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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

FictionPimp Re:Where do you draw the line? (645 comments)

It will be interesting to see how that plays out. My car today is more computer than car. Sure I can get replacement parts, but who is going to be upgrading the communication system with new maps? Who will fix that ECU bug that the manufacturer missed before EOL?

The only way 3rd parties will be able to fix the computer components of my car is to replace them, just like the suggested solution to using windows xp...

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

FictionPimp Re:consultancy (370 comments)

That plus industry certifications.

We are a RHCE shop and look at all these happy clients who use Redhat, or the staff has X MCSE and MCSA holders and here's our list of happy people with windows servers.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

FictionPimp Check out WGU (370 comments)


Solid course material. Industry standard certs tied to the courses as finals, and fully accredited.

about three weeks ago

Agbogbloshie: The World's Largest e-Waste Dump

FictionPimp Re:What's the point of this? (117 comments)

It could inspire us to support companies that actually do recycling rather than dumping. It could inspire you to pay to recycle your phone rather than toss it in the trash. It could inspire you to push for consumer options that create less e-waste. It could inspire you to donate to a research project or start one to find a industrial use for e-waste.

It could even just be simply to inform you that people are suffering because of greed. News does not always need you to take action. Sometimes its purpose is just to inform.

about a month and a half ago

Tor Is Building an Anonymous Instant Messenger

FictionPimp Re:OTR (109 comments)

This is why I encrypt all my conversations and embed the message in the background noise of cat videos.

about a month and a half ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

FictionPimp Re:Although... (606 comments)

Great idea! Didn't google recently buy a robotics company??? Introducing the Google ED-209! Now with android support!

about 2 months ago

Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

FictionPimp Re:PFsense (264 comments)

I highly recommend the Ubiquiti EdgeMax Router lite. It's 99 bucks and runs a variant of Vyatta. Great little product.

about 2 months ago

Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

FictionPimp Re:munis are broke (430 comments)

Because AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, etc didn't get any government assistance to build their networks....http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2010/07/att_verizon_get_most_federal_a.html

about 3 months ago

Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

FictionPimp Re:Allow it... (340 comments)

As there is no technical reason not to, the FCC should allow cell phone usage on planes. Then the companies can make the decision if they want to allow cell phone use on their planes. This is called free market. In this way americans that want cell phones on planes can pick carriers who allow it, and those of us who do not can do the same.

about 3 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

FictionPimp Re:Interface wise can it get worst? (1009 comments)

I like windows 8, and surprisingly my complaint with 8.1 is the irremovable start button (I'm a keyboard guy). However I have yet to find a use for metro apps. None of them are useful or worth while and there are always better 'real' applications.

The only advantage to metro would be for simple small touch devices, a desktop/laptop is not that.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

FictionPimp Re:Resetting passwords not that easy. (381 comments)

But those are not 'my' passwords.

At my last job I had an envelope that contained "essential" accounts. These were root accounts, licensing accounts w/ vendors, and passwords for infrastructure that didn't allow for multiple users. This was locked in my desk. If I was to die (or when I quit) it was trivial for my boss to get this and give it to the person taking over my responsibilities.

My passwords however (AD, Unix systems, email, etc) were never given to him. Those are not his to have. They are his to change after I'm gone.

about 3 months ago

Linksys Resurrects WRT54G In a New Router

FictionPimp Re:Cost? (310 comments)

We don't get $100 an hour, our companies bill us at $100-200 an hour.

about 3 months ago

The Hobbit and Game of Thrones Top Most Pirated Lists of 2013

FictionPimp Re:Bullshit (193 comments)

I'd go as high as 10 USD a month for HBO. But honestly the value of netflix at 8 USD a month is growing to a point where I'm not even sure on that. For 8 bucks a month I get tons of old content and a growing amount of really good original content. Where as netflix has tons of stuff for me to watch, HBO only has a few shows I'd really care about seeing. Maybe a Pay per show/season would be a better approach.

about 3 months ago

1.2% of Apps On Google Play Are Repackaged To Deliver Ads, Collect Info

FictionPimp Re:How many downloads? (131 comments)

I use Nexus Flashlight. It requires access to the camera, and the ability to keep your phone from going to sleep. Nothing else.

about 5 months ago

PlayStation 4 Released

FictionPimp Re:Not this time, Sony (294 comments)

That plus their network being horribly hacked, plus the root kits they used to do on their CD's, plus every other horrible thing sony has done is enough reason to never buy anything with a sony label.

about 5 months ago

Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

FictionPimp Re:Passwords are property of the employer (599 comments)

When I left my last job, I changed all passwords on the system. Each team member that would be taking a responsibility from me got their own unique password. I then set every system they needed access to to that password.

So they knew if they were logging in to a system that was now under their control, the password would be X. That also encouraged them to change the passwords asap so I wouldn't know them.

Lastly, I changed all root passwords to randomly generated 14 character passwords and provided that list to my boss to do with as he pleased.

This way my 'passwords' were not known (just in case I accidentally had password reuse in my personal life) and their new passwords were consistent and in their possession before I left on my last day.

about 5 months ago

Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop

FictionPimp Re:Not happening (304 comments)

I only have windows to play games on....So if your telling me my next PC can play all the games I want and not require me to play for a operating system I'm all excited!

about 6 months ago

Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

FictionPimp Re:Why we have a 5th Amendment (871 comments)

You can fully be driving with care and attention and not know why a cop pulled you over. It could be anything. Maybe he wanted to warn you that the road is out ahead...

about 6 months ago



Apple AES-256 Encrypted Sparse Images for backups

FictionPimp FictionPimp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

FictionPimp writes "I can't find this answer anywhere, so I thought I'd ask it here.

Recently I have moved my wife from windows to OSX. She received my 'old' macbook pro and I received a new macbook pro. Because of this my wife and I have decided we wanted to improve our important documents backup process. Originally this process was that all important documents (tax and bank information, scanned documents such as titles, deeds, receipts, and insurance pictures) was copied on to a USB stick and placed in our fireproof safe, a second TrueCrypt encrypted disk was kept in my wife's purse. A 3rd copy was placed on my storage server. Mind you this is just for our most critical data. Other unimportant data such as movie backups, or music is simply stored on my file server using raid 5 and backed up to USB disk. We backup our family pictures the same way and also keep them on picasa.

Now that she is no longer using windows, we changed the method to as follows, a copy is placed on a USB stick in our fireproof safe. A copy is backed up by time machine. Another copy is automatically sent via ssh to my notebook and placed on my time machine (separate usb drives).

What we wanted to improve was the usb key in my wife's purse. This is to help us if say the fireproof safe was not fireproof and the house burned down. The idea was hopefully she will have her purse with her (and not be home). This is the weak link.

Because these files are way way less then 2 gig, my solution was to use DropBox. I know that DropBox uses 256 bit encryption, but I have no reason to trust they would never look at my data or have some exploit that lets people steal my data. The obvious solution is to make a sparse image (DMG file) that is encrypted. So I created a sparse image and set it's max size to 1.9g (to insure we never break the 2 gig free limit) and for security purposes I use AES-256 encryption on the image.

All has been well with this process, until my wife asked me what would happen if we did not have a mac and needed to get to the files. Say our house burned down with both macs inside and no one we know has a mac (which is true). How do we get the data from the dmg file.

A quick google shows there is a program called DMGExtractor that can read AES-128 encrypted dmg files, but it does not say it supports AES-256. So my question is does anyone know a program that can read AES-256 encrypted DMG sparse images on Linux or even Windows?

If such a program does not exist, do you think it would be wise to instead use a TrueCrypt container for this purpose? Do you have any better suggestions for this backup scheme? We are trying to keep the cost as close to free as possible."

uTorrent beta for mac released.

FictionPimp FictionPimp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FictionPimp (712802) writes "One of the best bittorrent clients on the market released their mac beta today. uTorrent is a the standard that all other bittorrent apps are held to on the windows platform. They are a welcome competitor in the mac world. This release is not 100% feature complete with their windows version, but it is a great start."
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