57 posts • joined 16 Feb 2013
WatchBots - As dodgy as they come.
I run a couple of WatchBot IP cameras on my home LAN. Despite turning everything off in the settings, that might justify a call out to the outside world, they try it over and over.
However, mine are well marshalled behind an OpenBSD pf firewall, with an nginx instance providing reverse proxy.
I've a whole bunch of rules in place to allow me access to the devices from the outside world, as well as stopping the things from calling out / home, of their own volition.
I'm certainly keen to put together some kit (motors, IR leds, camera, microphone etc) on a Raspberry Pi, or two, to allow me to recreate the full functionality of the WatchBots, but on a platform that I have proper control over.
It's a shame, as the WatchBots are decent, well featured little units, but all of the calling out to the internet gives me a natural distrust of them.
Like it a lot.
I've been running an ownCloud7 instance from home, for a month or so now. I have it running in a VM on my home hypervisor. It takes very little resources and I've yet to have a problem with it. It is geared up for home users, an example being that it'll create you a self-signed SSL certificate and then whilst it will warn you, when you go to synch a client to it, it offers a straight forward option to accept the self signed cert.
I'm considering implementing it for the charity that I work for, which was the main reason that I created my home instance as a test. However, I'm that impressed with it, that I'll be keeping mine going and just stop using dropbox as a matter of course. I'll likely only keep dropbox around to be able to share with others who only use dropbox.
Re: Good, but Banana Pi is the better beasty.
I have heard of WiFi and where ever possible, I avoid it like the plague. If it isn't a ball-ache to run a cable, then that's always my preferred choice.
Good, but Banana Pi is the better beasty.
I've three Pi - Model B units. One is the original 256MB model, the other two have 512MB.
They're nice little devices to have on the LAN for playing about with, but just need that little bit extra to make it really useful. I appreciate that they are intended to be educational devices and to that end, they're excellent and offer excellent value for money.
My next buy will be a Banana Pi, for its slightly faster CPU, double the RAM, gigabit ethernet and on-board SATA. Much better bang for buck, making the Banana Pi a lot more useful, for the extra 60-70% in cost.
However, it's the Minnowboard Max, dual core / 2GB that I'm waiting for. That's a real low voltage SBC with all the versatility of a larger, more power-hungry unit.
I've got a slightly ridiculous home LAN / lab, using 30-odd internal IP addresses, including physical devices and a load of virtual hosts on a dedicated vSphere hypervisor. Don't want the 100Mbit ethernet Pi's taking up more switch ports, it's the Banana Pi and Minnowboard Max units that will be getting added to it from here on in.
Never knew that.
Although I've been a Linux user for about 12 years now, I didn't realise it was 'born' read release announcement on August 25th.
I thought sharing a birthday with Sean Connery was kind of cool, but to also share it with Tux is an honour! :-)
All this story needed was some involvement by Marissa Mayer and I'd have closed the curtains and "worked" from home today.
Deep, in this thread, the cynicism is.
You have won my heart, commentards.
Yours forever more.
Well that's alright then, all is forgiven.
Does anybody expect any of this tripe to be believed? Trust is not something that can be turned on and off easily. What they say is never what they actually do, in these cases.
I already stipulate that we do not embark on agreements with any service providers who are based in the USA or have any of their hardware, that we make use of, based there. I am also phasing out any existing providers who do not fit the bill.
However, we're really no better over here in the UK, to be fair.
I despair of the human race at times, I really do.
Trevor, as always you talk a lot of sense that very few want to hear. Keep up the great work that you do in trying to open people's eyes so that they can see beyond the shiny-shiny.
Just what Firefox needs, more unnecessary bloat that only a minority of end users will actually use. This is more akin to the Microsoft way, where a word processor is used to render HTML based emails.
THIS is why I use Unix and Linux wherever possible, because it is based around tool-chains and applications with a specific remit, which they do well.
This is not a veiled swipe at Microsoft, just a rant at the majority of the popular, mainstream software industry, where everything seems to have to be all singing, all dancing.
Remember KISS? Keep It Simple Stupid!
Hmmm, he does have a point.
You have to enjoy what you do. No point of trying to make coders out of those who don't enjoy it.
However, to paraphrase a clip from my son's favourite film, Ratatouille, not everybody can be a great coder to, but a great coder could be found in anybody.
On that basis, programming should be taught in schools at an early age. Thos who have a talent or interest can be nurtured, the others can go do sport, woodworking, home economics or whatever they do have a talent for or interest in.
Re: China are the biggest source of attempts to get into my home network
I get my ranges from a few web resources and drop them in as tables.
As well as China, I also block Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, North Korea & Vietnam. Seeing any patterns here?
Apart from the occasional oddity, which I set an early rule for, I don't find myself missing out on a single thing and I'm seeing totals on par with yours.
Wow! That is a mighty, mighty thing for China to be saying. However, it does warrant a closer look to see if Windows 8 is forcing the storage of the private data mentioned on US based servers outside of any safe harbour agreements. This could have really serious implications obviously, if there is a grain of truth to that.
That said, there is a lot of hypocrisy in this, as China are the biggest source of attempts to get into my home network. It's got so bad I've had to block access to and from the whole country at the firewall. Statistically we'll always see that though, given the size of their population.
Re: Caesar's Commentaries on Marco Polo's Dinner with Prestor John
I can roll with that. Makes perfect sense to me and it's good to know that Mars has a quantifiable population of sluts. Billy Shatner is our only hope!
This is terrible...
It is always sad to see somebody lose, or feel forced to resign from, their job.
I wish her well for the future.
Doesn't she look a bit like Jen from the IT Crowd.
I wonder if she can do the voice?
It would be nice to see her back in gainful employment soon.
If she can do the voice and doesn't mind a bit of role-play, maybe involving some 'dressing up', then I have a position that she might want to consider taking up..... ;-)
"This is the worst episode of Dragon's Den ever."
Have an upvote.
Re: Why pay for Google?
Personally, I like Google a lot. I use their search and gmail products mostly, but also put the charity I work for onto Google's Grants, now Google for non profits, scheme to get free google adwords ads. Yeah, I'd imagine Google get a lovely tax break for this, but it also opens up advertising for us, where we otherwise couldn't afford to. This is one example of a genuinely good thing they do, that their competitors, namely Bing, categorically do not do. I know, I've enquired.
Regarding my gmail use, I own numerous domains of my own, one or two of which I use for 'serious' emails. The gmail account is used for the trivial stuff that has no financial or career ties or anything I would regard as serious. I wouldn't imagine Google can get much of a profile on me from what passes through that account and if they can, then good luck to them and it makes even bigger suckers of those willing to pay for that information for marketing purposes.
Yeah, they're frighteningly huge and minted now and have the potential to have grave effects on society, mainly in the online / digital arena, but maybe naively, I don't see that happening in mine or my children's lifetimes. Not from Google, at least.
Am I missing something big here? Why do so many have such a dark and grave view of the chocolate factory? I'm really rather keen on them and feel we have a lot to thank the company for. I genuinely feel it would be a poorer world if Google had never been conceived, if not for what they have given us themselves, but for the innovation and competition that they have created, directly and indirectly.
I would love to hear why my view on them is so wrong, if that be the case.
That is a lot
... of shoes.
Can you point me in the direction of anything that shows OpenBSD being the base for Citrix NetScaler? I've built firewalls/routers/web-filters/gateways using OpenBSD for several years now, it being the very best tool for the job, in my opinion.
I'd be very interested to read about it being used in such high end kit. I believe Checkpoint's Firewall 1 was built on an OpenBSD base, also.
Re: Other possibilities for support
OpenBSD intentionally doesn't play well on a virtual platform, mainly for security reasons. It's the same in reverse, OpenBSD makes a terrible host for VMs.
Get OpenBSD on bare metal, configure it right and you've got one hell of a secure, stable server. A lot of that security is thanks to its comparably simplified architecture. Putting it into a virtual environment where it doesn't have direct control of physical hardware is maybe seen as just the top of a long, very slippery downward slope away from the project's fundamental principles.
Re: "concept vehicle"
So they make, what at least I see as, significant progress towards making electric vehicles really viable and you respond with a yawn?
There really is no pleasing some people.
'Nam is one of many hostile net countries.
In order of the number and severity of probes and attacks that I see on my home firewall, I have blocked the following countries by IP ranges.
Okay it's not an exact science but it has decreased the number of IP addresses appearing in my adaptive bruteforce block tables by 90-odd percent.
So, I have little sympathy for the "citizens" of these countries.
The other frequenters of the aformentioned bruteforce block tables are generally Amazon AWS instances. AWS lets any dodgy so-and-so rent compute power with bent credit cards, it seems.
Ahhh, the nostolgia.
I too experienced the 380Z in 1982, my first year of comprehensive secondary school.
Before that, I had cut my teeth on Sinclair ZX81 and Spectrum. It was really quite unimpressive to me at that young age, but did feel like a "real computer" and the 5 /14" disks were a bit of a novelty at the time.
I remember rewriting some BASIC that had been put to the class as an example, to perform the same function in about half the code. My Computer Studies teacher used to thoroughly detest me.
It was nothing personal Mr. Archer, you should have stuck to just being Head of Maths (or swallow your pride) and there wouldn't have been a problem. ;-)
Now there's a name
"New Hampshire Associate Attorney General Richard Head, representing the DMV"
New Hampshire have a Dick Head in the position of Associate Attorney General?
How's that working out for him and them, I wonder?
All I can see in that pattern is a clown being buggered by the horned beast thing on the cover of Donnie Darko.
As a long suffering Bristol City supporter, this utter lack of foresight is no surprise to me.
Re: Battery life?
Like you, I had never seen and difference in battery life with previous upgrades, when I saw others complaining about it.
However, it has hit me hard, on this occasion.
iPhone 4S owner here.
What about battery life, which I have seen decrease significantly since iOS 7 landed on my phone and pad.
Well Apple? Where's my firkin' battery going?
It was Snowden what did it
He'd only gone and synch'd his mailbox for offline reading, hadn't he?
He had a LOT of email waiting for him.
Hottest woman in big business by a long way. A pleasure to have her in the tech industry.
Aspergers and IT
I have worked with people at various levels on the autistic spectrum, from supporting somebody who is highly autistic and has complex needs, to working alongside people with Aspergers and in the higher functioning levels of the spectrum. I currently work for a learning disabilities and autism support charity and see the full range of the spectrum in colleagues and the people we support.
As SAP have found, people in the higher functioning autistic spectrum range are often very good in IT roles, can develop the interpersonal skills, usually if the lack of these skills is presented with solutions using logic. It is often a comforting environment to be in, based on logic as most IT systems essentially are.*
People who might struggle to hold down a job in other industries can excel in tech roles.
* IT that doesn't involve convoluted GUIs and endless bloat, a la Microsoft. (In memory of Eadon) ;-)
I concur. Secure by default and surprisingly easy to administer. In fact, a lot of its security stems from its simplicity. Mainly use it for servers, but makes a great desktop for serious work.
Well done Sony.
Didn't think I'd say that.
Just because MSFT want to exercise absolute control of the hardware and legitimate software that you pay your hard earned money for, it doesn't mean it is right to follow suit, 'because others are doing it'.
I have an Xbox 360 and a PS3. Like the PS3 more and am far more likely to get the PS4 than the Xbox One.
As Eadon might put it, MSFT FAIL!!! **froth froth**
Only a matter of time.
Some things are best left to the old fashioned, manual way that involves physical contact.
Physical access to properties and vehicles.
In-person card purchases.
Password storage in a well guarded, coded book, instead of password vaults on a computer.
To name but a few.
Re: Mint is really getting there.
meant "can't upgrade 14 to 15", not 13 to 14.
Mint is really getting there.
I've been a Linux and OpenBSD user for probably ten years now. Still use Windows where I have to, but have always opted for Linux on my daily-use machine(s).
Ubuntu have lost the plot with Unity and that drove me to Linux Mint after a long, long time of using it.
Mint just seems smoother, more logical and is very stable. I get the odd glitch, as often as I would on Windows, but the difference is I can rectify them without a full reboot required.
It just has that feel of a distro that has been designed in the one true way of do only what is needed and do it well. It doesn't pretend to be anything it's not and isn't trying to break boundaries to come up with the next big thing. It's just an easy to use, not asthetically unpleasant, solid distro.
I'm a little disappointed that I can't upgrade 13 to 14, but have backed up my home folder and will do a clean install. It's usually good practice from time to time, for any power user, anyway.
Linux Mint, in my opinion, is THE user friendly, user focused Linux distribution for the desktop that is suitable for the masses. Give it a few more years and maybe a bit of financial backing and, if they stick to their principles, it could be a viable market leader for non-Windows desktops.
Do my eyes deceive me?
Is this... Surely not?
Is this some common sense being used in a U.S court, dealing with a copyright case?
Nasty piece of work, that Weev.
Well worth a read. This is from a few years back now, but I doubt he's changed for the better.
Ewww the horrors.
Just look at her will you?
He ain't no oil painting, but give him a break.
Picture it, stood next to a bin, with her love triangle obscured by her over-hanging gut...
Would you? *shudders*
"Finally, consider your own prejudices. If the genders were reverse and it was a naked man chasing a woman around the neighbourhood and demanding sex would you still feel the same way?" ~ The Spectacularly Refined Chap
A pioneer, no doubt about it.
International Women's Day yesterday, Mother's day tomorrow. A good few days for women!
I better get a sammich brought to me today though!
Re: I rarely criticize microsoft. I do it for the first time.
WTF??? That read like some kind of pidgen English (obviously due to Google translate) Anonymous 'broadcast'.
Did it have a point, at all?
Brilliant. Lester, I salute you. :)
Good luck at the WSJ and thanks for all the hard work.
Your legendary status will go on for ever, thanks to "Acer pulls out Wang, thrusts its wealth at Ho"
I still remember the keyboard I had, prior to reading that on the day it was published. It was a good keyboard, but a small sacrifice.
Re: Open Letter
Brilliant! Now added to my vocabulary.
Re: Why was whatever computer they used not air gapped?
He probably managed to run Minesweeper, DESPITE the fact that the IT people had deleted ALL of the shortcuts!
That's hacking, by Daily Mail standards, isn't it?
It's a cover up.
The flash memory actually contains footage performing the Martian equivalent of one of Earth's Internet dance phenomenon.
They needed to have an excuse for 'loss of video'.
@Eadon Re: If crap stops radiation in its tracks
WTF was that all about? I'm a staunch Linux and FOSS believer and evangelist and I REALLY do not like Microsoft, but your post just made me cringe.
C'mon, sort it out, you're not helping with that kind of frothing-at-the-mouth outburst.
Linus Torvalds is quality! The coding world needs more highly opinionated lead programmers like this.
He's on the money with this rant, as he usually is.
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