* Posts by Fatman

2151 posts • joined 6 Apr 2008

New phishing campaign uses 30-year-old Microsoft mess as bait

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Re: Outlook/Lookout

<quote>Notlook is what we called it when we used it... and for the other MS train wreck we called it Outbreak Express... Fun times!</quote>

You forgot the other train wreck: Internet Exploder.

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Wowee. Look at this server. Definitely keep critical data in there. Yup

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Interesting....

Clever concept, next step is to introduce the concept of land mines1 in the fictitious data stores.

1: """Juicy""" files laced with malware to take out the attacker.

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Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs

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Re: Safe home router ?

<quote>ERBAUER ERB380ROU</quote>

I Googled used a search engine to look up that name and model number; and clicked on the YouTube link.

I know of the most practicable use for it....

After installing a 25mm (or larger) diameter, long length cutting bit, one could take it, and literally ream the ass of IDIoT designers.

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IoT shit

I had a neighbor recently complain that his internet connection was sluggish, and he wanted me to 'take a look at it'.

After gaining access to the router's admin page (he still had the default password, I noticed a shit load of WiFi connected devices, and traffic flowing up and down. I noticed that he did not use encryption or any kind of access restrictions.

So, we went on a Search and Destroy mission to shutdown everything in the house, as each device was turned off, you could see that item leaving the connected devices list. After we shutdown everything that he knew about, we noticed that there were still devices connected. So, we enabled encryption and setting a very long 'security string'. We also changed the default password. The router's lags were never collected, so he had no way of knowing who was logged in. That got fixed. Then we re-booted the router.

One by one we turned on his IoT shit, and supplied the necessary 'security string', and watched as those pieces of (IoT) shit connect. The log began to fill up with failed connection attempts, presumably from neighbors who were freeloading his WiFi.

They had turned one room into a 'home office' where he, the ball and chain wife and their 3 kids used their laptops extensively; all of them fighting for bandwidth over WiFi. After picking up some patch cables and a 1Gbs switch (yes - a switch, I told him to avoid a hub),we wired them in, and even bypassed the WiFi to their shared printer. A couple of tricks (like DHCP reservation) helped to insure that network ran smoothly.

He wanted to know what he did not do right, which was his failure to RTFM, and just failing to secure the network from the very beginning. What else do you expect from the average Joe Sixpack?

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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Re: Obviously

I gave him one on your behalf.

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Watch out for Microsoft Word DDE nasties: Now Freddie Mac menaced

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Re: Bye

<quote>Anyone dumb enough to click through security warnings to conduct personal affairs on a company computer should be shown the door forthwith taken up to the roof, and by the use of a trebuchet, sent on a new career trajectory.</quote>

There!

FTFY!!!

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Argh, my loafer just fell down the rope ladder! Yes, I'm in the Microsoft treehouse

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OK, I see where everyone is bashing this, but...

Sometimes getting out of the office can make 'things' better.

A few years back, our IT department was being re-orged, and the CIO wanted 'input' on how the dictate from on high would be received.

During the business day, it was dammed near impossible to gather together and focus on transformation with constant interruptions for minor problems (but serious problems in the minds of manglers who could not waste the opportunity to fuck things up). She decided that the best way to get 'quality, uninterrupted time' was to get out of the office.

So, the budget was scoured for spare funds, and we retreated to her "in the woods" cabin for a 'weekend retreat'. No cell phone service out there, so we could concentrate. Budget money was spent for food and drink, and, while her place was on a lake, taking a swim in it was not recommended, because you better watch out for 'gators. (It is in Flori-duh after all.)

The only drawback was that this was during the summer with the heat and humidity (and the bugs). We had two days uninterrupted to discuss how to implement that edict.

Later, in early December, we again went to that lake to discuss how smoothly the plan was being implemented .This time, with the cooler weather, it was nice. It was decided that we need to disconnect more often, affording us the time to carry on discussions without interruptions. So, for the next three years, we spent a weekend in early December 1) reviewing the past year's IT department issues, and 2) setting goals for the forthcoming year. Our CIO had worked to insure that some budget money was always set aside for this.

For some of the guys in the department, it was a legit reason to get away from the ball and chain (aka 'wife').

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Microsoft court victory prompts call for data-grabbing regime

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Re: RE: But what harm came from releasing pictures of bomb fragments?

<quote>Not corporate policy That does not increase shareholder value. Sorry.</quote>

FTFY!

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Equifax's malvertising scare, Chromebook TPM RSA key panic, Cuban embassy sonic weapon heard at last – and more

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Re: Equifax - so everyone has given up fighting crappy 3rd party scripts?

Then you most likely have never heard of NoScript.

One way to deal with third party scripts.

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Fear the SAP-slap? Users can anonymously submit questions about licensing naughtiness

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When will they ever learn...

..that SAP stands for

Shut up

And

Pay!!!!

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New coding language Fetlang's syntax designed to read like 'poorly written erotica'

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Re: Somebody accidentally uninstalled their sense of humour this morning...

<quote>Somebody's accidentally uninstalled their sense of humour module has been corrupted by malware this morning...</quote>

FTFY!!!

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Intelsat and Intel reckon satellite spectrum could help with 5G's coming capacity crunch

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Re: I keep telling people

<quote>There's only so much spectrum to pass around.</quote>

Quite right!!!

Now, if those greedy telco/cableco monopolies really wanted spectrum, they would provide ALL residents in their service area OTA TV for free in exchange for the TV frequencies in the UHF band in their service area.

But they won't do it.

And you are right, it will probably take more masts and smaller cells to cover an area, and then NIMBY sets in. "Can't have those GAWD-awful masts next door, it will ruin my property values."

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Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki

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RE: Christian OS

<quote>If the Christian OS ever crashes, does it just restart itself three days later?</quote>

Cute

But, I wonder, in the event Christian OS gets infected with malware, are you required to secure the services of an exorcist???? "In the name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior; get out of our Holy OS you demonic infestation."

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HPE coughed up source code for Pentagon's IT defenses to ... Russia

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Re: Pentagon budget cuts

<qoute>With all the budget cuts in recent years the Pentagon has barely the money to fund outstandingly successful projects like the F35.</quote>

And I bet your sarcasm meter caught fire.

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Bless their hearts: Democrats want $40bn to spruce up America's bumpkin broadband

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Rural broadband

As a couple of posters have already pointed out, the cost of stringing cable to locations in sparsely populated areas climbs toward the stratosphere. Which, in and of itself, is a deterrent to profit oriented business (read as cable monopolies).

Then, to expect the government to throw in huge sums of money to 'rectify' the situation is simply inviting the telco/cableco monopoly to an all they can eat feast..

Those of you who are familiar with the Telecommunications Act of 1996, may recall that federal subsidies were on the table to carry out exactly what is being proposed. And the monopolists just sucked up the cash, and left the rural areas wanting.

In the 1930's the Rural Electrification Act made it possible for isolated communities to bring electricity to areas that lacked electricity. Now, if the Feds want to perform the exact same thing with broadband, then I am for it, but, keep the telcos out of it. They had their chance.

Rural Electrification Act: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_Electrification_Act

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Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

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Re: Really? It's not a joke.

<quote>Distraction is more important than a discussion on citizens having an ability to have a say in, or even decide, the laws under which they live.</quote>

Otherwise known as Page 2 in the 'Donald Trump' version of "How to Run Ruin a Country".

Most recent example - tweeting about (North American) football players who kneel instead of stand for the Pledge of Allegiance; instead of whipping FEMA into gear, and sorting out the logistical nightmares that plague Puerto Rico and other US possessions affected by those damn hurricanes.

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Re: How Legal?

<quote>Hopefully the world will watch and learn.</quote>

WRT alcohol, most likely the rest of the world learned a valuable lesson from the years of stupidity that resulted from the 18th Amendment (aka Prohibition) [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eighteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution ].

It (Prohibition) is a testament to the folly of a small minority of religious zealots who try to impose their morals on the greater society. Some may put the contemporary "Right to Life" anti-abortion sympathizers into this category.

The "War on Drugs" has been often considered a failed strategy, with sentencing disparities, depending on jurisdiction and offender, offering a glimpse into the mindset of legislators. (White offender/powdered cocaine vs Black offender/crack for example.)

Fortunately, public attitudes WRT marijuana are slowly changing.

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At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

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Re: Couple of things...

<quote>Merkins only need to watch this presumably...</quote>

Cute!!!

Two candidates for a Darwin award, completely oblivious to the simple fact that an escalator is a moving stairway, and all they need to do to be freed is to walk UP the dammed stairs.

I bet they are part of some companies' C-suite.

And the award for their stupidity -------------------------------------------------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Re: People who live in hurricane prone areas

<quote>And how many FM stations are set up to run off a battery/generator drawing only tens of watts?</quote>

At the heart of any FM transmitter is an exciter. It is the part of the transmitter that generates the carrier frequency, and modulates that carrier with audio.

Here is an example of one such device:

http://www.bdcast.com/products/details/analog/fx-50#tabs-1

It is a standalone 50 watt unit. With a suitable antenna, and restricting the audio to AM quality (50 - 7500 Hz), you could easily cover a 10 mile circle. AND if you will note, it is available in a 100 or 250 watt model.

If you were to download the brochure for the FM-50, you will note is AC power requirements:

AC Input Power: 97 to 133 VAC or 194 to 266 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 230 w maximum.

That puts it well within the limits of many small portable generators

Now, what is your point?

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Patch alert! Easy-to-exploit flaw in Linux kernel rated 'high risk'

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Re: J J Carter in new comment shocker...

Perhaps JJ Carter is the present day Loverock Davidson???

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Re: But IMHO, the overall pain is far less than what MS gives you.

Ah, yes, that irritating

Configuring Windows Updates, do not turn off your computer

time sink of 5 or more minutes

reboot

Configuring Windows Updates

time sink of 5 or more minutes

desktop shows up, circle of death spinning as Windows tries to 'get its act together'

click on a shortcut to a program, circle of death starts spinning, nothing happens

click again, another circle of death, and finally, two instances of the program appear

Boss screaming about me fucking off, but I can't do shit until Windows gets its act together

And, people wonder why I abandoned personally Windows more than 10 years ago? Until I retired, I still had to content with that piece of shit O/S at work.

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SAP gobbles customer identity management startup Gigya for $350m

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RE: Gigya's employees

<quote>The firm has 300 employees, who are expected to move over to SAP as part of the deal </quote>

Don't count on it......

Just saying.

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CBS's Showtime caught mining crypto-coins in viewers' web browsers

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JS and Ad blockers

And the clueless wonder why I am so paranoid about blocking ads and limiting javascript.

Fucking numpties!

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CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

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Re: And yet when I suggested the only way to safely fix a malware infected host...

<quote>The ONLY way to be sure malware and the subsequent backdoor are removed it is to replace the hard drive, and to rebuild the machine from scratch. </quote>

There FTFY!

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

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Re: There's something missing

<quote>...just move the boss to another company to still earn lots of money whilst being incompetent.</quote>

At my former WROK PALCE (CW Shark Tank readers will 'get it'), the CIO had a katana mounted on a plaque on the wall behind her desk.

It bore the inscription:

The Reward for Incompetence

It was used a few times. until the bills for 'carpet cleaning' got the CFO annoyed.

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Credit reference agencies faulted for poor patching

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Re: Cashless

<quote>Does anyone have a suitable date to propose?</quote>

In another article on El-Reg, I proposed """Black Friday""" (for obvious reasons).

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Missed patch caused Equifax data breach

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Re: Cashless or clueless?

<quote>Does anyone have a suitable date to propose?</quote>

In the USpfA, I propose """Black Friday""" (for obvious reasons).

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RE: Equifax's CTO/CIO

<quote>I think the company's CIO/CTO needs to be taken out the back and hanged by the balls (before being shot.</quote>

FTFY!!!

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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RE: And I thought El Reg commentards hated Microsoft!

As a longtime Linux user, you can put me in that category.

Due to this freak of nature named 'Irma', I have been forced to flee my home and take refuge elsewhere.

Getting on-line wasn't that hard, but, since I didn't drag my PC with me, I am forced to borrow a laptop infected with Windows WindlowZE

$DEITY damn do I hate WindblowZE!!!!

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: PC fail

<quote>they're talking about all the random objects that medics have to remove from people after they "slipped and fell".</quote>

Does 'surgically extracting a gearshift knob from a vagina' fall into that category?

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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

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Re: Double Standards

<quote>I'm sick to death of these "Entrepreneurs" hiding behind the law and putting all the risk on to salaried sacrificial underlings.</quote>

FTFY!!!

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Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

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RE: RAID re-builds

I was thinking the same thing.

IIRC, while the density of these drives are packing in more bits per square mm, the BER (bit error rate) isn't lowered, and with more bits per platter you have a higher potential for drive failure, and RAID re-build.

I am not so sure that I would want to chance re-building a 14TB RAID array.

Some one else can be a guinea pig.

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Oracle finally decides to stop prolonging the inevitable, begins hardware layoffs

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Re: "House Larry has maintained that it still very much cares about the hardware and server lines"

<quote>"House Louse Larry has maintained that it still very much cares about the hardware and server lines" </quote>

FTFY!!!

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Alert: AT&T customers with Arris modems at risk of remote hacking, claim infosec bods

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Re: AT&T - the retail arm of the NSA

<quote>Making America grate again</quote>

I see what you did there!

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Re: Why does she still have that job??

<quote>That kind of incompetence is Management Manglement material.</quote>

FTFY

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RE: "Rich People"

<quote>This indeed what happens when you let rich people who don't have any concept of the job try to do a job that they are incapable of doing.</quote>

You would not be commenting on POTUS, now would you????

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Re: temper tantrum throwing twit

<quote>Dear Ms. Tisch:

Now would be a good time to update your Résumé clear out your desk.</quote>

There

FTFY!!!!

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Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

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Re: "alleged exclusion of evidence

<quote>My first reaction would have been "How many yards of coke did you snort before coming here," followed by "are you f**king kidding me."</quote>

I UPVOTED you just for that alone!!!!

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Hate it when your apartment block is locked to Comcast etc? Small ISPs fight back

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RE: put in and run the cabling

<quote>So a deal to allow Comcast to put in and run the cabling is fine, but other ISPs should be allowed to tout for the endpoint business without having to pay punitive access charges.</quote>

Except for one thing, if we are speaking of co-ax runs, how do two (or more) ISPs co-exist on the same cable while using COTS equipment? Cable modems use specific frequencies to send data

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NSA ramps up PR campaign to keep its mass spying powers

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Re: @John Smith ... NSA"Last year we proved <redacted> really did kill 20 US citizens at <redacted>

<quote>When you consider that Google has more and better information that what the Government could hope to collect, and yet that doesn't bother you ... sorry,</quote>

You seem to forget that Google DOES NOT have the power of the state behind it, snooping TLAs DO!!!!!

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Voyager antenna operator: 'I was the first human to see images from Neptune'

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Re: To see what no man has seen before

<quote>When a salesman sees the customer sign on the dotted line commission check

There!!!

FTFY.

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HPE sales chief Peter Ryan abandons ship amid downsizing ploy

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Re: mixed emotions

<quote>That's classic US manager speak for "Thank God he's going It's about fucking time, but I'd better not say that".</quote>

FTFY!!!

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Singapore court awards $2.9m over bad job reference

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Re: Phone call

<quote>They can be more candid when there's no record on paper.</quote>

Which has been known to bite someone on the ass!!!

If you do not know the person you are speaking to is who they claim to be, then any verbally provided information may end up in the 'wrong' hands.

I know of a company who got rid of incompetent manglement, and one of them used a shyster to 'pretext' a talkative receptionist into 'spilling the beans'. End result - a multi-million lawsuit for damages as the shyster recorded that call. The fact that the receptionist was not speaking "officially" for the company was considered irrelevant.

That led to a policy change - NO telephone confirmation of employment for any reason, any requests about employment history must be done in writing, with the validity of the requesting company verified before a response is issued. Then, in those instances where the inquiry is about an employee that leaves the company under 'adverse circumstances'; the response is to provide facts only. Let the reader draw their own conclusions.

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NotPetya ransomware attack cost us $300m – shipping giant Maersk

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Maersk hit by NotPetya

They have a unique ability to rid the world of the scum that created/distributed this malware.

Once you find those bastards, lock them into a shipping container, and have an 'at sea' accident.

"Oops, that loose container fell from the ship!!"

"No big deal, it is only cargo!"

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Tech billionaire Khosla loses battle over public beach again – and still grants no access

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Re: @Notas Badoff Over my dead body!

<quote>How did the previous owner screw up?</quote>

By not making that access a matter of public record. They granted it verbally, and allowed access while they owned the property; but their decision isn't binding upon successive owners unless it is in the public records.

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Re: Over my dead body!

<quote>I suspect he's following the usual approach of 'what's the point of being rich if you still have to obey the little people's laws?'...</quote>

He must have taken a clue from Leona Helmsley.

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

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Re: IoT - where the S really is for Security

<qoute>Where would this button be placed and how would it work?</quote>

It could be incorporated into the key lock mechanism actuated by the use of a 'special key' which is longer and reaches deeper into the lock cylinder to activate the switch. A 'standard key' being shorter, does not trip the switch.

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US prosecutors demand data to unmask every visitor to anti-Trump protest website

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Re: Of course Trump's government will also ask...

<quote>That's the beauty of an reasonably independent bought and paid for law enforcement community.</quote>

There!

FTFY!

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Oh, boy! Uber investors behind CEO sueball say Travis Kalanick won't let the company grow up

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RE: I laughed so hard that I had to stop and clean spittle off of my phone.

Check under your chair for a yellow puddle.

</snark>

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Re: Most promising company

<quote>Or perhaps a VC is what a rich person becomes when they start to lose their judgement and marbles in general.</quote>

I have always thought that a VC is a gambler using other people's money, who really does not give a shit if there are losses, only the potential for a big payday.

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