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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

Mariner28 Disaster Recovery! (371 comments)

Now that the FBI is handling my corporate penetration testing for me, how to I contact the NSA to arrange for online backup/restoral and disaster recovery? What better use of federal corporate taxes! ;-)

5 days ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

Mariner28 Re:Define peers. (303 comments)

If that someone with a BA had a 3.8 GPA and 10 years experience versus one with the BS and a 2.9 GPA and a couple years on the job - well, hey - that's not close, eh?

Perhaps they're not peers when it comes to compiler design or kernel coding, but that's but a small part of the total sphere of IT. I have a BSEE, but with over 25 years of IT experience, I can hold my own with a lot of BSCS people - especially when it comes to networking and transport, and blow them out of the water when it comes to RF, telecommunications, and wireless networking.

about two weeks ago
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The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

Mariner28 Re:Yeah, I remember when VMWare first came out... (180 comments)

My first server hosted two "virtual" machines - and 8086 and an 8085 sharing a single S-100 bus. Of course, to switch from one "VM" (DOS) to the other (CP/M), you first had to reboot. And make sure you replaced the 360KB DSDD floppy with the DOS boot image with one with a CP/M image. It worked even better when I augmented the original 128KB RAM with an additional 512KB, and the two 360KB drives with two more 1.2MB drives for almost 3MB of online storage! That old Heathkit/zenith Z100 was pretty sweet for its time.

I'm betting someone will reply with a sad tale about context switching on their first home server being interrupted by having their paper tape tear...

My current home media server is about the size of a deck of playing cards and hosts a 6TB RAID array. ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Mariner28 Re:No (437 comments)

I'm still on 2.3 (Gingerbread I think). Zero upgrades for my Motorola Defy+ despite them being owned by Lenovo now.

There. FTFY.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Mariner28 Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

Yeah - same here. My WiFi 2012 Nexus 7 still hasn't received the upgrade. Neither has my Verizon 2013 Moto X. Both are on KitKat. The Nexus is rooted, but the Moto X is still stock. I know it's Verizon's fault for not pushing the Moto X upgrade out, but the Nexus 7? That's Google!

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

Mariner28 Re:I don't think it's recording calls (303 comments)

So, if they are truly "proxying", then a stingray seen as a client device when relaying to a legitimate wireless company cell tower, so the wireless network doesn't know they're not talking directly to the client - other than possibly seeing some latency introduced. So the only way for the wireless company to know that something is fishy is to compare RF triangulation location data to reported GPS location data and note the discrepancy. Thanks for the link!

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

Mariner28 I don't think it's recording calls (303 comments)

Not only that, but I think everyone here is missing a big point : as far as I know, a stingray does not snoop on a phone conversation, since it would need to be connected to a phone company's telephone backhaul network to either a mobile switching office (think older switched telephony) or to a SIP gateway. Rather, a stingray acts as a stand-alone site which your phone inadvertently registers with, but if you attempt a call or send a text message you'll get a failure.

What it does is gather basic info about your phone - ESN & phone number, your carrier, and perhaps GPS coordinates (for E911). It can't snoop on your phone conversations because you can't place a call. Someone more up to date on 3G and 4G wireless networks can elaborate, My info is based on older 1G/2G cellular networks...

about three weeks ago
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The World Is Not Falling Apart

Mariner28 Re:Of course there is a focus on the negative (208 comments)

Yea the conservatives are becoming extremists. That's why I see chants of "What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now", and then a guy drives to NYC and kills 2 cops.

I think you are so delusional its laughable. Its the left that has fomented hatred to the point where murders are actually happening. Its now significantly more dangerous to be a good cop in NYC this week than a month ago solely because of extremists liberals, like... President Obama, Eric Holder, the Mayor of NYC. I don't see John Bohner or Mitch McConnel telling people all cops are racists bastards.

Yeah, stand behind the cowardice of anonymity.

That little chant you're referring to was purposely edited to inflame idiots just like you. Google "fox affiliate Baltimore edit protest video".

Are you really implying that President Obama, Eric Holder, and Bill DiBlasio said that all cops are racists? Put your money where your mouth is and post links to references.

Oh - and did I say "you're an idiot"? Yeah, I did.

about a month ago
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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

Mariner28 Re:Waste of Time (332 comments)

TOS was born in the time of Vietnam, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights era of the 1960's. Roddenberry's vision was what mankind (after a devastating WWIII) could achieve after it had had overcome racism, class warfare and sexism. Well, maybe TOS didn't quite get there with sexism, with Kirk having a green girlfriend in every port - but you know what I mean ;-)

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

Mariner28 Re:The US Internet Shutdown Switch (388 comments)

I was going to offer Switzerland, but since they copped to the US about secret bank accounts, that wouldn't work. ;-)

about a month ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Mariner28 Re:About Fucking Time (435 comments)

Perhaps two failed wars in the MidEast, and what used to be known as the Global War On Terror (GWOT), the US Administration has finally realized that a carrot is better than a stick? Now if we can just convince Congress and its Florida faction...

about a month ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Mariner28 Re:Woohoo, let's explore (140 comments)

And as every "Apollo Landing Faked" conspiracy theorist knows, people can't survive the radiation of the Van Allen belt. The VAB sensors will report faked data.

For the sarcasm impaired: that's a joke. Or maybe it isn't. Hmmm...

about 1 month ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Mariner28 Re:Woohoo, let's explore (140 comments)

NASA could only do what Congress gave them the money to do. Same could be said with the SSC. The Luddites we kept sending to Congress made sure that the money Congress appropriated for federal spending, federal subsidies, and federal tax relief benefited the "people" who put them there. As in - not us, but - their real financial contributors. Remember - you get the NASA and the Congress that you pay for!

about 1 month ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

Mariner28 US CLECs (competitive local exchange carriers) (223 comments)

This is basically what happened in Canada. Here's my only problem. Since they are in charge of the last mile, when something goes wrong with the lines, they prioritize based on who is their customer. The only way the other ISPs can communicate with them is via email , and they can't really do too much if the big boys are being slow about fixing the problem. This is why the lines should be taken back, and managed by an impartial third party, who's only job it is to manage the lines, and isn't involved in selling internet service.

The situation here in the US after a similar arrangement was required by the Telecom Act of 1996 was even worse: the incumbent local exchange carriers (who owned the last mile drop) were required to resell access to CLECs, and the trouble resolution system was even worse: they (the ILECs) required trouble tickets on re-sold lines to be submitted via fax, rather than a computerized ticketing system . You can just imagine the nightmares the customers suffering from outages faced. They'd call their ILEC they were (not ;-) getting service from, but all the ILEC could do was to submit ticket queries via fax. The ILEC's met the letter of the law, but gave the finger to the spirit of it.

about 2 months ago
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How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds

Mariner28 Re:in simplified terms, it's forward error correct (129 comments)

Like Anonymous Coward, yours were my thoughts exactly. Why would one use TCP to stream video? It's one of the tenants of networking that losing packets is preferable to increasing jitter in the video or audio feed. And off the top of my head, I'd say that there hasn't been a widely used connection-based layer 2 protocol since X.25. Hell, that's why Frame Relay and later ATM were invented - to let the transport layer handle error detection (and retransmission if required). Even Ethernet uses just a CRC for forward error correction - if the receiver can't fix errors, the frame is dropped. It's up to the upper layers do actually do anything about it. And let's not get started about a 3% random error distribution in a wireless link - everyone knows that fading causes a whole stream of consecutive packets to be lost, not just an even statistical distribution of them. Stephen Max Patterson at Network World just proved he isn't qualified to write for Network World... And just a nit for you, AK Marc - if someone says UDP is "running over TCP/IP", tell them to put down the router and step away from the rack. They just aren't qualified.

about 8 months ago
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Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

Mariner28 Re:next 50 to 100 years? (453 comments)

Encryption on a link, however good, looks not like white noise but like "pink" noise - as it isn't truly random. Just as we're getting better at detecting gravity waves, the Higgs field, we'll eventually be able to separate pseudo-random "pink" noise from the cosmic background radiation. Another problem will be the fact that for the galactic Internet, the current IPv8 standard is running out of addresses, so everyone's hiding private address behind NAT/PAT firewalls. The upside, though, is that even with IPSec encryption, we'd still be able to tell that there's a connection out there since the address headers will still have to be in the clear ;-)

about 9 months ago
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Mozilla Offers FCC a Net Neutrality Plan With a Twist

Mariner28 Definitely makes sense... (123 comments)

Under the current rules, treating the Internet as an "information service" treats it exactly like Compuserve, AOL and Prodigy - virtually all content is presented by the service themselves, rather than relaying information content from providers to consumers. And we all know that the prior is exactly how the Verizons, the AT&Ts, the Comcasts and the TimeWarners of the world want it to be. The fairest way is to treat the ISP portion of the business as a common carrier - they have to treat "internal customers", like NBC/Universal in TWC's case, exactly the same as they treat external customers, like Netflix. It's fine to charge extra for expedited service handling for real-time data like voice or streaming video - but you have to treat all comers the same - using published tariffs, with allowable discounts based on volume of data and # of endpoints. But to allow things like Comcast used to do - purposely degrade certain traffic types from certain providers because it competed with their own offerings - that should be illegal. Net Neutrality is not about treating all traffic equally - realtime data like voice or video telephony and streaming video should always be treated with expedited handling with a minimum of queuing delay and jitter. But similar traffic types need to be treated similarly - else the whole thing falls apart. That's what any internet engineer familiar with traffic engineering will tell you.

about 9 months ago
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David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM

Mariner28 post-DMCA (86 comments)

Technically, it was post-DMCA. It was signed into law in 1998 - same year Auerbach graduated. But the lawsuits didn't really begin until Napster hit it big and was sued by Metallica in 2000. AOL wasn't as smart as a bunch of metal-heads, I guess.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

Mariner28 Re:Apply to jobs (451 comments)

At 52 I can tell you it gets much, much worse. I have a BSEE and an MS. I've gone from being a principal network engineer at 38 to taking a career sabbatical at 45 - but continuing to work part-time on various projects. Last year I decided I had enough fun so I'm trying to find work in a different city (my old employer will take me back, but wants me to move back.) I can't find decent work. I apply for mid-level or even low-level NE roles, and get rejected because they think I'll be too expensive with my experience. I apply for senior roles and they say I don't have the requisite experience. I apply for management roles, and they say I don't have enough management experience (even though I've managed people before). Blatant age discrimination - or they want an H1-B who'll work for peanuts.

about a year ago

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US Orders News Blackout Over rippled Nebraska Nuc

Mariner28 Mariner28 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Mariner28 (814350) writes "The Pakistani daily The Nation reports that President Obama ordered a blackout of news coverage of the Calhoun nuclear facility near Omaha over fears it could damage the green power "revolution" in the US."
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