* Posts by Reginald Onway

8 posts • joined 15 Jun 2018

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

Reginald Onway

Re: Go, Ginni, go!

She does seem to manage IBM for financial appearance rather than substantive product. Then one day she may simply say, 'I quit', and walk off stage with a few hundred million bucks. Nice work if you can get it. The best part is no accountability for failure. That's America these days.

Reginald Onway
Stop

Sudo this, sudo that...

I've tried to make Linux my everyday OS a few times but it always becomes a dead end deal, with the vague fix seeming to be...reinstall everything. Hmmmmm.

Anyway, I understand Red Hat creates FREE software, but charges money to make it work for you. A service. Devious if you think about it. And from my experience likely to generate quite a bit of profit.

I hope it works out for everyone concerned.

I think that will depend on how Linux works.

Florida man won't be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet

Reginald Onway
Big Brother

Bill of NO Rights

The former Bill of Rights has been mostly negated in the last two hundred years. Government has grown in power leaving much less for us.

I would say the spirit of the Fifth Amendment protects revelation of passwords, but the onslaught of caustic court decisions and new laws go against protection of individual rights.

Police aren't going to stop the assault on individual rights until the US goes full UK and makes it flat illegal to conceal a password from the police.

Only then we will be secure from unwarranted intrusions altogether, because the right against self-incrimination, and all the rest, will be gone.

They will because they can and there is nothing and no one to stop them.

Microsoft reveals train of mistakes that killed Azure in the South Central US 'incident'

Reginald Onway
Facepalm

Yet, there is no consequence for failure....

People pay real money to have their stuff in the cloud supposedly immune from earthly disaster.

But, no matter how much money they pay, there are still disasters but no consequence for those providing the failed service. True, corporate protocol demands somebody in PR take five minutes to prepare an apology text (vetted by the lawyers, example below). That's it.

Major disaster response:

"We are SO sorry. We are SO sorry. We are SO sorry."

(note to self: keep a local backup no matter what they say)

IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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FAIL

If it works don't fix it...

My ISP doesn't support IPV6. Instead IPV6 connections are routed through some kind of DNS conversion tables which SLOWS DOWN connections hugely.

It's only been the last few years that any website in the world could do a simple IPV6 lookup. Try it sometime.

And, I admit, the naming system is quite confusing to me.

Firewalling IPV6 is hard and apps few and far between. It's exceptionally hard to filter OUTBOUND Ipv6. (To it's credit, the MS windows firewall does a pretty job at it.)

However, in general IPV6 spam and crooks can blast right through today's router and firewall apps.

Frankly my cyber life is better off without IPV6. Seems it's flawed solution for a non-problem, for most people and even tech coprs.

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

Reginald Onway

Re: "near perfect surveillance"

I think negotiations for the people should start with all electronic data is tangible property, as if it was inside a file cabinet in your home, and thus subject to all Constitutional protections.

The fact of the matter is various laws like the Patriot Act and court decisions, like this one, too, have whittled down the Bill of Rights to a hollow and weak shell of it's former self.

This ruling is not a victory in the sense it now appears cell records of less than six days are NOT subject to the 4th amendment at all according to this ruling. Plenty of room for the boys in blue to game. And, they may still get all historical data, because it still exists, so long as it's not used as evidence in a trial.

I haven't read one response from the police industry complaining about this decision. That's a very bad sign too. It suggests they have work arounds already in place.

Reginald Onway

Not so fast Buster....

I read a couple reviews that suggesting the ruling ***ONLY*** applies to ***seven days or more*** of cell data thus leaving all else wide open and now approved by the Supreme Court because....that's what they ruled. For example:

https://www.lawfareblog.com/understanding-supreme-courts-carpenter-decision

Also,

"...law-enforcement officials might sometimes still be able to obtain cell-site location records without a warrant – for example, to deal with emergencies such as “bomb threats, active shootings, and child abductions.” .... also left open the possibility that law-enforcement officials might not need a warrant to obtain cell-site location records for a shorter period of time than the seven days at issue in Carpenter’s case – which might allow them to get information about where someone was on the day of a crime, for example."

My reading is: Cell records are wide open and now court approved for anything less than a seven day time span.

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

Reginald Onway

Oh my!

And it only costs $100.

I must say this was the most devastating take down of any IoT device I have ever read. Maybe most damaging report on any device.

Well done!

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