I would say no, but I assumed everyone knew that one too, so we're probably both too old.
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Dead LAN's hand: IT staff 'locked out' of data center's core switch after the only bloke who could log into it dies
College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system
Don't Shout "Fuck" in The Data Centre
A long time ago, I was moving an AlphaServer 4100 from FDDI to Ethernet; around about the time that auto-negotiating the speed, etc. was "problematic". After realising that autonegotiation hadn't negotiated anything mutually workable, I let loose a loud "fuck" (as stress relief) and started nailing it in the firmware environment (can't guarantee that but it definitely required rebooting the whole thing - which wasn't that quick). At each failure, I'd let loose another "fuck" until the network manager came across and suggested I not do that because I was making the director nervous.
That plus other events leads me to the firm conviction that senior managers should be allowed nowhere near the DC when important work is going on.
Well The Big Problem with Helping With Your Windows, OSX Problem Is ...
That I usually fix such matters with a Linux CD/USB stick (I've been using the same excuse for a while). "Oh yes, it's perfectly user-friendly - look" (shows laptop screen that is entirely black except for a "$" in the top left-hand side and a blinking white square).
Works wonders; I rarely get asked to do "extra stuff" that'll only take like 5 minutes.
Re: Long way around the barn!
I have a feeling that you're talking about an entirely different class of hotel from the rancid flea-pits I wind up in. Which usually have such features as hard-wired lamps, and inscrutable light-emitting things that don't resemble light-bulbs and don't look removable without a special set of tools (or a wrecking bar, which I rarely take on a trip).
Re: desktop becomes an anachronism?
I'm not convinced.
Very few people I know have gotten rid of desktops and still use them; in the case of certain oldies they prefer to use the desktop to the laptop (even though it has a higher specification).
They're certainly not sexy, and haven't really improved dramatically in the last 5 years (unlike phones). Frankly if you're not obsessed with the latest and greatest there's no reason to replace a desktop until it breaks.
0: And they're not all hairy geeks.
1: And if you are, there's more fun toys to be had.
Not strictly speaking silent
a) Electric vehicles are not strictly speaking silent - there's road noise from the tires rolling across the road surface. Hard to tell when the roads are still full of fuel burners though.
b) Before saying they're too quiet to alert people, consider whether the advantage of quieter traffic might outweigh the advantage of alerting those who aren't looking.
Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster
Re: We have surely reached peak beard.
Er ... some of us had beards before they were "cool" and aren't going to shave just because they are now "cool" (I haven't shaved since the 1980s).
And the last thing on my mind is how you'd feel kissing me; you need to start by buying me pints. Lots and lots of pints.
Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative
Re: This is why you need a dedicated hardware-token for things like this.
You didn't read this article closely enough did you?
A password manager secured with a token will still be vulnerable because after you use your token to unlock the password manager (or in more extreme and probably theoretical cases when you use your token to unlock an individual entry), the target data _will_ be stored within memory in plain text.
Tens of millions more web accounts for sale after more sites hacked, Mac malware spreads via Windows.exe, and more
Re: The Usual Response...
It's true that adding in genuinely random punctuation will make it much harder to remember but adding in a punctuation character that is randomly selected once at the beginning of time does add a bit of value. It's worth remembering that if we suggest four random words, the average critter in the street will think "well two or three will be good enough" and they won't necessarily be well chosen words at that ("letmein" is three words but it's very far from uncrackable).
I always point out that any transformation ("o" -> "0") you can think of, those who crack passwords professionally have thought of it before you, so it's pointless.
One of the downsides of password manager generated random passwords ("45K7WaUfHxFyrIu6J6CPKM3Gs1jU1oB+UhMByAkn48A" (yes I do have a shell function to generate random noise passwords - don't you?)) is that they're a lot harder to type in than random word-style passwords ("petrifies-Reunion-primitive-putsch" (ditto)). And sometimes you do have to type 'em in.
Who are the last people you'd expect to spill thousands of student records? A computer science dept? What a fantastic guess
"no comparable scandals seem to regularly reoccur in the USA. (unless anybody can correct me on this)"
Not sure if it's comparable, but salads in the US can be laden with E. Coli :-
Re: Mice are not particularly intuitive
In the distant past, I was helping a student when I noticed that they had turned the mouse over and were using it as a trackball; I pointed out that it might work better the right way up.
So it could be argued that trackballs are more of an intuitive solution (although one example isn't statistically significant).
Not a Sun, and not a 68000, but I constructed a franken SGI PowerSeries out of spare parts that had fallen out the back of a drugs company in the mid-1990s. Two MIPS 4000 processors, 128Mbytes of memory and a VGXT framebuffer.
I worked out the rough list price - a roughly equivalent system would have cost $30,000 without the framebuffer; that would have cost around $300,000.
Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore
You do know there's a vacuum cleaner called a VAX don't you?
A long time ago, the two companies producing VAXen, met and agreed that nobody was dumb enough to mistake one for the other. Except in the case of the joke "Nothing sucks like a VAX".
0: Except I'm not sure anyone ever referred to multiple VAX vacuum cleaners as "VAXen".
3ve Offline: Countless Windows PCs using 1.7m IP addresses hacked to 'view' up to 12 billion adverts a day
I think you might be comparing the very best film stock with the very 'worst' of digital sensors.
And I'm not sure the resolution of film can be directly compared with digital sensors. It _may_ be higher in resolution (although I've seen different calculations), but it also tends to be "noisier" (film grain).
And in terms of dynamic range, the very best film stock is about 8 stops of range whereas the very best digital sensors is about 14 stops of range.
But those photographers using 35mm pocket cameras may well have produced more "best photos" with better equipment. One example could be Robert Capa's images of the landing at Omaha which were mostly destroyed by the developer; if he had a digital camera (impossible for sure) those images would have survived.
0: Yes it's possible for card failures which is why some of us use cameras with dual card slots.