* Posts by s2bu

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If your smart home gear hasn't updated recently, throw it in the trash

s2bu
WTF?

Security expert?

I admire and respect Vixie a LOT, he's a very sharp, very smart man. However calling him a security expert is kind of ironic, seeing that his BIND project has had a terrible security track record.

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

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Re: Other Intel Chip

The sad thing is Intel inherited the old DEC Tulip network chips which worked damned well. No clue what they did to the technically to reach this state.

I had two Fortville-based XL710 cards and two previous gen X520 cards. The Fortville ones (post massive recall) still had major firmware bugs that caused them to pull the firmware with NO way to downgrade (the upgraded made a backup but no way to restore it!), and both had issues with SR-IOV and their own embedddd MAC filters. Trashed them and went with Chelsio and never looked back.

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Hospital info thief malware puts itself into a coma to avoid IT bods

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Keygens

The better question is, do the keygens at least work, so that they at least get SOME positive out of this?

And surely any smart IT person runs a keygen in an isolated VM!

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Apple unplugs its home LAN biz, allegedly

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Re: Apple reportedly exiting home LAN biz

Actually is does SNMP perfectly well. In fact, as far as I can tell, unless you have the fancy education-only utilities, SNMP is the one way to pull a list of connected clients from the AirPort.

One thing that I loved about the AirPorts is that they simply worked pretty reliably. Most cheapo APs seem to need to be rebooted almost weekly. The AirPorts seem to just work, although I have heard complaints about the mDNS on it being buggy. I'd like to think that it being NetBSD powered helped the reliability.

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Lenovo intros monster disk box

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Re: Seagate by any other name

Looks to be slightly tweaked. The Seagate says 6Gb SAS while the Lenovo claims 12Gbps.

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Harder, better, faster, stronger (apparently). The IronWolf goes Pro

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SAS?

A drive labeled "Pro" and yet no SAS option?

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Ghost of DEC Alpha is why Windows is rubbish at file compression

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Re: Diversity not completely dead

Seeing as Debian dropped support for Alpha, are you really that surprised?

I image most are running Tru64, OpenVMS, or NetBSD.

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Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good

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Void

Agreed. I much prefer Void Linux, which hasn't been infected by systemd.

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VMS will be ready to run on x86 in 2019!

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Tru64

On a completely side note... I'd pretty much give my left testicle for HPe to license out Tru64 development to an outside company. I'd LOVE to see Tru64 make a comeback. It's sad that they decided to continue their horribly inferior HP-UX instead.

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Firefox to doctor Pepper so it can run Chrome's PDF, Flash plugins

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Re: unsafe at any sandbox

Or even better, Qubes OS.

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Citrix swats Sweet32 bug by just turning off old ciphers

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Product?

It would have been helpful to actually include the name of the product in your article! I had to click through to the blog post to find out it's about the Netscaler product line.

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Intel Basis fans burned again: Refund checks for scalding smartwatches bounce

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Re: Cheques?

And you'd trust them with your bank account info? REALLY?

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IPv6 tipping point

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Re: Which phones/carriers are using IPv6 by default for mobile data?

Pretty much all LTE provides IPv6, give or take.

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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

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Re: @Alienrat and ASAC

> Can't see any security issues with that at all, nope, nothing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FTPS

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iPhone: Apple's Mac battle with Windows rebooted

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Re: Mac bollocks

The BIOS itself was NOT open AT ALL. Compaq reverse engineered IBM's and then clean room designed their BIOS.

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Verizon fingered in Android bloatware-for-cash cram scandal

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Re: iOS Crapware

No iPhones come with any carrier software installed. None!

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Google's brand new OS could replace Android

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Re: How does using the Linux kernel prevent Google from distributing Android updates?

Easy: proprietary drivers.

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VMware survives GPL breach case, but plaintiff promises appeal

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Drivers...

> Why did VMWare not use BSD iso Linux, that is the question ...

I'm guessing the answer is why they use vmklinux at all: DRIVERS! They know that a lot of companies produce Linux drivers, but very few produce drivers for other OSs (except for Windows, of course).

So using Linux was an "easy win" for VMware.

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First FreeBSD 11.0 rc lands

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I daresay that Qubes OS is what you want for your browsing...

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How the HTTPS-snooping, email addy and SSN-raiding HEIST JavaScript code works

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Re: Question

It's using a *session* cookie, which doesn't persist after you quit your browser.

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Dem-owned-crats: Now its congressional committee is hacked

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@paularlen

I doubt it was Anon as there was no DDoSing invoked!

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How to upgrade cities to 40Gbps broadband without replacing today's fiber network

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@mIRCCat

What's left, at least. Everybody that isn't east coast already got flogged off!

I seriously doubt the idiots at CenturyLink are even going to invest a dime in their FiOS, so we'll probably never see this.

I heard rumors that all CenturyLink wanted was the copper plant to run VDSL2 on, but Vz made them take the whole enchilada.

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One in five consumers upgraded to Win10 for free instead of buying a PC

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Re: Why would they have bought a new PC?

Am I really the only one that doesn't have a problem with 8.1 once Classic Shell is installed?

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In these troubling times, senators unite to end America's big divide – rural v urban broadband

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Re: Sneaky bastards

They're horrible, that's why I'm on LTE. CenturyLink told me I was too far for DSL despite the fact that the neighbors on both sides of me had it. I asked them how I'm somehow further than neighbors on BOTH SIDES of me, and they just said I was too far. Morons.

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Re: I live in a rural area

But they already HAVE.. I'm rural and I'm on LTE (granted with a yagi and an amp, but still) and get roughly 20-25Mbps.

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Mozilla emits nightly builds of heir-to-Firefox browser engine Servo

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Re: Let me get my hands on the idiot

Try SeaMonkey. You know, that thing that existed before FireFox when they decided it was too bloated. Now FF is bloated and we get Servo!

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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Pardon

Even if she was tried and convicted, I'm sure Obama would pardon her anyways.

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s2bu

Re: US' sad story continues

How about a third party, like Libertarian?

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NRA guns down 38,000 Surge.sh sites in anti-parody spray-and-pray

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Re: Misleading

"The same morons who can't stop bribing government officials to keep serious studies of gun violence from occurring?"

Why does it require the government to do a serious study of something? And last time I checked, the NRA can't stop anybody from doing a study, all they did was deny funding to have the CDC consider gun violence as a medical problem. CDC is supposed to study diseases, and I haven't heard of a bullet that can spread Swine Flu yet. Anyways, Obama DID give the CDC money to do it, and they did, and it turns out that the answers weren't what they wanted to hear: http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dms/files/cdcgunviolencereport10315.pdf

"You sound like an asshole. If the sphincter fits..."

Despite the fact that I straight out said that I DON'T support the NRA, you resort to name calling? Keeping it classy I see..

"As someone who served in the military, and shot every stupid weapon there is to shoot, I can tell you this; if you are not a military or police trained weapons handler, you are a scared pussy just moments away from shooting yourself in the foot, or better; getting killed by a toddler with your unsecured firearm."

You might have had something until you said "or police trained". My police shoot their weapons once a year for their qualifications and that's it. They're usually worse around guns than others! There are numerous stories about NYC police shooting more innocent bystandards (and THEMSELVES) than the bad guys, and even a YouTube video of a *DEA* agent shooting himself in the foot in front of a classroom of children. Regardless, who said anything about an unsecured firearm?

If you really were in the military, then might I suggest that you go to the nearest NHS hospital and check yourself in for some serious PTSD treatment, as you seem to be full of violent rage.

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s2bu

Re: You know a better way to stop home invasions...

They actually make bullets that will fracture when they hit things like plasterboard because of situations like this.

You can lock your doors, put tamper-resistant jambs on, put bars on your windows, etc. If somebody wants in badly enough, they'll find a way in. NOT having a contingency plan is more of a failure. Granted, having a 'safe room' is better than both ideas.

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s2bu

Misleading

As much as I dislike the NRA (not because I'm anti-gun, I just don't like some of the things that they do), this article is really misleading. Let's start with the title:

"NRA guns down 38,000 Surge.sh sites in anti-parody spray-and-pray"

No, the NRA didn't "gun down" anything. They followed the DMCA and filed a cease-and-desist. DigitalOcean is the one that shut down ALL of Surge.sh and not just the fake news site. So blame DigitalOcean, not the NRA.

"..which was upset about a parody website lampooning the ammosexuals."

Name-calling and journalism don't really mix. Leave your bias out of news.

"The NRA has yet to respond to a request for comment on the matter."

Why should they? They didn't shut anything down, DigitalOcean did.

The site in question wasn't just parody. They used the NRA trademark in the FQDN, they used the NRA trademark (and the Smith & Wesson trademark) all over the site, used the NRA logos, etc. Even the copyright on the page said MRA and Smith & Wesson. Unless somebody really knew what the *REAL* NRA news site was, they wouldn't even know that it was a fake site. IMHO, they crosses the parody line and then looked back at it and crapped all over it.

This was just a huge stunt to try and get more bad feelings towards the NRA, and you're just playing into it.

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Cali bloke accused of illegally trousering $68k using mom's Apple AuthenTec gobble tip-off

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Re: Aiding and abetting?

The broker didn't have any inside information though. They were just doing as their client asked.

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s2bu

Re: His mistake ...

His biggest mistake was not being a politician. People in the US House/Senate are immune from inside trading laws!

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Honey, why are porno apps on your Android?! Er, um, malware did it!

s2bu

Re: Be Wary

Oh yes, because every F-Droid user checks every line of source code to every app they install...

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Apple, Amazon and Google are screwing us, warns Elizabeth Warren

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Re: Surely she could have come up with a better example for Apple

Actually read that article that you linked to. It has nothing to do with Spotify being a music streaming app that competes. It's all about subscriptions inside the app and payments. This applies to all apps on the App Store.

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Sliced your submarine cable? Fill in this paperwork

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Wow

"As usual, the two Republican commissioners voted against the proposal and issued statements explaining why. Somewhat less usually, their arguments were valid."

How about you reserve biased comments for editorials and not for news stories?

I personally don't get why the FCC itself cares about outages. Surely the users of the services care much more than the bureaucrats.

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Linux devs open up universal Ubuntu Snap packages to other distros

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PBI

Snaps seem to be basically the same thing as PBIs in PC-BSD. Except PBIs were discontinued.

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Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

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Snapshots

I'm hoping they meant that the snapshots will be used to make the backups. I HOPE!

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s2bu

Adobe

Adobe products are the only ones that I had fail with case sensitive. So I call BS on it being an XCode issue.

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s2bu

ZFS

They had started working on ZFS for OS X a long time ago. It got removed, however. The rumor was that Oracle wouldn't grant patent indemnification.

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Java API judge tells Oracle to suck it up, quit whining about the jury

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Linux?

There's no "Linux" in iOS. It's all XNU (Mach + BSD) in the kernel, and the userland is a mix of BSD and Apple/NeXT. OS X has a smattering of GNU in the userland, but I don't believe iOS itself does.

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Comcast slapped with eight-figure tax bill after package fails to impress

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I pay more than that $383/mn for 500Mbps business FiOS!

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

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Re: Is it actually over now?

RTFA: they're appealing. So no, it's not over.

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s2bu

Re: Google must have paid big bucks...

It's been a while since I've used MySQL, so I'm sad to hear that it has open sores these days. Is Oracle too poor to provide it with decent healthcare?

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

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The ironic thing is, the guy used to play for ASU. Their mascot is the Sun Devil. So I wouldn't be completely surprised if her shirt was for his own former team!

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s2bu

Re: He's lucky

I know of no state where you could legally be shot for doing this.

Most states have some version of castle doctrine, but the guy was outside. They could probably threaten to shoot him, but not actually do it.

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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SAS

This is why I made the jump to SAS. For HDDs, the increase isn't that much, and the MTBF and the unrecoverable sector rates are much better.

For SSDs though, SAS is sadly $$$

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'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

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Re: Forgive me for not understanding how this happened

That would be me. UAC gets disabled immediately and the "Administrator" user gets reenabled and renamed to me. It's my internal BOFH.

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s2bu

Re: 300 million .... big deal

I don't find 8.1 to be half bad... After you put Classic Shell on it!

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