* Posts by Olivier2553

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Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

Olivier2553

Re: And sometimes the flood is concrete

We had water two meters high in the data center during the great flood of Thailand in 2011. Since then, the data center has been relocated to the upper floor and classrooms are at the lower floor: loosing chairs and tables is not a too big loss.

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

Olivier2553

Re: Boiled Sprouts

"Fry garlic and onions in butter until soft, add some bacon, add sprouts and cook until brown edges. Add chicken stock and black pepper, braise over a high heat until the stock has evaporated and the butter is sizzling again."

all the above, but blanch the sprouts in cold water first to remove the stronger of the taste.

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'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

Olivier2553

Re: That farmer...

When I came to work in Thailand, in 1993, I made sure to take as many tape cartridges that I could, with all possible software distributions I could find. I new the system would be the same at both old and new place and that it would save me days of transfer on our then 19K internet connection.

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Olivier2553

It did happen to me: a kid, quite young I must say, thought the can holder in a car was the tray of a CD player.

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

Olivier2553

Recycle platters from modern hard disks

They are smaller but spin way faster. But when an hard disk dies, I meticulously open it, recover the platters and the magnets. I am not sure what I will do with the magnets, but I plan to build a nice mobile out f them: they are shiny and should sound very clearly when they hit eachother.

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Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

Olivier2553

Re: The GFX Card removed

Removing a card from a life PC, I have done it at least once.

During a debugging repair phase, where you swap cards until you find one that works: insert a card turn on the machine, it does not work, turn off the machine, remove the card rinse and repeat. At some stage, I forgot to turn off the machine. I am not sure what the result was, but if I removed it, the card must have been bad already.

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Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

Olivier2553

Re: Heating / Aircon

Not sure you'll read it, 3 days after the original article.

Wearing a scarf is a good solution . In fact you need to protect your head, neck, and spine the most. When your body gets cold, it will send warm blood to the essential places listed above, so you will have less blood to warm your hands and feet.

It is not very useful to protect your hands and feet, you better keep the very essential places warm. That's one of the reason why scuba diving wet suits has double layer of neoprene along the spine (triple layer if you count that pants too) and a hood. But you can go bare feet and bare hands.

When you have cold feet, cover your neck.

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Olivier2553

That one would have been easy: an urgent maintenance that needs all the rack doors to be open. Dump the junk in the corridor and let the owners deal with it.

Of course, the maintenance will take several weeks.

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Olivier2553

Re: Heating / Aircon

This only proves, if needs be, that open office is a stupid idea.

I am alone in my office and never change any setting on the aircond.

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Smut-watchers suckered by evil advertising

Olivier2553

Re: A hum

Many Thai names, when transliterated in English, end with p0rn, like Sirip0rn (it does not mean you ask your personal assistant to give you access to smut content).

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Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

Olivier2553

Probably because unreadable barcode was resolved into no tape in the slot.

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FreeBSD gains eMMC support so … errr … watch out, Android

Olivier2553

There have been networking equipment based on FreeBSD for decades.

I have in storage an old RAS (? that thing that concentrates many modems) that is based on FreeBSD 2.2.

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You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

Olivier2553

Re: Oreo break? Means they hate you!

Because I won't let you insult andouilette.

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Olivier2553

Just a side remark: if you hired someone to train 50 people, you could have inferred that speaker system would needed.

I was once tasked to train a group of people to using Office. I spend some hard time preparing a presentation for MS Office, it turned out they had OpenOffice. Oh well, CRTL+S and CTRL+O worked the same.

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

Olivier2553

Re: Oh, come on

"K, as do most others, "phone home" quite often. Oh, not to worry, they are all "checking for updates", that's all."

Then get your IT infrastructure set-up correctly. You have a internal server that handle all the updates, so the antivirus on the PC will not phone home And if your PCs carry so sensitive information, they should not be allowed to connect to outside anyway.

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Olivier2553

Re: Quite the planning process, this

"Let's see... the last place I worked managed about 8,000 pc's."

You simply forget we are talking about government bodies where buying 8000 licenses of a software takes half a year to negotiate.

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

Olivier2553

Re: Because It's Not Google

"Such use can be a slippery slope to losing your official trademark recognition. Previous examples are: hoover, aspirin; petrol."

It would only show that if they had the edge at some point, they loose it.

If they continue to be at the top, one will always google with Google.

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

Olivier2553

Re: Dual accounts?

Here in Thailand, most teens will have about 3 or 4 accounts per year. That's the turnover of their smartphones, the phone get crushed or trashed a way or another. Get a new phone, create a new account because they won't remember the previous one.

Or the account was hacked because the password was the phone number.

So there is no way to guess the number of users from the number of accounts.

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

Olivier2553

Re: Praise or accusations of work not done?

In a previous life, I, as the chair of the user group, conducted the testing and change of the outsourcing company in charge of our canteen. For the whole year I was in the place afterward, they quality remained very comparable to what it had been at the opening.

Maybe because they knew the users were the one having the finale word in the decision of them getting and keeping the job (possibility of exclusion every six months if there were too many complains on the monthly meetings).

Believe me, the meetings were a charm, discussing ho we could organize some activities, world food day, etc. It was a change from the previous company where it was complaining after complaining and nothing change.

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Olivier2553

Re: Praise or accusations of work not done?

"So the canteen was tarted up but the food wasn't changed."

But can we be certain that, because the canteen outfit was better, the people preparing the food were not a bit more careful, ending up in a better overall result?

Cooks, like everyone, prefer to work in a pleasant environment, and are less likely forgetting the salt in the spaghetti if they enjoy their work.

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Olivier2553

Re: A couch?!

After the big flood of 2011, when rehabilitating the faculty offices, we (they?) decided to have a couch in each room, so they could have more relaxed meetings with the students.

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Australians still buy 100,000 feature phones a quarter

Olivier2553

I use a phone and stick to it. As other mentioned, no need to recharge it twice a day, it works well to... phone. It has a keyboards with buttons, so i don't even have to look at it to answer a phone (or find a name in the directory, I usually can blind type).

It is robust, it will last 2 years at least (unless I step on it), it will support falling from my shirt pocket on a regular basis, it's secure, it is not fancy so no one would want to steal it from me, it is small and light enough and still allows me to make phone calls...

And I am never far away from an Internet connection and a proper computer, and when I am not close to one, I am in an environment where I don't need any, like swimming, taking a walk, going to the super market, to the movies... Any information that cannot wait a couple of hours before checking is not really worth checking; if I cannot remember to run the google search when I go back home, obviously, I did not really care for the result in the first place.

OK, I also have a smartphone that I use as an expensive mp3 player and sometime as GPS receiver, but it has no SIM in it.

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Fire and fury in Korea: Samsung burns Note 7 owners in lawsuit

Olivier2553

Re: Let the pun-fest begin

I could comment, but I would never be as flamboyant as Simon.

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

Olivier2553

Re: Government staff: need I say more?

"Is the Internet down?"

I see nothing wrong with saying it like that. The same I could say electricity is down because the storm cut the power line that lead to my home. Or the water is down because they are working on the main pipe down the road.

From my point of view, if I cannot access some utility, it may even be down, dead and disintegrated, for all I know.

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Olivier2553

After vacation

It always takes me one hour or so before I manage to type at any reasonable speed, like I lost some muscle memory.

Now, talking about grooming, or the lack of thereof, we once had a new colleague that was lacking any kind of grooming (or he had a serious medical condition), his stink was so pungent one could not stay in a closed room with him. Luckily, he was on probation, no need to mention he never did it.

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

Olivier2553

Carper?

Carpet on the floor of the data center for 3 mainframes? Who is the lunatic that allowed such design?

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Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

Olivier2553

Re: Cyber sex in action

Viz: "These cyber-weapons attack vulnerabilities patched by Microsoft earlier this year, so the credential theft is usually more successful, at least at places that are on top of their Windows updates."

I too had hard time understanding this sentence. I read it as:

- if you patched MS recently, NotPetya will propagate by finding credentials in the RAM

- if you did not patch, it will used the unpatched vulnerabilities.

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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

Olivier2553

FTTH

And in the mean time, in Thailand, I was informed one day that my ISP would change to fiber and I had one month to make an appointment to proceed to the installation of the fiber.

And zero cost involved.

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Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

Olivier2553

10base2 outside of the building you said?

In June 1997, we hosted our first video conference, but the network access was 500 meters away from the auditorium where the conference would take place. I ended up hanging 50 ohms coaxial cable in the trees, across the streets, between the two buildings. With a couple of repeaters installed at strategic points (10base2 was limited to approximately 200m), it did the trick.

In our case, it had to last only one afternoon. But at the entrance of the auditorium building, I had used a hole in the wall that let the central air conditioning conduits in, and a length of 50 ohm cable had been abandoned there for years.

10base2 was known for unstable connections with bad quality or badly installed BNC connectors.

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Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

Olivier2553

Re: Impeachment?

That the AG has the authority to drop charges in some case, in exchange for a greater benefit does not means that the head of state, or the head of government has the authority to overrule a decision of justice.

If a President had the authority to overrule the judiciary system, that would be the en of democracy, he would not have to follow any law, nor would his friends, the government, etc. and there would be no limit. Some people would be subject to the law and some wouldn't.

That is why, trying to impose on the course of justice is a very serious offence.

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

Olivier2553

Re: Scuzzy.

I don't see how one could get confused as SCSI has no "OO" nor "Z". Is it that any word begining with SC would do?

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Elon to dump Trump over climate bump

Olivier2553

Continue to make America worse than the worst cliché

I was biased and had not a very positive image of America, but what it is becoming is way worse than all i could imagine.

And that next move would only make the image worse.

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Defend yourself against ISP tracking in an Trump-era free-for-all

Olivier2553

Re: Is this true?

"I'd even be willing to fork over money to my ISP if they would, internally, VPN any of the traffic I _did_ send through them."

If your ISP does the VPN for you, that means they see all your traffic in clear and the can monetize that information (which is the point of the article).

To be effective, VPN must start at your computer (or at the gate of your house).

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Olivier2553

Re: What is metadata, exactly?

POST like GET are encrypted when using HTTPS:

1) HTTPS connect to the server

2) establish the encryption

3) start asking for a page and providing additional parameters

But because of it's design, there is no virtual hosting with HTTPS, so the IP address corresponds to one and only one server.

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New York Attorney General settles with Bluetooth lock maker over insecurity claims

Olivier2553

Is IoT things developed by non IT people?

I am seriously wondering if the problem with security in IoT is because they are conceived by non IT people.

Like a company building lock suddenly consider how they could use a smartphone instead of a key. I have a thing, how can I apply computer to it?

While the IT approach would rather be: I have a computer, how can I use it to drive a thing? And it is called embedded computer.

The difference being that in the first case, the computer part is handled by someone that has very limited knowledge of computers, while in the second case, we can hope security is part of their very nature.

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

Olivier2553

Re: Quick solution

"While playing elaborate pranks on the scammers may be fun, you are wasting your own time as well as theirs -- and your time is probably much more valuable, to you at least."

Contrary to them, you know what is going on and you can multitask. If you miss something they sau, it is not critical, while they must hand on to the phone to score.

While you ask them to wait, you can do something else, they cant have multiple call simultaneously.

And honestly, lagging them does not require such brain resources that you cannot do anything else at same time.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

Olivier2553

Re: For the phone scammers ...

I tend to think that the only effective way is to make their business not profitable, by keeping the call going on as long as possible, having them jump through all the possible loops, and not paying at the end.

If they hang up after 1 minutes, they have time to call another victim and maybe they will score. If they stay on the phone for 45 minutes and make no money, that hurts.

Same thing for the phony BT or whatever technicians, keep them on phone, while with us, they cannot scan a less suspecting person.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

Olivier2553

Only valid reason for checking in

The luggage control is more in depth for checked in luggage than for carry on: it is not only x-ray, but you can have a lot of detectors/sniffing systems (like things sniffing traces of explosives on the surface of a bag) at one control point; this would have to be duplicated at each checking station for carry-on, it is not economically feasible.

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Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead

Olivier2553

Re: In the UK

Almost no contraception* is 100 effective.

Orange juice is.

Orange juice as contraception: not before, not after but instead.

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Australian Federal Police accessed metadata without warrant, broke law

Olivier2553

How the carrier should know

what number belongs to a journalist and should need a warrant or not?

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Samsung Smart TV pwnable over Wi-Fi Direct, pentester says

Olivier2553

But who need a smart TV

Smart TV is an insane concept. Hopefully, your television will last 10 years, but your computer needs to be changed every 2 or 3 years. Why joint both in a single equipment?

A standard TV with an external single board computer, android dongle... It cost a fraction of the price of a smart TV, and is way smarter.

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

Olivier2553

Re: ahhh buzzword bingo.

It starts even before the chopping: they harvest the fruits at the pick time, and still offer it freshly harvested all year round...

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PC survived lightning strike thanks to a good kicking

Olivier2553

Re: Interfering mice

With a cramped desktop, the last thing you want is a keyboard too easy to stash. Else you quickly end up with no more room to lay your keyboard and you have to type on your knees.

I have a cramped desktop, I keep a mouse pad so I know that at least that space remains free of junk.

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Olivier2553

In 2011, we bought four iMac, to install in our lab. It was very common, at boot, that one machine would pair with the first mouse and keyboard that would answer.

Obviously, the pairing did not survive a reboot, so I installed wired keyboard and mouse (in a lab used by students, wireless would have been lost very fast anyway).

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

Olivier2553

Re: jam

They were told to use anything and they used abnything... No wonder it did not work.

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Peace-sign selfie fools menaced by fingerprint-harvesting tech

Olivier2553

It's sounds old news

If I am not mistaken, that had been done 2 or 3 years ago, with a picture of the German Minister.

I even think that had been reported in El Reg.

That's: "German minister fingered as hacker 'steals' her thumbprint from a PHOTO", dated December 2014, here http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/29/german_minister_fingered_as_hackers_steal_her_thumbprint_from_a_photo/

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Why does Skype only show me from the chin down?

Olivier2553

Ethernet fan out

I think I remember, from the times of 10Mbps, fat, yellow, coaxial cable Ethernet, there was something called a fan out (or multi ports transceiver). So the Internet fan story makes sense.

For the young readers around here, at that time, Ethernet was a fat (above 1cm diameter) coaxial cable, with markings every 2 meters or so, where one could attach a computer: an electronic piece of equipment was attached to the cable, it had to be at the precise mark, and a cable was run from the transceiver to the computer.

If several computer had to be connected in close proximity, one had to use a transceiver that had multiple ports to accept multiple computers. This was called a fan out.

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

Olivier2553

Talking about reliability, a coupe of years ago I was tasked to put the students thesis online. Prior 2000, they were archived on 3.5" floppies, and the on CD. I was surprised to find out that a greater percentage of the floppies where readable when compared to CD (even those not older than 5 years).

Floppies were of reputable brand, while CD were on the cheap side. In both case, I tried to use the best or newest peripheral. CD and floppies had been stored in the same box, so storage was not the issue.

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Sysadmin 'fixed' PC by hiding it on a bookshelf for a few weeks

Olivier2553

Re: deja vu

Speaking about thermal creep, I was still in college and we went to a ski camp. Of course we took the computer with us, it was Apple ][+ at that time. After many hours on the road, including a couple going up the snow covered valley, we plugged in the machines and the floppy disks would spin too fast.

That was quite unexpected as we thought that cold grease would be more sticky and have them spin too slow. After a good night in the dormitories, the floppies were back to their normal behaviour.

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