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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With University Firewalls?

Cyner Re:ssh is permitted? (582 comments)

Sure, circumventing the college's acceptable use policy would never get him in any trouble; couldn't possibly get him kicked out even. This is definitely an insightful, helpful, and responsible response to the problem posed. It is not appropriate to address the problem through proper channels; or remind the IT Department that they exist to serve, support, and enable the educational purposes of the college.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Rules Warrants Needed for GPS Monitoring

Cyner Re:Good. (354 comments)

Hopefully that'll bring this BS to an end, along with ending the jobs of the officers that continue to pull this stunt.
Is getting a search warrant on someone really that time consuming?

The police regularly ignore the rules these days, it rarely ever costs anyone their job. In the future they will probably just not enter that particular info into evidence.

Yeah, but having convictions overturned due to failure to follow the law is a sign of incompetence. Consider this case centered around someone who was undeniably guilty of criminal activity, who will now walk free. That's not quite doing the job of Law Enforcement Officer, is it.

Yes it is! You can't break the law and uphold the law at the same time. It is a grave disservice to society letting this many go; but justice would be holding accountable those who failed to obey the law in order to put the bad guys away.

more than 2 years ago
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Legal Threat Demands Techdirt Shut Down

Cyner Re:So much for... (346 comments)

That which is publicly available and privately available are two very different things. Besides, there are only a handful of public TV channels; Cable isn't "public" (under most circumstances); nor is Satellite TV. And i can attest, we do have channels with porn all day long.

more than 3 years ago
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Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

Cyner Re:-1 False Assumption (976 comments)

This is the case in Michigan. You may not enter an intersection unless you can also exit the intersection in a reasonable amount of time. Entering in the case of vehicles blocking your exit is considered blocking the intersection. It's not running a red, but cameras can't be the basis for tickets here either.

more than 4 years ago
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What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

Cyner Re:That's what we use (896 comments)

I work for a company where we use and resell Sophos. Sounds like your installation is misconfigured if it's impacting systems noticeably. The default settings aren't ideal.

Also, when I looked last year MSE & Forefront were consistently behind most of the major vendors in catching new viruses. This was a major factor in our decision to avoid Forefront (formerly called Antigen), and may have influenced your IT department's decision..

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Secretly Beheads Notorious Waledac Botnet

Cyner Methods - Ends Justify the Means? (381 comments)

While I applaud all serious efforts to take down botnets; the fact that it was all done secretly by private corporations (and a little government nod) smacks of corporate warfare, and I have to wonder what kind of president this sets.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Secretly Beheads Notorious Waledac Botnet

Cyner Re:Contingencies (381 comments)

1. If they were smart it's easier to make money legally than illegally.
2. They have quite a few domains for a reason, and normally they don't all go dark at the exact same well-coordinated time.

more than 4 years ago
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Number of USB cable types on hand? (A-B, A-mini, etc.)

Cyner Re:Do you own an ILLEGAL "A to A" USB cable? (211 comments)

It's possible the device is a USB-OTG port. By spec they should still use the "B" port on the device, but they may have put an "A" port on the device so it would be more apparent to users that other devices can be plugged into it. Some printers and mobile devices have OTG ports (OTG ports work both as a device and as a host).

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Looking Into Windows 7 Battery Failures

Cyner Re:Not experience this (206 comments)

Yeah, you really don't know what you're talking about at all. Batteries don't assertain life status by cycles like miles on a car. They take the actual Amp-Hour status of the batter and compare that to what the battery should perform at. There are a couple variances on how life status is measured, but they all boil down to a measure of how much charge it will hold. It has nothing to do with cycles (other than actually cycling the batter will slowly decrease it's ability to hold a charge).

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Looking Into Windows 7 Battery Failures

Cyner Re:Not experience this (206 comments)

Yes, but even with ACPI there is no "kill battery" function. The worst an OS can do is set the computer to maximum power consumption. If the battery can't handle maximum power consumption without damage then it's defective by design curtesy the laptop manufacturer.

more than 4 years ago
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Getting Company Owners To Follow Their Own Rules?

Cyner Re:meh, keep it simple (387 comments)

Yeah, I've been working in IT for 12 years now, and for 4 different companies. One of them is exactly as you described. One day I got a call, the owner dropped his laptop off his desk. Guess who had to send his laptop hard drive to a data retrieval company to the tune of almost $3000 and 4 weeks. He also claims they didn't lose an somewhat major account because of this little misstep, but I would argue it was a major contributing factor.

more than 4 years ago
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Russian Stealth Fighter Makes Its First Flight

Cyner Catching up? (418 comments)

That's great that they can contend with our F-22. But what happens when we have a few dozen pilots each remotely commanding a Squadron of UAV?

Honestly, I don't know why people waste their time trying to catch up with something that's already totally outdated.

more than 4 years ago
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Prison Bans D&D For Mimicking Gang Structure

Cyner Re:Is it just D&D ? (496 comments)

Prison is not supposed to be a deterant or punishment. It's supposed to be for protection (of people outside) and reform.

However you accopmlish those two goals is good with me, just so long as it gets done. If D&D helps them become a law-abiding and safe citizen, then I'm all for it. Of course if the inverse is true, I am equally against it.

more than 4 years ago
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Getting Company Owners To Follow Their Own Rules?

Cyner Re:meh, keep it simple (387 comments)

Let me guess, you're an overworked, underpaid, IT worker for a very small company. And with thinking like 'screw the policy and backups, it's good enough' that's the only place you'll ever be.

more than 4 years ago
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Getting Company Owners To Follow Their Own Rules?

Cyner Re:meh, keep it simple (387 comments)

If you honestly work at a business where the boss both ignores your expert opinion and refuses to acknowledge their contempt for business continuity planning, you should probably be looking for employment elsewhere. You're never going anywhere in that business environment, and the business itself is likely never going anywhere positive either. Unemployment sucks (and I've been there), but a dead-end job can be worse (stress in the short-term, and employability in the long term).

more than 4 years ago
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I keep track of my passwords ...

Cyner Re:remember what created the password (414 comments)

This is only true if the "hacker" knows that you use this pattern. Without knowing this, they still have to try all the possibilities in the key space.

more than 4 years ago
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Analysis of 32 Million Breached Passwords

Cyner Re:Password strength vs. how often you change it (499 comments)

I'm IT at my company. Two years ago a non-technical owner read an article about security where the article suggested passwords should be changed every other week in high security environments. We deal with sensitive data, so the owner thought this would be a good idea. It took quite a bit of convincing to get that idea out of his head, but you can imagine the results. Every's password would eventually be [favorte word][month][1-2] or similar.

We change passwords every 90 days as it is and I know of a user who was using [season][month #][day #], so something like "winter0121".

It's funny how much good advice there is on the Internet for passwords, and how often everyone ignores it.

more than 4 years ago
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I keep track of my passwords ...

Cyner Re:Combo + Security Questions (414 comments)

I like when I can make up my own security questions. I usually use some strange word or phrase, of itself not even a question, which has some meaning to me. When setting up a shopping registry at a national chain store I used the password hint "color her"; I got a weird look from the clerk, but I still know exactly what that means.

The problem with those security questions though, is that I'll bet more than 99% of people answer honestly. And without considering who they're giving out potentially personal information to. Things like your place of birth, mother's maiden name, etc are all very useful to identity thieves and the like.

more than 4 years ago
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Does a Lame E-Mail Address Really Matter?

Cyner Re:Actually yes -- in some cases (1049 comments)

It also depends on the name itself. When my wife graduated from college I told her she had to dump her Giggle4U###@aol.com address because it was horribly unprofessional. Now it's mostly her name @aol.com; she adamantly refuses to use "my" domain.

I've looked through resume's before. First thing I look for is a professional polish (including your e-mail address or other obvious dumbass-flags; if you can't make a resume look professional, you're never getting hired by me); then I look for 'experience' related stuff. I'm sure most employers are similar.

more than 4 years ago
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Hot Or Not — 3D TV

Cyner Re:Active glasses? (419 comments)

Polarized stereographic theaters require an expensive silver based paint to be used for the screen. Normal projectors can be used, but have to have polarization filters fitted to them at the proper angles (and of course you need two separate projects). The screen is usually the largest cost.

more than 4 years ago

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