* Posts by Paul 129

287 posts • joined 26 Jun 2009

Page:

Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

Paul 129
Devil

Re: The real culprit

"Then there appears to be a HARD problem here since a lot of "admins" aren't sophisticated enough to know how to do fine-grained control yet are pretty much the smartest users on the staff. They can only think in simple terms. From what's being described, security MUST be made simply effective but at the same time CAN'T be made simply effective. Basically, the secure-vs-easy scale again."

Windows does have finer grained permissions, and heaps of other goodness, but their implementation..... well.... its HP Lovecraft's universe come real.

0
0

OpenSSH server open to almost unlimited password-guessing bug

Paul 129
Pint

Good Stuff

Find it and fix it!

4
0

Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

Paul 129
Happy

Actually sounds good.

0.5% Cockup

0.08% Injury

0.008% Death

Sounds like, with a little better reporting, and a few more generations of these things, they sould be able to do the job nicely.

Given the stupod souding nature of the problems, you would assume that they're easy to correct/design around.

4
0

Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

Paul 129
Trollface

Re: Meanwhile.... [upvote for the nice troll commnet]

"Less people use BSD, OSX and Linux on the desktop than use Windows Phone so they must be totally irrelevant."

Irreverent! Get it right Boyo! We're Irreverent!!!

Webster defines Irreverent: : having or showing a lack of respect for someone or something that is usually treated with respect : treating someone or something in a way that is not serious or respectful

MS Business skills=respect, but how in the name of the seven levels CAN you take their software SERIOUSLY?!?

0
0

Practice makes perfect: NBN fibre deployments accelerate

Paul 129
Joke

Passby == bypass?

Each time I read the number of connections that the NBN pass by, it makes me chuckle...

The office next door in the CBD, state capital, just got on; YA!!!! 6 months with out a landline; copper was diconnected.

The NBN had incorrectly connected their service to another port.

The final go they had at fixing the problem required 10 business days for just the paperwork to go through the queue. They could even give an accurate breakdown to where it would be in the process. But I guess thats what you get when a decent sized national chain starts getting its hackles up.

Of course it was a Telstra/NBN job. Oh the digital phones are still cocked up of course, but they actually can make a call.

1
0

'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

Paul 129
Devil

Re: Oh dear.

Downvote for being "The LUCKY Bastard!"

0
0

ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

Paul 129
Facepalm

Re: wait for it...

Trouble is when you get a failed machine still under warranty with a warranty seal.

Do you break the seal or not? In the past you didnt have to, you could choose an alternate boot source, and run your repair tools. Now you have to fight with the system to get the UEFI option screen.

Not a nice situation, when you discover the drive is failing and you lost valuble time in trying to recover their prized memories. (Its the Old Dears that generally loose the most)

0
0

Docker and Microsoft unite Windows and Linux in the cloud

Paul 129
Gimp

Collectable?

That badge is amazing.

The only sane explanation must involve chains, gimp mask and a hulking guy in a leather cap. Whomever came up with it must be as stable as sack full of rabid bunnies after you've thrown a python in.

1
0

Patch-crazy Aust Govt fought off EVERY hacker since 2013

Paul 129
Joke

All given freely

"Australian Signals Directorate deputy director Steve Day says hackers have failed to extract any sensitive information."

If sensitive information equals useful information. I sure can't see anyone getting that out of the australian government, any time soon.

3
0

Watch out for the products that have snuck in behind your back

Paul 129
Terminator

PLEASE!!!!

"Part of IT's job is to identify technical threats to the business so make sure you know what happens in your environment, and automate those painful t̶a̶s̶k̶s̶ TOOLS wherever you can."

I thought they'd lock me up though!?!

0
0

Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

Paul 129
Windows

Re: Yeah...

They might have moved to slow on this one. Have they jumped the shark and heading for their digital moment?

3
1

Nobody should have to see their own rear, but that's what Turnbull's NBN will do to Australia

Paul 129
Joke

Re: Title should read

And the other arse is just a little shorter....

4
0

Singapore's PM personally programmed C++ Suduko-solver

Paul 129
Angel

Awww!

No fair! We only get ...... um people ̶w̶h̶o̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶b̶a̶r̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶m̶a̶d̶ we're kinda embarrassed about.

Hey how about a trade? You'll get a good exchange rate on yours

3
0

Microsoft announces Windows 10 and Azure for humanity's implacable IoT foes

Paul 129
Mushroom

YA! Another conference, another way of doing things!

Can we clean up some of the old ones PLEASE!

Still using alternate data streams from WinNT er VMS. WTF?

Or how about the different locations for program installations

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/d913471a-d7fb-448d-869b-da9025dcc943/where-does-addremove-programs-get-its-information-from-in-the-registry?forum=w7itprogeneral

All the different ways you have to do things, and NONE of them is complete!

I WANT MY HAIR BACK!!!

1
0

Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

Paul 129
Thumb Up

NICE

I've been fascinated at those silicon droplet experiments too. It makes you look at all the old experiments into Aether. All cool stuff. I too expect that there is something that we are missing that will move us into a more classical interpretation.

The flow on effects into quantum computing....

You have to know what information your missing, and that is the crux of the issue ;-)

1
0

Turnbull's Digital Transformation Office already missing deadlines

Paul 129
Happy

Mal for PM!

Cor! Somones been drinking the Coolaid!

Mind you If he can make a p̶u̶r̶s̶e̶ um anything out of that sows ear of a promise. I'll vote for him.

0
0

Lightbulb moment for visible light networking: 200 Gbps without a fibre

Paul 129

Re: What's the use case for 100 Gbps wireless?

Ok I'll down vote you. I typically throw around a couple of hundred gig to a terabyte at a time (disk images), across the network, so the ability to speed it up in any form is appreciated.

The bottle neck in my work though is the speed of hard drives that i'm sucking the data from. Can't wait till the day SSD's overtake hard disks as the main storage

1
1

Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

Paul 129
Paris Hilton

Re: Thanks to heaven it was not found by Google...

http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/archive/2015/02/10/ms15-011-amp-ms15-014-hardening-group-policy.aspx looks a good read. Not going to feed the troll. It does however raise the question what will happen with samba4 domain controllers, this could be unfun.

Now that they've announced how expect exploits live shortly.

Mind you good work on the fix MS (I don't believe the line about 2003 though)

1
0

Telstra: we don't collect the metadata the government wants now

Paul 129
Facepalm

Data Retention

Its interesting to see that Australia, Britain and the US are all trying to impose the same thing at the same time, warrantless.

Does this imply some sort of shared capability that they want to put in place. With the purchase price being hidden in every broadband bill?

I can only think that they are actually fearful of Chinese exploiting the firmware on all the systems it produces, and this is actually going to be used for cyber defence.

Everything else, religious extremists etc.... How the stuff will it not end up a white elephant?

0
0

Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

Paul 129
Joke

Re: "We want people to love Windows on a daily basis," said CEO Satya Nadella

So THATS what I'm fixing, a well and truly loved windows!

1
0
Paul 129
Joke

"We want people to love Windows on a daily basis," said CEO Satya Nadella

OMG! What a line.

Jokes only please. I'll start!

4
0

Now Obama seeks China's help to halt alleged Nork HACK ATTACKS

Paul 129

Keys to the Kingdom.

Something you know: Collect via cup of coffee. Hack.

Something you have: Collect by burglary. Hack.

Something you are: Amputation. Hack it off!

Nork Nork Nork!

.

Somone called Simon:Me? I just answer the phone. You want that guy over there. He's does all the funky IT stuff. Points to a upstart bean counter with delusions of adequacy.

Nork Team disappears with the victim.

Somone called Simon: Somehow starts wearing one of those silver conductive suits. And the stair rail gets some new network attachments. Grid Networking may not be the rage these days, but at 20KV direct from a substation, it must be respected.

The story about how the power got switched on the bottom, and somehow all the Norks providing a nice conductive path, at the correct time, after they find out, who the real admin is.... Well that IS the trade secret ;-)

0
3

Telstra's NBN boondoggle nearly set in stone: reports

Paul 129
Gimp

NBN Woes

Well finally getting the NBN connected in Jan. Telstra DOT needs to be hooked up to it. Yes. We already have that product. It needs to be hooked up....Hmmm isnt that a matter of plugging it in?

I guess we get the answer when telstra turns up, in MAY! WTF!

Common sense solutions? I feel Telstra's playing games for fun and pofit, NBN experience will be crap, in every way that they can make it.

So bend over Australia. Its going to hurt!

1
0

NBN Co details fibre/copper divide in new rollout plan

Paul 129
WTF?

Have to vote you down.

Its all been a big crock of bull$%!t.

My favourite story is that of the 'Day the NBN came to town' a customer of mine was rather excited to talk to the people with the mobile NBN pavilion. But it was wet n windy so they'd packed everything away, please try again in the afternoon.

So when he came back, it was sunny and clear, but there was no one about, wandering around to be back of the semi and looking in, was surprised to find two of the NBN reps practicing their missionary skills. Shocked about this behaviour, he asked about the location of the supervisor,... At the pub 2:30 Friday afternoon.

Anyway the NBN is good if you can get it, Wireless that I have seen is typically a solid 25Mbs easy, and no slowdowns due to oversubscription! Satellite, dunno what's happening there, but VOIP over satellite? Please someone say that's not what's happening?

Unfortunately most of my stories at the moment are about people being told of impending copper cut off, with NBN being undeliverable.

My direct observations are, 'order what order? Oh we had to cancel your order, I cant tell you why' times lots! and 'oh well just route it through your neighbours roof'. Mind at least now, something is happening!

0
0

BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

Paul 129
Mushroom

Nun on board!

And a naughty fox seen departing the premises

0
0

Stop ROBOT exploitation, cry striking Foxconn workers

Paul 129
Angel

It gives e a warm and fuzzy feeling

When Chinese workers aren't cheap enough for HP.

Chinese Luddites UNITE! Oh hang on its not that sort of Communist country....

Watch this space, I guess....

Now where's the popcorn?

0
0

Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone

Paul 129
Gimp

Re: "Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie"

Hey I thought Notes was cool, just misunderstood.

Using it for email, or a web server....... well..., that would be just weird!

:-P

2
0

VXer fighters get new stealth weapon in war of the (mal)wares

Paul 129
Joke

Thats cruel

You just compared a pack of drunken hacks, with a system designed by power drunk hacks...

Oh! Clever! Have a thunbs up

1
0

2,285,295 Aussie logins nabbed in Russian password haul

Paul 129

Useless

Unles details of the exploit are made public things wont improve.

The source could be compromised servers, virused pc's, hijacked dns, or simply people tying in a password in a wrong window.

Sure, all of these could be sorted out by people logging in with different passwords for different sites, and regularly changing passwords. BWAAHAHAHA!!!

0
0

Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

Paul 129
Thumb Up

YES

Well Almost :-)

Hivex, read and write a registry structre. Registry permissions arn't an issue

Removed something like this a couple of months ago. Still had a dll driver that kept putting the registry entry back.

Always said the registry was the cause of all evil. Been blasted here for my comments. BTrees and a faster registry has just allowed more cruft to collect there.

Downvote this if you think the registry is Simple, Straight forward, Elegant or Well documented.

2
0

Drones face privacy regulation under Oz government plan

Paul 129
Trollface

Why privacy?

Being a manageable workplace risk shouldn't Safe Work Australia be involved...

What could go wrong!

0
0

Fibre to YOUR premises NBN still on table pending telco talks

Paul 129

100MB

Is what everyone was getting with a passive optical network... Yes 6% of pundits could ask(pay) for more and get a dedicated fibre rather than one there sharing with, what was it? 16 other premisis.

So you could then run it at a high speed. Yes in theory the switching gear could be upgraded, when new stuff comes out. But with the spend on building the NBN people would demand a return on investment, so how could upgrades NOT lag for a number of years before having the digital divide argument again.

The NBN was being rolled out in Tas with so many complete stoppages that it made you wonder if Telsra was directly paying the union safety bods to make it fail. The contractors were being hellishly squeezed.... (Some hearsay rumor of $5K to clean a pit of chemicals used in the snotboxes,let lone asbestos, so perhaps the safety guys were making money)

Anyway... With the setup final fibre connection to a house could take 4 or 5 seperate visits? Over a couple of months! OMG! A well laid out development plan or Money pit, You decide.

But the devil IS in the detail

0
0

Microsoft thumbs nose at NSA, hardens crypto for Outlook, OneDrive

Paul 129
Trollface

How Microsoft has fallen

WOW! I'd never thought I'd hear such enduser friendly language from microsoft.

You'd never catch face(mindcontrol)book, or goo(collect everything)gle attempting to massage public opinion by shoring up the pipes(please ignore the back door).

Oh.... Hang on.... DOH! I get it now. NSA isnt paying microsoft for tapping the traffic OUTSIDE the data center!

Mircosoft change...LOL..silly me.

3
6

Five eyes spies good for us: Tony Abbott

Paul 129
Facepalm

LOL

Seriously guys....?

Yes we're putting up with some crappy stuff from this guy, but the others.... Another term, and there would be no small business sector left....

The guy in charge of the ALP the puppet master for the Kevin vs Julia wars, and the old power brokers responsible for so much pain and hurt are still there, conroy, wong,...

We need people to export, manafacture goods, use refrigerants, insulate your house, grow cattle, provide dental work, all sectors that the ALP DECIMATED in the truest meaning of the word!

You seriously want to go back to where generous grants are only available to those that can apply within the first 12 hours of a program? That somehow only works your employees are in the right union.....?

1
2

Anti-coal protestors rated top threat to Australian e-voting

Paul 129

What am I missing.?

You still want paper based voting. So a vote slip is printed and may be verified, recounted etc. But it must able to be electronicly scanned.

Hell you could even printout your vote at home, zoom down to the pooling booth and submit it, there. If you didn't post it perviously. The only trick is ensuring that you only vote once.

I hear Labor doesn't like that ;-)

0
0

Qld government in social media policy linkrot FAIL

Paul 129
Gimp

My Eyes my Eyes!

Let this be a reminder to the kiddies out there, not all links are to be clicked on. When words like cringeworthy, goatse or phrases like 'youll never believe' and ' 5 things that ....'

DONT NOT CLICK ON THE LINK!

P.S. Anyone know of a good therapist that can remove tautological rhetoric. I'm just glad I'm not a QLD employee, otherwise I couldn't post here....

0
0

Truck-sized asteroid slips silently between Moon and Earth

Paul 129
Mushroom

Would we be told?

I guess whizzed by answers that question.

A week... Could have booked a nice place with the right view....

Bomb because there's no pouting icon.

0
0

Hackers attempt to BLACKMAIL plastic surgeons

Paul 129
Windows

'Nip Tuck'

First thing that sprung to mind was the fate of people who tried to blackmail the guys on the series 'Nip Tuck'? Dont mess with plastic surgeons :-)

Thumbs up on the handling of the 'stuff up'... So far.

xkcd FTW

0
0

Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

Paul 129

Re: @DougS

OIL OIL OIL

http://ukrainian-energy.com/en/oil_gas_map

What a coincidence... Now what areas is Russia interested in? Where are its troops massing

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26968312

I've been trying to find the percentage of people required in a country to run a successful revolution. I thought it was a fraction of the ethnic russians.

Protecting ethnic russians is happy coincidence

0
2

Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark

Paul 129
Unhappy

Worried about NBN not lack of it

Its all Hype, Smoke and Mirrors.

There is a reason that the Libs make the insult 'You've been drinking the NBN coolaid'

Tasmania is one of the most NBN connected areas. We have fibre to the node in some areas NBN via wireless in others and NBN via satalite...

It has been a poitically motivated roll out. The fibre is a passvely shared network. I forget if it was 16 or 32 premesis that share the one fibre. They essentially deliver 3 strands to allow for future upgrades in a way that doesnt take you off the network. But still its a party line. When the neighbours endpoint fails in the right mode its going to leave a lot of unhappy customers.

Fully subscribed your bandwidth will be 80Mb (assuming no communications overhead)... Which is a lot, and technicaly possible to upgrade, but given the headache of the fibre rollout I cannot see it EVER being upgraded. 6% of lucky subscribers may be able to have their fibre upgraded to a point to point connection. Could be cool.

Cost for access? yes unless your Aunt Dorothy you'll be paying more.

So it sounds fast, has the ability to be upgraded, so whats the problem?

Well we have all experienced dodgy mobile phone connections. Wireless NBN will provide take out your old copper and instead give you VOIP over the wireless... Nervous yet?

How about satelite? VOIP over that anyone? Suddenly the concept of removing your old phone services and leaving you with a layer 2 connection port to your service provider suddenly sounds like you've just had a run in with IT on an evangelical agenda.

And we have seen agendas play out. Telstra dragging its heels, scares of asbestos stopping all work, across the state. Electrical Trades Union bignoting itself. Thats locally, wont mention conroy and underpants or lack of spectrum, satalite slots etc.

The wife has an accountancy practice in central hobart. We are having the copper disconnected in 6 months. The second round of dissconnections. The first round will be in may. Telstra are at this point in time UNABLE to process orders to have our data and voip service transefered from copper to the NBN (digital business). There is at minimum a 6 week delay between placing an order for the NBN and it being delivered. Oh n those cutoff dates are set in stone. The way out is to have a contract with Telstra saying your moving to their NBN, but as of last week you couldn't place an order.

Going to see someone with satelite NBN tomorrow, he is very unhappy with his broadband. Said voice was impossible, long delay then echo. Guess I'll see if my fears are true.....

0
0

Microsoft spells out new rules for exiling .EXEs

Paul 129
Trollface

Pot meet Kettle..

For a laugh....

Ask those questions of Microsofts own software

Oh and be fair

Ignore the rule 'Falsely claim to be a program from Microsoft.'

and then see how your microsoft software checks out.... I'm wondering what they have that passes

11
2

Turnbull Twitfight - we're backing Mal this time

Paul 129

NBN is Telstras flood of 67

Jim: How am I going to explain the missing documents to the Mail?

Sir Humphrey: Well this is what we normally do in, circumstances like these. [hands over a file]

Jim: [reading] This file contains the complete set of papers, except for a number of secret documents, a few others which are part of still active files, a few others lost in the flood of 1967. [to Humphrey] Was 1967 a particularly bad winter?

Sir Humphrey: No a marvellous winter, we lost no end of embarrassing files.

0
0

Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

Paul 129
Thumb Up

Just dont forget the spares

You don't know what people have been doing to those machines. Do they even contain the memory and drives they origionally had? People often ummm, mislead you with what they say. If they can boot off a USB or CD, then SNAIL MAIL them up a linux cd and usb stick, tweek them a bit so they open up a reverse tunnel to you. (dd over the ddrive will show if there are any problems with the harddrive, lshw and you wont have any surprises with the hardware, hell you may even be able to talk them through actually running memtest!)

If your feeling really clever, you can mount the drives with ntfs-3g and try to copy back the system hive c:\windows\system32\config\system.dat If you can you can read the hive for what has been installed on the machines. (a little less error prone than checking directories, oh hang on ive got scripts for that ;-)

Best option probably would be to take up a bunch of refirbs, so you can set them up in a lab and have them as bomb proof as posible. ie a couple of days testing memory and drives, and have a system that they can use to reimage them. Have all the networking sorted so you just have to plug them in and migrate old data.

Refurbish and resale what you bring back. But I guess it all depends upon your budget.

Otherwise make sure you have plenty of spare parts.....

Good luck!

0
0

'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

Paul 129
Happy

Re: PowerShell?

From getting rsync working with dos PROPERLY ( ie link it in to volume shadow copy,so you can backup registry etc, vshadow.exe ) Ugggghhh what fun! And then a bit more of a code nightmare getting it to network properly. FUN FUN FUN.

Each new version of windows had a new way of doing things, and significant changes to the capabilities, so when powershell came out yeah it'll be about as useful as vbscript, capable but you still have to dig out the old tools, and forgotten when the NEW thing comes along. So with my meddling in powershell recently, I have actually been plesantly surprised by it...

Mind you, these days for scripting I'm finding myself going for python more and more. Just simply wrap any command line and the ease of getting stuff done well

http://xkcd.com/353/

0
0

Boffins build bendy screen using LEDs just THREE atoms thick

Paul 129

LED's

Light emmitting DIODES people! DIODES, as used in easly logic circuits. This could have all sorts of digital applications. (Key of course is the electrical characteristics)

So they're trying the sicky tape approach with other materials and seeing whats useful. Better jump to it or someone else will patent the results....

Hmm... Duct tape is so much better.... And I think even mythbusters got the Saami Rocket happening....

I wonder.... B-)

0
0

Want a touch-friendly solar-powered laptop? Apple just patented it

Paul 129

Patent avoidance

I have a problem really understanding patents, but couldn't this one be be avoided entirely by not having a great goofy logo in the middle of the cover?

0
0

Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

Paul 129
Gimp

Re: it all begins to sound

I've got to aggree with John P. Windows 8 appears to be a much better engine. But the guys doing the Interface OMG!

Then there's the creepiness factor! People still think they own the software, even if its a 12 month subscription (Office 365), so its rare that they don't get upset when your signup process demands their age, sex and would like their phone number. Its productivity software, not some sleazy site....... Doh!

3
0

Germany warns: You just CAN'T TRUST some Windows 8 PCs

Paul 129
Coat

Re: TPM

An interesting effect. I had one client with a windows 8 machine, his settings disabled updates over connections that cost you money. Somehow he had drivers that had 1/2 downloaded updates. His computer got stuck in a reboot loop trying to update components. (solution was to somehow get it in a safe mode and activate the updates over connections that cost yo money, but I digress)

Observing the complains about the components, well why don't you fix it by installing the files, updating the registry entries. Nope. The files were at their correct versions, the registry entries were correct. The thing was baulking due to components not being registered correctly in windows side by side. *sigh ok where's the problem here*? Well the components appear to be digitally signed, with an expiration date etc....(looks like a digital certificate chain, presumably they can issue CRL's) Oh... Comparing to another machine, and a few basic experiments later, They're signed against a signature PER machine. I didn't think of looking at TPM (Thought that was killed years ago) :-(

So what does this mean in reality? Well You have to TRUST M$, because they control the keys that controls what you CAN run on your computers. Trouble with this is that you also have to trust the US government. We have never had ANYTHING like this every before!

This isn't a DRM issue, nor a trust them not to seal data (which it is), its a sovereignty issue. US government with the keys to disable all your Internet connected windows 8 machines, no they would never abuse that sort of power....Yeah Right!

5
0

Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

Paul 129
Happy

Re: "everyone bets on Linux today"

"And that will continue until Outlook runs on Linux boxen. Natively."

Either that or someone tarts up evolution.

0
0

Ubuntu forums breached, 1.8m passwords pinched

Paul 129
Big Brother

Re: Wouldn't have happened with Windows 8...

I'm offended that you would think I don't take the time to look after my clients. With windows 8 I have provided more initial support than ever before.

Unfortunately most of my clients are well, 'the unwashed masses', and metros schizophrenic nature plus M$ forcing their online services down peoples throats (IMHO) are causing issues.

One well meaning old dear had ADSL issues, so the email system prompted her for a password. She just enters all her account details again, what she thinks is right. OMG the mess from that simple little misunderstanding!

I could list a long line of, only win8 bugs that I have encountered, but hey every windows version is the same, initially.

The thing that I was commenting on was the fact that, from my experience, when vista came in you had people complementing it(+), people reserving their comments(=), and people being derogatory about it(-).

With windows 8 I've only had people reserving their comments(=) or being derogatory about it(-).

How about you taking the time and listening to what people say

1
0

Page:

Forums