They broke the sun
So their stock dropped $6bn. They blacked out the Sun, so fsck them.
120 posts • joined 14 Jun 2012
So their stock dropped $6bn. They blacked out the Sun, so fsck them.
I usually get called to sit in on interviews. Generally to assess an applicants skill level. I will not be working with these people generally, so why do they call me? I have a set of "hard" questions for the CS/IT crowd. The answers are generally not as important as how you answer them. Here is a little selection.
Is the netmask 255.128.255.0 valid and why?
What is x509?
On a network, where is the default gateway?
Describe the TCP handshake, how about the UDP handshake?
What is the difference between PKCS11 and PKCS12?
I Have a couple of pages of questions like that, plus a few problematic trouble shooting scenarios I walk them through. If they survive my portion of the interview they usually get an offer. It is not so much the answers, but how you answer them that count. (But if you don't hit at least 75% you can't work with me.)
I have a great deal more than one server, and luckily none of mine are public facing so patching the vulnerable ones was mainly an administrative exercise. However, any sysadmin worth hiring should be able to patch one or 100 servers in the same amount of time. For me, I loaded the patch into the repository, selected the patch, the targets, and pushed the "do it" button.
We used to charge up largish value caps and drop them in lab coat pockets. One day someone dropped one in the instructors pocket. Next day no more lab coat pockets. Keep in mind that this was the same instructor that had a beautiful metallic foil gift wrapped box on his desk than contained a pendulum switch a battery and an ignition coil. It was always funny to watch the class go silent when a newcomer would show interest in the pretty box.
We used to have contests to see who could shake it the longest....
We get to see a vid posted of Cortana and Siri hooked up to talk to each other. Will they spiral out of control or will they run out of things to say and just be quiet...
and pretty with the little indicator LEDs.
I however have also been using X10 since before the dawn of time. Have the scripts run out of cron on the central server. In the morning the coffee starts before the lights gently raise to full brightness, then the alarm clock starts. If for some reason the alarm hasn't roused me from my dreams of vulture central the lights start flashing. Buts look great for the neighbors at 5 am. In the evening at dusk the lights in the house start on their pre-programmed routine, moving from room to room going on and off and finally warning me by doing a big blinkey dance that it is time for sleep. Motion detectors, day light detectors, light switches, dimmers, high and low power relays. It is all in there.
But I would fancy some nice shiny chrome plated wall plates ;)
"60% efficiency boosted by 70% = 102%. Doesn't anyone edit this bad data?"
Now I know how all the perpetual energy nutters do their math. I hate to break it to you but when you have less than 100% of x and increase its efficiency by less than 100% you can not get over 100%. Try again.
"Is there a reason why the server should be echoing back client supplied data"
Sure, it is for a future internet distributed storage system. Or an awesome built in DDOS amplifier.
"Maybe it is for making enormous swiss cheese.
No. The beam would last for what, 15 seconds?
What good is that? -I respect you, but I graduated.
Let the engineers figure that out.
Maybe it already has a use...
...for which it's designed. "
When you consider that you can have up to 20 3rd level domain names pointing at your home server, the price is very reasonable. How much would it cost you to actually register 20 domain names. Sure you can register just one generic 2nd level domain name and create as many 3rd level domains as you want, but there is still that dyanmic part. And the issue of getting anyone to listen to your DNS updates from a dynamic ip address..
that all the fanboi's were the same pasty white color as their iProducts and never actually saw the iSun. was iWrong?
That people are turning to these alternate data base formats to get away from anything Oracle controlled. They would still be tuning, tweaking, and optimizing MySQL for their purposes had Oracle not been involved with it. I imaging is scares the flying monkies right out of them realizing that they are no longer the only game in town.
is entering XYZZY or "kill troll with axe" in to the phone tree system. Maybe I should have put the batteries in the torch before I started...
65" screen, 4 limb multi touch? 3d HD interactive porn of course....
The NSA hears what you say, reports it to their google overlords (and you thought it was the other way around), google reprograms your thermostat and fire alarm. Terrible tragic accident ensues, no more complaints from you.....
Bring back the USSR. I guess parts of Europe might have an issue with that, but wasn't it a lot more fun back then? Then this whole "internal matter" would not be an issue.
Was very cool, now we can have exploits and virii coded directly into images and videos....
Oculus Rift + RealTouch + Secondlife = death from dehydration.
Certainly these pings were picked up by more than one satellite, or other receiver. If two satellites picked up the same ping, intentional or not, then we have it all sorted. Where is my prize? There is a prize right?
"Capacitance from 150 - 3000 milliFarads" For the "Ultra" tag I was expecting something in the multiple Farad range..
Amazon Prime + instant video streams to my roku box and tele just fine. I have purchased enough stuff thru amazon to make the prime membership worth it, so the free streaming stuff is sauce for the goose.
They have accomplished their goal with me. I shop there first, and buy my movies from them....
they seem to be making a profit...
That I have a whole datacenter full of HP and IBM stuff that has all of these features. But it has been a couple of months since I have been in there, maybe it has all been re-labeled Microsoft now....
But it all seems extremely boring, and in the end probably won't get you more than kabobs and a pint, if you are lucky. But it's nice that all the 3113t h4x0r5 have something to do with their time.
In this particular case, a High Flow Priapism, it was not really a health issue. I mean other than having to stand back 2 meters to pee. It was just annoying. If there was no blood flow, as in the typical situation like this, after 5 weeks either the thing would have fallen off or he would have died. He just got really tired of walking around with the one eyed wonder worm peeking out of the top of his trousers.
They really should not call it KNOX (acronym or otherwise) unless:
1) There are aliens buried in its basement.
2) People believe there is no gold in it (see #1).
3) A soldier comes out and shoots you in the face if you violate its security
Anything less is just a poor imitation.
We used to put an AM radio next to the computer, tuned the radio to an appropriate blank spot on the band, and ran a program that, due to the timing loops and other tricks, would play "stairway to heaven", and other popular tunes of the day.
So now, 40+ years later, some super crypto genius has discovered that if you send a computer known quantities of data you can analyze what it is doing by the EMI it generates.
Next in the news, "round things have less friction than square things", astonishing results of 10 year research project.
I can't tell you anything about FB or twatter, but I know that SecondLife still has a large userbase. And bonus is land is really cheap now since all the people with actual lives left.....
But for those of us with a fat pipe to the house but a 50 km drive to the nearest village, it beats the price of petrol.
You setup mining operations on some atoll somewhere and start dropping rocks in the ocean nearby. Shallow enough that you can still get to what remains, but deep enough as to absorb some of the delta-v without causing a localized ELE. Property rights and ownership solved. Bonus is that if anyone were to challenge you you could have an accident that dropped something on their HQ.
And for how mentally stable I am, well, I frequent this place, and I think that says it all. Also, I am old enough that by the time I were to get there the increased risk of death from radiation exposure would not really be much of an issue.
Now that CMOS, the baby that no one wanted, is all grown up and ready to retire maybe it is time to take one of the other babies out or the deep freeze and grow them for a while. Sure ECL is power hungry, and MOSFETs are touchy. But these types of problems are perfect for engineers to make a career out of. I would happily take a computer that was twice the size, and used twice the power but was ten times as fast. Time to dust off some of that old tech that most of us sharpened our claws on and give it the life it deserved.
If OR worked with Secondlife then they could probably sell 25000 of them right now, as for the other device, there are always the "internet enabled" remote pleasuring devices for both him and her. Add a little software and thousands of people die of starvation and dehydration in a period of weeks .....
I used to drive a Ford Pinto, and a Pontiac Fiero, both known for having "fire" issues, both recalled for retro fits. Still both fine cars in their day.
WD hired one of the head thinkers from seagate and seagate thought that somehow WDs product wouldn't improve because of this. I have often heard this type of thing before, and wonder how you can tell someone not to think, or use what they know in their next job. Most IT shops, HW or SW, are built on the fact that you can hire someone who was thinking for someone else and make them think for you. If seagate didn't like it maybe they should have gave the guy what ever it was that he wanted.
Blowing up $100000 wort of kit really isn't that much of a deal. I have single servers that cost that much. Of course I don't think they could "flame on" without some SERIOUS electrical design failure, like switching from 220 single phase to 480 3 phase without warning or other such wankage.
To send a private expedition of expendables to mars. (myself included)
netizens should not have any expectation of privacy. period, end of story. Always has been, always will be.
chief: great, so that encryption thing is all sorted?
spook: Yes sir, world+ dog are all convinced that all existing encryption is somehow flawed and are ready to switch to something better.
chief: and we have the better solution deployed?
spook: yes, we have been working with the security experts and university types for years. No one will ever suspect a ROT13 encoded message in the midst of all that gooblygook, and it passes all the decryption tests. It really is impossible to decrypt all the random garbage surrounding the actual messages.
chief: excellent, and how about that Snowden fellow, has he been taken care of?
spook: Of course, just like you wanted, a large payout from our secret account, a nice villa in nowhereistan, and a terribly tragic accident when he fades from the limelight.
chief: great news, and the best part of all is that all of the other countries are onboard with this they are all expressing their outrage and righteous indignation as planned.
spook: and the sheeple don't suspect the thing.
for when she says " I have a strap-on I would like to try".....
Where exactly is the news in this. Granted I don't live in the most video surveilled country on the planet, but please. No matter which country you live in your country spies on you as much as it thinks it can get away with and it spies on everyone else as much as it possibly can. It is almost like everyone has forgotten the fun and games of the cold war.
He made it, he can call it what he wants, just like your child (for those of you who have manufactured one, or at least made the attempt). I still call him little Johnny Tables even though there is some funny punctuation in his name. Also, when did Sean (seen) become and acceptable spelling of Shaun or Shawn. If I invent something and spell it hjuqob and insist it is pronounced Bob, suck it up and live with it.
Mobile companies can track your phone by ESSID no mater what SIM is in them. Seems like a simple solution to the problem would be to allow the police access to this information without court order but with the simple consent of the owner. It is a policy problem, not a technology or legal problem, and the mobile companies are to blame...
although an old story. It is told that they carved off some mammoth steaks and cooked and ate them. The participants reported that although it seemed a little freezer burned it was otherwise perfectly edible.
Instead of horse, how about snake. From what I understand all snakes are edible regardless of how venomous they are.
That this return to the past, where a Data Processing company does all your data processing, and you access and enter the data with remote terminals is the fancy buzword worthy "cloud computing", and that providing the software to do this data processing at the remote data processing facility is "Software as a Service".
Why was it we moved away from this model in the first place.....
In another 20 years am I going to have to hear about the newest hot trend in IT "client centric computing", where some of the DP load is processed at the client site, instead of in the "old school cloud environment"....
But has anyone tried this with one of the fancy liquid bath laser cured epoxy type printers??
Just a little FYI. The gosubs listed in the printout are not from the original game ala Mike Mayfield. Those were added later as an afterthought to control usage. The subroutine they refer to checked your credentials, time online, and time of day to see if you were using this program during authorized hours. I still have a copy of the original on paper tape and a printout neatly folded in a binder somewhere.
I have been doing similar things with snort for years. The only problem is I don't have millions to throw around at developers to write me a pretty interface...
All of the Mars One fans are ooo'ing and ahhh'ing over this. This is a nice step forward in not having a "impact landing" on mars. Any landing you can walk away from and all that...
This will prove to be a good test for the Mars one Project equipment (booster and capsule) http://www.mars-one.com/
I am trying to convince the wife to go for this trip before mars one is ready. She still thinks I am crazy.
I am look forward to seeing a test of the falcon heavy lift vehicle and dragon capsule travel to mars before I go. Hopefully this will help fuel interest in the Mars One project.