" with "Greece"

how is this any different than classifying horror stories/movies and wrestling as science fiction??

really, though, dr who is much closer to science fiction than those... it is right up there with the works of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, Ben Bova, Ray Bradbury and many more... especially, lest we forget, the venerable Douglas Adams... there are many others, too... these are just a few of those that i'm familiar with since childhood...

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

waldo kitty
Paris Hilton

Re: It's my motto

Where the hell are you drinking that 6 pints costs you £50?

You can't expect a "Happy Ending" or three for much less. If you don't keep the girls happy, you definitely won't be happy ;)

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Chinese cyber-spies hid botnet controls in MS TechNet comments

waldo kitty
Facepalm

A little something from 1996

===============================================================

The proposal that any system will be able to keep encrypted

messages off it is false. It is too easy to hide messages in

traffic. Any claim that review by a sysop will even slow it

down is extremely overoptimistic. It is a trivial task to

hide anything in a message. Even if you read every message

in all the echos, you cannot find all the hidden ones.

I guarantee that those that claim to remove encrypted messages

off their message base will be those most likely to have them

posted on their machine unknowingly. How many people can even

try reading all messages on their systems? Not many...

I can reassure you that even those who don't have a life, it

is impossible you can review every permutation of a message.

Having stated that you will review your message base for

all the hidden meanings only makes you more liable for your

messages.

===============================================================

Hint: Read the second column vertically for the example the post carries ;)

Note: Easier to read with a monospaced typeface.

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Infosec bod's brag: Text editor pops Avaya phones FOREVER

waldo kitty
FAIL

Re: Yeah you kinda expect that

That very company also had a bug in their call centre management software. To quote from their note "Therefore, if there are no files under /tmp at the exact moment when the /etc cleanup script is run on Linux the script may start to delete all files under /."

Gotta wonder if that programmer/coder from that game company that just had pretty much this exact same type of flaw worked for Avaya, too.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

waldo kitty
Facepalm

Re: @Manolo ...Varmint?

They are varmints and breed as bad as rabbits. But with rabbits, at least you can eat them and use their fur...

you can eat armadillo, too... it isn't too bad when cooked properly...

there's also some interesting artsy type things that a few folks have done with the shells...

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