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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

FictionPimp Re:Holy Carp! (136 comments)

Maybe we could bottle the river water and sell it as a cure all?

about a week ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

FictionPimp Re: Dupe (840 comments)

Exactly! I do contract work at $150 an hour. So any time I have to myself either has to be fun and enjoyable, or save me more than my $150 an hour rate. If it takes an hour to do and someone can do it for me for $50 bucks, then I'm going to pay for it. Not because I don't know how, but because I'd rather use that time doing something enjoyable.

Speaking of this, anyone have a service for going clothes shopping with your wife?

about three weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

FictionPimp Noise (400 comments)

I don't go out to movies because of noise.

I'm sick of hearing people yelling at the TV, parents who won't take the screaming kid out, etc. No thanks, I'll watch it at home on my 60 inch TV with 7.1 sound.

about three weeks ago
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Samsung To Discontinue Galaxy Alpha For Cheaper Galaxy A5

FictionPimp Re: Galaxy Alpha - We Hardly Knew Ye (47 comments)

I'm waiting for the jeans market to catch up and make pockets big enough to carry the Nexus 6, then I'll look at the phone.

about a month ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

FictionPimp Re:black DNS? (388 comments)

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

about a month ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

FictionPimp Re:Short sighted (230 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 month 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 month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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  |  more than 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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