* Posts by Jack of Shadows

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Prez Obama slaps sanctions on Norks in payback for Sony hack

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Re: [Sigh]

Queering direct negotiations between South and North Korea would be a reason for the White House to jump at NK being the source of the hack. I'd also add that having been the subject of and unwilling participant in several government investigations, the theory of the crime always comes first then the search for evidence to support the theory. Not once was it collect the evidence and then develop the theory. Despite all the positive portrayals courtesy of Hollywood, near as I can tell, it hasn't changed over the decades.

Cops think Mt Gox meltdown was an 'INSIDE JOB' – report

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Re: Imaginary currency goes "pop"

"You could even argue that value of gold is 'imaginary....'" No argument here. At least platinum and silver have real uses in chemical engineering. Gold? Not useful for much at all and yes, I'm including electronic/electrical engineering as well. What's hilarious is that the "Native Americans" (in all the Americas) liked using gold for decorative items solely due to the fact that it was very malleable and wasn't worth a damn using it for anything else. A bunch of Europeans show up and, well we all know how that turned out. Simply due to their deranged notion that gold had some extreme valuation assigned to it. Sad.

Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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Re: Good on them for releasing information about the vulnerability

If the hacker is logging on to your machine locally, you've already passed the point of no return. [Physical access == no security. At least if I'm around, ditto most non-script-kiddies.] So the POC gets you exactly nowhere. For now.

'Lizard Squad' launches commercial DDoS tool

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Are these guys really that confident that they are “untouchable”?

General-ly [pun intended]? Yes. Which is why young males are the ones sent out there to fight and die. In this case, it is even more poignant that previous take downs of such groups come from members in long -standing who have been recently up-close-and-personal with the federal prosecutors. These things usually don't end well.

Zuckerberg asks the public to tell him where to go in 2015

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Re: Biases, biases

Or! Deleted all three of theirs as well as scrubbing data. [I take that with a ton of salt. I still remember the original purpose of Facebook.]

It really doesn't matter what the suggestions are since they have little to do with Facebook, the company, which is all about justifying to "the analysts" that IPO thang that made so much news/little money. Goals mutate when IPO's happen as we are all well cognizant of in these parts.The only shocking party is how much leeway Zuckerberg has been given.

SpaceX six days from historic rocket landing attempt

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Re: Loving this

The very first book my Mom put into my little hands, after I showed her I could read, was "Rocket Ship Galileo." To say I'm very underwhelmed by what NASA has accomplished since 1969 .... Elon Musk has demonstrated that R. A. Heinlein's vision of space as a private (civilian) activity rather than bureaucrat is just icing on the cake. He was dead on about the military half as well.

Survey: Tech has FREED modern workers – to work longer hours

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Surprise?

All that's happening is that we are all increasingly "on-call." That doesn't bother me; it has always been ever thus here. C'mon, you really didn't have a life before, did ya?

South Korea says NUCLEAR WORM is nothing to worry about

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Re: Who you gonna call?

I'm more worried about authorization to develop attack code. Far too easy for some of it to end up in exactly the wrong hands, and I'm not saying nation states. [NK apparently doesn't need any help with hacking SK so anything that SK develops and NK steals are moot.]

NASA preps lobotomy for Opportunity rover to cure amnesia

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Truly amazing

For rovers set for a 90 Martian Day mission, amazing!

Robox: How good could a sub-£1k 3D printer be?

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Yes, that's definitely something I've had on my list of neat things. Then again, I really love Chivalry & Sorcery (D&D for econometricians) where detail is extremely important.

TalkTalk eyes up Blinkbox for advanced FOURPLAY – report

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Re: Quad play offerings

That description reminds me of the soup-to-nuts insurance packages we have here in the US. Start you with auto insurance and then have the customer pick up life, home owners, ..... How do you compare offerings? How the discounts tie in isn't something that you're going to find online. Individual apples to apples, oranges to oranges, yes.

Another yardstick is that we are operating two home offices in our residence. Good luck trying to figure out how packages compare when they are offer at all. [Comcast specifically excludes home offices.] All part of putting enough aircraft worthy tie-down wires on the (possibly) migrating customer.

NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

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If the North Koreans were involved, it would be as a later participant. The initial phase, which lasted months given the amount of data in terabytes that was extracted before the vandalism attack. I know how long it takes to transfer terabytes even through fatter pipes. Toss in remaining covert, well it really would be months. Additional evidence that more than one "interest group" was involved is just the schizophrenic nature of the entire pattern.

Typically, these investigations take months yet the FBI jumps up and says "case solved" in less than a month. Right.

Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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Re: All this reminds me of something from Jerry Pornuelle

The power plants used by the US Navy have very little relationship with those on land; completely different beasts in every aspect except, perhaps, steam generation. I'll leave it at that. [Classified up the yin-yang.]

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Re: All this reminds me of something from Jerry Pornuelle

Two reactors, actually. You could also toss in the non-nuclear escort ships with gas turbine engines as another customer. Since full power off of both reactors isn't generally called for, fuel generation would be a continuous activity. Oh, and refueling her escorts is one thing we do practice often enough while deployed around the world. Heck, I've seen an oiler refueling the carrier's supply of JP-5 while the carrier is refueling one of her escorts the same JP-5. [Practice, practice, practice. Everything.]

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Re: Amen to that, brother/comrade

Historically, when the "middle-class" perceives its own socioeconomic status under threat, sees a decline, with no better future prospects in sight, is when they choose an alternative to the current elites. And that's been true for thousands of years. There's an awful lot of that perception in the world today. I know, if I were one of those elites, I'd be very, very nervous.

Dotcom 'saved' Xmas for Xbox – but no one can save Sony's titsup PlayStation Network

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Re: AlbertH

I've been known to speak well of Excel. I've used it in predictive epidemiological modeling/analysis and I've done some rather large neural nets as well. Add all of econometrics and sociometrics, far more flexible than the custom tools we were using at the time. Those were all done in Excel '97, so it had some teeth to it way back when. I can't speak to the Excel 2007+ analytics or modeling.

Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: "irrational factors such as the shell’s colour"

I have a fairly high-end digital camera here and color was one of things that I based my purchase on. Since I never use the thing, it being for the rest of the family to use, pink was perfect. No chance of missing it while digging around to find the damned thing.

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Personally it's high time we take all the engineers (including myself) and shoot the lot of us for allowing this complex crap software and hardware going out the door at the behest of marketing and managerial droids. This is our failure.

2014: The condensed conference keynotes

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Re: Merry XSSXXXXmas ...

And a Merry Christmas to you as well amanfromMars 1!

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I was gritting my teeth through the article as I could tag the company lines, checklist item by item.

Wanna play PlayStation games but don't have a console? Samsung's got a TV for that

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Re: ...on Samsung TVs??

Just another attempt to find something, anything to convince some segment of consumers to buy a news flat panel. As for Sony televisions, they aren't a premium product anymore so Samsung isn't in the same market segment. Oh, and I'd bet there's some cash thrown their way.

Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft's email cloud servers

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Does anyone, besides Microsoft and the courts, know the citizenry of the suspect? There's a huge difference in the eyes of the Constitution sadly.

NUKE HACK fears prompt S Korea cyber-war exercise

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Re: Re. blueprints

That had me scratching my head too. The blueprints aren't any help at all without access to the reactor control systems. If you do have that level of access then you already have a real problem. Reactor design for pressurized water reactors (PWR's) are pretty generic and digital controls not often seen. You really don't want a glitch resulting from a fast neutron that makes it through all that shielding screwing things up. Put another way, analog is king.

As to who might make use of the blueprints? North Korea almost certainly has them already as a successful conquest of the south would leave them having to run them and I absolutely doubt they'd melt one down. They want an intact South Korea, not a radioactive wasteland. NK is crazy just not that insane.

YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: Very pleased with Linux

I can't speak for anyone else but drives are plentiful so why unnecessarily kill Windows? Are you something of a barbarian arsonist? Simply reduce it to a postage stamp and ignore it would be my approach. Having looked at the direction Microsoft is headed, one having no value, I'm having a bake off here with pretty much every option under consideration. However, just as I haven't burned my bridges with legacy Windows, let alone non-compatible OS's, Windows 7 & 8.1U1 will be available as a VM and a small bootable partition. I just finished standing up a 15 TB array so space isn't a premium here but even my laptop with a 500 GB drive has excess space. Lots of excess space. So I have to wonder what is driving your zeal around reclaiming every byte possible. Hmmm?

Now Obama seeks China's help to halt alleged Nork HACK ATTACKS

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Re: Maybe Mr. Community Organizer will FINALLY get his Nobel Prize revoked

Thanks. Nice evidence-based synopsis.

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Re: "We will respond proportionately."

Are we going to take out the satellites whose channels the happen to be using as well?

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Re: Let's not forget the Sony bailout...

TLA assistant stooge Rep. Mike Rogers (Chairman House Intelligence Committee) is already talking up letting those TLA off what's left of their leash.

One third of servers, storage and switches are sold to clouds

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I love fuzzy definitions. Economists much?

Sony Pictures hack is Hollywood's 'Snowden moment' say infosec bods

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Re: Snowden Moment

One of my policies as a system administrator, or actually any of my hats, was I had to eat the same dog food as well. Yes, it was a pain in the ass, especially when the brain isn't as agile after a long night of partying, but it kept the complaints down to a grumble whether on the line or in the C-suite. This isn't (necessarily) about IT, it's about any job where you have some authority over another. One of those leadership things but I didn't get it from schools or training. It seemed obvious. Guess it's not {sigh}.

ICANN: The TRUTH about that hacker attack on our DNS zone file database

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Re: El Reg uses two factor authentication?

I can't speak for anyone else but I really do value The Register more highly than I value Sony.

Staples comes clean: 1+ million bank cards at risk after hack

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I'm waiting...

... for when having your credit monitored becomes a constitutional right or perhaps just a rite of passage to adulthood. They keep up at this rate and it'll cover everyone.

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Re: Card cloning? What's that?

Bank of America has been issuing them, and if those dinosaurs can manage to do it, anybody can.

So far, it's the only one in my wallet.

Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk

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Re: Handy tip...

Thank you for that tip. I did it the ocular way but knowing to fire up WireShark for this is much handier. And, for some strange reason, the piece-of-crap Comcast provided router isn't, repeat isn't, subject to this vulnerability. Way to Fail to Fail, Comcast.

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It's a pre-allocated CVE which has been issued in a block to any particular organization. Now whether it remains a valid CVE depends on the quality. FWIW, I wasn't aware that these existed either, but I'm not into self-abuse, err, security research.

Kiwi hacker 'menace' pops home detention tracker cuffs

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Alright, who's the dim-bulb who thought that attaching an electronic device to a criminal hacker would remain uncracked?

Google swears no search leg up for new dot-word sites: We drill into claims

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Re: Reshare this (again)

and toss in that introducing the correct URL in conversations, content, even code is much higher than some mashed together words with .com tacked on.

Singapore startup does an Uber on tech support

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Re: Actual market

It'll be interesting to watch, if nothing else, as the available supply is very low around here ( Cow-Town, USA) even with Silicon Valley a hop-skip-and-a-jump-away. That sucking sound is all the regular guys and gals being sucked into San Jose. If those rates hold, hell I might be interested if I'm allowed to pick the date/times. I'm extremely competent just not able to survive the grind that is IT at any decent firm. Been there, done 24/365 w/o a vacation in years, burnt myself out. I've run into a few others like me around, have even trained people into the field.

I agree with your call, just passing on that there are some competent people around that can't work at a firm.

Sony looks at unpopular Google Glass, shouts 'ME TOO!'

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Pairing this with a remote device's camera would certainly be useful here. Heck, ordinance disposal/bomb squad would be extremely useful, let alone other hazardous environments.

IS there anything sexier than hype-converged systems?

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IT Constants

By the time a system, or a collection of systems (DC), is deployed, it is already obsolete.

Win Server 2003 custom support: That's NOT going to be fun

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Re: I think that the following is the key issue here..........

(except that sooner or later, the hardware will fail and then you're fucked).

Except that I have spare parts for systems that old and you'd be surprised at the difficulty (not) of keeping older equipment alive. The system, hardware and software, have already proven their reliability. That machine, even singular, came together under some blessed stars (or pick your religious blessing) that day. Oh, by the way, the US Navy regularly uses (extremely) old equipment. On my ship, until we through a yard refit, had radios that were built in WWII. You bent tabs to tune them (it changed the capacitance). I also posted before that while I was in port in the Philippenes I called my mother (ex-WAVE AT2) for advice on a particular TACAN (VORTAC for civilians) problem. I followed her recipe and it identified the problem. She should know, she worked on the self-same equipment way back when (post WWII, pre-Vietnam). So keeping the old/antique running is in the blood. Or it could be that she started teaching me engineering at age 6.

We still have a Windows 2000 Advanced Server that the only time it reboots is if a power failure lasts beyond the UPS battery life. It doesn't go anywhere near the web, nor is it connected to the network in any way. As for W2003 Enterprise, you'll pry it from my cold, dead.... It already lives in a VM on an isolated system. If I were in a snarky mood, I'd set up my W2003 Web on a VM for the ultimate honey-pot. Been there, done that, was a great venus flytrap.

Searching to destroy ... Bing? Facebook JILTS Microsoft

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Simple really. We (techies/geeks) are not the users Bing is searching for.

REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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Re: Is the Register sure this is an IBM S390

One of my "prize possessions" just happens to be an IBM token ring card.

Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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Re: ROTFLMAO

Really? Go back a century and a half or so if you want to see when things started shifting. Long before Reagan did the various levels of government begin to gather and usurp the powers protected under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. The Civil War and most every government since have been gutting the Constitution since. It's not even hidden if you go and look at the newspapers of the times. Each step made some kind of sense at the time, just the overall result being as sure as each step towards the ovens at Auschwitz. (OTT? Sure. Just wait and see. About time I collect some major downvotes.)

Sony Pictures hit by 'fightback on filesharers' DDoS claims – report

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What's curious

Did anyone else notice that The Pirate Bay servers were seized not long after they were hosting the corporate files? All these years, little done then slam, bam, thank you Man.

GCHQ, police to team up to hunt down child abuse on the darknet

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Re: RE. Hah!

The problem with the surveillance State is not what the current government will do with such broad legal powers - but what it might enable a future one to do.

Which precisely sums up the problem here in the US. Each side trusts "their Guy" with the powers but not the "other Guy" {Guy has yet to become Gal, dammit). When in opposition, they are opposed to the opposition having those powers but when they come into power, it's all well and good. Perhaps this might explain why each side has only a brief period in power before the electorate decides otherwise. [Or it could all be down to manipulation of the voters, but let's not go there.] Dysfunction is intentional no matter the source of the dysfunction.

I'd love to shoot them all, and the people that put/keep them in office, but, sadly, that just isn't done. I need a drink.

Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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Re: How... Machiavellian of the Spanish Govt.

Steam pressure going down. For now...

That's the operative phrase: For now. We have our idiots over here trying to deliver we, The People, to The Powers That Be, as well. I used to have low blood pressure. The last two years have seen it move to the normal range.

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Re: "... no less parasitic than ... academics ..."

Having grown up and spent over a decade in academe, I thoroughly agree. Parasitic is the norm.

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Re: How silly

And you depend on them reporting events accurately, although there are no prizes on getting accuracy on the internet/web either. Arguably, it can be even more inaccurate. In either case, I've been involved in some hairy situations and not once did I find accurate reporting either during or after the event. That's why I try to get differing sources accounts. The truth might be in there, some where (?).

[Just tried Google News for the first time in year and it insists that I receive the national site for where ever the VPN lottery lands. Today it's Thai. Okay. Oh in the Thai language although it does allow me to obtain English as an option. Lovely.]

'I'm begging you to join' – ICANN's NetMundial Initiative gets desperate

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I had a lot of quotes to block out why I object to this hijacking but the very last line of the article puts it most succinctly. It's just not the way things are done on the internet. ®

Canadian watchdog goes to court to probe Apple's iPhone deals with mobe networks

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I'll bite

Why now rather than when the deals were made?

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