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Ponga Anybody know what technique was used here? (16 comments)

I'd be curious to know if a particular application-level vulnerability was used in this event. There has been several vulnerabilities of late related to Java/Apache/PHP such as the hash-collision vulnerability with exploit code here http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/51193/info that has demonstrated to be very effective - so much so that a single host can bring down a relatively large site by exhausting CPU on the web server.... does anyone know the particulars of this event??

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Working As an IT Contractor In a War Zone?

Ponga Get on while the gravy train is still in service (352 comments)

I've worked in the defense sector and although I have not signed up for one of these gigs, I know plenty of people that have. It's true that if you are worth your salt (or look good on paper), can obtain a secret clearance and willing to sacrifice a year of your life working 15 hours a day, every day... you can make $250 in a year in Afghanistan. Good places to look are the company websites: L3, SRI and STG - there are many more. Also job fairs in military towns. HOWEVER, if you really want to do this, get on while the getting is good. As you may know, the US trying to fold up it's many operations in SWA and other combat theaters, plus while the government is going broke, it's going to be hard for the DoD to justify paying a quarter million a year for each contractor working in these places... knowing what I know from my days in the DoD, I suspect this gravy train will come to screeching halt... and soon.

more than 3 years ago

Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?

Ponga Re:I think he means things like cache engines (577 comments)

That is an excellent point. I would take a guess that most ISP's are not so much up in arms over the bandwidth aspect of things, but that a fair portion of ISP's just happen to be cable and media providers themselves, with their *OWN* video on demand offerings that Netflix is essentially competing with.

more than 4 years ago

I am employee number ...

Ponga Like /. Low Employee # A Status Symbol (342 comments)

The company I used to work for, most folks had numbers over 100,000 - I was employee # 149259. As a field office, the management was 07XXXX or some such series (thereabout). I remember going to corporate HQ and getting in an elevator... ended up riding with a guy who's badge number was # 2. Who does number 2 work for?? Turns out he co-founded the company... In that respect, the lower your employee number... chances are the more clout you carry.

more than 4 years ago

Did Google Go Instant Just To Show More Ads?

Ponga Re:I find it annoying (250 comments)

Agreed. I generally hate auto-complete. MOST annoying is when entering a US zip code to get the weather, such as on Yahoo... auto-complete for a zip code is about the stupidest use I've seen yet. I do however like the auto-complete feature on certain things, like constrained fields. As an example, I would much rather type "Uni" and have "United Kingdom", "United States", "United Arab Emerites" appear from which I can select from, rather than fishing down a long drop-down list. In this case, auto-complete makes sense. But for things like Google search... annoying at best. --ponga

more than 4 years ago

Typically, I get N pieces of snail mail per day;

Ponga How about a "Do not mail registry"? (228 comments)

Similar to the "Do not call registry"? That would be nice although seeing that the USPS is mearly a direct marketing convayance, this would cut it's business in half... still, one can wish.

more than 4 years ago

Is RFID Really That Scary?

Ponga Re:Here's a better Defcon RFID story... (338 comments)

Yup. All Govies carry around a CAC, or Common Access Card, which among others things has an RF interface. The difference between this and US passports, for example, is that the passorts come with a handy booklet shield, that when closed, blocks RF. The CAC card has no such thing, unless suplemented with aftermarket holders, etc. Though, I don't believe much information can be gained as the CAC is a smart card - though I would imagine that you would at least have the knowledge of what it was you detected, but probably nothing further. --ponga

more than 4 years ago

First 3-D IMAX Porn Movie Made In Hong Kong

Ponga Going straight to video (201 comments)

I'm willing to bet this one is going "straight to video" and as soon as several 3D pr0n releases appear, my guess is that 3D television sales will see a jump. And why not, pr0n was leading the charge on both VHS and The Internet... why not 3D televisions!

more than 4 years ago

US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

Ponga Re:Wrong (1268 comments)

...From TFS...

Ya, hold on. I've been away for a while but, ain't it "From the TFA"??

more than 4 years ago

Of the options below, I'd most like to learn more ...

Ponga Re:Philosophy is fundamental (515 comments)

The Hotness factor of a guy or gal can be bumped up 1 or 2 points by being proficient with a musical instrument!

I chose physics for this poll, which sadly gives me no bonus points with the ladies :(

more than 4 years ago

OpenSSH 5.4 Released

Ponga Re:Thank you Open SSH devs (127 comments)

Hmm. I too use SSH tunnel for port redirection to a remote http proxy, but I've never had to set the FF flag you mention as my FF DNS queries go through the proxy "out of the box" - that's my understanding of how a SOCKS compatible proxy should work. Am I wrong here?

more than 4 years ago

OpenSSH 5.4 Released

Ponga SFTP improvements (127 comments)


* Many improvements to the sftp(1) client, many of which were implemented by Carlos Silva through the Google Summer of Code program:...

... - Add recursive transfer support for get/put and on the commandline

Whole host of other improvements and bugfixes; give it read if SSH is pertinent to your environment....

more than 4 years ago

What IT pioneer do you respect the most?

Ponga Re:Donald Knuth (737 comments)

I agree with this poster. I too draw a distiction between Information Technology and Computer Science. To further the idea, IT is to CS as electrical engineering would be to a physics. One field is devoted to the science of a subject, the other - the application of that science.

Ada Lovelace, Knuth and Turing are soundly in the Computer Science realm for me; I don't equate them with "IT" at all.

Even though I am not an M$ fan, I chose Bill Gates. I'm surprised to see his numbers so low in this poll!

more than 4 years ago

Typical Windows User Patches Every 5 Days

Ponga How about Linux users? (388 comments)

Running Ubuntu at home, seems like once a week there an update for something or other... Thank God Linux is *FAR* more graceful applying patches - I can update anything on the system and so long as the kernel is not touched, no reboot is required. Windoze just kills me... yo have to reboot for every damn thing! Glad I don't have to deal with that...

more than 4 years ago

What is the ambient temperature in your office?

Ponga Re:Use Fahrenheit *and* Celsius, please. (676 comments)

The only downside is when someone says something weird like it's 40 degrees out.

40C is about average in Phoenix during the summer.

more than 4 years ago

Pieces of employer-supplied clothing I own and wear:

Ponga Re:RedHat question? (343 comments)

...I have four Google t-shirts; two for mentoring Summer of Code students, one for applying for a job, and one for giving a TechTalk

Huh? You get a shirt just for APPLYING for a job with Google??

more than 4 years ago

How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

Ponga Re:Who cheats who (684 comments)

Good point. I however believe that the value of a CS diploma/degree is being degraded FAR MORE by so-called "online degree" programs or fly-by-night "universities" that SOMEHOW have been accredited and offer programs in CS. These organizations practically GIVE out degrees with LITTLE value and substance to education. Being from a somewhat-of-a top school for my program, I wished more people paid attention to WHERE I got my degree, rather than just the fact that I have one. Unfortunately, most employers don't have a clue and think that my degree is equal with Joe Schmoes degree that he got from ACME Online University when nothing is farther from the truth. This to me IS cheating and is a form of cheating that is much more prevalent and insidious than what TFA describes.

more than 4 years ago

Internet Traffic Shifting Away From Tier-1 Carriers

Ponga Re:It's as if... (153 comments)

...the Internet really is a series of interconnected networks...

It's actually a series of TUBES.

more than 5 years ago

Do You Provide Tech Support To Friends and Family?

Ponga Re:And They Give Me Free Legal Help... (606 comments)

I used to work at a health clinic doing IT stuff. They were all on a piss-poor electronic health record system so I was pretty busy helping the doctors with navigating the system for them. On occasion, a doc would come into my office with an "urgent" problem that I needed to fix, which I would quickly remedy (usually). Before they left though, I'd say "Hey, wait a minute, now it's my turn. My foot hurts when I do X." And an impromptu medical consult would ensue, answering all my questions! Now THAT was a fair trade system.

more than 5 years ago

Sony Prototype Sends Electricity Through the Air

Ponga Re:Sony Should Shop At ThinkGeek (240 comments)

Quick! Somebody buy the Sony engineers a pair of these!

The warning for this "WEC" device reminds me of an old SNL skit:

* Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly, and children under 10 should avoid prolonged exposure to Happy Fun Ball.
* Caution: Happy Fun Ball may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds.
* Happy Fun Ball contains a liquid core, which, if exposed due to rupture, should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at.
* Do not use Happy Fun Ball on concrete.
* Discontinue use of Happy Fun Ball if any of the following occurs:
o itching
o vertigo
o dizziness
o tingling in extremities
o loss of balance or coordination
o slurred speech
o temporary blindness
o profuse sweating
o heart palpitations
* If Happy Fun Ball begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.
* Happy Fun Ball may stick to certain types of skin.
* When not in use, Happy Fun Ball should be returned to its special container and kept under refrigeration. Failure to do so relieves the makers of Happy Fun Ball, Wacky Products Incorporated, and its parent company, Global Chemical Unlimited, of any and all liability.
* Ingredients of Happy Fun Ball include an unknown glowing green substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space.
* Happy Fun Ball has been shipped to our troops in Saudi Arabia and is being dropped by our warplanes on Iraq.
* Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.
* Happy Fun Ball comes with a lifetime warranty.

more than 5 years ago


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