* Posts by Agamemnon

21 posts • joined 9 Apr 2017

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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