* Posts by KSM-AZ

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What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

KSM-AZ
IT Angle

Re: I'm so angry I can't think

Ubuntu what?

I got no issues with 18.04 / kubuntu. Win10 is ok as well, it's display handling is much better. KDE/plasma at least scales betwen 1 and 2 kn a high dpi display, But W10 is superior on the dynamic side.

On the RDP front... why not just use . . . Well RDP, instead of VNC. Apt install xrdp. Viola, i can use msrdp from W10 to my ubu, or remmina from UBU to win. These days thats all pretty stable and seemless. Actually, for ubu server you can run LXDE skip the compositor, and use vanilla 16bit rdp, without beating up your client, or turn it up, use remoteFX, and have a pleasant experience if you've got the bandwdth. RDP on 2008+ is abysmal without a modern rdp client and good bandwidth.

W10/2012+ is decidedly more polished though, and even though I do run it, setting up openldap, and PAM, makes AD/fsmo roles, and cruft, look simple. At least until it breaks ;).

Most of the xrdp server stuff, fixed and got stable 3ish years ago. RDP accel is still hit or miss, on BOTH. Multi-display is cli invocation only.

From Gmail to Gfail: Google's G-Suite topples over for unlucky netizens, rights itself

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FAIL

Re: titsup URL?

I noted this as well. Good Luck getting to bit.ly/...anything... from inside my firewalls.

NOBODY hand types in URL's anymore, and it's almost criminal for google to put out anything that doesn't use a google domain name. What would have been wrong with:

https://issues.google.com/....

bit.ly, and it's ilk are *all* banned thru my PA's. We actually had our dental provider offering dental appointments at a mobile trailer at our office. You scheduled by following a bit.ly link (Fail) witch directed to an insecure link, (Fail) which directed to a secure link that had nothing to do with the company providing the dental services (FAIL, appointment.com or something like that), with a mis-matched certificate (WOW, unbeliveable). There was no HIPAA notifications, and the site asked for your name and date of birth to set up the appointment.

And HR/benefits actually dragged me in front of my boss and our CIO because I REFUSED to allow the traffic through. My boss almost snorted an entire cheese sandwich thru his nose when I told him why we were being summoned.

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: You solved the problem, goodbye

I don't move my clock. I live in a very strange place where people who want to get up earlier, move their alarms (or leave the blinds open a crack), instead of making everyone move their clocks. I'm debating 'moving' them all to 24 hors UTC. YMMV

KSM-AZ
Pint

Re: Passwords

The problem with passwords is the checkers should look for entropy, not symbols or mixing case, or doubling characters. My favorite is a vendor site that requires, 1 upper, 1 lower, and one special character at least 12 long. So fuggit keepassXC is my friend and I'm storing , gen somethIng atrocious, cut paste save ... Sorry special chars can only be one of ..... You've got to be kidding me.... I have another will some of the same sillyness, so I gen my standard 16 char gook, . . . Sorry passwords can be no more than 12 chars. . . You can't make this stuff up. 'We are so stupid we can't hash a long string'.

Our S2 Netbox badge system, requires at least 1 number no more than 10 chars, no doublets, will not take special chars, and they've written code such that you cannot use paste in the fields on the login page. I currently store >100 passwords in my Keepass file, that I unfotunately actually need all of over the course of a month. Need to send those guys another beer.

Butterfly defect stripped from MacBook Pros, Airs by Q2 2020, reckons Apple analyst

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FAIL

Re: I liked the butterfly keyboard..

The Vt100 keyboard was a rugged piece of sh.. Layout right up there with the venerable ADM-3A. And still for some unknown reason backspace keys have to send ascii 0x77 aka DEL or RUBOUT, because the POS VT100 didn't have the key... had switches underneath though.

Wyse 50 and later 60's and 150's had the first reasonable layouts. The pc101/102 IBM's with collapsing springs are the best to actually type on. You can still buy them. You can keep your vt100, ansi layouts. I learned to type on manuals, then Selectrics. IBM used to be able to really engineer stuff. Great action is useless if the layout ain't got the keys you need. Ctrl-h (jk and l) on an adm anyone?

Fresh virus misery for Illinois: Public health agency taken down by... web ransomware. Great timing, scumbags

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NetApp

Fighting the same shit now, started Saturday. I wish we spent a little more on our NetApp to keep more snapshots. Over-priced storage just pulled our fat out of the fryer, making it worth about 20 times what we paid for it. <1 hr to pull ~80TB back to the day before. Doesn't clean up the mess, but it sure made it easier for us to do it. If anyone finds these fucks, I'll be first on the list to pull the gallows handle. We will be increasing our snapshot space. Grrrr.

Wi-Fi of more than a billion PCs, phones, gadgets can be snooped on. But you're using HTTPS, SSH, VPNs... right?

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IMNSHO,

WPAWEPFARTTURDTWAT is useful for allowing users on the Wifi network. Not protecting what's *IN* the Wifi network. YMMV

Firefox now defaults to DNS-over-HTTPS for US netizens and some are dischuffed about this

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FAIL

Re: Thank goodness we can turn it off...

No I want n1a, or maybe fred, wilma or barney, resolved by my dns server, or perhaps from my /etc/hosts file. I don't want to go to the effing internet, I want to go to the machine downstairs on the third floor called betty. If I want to search for something on the "BIGGER THAN ME" internet, I will perform a search, not type n1a in my F*CKING ADDRESS BAR WHERE YOU PUT A F*CKING ADDRESS NOT A SEARCH TERM. I'm not searching for nude pictures of Betty White, I have a machine called betty which I can happily 'ssh betty' to, but when I want to just go to betty's stupid apache server, I have to type in http://betty/, and I have a 50/50 chance I will get those nude pictures.

AAAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them

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Thumb Up

KeePassXC

I must say keepassXC is one of the better cross-platform KeePass managers. It is under fairly heavy development, so the browser integration is 2 steps up, one step back, 2 steps ... The doc is pretty weak. . . But I run it everywhere, on my Linux, windows and Mac platforms. Placing a kdbx file on a cloud and getting it from my phone or computer or wherever I might be is a huge win. I use my nextcloud server for this, but in the past I have also used dropbox, onedrive, and box. It's really a no-brainer if you ask me. YMMV.

Microsoft's Teams goes to bat for the other team with preview on Linux

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Re: Window sharing?

"Teams is fantastic compared to skype / skype for business".

Your obviously kidding. Teams is awful. Skype is fine fo IM, falls down elsewhere. I now use pidgin for skype client. IM only. Then Zoom for DT sharing and meetings. It's really good on linux, I think it's better than Join.me webex, etc. Teams disappoints on Windows, much less Linux.

KSM-AZ

Re: Meh

The only thing keeping microsoft is outlook/email/calendaring. It has issues, but unfortunately nothing else is very close. Calendaring is huge, and scheduling meetings with the assistant us unmatched. Unfortunately. . . (WTF is 'Modern Auth' grrr fu grrr) ;)

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WTF?

One drive exists and works just fine.

My Work One Drive is happily mounted on my Ubu 18.04 desktop, The only issue I have is that it will silently fail when I change passwords, and the instructions are a bit muddy.. I think I downloaded it from github and compiled it. I prefer my NextCloud server :). I'd toss the url up but I'm on a tablet, anv the laptop is in the bag.

The one gotcha I had was the post login url... just cut and paste the whole thing in at the cli prompt.

This week, we give thanks to Fortinet for reminding us what awful crypto with hardcoded keys looks like

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We converted the stores to 8 digits YYYYMMDD, but two digit year inputs were generally changed to test the interval from the current years YY value, 70 goes backwards, and 30 goes forward type of thing. I have the code laying around in BBx, and RPG_II, and COBOL somewhere :). Everything I wrote from about 1985 used 4 digit years. (8 Digit iso dates).

Astroboffins peeved as SpaceX's Starlink sats block meteor spotting – and could make us miss a killer asteroid

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Happy

Re: The Dark Side

"There is no 'Dark Side Of The Moon' . . . It's all dark."

Microsoft takes us to 2004 with new Windows 10 so you don't mistake it for Server 2003

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WTF?

Re: Meanwhile, they are telling me to test the beta of the new chromEDGE in Windows 7.

Actually WSL kind of reminds me of Wine, only backwards. After dinking with Cygwin-X (And some other BS for a fiver from the "Store") and this and that for a few months, I finally got something that mostly worked. Then my brain unclogged and I loaded Kubuntu. . . Which I'm typing this on.

The esoteric driver support is the Linux problem. Intel (for one) is notorious for buggy chipsets with lot's of software/driver work-arounds... Have been since the 8085 days, timing specs were pure fantasy. This OneMix-2S required a dozen manual tweaks, and it still won't wake up a USB-C hub to the external display more than 50% of the time. Windows is not that much better. Hit's around 85% but hey, Linux sucks, Windows is awesome. If the vendors would just publish the API's for their hardware some hack would have it 100% on Linux in days, but reverse engineering is painful and time consuming.

Frankly though the other comment hit the nail. It's office/calendaring and AD/SSO cruft (The latter being a constantly moving target, GRRR modern auth grr, but I shant digress) that drives business. MS support is as abysmal as the rest, but no CIO ever got called out for buying microsoft, and of course this year they jacked our licensing 8% (E3, K9999 anyone?). If they keep it up at that pace there will definitely be a move at point, as the other 90% of Desktop activity is web these days, and for most of that, I can run Chromebooks, or BSD, or Linux, or even DEX on my Samsung Note 9. The latter is about 80% there, 'bout like WSL...

Plan to strip post-Brexit Brits of .EU domains now on hold: Registry waves white flag amid political madness

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Re: Does the UK require citizenship for .uk domains?

.ca (Canada) does. You must be a citizen or business licensed there.

Those furious gun-toting Aussies were just a glitch. Let's try US drone deliveries, says Wing

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Mushroom

The optimal projectile would be a paintball. Fire it with CO2, and relatively accurate. Bonus of knocking out the camera. Cheap and quiet. Bring 'em on!

Satellites with lasers and machine guns coming! China's new plans? Trump's Space Force? Nope, the French

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Carbon Fiber Net

Trying to shoot something in space with a simple projectile is stupid. Calculate, match, then , Send a carbon fiber net from a higher orbit down. Small light easy to deploy. You can make the net *BIG* say 10CM squares, with hair size strands.1/2 klick square deployed.

Best case you drag the mess into the gravity well. Worst you slice it into 10cm bricks, hopefuly tumbling earthward, and your net burns up on the way down.

'This repository is private' – so what's it doing on the public internet, GE Aviation?

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Likely a static nat map mon a firewall

Possible scenario with DNS

Firewall DNAT

<REAL IP> -> internal-server-by-name

... Retire internal server

.. Things reboot, No access, old name not removed

...New Server same old internal IP, Hostname * or someone added * because the server is using many names

... Things reboot sometime later firewall picks up nat, or nat -> now matching name.

Sloppy as hell no matter how you slice it.

Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse – those crappy keyboards

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Re: Customer service?

It's not greed. It's emissions anf fuel economy. An adaptive spark plug controlled by your ecu/obc can adjust on the fly to conditions, and optimize spark. And all this emission and economy improvement is incremental, for exponential cost. Over time it gets refined and improved and cheaper, but it's still complicated and more expensive. Then again I like getting over 40mpg in my sonata and frankly the reliability of modern cars in general is amazing. My grandfather laughed at me several years ago before he died, when I said it was a shame modern cars were not as reliable as the older ones. Something about putting an absurd 200k miles on his caddy and it still ran great afer 15 years, and old cars coming with tool kits because you had to use them all the time. Memory is often convienient.

RIP: Microsoft finally pulls plug on last XP survivor... POSReady 2009

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Re: Great business plan

Actually, . . . TAFT. . . NVRMIND ;)

What do WLinux and Benedict Cumberbatch have in common? They're both fond of Pengwin

KSM-AZ
WTF?

Seamless?

The author's and my definition of 'Seamless' are somewhat divergent. I found it to be a curiosity, interesting, and not very practical. It worked like awful in many respects. I think I'll keep my kubuntu desktop a bit longer. :0

Insane homeowners association tries to fine resident for dick-shaped outline car left in snow

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Unhappy

Re: "Insane homeowners association"

Tried to disband the one I was President of. Here's the rub:

Builder gets some land wants to build houses. City says, "No Problem", You need reserve X space as water retention, and X feet of road frontage and greenbelts with X 2 gallon, X 5 gallon , X trees, blah, and you need to provide play areas. And when you have that, we will approve your plan.... Sounds reasonable right?

Then the city says, all that fun space that needs maintenance, . . . Well you see *we* (the city) don't want it, so it's your responsibility. Obviously the builder is not going to maintain all the lighting and landscaping, so ... They form an HOA and deed it all to the HOA. And then you have deadbeats that don't pay their dues, but you still have to pay the electric bills and the landscapers, and what you have is . . .

City infrastructure, the city doesn't have to pay maintenance for, and in fact TAXES, the residents for, that is managed by an organization with limited means to collect dues (Unlike city property taxes, which must be satisfied) and then you get some idiots elected to the board, and ....

I despise HOA's. I specifically moved from one into an area without one. I'm amazed you were able to get the city to take deed on the greenbelts and commons. I tried and was laughed at by the powers that be. What a joke.

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

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Use the new KeePassXC, add the plugin to Chrome/Firefox. Very Nice

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

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IT Angle

Re: How To Do Encryption IN THE REAL WORLD

I reply to this because,... If you want to do ANY one-way key crypto, it's just not trivial. My pubkeys are registered, I copied my .gnupg folder onto the box fired up TB installed enigmail, checked the sign all mail box, and off I went. There is another box to 'encrypt by magic' for folks in your keyring.

Seahorse is reasonably intuitive to set up a fresh set of keys, or add pubkeys of people you know. And enigmail will happily add any .gpg/.pgp pubkeys if you let it and confirm.

I've tried to explain 1-way crypto to the unwashed masses several times. They don't get it. Neither did the IBM salesman understand 'Blockchain' tech he was trying to sell me. But he sure did want me to buy it for a lot of 'bitcoin' ;)

KSM-AZ
Holmes

Exchange connectors

As long as you are not doing MFA, davmail will convert O365 to imap/smtp/davical/carddav/ldap. Calendars not so great, the rest of the stuff is pretty good. Our MFA has an on-net exemption, to I just fire up a vpn connection and use davical. I am using thunderbird. On balance it's currently best in breed for my use. A bit high on the knob turning, but enigmail works well, and lightning is barely tolerable. the stalls from Evolution drove me nuts. I handle several hundred messages a day. Back in the day mail filtering was done by a '.forward' file in your home folder, and then processed by your MTA as got dropped in your maildir (or . . .). Again exchange integrated and hid all this in a standalone server. Good design choice, woeful implementation.

The 'exchange calendars' plugin for TB is very good. except. No MFA, and it goes berzerk if I'm online but not on VPN. Considering a TB container with a full time VPN tunnel X'd to the not-wayland local display. Arf, arf.`

KSM-AZ

Re: That's nice dear ...

Turn on MFA. Watch it break.

KSM-AZ

Re: That's nice dear ...

The nice thing is how well outlook runs with exchange. Well most of the time. Maybe. Unless you have a Samsung phone. Or how well 'modern' auth works. You know 2FA with O365 is so . . . Uh, er, stable...ish. And how the native clients work so well with 'modern' auth. If I hear one more MS flunky talk to me about 'Modern Auth, and how you can't have security without it, I'm going to shove my phone down his or her throat.

Frankly none of the mail clients on the planet today are worth a sh*t. Evolution? T-Bird? I used to like the integrated opera mail client, but It died with the old rendering engine. And good ole MS. They've had what? 6 or 7 different 'standards' for communicating with exchange. I believe we are going back to MSA or whatever it was because OWA doesn't support ... wait for it .. 'Modern Auth'.

The calendar integrations for the various non-ms cruft, ical, davical, whatever-you-cal lit. They are either implemented poorly or broken, I don't know which.

And now that my company O365 password is changed, my win10 native mail client won't talk any more either. ADFS is an abortion. If someone comes up with something better that works, I'm all in, but I'm still confused as to why one could not trivially extend IMAP/POP/Whatever to create a 2nd factor or token.

My biggest gripe has always been around separating SMTP. I wrote a pop3 daemon years ago that would allow the XMIT extension supported on several text mail clients. Eudora comes to mind. This was always the big win with Exchange, simpler to connect, and tied into your directory service. IMAP has extensions for this as well, but I never really understood why one would complicate the interaction so much over pop3.

I could fairly trivially hack my pop3 daemon to handle tokenized and/or MFA as well, so frankly I just don't get why nobody ever supported stuff like this in a client.

Microsoft's 2018, part 2: Azure data centres heat up and Windows 10? It burns! It burns!

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Unhappy

Re: So is the latest itteration of 1809 safe to install yet??

Frankly, A big chunk of the SH^h^h cruft issues are because of INTEL. To my knowledge INTEL parts have failed to meet specifications since the 8080 days. Bus controllers were notorious. The Z80 zoomed to fame becase their parts were so much closer to published spec. Then crashed, because they couldn't get parts out the door. In the early days the n86 'chipset' vendors were numerous, many producing vastly superior support chipsets to the INTEL ones. It was kind of stunning. As it is, *today* INTEL can't seem to produce a consistently performing support chipset. Every rev seems to have idiosyncrasies that bloat driver code, and require much tweaking and intervention by the hardware manufacturers. I don't understand why the hardware API needs to change so dramatically every rev. It's not like the 1GB ethernet spec changed. Further why does something like suspend/resume get more convoluted from rev to rev?

Look at the '8049' code in the linux kernel. Since INTEL started with their newest chipsets there are now dozens of code work arounds attacking broken things in the various intel chipset implementations. We are talking about a microcontroller running the KB and Mouse from the original IBM PC from the '80's. Surely by now that would require pretty much ZERO coding changes, and yet . . .

Frankly I find it stunning, and innovation stifling. The reason the PC-AT-... platform became the de-facto standard was because we only had to write the low level driver cruft once. ARM could own much of the desktop/laptop market with an incremental leap in performance and a decent reference design. Alas we don't seem to see it on the horizon.

Whatever, :)

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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Meh

Re: Where we are vs. Sci Fi predictions

This doesn't really deserve a downvote, although a bit vitriolic. There are thinks about building a house that perhaps warrant a modicum of regulation. Not sure *where* that should occur. What is the libertarian way to make sure the wiring in your house is at least reasonable? Caveat Emptor? Do we really want to allow a sub-division at the end of an airport runway? Sure, don't worry about the leaky gas line up to your house. How could that possibly affect your neighbor 20 feet away?

OTOH, there was a movie with James Cromwell about building a house on his property in the middle of nowhere, basically from scratch. Who am I or anyone else to tell him how he is to do it? So the best ticket is the least intrusive, but we have to keep folks from screwing other folks next door by being stupid.

YMMV

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FAIL

Tolling, trolling, trolling, RAWHIDE!

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Happy

Re: War time innovation

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Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD

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Use kermit

Kermit

Runs on anything even over wet shoestrings, compiles for just about anything. I have a nice kermit script generator that builds updates and reconfigs for cisco routers and switches that are remote, or on a console cable, or ...

This two-year-old X.org give-me-root hole is so trivial to exploit, you can fit it in a single tweet

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Go

Re: Any actual configurations where this might work?

Nope. Deb 9 the setuid was removed if current. This breaks startx and Xrdp. So there is now a wrapper. And some config tweaks needed to use vnc. You can run startx against your own console vtxx but it beaks if it auto-allocates, can't write... xorg -query .... aaagh.

This is easy to fix removing he suid bits, but the other tools just need to catch up.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE: Cheaper QWERTY, but not for what's inside

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Thumb Up

First thing with the priv was to turn off he "hot" kb. Problem is with a phy kb, you slide fingers because you type by 'feel'. When 'feel' becomes a gesture. . . Grrr!

I thought that feature rather stoopid!

Everyone screams patch ASAP – but it takes most organizations a month to update their networks

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Mushroom

Patching Hourly

I'd patch hourly if it didn't break shit. Unfortunately it breaks shit. Not every time. Generally when you are least expecting it, and sometimes two weeks after it was applied, ... "Every time the EOM jobs run now they puke, and it takes hours for us to clean it up... What gives?" You can pie in the sky all you want, but if you change shit, you break shit. The more shit you break the worse your reputation, and the more push-back you get the next time you want to patch. YMMV

Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

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FAIL

Well you sound smart.

Nobody is going to move anything. Fiber is all or nothing in most cases. Bends are a huge issue above 40ghz on smf, generally you hook up and test. The cable manufacturer won't be doing any studies, and I'd bet most of the ta stuff is 100ghz or less. I'm not aware of any feeds into my dc that are over 100. Still too finicky, and the termination equipment is outrageously expensive at 100.

Depending in what you can put down on the ocean floor as a repeater, every 30 klicks, I'd say any issues at a facility on the coast would be pretty simple to overcome by comparison. It's not like the coastal facility is a data center, it's just a switch/repeater to some inland dc.

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FAIL

Total Malarky. This is abject stupidity

So all these seaworthy cables terminate 1" above the shoreline?

In an environment near the ocean with tides and surges, I put all my equipment 1 " above the high tide mark?

Trust me. Back in the 80's/90's the main switchpoint Inland in Va or MD got flooded, took out communication on the East Coast for a day. It was weeks before full capacity was restored. I can assure you that lesson was not forgotten. An underground bunker seemed like a good idea at the time. Unfortunately the equipment was sitting in a foot or two of water, once it breeched.

Now this transatlantic stuff is totally over-engineered. I'd bet those cables terminate 20-30 ft above highest tide in sealed structures with massive pumps and backup systems. Tsunami might get it, but I'd bet even then they could have it online in a day or three..

Problems are usually more mundane, like the fiber cut 2-3 years ago in Roll,Az. Took out the fiber on both sides of the RR tracks doing some road work. Took out as in they had to run all new cable for the segment in the ground. That took some time, we routed dallas to chicago to la for over a week from phx.

In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data

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Re: Hypocrisy of dissent

What's an 'Assault Weapon'? Which 'Assault' weapons do you wish to ban? Want to make a case for a bump stock, I might listen. Calling semi-automatic rifles 'Assault' weapons cause they look militaristic is STUPID! Automatic weapons are aready very restricted. So are crossbows in many places.

Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

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FAIL

Re: Contract

Again, lack of basic understanding. Some medical machine is not running 50 vm's and random user generated processes in a cloud rack. It's a dedicated hardware appliance. Specter/Meltdown are not relevant. Generally the PC component is for control and data analysis of the hardware system. Like an old CNC or a shiney new EWACS. The problems normally are that you have to leave lower security protocols in use on the net because the control PC "Don't Talk TLS1.2". And of course you don't want the control system compromised because ie5 is running on XP, and the operator was surfing porn sites from the control console. These are manageable issues with proper care.

And the idiot users at my company that just keep clicking on effing phishing and putting in their creds to get the doc. 200 people out of 1500 clicked the link this time. Never heard of xyz cleaning service but I sure do want to see the invoice from this dude I've never had an interaction with, ever, in our company! Since I'm now on compromised.com's https site, I'd better put in my o365 email and pass, plus my security questions, cause my password didn't work! It's stunning.

East-west mime de-fang coming to a neighborhood near you... It's only money.

Apple takes $9m kick down under after bricking iPhones

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WTF?

Re: weird decision by Aussies

Please.

If you are clueless of how the tech works shut the Eff up. Trust me, a chinese knockoff fingerprint scanner is not "phoning home" nor installing malware. It might return the same data no matter the finger. . . Testable. But it can't take over your phone and send your bank data to china. The main issue with this cheap hardware is quality. Reads your fingerprint just fine . . . For about 6 months, then just refuses to respond. Mixed bag. Your call, just like the tires on your car.

Be that as at may, some really intersting IOT hardware runs these components. I'd worry about somone leaving a gadget plugged in on the home net like these new fridges, way before replacement hardware in my cupertino engineered candy bar.

Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build

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HP Deskjet

Hplip supports pretty much every hp printer ever created. Scanners are another animal.

Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

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Both outsides. even on the 8"s

4 pin on 3.5 was awful but the 2 insides were ground, outsides were 12/5. I had some 8's with non-standard connectors. However I have reversed the 4 pin molex on both hard and floppy drives. Often very cheap plastic with minimal material around the key side, or brittle to the point of splitting with minimal force.

Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

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GDPR / Litigation

But never fear. *ALL* lawyers including the ones doing our audit are complaining about it all the way to bank as they cash each check. Oh yes we are "protecting" all these people! That was 10 more hours, $4000 please.

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Bunch of Crap... GDPR bah.

GDPR is vague shitty cruft. A hammer on a thumbtack. Facebook the company did not post pictures of your house, car, dog, cat, kids, and all your recent photos, trip itenerary, when you are not going to be home so it can be robbed. Your diatribe against bank that bounced your check, your wonderful investments with Schwab, or ...

But darnit if someone figures out from your posts that your bank account is vulnerable and uses that information to steal it, we are going to throw Mr Z in jail and take all his money damnit!.....

No wait, the lawyers get the money, but that's fine as long as he gets the shaft!

Uh huh, totally sane.

My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Re: "And bluetooth with Win10 is an iffy affair"

. . . man -k console

USB is fine. . . Now.

Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

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Draw the line please.

Where is the stupidity line? Phoenix/Tempe is on a grid made up of higher speed feeder roads every mile. it is often 1 mile between lights that are often timed to let traffic run without stopping. If you live here you know that. Some fool decided to walk a bicycle out in front of a car likely traveling in excess of 40 MPH at night from a random point between major cross streets. I doubt anyone in this discussion would have reacted in time. If you tell me any different I call bullsh*t.

I wonder if it was one of those rent-a-bikes.

I wonder if someone was trying to get 'nicked' for insurance... Happens not too infrequently here.

But please feel free to believe that you can react and swerve in less than a second because some idiot decided to run out in front of you pushing a bike. Likely I would have hit them as well.

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Re: Uber video has been altered

And we know this because...? This is silly. Someone decided to walk a bike across a 45 mph feeder road, where there is no traffic control of any kind. Be real.

Brit semiconductor tech ended up in Chinese naval railgun – report

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Roll back time . . .

30 years. Replace the word China with the word Japan. Wnat goes around. <smile>. Film at 11.

Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon

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bwahahahahahaha

Taxing "turnover". That's just a sales tax to be paid by the consumer. What a joke.

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