* Posts by Agamemnon

32 posts • joined 9 Apr 2017

The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

Agamemnon

Re: Staffer they said, mmmok...

Well, now that you've said something about it:

About ten minutes.

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Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

Agamemnon

I'll skip my laughing at #IoT junk as you lot generally have it covered.

That image...Wow. I had a flashback to an early 90s rave on the West Coast. You should warn a guy.

I'll be rinsing out my eyes now.

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

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Angel

Re: Not only for fatalities

Ah, my beloved home (California...I'm in Seattle these days).

I lived in Sili Valley before and during the (dot)Com(a) and you can bet your ass CHP will pull you over for Impeding The Flow Of Traffic. They can get you and your vehicle off the Freeway *now*, or *after* everyone just runs you over.

My Personal Favorite is having been pulled out of line my very self:

I was heading to San Francisco from Los Gatos, so, 280 it is. For those of you who aren't familliar, 280 is very Wide, wide lanes, lots of them, and it's oddly flat-ish and gently curvy for going through the Palo Alto hills. It's very well graded, and the surface is *Fantastic*...for Speeding Like Hell. The *actual* speed limit there is 75MPH (I'm mostly certain), but, um...I've done 110MPH+ at 02:00 and had CHP pass me like I was strolling along, without so much as a glance. During commute times, in my day (dunno about what it's turned into, rules were different) 95MPH during Rush Hour wasn't uncommon.

So I was doing 70MPH, far right lane (without exits) mostly to keep being being pulverized by something moving at a measurable decimal of "c" when I spy lights in my rear-view, and so I signal and grab some shoulder. Now, CHP (California Highway Patrol) is largely a very cool organization with fairly decent officers who mostly want everyone to play nice and make it to where they're going in one piece...so his first thought is that I was "New" to all of this, and understandably freaked out by the U.S. version of Autobahn.

I had to explain: I was "The (whole) Technical Team" for $StartUpDuJour, and my transmission was slipping like two midgets in a tub of lime Jell-O, and I had no time to fix it because...StartUps and Stuffs!!! AAAAAGH! (No, really, I was exhausted.)

To which he smiled, leaned close, and asked if I wanted two, Count Them; T-W-O Days Off!!! Because he *could* just throw me off at the next exit, or give me a fix-It ticket which would get me a day off (if I lied a wee about how long it took), and another day "in court" (stretching that till it screamed, as well) with the fix. And I could go to my partners and be all "Nope, got Legal Stuff, gotta' fix.", and I said "May I have the ticket, Please?". And he gave it to me. And then he threw me off of 280 at the next exit because I was, very seriously, impeding the flow of traffic.

I got two days off (which was tactically good), car got made safe (which was strategically good). And I have nothing but love for CHP.

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

Agamemnon

Re: the Sassenachs

Ooooo. I like that, I'm stealing it. Well call it P3 ("P Cubed"... oddly don't have superscript on this keyboard).

They're a touchy bunch. Very much into other folk's business.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

Agamemnon

Re: Speaking of Gates FAILs...

In fucking SIPP.

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Agamemnon

I'm a wee over 2m, my bony knees found that switch *precicely* as I sat in my overpriced .com chair.

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Agamemnon
Coat

The Redmond Executive

Bill lives in Bellevue.

He loosely executives The Bill amd Melinda Foundation, In Seattle.

Just facts.

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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

Agamemnon

Re: only ones saved

Ye Ghads! One of my very first jobs was Beta Testing controllers for the 2.88s. IBM said vaguely "wouldn't it be nice if we had double the capacity for Floppy Disks?" and TEAC and Fujitsu went about killing themselves, and each other, to make it.

My "Primary OS" at the time was SCO Enterprise, with NT 3.51, Novell, DOS 4/Win 3(something?-ish?) ,Slackware 1, and OS/2 on it ( was busy in my teens, and my machine was all SCSI, so, xNIX) which found and used the drive no problems. OS/2, no sweat. All things Micro and Soft required a damned hammer for the drivers and still wouldn't just sense and use the {edited, this is a family site} drive gemoetry and the controller Tom-Foolery (where waranted).

My first lesson in: The hardware *works*, these drivers blow. Then came ZIP Disks, which just sort of "Worked"...put that demon to rest.

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Sysadmins told to update their software or risk killing the internet

Agamemnon

Re: Simple Fix

I'm giving you an UpVote before the "DON'T USE GOOGLE DNS! ARE YOU EFFING *MAD*?!?" crowd arrives.

Those are really useful, and, as was pointed out above, it's (Not Bloody Difficult) easy to change DNS really fast, and for a short period of time.

I run my own DNS (my personal stuff, my company, the better-half's company, our client's companies, &c.), and we use DNSSec...but really:

1. Patch, patch, patch yer' crap. Just keep up on BIND and you're mostly home.

2. It's {severely edited for length and *cough* content} time those keys were changed.

3. If it all goes Pear, we can all take a holiday while ICANN(ot) and/or $ISP get their shit together (and wouldn't That be nice?).

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Wisconsin badgers Apple to cough up half a BEEELLION dollars for ripping off chip designs

Agamemnon
Pint

Re: ICAN has Cheese?

I've lived in both California and Wisconsin.

1. California produces more cheese by almost an order of magnitude.

2. Wisconsin cheese is actually a bit better (I'm not allowed to wander around Madison with my bank cards...I'll get a wheel of cheese and a palette of crackers...and essentially epoxy my colon shut) but that's because...I guess we're calling it "Artisan" now...it's smaller batches of awesome.

3. The Dairy Association happily recycles marketing for both regions (Think East Cheese/West Cheese) with very little editing. [Excepting the "Happy Cows" campaign.]

So, Wisconsin being America's Dairy Land is marketing.

But That Doesn't Stop Me from buying into the BS, mostly because I love cheese and I CHOOSE to buy into the BS.

Now, I live in Seattle(ish) and there are two other Wars Of Interest:

* Food Trucks: Seattle vs SiliValley (San Francisco) vs Los Angeles (just "Silly"). This war is interesting, and the bystanders are the winners here. Collateral Damage: Start With Heartburn and work down from there.

* BEER! (Got your attention?) Seattle has some Very Fine "micro" breweries. [1] Wisconsin has some Very Fine "micro" breweries (New Glarius comes to mind [2]). Now *this* little conflict I'm quite invested in seeing continue. Collateral Damage: Liver

So, dairy is of little interest in Wisconsin. But THE BEER!!!

[1] My better and I waited in line for ~2h to get a few pints for her son (he had to work that day) on "UnBarrel Day" at a Local. There was a 2x (Imperial) pint limit for each of the two beers: Cogniac Midnight and Coconut Midnight (both Dark Stouts). With two of us we could sport back eight pints for the young man. They were both Most Fine (I got some pours for The Lady and I after acquisition.

[2] Last time I was in Wisconsin for a few weeks, I went through a Six of that brewery's each day. I think they had 23 or 25 different brews. I Loved four, hated three (don't like pilsner or most fruits, that's what wine is for) and the rest were much better than decent.

[Bonus] If you're in Madison, give Great Dane, Capital, and The Asylum breweries a shot. The Shepard's Pie is really good at Great Dane.

[Extra Bonus] University of Wisconsin at Madison has a 40' Grill outside the cafeteria where they make Bratwurst for a period of time each day. Walking in from "Downtown", you can find it by smell. They're (college student) Cheap, and Most Excellent.

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Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

Agamemnon

When 18 year old Children begin to act like Adults, I may give it a go. Until then, everyone I know that is under 30 is a "Kid". Get over it.

As evidence, I submit his Starry Eyed Nievete' that The Process actually Functions, Correctly. Any reasonable adult knows this is bullshit of the first order.

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US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

Agamemnon
Devil

Re: Signal the end times...

Right? That's the way I always heard it. But that's just a wee sub-dermal. Let's get the damn thing IN THERE. Pop it in a lung and let's get to lunch.

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Banking websites are 'littered with trackers' ogling your credit risk

Agamemnon
Coat

Re: I think we need to know...

yep! I'm up to my neck with breast enhancement.

But that's better than down to your knees.

Yeah, yeah...I'm leaving.

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US judge halts mass fingerprint harvesting by cops to unlock iPhones

Agamemnon

Re: I doubt most of us nerds are any good at resisting torture.

Upvote because: I'm 6'4", extreme sportsman (read: I do stupidly dangerous shit), stunningly high pain threshold, and a general dislike for people making me do things against my will/the letter OR spirit of The Law.

Moving along, anyone that actually uses an FP reader is, in the view of my Work Functions, an idiot. I've got a 12 Char passcode on my phone. It is somewhat inconvenient unlocking it everytime I'd like to use it...my inconvenience is SECONDARY to protecting the data on my device(s) BECAUSE, much of that data isn't mine, it's my customers'. If I'm not groovy with folk trucking through MY bits, I'm MUCH more aggressive about data that isn't mine, but in my care. I can hammer out those 12 characters in less than two seconds, dead exhusted leaving the CoLo, and then after a few pints (Lagged and Laggered) because: PRACTICE.

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Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits

Agamemnon
Pint

Re: There is a principle to consider

Up Vote and a Beer for the Disk World reference (I like Vimes, I understand Vimes).

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Dark-web pedo jailed after FBI and co use vid trick to beat privacy tech

Agamemnon

So the FBI ...

*Can* do actual Police Work and Law Enforcement, within the law, using good thinking and meticulous and methodical investigation.

Perhaps More importantly, this sort of takes the polish off the steaming shit Comey keeps feeding Congress Critters about not being able to catch criminals without massive new privilages. But then, we here in the Colonies know that Comey has nothing but the best interest of the American People in mind. </ThereIsNoWordToAdequatelyExplainTheMagnitudeOfMySarcasm>

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Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead

Agamemnon

Re: Cue David Lee Roth

IfI end up with "Just A Gigilo" stuck in my head, we are going to have words, you and I.

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Script kiddies pwn 1000s of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack tools

Agamemnon
Pint

Re: Tut tut tut

Upvote and a Beer for you my friend.

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Agamemnon

Re: Tut tut tut

SaMbA has had Active Directory for some time now, but even more fun is that I've used my laptop's SaMbA to escalate to a PDC by *Changing The Build Number* to higher than the Windows PDC/BDCs. (To be fair, I used to do it to NT back in the day if I needed the PDC otherwise occupied while I pulled completely legal, by the client's decree because had to be done and cheating was Authorizezd, etc, etc, shennanagans).

I was in Indianapolis, bringing up a BDC in Oakland when the West Coast...vanished. Just gone. *Poof* Nada. Then it started coming back up slowly. Turns out, some jackass backhoed a backbone fiber around Vegas. I had Dial-In (remember RAS? I have PTSD but it could be tricked in to all sorts of neat Dominion stuff) and updated the Role so poor Oakland could do all the office stuff that offices tend to do because they could log in.

Active Directory == NIS+/Kerberos/LDAP/DNS done completely wrong.

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Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

Agamemnon

Re: ... promoting the products of a private company?

At least here in the States we try an be sneaky bastards slurping up data but you mates, just "Well sure brah, here ya' go."

I'll get us all a round because, rediculous.

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China 'hacked' South Korea to wreck Star Wars missile shield

Agamemnon

Re: Network traffic

I do. On the Pacific North-Left (and along the West Coast Fibers).

President Xi was here a few with some Skirt+Smoke blowing. Some fun:

1. Thirty days before the visit roving hacks from China's backbone dropped off the charts and returned thirty days after.

2. China ordered some 200+ airframes from Boeing (jacking the stock price) that made the front page of the WSJ and Seattle TImes, and was quietly downgraded by 1/3 weeks later, bade C-5 as three pargraphs.

3. Bill Gates declined a meeting on "Cyber Security" (That's just kind of funny.)

4. We're right back to the usual traffic from the usual IPs, state sponsored...As an American SysAdmin sitting off of fiber from Asia, I simply crack up about Russian "hacking" when I'm looking at sevaral hundreds of orders of magnitude (yes, you read that correctly) of packets from China.

5. Russia? A good phishing Op against (l)Users, is a phishing op...not Hacking. And hey, if your target is that stupid, more power to ya' (I'm becoming old and mean and cynical). The fact that it's old US political luddites just makes it more entertaining.

This Industrial shit is getting on my nerves though. It's all fun and bloody games until someone pokes an eye out.

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

Agamemnon

Re: Jail time should be 5 years

Upvote because being from SiliValley, and a "gun enthusiast" (I'll shoot occasionally when the opportunity presents itself), every point you make is true.

Gods bless Kalifornia. I do so love it's quirkyness.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

Agamemnon
Pint

Re: I recently ditched Firefox.

Holy Crap! You've gone and found the Root of the Problem! (Beers, many plurals) for you good sir. Now that we have identified it, let us go about eliminating it, with extreme prejudice.

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

Agamemnon
Holmes

I was going to say that it's completely legal here and in concentrated form(s), but then I realized that what they're smoking and what I'm smoking probably aren't similar.

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Agamemnon

Re: Good...

I live in Redmond. You have no idea what little shits are spawned from the Kool-Aid drinking sub-primates that work for Microsoft.

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Agamemnon
Gimp

Re: So?

And there it is, right there.

If Adobe would port CS/CC to Linux (not a far stretch from the code-base for the Mac) myself and others here will be ass-deep in folk *demanding* we install Linux on their desktops. My better half (Designer) would set her desktop on bloody *fire* (tendency to blame hardwre for softwre problems), place her hands on hips, and say "Well? Where's my new Linux box?" to which I'd respond by grabbing my coat and heading to Fry's (for new hardware, I already have half a dozen distros on my key-ring).

*I* think InkScape is (very seriously subjectively) better than Illustrator HOWEVER, GIMP is...er...GIMP and Photoshop...isn't. Photoshop folk are not going to leave Adobe (I learned this at WiReD in the 90s) and until that little gap gets bridged, folk who could and would use the hell out of Linux (or BSD) won't because their Primary Work Tool simply isn't available.

From a Professional/SoHo standpoint, there is very little else that Linux can't accomplish (better) than Windows (in every respect) but the lack of Creative Suite is a crushing liability...more than it seems it should be. But...there it is.

An OS, no matter the quality, will always be hamstrung but the availability, or lack, of Applications users need (I'm not putting *want* here).

[The Gimp...because, GIMP]

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

Agamemnon

Re: EFF Lawyers are EFF'n Stupid

"then the complainers should take issue with the US Patent Office for issuing this patent"

Ho! Everyone hold on there everyone, @hrearden360 mkes a good point right here.

Let's talk about that.

1. The United States Patent Office is a worthless pile of crap staffed, as near as can be divined, by dead parrots and Roomba's. Yes, because of their well-known inability to read a document and grok ("process", to you) the simple concept right in front of them (e.g., The Patent), the U.S.P.O. awards idiot patents on a *REGULAR BASIS*.

2. The EFF (who, to reply to your first comment, has a metric shitload of Patent And Other Intellectual Property Lawyers on hand s they're in San Francisco and Silicon Vlley is quite lousy with the breed), then, points to those Stupid Patents in a (correctly) mocking and derisive way (as should we all).

3. Now along comes a $PatentTroll that picks up that "Intellectual Property" usually in a "Start-Up->Fall Down" Sale. This organization produces nothing but hasa this "Intellectual Property" (that, we ALL gree, should never have been awarded in the first place) and then:

4. Ties up the damned courts, using them to *Extort* (it is *Extortion*, make no mistake, as I have been on the recieving end of this shit a few times). So, here *I* am, Joe Citizen, PAYING A FORTUNE for the Luddite, inefficient, slow-assed (I think the Brits call them "Beaks"...I like that) judge can rule that $PatentTroll, who designs nothing, produces nothing, is usally shrouded in shady shell companies, can legally extort an Actual productive organization out of hard earned, often clawed out of the ether, profit. I, as a citizen, resent that a Great Deal.

Now *that* is a greater view of the problem at hand for you. But I'll grant you that you are correct, The United States Post Office is very much to blame. Followed immediately by slimy little turds with nothing useful to do and no actual skills.

I'm an Engineer and a Technician, I made things, provide value. I've no love for someone who does nothing to contribute, plays extortion games, And Distracts From The Useful Work by pissing away time and other resources in court. Most folk around here, you'll find, agree.

(Note: Had to make a new account to post as the servers running the domain I signed up to The Reg forever ago, are currently running around the Great West US in the trunk of an Apache Foundation founder's car, and he's in no hurry to put them in a datacenter, like, this spring, anytime, at all. Can't be without my RegForums and Troll Bashing.)

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Agamemnon
Pint

Re: EFF Lawyers are EFF'n Stupid

Wow man, you win the Token Ring Net for the day (and a beer).

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Machine vs. machine battle has begun to de-fraud the internet of lies

Agamemnon

Re: But ... but ... but ...

I don't know what to do...downvote the pun, or upvote the dial-up reference.

That's a tough one.

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Agamemnon

Some of my buddies and I commuted from California's 'Lovely' Central Valley in to SiliVlley in the 90's and we would specifically stop at the grocery to purchse an Enquirer (or other such sillines) for us to read on the way back home.

Picture: Up at BFAM, two hour run to work, ten hour I.T. day, assemble four I.T. professionals (at different companies), two hour run back home. Well ...

The SUN and Enquirer are effin' Hysterical after a day in the CoLo. (Also, Four punchy geeks will laugh at anything.)

So yeah, there is a market, of sorts. I prefer The Onion to CNN by a long shot (and if I want actual information, I'll ask John Olliver what the hell is going on).

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

Agamemnon
Pint

Re: Public wifi?

Please accept this for both the story and the reference to the register in Money.

I use cash. I like cash. It's boring old US cash but no one has ever told me I can't use it, that it isn't welcome, that their shit doesn't work and I can't use it. Work fine in The US, Jamaica, Mexico, South America and some of Canada.

I was stopped for a search (pre 9/11) in Detroit once and the DEA guy (ATF guy was totally cool and funny) asked if I thought it was odd that I was carrying $1000USD on my person (meaning *he* thought it was odd) to which I replied: "Have you ever tried to get a cab from the airport to the hotel and then a hotel AND THEN a meal in Ogden Utah at 2200Hours when the power as out because of a (really cool) snow-storm, and nothing card related worked? Because I have and because of *that*, I'll just carry a bit of dosh to tide me over for a few *days* when I travel, in case of, you know, winter, storms, Murphy." (The punchline to this story is when I asked the ATF guy who the hell sneaks drugs *IN* to California, which was my destination.)

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