* Posts by eswan

71 posts • joined 29 Oct 2010


US states join watchdog probing CenturyLink's Xmas data center outage that screwed 911 system


Somebody plugged a 4-mbit card into a 16-mbit ring?

... turned off spanning tree protocol?

2018 ain't done yet... Amazon sent Alexa recordings of man and girlfriend to stranger


Re: ""We ... took measures to further optimize our processes."

Pray we do not optimize them more.

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork


"The paranoid, or those still clinging to the glory days of Windows Media Center, might regard this as evidence of an attempt to remove the aged player from the OS once and for all."

More like pieces falling off as the OS rattles off into the sunset.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean hackers won't nuke your employer into the ground tomorrow


Of course there is an xkcd for that.


Cray's pre-exascale Shasta supercomputer gets energy research boffins hot under collar


Where do you put the quarters?

(google image search for 'shasta vending machine')

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship


Ministry of Free Press - MinPress

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere


I got one of these this week. Well, actually it was addressed to the web server but I handle the email for it. So I guess the web server was browsing porn? Maybe pictures of servers with their covers off? Oh wait, maybe that was me.

Seagate passes gassy 14TB whopper: He He He, one for each of you


"IronWolf Pro, supporting up to 24-bay NAS enclosures, capacity ranges from 2TB to 14B, while the ordinary IronWolf, supporting one- to 8-bay enclosures, goes from 1TB to 14TB."

So if you put the regular IronWolf in a 9-bay enclosure, does it spontaneously combust?

Intel hands first Optane DIMM to Google, where it'll collect dust until a supporting CPU arrives


"...features AI-focused Deep Learning Boost (DLBOOST) tech intended to provide an 11x AI performance boost over Xeon Skylake."

Is that the replacement for NetBurst Technology?

The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'


So with the 512 GB version of this, plus a 512 GB micro sd, you could have a phone with a terabyte of storage....

Supermicro breathes in, shimmies a PB of Intel flash into one rack unit


That's alot of porn.

Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier


Re: Nice Model M KB in piccie

Looks at pic. Looks at desk.

Better get your monitor calibrated.

(Model M F5-F8 are greyish)

Span hits F#, LinkedIn gets mumbly, and UWP (yes, it's still clinging on) furnished with new toys


"Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps have a noble goal."

Oh, that's what UWP stands for. Thought it was "Ugly Windows Phone app".

US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)


Also equally valid--

"It is also critical to understand that this remote connection support model was never used, nor was it ever possible to be used, on any printer, as printers do not contain the required operating system or remote connection software necessary to enable a remote connection," the vendor tells Wyden.

"To be clear, ES&S never installed remote connection software on any printer it has ever delivered to a customer, nor has it ever been possible to do so- either before or after the creation of the EAC."

Now the device that manages, configures, and controls the printer....

LocationDumb: Phone tracker foul-up exposes world+dog to tracking


Re: I give up

>> Tossing all my electronics and will pick up trash for a living (no shortage of that ever)

They've already automated the 'lift the bin and dump it in the truck' part. All they need now are self driving garbage trucks.

Heir to SMS finally excites carriers, by making Google grovel


Re: Just what the world needs

"Yet another messaging system.."

You mean "Yet another advertising platform.."

BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave


Who's got the RAT on my system

Ok, yesterday trying to do some SSL certificate management.

The unamed SSL issuer sends me a link and a username/temp password for their portal

Go to the link, login with the username and temp password, get prompted for old/new/new password.

Type those in, get a 'your session has been terminated, login again'.

Try to login with username/new password. 'invalid'

Try again to login with username/new password. 'invalid'

Maybe I used different capitalization? 'account locked out for 15 minutes'

15 minutes later. Maybe the new password didn't take? username/oldpassword, 'you must change your password now'.

enter old/new/new password. 'your session has expired'

I'm not falling for it this time, login with username/old password.

'you must change your password now'.

enter _really quickly_ old/new/new password.

'you must now set up 3 security questions'

go through that, 'your session has expired'

login again with new password. 'you must now set up 3 security questions'

run through the 3 security questions as quickly as possible. 'you must now give a phone number for 2 factor authentication'

give it my cell number. 'please enter the recieved pin'

Type in the pin. 'your session has expired'


Some joker set the session timeout to about 30 seconds.

It's US Tax Day, so of course the IRS's servers have taken a swan dive


Have they tried turning--

"the agency is hoping a hard reboot of its systems will resolve the issue"

Ah, well then. That should sort it out.

ZTE now stands for 'zero tech exports' – US govt slaps 7-year ban on biz


Pot, kettle

"ZTE made false statements to the US government when they were originally caught and put on the Entity List, made false statements during the reprieve it was given, and made false statements again during its probation," said US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

Who do they think they are, banking executives?

From wikipedia--

"... leaked documents known as the Paradise Papers showed that Ross had failed to clearly disclose financial ties to Russian interests in his confirmation hearings."

UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs


Ka-shing out?

Microsoft floats feelers for fake worlds


First read through of the title was interpreted as "Microsoft floats feelers for fake Words" and I thought it was going to be a VR version of Word.

Brit semiconductor tech ended up in Chinese naval railgun – report


Do they make zhou-zhou trains?

Devs see red after not seeing Big Red on Stack Overflow database poll


"the Oracle-developed, but open-source MySQL"

You misspelled purchased.

Microsoft to rebuild Redmond campus, including cricket pitch


The Campus Formerly Known As Metro

Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support


>One such trip involved “four of us sitting around a cage full of monkeys,

>feeding them fruit” because one of the simians had swallowed a USB

>drive that contained classified files.

You should always mount a scratch monkey before copying files.

Hackers abusing digital certs smuggle malware past security scanners


From signedmalware.org-

Serial Number Publisher Issuer

00ACDB7F6460A6B323B6D2EAD85BC30CA6 Reg Revenue COMODO Code Signing CA 2


First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks


Rectal scan.

Super Cali goes ballistic, Gatorade app is bogus: Even the sound of it is something quite atrocious


It's got Electrolytes!

Python explosion blamed on pandas


> How did the pandas get explosives?

From the guerrillas, duh.

Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word


"We are transforming the way we partner with you," corporate VP Ron Huddleston intoned.

"Pray we do not transform it further".

OLE-y hell. Bug in MSFT Word allows total PC p0wnage


Re: Blocking this attack?

I've just dropped a squid proxy rule into place-

acl mimeblock rep_mime_type ^application/hta$

Might be a bit naive, but won't hurt. And I don't see

any legitimate reason to allow them.

Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...


Ahh, but you know what the retry button does? Yes, it really does try to install the wrong architecture drivers again. And again. Oooh, maybe this time they'll work? Nope.


Re: Close 'em down...

TRS-80 Model 16/6000 running Microsoft XENIX-

Bring'er up Scotty, she's sucking mud!

Means the Z80 tried to take over the bus from the 68000.


My favorite-


Add Printer Driver

The files installed are not valid for the selected architecture.

Retry / Cancel


Pirate of the Caribbean to play Hacker of the Caribbean


Charlie Sheen?

RIP Samsung 'Death Note' 7


Re: Re. "Death Note"

"a cunning way to recycle the displays for some sort of wall screen"

A fire wall?

Lack of Hurd mentality at Oracle OpenWorld: Co-CEO's cloud claims fall flat live on stage


"There are a bunch of funny people out there," he remarked as the numbers came in.

"Yesssss. Very, very funny people." he repeated, pressing a small red button on the podium.

"Very funny people. Ha, ha.... ha." as ominous clacks and clunks came from the auditorium exits.

Systemd adds filesystem mount tool


Re: Solving problems that do not exist anymore

"I moved to Slackware to avoid systemd."

I recently moved back to slackware. Ran slackware from ver. 3 (Now with ELF binaries!) to

around ver. 7, then jumped to Debian for aptitude. Returning to slackware feels like putting

on a pair of comfortably worn shoes.

Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug


Re: Wow

"shrinking from 39,873MWh to 8,770MWh"

Did they forget to top up the Mr. Fusion?

UK.gov digi peeps hunt open source chief


Re: Common standards

"it's only metric is that it was 'on time and to budget'."

Or, more often, 'in your spare time for free'.

Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch


"The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 gave police the right to seize goods they thought to be associated with crime without making an arrest or even charging the suspect involved."

Shouldn't that be "The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of Kafka's 'The Trial'"?

NetSuite hacker thrown in the cooler for a year, fined $124,000


"possession of a firearm in interstate commerce while unlawfully using a controlled substance."

And littering?

Lithium ion batteries banned from passenger aircraft holds


Lithium ion batteries banned from passenger aircraft holds

Does this mean the 787 is grounded again?

NASA's Orion: 100,000 parts riding 8 million pounds of thrust


Re: 3 Screens?

Does it come with a cloud?


This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs


"It's said that there are only two hard things in computer science:

cache invalidation and naming things." And off by one errors.

Microsoft unbuttons shirt, teases glimpse of Azure-in-a-box Stack


We have rich hyper-center and operatings datascale learnings and experiencing buildings.

Comcast 'rolls out' 'world's first' DOCSIS 3.1 modem, pumping 1Gbps over existing cable


Re: With their caps...

In approximately (300GB/s x 8b/B / 60s) 40 minutes....

The Firewall Awakens: ICANN's exiting CEO takes internet governance to the dark side


Just the other day I was saying to a friend, 'You know what the internet needs? More governance input from Kyrgyzstan.'

Symantec's salvation plan is more and better integration. No, really


Step #1: Sell Veritas.

Step #2: Checkmark???

Step #3: Number 1 security company in the world!

It's Gartner Magic Graph of Wonder time! And Google won't be happy


Where's my itanium powered windows phone?


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