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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

Barny Re:Short sighted (228 comments)

That is the issue. Windows on a laptop should specifically ask you if you want to install updates, because when you need to grab your laptop and run, you don't want to wait for twenty minutes of updates first.

I would suggest using Hibernate instead since it powers down the machine, when you see the "I am going to delay you" indicator on the shutdown icon.

4 days ago
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Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

Barny Re:I laughed (156 comments)

I solve practical problems. Like how do I stop some mean-ol' mother-hubbard from [figuratively] tearing me a structurally superfluous behind?

The answer, is a pun.

And if that don't work... use more pun!

about two weeks ago
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BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

Barny Re:Hmmmm. (80 comments)

Nah, just America. In Australia when they say 'unlimited' by law the connection has to be without any limit. So the only ones that post 'unlimited downloads' are the ones who oversell their back-haul and run like shite during peak times.

about three weeks ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Barny Re:Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (307 comments)

Australia. Basically, if you ever bounce a cheque or make any kind of fee appear as a result of cashing one, they wont approve it.

Reason we started using them was a guy came into one of the other stores (who our owner owned) and had a bank cheque from his own, named, account. Buys a laptop and other stuff with it. Then goes to the bank and cancels the bank cheque. Used to be once issued they were practically legal tender.

about a month ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Barny Re:Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (307 comments)

Where I used to work we had a cheque underwriter. Basically, when we got a cheque we would need to call up and feed all the details off it into the phone-service, they would give us an auth number to write on it. If the cheque bounces or is otherwise bad, we still got our money and THEY would undertake the hunting of the person.

Downsides:
3% processing fee
Takes about 10 mins
Customers who pay regularly by cheque are usually arseholes and will complain bitterly about the above two downsides, while holding up other people.

about a month ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Barny Re:Ask the credit card for a refund (307 comments)

More than likely the owners of this place saw it and thought it was a great idea.

about a month ago
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Polyphonic Overtone Singing Explained Visually With Spectrograms

Barny Re:How do you do it? (51 comments)

Well, you learn how to overtone sing and we can find out :D

about 1 month ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Barny Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

Right, but if you were in school, and given the task of writing a program that accepts, stores and evaluates passwords, grabbing such a piece of code would be considered a 'bad thing'.

Saying in your comments that you found a 'method for neatly measuring password strength and reimplemented it' would, however, demonstrate that not only can you find code that you would need but CAN code and implement the solution.

about a month ago
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Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

Barny Re:In highly secure facilities... (80 comments)

First option is out. Not only do the USB ports get disabled on such machines, but you can't take a USB stick anywhere near them, any more than you could a phone.

Second option suffers the same "can't get a phone within 10 meters of the machine" that the parent mentioned.

Third, if you can pay a person with security clearance to do this then it isn't a computer problem.

Fourth, people who do this work are not as rigorously checked as their workers/software people, but you will note that all the secure places I know of run custom bios firmware that have checksums to stop this.

Yes, I know people who work at these places, both with clearance (operators and such) and techies that support them, getting to their secure networks/air-gapped networks is not trivial and certainly cannot be done with a USB stick anywhere on your person.

about a month and a half ago
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

Barny Re:H1B applicants are people too (190 comments)

*hears a loud popping*

Oh gods it is starting!

But yes, I came in to see if anyone had picked up on this. Having governments restrict the duration they hold potentially personal data for is a good thing.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

Barny Re:What right do they have anyway? (144 comments)

But with great power comes great responsibility, aren't they standing up and taking that responsibility now?

about 2 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Barny Re:symbols, caps, numbers (549 comments)

And yet this exact 'verification' was a way to steal control of accounts a while back.

Basically, apple asked for the first four digits of your CC for secure verification, Amazon asked for the last four. Each were happy to give the four digits at the opposite end of your account and, worse, Amazon would let you add a new CC to your account, verify yourself with that credit card, then provide the other four digits of your other card. This was used, successfully, to attack a person's Icloud account. I am not sure about now, but I really hope both companies have changed their policies, particularly in regards to phone support and scripted replied to requests for control of accounts.

http://www.wired.com/2012/08/a...

about 2 months ago
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Accessing One's Own Metadata

Barny Re:Decoding their excuse (94 comments)

Well, the thing is, the reporter is more than happy to pay the same fee as other companies (or the government) would pay to access it. The real kicker is, a similar request was made for a major public official and it was denied because it was 'personal information' which, if that is the case, then they MUST make this data available to the owner of it.

The trick is, of course, for them to have to make requests of every other telco in the country to check if numbers on the list are private. Although the thought that they give such data out to non-government businesses is a little disturbing.

about 2 months ago
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Accessing One's Own Metadata

Barny Re:Another Tough Request (94 comments)

Yeah, in Australia we have a new centralised medical records system that patients absolutely CAN access. Heck, all my doctors have my folder open as they chat with me most times. I have even asked to see things and have never been refused.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

Barny Re:kernel.org? ftp.insert-ftp-site-here.whatever? (294 comments)

Hint, nvidia drivers are a good one to use. They use akami I believe, and you should be able to max out damn near any connection with a few files coming from there.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

Barny Re: DIY test (294 comments)

If they advertise it as unlimited, it should be unlimited. Download more please!

about 2 months ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Barny Wait (534 comments)

I must need to update ad-block, it missed this one!

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Co-opts Ice Bucket Challenge Idea To Promote Coding In Latin America

Barny Re:Ice Bucket Challenge....? (96 comments)

It is more like a chain letter, but in reverse.

It should be: "Get 4 other people to sign up OR Microsoft will teach you how to code"

about 3 months ago

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Nokia culls off SymSMB

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Barny writes "After a great release several months back of V3.5 of their great SymSMB software, Telexy Networks has been ordered by Nokia to hand over the project due to two of the developers being Nokia employees. This strong arm tactic has left a lot of paying users of this great piece of software asking just "what are we going to get", considering they have paid for the development of the software which is now no longer available to either download or re-activate on a new handset. SymSMB was used to both browse and host windows networking shares of mobiles with built in wireless on the S60 platform."
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Which linux and linux tools for retail?

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Barny writes "I work as an OS installer (builds and maintains OS install media and quality testing thereof) and have finally gotten the higher-ups go ahead to do a few test linux rigs for retail (they really liked the idea of undercutting the competition by removing the MS tax). Problem is this, what linux to use and what range of tools are available to "pre-install" them? Need to do some branding (mainly phone numbers for CS, things like that), setting of preferences and be able to manage changes easily."
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WoW player banned due to blue movie career

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Barny writes "Actress Mia Rose (star of a few World of Whorecraft episodes) has found her gaming days ended in the MMOG WoW. Fans identified Ms Rose in-game and mentioned in a public chat channel her website, the usual Blizzard CS reaction, ban and ignore, then ensued and continues."
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Barny Barny writes  |  about 8 years ago

Barny writes "Multiverse, makers of an upcoming customizable mmog engine, have secured the rights to produce an online saga in the firefly universe.
First reported by Wired News,I think we can all admit to the same feelings summed up by Tim Absath.

Man I hope they don't butcher this.
"

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Beware fake kingston microSDHC

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Just a warning to fellow geeks (and so this gets into google), but please please please don't buy microSD media from ebay that claims to be Kingston 32GB Micro SDHC, they are about to release them, but as of yet all the ones available are fake, put simply, if it seems too good to be true, it is :)

If it has a press-close front loading packet from china, its a fake plain and simple.

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Mounting a DD imaged drive

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Seems like basic stuff, but just getting into the more nitty gritty data recovery work and this has been an invaluable guide.

> Another hack you can try is use to use '--offset' option of
> 'losetup'. First figure out from which byte, NTFS partition starts in
> disk image, and then you create a loopback back device for that image
> and the starting offset using 'losetup' and finally 'mount' the
> loopback as NTFS partition :) .

Here's more detail on how to do that

# losetup /dev/loop0 /path/to/diskimage
# fdisk -l /dev/loop0
(example)
Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

      Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sdb1 * 1 1044 8385898+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA) /dev/sdb2 1045 19457 147902422+ 83 Linux

suppose you want to mount the partition on sdb2, the offset for that
would be 8225280 * 1045 = 8595417600.

detach the disk image
# losetup -d /dev/loop0
and setup the loop for the partiion
# losetup -o8595417600 /dev/loop0 /path/to/diskimage
and mount it
# mount -t fstype /dev/loop0 /path/to/mountdir

> Please do post your results, if you're successful :)

I second that, I'm curious to know if it works

oh, and make a backup just in case :)
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Re: "loopback mount" hard-drive image created with dd?

by Remy Blank-2 :: Rate this Message:

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Yahya Mohammad wrote:

> # losetup /dev/loop0 /path/to/diskimage
> # fdisk -l /dev/loop0
> (example)
> Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
> 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
> Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
>
> Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
> /dev/sdb1 * 1 1044 8385898+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
> /dev/sdb2 1045 19457 147902422+ 83 Linux
Thanks for the tip! I didn't know you could mount a whole disk image as
loopback, and see the partition table with fdisk. I always printed the
partition table before making the disk image.

> I second that, I'm curious to know if it works

It does, I have done it before, but there's a special case for the first
partition of the disk. According to your output of fdisk, it is supposed
to start at cylinder 1. However, if you run fdisk with the -u option
(giving the positions and sizes in sectors), you get the following:

(example)
# fdisk -lu /dev/loop0

Disk /dev/loop0: 10.0 GB, 10056130560 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1299 cylinders, total 19640880 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc1afc1af

              Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/loop0p1 * 63 4097519 2048728+ b W95 FAT32 /dev/loop0p2 4097520 8195039 2048760 5 Extended /dev/loop0p5 4097583 8195039 2048728+ b W95 FAT32

That is, the first partition starts at sector 63, i.e. at an offset
value of 63 * 512 = 32256.

> oh, and make a backup just in case :)

And mount the filesystem read-only with the "ro" mount option.

-- Remy

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Re: Re: "loopback mount" hard-drive image created with dd?

by Tom FÃrster :: Rate this Message:

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Remy Blank wrote:

> Yahya Mohammad wrote:
>> # losetup /dev/loop0 /path/to/diskimage
>> # fdisk -l /dev/loop0
>> (example)
>> Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
>> 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
>> Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
>>
>> Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
>> /dev/sdb1 * 1 1044 8385898+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
>> /dev/sdb2 1045 19457 147902422+ 83 Linux
>
> Thanks for the tip! I didn't know you could mount a whole disk image as
> loopback, and see the partition table with fdisk. I always printed the
> partition table before making the disk image.
>
>> I second that, I'm curious to know if it works
>
> It does, I have done it before, but there's a special case for the first
> partition of the disk. According to your output of fdisk, it is supposed
> to start at cylinder 1. However, if you run fdisk with the -u option
> (giving the positions and sizes in sectors), you get the following:
>
> (example)
> # fdisk -lu /dev/loop0
>
> Disk /dev/loop0: 10.0 GB, 10056130560 bytes
> 240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1299 cylinders, total 19640880 sectors
> Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
> Disk identifier: 0xc1afc1af
>
> Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
> /dev/loop0p1 * 63 4097519 2048728+ b W95 FAT32
> /dev/loop0p2 4097520 8195039 2048760 5 Extended
> /dev/loop0p5 4097583 8195039 2048728+ b W95 FAT32
>
> That is, the first partition starts at sector 63, i.e. at an offset
> value of 63 * 512 = 32256.
>
>> oh, and make a backup just in case :)
>
> And mount the filesystem read-only with the "ro" mount option.
>
> -- Remy
>

Some time ago, I wrote a little script to automate that process, maybe
it will help you also. (And yes, I know that the code isn't that pretty)

Direct copy & paste:

#!/bin/bash
INFILE="$1"
PARTITION="$2"
MOUNTPOINT="$3"
OPT="$4"

if [ "$INFILE" = "" ] ; then echo "Usage: $0 infile partition mountpoint
" ; exit ; fi
if [ "$PARTITION" = "" ] ; then echo "Usage: $0 infile partition
mountpoint " ; exit ; fi
if [ "$MOUNTPOINT" = "" ] ; then echo "Usage: $0 infile partition
mountpoint " ; exit ; fi

if [ "$OPT" != "" ] ; then OPT2=",${OPT}" ; fi

PSTARTB=`sfdisk -d "$INFILE" | grep "start=" | head -n"$PARTITION" |
tail -n1 | sed 's/.*start=[ ]*//' | sed 's/,.*//'`
PSTART=$[ $PSTARTB * 512 ]
#PSIZEB=`sfdisk -d "$INFILE" | grep "size=" | head -n4 | tail -n1 | sed
's/.*size=[ ]*//' | sed 's/,.*//'`
#PSIZE=`echo "$PSIZEB * 512" | bc`
mount "$INFILE" "$MOUNTPOINT" -o loop,offset="$PSTART""$OPT2"
#,sizelimit="$PSIZE""$OPT2"

- Tom
--

Reproduced from "old nabble" a gentoo user group support page

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uPnP and games

Barny Barny writes  |  about 5 years ago

Ok, seriously, what is up with games requireing my router to support potential security exploits to connect?

No fallback to a fixed port layout (for those of us who are willing to open ports) or a better peer-to-peer based game hosting method.

Fail COD:MW2, fail indeed.

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Win7 Pre-Install build

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Arggg, Microsoft can kiss my arse over this one.

Cannot find the fricking OEM 30day product keys anywhere, call MS and they tell me that is an OEM problem and only the OEM team can help me, and they have no phone contact.

Eventually track down the keys (extracted in an interesting way) here

Windows Vista:

        * Ultimate - VMCB9-FDRV6-6CDQM-RV23K-RP8F7
        * Business - 4D2XH-PRBMM-8Q22B-K8BM3-MRW4W
        * Home Premium - X9HTF-MKJQQ-XK376-TJ7T4-76PKF
        * Home Basic - RCG7P-TX42D-HM8FM-TCFCW-3V4VD
        * Starter - X9PYV-YBQRV-9BXWV-TQDMK-QDWK4

Windows 7:

        * Ultimate - D4F6K-QK3RD-TMVMJ-BBMRX-3MBMV
        * Professional - HYF8J-CVRMY-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487
        * Home Premium - RHPQ2-RMFJH-74XYM-BH4JX-XM76F
        * Home Basic - YGFVB-QTFXQ-3H233-PTWTJ-YRYRV
        * Starter - 7Q28W-FT9PC-CMMYT-WHMY2-89M6G

Note these are not illegal, these are the publicly available (albeit hard to $#^$*% find) supplied by MS.

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Seagate finally have a fix for their 1.5TB drives

Barny Barny writes  |  about 6 years ago http://forums.seagate.com/stx/board/message?board.id=ata_drives&thread.id=2879&view=by_date_ascending&page=21

This is an official Seagate announcement.



Seagate 1.5TB Customers,
Some Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB hard drives may show uncharacteristic operation when used with Mac and Linux operating systems in multi-drive configurations. Users may experiences pauses in video streaming applications or a dropped drive from RAID arrays. Customers seeing these symptoms should contact Seagate Technical Support directly by phone or by email for a firmware upgrade.

In order to assure the proper application of the new firmware, please communicate/have ready a description of the issues you're seeing when you contact Seagate Technical Support. Please include the following disk drive information:


* model number (see here for help determining the model number)
* serial number (see here for help determining the serial number)
* current firmware revision (Seatools for DOS can tell you, and it should also be listed on the drive label)


Also, please describe

* your system
* your operating system, and
* the application in use when the issue arose.


You will receive a prompt response with appropriate instructions.

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Chrome

Barny Barny writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Just had a very odd thing happen while browsing a forum site with Chrome.

Doing normal kinds of things, posting, moderating, etc. Then I logged in as an admin, preceded to the "modify site settings" section of SMF management, adjusted the forum title, saved and Voom! (this forum is no more, it has ceased to be)

Site now reports it can't find its DB.

Hopefully chrome just threw in some "usual" values in some paths that are in the same entry screen, but it may have spidered its way through the admin area, yet to see the nitty gritty till I can ssh into it later on.

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