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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

FictionPimp Re:black DNS? (387 comments)

My website is at fd30:0000:0000:0001:ff4e:003e:0009:000e, please visit.

4 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

FictionPimp Re:Short sighted (229 comments)

Having gone from the Linux to windows world. I'd like to refute your joke, sadly when we migrated all our servers to 2012r2 and went with server core almost half the staff had no idea how to use them. I was told to put the GUI back until I could train them in how to use powershell. :-(

about a week ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

FictionPimp Re:I don't care what the user has at home (241 comments)

I know that. I was apparently not clear.

I have two choices.

1) Carry around my personal cell phone (nexus 5) and a blackberry that is 5+ years old (for work email).
2) Carry around my personal cell phone, and check my email via webmail because my boss will not allow activesync on personal devices.
3) Find a new job.

3 was a good answer.

about a week ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

FictionPimp Re:I don't care what the user has at home (241 comments)

Imagine being a project manager who can't access her calendar on her phone. Instead she has to VPN in and use OWA. Imagine being forced to use 17 inch 3:4 displays.

I wouldn't take an IT job where the environment was old and busted. Why would anyone want to be a programmer for us knowing they have to use slow computers, work in a cramped cube, on a slow VM, with no support for their devices and no thought put into how they would like to work?

I don't expect a brand new PC every 2 years. I expect to use modern technology. That means I can get my email via activesync on my cell phone and not carry around a blackberry and my cell phone. That means having an IT department that rather than dictate, meets with it's customers (the employees) and finds out what they need to do their job. Then they figure out who to safely give them those needs within the policy defined by management. That means having management that is reasonable and listens to the needs of it's staff and IT.

So yes, I am going to spend 40+ (Let's be realistic more like 60+) hours a week working. I want that time to be enjoyable. If I don't get a nice workspace, nice computer, nice tools to do my job, etc then I'm going to find a job that gives me those things.

about two weeks ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

FictionPimp Re:I don't care what the user has at home (241 comments)

We say things like that, but then we also say things like "We can't seem to attract talent."

I wonder if forcing our staff to use 8 year old locked down computers, blackberries from 2005, and draconian email access/other rules are related.

about two weeks ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

FictionPimp Re:Google needs to share (183 comments)

They should build better websites. The reason I don't stay on most news websites is not google news, it's paywalls, obtrusive ads, autoplaying videos, etc.

about two weeks ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

FictionPimp Re:From Experience (561 comments)

With the right color commentary I think we could have a entire youtube channel dedicated to putting together jigsaw puzzles.

about a month ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

FictionPimp Re:Repeat with me (127 comments)

Which is the exact opposite of what merchants are trying to do with their shitty CurrentC.

They don't want security, they want protection from liability. They probably want to move that liability onto the consumer.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Teases First Browser Dedicated To Devs

FictionPimp Re:I'm not sure the point... (132 comments)

And then I still have to check it every other browser. Plus, many of those fixes are going to be server side. It seems like a solution in need of a problem.

about a month and a half ago
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Mozilla Teases First Browser Dedicated To Devs

FictionPimp I'm not sure the point... (132 comments)

I write code in the editor of my choice, then I open chrome and look at my results. Any issues are addressed with the already pretty nice built in tools.

Firefox is just something I check (like IE) for feature parity.

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

FictionPimp Re:Funny (150 comments)

Seeing as you can only use the chain if you are in the room (unless you have a trick for locking the chain after I leave the room). I would hope that all that noise wakes me up.

about a month and a half ago
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A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

FictionPimp Re:TiVo costs money (85 comments)

Or hell a VCR and a timer!

about 2 months ago
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A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

FictionPimp Free OTA w/ commercials or Pay w/ commercials? (85 comments)

WTF??

I can record your shit OTA for free. If I'm giving you money I'm not watching commercials. Sorry this is DOA to me.

about 2 months ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

FictionPimp Re:Tip of the iceberg (669 comments)

(Full disclosure, I'm an atheist) Actually, god was afraid we would steal his power. That's why he kicks us out.

And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever."

- Genesis 3:22

about 2 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

FictionPimp How many people need direct access to my info? (631 comments)

Seriously, I kinda want a buffer between my actual money and the companies I do business with. Someone who will take the hit while dispute is handled. This is why I use a credit card. I've toyed with google wallet and I actually like it as a easy tool to send money between friends. What I don't want to see is a world where to make payments I need to give my personal information to a dozen companies with incompatible standards.

The fact that they are blocking competition is enough to insure I won't be using their product.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

FictionPimp Re:Not right (700 comments)

But I"m not upgrading it with their technology. I'm running windows updates. I didn't even know what driver was being used. I plugged it into windows and it worked!

If you had to go to their website and download a driver then I would agree, but that is not the case.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

FictionPimp Re:Not right (700 comments)

How would I know if my device is legit? I needed a USB to serial adaptor. I went to google and searched cheap usb to serial adaptor and bought the cheapest one. I didn't lookup who made the chips the company that made the adaptor used. I didn't know who FTDI was until this article.

All I cared about was a cheap way to get access to my switches. Yet I'm the one who has to deal with their bullshit (potentially).

about a month ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

FictionPimp Re:Wonder what brand is best now... Intel? (101 comments)

Right, because I couldn't want the aesthetic of a mac mini and want to keep using in 4 years down the road by adding ram and a SSD.

That's just crazy talk.

(The joke of it is that if you buy a mac mini today, it is crazy talk as you can't upgrade it.)

about a month ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

FictionPimp Re:So it's like Colorado (398 comments)

Money is relative. If you are in government and want to buy something, it's only 2 billion. If you are against buying something it's an outrageous 2 million.

about 2 months ago

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Apple AES-256 Encrypted Sparse Images for backups

FictionPimp FictionPimp writes  |  more than 5 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."
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uTorrent beta for mac released.

FictionPimp FictionPimp writes  |  about 6 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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