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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

Pyramid Re:Only for root users (114 comments)

Set up sudo correctly and it will.

about 2 months ago

Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

Pyramid Be more concise. (625 comments)

Just say, "Study finds more people are stupid than before".

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Will IT Look Like In 10 Years?

Pyramid Re:Flawed premise (444 comments)

You believe 1000 ms network latency is acceptable? In my world, that is sheer madness. Our Citrix guys would keelhaul me if I told them 1000ms is ok. Even something as simple as telnet/ssh is extremely annoying at that level.

What industry do you work in? I need to know this because the barrier to entry clearly is low.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Will IT Look Like In 10 Years?

Pyramid The wireless fantasy (444 comments)

We've been hearing for over a decade that wireless will make infrastructure specialists the new Cobol programmer. BS! Why hasn't this happened? Because going wireless implies a whole host of security and interoperability issues that are inherent to wireless. A corporation would be mad to place their critical data infrastructure in a shared media like 802.11A/B/G,. 4G and WiMax are still lightyears away from being as reliable and fast as current copper and fiber technologies.

No matter how fast and error resistant the state-of-the-art wireless technology is, there are limits dictated by the laws of physics that govern how much data you can squeeze through a given wireless spectrum in a given physical space. With physical mediums like copper and fiber, I'm only limited by how many runs I can cram into a given space, plus, I have physical control over data. And how my neighbor is using their copper/fiber is completely irrelevant, which is quite unlike current wireless technologies.

Beyond this. proper wireless infrastructure design is an order of magnitude more difficult to get right than physical infrastructure (ignoring slack-jawed installers who make stupid decisions). Anyone who tells you otherwise is ignorant beyond comparison or a damned liar.

more than 3 years ago

The Wi-Fi Hacking Neighbor From Hell

Pyramid Re:Would MAC address filtering counter this proble (584 comments)

I hate to break it to you, but you misunderstand the difference between layer 2 vs. 3, bridging vs. routing and how ARP works.

In your scenario where LAN clients only see the MAC of the Access Point, the AP is acting a a Router (Layer 3). A bridge works at layer 2, all MACs are passed unchanged. A bridge is nothing more than a two port switch (or hub, depending on how/if it manages unicast/broadcast/multicast). This has nothing to do with the nature of wireless.

Even if the AP is acting as a router as most home APs do, having identical MAC addresses on the wirless side will still mess with ARP and cause all kinds of weird connectivity issues. Even in the best case where you've spoofed your target's MAC address *and* IP address, there will be no way to differentiate which packets from each machine go where. In an unswitched network, you'll get massive collision errors and TCP will be quite upset with incomplete conversations flying around and in a switched environment, the switch's MAC table will be FUBARed.

more than 3 years ago

Bufferbloat — the Submarine That's Sinking the Net

Pyramid Re:Definition, please (525 comments)

Perhaps his intended target was technically competent people who want rich context and full details. If this isn't you, feel free to skip the article. Your "right" to not have to "read fifteen paragraphs just to get a basic birds-eye view" is far less valid than the author's to state his case with as much detail as he pleases.

It didn't help that we were dropped into an ongoing blog, but it's not hard to figure that out and read earlier articles to gain context. If you're annoyed by one post to the point of labeling people (nerds), I'm pretty confident the odds you'll make it through the other blog posts are pretty low.

Might I interest you in a "Twilight" novel?

more than 3 years ago

Ballmer Calls Android a "Press Release"

Pyramid Windows Mobile is crap. (270 comments)

As someone who's been forced to support and develop for WM devices, I think I'm at least semi-qualified to make the judgement that Windows Mobile is complete and utter shite. Even latest versions running on 600 MHz+ Xscale processors are slow, crash prone memory hogs with an interface that must have been designed with pricipals created by Josef Mengele.

Beyond this, we've been screaming to various vendors for similar form factor devices running Linux, or at least *not WM*, but I keep hearing the same excuse, "We want to persue alternative operating systems for our devices, but Microsoft has threatened to cancel our preferred licensing status if we do." Since said vendors need to be able to supply the industry standard mobile OS (unfortunately WM), they're screwed and companies like mine are stuck with the same crap OS platform on every nearly every single device we've explored, regardless of vendor. It's a damned shame really, because we don't need an operating system that includes a crap version of Word, an inefficient media player, Bubble Breaker and Solitaire; just a terminal client, STANDARDS BASED web browser and maybe a SIP client is all we need. Yet we're paying for all that crap PLUS the software necessary to lock the system down to keep users away from it.

Windows Mobile has the marketshare it does mainly due to extortion, not innovation. Balmer is a tool.


more than 7 years ago


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