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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

IglooDude
Pint

Marketing, contests and prizes are all well and good, and I'm certainly fond of the free beers that this day typically produces, but can we start a movement whereby on this day ritual sacrifice of "most user-ish user in the office" becomes traditional? I mean, we don't have to *actually* remove their beating heart or chuck them into a volcano, I'd settle for a simple ceremonial gesture such as a good flogging in the server room where no one can hear them scream...

(Beer, because I can't bring myself to apply the Joke Alert icon here.)

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FCC commish: We don't need no steenkin' net neutrality rules

IglooDude

Chairman Wheeler & cronies are probably going to try and let memories fade and then pull a fait accompli in a few months. *sigh*

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Senate heavyweights forge bipartisan accord on phone unlocking

IglooDude

From what I've seen, "common sense legislation" rarely involves common sense, and "bipartisan agreement" means the two major parties have figured out how to get what they want and it's only the commoners getting screwed.

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Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

IglooDude
Facepalm

Re: Rockets use liquid fuel?

I think the downvoters (and helpful explainers) are missing the JokeAlert icon?

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Elon Musk: Just watch me – I'll put HUMAN BOOTS on Mars by 2026

IglooDude
Thumb Up

Selling shares in a venture about to launch into space? Elon Musk is taking another page from DD Harriman's playbook.

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Boob Tube BOFFINS finger Red Button, trigger TELLY MAYHEM

IglooDude
Joke

And suddenly, the folks trying to shoot down drones with rifles and shotguns go from "whackjob tinfoil hat types" to "networking enthusiasts pursuing proactive layered defense strategies".

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YOU - NASA. Enough with the ROBOTS, get some PEOPLE to MARS

IglooDude

"Plus whoever holds Antarctica sits on top of the Earth and can control every single aspect of modern commercial logistics. You can't move anything much larger than a breadbox without sailing within reach of military assets in Antarctica."

Exactly! That's why Hitler stationed the Tirpitz in the fjords, to threaten the... wait, what?

I get that if you can't transit Suez or the Panama Canal, Antarctica would be particularly threatening toward the Cape of Good Hope or even moreso Cape Horn, but... between pipelines, smaller tankers, Arctic polar routes, and the Straits of Malacca, I think you're overstating the case a bit.

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GSMA: There are more mobile connections than PEOPLE... but WHO'S HOGGING them all?

IglooDude

Re: Monitored house alarms.

Yes, I can point to a million SIMs (sorry, a listing of the MSISDNs won't fit in the comments block) that don't have a single user associated with them. I've seen a lot of clever people figuring out new and interesting uses for cellular data connectivity and hardly any of it involves a meatbag on the mobile end.

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

IglooDude
Joke

Re: 1Password

I dunno, it's got a number, a capital letter, and a bunch of lower-case, but my gut tells me 1Password is actually a fairly week password.

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Traffic light vulns leave doors wide open to Italian Job-style hacks

IglooDude
Go

But if the 3G datalink is properly secured, then it's still a non-issue. The SIM cards can be provisioned onto a private APN, secured with username/password to get onto the cellular network, and the internet access restricted (inside the upstream network, not at the modem) such that only the head office is whitelisted and all other traffic gets dropped. The thief gets a non-functional SIM for their troubles and doesn't keep stealing more of them, and you don't have a wifi AP sitting out on the road just waiting for someone to take the time needed to crack into it.

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Look out, sysadmins - HOT FOREIGN SPIES are targeting you

IglooDude

Why bother when they can just scare legislators and MPs into passing regulations requiring legal access?

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Truck-sized asteroid slips silently between Moon and Earth

IglooDude

Re: OH Look! There's a great big..........

And just like that, Apple Maps secret mission is revealed. It was never intended to guide humans at all.

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

IglooDude

Re: Returning a favour would be nice

Yeah, I've used "asking a Ford automotive design engineer to change your oil" in the same vein.

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IglooDude

I've actually been overjoyed with the rollout of Windows 8. Because it was nasty Vista-ish crap in the first place, I didn't see any reason to try to adopt it. And having hardly touched it, anyone coming to me for help about it gets what I have always replied regarding Apple questions: "Sorry, I have no experience with that one, if you've used it for a day you're ahead of me, but good luck and let me know how it goes."

And people smart enough to stay on Win7 or are running Linux themselves don't ask me for free support anyway, so I'm probably good at least until Microsoft comes out with Windows 9.

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Script fools n00b hackers into hacking themselves

IglooDude

Re: Nothing new here...

Ummmm... shouldn't that be 127.0.0.0/8?

(Honest question, despite sounding like a CCNA pedant)

Also: http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20010523&mode=classic

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White House to world: We don't hoard IT security vulnerabilities

IglooDude

I'm actually a bit surprised that they actually said that, rather than go down the well-trodden path of lying and claiming that they would ever never fail to immediately disclose a vulnerability. I mean, we're talking about an agency that for quite a while denied it's own existence.

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Russia 'incompatible with the internet', cries web CEO 'axed by Putin'

IglooDude
Pint

Okay, it's an overused meme at best, a but tip of the hat to the best use of the Yakov Smirnov line I've heard in months.

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Elon Musk wants SpaceX to launch spy sats – and will sue US gov to do so

IglooDude

It's pretty bad when it is easier to build a rocket than it is to get that rocket a fair chance inside the federal/DoD "competition" for contracts.

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CIA hacked Senate PCs to delete torture reports. And Senator Feinstein is outraged

IglooDude

Re: Blimey.

Why would they off Feinstein? She's been their biggest supporter/apologist, current outrage notwithstanding. The senators sniff trouble, they'll put Rand Paul (or actually, a like-minded Democrat, since Sen. Paul is a Republican and so realistically isn't currently eligible) in as the Intelligence Committee chair, and watch how the CIA likes *that*.

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New 4G router pitched at biz bods sick to death of titsup networks

IglooDude

Re: Antennas?

I'm reading on Cradlepoint's site that yes, it does take external antennas. Most 3G/LTE routers nowadays do.

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IglooDude

It is a better deal when you have a hundred sites, and can pool your usage - hopefully, you're not rolling on backup too often at any one site. I've seen a lot of this being sold, particularly when the remote sites are all hub-and-spoke'd to the core corporate LAN anyway.

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NASA could have averted near DROWNING TERROR in SPACE

IglooDude
Joke

Are we sure it wasn't just a test run for waterboarding in space? The problem with Guantanamo seems to be that prisoners can eventually be retrieved from there, so Martian extraordinary rendition would seem to solve a lot of problems for the US government.

Joke icon, sure, but one does wonder what John Yoo is up to these days...

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

IglooDude

To be fair, most people could hardly give a duck about this news.

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Feds to flog off $28m in Bitcoin from Silk Road drug souk seizure

IglooDude

I wonder if the NSA could devote some of their encryption/password cracking resources to bitcoin mining, and thereby create their own sort of budgetary moneylaundering?

I'd add the joke icon, but... *shudder* it wouldn't surprise me at all if it was actually already in progress, like some perversion of Rule 34.

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

IglooDude

Re: But..

I assumed they were referring to the Surface tablet fire sale... *snicker*

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

IglooDude

Re: Don't forget W12K

Indeed. I still can't fathom how that made it through any design meetings.

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Dell staffers react to news of 1-in-3 axe dangling overhead

IglooDude

Two years ago, I called up the account manager I'd had for a few years to that point (previous conversation being a couple months prior). Extension not in service. Email address just returned a bounceback. Tried to call the primary sales line and no one could locate the name, or my account. Okay, someone got laid off, and the organization signally failed to take over her communications lines and transfer them elsewhere. Got it. Tried to get ahold of a salesperson to make an order of a few laptops on my account. It took me the better part of a day to find someone who was willing to take my order, and then... no order. And that person wouldn't return my calls or email. Their supervisor kept referring me back to them, though, even though I was explicitly asking to be referred to someone - anyone - else. Eventually I got the few laptops ordered (it was actually urgent, and important that they be the same model/hardware as previous ones I'd ordered), and that's the last time I've bought anything with the name Dell on it.

I'm sure losing my $20K/yr spending isn't affecting their bottom line, but surely all these anecdotes do add up to a bit of data (and some red ink)?

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NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress

IglooDude

Re: IglooDope (Yawn)

"""Snowdope"? "Dummicrats"? Seriously?" Is that your best effort, all you can think to post? Seriously?"

It's not all I can think to post, no. But in my experience, no content worth any thoughtful contemplation or serious debate has ever arrived embedded with proper names adjusted for cheap mockery. If you feel your post deserves consideration, then you'd do well to drop the really stupid name-calling.

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IglooDude

Re: (Yawn)

"Snowdope"? "Dummicrats"? Seriously?

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Guess what happened when T-Mobile US's boss trolled AT&T's CES party

IglooDude

Disco - or whatever you call Macklemore's music. It's CES, there's nothing confidential going on there - in fact the vendors will say it's confidential only hoping that'll get wider publicity as a "leak" rather than just a normal PR blast.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

IglooDude

Re: Seriously?

No, he really does mean towing - as in, dragging the line further and further towards increased censorship and centralized nannyism.

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Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data

IglooDude
Joke

Just give him the fraction-of-cents from all the transaction rounding being done by DTCC for a year.

(I know, I know, it doesn't really work that way, it's a joke.)

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

IglooDude

Re: Random degrees

Indeed. I have a four-year degree in Political Science while being a server/network IT engineer/supervisor, but hey, it's a degree, and it checks the box. Similarly, no one in my (20-some person) office has a degree that is actually related to the job and career path they're in.

For what it is worth, the US military has a similar mindset - they (typically) require 4yr degrees for commissioned officers, but they don't distinguish between electronic engineering and basket-weaving as far as how it affects one's military service career (other than legal/medical specialties and such).

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Lantern lights the way to web freedom for Great Firewall prisoners

IglooDude

Sure, they can't monitor the traffic, if China's Great Firewall is blocking it all. *sigh*

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SpaceX Falcon 9 reaches MONEY RING with successful launch

IglooDude
Pint

Another tip of the cap to Mr. Musk and SpaceX, well done lads!

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

IglooDude

Re: Speaking of rudeness...

I try to offer to reschedule so that they can attend in a place without being a danger on the road, can view the web conference, etc, noting that screams, crunches, and dead air/disconnects tend to disrupt the meetings. Once I do that two or or three times they tend to get the idea. If they don't, I get with them privately to explain more explicitly. Fairly good results with that approach so far, though there's a couple knuckleheads that I've gone to plan B with - inviting their boss instead of them.

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Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING

IglooDude

Re: Real names optional

Or do what I do, and just slightly misspell your real last name (along with an email address devoted purely to facebook). Real friends hardly notice, and still a decent evasion of search engines.

The general common sense about not saying anything on a social site that you wouldn't publish in a newspaper still applies, of course.

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IglooDude

Re: And so it begins

No, seriously, "bloody freakin genius" is a bit of an understatement. Wow.

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El Reg seeks new mobile, wireless tech writer - could it be YOU?

IglooDude

I almost wish I resided in London, but it's too far of a commute from Boston, and I'm not sure I'm snarky enough to measure up to El Reg's inimitable editorial style.

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James Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car sells for £550,000

IglooDude

Re: Not enough info

So more correctly, "which isn't currently road-worthy" (until it gets retrofitted with Back-To-The-Future style hoverboard technology)...

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Obama prepares to crawl up NSA's ass with microscope

IglooDude

You apparently have not talked to me.

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AOL boss: Soz about that 'Abel, you're fired!' Patch showdown

IglooDude

One wonders whether the apology would still have been forthcoming had someone else not been recording and thus making the incident public news.

It's all irrelevant anyway, it's not like their morale could get any worse as they're already facing a flip-a-coin round of layoffs.

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Ex-prez Carter: 'America has no functioning democracy' with PRISM

IglooDude

Re: "they don't give you the Nobel Peace Prize for nothing"`

You're painting with a brush broader than... um what's the official Reg unit of length again? Pretty damned broad, anyway. So I confess to being a little bit curious as to what your opinion of US Democrats is.

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

IglooDude

What they very likely mean is no identifying information being transmitted alongside the usage - just a customer ID of some sort that they can match to your account with actual identification in their database at home. At least, that is how such services traditionally work (like with personal medical device monitoring).

And yeah - radiation, really? Do they have a problem with the cellphone in their house, or wifi, or bluetooth, or cordless phone, or... *sigh*

There are good reasons to oppose this, but 'radiation' certainly is not one of them. Security of the data may be, but that's entirely dependent upon the architecture of the implementation.

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Gadgets are NOT the perfect gift for REAL men

IglooDude
Happy

Last wife's birthday I got her a slow-cooker. Year before that, a Dutch Oven (aka big iron pot). If I'm to believe her (and I do), she REALLY appreciated the gifts.

God, how I do love that woman.

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

IglooDude

Because glide landing on Mars is more problematic?

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IglooDude

Re: Powered by ARM

I'd hope that they wouldn't use GPS, as that'd take away the option of using it on the moon or Mars. Rather, I'd figure they'd use laser rangefinders and a handful of inertial sensors for the necessary precision, and utility in places where we don't have GPS satellites overhead.

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Ecuador denies granting asylum, safe passage to Snowden

IglooDude
Unhappy

Hmmmm

Am I the only one that thinks we'll never actually see Snowden again, that sometime in the last few days he was carted (or crated) out of Sheremetyevo to some underground facility a few hours away, where Putin's people could extract everything they want out of him (notably, a few encryption keys) rather than waiting till he decided to leak some more? Snowden's defenses would be set up to deal with US thug tactics, not Russian thug tactics, and let's face it - Putin is much more experienced in that arena than Obama.

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Confidence in US Congress sinks to lowest level ever recorded

IglooDude
Facepalm

Re: I'm no longer voting "for" but "against"

Except we're talking about Congress?

You may have unintentionally highlighted the problem - we hardly know our Rep/Senators' names (I'd bet 20% can name both their Senators, and 10% can name their Rep), so only hardcore political fetishists and party loyalists show up for primary elections and in November it's an R/D lesser-of-two-evils or party-line vote for the vast majority. Then we wonder why our Congress is completely dysfunctional.

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MIND CONTROL HAT makes CHOPPER do what BRAIN says

IglooDude
Facepalm

Re: MIND CONTROL HAT makes CHOPPER do what BRAIN says

Beat me to the related "In Soviet Russia, your thoughts control the black helicopters!"

Cadence sucks, bad internet meme, I deserve the downvotes anyway. *sob*

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