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PayPal Freezes Support Account For Bradley Manning

JimmytheGeek Picked a fine day to give in and use them (580 comments)

Needed a part, available almost exclusively on Ebay. All the sellers accept only paypal. Must all be masochists or something. Wish I had stuck it out now, but today before I heard about this I used paypal for the first time in *years*. And the last time, ever.

more than 3 years ago

Bing Crosby, Television Sports Preservationist

JimmytheGeek Re:As the years going by - Bing the Singer (148 comments)

Huh. People think of a search engine when they hear the word 'bing' ? Why? What search engine? /googles

Huh. /shrugs

more than 4 years ago

SCOTUS Rules Petiton Signatures Are Public Record

JimmytheGeek Quick way to figure out which side is right (780 comments)

Was the majority opinion >= 6 in favor? Check.
Was Clarence Thomas opposed? Check.

Clearly, petition signatures should be public.

more than 4 years ago

Uwe Boll, Other Filmmakers Sue Thousands of Movie Pirates

JimmytheGeek Re:Porn Musicals (284 comments)

My wife and I enjoyed that one. It worked on several levels. Even the acting was decent! Bless the Grand Illusion Theater for digging it up!

more than 4 years ago

The Truth About the Polygraph, According To the NSA

JimmytheGeek Re:Polygraph (452 comments)

while I disagree with c6gunner as to the likelihood of encountering a dishonest cop, this is not a troll.

more than 4 years ago

Long-Running Underwater Robot Lost At Sea

JimmytheGeek Re:Failsafe recovery? (132 comments)

You think there is a mechanism of recovery more robust than the device itself? The pressure that sub handled was ungodly.

more than 4 years ago

Ireland's Blasphemy Law Goes Into Effect

JimmytheGeek that's a nice way to frame it, thx (845 comments)

the fundies won't agree, but they are necessarily logically challenged. If a self-contradictory text can be 100% true, then Spock wouldn't have gotten past those androids.

about 5 years ago

New Open Source Intrusion Detector Suricata Released

JimmytheGeek Re:Are these useful yet? (44 comments)

Try the sguil console, and you'll be happier with handling alerts. It presents the data from full content pcaps, Snort alerts, and session data, together with a handy window to to reverse DNS and whois. It will give you the signature that fired the alert, or, if no alert fired (say someone emailed abuse@yourdomain.tld with an IP and time range) you can look back in time and see what connections your host had open when. It will even help you decide which alerts are useful and which are useless, but you still have to tune the rules yourself. For handling that, I use oinkmaster. Sguil scales to billions of rows.

Some folks have worked on integrating bro (or was it prelude?), which is another interesting alerting engine. It might be possible to integrate with this project.


more than 4 years ago

Sci-Fi Author Peter Watts Beaten, Charged During Border Crossing

JimmytheGeek one thing is sure: we'll see IFF it vindicates cop (1079 comments)

if it vindicates the guy's account, it'll get "lost" or be shielded in the name of national security for revealing camera positions. The assaulting BP will get cover from his agency. OTOH there will magically be no security issue if it even approaches a vindication for the cops.

more than 5 years ago

Why the BSA Is Less Reviled Than the RIAA

JimmytheGeek Are you kidding? I hate them like poison (371 comments)

Fuck them in the neck with fire.

I went through a bullshit audit back in the day, when a disgruntled employee tried to inform on the college where we worked. He was largely responsible for the mess, I was largely responsible for cleaning it up in spite of political pressure from the top to keep things working as they always did. A couple of months after the cleanup, they notified us we were being audited. We had the ability to run our own audit and when they were not helpful in narrowing the search, supplied a multi thousand page report in 8-pt type giving every executable on every machine.

Months later they found one classroom still had software on it that was not being used in that room (class was moved to another building). They asked for something like $30K in fines. We told them we were poster children for compliance, could prove that the software was not used, and told them to fuck off. They did.

Bastards went on a fishing expedition elsewhere, hitting non-profits and other underfunded .edu's where they figured the IT depts would cave rather than fight because they lacked the resources to control their environments.

So much effort that delivered nothing toward the mission. Fuck them.

more than 5 years ago

Linus Calls Microsoft Hatred "a Disease"

JimmytheGeek Re:Funny this was submitted by kdawson (634 comments)

Oh, all the time. Hannity routinely takes comments out of context to ascribe statements to people that the opposite of what they actually said. Obama had a speech where he said something to the effect of, "Some people say we're in decline. I disagree." Hannity quoted and ranted, "He said, '...we're in decline'! he hatez america!" They've edited video to distort the plain meaning of what someone was saying. And wasn't it them who touched up photos to make two journalists, who were reporting something embarassing to the Republican Party, look 'more Jewish' ? Why yes, Mr. Orwell, it was.

Seriously, there's a conservative case to be made on most issues, but Fox news will not present it or anything else but the most brazen political propaganda. Other media outlets might get the story wrong, might emphasize something irrelevant (though usually in a rightward lean), but Fox is a party organ in the style of Pravda.

They lie.

more than 5 years ago

Keeping Up With DoD Security Requirements In Linux?

JimmytheGeek Re:Where are you finding these "requirements"? (211 comments)

Yep - STIG compliance is a pain, esp. if your linux box is an appliance, not a general-purpose multi-user box. I do think it cool they appear to care about securing their systems, though.

more than 5 years ago

Testing So-Called 'Unified Threat Managers'

JimmytheGeek Yep: Policy. Enforcement. Audit. (98 comments)

3 separate realms.

Policy to define what's allowed (you haz a policy, whether it is written down or even thought about).

Enforcement of that policy. FW, IPS, application fw. The higher in the stack the fw goes, the closer it should be in the net topology to the target it defends.

Audit the enforcement of that policy. IDS, stats, flow.

And rather than tie everything together, how about focus on the 3-4 sources that really kick ass? FW logs are not useful. Focus on what your targets are doing, not what the millions of bots are prevented from doing.

http://taosecurity.blogspot.com/ is your source for clear thinking on this subject.

more than 5 years ago

Konami Cuts and Runs From Iraq War Game

JimmytheGeek NYT is right to show the cost of the war (321 comments)

It's the role of the press to bring us the story, especially if the powers that be want it hushed up. I think the Pentagon was chickenshit to hide the homecomings up to this point. Did you see that under the new process, 3/4 of families are fine with the photographs? Someone struck exactly the right note, giving families the right to make the call.

My agenda is truth. The truth is some of our people come back dead. It dishonors their memories to pretend otherwise, and to minimize their sacrifice. So I'm not willing to accept your formulation that its just a political bias that determines whether one should or will approve of their publishing the events.

more than 5 years ago


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He's a *good* baby!

JimmytheGeek JimmytheGeek writes  |  more than 11 years ago

He's doing really well - gaining lots of baby fat, getting strong and learning new skills all the time. I adore him.

His big sister (age 6) adores him, too. But my wife just melts when she sees him. I am really, really fortunate and grateful.


My baby will be born soon

JimmytheGeek JimmytheGeek writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I am expecting the birth of a child today or tomorrow. This is amazingly cool. Sometimes I'm pessimistic about the way the world is going that I wonder if it's fair to bring someone new into it. I suppose relative to a caribou's life - born in spring, lose 1+quart of blood/week to mosquitos all summer, endure arctic winter, get eaten by wolves - humans have it, and will continue to have it, o.k. And maybe Baby will make things better. If not, will probably only make things incrementally worse.

Life really wants to be. And I really want to hold this baby.

Baby name == Squiggles. (working title)

Wish us luck, if you've a mind to. Otherwise, sod off. (hee hee)

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