* Posts by Crazy Operations Guy

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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"are easy to remember but the easiest for someone else to find out."

Hell, even Sarah Palin knows that...

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Re: Even worse

What is your favorite color? (Answer must be 8 characters or longer). So that gives only two options (That I can think of): Aqua-marine and Vermilion...

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Singapore to trial 10Gbps home broadband

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Re: and still slow

Why would traffic need to go to the US anyway? Singapore is wired in to the SEA-ME-WE pipes as well as several massive pipes connecting to China, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and points beyond. Any website or internet service anyone would want either is mirrored in Singapore already, in a nearby country, or is of trivial significance.

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Robocalling Americans? That'll cost you $1.7 MEEELLION

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Moving to malware

I've been getting scam calls from malware-infected phones lately. The call appears to come from a friend or coworker, and then when I go to look at their phone, lo and behold, right on the file system is an app (random string of characters) that doesn't show up in the phone's UI that has managed to get permissions to make phone calls and access the address book with a pike of audio files hanging out in the directory.

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'Logjam' crypto bug could be how the NSA cracked VPNs

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What a load of bullshit.

First off, Putin wasn't in charge of Russia during the Monica Lewinsky Scandal, that would be Medvedev... Second, Putin does own a cell phone, there are plenty of pictures of him using one, plus numerous videos of him doing so as well. Third, there would be no way in hell that Bill would have been able to transfer any sort of money to Russia without a so much scrutiny to make it impossible, let alone an internationally controlled organization such as the IMF.

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Swedish government wins legal case to seize Pirate Bay domains

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Re: Legal reasoning.

In the US, the RICO act allows for confiscating anything that was purchased from the proceeds of a crime. The FBI, DEA, and the other organizations have taken cars, phones, and even houses. They can make you homeless if make even a single mortgage payment using even a single penny that was gained from crime. They can then turn around and use that property for whatever they want, including selling it and dumping the cash into their budgets, and if it turns out that you were innocent, they'll give you the profit they made on the sale (Usually only 10%, but many times less than the actual value of the item).

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Amazon cloud to BEND TIME, exist in own time zone for 24 hours

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Re: 1 second per month in 3752

Yeah, I remember reading about how GPS satellites have to be engineered with both general AND special relativity taken into account, in addition to such things as the speed of propagation of Electromagnetic waves in atmosphere and, to a lesser extent, the gravitation lensing effect.

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Astronomical time is pointless anyway

Having illogically defined time zones already makes synchronizing with astronomical time pointless. I suppose it would make a bit of sense if our time zones where split correctly so that local 'noon' was at the point where the sun was directly 'overhead'.

This whole leap seconds stuff, to me, is about as useful as moving the distance markers along the highway because the pavement expands and contracts with age. Sure moving it a few centimeters would make it more accurate, but you'd have to disrupt the flow of traffic to do it, and its such a small change that almost no one will ever notice the change itself, only the side effects.

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1 second per month in 3752

By that time, I would assume that we would be off of earth and worrying about much more important things. Especially since keeping accurate time would be a right pain in the posterior to keep accurate anyway, what with general and special relativity rearing their ugly heads...

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Pundits ponder perilous placement of STANDING STONES on Comet 67P

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Are those stones actually separate objects?

I would posit that those may be all part of the same connected hunk of rock, but just had sections eroded out over time making it appear as three boulders (Say passing through a particle cloud a couple times, but the particles are deflected at different angles as the front end of the comet gets worn down)

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Re: Space Druids

Odd, that comet doesn't look Druish...

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ALIBABA Vs AMAZON: Let the Global Tat Bazaar war begin

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"Our biggest advantage is abundance, with 100 million products."

100 million products and not one of them is the one I was looking for... Was kinda hoping to find somewhere that actually carried a computer with a Loongsong chip in it, figured that at least Alibaba would have one.

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Screech! Grand Theft Auto V malware mods warning

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Mods on steam

Except people will still go to third party websites to download mods that don't pass Steam's policies, such as the "Hot Coffee" mod... People will ignore every security warning in existence if there is any possibility of seeing genitals.

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It's the end of life as we know it for Windows Server 2003

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"Unlike Windows XP Server 2003 won’t cling around, zombie-like, at high numbers for years."

Awww, that is so cute, you think IT departments that haven't bothered to upgrade yet are going to jump right on it when support goes away... I wish my experience in IT hadn't killed off that sense of childhood optimism...

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Violin acknowledges Valley's hippy roots with Grateful Dead gig lottery

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The Hippies of yesteryear are the squares of today

1969: We'll never sell out to The Man! Money can't buy happiness!

2009: Wow, this Cappuccino is great! Now where were we? Right, so last quarter's earnings show a year-on-year growth...

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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Re: "Cuba has a vaccine for cancer"

"At least, I know where the down vote came from."

Nope, I don't down-vote people for being wrong. I only do it when people are being jackasses.

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"Cuba has a vaccine for cancer"

Umm, do you even know what cancer is? While there are some vaccines against viruses that can cause cancer (such as HPV, and many others for which we already give out vaccines), there is nothing to prevent cancer itself. Cancer is a malformation of the genetic code that allows the cell to reproduce but either causes reproduction at a much higher rate or inhibits the cell from destroying itself at the proper time.

The DNA malformations that cause cancer can come form a very wide range of sources, including radiation, toxins, viruses, random chance during cellular mitosis (When you copy a copy too many times, an undetected error will happen eventually), and several other rare causes. Our cells do have a crude mechanism to detect errors, but it acts like a file-integrity checked that only ensures that each byte contains 8-bits but no checks as to the expected length of the file or the contents of its header.

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We do live on the planet where the inhabitants think that Digital Watches are pretty neat. Personally, I think we never should have come down from the trees. Especially with what politics have done to this world...

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Re: Aye

What confused me about the Affordable Care Act is why not just dump more money into MedicAid / MediCare and reduce the requirements to use them? Then they could have avoided the huge cluster-fuck that was the mass stampede to get it. Hell, then it could have just been a quick citizenship check at the hospital rather than having to pay monthly fees for something that isn;t needed 99% of the time.

But then Insurance companies would lose out on income, and we can't have that since those companies provide valuable campaign contributions... errr... jobs, yeah, jobs.

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Putin's lapdog? Zuckerberg questioned over quisling claims

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"Zuckerberg yesterday celebrated his 31st birthday."

And yet he still dresses like a 12 year old...

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Mobile spyware firm mSpy hacked, clients doxxed on dark web

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If you don't trust someone

Then why do you keep them around? When it comes to relationships, the whole thing is pretty much over the second you even start considering something like this. If you don't trust them enough for them to tell you the truth, then what hope does the relationship have? Same goes for employment.

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Adjustments will be needed to manage the Macs piling up in your business

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They still are terrible at domain-resolution

Add a Mac to an Active Directory Domain that ends in a non-standard TLD like .local, or .corp and they'll take forever to log in...

But, really, the easiest way to deal with macs is to ignore that they are macs and manage them like you would a Linux or BSD box. I've dealt with the "Creatives" that insist on using Macs for Photoshop and the like, I just set up a redundant pair of Puppet servers and use it push the configs. I was already using puppet to manage the Linux web boxes, the FreeBSD network appliances, and the high-sec OpenBSD admin boxes so I jsut dumped the Puppet image onto a pair of unused servers and away I went.

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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Re: Brings back the memories

You also have the issue where in most locks, you don't need the exact combination, just +/- from it.

ON the subject of nuclear weapons, in the past the activation code used to be all 5's (Or was it 7's, can't remember). But even then, the lock-out mechanism could be bypassed by ripping it out and connecting two wires together (The lock on the bomb itself used to just be a basic switch operated by a combo and sat in series with the positive side of the detonator circuit). Modern bombs, I hope, are a little more complicated, but not enough, really the only security the bombs really have is that its difficult to get to them.

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"This isn't not the first time Kamkar has caused a ruckus"

So this is the first time he has caused a ruckus?

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Reddit: Gonna SCRUB these TROLLS right outa my hair

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"users who want their nude photos scrubbed from the site"

I presume that means that non-users are fair game, and so are all the "up-skirt", "creep-shot", and all the other non-nude pornography boards...

Half that site is either strange porn or pure hate.

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Stolen an Apple watch? Want to pawn it off? Good news!

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Re: I don't think

Obviously you haven't seen the $70,000 Escalades that cruise around the bad side of town...

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Dying to make time lapse videos? No? Well, Microsoft is doing it anyway!

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Yes, that would be the joke.

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Get paid (airline) peanuts with United's new bug bounty program

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Re: WFT?

WFT - Working For Tickets

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"not negotiable currency for things like rent, food, or beer."

Nit sure about United, but Alaska airlines (and a couple others) allow you to pay for hotel bills with miles if you book it through their rewards site.

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Facebook tips India and Pakistan into NUCLEAR WAR of words

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I've been to Kashmir

The place is a total hell-hole. Its pretty much the opposite of being worth fighting for... I suspect that the only reason they are fighting over it is not that they want it, they just don't want the other side to have it. Just like how India and Pakistan keep fighting over a worthless glacier where far more people have died due to exposure / hypoxia than from the enemy, they even had to design a special helicopter just to get people and equipment up there.

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Mozilla flings teddy out of pram over France's 'Patriot Act'

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France was like that once, but I think that was around the time that Joan of Arc was still swinging a sword...

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WikiLeaks, er, leaks the Bundestag Inquiry into NSA naughtiness

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Re: Hmm...

I think you may be attributing too much to the governments. I'd be more inclined to believe that a lot of this 'cooperation' was done between agents rather than agencies as a whole. I figure that the standard situation would be:

1) Something comes up that threatens national security (read: a politicians bank account)

2) politician goes to NSA to get more info on what is going on

3) NSA bosses pass the request down to an agent

4) Agent gathers what information they can, but comes up short on some details

5) Agent then trades with an agent at another agency for that information using something they want such as a new piece of spyware, a cache of nude pictures taken from a previous surveillance dragnet, or just information the other guy wants

6) Agent then compiles report as requested and passes it to his bosses

7) bosses pass it along to whatever politician requested the info

8) Politician then gives favors to the NSA

9) Everyone involved becomes too busy spending the new budget to ask where the data came from

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PHOTON SPACE SAIL successfully Kickstarted into orbit

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Bill Nye was a regular staple of children's educational programming in the 90's and "Professor Proton" is a bad rip-off of Mr. Wizard from the late-70's, early-80's.

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Rand Paul: I'll filibuster the hell outta the Patriot Act, fellow Americans

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"the Swiss never do anything shady"

They may be shady, but they do what you pay them to...

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Are you an infosec bod? You must be STINKING RICH, says study

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Re: security installation technicians?

No, those guys make a lot of cash (or at lest that is what I gathered from the cost of getting one over to our office), I'd think that those making $31k are going to be your front line help desk folk that happen to have Security+ or another basic security certification.

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Verizon in SUDDEN $4.4bn AOL GOBBLE, aims to make fourplay more exciting

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If they actually make a profit, then they are infinitely more valuable than Twitter/Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram...

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Pop-up pest MacKeeper patches 0-day remote code execution vuln

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sudo ./DefinitelyNotAVirus

There are a lot of users out there that will just do whatever a dialog box tells them no matter what OS they use. There is nothing that can be done about idiots getting themselves infected.

I just wish that ISPs would run IDS / IPS type boxes on the network to identify malware crossing the network and kill the connection, or at least cut infected machines off from the rest of the internet and point them to an internal server with cleanup tools.

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Microsoft springs for new undersea cables to link US, UK, Asia

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I would think that its about the NSA

Specifically to keep them off their back. If they can control both ends, I wouldn't be surprised if they threw some encryption on top.

Although I would find it hilarious if at some point Microsoft started twisting the NSA's balls by threatening to release patches for all the court-ordered back-doors...

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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User-edited client

All the profit and none of the expense of hiring someone! Sure stuff like this happens from time to time, but its much cheaper than paying people for their work.

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Cyber-scum deface Nazi concentration camp memorial website

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Re: Yes they are beyond douchy but..

" It is now the third biggest."

So enlighten me, what are these other two "hate crimes" you speak of?

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Hordes spaff cash on Chip titchyputer to rival Pi (maybe)

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Re: Shipping and graphics output

" this is better suited for Americans"

Since they are from Oakland, I doubt that they even are aware that the world is more than the Bay Area and LA (and their arch-nemesis, Brooklyn, NY)...

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Re: If it'll run Debian you can probably get other linux distros to run on it just fine.

Wouldn't be surprised if 10 ran on it, maybe Win 8 RT if you can get a copy. Although I don't think it'd run anyway as the chip is probably missing the required security features.

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Re: actually not the worst namespace collision

Still a stupid name. But I think that that's because someone might be a mite too obsessed with a certain pair of motorcycle highway patrolmen....

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Extreme community policing: West Virginia crook pepper-sprays HIMSELF mid-robbery

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What kind of idiot doesn't come prepared?

He knew that was going to be pepper spray used at the scene (What with him bringing it and all), so why didn't he bother to buy a particulate mask and some swimming goggles... It would've cost him like $20 to buy them, plus they would have obscured his face and made it harder to track him down. But then only an idiot would try and rob a store in the first place, smart people sell their services as a 'security consultant'.

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ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

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Re: Seems Wasteful

The problem is that while urine is sterile, feces is the complete opposite as it is generated by millions / billions of bacteria and microbes. They would have to sterilize all of it before it can be re-purposed, and any missed bacteria could cause an outbreak of dysentery, salmonella or something much worse. So as it is now, the reward is no where near large enough to justify the risk. Perhaps in the future when we start launching seed ships, then we might be able to do it.

I had wondered the same thing and this is what my research came up with.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Coal power and Radiation

I think find it hilarious (In the German meaning) that coal power plants emit magnitudes more radiation into the atmosphere than nuke plants...

It makes me so angry that some corrupt energy execs in Japan running crappy Gen II plants built in the 60's have ruined nuclear energy for everyone. Especially since those plants would have been safe if they even did something as minor moving the generators to the top of the hill, built up the seawall to match the plant further up the coast, or even just had a couple of truck-mounted generators stored in a safe place that could've been brought in. None of these would have cost all that much, probably about $1.5-2 million for the whole complex of four reactors, but they didn't want to spend it so the whole world is doomed to use fossil fuels to generate the bulk of our electricity...

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Keurig to drop coffee DRM after boss admits 'we were wrong'

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I use one of the "My K-Cup" units and pack it with tea leaves that have been shredded in a spice grinder. When shredded to the right size and packed correctly in the cup, the water will take just long enough to get the proper level of saturation.

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Choc Factory finds 84,000 ad injectors targeting Chrome

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"don't your users get a bit pissed?"

I don't block self-hosted advertisements as those are very rarely malicious. Besides, my spouse and I are the only ones affected. I work from home as a senior consultant, so I'm not affected by whatever the client does.

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NSA domestic dragnet NOT authorised by Patriot Act, rules US Appeals Court

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Re: metadata

Well, not only just powering phones on and off, but the sync message every second that can be used to triangulate your location by taking your phone's ID and the ID of the towers it syncs up with. However if they get the relative power levels in those sync packets, they can pin-point your location down to a square-meter.

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