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Microsoft Is Working On a Cloud Operating System For the US Government

Allnighterking basically a browser.. (171 comments)

It will connect to 365 so that everyone can do power points and spreadsheets. Outlook. com for mail, and not much more.

about a year ago

Obama's Privacy Bill of Rights: Just a Beginning

Allnighterking Will this include my junk (222 comments)

Some things I'd like to be private. My junk, my wife's body and totally my kids body's. Does he include that?

more than 2 years ago

Volume Shadow Copy For Linux?

Allnighterking The problem really is in approach (300 comments)

You are approaching management of the Linux boxes as if they where windows boxes. That is the event causing you the greatest pain. Basically a Linux box can be divided into 3 groups




Configurations: Two types Users Configs: this is kept in their home so no need to worry aboutthat as normal backup takes care of it (exception can be /root) System. System Configs: This is /etc/ and key entries in /var for the most part.

Data: By in large this is also maintained in homes, for that too backup software is the key. Data could also include software that either you made the mistake of building locally without some kind of packaging to repeat, or, that is 3rd party. Scripts and Cron Jobs also fall into this realm along with logs.

OS: That's why they make CD's. You just install. To make sure you get all of the same software, both rpm based, and deb based systems have ways of taking an inventory and replicating the inventory to another box.

There is no concept of registry in a Linux box. (unless you run some of the newer gnomes but that registery is by user so it's in the home.) This means you don't have to have restoreable clones to re-create the box. It's sufficient to have a copy of /etc/ a copy of key data, and either a kickstart file, dpkg list or other tool (Like a wiki plan) to re-build the box.

On the cheap tar and gzip are all the tools needed. More involved. Puppet

more than 4 years ago

Rest In Peas — the Death of Speech Recognition

Allnighterking Sssssh. (342 comments)

Don't tell the people actually doing it. They don't know that the author of this piece says it won't work. So they keep making it work. We don't want to upset them. Ssssh.
Speech recognition and translation is becoming a highly effective and proficient tool for the US military. You see it fit's in your iPod... and ... well translates. info here Kinda puts the knosh on this article. Speech recognition as a part of translation is a new application of the tech that is growing by leaps and bounds. 10 years ago we had to do text to text translation, now it's speech to voice. Then you have companies like Voxify,TuVox and others replacing routine call center calls with realistic voice recognition. Far from being a dead animal. It has moved from the realm of fantasy to the realm of direct application.

more than 4 years ago

Fossil of Ant-Eating Dinosaur Discovered In China

Allnighterking Question (64 comments)

Does anyone know tf the dinosaur was dead before the ant started eating it, or did it die because the ant was eating it. (must have been one heck of a big ant too.)

more than 4 years ago

Coping With 1 Million SSH Authentication Failures?

Allnighterking Re:Move to a higher order port and use denyhosts (497 comments)

Yes nothing like security by obscurity. Quite honestly I'm of the opinion that moving the port is of little use. One scan and they have my ports list one run of telnet against the ports and they know what they ports are. Ok I've delayed them what, 2 minutes? SSH key authentication, (which allows for easier to remember pass phrases for your users) Iptables or host_deny for the worst offenders (I've got 3 IP's banned that comprised 80% of my problem) and that's it. Just don't use 256 bit ssh keys. Go 2048, 1024 at the very least.

more than 4 years ago

New "Spear Phishing" Attacks Target IT Admins

Allnighterking Re:Try "fishing for noobs", not admins. (134 comments)

Amen, I open ports for stuff that I know, first hand, verified face to face only. This is more like phishing for id10t's than anything else. Besides I like our ISP the only thing they ask for is a check. Otherwise they do what they are supposed to and that keeps us both happy.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Says, Don't Press the F1 Key In XP

Allnighterking Raise your hand (324 comments)

If you are running XP and pressed the key just to see what would happen. Raise both hands if you are running 7 OSX and/or Linux and are pressing the key like mad just to rub it in to those who can't.

more than 4 years ago

Wi-Fi In a SIM Card

Allnighterking Except on Verizon (126 comments)

They'll cripple the feature. AT&T will complain if you use it.

more than 4 years ago

If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

Allnighterking Re:Statistics! (1142 comments)

However for Logic to provide a proper conclusion, an initial assumption must provide the starting point. If that assumption is flawed then no matter how flawless the logic, the conclusion is still wrong. The conclusion that the earth was the center of the universe was logically sound. However it originated from a flawed data set. Kind of like what statistics can do to you.

more than 4 years ago

Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

Allnighterking Heck yes.. I need it. (806 comments)

Thanks to complaints to Xorg. the tried and true ctrl->Alt->bksp to do a hard restart of the X windowing system (like when you just did an update and need to restart X to get the new binaries in play). Has been replaced with left-alt->SysReq->k. Folks it's either leave our keys alone of do it the Ubuntu way and reboot every time something happens. Oh and why did it get replaced. Seems that WinUsers use ctrl->Alt->bksp to go back one word in one of the office apps..... sheeesh. One more reason to drop Lenovo (other than their poor performance and quality of fit and finish of late. (20 laptops in.... 15 laptops back to repair, in the first 24 hours. Not good, finally RMA's the lot.)

more than 4 years ago

USPTO Awards LOL Patent To IBM

Allnighterking Arrrrrggggghhhh (274 comments)

My face found it impossible to reach my palm fast enough. The reason no one else has patented it before is simple "IT'S BLOODY OBVIOUS". Unless of course you're a USPTO examiner.

more than 4 years ago

Fear Detector To Sniff Out Terrorists

Allnighterking All you really need to do (342 comments)

Is ask if they are Republican..... That's a prime indicator of terrorist leanings. Seconded by being a democrat.

more than 4 years ago

Internet Probably Couldn't Handle a Flu Pandemic

Allnighterking He's right the internet can't (341 comments)

I mean when your keyboard starts sneezing, and your mouse has the runs, it won't be long until your modem(cable or DSL) is all congested and the packets just won't flow. Finally, a virus for my Linux box!

more than 4 years ago

Net Radio Exec Says "Don't Mention Linux"

Allnighterking Only amoung marketing types. (442 comments)

I've worked for years for a wide variety of companies who, quite often, are Linux on the backend and Windows on the desktops. True to form Developers, Sales Personnel and C level exec's see Linux as a plus, but the Marketing types don't. So often do I see this that I use it to actually tell if a persons role in a company is Marketing. I'm not using this as an anti-marketing post either. It's just what I see. Linux isn't a marketable term for them. Nor is Windows. It seems that unless the OS is the draw on the product (as in "Now with Windows 7" or "The latest Android based SmartPhone") no one is willing to mention the OS as a marketing point. Fact, yes, marketing point no. In all due honesty it seems that outside of a narrow band of consumer products (laptops/desktops or Android Phones) the underlying OS has little or no value in the marketing of a product. You don't buy an iPhone because it runs OSX you buy it because "There's an app for that". Honestly. How many of you know what OS your phone/TV/DVR etc run unless it's a DVR you built or an Android phone most wouldn't. Features sell, OS's rarely do. Heck even Jobs was loath to admit that OSX was a Unix for a long time, even so, people expect the OSX environment, but they buy MAC for a lot of reasons, little having to do with the OS itself.

more than 5 years ago



12 year old's speech brings UN to a standstill.

Allnighterking Allnighterking writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Allnighterking (74212) writes "A 12 year old girl from Vancouver, BC. brought the UN to it's knees with her heartfelt plea to the leaders of the world, to allow her to have a future. She, along with some of her friends, have founded a self funded environmental organization. and then flew to Brazil, to present to the UN. The power of this young girls speech is beyond words. You can watch it on youtube at this URL be prepared to be moved beyond words."
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Bush hints at retaining power after 2008

Allnighterking Allnighterking writes  |  about 7 years ago

Allnighterking writes "Bush in an interview today was asked about Putin attempting to retain power after he is required to step down in 2008. Bush quipped, "I might do that myself" Wired Magazine has been trying to find out using the Freedom of Information Act, just what the possibilities are that Bush could remain in power. No wonder it's been found the the Military rank and file supports Ron Paul."
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Allnighterking Allnighterking writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Allnighterking writes "Kurt Vonnegut, one of the great si-fi authors, has left us at the age of 84. An obituary is available here. For those who don't know this author, you can find out more about him on his wikipedia page or at his official website. Those who know him know that although he's gone from this time line he's still around in others."


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