* Posts by Mayday

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No root for you, or how to stop worrying and love AWS China

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So let me understand this?

You don't get a root account, but someone else "manages" root for you?

Can't say I'm too surprised of course.

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DOJ convicts second bloke for helping malware go undetected

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Alert

Indeed, this is more than what a murderer would get in Aussie. Remind me not to fart (or murder anyone) next time I'm in the States.

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Catalyst 9000 the, erm, catalyst for surging Cisco software sales

Mayday
Meh

Don't get it

I've been using/fan of Cisco for a while now. Hell, I'm a CCIE FFS.

Now, they want me to buy a "thing" (which in this case is a switch), plus a maintenance contract (you're mad not to have one, unless you can budget the odd cold spare into your deployment and also consider software updates/vulnerabilities). Now I need an ongoing subscription?

Sure, its a business. They are there to make money, however don't expect me to sell your product to my business when all these extra overheads seem to come along. I'd be pretty crap at my job if I did.

This is similar to those new TelePresence screens that need a subscription. No thanks.

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Biometrics: Better than your mother's maiden name. Good luck changing your body if your info is stolen

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Unhappy

"Full palm print"

"Requires that you provide a full palm print"

It's actually a palm vein scan, not a palm print. Still it is uniquely identifiable information.

Trouble is in my line of work I'm obliged to do regular (all too bloody regular) certification exams to remain "relevant". I don't have any other choice other than to be unemployed. It's not like I can refuse the scan or do an exam elsewhere, just like those who got their data stolen from Equifax can choose to not ever have the credit history verified.

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Great Scott! Bitcoin to consume half a per cent of the world's electricity by end of year

Mayday
Megaphone

Reaching cost/gain limit

Everyone here is rightly saying that electricity costs (both in equipment power, cooling, maintenance and whatever else) are starting to cost as much as the end product.

Next step is electricity theft similar to what weed growers use when they bypass the meter for their hydro farms. I'm presuming this is already happening too.

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US schools' IT systems drop out after weekend firmware update misery

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Re: WSIPC switch gear needs replacing after borked firmware upgrade?

I am guessing that the systems rebooted with a shagged/incomplete image and did not boot because the image was no good and remained unbootable. Possibly similar to Cisco ROMMON but with no TFTP or x-modem (gasp!) recovery methods.

Almost like updating your phone when it warns you not to reboot it or allow it to lose power during an update due to fear of bricking.

Either way, you're right, it's an ordinary state of affairs, but its ok because Dell was cheaper than the previous vendor.

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Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

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Facepalm

Re: Streaming? Nah!

"You gotta have pure silver speaker cables etc"

Probably the same sort of people who would buy these:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0073HGBNI/ref=sspa_dk_detail_4?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B0073HGBNI&pd_rd_wg=WXBxG&pd_rd_r=31PM70FAE0VZ38KFRTSA&pd_rd_w=lO1jN

PS if I know you and you buy these then I will disavow all knowledge of you. If you are the vendor and you manage to actually flog these then I tip my hat.

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PC recycler gets 15 months in the clink for whipping up 28,000 bootleg Windows 7, XP recovery discs

Mayday

Re: Can someone please explain

Ahhh that makes sense. Thank you. So this fellow in Florida sees the 11th circuit, and a guy in Arizona sees the 9th circuit.

So where does a small offence (I think it's called a misdemeanour?) go? Straight to District circuit or some "lesser" court that isnt listed on there?

In Westminsterish systems, everyone sees the Magistrate's court first and then if it's above their jurisdiction (ie rape, murder or treason) then it is referred to the higher court which could be District or Supreme based on severity. Someone on a minor summary offence would just be dealt with in the Magistrate's court.

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Mayday
Childcatcher

Can someone please explain

In a US court context what "Eleventh Circuit" means? Is it the 11th court in a jurisdiction's hierarchy or is it simply "court no 11" in this jurisdiction/county/state/whatever? My guess is something else entirely.

I'm familiar with the Westminsterish terms of Magistrates, District, Supreme and High courts (your results and nomenclature may vary based on jurisdiction) but when I hear terms like "xx circuit of appeals" in a US I'm a little confused.

Cheers :)

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

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Unhappy

I've been trying to get this happening

In multiple places and PHBs over the years.

With very little luck, no one sees the problem, no one wants to pay etc. Any advice here is appreciated.

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One of IBM's latest financial figures was off by four cents today – so down go its shares

Mayday
Devil

"Worker transformation"

Is this the new "Resource Action"?

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Forking hell! VMware now has TWO current versions of vSphere

Mayday
WTF?

VMware is driving me potty.

Warning. Rant incoming.

All of this version changes (depending on what product we play with) and how you need X to talk to Y but version Z has deprecated ABC which Y you have before already has but because you haven't got Enterprise super duper licence you need blah blah blah.

Makes me wonder why I waste my time keeping my VCP current, but considering how hard it was to get to begin with is really the only reason it's worth keeping. Doing a course to qualify for an exam WTF?

From the "Certification Benefits" page:

Recognition of your technical knowledge and skills:

I already know this shit. Some test where I need to memorise obscure lines of doco doesnt demonstrate this.

Greater opportunities for career advancement:

Isn't all our shit in the cloud anyway?

Official transcripts:

Whoopdee doo

VMware Digital Badge:

Awesome. I can put a gif on my LinkedIn profile

Use of the certification logo:

See above

Access to the exclusive portal & logo merchandise store:

Wow you're letting me buy a VMware t shirt

Invitation to beta exams and classes:

I am sick of exams as it is

Discounts from VMware Press:

Might be ok. Although the only reason I'd buy a stupid book is to maintain certification anyway

Discounted admission to VMware events:

You need to pay me to go to those

Rant complete. For now.

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Router ravaging, crippling code, and why not to p*ss off IT staff

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Pirate

$6k

Doesn't seem a lot by yank standards. They tend to flog people for $50M and demand 25 years in the joint when someone changes a password, modifies a screensaver or makes a PHB's homepage Goatse or Lemonparty.

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Donkey Wrong: Arcade legend Billy Mitchell booted from record books amid MAME row

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Alert

Original Hardware?

I understand the rationale, but where can you find an abundance of original 80s era arcade hardware that is still working?

I've seen "modern" data centre equipment shit itself after a power cycle when all the capacitors in power supplies etc have dried out.

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Cryptocoin investors sue Chase Bank for sky-high credit card charges

Mayday
Holmes

Re: The Bank is RIGHT

"a) it's a CURRENCY - so it's a CASH ADVANCE"

Indeed. My Aussie bank charges a cash advance fee if I were to purchase foreign currency. I fail to see why this is any different.

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Testing, one-one-one-one. Yep, you're ready for net news nuggets

Mayday

1.1.1.1

"Some networks with Cisco gateways also use 1.1.1.1, but it's not certain whether that's a default or a sysadmin's decision."

Both. It is default for a wireless capture portal/virtual IP but a piece of piss to change.

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Apple store besieged by protesters in Paris 'die-in' over tax avoidance

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Coat

I've heard it all now

An anti-globalisation group peddling their message and advertising their activities of the Internet.

The greatest symbol of globalisation if there ever was one.

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Patch or ditch Adobe Flash: Exploit on sale, booby-trapped Office docs spotted in the wild

Mayday
Megaphone

Flash!!! Brrrrrrrrrrr!

I wanted to watch the UFC on the weekend and the official UFC site only shows it in Flash.

I dont trust Flash as far as Conor McGregor can throw heavy items at busses so suffice to say I went to the pub.

Sites these days only using Flash is a surprise considering the issues and an exercise in laziness.

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Co-op says IT upgrade project going swell since axing IBM

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Facepalm

Re: Outsourcing cheaper

"Cheaper?"

I agree with you (hence upvote). There is also the instance of "single throat to choke" and reimbursement via SLA penalties which can make outsourcing attractive. You can't put an SLA penalty on the guy sitting at that desk now can you?

From a management/beancounting point of view (as opposed to sanity and productivity) removing a few million/hundred thousand from a wage bill and moving some of that to an outsourcing provider "looks good" Of course when it all goes to shit and there isnt anyone on site to fix it "now" and you have a 24 hour/5 day SLA and you have a whole business unable to function as a result seems to be overlooked.

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Brain monitor had remote code execution and DoS flaw

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Re: It definitely takes

@Nick.

True, but it also talks of remote code execution. Having access to a "trusted" device such as this which is generally behind the firewalls and being able to run arbitrary code on it means you have a platform to attack other devices on the same network.

Sure, defence in depth is a real thing and your IPS and other internal security systems should/might help but my point is about the c*nts out there that attack medical and life-essential devices for their own means, be it ransom, information or just for kicks.

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Mayday
Flame

It definitely takes

a special kind of c*nt to mess around with medical equipment, hospitals and anything else that affects people's lives.

Unfortunately it seems like that they are out there based on issues such as this, ransomware and the like.

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AWS baits cloud hooks with DeepLens machine learning camera

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Big Brother

It looks like...

...that the Proles can afford Telescreens now.

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Cloudflare touts privacy-friendly 1.1.1.1 public DNS service. Hmm, let's take a closer look at that

Mayday

Re: 1.1.1.1 conflict

"Why not use an address in one of the ranges explicitly reserved for private use?"

Fair question.

This customer (600k+ users, education market, 100+ campuses) had a very complex (ie "shithouse") environment and renumbering the entire environment to suit was not feasible in the timeframes and budgets allowed. I wanted to go IPv6 and be done with it however the customer's systems and staff were not able to deal with it. Scope was also an issue here.

One of these campuses had public IP addresses which belonged to another entity being used internally which "worked" until such time as they had to start doing business with this organisation on an ongoing basis <facepalm>

The cleanup and subsequent works went reasonably well (if I do say so myself of course) considering all the issues involved.

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Mayday

Re: 1.1.1.1 conflict

A few(ish) years ago I was responsible for a wide-reaching multi-campus wireless deployment.

I made the decision to change the captive portal address from 1.1.1.1 to a 192.0.2.0/24 address to avoid this occurring.

https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5737

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AWS Summit SF: Most definitely not a sales event, nuh uh, no way

Mayday
Coffee/keyboard

"With that, go build."

"And while you're at it, get billed."

I can see what you did there,

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Floyd Mayweather-endorsed cryptocoin startup knocked out by fraud allegations

Mayday
Trollface

Re: I always take investment advice from Ric Flair.

I'd invest Woooooooooocoin.

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Apple iOS 11.3 adds health records for battery, people too

Mayday
Terminator

Re: IPhone only

I've been looking forward to this update (which is a contrast from pretty much every other software update from any vendor).

I have been holding off on updating my battery because I want to see how shagged it is and why my phone is the way it is before I replace it.

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Sysadmin wiped two servers, left the country to escape the shame

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Pirate

Sentenced to transportation then?

“I have subsequently moved to Australia to try and put this behind me,” Graham concluded*

*from an Aussie too.

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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

Mayday
Trollface

Dylan McKay?

Not this guy?

http://90210.wikia.com/wiki/Dylan_McKay

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Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood

Mayday
Devil

Re: The ultimate question?

+1, +44 and several similar it would seem. However +91, +880 and +63 are perfectly ok,

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Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

Mayday
Coat

Throw Data and Riker in there

and you have a Star Trek TNG poker game.

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Commonwealth Games are just the ticket for Facebook

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Big Brother

Tracking

People will be tracked via viewing, likes etc when they open the app, have the GPS tell Facebook where they are and everything else the app does.

Still, lets make it easier for then while we're at it.

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Addicts of Facebook and pals are easy prey for manipulative scumbags – thanks to tech giants' 'extraordinary reach'

Mayday
Big Brother

Prolefeed

That is all.

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Mozilla's opt-out Firefox DNS privacy test sparks, er, privacy outcry

Mayday
Big Brother

Off the top of my head

Now I haven't put much thought into this but anyway:

Is there any reason why you can't use a "random" DNS server from a list of (say) 100's or 1000s? Reason being if you only use (for example) your ISP's, Google's 8.8.8.8 or OpenDNS then in theory you could be tracked by them. Randomising DNS servers over a very large pool could alleviate this to a degree.

I personally use Open DNS because I'd prefer Cisco et al have an idea of my browsing compared to the world's biggest advertising company or my ISP or ASIO.

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FBI raids home of spy sat techie over leak of secret comms source code on Facebook

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Holmes

Idiot.

Clearance holders know from the start what they can and can't do. The fact he was doing stuff that was so easy to trace is mind boggling.

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1 in 5 Michigan state staffers fail phishing test but that's OK apparently

Mayday
Coat

A colleague (no it wasn't me!)

Got an auto-phish test email at a previous employer. No one except people who "should" know this address had it. So no vendors, friends, logins for anything outside etc had this particular work email address. His alias would not have been simple to derive He is a pretty savvy guy so he thought it should be ok, mainly due to the fact that barely no one outside of the organisation had his email address. It even looked ok to me too when he showed me. It was clearly a very well devised robotest.

He clicks the link and gets some robo-response telling him he was a bad man etc and it triggered off some mandatory security awareness training he had to do in 28 days or risk being told off etc.

From then on, he ignored all attachments from everyone, never clicked on a single link, even when the source was almost infallible. When queried his response was simple, "Got the nastygram last time I did something like this, don't want another". Never got an argument from me.

My point - careful with what you want these tests to achieve.

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Private Internet Access VPN opens code-y sarong, starting with Chrome extension

Mayday

Re: Well...

Have you got the Facebook, Whatsapp or Snapchat app on your phone?

I dont understand why these need to be so large and updated every few days it would seem. I used to play Privateer on my 486 back in the day and I could fly multiple spaceships, shoot bad guys and have hundreds of voice conversations for about ~15MB of my precious 200MB HDD. Only reason I can think of is all the data slurping or maybe just a pack of shit devs but I digress.

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Anyone fancy testing the 'unlimited' drive writes claim on Nimbus Data's 100TB whopper SSD?

Mayday

Arrays

Bear in mind these things wont be sitting in some rack or some server somewhere waiting to be filled before moving onto the next one. They would be in an array where the controller will manage redundancy and writing to multiple SSDs at once, so your "write speed" for the array would exceed the 500MB/s.

This is assuming (which is unlikely) that all the SSDs in the array are all of this type and faster discs aren't sitting in front caching before it writes to the slower discs.

PS give me one (just one) to test. My internet speed at home wont be able to write at 500MB/s so no bottlenecks on the SSD.

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Cyborg fined for riding train without valid ticket

Mayday
Terminator

This fellow ran for parliament

In the same seat as the (at the time) Deputy Prime Minister was facing a by-election due to questions over citizenship.

No, he didn't get in and the Deputy PM is no longer Deputy PM.

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You always wanted to be an astronaut, right? Careful: Space is getting more and more deadly

Mayday

Climate Change

How does this affect climate change?* A lot I'm guessing, considering as the sun is the cause of all climate and all that. 20% increase in radiation and the associated 20-30% reduction in an astronaut's exposure time seems significant to me.

*Please don't start a debate on carbon dioxide or cow farts or denial here. This question is not relating to any of that.

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Ex-Equifax exec charged with insider trading after bagging 1 MEEELLION dollars in stock sale

Mayday
Pirate

White Collar Worldcom

Ever heard of a fellow called Bernard Ebbers?

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Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

Mayday
Pint

Vale

He never quite managed to finish the Warp Drive he said he was working on when he visited the set of Star Trek TNG where he played himself.

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Doctor finds physical changes to astronaut's eyes after ISS stint

Mayday
Boffin

Re: Internal eye pressure

I recently got my eyes tested for a Class 1 Aviation Medical. This is a very comprehensive (to say the least!) test which is tonnes more than looking at letters on a chart or what numbers you can see amongst the dots (which I got wrong and had to do a secondary Farnsworth Lantern test, however I digress).

The intra ocular pressure can be measured by some device which blasts air onto the surface of the eye, and I am presuming the instrument measures the deflection of the surface of the eye to deduce the pressure. Back in the day (not so long ago) an instrument used to have to physically touch the eye.

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Equifax peeks under couch, finds 2.4 million more folk hit by breach

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Re: This annoys (well shits and horrifies) me.

Very much so.

It's not like I can say to the bank, "Please don't check my credit rating when I rearrange my finances/loans/credit cards because I don't trust Equifax" now is it?

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Flame

This annoys (well shits and horrifies) me.

This is a mob who literally manage the wellbeing of millions of people. Someone has "bad credit" then they can't get a mortgage for a place to live. Missed something one day? Oh you can't get a mobile phone. The list goes on.

My credit is good, but the point still stands, these companies have an enormous responsibility (which they have not met in my view) and when they have this monumental cockup with so much at stake we just get a simple "Sorry, we take security seriously" perhaps with mention of an investigation and even with all the bosses now gone we still need to rely on them to live pretty much.

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You can Ring my bell: Amazon pays ONE BEEEEELLION+ dollars for smart home upstart

Mayday
Stop

No thanks.

My locks and security system are not connected to the "cloud" under any circumstances.

Although if I were Mr Siminoff I'd be happy as a pig in shit.

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Drones replace models on Dolce & Gabbana catwalk

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Coat

That person in front's phone PIN

is 5556

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Sheer luck helped prevent mid-air drone glider prang in Blighty

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Chute etc

"At that point, one has to hope that the chute will deploy in time."

I'm a skydiver and a pilot.

Finals (unless a straight in approach) are normally at around 500ft. A parachute typically used as a pilot emergency rig would not be open in time at that sort of height, particularly if the glider canopy needed to be jettisoned and the harness released, bearing in mind during this time a damaged wing will be generating less/no lift and the glider will also be unstable and losing height.

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